I’ll update you today with 3 days worth of memory work from our VBS class. I know there may not be much interest, but just in case… The next post will include the final day on Friday.
The children have been improving in working on their memory work. However, not all are motivated by being on the winning team! No surprise. One commented after being told I wasn’t sure what the prize would be, “It will probably only be a $5 prize. I don’t think I’ll bother to memorize.” I know times have changed since I was motivated to read a book of the Bible with $.50! But I am still sad to hear it.
Before you think it couldn’t be your child, don’t be too sure! It is difficult to know how much of what we WANT our children to learn from us regarding our faith, is really being learned! They pick up a lot from us, but it often is mixed with things we don’t want them to pick up…often don’t know we are even teaching!
THE JOY OF WATCHING GROWTH IN CHILDREN’S LIVES
One of our young boys has grown considerably this week. He has things with which he struggles, but each day we have seen growth in his willingness to participate and even grow! Today, he was not only working on his memory work, but helping others on his team succeed. Fortunately, his team was able to pull out a win great encouragement for someone trying to learn a good habit!
Another boy in class struggles with with wanting to try new things and dealing with people. He too has grown as well. We don’t know some of the others as well as we know these two, but it is good to see them interested in learning and enjoying being together. We want to make this a positive experience for them at whatever stage they are in their growth.
QUICK TRIP TO TURKISH DISPLAY
We were invited to go next door to the Junior College to see a display of Turkish artifacts from recent trips there. It was decided that our older group would be able to go there during their recreation period. As usual, some were less enthused than others re going, but all found it interesting because they had clothing and accessories that were similar to the time of Esther. It helped to picture more concretely what life was like in the day of Esther!
Day 2–GOD’S PEOPLE ARE PERSECUTED BY GOD’S ENEMIES
Scripture Passage: Esther 2:21-4:3
Scripture Memory: Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Extra Credit: I Peter 1:6-9 (NIV)
In all this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that the proven genuinenessof your faith
—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—
may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.
Day 3–GOD’S PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN GOD’S PLAN
Scripture Passage: Esther 4:4-5:14
Scripture Memory: Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Extra Credit: I Peter 1:13-21 (NIV)
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,
set your hope on the grace to be brought to you
when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
14 As obedient children,
do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 But just as he who called you is holy,
so be holy in all you do;
16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially,
live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold
that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ,
a lamb without blemish or defect.
20 He was chosen before the creation of the world,
but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
21 Through him you believe in God,
who raised him from the dead and glorified him,
and so your faith and hope are in God.
Day 4–GOD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE
Scripture Passage: Esther 6:1-8:11
Scripture Memory: Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Extra Credit: Isaiah 43:1-5 (NIV)
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.