When the lame beggar was healed, he went into the temple, “walking and jumping, and praising God.” If you know Christ, He has forgiven you of your sins and set you free from the bondage to sin. You have great reason to walk and jump and praise Him! Do so as you complete these activities with your kids this week.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned that Jesus has the power to heal. Peter and John went to the temple and saw a man who had been crippled from birth. He was being carried to the temple gate where he would spend his days begging. The man saw Peter and John and asked for money. Looking at the beggar, Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ, walk.” Peter helped the man up, and he immediately began to walk. Peter and John entered the temple with the man, who was walking, leaping and praising the Lord. Others recognized him and were amazed. (Acts 3:1-10)
- A miracle is something wonderful only God can do.
- Jesus has the power to change lives because He is God.
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever."
3 Activities that Help Us Learn that Jesus has the Power to Change Lives Because He is God and a Miracle is Something Wonderful that Only God can do:
1. Praise Journal
Create a praise journal. Start by discussing the word ‘praise’ and writing it on the cover of a blank journal. You can buy a journal or make one by stapling a few blank pages together like a book. Allow your child to decorate the cover of the journal. Tell your child that you want to start each morning/at dinner/before bed writing down a praise to God in the special journal. We praise God to help us remember and tell others how great God is. Share an example of praise and then allow your child to share their praise; you can write it down for them and/or draw a picture (if possible) to go with the praise. Example: I praise you, God, for the sunshine. (draw a sun).
2. Clap and Stomp
Tell your child that we can praise God with our hands, feet and our mouths. Blow bubbles and have your child clap and stomp the bubbles. Each time he claps or stomps a bubble, have your child name something he praises God for. As you clap and stomp, talk with your child about why we praise God and the story of Peter and the beggar using these questions.
1. What is a miracle?
2. Who gave Peter the power to heal the beggar?
3. What did Peter say to the beggar?
4. What did the man do?
5. How can you praise God?
3. Lame Beggar SnackGrab several teddy grahams, a graham cracker and icing.Help your child spread the icing over the graham cracker and place one teddy graham on the cracker. Reenact the story, using the teddy graham on the cracker as the lame beggar and the other teddy grahams as Peter and John.
Thank God for the Truth we learned this week and ask him to help you apply it to your life this week. Thank Him for His miracles and how He uses that and so many other things to show us His love. Ask Him to help you to write this Truth on your heart and to love others with the love that He first loved us.
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