Family Devotion: Sin Enters

**Note: Family Devotions is a time when a family can get together to talk about faith and have open discussions about critical questions.  It is okay, not to have answers to their questions, feel free to say, “I don’t know” and search the answers out together as a family.**

Younger Family Activity: Picnic Time

It may be cold in some areas of the country, but here in the Northwest this week it’s going to sunny and nice.

Gather the family together to have a special picnic as a family.   Go out to the park or set it up on the floor of the living room.   I recommend KFC Family Meal at the local park because I love fried chicken and fresh air.  But wherever and whatever you have with your picnic, just have fun.

Have the meal, but set aside something that looks good that isn’t meant to be eaten and tell the family that we can’t have it. A good example would be a chocolate cake.  Eat the meal together, maybe even do a family activity.  Just don’t eat that one item.

After a while and many questions later, tell the story of Genesis 3.  Ask the family, about the story.  Questions could be “How do you think Adam and Eve felt, before and after?”  “Why do you think they disobeyed God?”

Allow the family to enjoy the meal and talk about sin.  How sin is disobeying God’s will, but thankful Jesus came to save us from our sin.  Pray for your family and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Older Family Activity: Would You Rather

Sit down with your family and play would you rather.  Things to consider.

  • Coke or Pepsi
  • Crocs or Flip Flops
  • Cake or Cookie
  • Vanilla Frosty or Chocolate
  • English or Math
  • Dogs or Otters
  • Beach view or Mountain view.

Ask them “What are some choices you make regularly?”

There are some choices you make every day that are a no-brainer or have no significance.  But sometimes there are choices we make that are difficult and can hurt people that we care about.

Genesis 3, Adam and Eve made a selfish choice and because of their choice, they disobeyed God.  Which allowed sin to enter the world.  They made the wrong choice and because of that wrong choice, had to deal with major consequences.  Thankfully we have a God, who forgives us when we sin and because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  We still have to deal with the consequences of our bad choices, but we don’t have eternal consequences because of Jesus.

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The Spirit Of God Makes You Special

In His Words

Read 1 Corinthians 3

My Thoughts

Do you know how special you are?  Think about this, there were millions of people in the Old Testament that would be astonished to know that you have the Spirit of God living in you?!

Only a select group of people had that same spirit during those times, but now the Spirit of God resides in your soul.  Which makes your body a temple, a holy place of God.

Something To Ponder

The same spirit that lived in Moses, David and other heroes of the Old Testament, lives in you and in every Christian.  How can we live by the Spirit to change this world?

Prayer

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, and now, and always, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Family Devotion About Giving That Little Something Extra

Sometimes children can be too honest with their words.  This devotion is meant to help kids see the not so obvious thing that is needed.

Question: What is going on in this comic?  (Charlie Brown gets hit so hard is clothes get scattered)

Question: Is Lucy telling Charlie Brown something good? (Yes)

Question: It is important to have our clothes, but what does Charlie Brown need the most right now? (encouragement)

Some men brought to him a man who could not walk. He was lying on a mat. Jesus saw that they had faith. So he said to the man, “Don’t lose hope, son. Your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9:2 (NIrV)

Question: Why did this man come to Jesus (To Be Healed)

Question: What did Jesus do instead? (Forgive his sins)

Question: What is more important, walking or having sins forgiven? (forgiveness)

Sometimes in life, we need something different than the obvious. In the comic, Charlie Brown doesn’t need to know where his clothes have gone, he needs something different. Does he need his clothes back? Yes, but he needs more to be encouraged and built up from being totally embarrassed on the field.

In the Bible verse, the paralytic came to Jesus wanted to walk. It is obvious that this man wanted to walk, but instead Jesus sees his heart and forgives his sins. That didn’t fix the problem that presented, but Jesus knew he needed something more.

Sometimes you can tell people the truth, but they don’t need that at the right moment.  They need to have something a little extra.  Maybe when your (insert sibling) or (insert friend) does something they need to know how proud you are, instead of telling them that you are better.

Question: What can you do today that can give someone that little extra something? 

Additional Reading: Matthew 9:1-8

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