Grove Kids - December 5, 2021

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Christmas—Celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift

This Month’s Memory Verse:

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.”

Luke 12:15, NIrV

Nine Months

Elizabeth & Zechariah | Luke 1:5-25, 57-66

In our first week, we start in Luke 1:5-25, 57-66, where we find Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were unable to have children. On top of that, they were older, and having a child of their own seemed impossible. Then one day, an angel came to Zechariah and told him that he would indeed have a son, and that son would prepare the way for the Promised One, Jesus. Zechariah and Elizabeth learned that anything is possible with God.

I can trust God no matter what.

Bottom Line

Celebrate because God can do anything.

Much of what we celebrate at Christmas is an incredible reminder that God can be trusted no matter what. When all seems hopeless, God comes through. God makes what seems impossible possible. No matter what we face in life, we can find joy and celebrate that God is at work and can help us through our circumstances.

Message to Parents

“If I knew then…”  We hear these words of advice from others when our kids are young, we smile and thank whoever gave us the wisdom.  Sometimes we even follow through in between the craziness of life and kids, but these nuggets of insight are often unintentionally thrown to the side. 

We know it’s hard raising kids, but let me tell you, it’s even harder as we get ready for them to leave and look back on the advice and say, “I wish I would have’ or ‘If I knew then”.

We hope this article finds its way into your heart and draws you closer to your kids. 

If I Knew Then…

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, a pen/pencil or crayon, a piece of paper and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Christmas is about celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift!

Read Luke 1:23-25 with your kids.

Share with them, “Elizabeth became pregnant, just as the angel had said. But did you catch how she responded? Look again at verse 25. Who did Elizabeth thank? Who did she say had been kind to her?”

“Yes. God! Elizabeth knew that only God could do this! She chose to celebrate because God can do anything.”

“When something awesome happens, what do you do?”

“Do you tell someone? Do you take all the credit for the good thing that’s happened?”

“It might seem a little strange at first. But it’s important to remember that God is the source of every good thing. Even the things you think you’ve accomplished on your own – like getting a good grade or making the winning shot. Ultimately, God is the one who gave you that brain and all that ability. Just like Elizabeth, we can stop and say ‘Thanks, God’ and celebrate because He can do anything!”

Ask them, “So what’s been happening lately that’s worth celebrating? Make a list and then pray, thanking God for all He’s done for you.”

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