Category: Holidays

Into Another Year

I used to scorn printed Christmas letters — until I had six children. Then I realized that writing one letter and making copies of it was the only way I would ever get a letter written to everyone we wanted to send our love to each year. The first letters were filled with stories of the bizarre and endearing things our kids did and said. Then, as my children became better photographers […]

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More than One Day of Christmas

I love Christmas. My daughter-in-law says that, no matter what time of year it is when God finally takes me home to be with Him, the family ought to decorate for the funeral with Christmas decorations. That’s fine with me! When I was young (and even into my college days) I used to cry the night before we had to take down the Christmas tree. Christmas comes and goes so fast, […]

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Now What?

As we’ve studied 1 Samuel 25, many of you may have learned some new Bible study skills. Now you have a chance to put those to work on your own! Below are some suggestions for continued study. Some of these ideas continue to look at themes and topics from 1 Samuel 25. Others relate to the Christmas season, and some move on to new chapters to study. We’ll never run […]

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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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