Week of May 4th:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.

(Hebrews 4:12)

Activity:

  • Follow this link to make a Bible Sword Bookmark!

  • Make a memory verse chain with words! Cut 15 strips of construction paper (one for each word).  Write out the verse, putting one word on each strip of paper. Then connect the strips of paper like a chain using tape or a stapler. Hang the chain somewhere in your house and every time you walk past it, say the verse out loud!

Adult’s Devotional

 

Discussion:

  • What is the “Word of God” referring to?

  • What does this verse mean when it says the Bible is alive and active? Is it running around and talking to us?

  • How can the Bible be sharper than a double-edged sword?

    • Can the Bible protect us like a sword can? How?

The Bible can help us understand and distinguish between what’s godly and ungodly. It’s like a sharp sword that can separate our thoughts into good and evil! The Bible is a VERY powerful tool we should be using every day!

Week of April 20th:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Discussion:

This verse was given to Joshua who had just become the leader of the whole nation of Israel, right when God was going to have him do some pretty difficult and maybe scary things. It took a lot of faith and trust in God for Joshua to have the courage to obey!

  • Can you think of a time when you were afraid? What made you feel better?

  • What does the word “courageous” mean?

  • God tells us in His word that he is always with us. If we are following and obeying God, we never have to worry because He gives us His strength and courage!

  • What are some things we can do when we feel afraid or discouraged?

 

Activity:

  • Print out this coloring sheet (for adults, too!) and hang it up so you can practice the verse every day this week!

  • Another fun way to practice memorizing the verse is to gather in a circle with your family. Pass around a ball. Say one word of the verse, and then pass the ball to someone else. They have to say the next word. Continue passing the ball from person to person until you finish the verse.

Week of April 12th:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Discussion:

When the first man who was ever created, Adam, sinned against God, it meant everyone who would be born after him would sin, too. Because God knew that sin would separate us from Him forever, He sent Jesus to die and pay the price of our sins with His own life. However, Jesus was victorious over death and rose from the dead!  Anyone who chooses to follow Jesus and turns away from their sin can have eternal life in Heaven because of HIS sacrifice. And we can share this special message of eternal life with everyone we meet!

  • What does “wages” mean?

  • What does “sin” mean?

  • What is the price we should pay for our sins?

  • What is the free gift we get from Jesus?

  • Does everyone receive this gift of eternal life with Jesus?

  • How can we share this message with others?

 

Activity:

  • Put the words of the verse in order! If you have a printer, click here. Otherwise, write out the verse on a blank piece of paper. Cut out each word, mix them up, and then put the verse back in order. Do it together with a parent or sibling, or have a friendly race to see who can put it in order first!

  • Make a salvation bracelet! You’ll need beads and string (or a pipe cleaner for younger kids).

    • Black=Sin and separation from God

    • Red=The blood Jesus shed on the cross

    • Blue=Faith in Jesus

    • White/Clear=Our sins have been forgiven and washed away

    • Green=Our new life in Christ and growth in Him

    • Yellow=The promise of eternal life in heaven

Week of April 27th:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

(Psalm 19:1)

Discussion:

  • What do you think this verse means?

  • Why do you think God created the stars, planets, galaxies, etc.?

  • Do you know how many stars there are in our galaxy? (Over 100 Billion!)

  • Do you know how many galaxies there are? (Some now say over 2 Trillion!)

  • Do you know how many Earths fit into the sun? (1.3 Million!)

 

 

Imagine that you are sitting outside late at night.  You look up and what do you see? Stars! Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful shining stars. Some are twinkling, while others are making pictures in the night sky. The stars don’t speak with words like we do, but they speak in their own way.  Every time we see stars, they are a reminder of the God who created them.  We are not the only people who can see the stars.  They can be seen all over the Earth by all people on Earth.  In some places in the world, there are people who don’t know about God. The stars can speak to these people by making them wonder who created the stars, and maybe someday they will understand that there is a God who created the stars and controls the universe. No one else could have created something as grand as the stars, only God! And what’s so amazing is that he made the stars, planets, and galaxies all for us-to discover and enjoy!

 

Activities:

  • Coffee Filter Planets: You need a coffee filter, markers, and a spray bottle of water. Color the coffee filter with green and blue markers to represent Earth (or make another planet). Then spray the filter with water so the colors blend together. Once it’s dry, use a marker to write the verse out on the filter! Follow this link for directions: https://www.aboutamom.com/coffee-filter-planet-earth-craft-kids/

  • Print out this coloring sheet (for adults, too!) and hang it up so you can practice the verse every day this week!

Week of April 5th:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Podcast for Adults

 

Discussion:

  • What do you think the word “rejoice” means?

  • Our verse says to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. That means even if we are sad, which can be hard to do! How can we rejoice in the Lord when we are sad or going through a hard time?

 

The book of Philippians was written by a man named Paul. Paul found joy in the Lord even in the hardest possible circumstances. He lived a long time ago, and his story takes place right after Jesus lived. Paul was actually born with a different name: Saul. Early in his life, he did not believe that Jesus was God’s son, and he wanted to find and punish people who did!

 

One day, while Saul was out looking for Christians, Jesus appeared to him and showed him that he was the son of God. After this, Saul was given the name Paul, and whenever we see the name Paul in the Bible, we can remember that God changed Paul’s life and his name. Paul continued to travel all around the world, but instead of hunting for Christians, he began telling people all about Jesus! Unfortunately, he hadn’t been the only one who didn’t like Christians. Most of the people who ruled the empire didn’t like Jesus, and neither did the Jews—Jesus and Paul’s own people! Even though Paul stopped hunting for Christians, others didn’t, and they ended up throwing Paul in prison.

 

Imagine being in prison for a moment. Does it sound like a fun place? Do you think you would have joy being in prison? Well, prison back then was even worse than it is today. Paul was stuck in a dark, cold cell underground. He probably never had access to a shower or bath, and his food had to be brought by people who cared about him because he wasn’t fed by the prison guards.

 

Paul wrote the letter of Philippians while he was in prison. He told the Philippian Christians all about how glad he was that God could still use him to share about Jesus even from prison. He talked all about his life before Jesus. He had money, a good education, and lots of important responsibility and status, but he said that all of that was like garbage compared to knowing Jesus-even though believing in Jesus meant he was in prison!

 

Some of Paul’s very last words are our verse of the week! If anyone understood what it meant to find joy even in hard times, it was Paul. What can we learn from Paul’s story?

Here’s a video of Paul and Silas who praised God even while they were in prison!

 

Activity: Start a list of all the things we are thankful for and can rejoice in the Lord about. Hang the list up on your refrigerator and as the week goes on, add to the list! Let’s focus on how good God is and remember to praise him ALWAYS! You can also print out this verse poster to color and hang up! Don’t forget to say the verse out loud throughout the day!

Week of March 29 Verse of the Week:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)

Check out this music video based on our verse! (Make sure you have permission from parents!)

Short Podcast for Adults: Quick to Listen

Family Discussion:

Click to Download Questions

 

Our verse today comes from the book of James. James is a book in the Bible that contains tons of wisdom for people and practical instruction on how to obey God.  Take some time to look up and read James 1:19-21 in your Bible.

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Let’s break this verse up into 3 parts and discuss as a family what each means.

  • Quick to Listen

  • Slow to Speak

  • Slow to become Angry

  • What makes a good listener? How can we show others that we’re listening?

  • Why should we be slow to speak? What does that look like?

  • Have everyone share some things that make them angry.

    • Why do you think God wants us to be slow when getting angry?

    • Think of some ways you can slow your anger. (take a deep breath, take a break from the situation, pray to God, write about why you’re upset, etc.)

 

Let’s practice and put on a show! Break up into pairs and act out how to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. First, act out the WRONG way. Then show everyone what the BIBLE says on how we should act. (iGnite kids will know what to do!)

 

Here are some examples of scenarios you can act out.

  • Your friend/sibling borrowed your favorite toy/phone without asking and then broke it.

  • Your mom/dad spilled coffee on your homework that’s due tomorrow.

  • You husband/wife forgot to put some bills in the mail, and now they’re going to be late.

 

Let’s pray this week that God will…

  • help us listen more and talk less.

  • help us control our anger and to not take it out on others.

  • help us deal with our anger in a way that pleases Him.

  • give us a kind and gentle spirit.

Week of March 22 Verse of the Week:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Check out this music video based on our verse! (Make sure you have permission from parents!)

Questions to discuss as a family:

Click to Download Questions

  • What does anxiety mean?

  • What are some things that you worry about? Make a list. There may be things your children are worried about right now that you aren’t aware of! This is a great activity that can lead to a deeper discussion on the struggles and fears they are feeling right now.

  • What happens to you when you worry? How do you feel?

 

Do you know that God cares about us so much, and He doesn’t want us to worry? God wants us to put our trust in Him instead. He doesn’t just care about the big troubles in our lives, he cares about everything that happens to us. He wants us to give Him our worries and fears!

So how do we give God our worries and fears?  

 

We do that by praying! Whenever you feel anxious or nervous about something, stop and ask God to take care of that worry for you. If you trust Him, you need to give that worry to Him! Sometimes that is really hard, but keep practicing! Talking with God, reading your Bible, and memorizing verses like 1 Peter 5:7 will all help those worries go away!

 

Ideas to help you memorize this verse:

  • Say the verse out loud several times a day!

  • Write it out and hang it on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror.

  • At dinner time, go around the table and have each person say one word of the verse until you’ve said the entire thing.

  • If you are now homeschooling, add “Memory Verse” to your daily schedule. Take just a few minutes to practice the verse together.

Week of May 11th:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

Podcast for Adults

 

Discussion:

In your Bible, look up and read Colossians 3:15-17. What do you think these verses are talking about?

 

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

 

  • What is the peace of Christ?

  • How do you feel when you have the peace of Christ in your heart?

 

Remember, God made peace with US first. He proved how much He loves US by sending Jesus to save us. So what does that mean for you and me? How does it change the way we treat other people? Well, God gave us the ultimate example of making peace, and we can choose every day to follow His lead. When we believe in Jesus and we receive His peace for ourselves, then we let HIS peace rule in our hearts. We can choose peace because His peace is deep inside us. We can’t do it without Him! He gently reminds us each day to put others first instead of ourselves.

 

  • It can be hard to be thankful, especially if you are worried about something and struggling to find God’s peace. What are some ways you can remind yourself to be thankful, even in difficult circumstances?

 

Activities:

  • Fill in the missing words of our memory verse. Click here and print OR fill in on your tablet using the drawing/pen tool!

  • Make a gratitude journal where you keep track of everything you’re thankful for.

Week of May 18th:

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  (Matthew 5:44)

*At iGnite, we learned this memory verse by singing it to the tune of Frere Jacques (Are You Sleeping). Make sure to sing it twice!

Discussion:

This verse is so cool because it’s Jesus talking! These are his words! He said in Matthew, chapter 5:43-44 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

  • What do you think of when you see a heart? (Most of us would probably say we think of love.)

  • Who do you love? Do you love your parents? Do you love your brother or sister? How about your best friend? Do you love your teacher?

  • It is easy to love these people because they love us, too!

Are there any kids that are mean to you at school? Has anyone ever said something about you that was not true? Do you love those boys and girls? Should we really be expected to love people who are mean to us, treat us badly, and say ugly things about us? Well, let's see what Jesus told us to do.

One day Jesus was teaching out on a hillside. We call his lesson that day "The Sermon on the Mount." In his sermon, Jesus said some things that really surprised his listeners. "You have heard that you should love your neighbors and hate your enemies," Jesus said. "But I say, love your enemies--and if someone does mean and hateful things to you, pray for them."

  • Why should we love our enemies?

Jesus said that when we love our enemies, we are acting like children of God. If we only love those who love us, will God reward us for that? If we are only kind to our friends, what is so great about that? Everybody does that!

It isn't always easy to love your enemies, but there are some good reasons for doing it! Can you think of some?

  • It demonstrates the love of God to others.

  • It sets a good example for others to follow.

  • It turns enemies into friends.