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Greetings Parents, Pastors & Teachers, 

With Easter less than two weeks away, we wanted to make you aware of several free downloads you can use to help direct your child’s attention toward Christ during this season. 

Scripture Memory Cards The 7 I AM Sayings of Jesus and 20+ other topics.

Easter Story Cards Perfect for Passion Week.

Jesus & His Friends comic, David & Goliath, and Esther are free too.

Bible Reading Checklist: Read one of the Gospels togetheror any other Bible book!

Coloring Pages and Jesus & Me Discussion Questions

NT & OT Activity Packets Coloring pages & word searches in 20+ fun pages!

Bible Cover Wraps: Allows kids to custom color their own Bible cover! Fits most Bibles.

We hope these free tools will be a blessing to your immediatefamily and church family. Please feel free to share them with othersand consider posting the information on your church website. If you have any pictures of your children enjoying any of these materials, tag us on social media or send your images toinfo@316publishing.com. We’d welcome the encouragement.

Stay Safe,

Team 316.

The Wrong Kind of Friendship

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Consider what James writes:

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Stop and ask yourself, “What is attracting my attention today? The world or God?” Pursuing both is exhausting and weeds will choke out the good things we are trying to grow in our families.

A few sentences later, James writes:

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Like-mindedness attracts, like 2 magnets. To strengthen our relationship with God, we need to humble ourselves and gain His perfect perspective. He alone is God. Philippians 4:8 is a good place to start cultivating the relationship, to produce growth in our lives…

…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

James words bear repeating….

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Bookends of Grace

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Paul’s letters contain a lot of instructions and corrections.

“Do this” and “Don’t do that” are found throughout his writings to the young churches.

Consistent components of Paul’s writings were his opening and closing greetings in his letters. Like bookends, the instructions he gave were supported by pillars of grace. This was his signature communication style.

In the midst of the daily parenting and the “do this, don’t do that,” are we also communicating God’s grace consistently?

To do this, we must first daily receive God’s grace in our own lives.

Wake up to His grace, rest within His grace, and receive it afresh each day.

When we begin and end each day, mindful of God’s grace toward us, we will understand better how our perfect God responds to His children’s imperfections. The result is that we will be better equipped to parent in a way where grace and truth are inseparable.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Mommy Monday NOV WK 5

Cross = Love

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Out of the many things the cross represents, one thing it clearly represents is Jesus’s love.

When asked what the greatest commandment was in Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus replied:
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

When Christ died on the cross, He fulfilled the two greatest commandments.

He expressed His love for the Father by His perfect obedience and He expressed His love for us by His perfect sacrifice.

Whenever doubts, confusions, and insecurities threaten the condition of your heart, fight against it with the truth and remember the cross.

Overcoming Your Child’s Fear of the Dark

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“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”     – John 1:4-5 (ESV)

It is a wondrous thing, the mind of a child. As children age their cognitive abilities increase from 2-3 yrs old and imaginative skills develop. As playtime gets more and more creative, so do the nighttime fears. Children become engrossed with the shadows on the walls, the cracked door of the closet, and the unknown in the dark. Things like stress and villains in children’s entertainment can be causes for a child’s overactive imagination to run wild in the night.

Since every child has their own unique personality, likes and dislikes, you may have to try different methods before you find a few that help them feel safe and secure at bedtime. Here are a few suggestions.

Logical Dismissal

Laying with your child on their bed, scanning the room for shadows, and helping them understand what each shadow is referencing can help solve the issues of an overactive imagination. Whether it be a backpack or a chair, revealing the source of the shadow and moving the object to illustrate how shadows are made can help relinquish the fear and increase your child’s confidence in the safety of the home.

Eliminate the Cause

Consider eliminating the cause of the fear altogether. Installing a nightlight, closing the closet doors fully, leaving the bedroom door ajar, can all alleviate the fear of being alone in the dark. With some detective work, a parent can often reveal the culprit that is causing some of their child’s fear, pinpointing it to a television show, episode, commercial, or movie. In some of these situations it may mean having to make sure that your child does not view that content again. Remember that each child is unique and while one child may love dinosaurs, another may fear them. Learning some of these preferences will help you understand them more fully.

Bedtime Stories

Allow their final nighttime thoughts to be centered on a Bible story before they drift off to sleep. Read to them about their favorite Bible characters or reinforce a lesson taught during Sunday School. Cultivate in them a habit of ending each night with God, helping them fix their minds on what is above (Colossians 3:2).

Prayer

Ask your child for their own prayer requests. Many times the depth of their fears will be explained as they lift up their needs to God. Affirm their prayer and use scripture to reinforce God’s protection for His children. (see list of scriptures below).

Bible Verses (NASB)

  • “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
  • “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

 

List of Power Bible Stories that Focus on Prayer 

 

We hope that some of these tips will provide you the parent with tools to help alleviate your child’s nighttime fears and give everyone the gift of rest.

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”  – Proverbs 3:24 (NASB)

 

 

To be fully known and fully loved!

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A close friend once confided in me quoting the following as his greatest fear, “To be unknown and loved, to be known and unloved.”

A common fear we can be plagued with in our relationship with God is the fear of being truly found out. Having the depths of our hearts being revealed to Him and facing the possibility of not being accepted and loved can be frightening. Fear breeds insecurity and we entertain deceptive thoughts, telling ourselves lies like; “How can God forgive and love a person like me? If He really knew me, He would never love me.”

However, God corrects and conquers this fear in scripture by showing again and again, the ways in which He loves His people fully and unconditionally.

Take King David for example. Although there were many good things he had done in the name of the Lord – defeating Goliath, bringing back the Ark of the Covenant from the Philistines, and unifying Israel – like all of us, he struggled with sin. There were times when he dishonored God in his roles as a husband, father, and ruler. His failures led to the sins of adultery, lying, and murder.

Scripture teaches God’s amazing grace and that despite David’s sin, he is defined as a man of faith and a man after God’s own heart.

“For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” – Hebrews 11:32-34

“After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’” – Acts 13:22

David was a man who did truly love God, worshipped Him wholeheartedly, and lived a life of earnest and sincere repentance. However, it wasn’t his roles or skills that merited God’s favor. Instead, it was simply due to the God’s incomprehensible, merciful, and abundant love.

In His omniscience, God knew what David was going to do throughout his lifetime. Yet God loved him.

Since God created us in our inmost being, He knows us deeply and intimately. He clearly sees the depths of our hearts and knows all of our secret sins. Because He is fully God nothing is hidden from Him and still He loves us and offers us that loving relationship.

Today, in this moment, allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse your thought life of misrepresentations of who God is.

Look to Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith. Receive today a fresh outpouring of His grace and love for you. Then respond in genuine worship of our Heavenly Father.

JUN WK 3 Activity

Family Activity: Praying

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Go around and ask your dad, mom, brothers, and sisters for their prayer requests!

Then, pray for them! 

“Pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – James 5:16

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JUN WK 1 Coloring Page

Family Activity: Coloring

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Pastor D.L Moody once said, 

“I believe the family was established long before the church, and my duty is to my family first. I am not to neglect my family.”

As you spend time coloring the world’s very first family, think about its purpose and importance! 

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Obeying our parents

Family Activity: How Can We Obey Our Parents?

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How Can We Obey Our Parents?

Draw a circle around ways we can obey our parents.
Draw a line across ways we can disobeyed our parents.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise).” – Ephesians 6:1-2

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