Our Wonderful Life…

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The last twelve months have been some of the craziest in Forster family history. Last spring, we decided to bite the bullet and sell the seven-acre “home place” where we all grew up (and where we’ve operated Doorposts for the last twenty years) and move closer to our church, friends, and family. Eight months later, after eight moving van trips, hundreds of boxes of books, one epic garage sale, many […]

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Just a Sack Lunch

I’ve read the story a lot of times. I read it again just the other day. It’s a story that Matthew records in his gospel. So do Mark, Luke, and John, but only John tells us whose lunch Jesus transformed into enough for five thousand people. One young boy had fives loaves and two fishes. That’s the only food the disciples found amongst five thousand people. I’ve often imagined that […]

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Passport in Hand

We’re living in a trailer. There’s not enough room in our trailer for a file cabinet. That’s why, several days before I was supposed to fly to a conference in Canada, I went out to my son’s garage (where many of our things are stored) and found our temporary file box. I pulled out my passport, took it back to the trailer, and tucked it into a basket next to […]

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Luke 2 for Children, Christmas Eve!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of present wrapping to do today! No matter how hard I try, I’m always wrapping presents on Christmas Eve. This is a good day to listen to Matthew 1, Matthew 2, Luke 1, and Luke 2 (when we’re not listening to — and singing along with — Christmas carols) while we make our preparations. Invite the children to join […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 2 Days Until Christmas!

Continue memorizing Luke 2:10-12 together. If your children can read, write the verses on a whiteboard or blackboard, read them together, erase several words, and read them again, filling in the missing words. Continue erasing words until you can all say the entire passage. Then read Isaiah 9:6 to the children. Explain that these words were written over 700 years before Jesus was born! God promised a Savior to come, […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 3 Days Until Christmas!

At meal times today, spend some time working on memorizing verses 10-12. Read a phrase and have the children repeat it. Read another phrase and have them repeat that phrase. Then read both phrases together and have the children repeat both together. Continue working on the verses this way, and keep memorizing this week with the goal of being able to recite them on Christmas morning. For our lesson today read Luke […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 4 Days Until Christmas!

Let’s look more closely at Luke 2:6-7 today. Luke doesn’t give us very many details about Jesus’s birth. Most of us have heard these words enough times that it’s easy to lose the sense of wonder and joy that they should inspire! We’re talking about God becoming man and coming to earth as a baby, to live among us and to die for us! Read Luke 2:1-7 aloud to your children. See […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 5 Days Until Christmas!

Read Luke 2:1-20 again today, pausing to let the children fill in words as you read. Then sing some Christmas carols that relate to this passage of Scripture. Gather round the piano, pull out the guitar and play along, or use the following links for accompaniments and lyrics: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night  Angels from the Realms of Glory Angels We Have Heard on High Once in David’s […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 6 Days Until Christmas!

Today let’s look briefly at the journey Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem. Print  copies of this map for your children (if they are old enough to understand it) before you start. Read Luke 2:1-5. While you read, pause occasionally to see if the children can tell you what the next word is. Then read the same verses (1-5) one more time, asking the children to stand up when they […]

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Luke 2 for Children, 7 Days Until Christmas!

Only seven more days until Christmas! We all have lots to do, but let’s take time to bathe our children in the real reason for our celebrating! Read Luke 2:1-20 aloud with your children. If this is a passage they are fairly familiar with, you might consider reading from a different translation than they would usually hear. (Go to Luke 2 in Blue Letter Bible, look for the translation selection box, […]

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