November 17, 2008

Wandering the Desert, part 2: Be full of thanks, not complaints.

Various stories about the Israelites wandering and complaining in the desert, Num. 11:4-35, 20:1-13, 21:4-9
-God provides lots of quail to eat
-God provides water from a rock, Moses
-God sends snakes and helps those bitten by them

Big Idea
Be full of thanks, not complaints.

Bible Verse
Philippians 2:14 - "Do everything without arguing or complaining."

-We talked about how no one wants to be around a complainer. Hearing complaints constantly can fill us with frustration and anger, like a balloon filled with air until it pops! We wrote out things we complain about on a balloon and then popped it. (Those in in the community next door probably heard it!)

-In the three parts of our story, the Israelites complained about something. To find out what they complained about, we inflated balloons that had the Israelites' complaints written on them. ("I'm soooo sick of manna!", "We're going to die before we find water!" and "No food, no water, and I'm still soooo sick of manna!"

-As we learned our verse, we played musical chairs. Instead of using a normal song, we listened to a really goofy song I made that helped get today's verse stuck in the kids' head. You can listen to it here (it's a Youtube video with only sound and a still image) or you can click the link below.

Materials We Used
1. Lesson Plan
2. Small Group Leader Sheet
3. Verse Activity
4. Verse Activity Goofy Song (WARNING: You cannot un-hear this song!)

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