Posted in Ages 11 & above, God & Me

Besties for Life

We all have at least one bestie whom we call our “BFF”. We share all our secrets with them, we hang out, watch movies together, study together, play together, give advices to each other, find solutions to each other’s problems, etc… They understand us better than our family. However, life brings us such dark times that neither our besties nor our family will be able to help us… Whom will we turn to? Is there anyone who can help us in such situations? Who will be by our side during such terrible times? Is there anyone who cares for us more than our friends and family?

Let us open the treasure book and find some clues!!!

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Clue 1 – Isaiah 49:15, Psalms 27:10

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

Isaiah 49:15

When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

Psalms 27:10

A mother who nursed her child can never forget the child, but even if it so happens that she forgets her child, the Lord will NEVER FORGET US!!! Parents loves us the most – more than anyone else in this world. They are very much concerned about our well-being and they sacrifice a lot for our sake… They would never want to abandon us. But if such a situation arises when “Our Own” abandons us, where will we turn to? The Lord, for he will take care of us. He will be by our side always… He will never leave us nor forsake us… He loves us unconditionally – more than even our parents!!! We cannot see such perfect love anywhere else.

Clue 2 – Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:1-20

Jesus with his disciples went to a place called Gadarenes where he met a man who was possessed with demons. This man was not in his right mind and behaved crazy. He did not wear cloths and he lived in tombs. His family and friends disowned him as he was a nuisance and burden to them. They bound him in chains and shackles. But he broke loose of the bondage and wandered in the wilderness. Night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. The demons tortured him and no one could tame him or help him. He was in a very pathetic condition when Jesus met him. Jesus, the Son of God, has authority over the demons. When He saw this man, He had compassion on him and set him FREE from the captivity and torture of the demons. The man came back to his right mind and behavior. Jesus stayed by his side and helped him out from his terrible condition when everyone else remained helpless.

No matter how terrible our situation or condition is, Jesus is able to help us and bring us out of it.

Clue 3 – Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

This is a promise that God has given us. We need not fear because the all-powerful, all-knowledgeable and sovereign God is WITH US. HE is by our side always… We need not be discouraged at all because HE is our GOD. God will strengthen us, help us and uphold us.

It will be so good to have such person as our best friend, who is with us always, who encourages us, who takes care of us and strengthens us…

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What do we look for in a bestie?

A bestie should be honest, faithful, trustworthy, non-judgmental, encouraging, loving and caring. Also they should stand by us during times of failures and help us in our need.

GOD is the perfect Bestie we can ever have.

God is Honest and trustworthy. He always keeps his word and promises.

He is faithful. Even if the parents who gave birth to us disowns us, He will not leave us or abandon us, but will be by our side always and takes care of us.

He loves us unconditionally… While we were still sinners, He laid down his life for us to save us from the eternal fire.

He is not judgmental. He knows everything concerning us and accepts us as we are.

He is an ever present help during times of trouble.

He encourages us, strengthens us and upholds us.

What more do we need in a bestie? So get closer to Him… Seek Him and you will find Him. Make Him your bestie…

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for teaching us that you are the perfect bestie that we can ever find. Thank you for being a great friend to us and for taking care of us. Thank you for always standing by our side and loving us unconditionally. We love you, in Jesus name Amen!


Posted in Ages 5 to 10

Who is your superhero?

Who doesn’t love superheroes? spider-man, superman, avengers, and the list continues…

Why do we call them superheroes?

Because they have super powers, they fight crime, they help people who are in trouble, and ultimately they save the world from evil!!!  We love them and imitate them, knowing very well that they are just imaginary characters and NOT REAL!!!

But, What if…. there is a REAL superhero with REAL superpowers who fights the REAL evil and delivers people from trouble? Shouldn’t we be looking out for such a superhero to follow?

Let us open the treasure book and see if we can find some clues!!!!

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Clue:1 – John 2 : 1-9
Turned water to wine

Jesus Turned Water to Wine – John 2 : 1-9 -To read this bible portion, please click on this video

Jesus and his friends went for a wedding. There was a problem at the wedding – the host did not have enough wine and they would be humiliated, if guests finds the wine ran out… When asked by his mother, Jesus stepped in, even though it was not his concern. He asked the servants to fill water in the jars and give it to people!!! Boom… water turned to wine and the master of ceremony said, it was the best one he had!!  

It normally takes many months to make a good wine, but how did Jesus turn water into wine in an instant?

Superpower!!!


Clue:2 – John 6 : 5-13
Fed 5000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes

Jesus Feeds 5000 – John 6 : 5-13 -To read this bible portion, please click on this video

Thousands of people crowded to see Jesus wherever he went.. One such day, Jesus wanted to arrange food for the crowd. But there were only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes with them. It definitely was not enough to feed all the 5000 people who gathered!!! But Jesus gave thanks, broke the bread and fed all the people as much as they needed, with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. Even there were 12 baskets of leftovers!! How did Jesus do this?

Superpower!!!


Clue:3 – Matthew 14 : 25-27
Walked on water

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Jesus walked on water!!! The human body normally sinks in water!!! How did Jesus walk on water?

Superpower!!!


Clue:4 – John 11: 38 – 44  
Raised a Dead man to life

Raising Lazarus- John 11 : 38-44 -To read this bible portion, please click on this video

Lazarus was dead already four days back and was buried when Jesus arrived. But when Jesus called “Lazarus come out” he came out of his tomb alive bound in grave clothes… How can a dead person come back to life? That too after 4 days!!! How did Jesus do it?

Superpower & supreme authority over death!!!


Clue:5 – John 19 & 20
Jesus’s death and Resurrection!!!

There were many other wonders and miracles that Jesus did during his life time – he healed many sick people, gave sight to blind people, freed the demon possessed, raised the dead and so on…

The most important thing he did for all of us is –

Being perfect without sin, he CHOSE to DIE on the cross for US – He redeemed all of us from the kingdom of darkness to kingdom of light!!

Even the grave could not contain him and death lost its power before him!!! He rose from the dead on the third day!!! He even has authority over death.

He is eternal and in him is LIFE eternal!!!

That is a TRUE superhero!!!


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JESUS CHRIST

is a perfect superhero!!!

Jesus Christ is still alive!!!! And HE is the SAME yesterday, today and forever!!!

Now we know a super hero who is REAL, who is ALIVE, who is ETERNAL, who has the SUPREME AUTHORITY and who is VICTORIOUS over the powers of darkness!!!

Well then, who should be our real superhero???

YES….. JESUS!!!!

Jesus is our savior, our superhero, our friend and our GOD!!!

HE IS EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED!!!


Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your love, that you sent your only begotten son to save us. We thank you for Jesus, our savior, our superhero, our friend and our GOD.. We love you Lord and bless your Holy Name!! In Jesus name AMEN!!


Posted in Ages 5 to 10

AM I GOOD ENOUGH?

Very often we stand in front of the mirror and admire ourselves… We all love to do that!!!!

Some days we feel very charming & beautiful and some other days we are not happy with our looks…

There are even some other days when our friends, parents, siblings or dear ones comment negatively on our looks or even on our personality. And I am sure few of those comments would have made us wonder

“Am I really like that?”

Their words influence us and most of the time affects our confidence.

Hey… Have we passed such negative comments on others? Uhmmm… maybe not always directly…. many times behind their back

Oh My.. she is very dark !!!

he is a shorty…. he is a fatso….

I have not seen such an ugly face!!!!

blah.. blahh.. blahhhh….”

Do you think this is right?

In our defense we will say

“Everyone does it…. so why not me”?

Everyone does it” doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. We should always do what is right.

Let us explore and find the right thing!!

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CLUE 1Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Sometimes we say or we hear others say “He is a spitting image of his father or she looks exactly like her mother and so on. Here the bible says, God created humans in “HIS OWN” image and created them as man and woman. This means we are the spitting image of our Father, GOD Himself – and this applies to both man and woman.

CLUE 2Psalms 139:13-14

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and 
wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

God formed us inside our mother’s womb. We are made fearfully and wonderfully. Each of us are a handiwork of God – HIS Creative Masterpiece.

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I AM “UNIQUE” & “SPECIAL”.
I AM CREATED IN
GOD’S OWN IMAGE &
SO ARE OTHERS.

If we think we are “not good enough” or we are ugly, then we are doubting God and his wonderful creativity.

If we pass negative comments about others appearance, we are insulting God’s creativity and God, the creator Himself



Prayer:

Father, thank you for creating me so wonderfully and in your own image. Thank you for revealing to me that i am special and unique…. Please forgive me for my bad attitude. Help me also to remember that all people around me are created in your image. Amen!!