Dr. Tock's Traveling Clock, rBackyard Week #1
February 2, 2016 | by: Jessica Wilson | 0 Comments
Bible Story: Genesis 37, Genesis 39: 1-6 (Joseph Learns to Do What's Right)
Need to Know: Do What's Right!
For today, grab a paper plate (or a piece of paper) and have your child color one side green and one side red. They will need it for the following activity to reinforce what they learned in the Bible story!
Follow up with this question:
- What is one way you can Do What’s Right at home? On the playground? At church? At school?
A new series means a new memory verse! Before introducing the new verse, I wanted to share some reasons with you why memorizing scripture is so important. When Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, was asked why we should memorize scripture, he gave these five reasons:
Why should you memorize God's Word?
It’s the number one tool for resisting temptation. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, his only defense against this attack was the Word of God. If Jesus knew a better way to fight temptation, believe me, he would have used it.
It helps you make wise decisions. I can’t count how many times I've asked God for guidance about something very specific, and he has brought a Scripture I’ve memorized back to mind, showing me what to do. The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 GNB). The more you know what God says, the more you are going to know how God thinks, because the will of God is found in the Word of God. The more you fill your mind with the Word of God, the more you will know the will of God.
It strengthens you when you’re under stress. We all get stressed from time to time. And the Bible says this, “Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles” (Psalm 119:49-50 NLT). If you will memorize Scripture, your stress level will decrease dramatically and your confidence level will increase dramatically.
It comforts you when you’re sad. The Bible is full of comfort. Jeremiah said, “Your words are my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15:16b GWT). I can't tell you how many times I have been down and read Scripture, and it gave me great comfort.
It helps you witness to unbelievers. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (NIV). If someone asks you what the Bible says about an issue or what they should do in a situation, what do you tell them? If you have Scripture memorized, it’ll help you be far more effective in sharing because you can share the truth of God’s Word.
Taken from http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/why-memorize-scripture
Don't we want those things for our kids (and ourselves)?! So let's commit to memorizing scripture and helping our kids to do the same--because it is so important!
Verse for this series:
(point to others)
(hands open, like a book)