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Posts by Jennifer Foley

Elementary, January 17: Jesus and the Blind Man

When you’ve been blind since birth, there’s not a lot of hope of ever being able to see. That is, of course, unless you happen to encounter Jesus. In our story this week, that’s exactly what happened. Jesus miraculously healed a man born blind. Now, you’d think this would turn the Pharisees – who were skeptical of Jesus – into believers! But no such luck. They questioned the man who’d been healed over and over again until he finally said, “I don’t know how He did it! But I know this. I was blind, but now I can see.”

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Elementary, January 10: Jesus and Simon the Pharisee

Jesus was at the home of a Pharisee named Simon. While they were eating dinner, a woman with a not-so-great reputation burst into the room and ran to Jesus. She knelt before Him, kissed his feet, and poured oil on them. Simon couldn’t believe Jesus would allow such a woman to touch Him. But Jesus came to her defense. He told a parable that showed them that her gratitude was in response to all that she’d been forgiven.

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Elementary, January 3: Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus wasn’t too popular with the Pharisees. Jesus obeyed the law of God, but He refused to follow the rules and regulations the Pharisees had made. But there was one Pharisee who was curious about Jesus. He thought that maybe – just maybe – Jesus was who He claimed to be. So, one night, under the cover of darkness, he snuck out to meet with Jesus.

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Elementary, December 27: Wise Men Worship the King of Kings

I hope you had an incredible Christmas! But just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the celebration is over! See, sometime after Jesus was born, he was visited by a band of wise men from the east. They followed a star that led them to Bethlehem. They offered him gold, frankincense, and myrrh – gifts fit for a king! They recognized that this little boy was worthy of their worship.

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Elementary, December 20: The Greatest Gift

Merry Christmas! We’ve been looking forward to this day all year long! Can you believe it’s here? Mary and Joseph couldn’t either. See, the Jewish people had been looking forward to the day when God would finally send His Rescuer. But can you imagine Mary’s shock when she found out that she would be Jesus’ mother? And Joseph’s shock when he found out his soon-to-be wife was pregnant with God’s Son? It would have been hard to believe! Can you imagine the shepherd’s shock when a chorus of angels appeared to announce that the Rescuer had been born? They had been looking forward to this day for hundreds of years – and it was finally here.

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Elementary, December 13: John the Baptist is Born

Christmas is coming! But how do we know it’s coming? It may seem like a silly question but think about it. We know because, probably when we were little, someone told us about Christmas. They may not have told us the whole story or why it matters, but we at least heard about it. Well, in the first century, nobody knew Jesus was coming! They needed someone to tell them! That’s why God sent John. He came to proclaim the good news that Jesus was coming and encouraged everyone to prepare their hearts for His arrival.

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Elementary, November 29: Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

The city of Jerusalem had been destroyed years earlier. The Jewish people were living as exiles in the land of Persia. Nehemiah, a cupbearer in the court of King Cyprus, dreamt of returning to the land and rebuilding the city wall of Jerusalem. Well, God made a way for it to happen. But rebuilding the wall proved to be no simple task. It was a massive wall that required a lot of time, resources, and laborers. To make matters worse, Nehemiah was constantly dealing with people who opposed his mission. He could not possibly have done it alone. He needed help.

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Elementary, November 22: Queen Esther

Haman had it in for the Jews. He’d been looking for a way to destroy them ever since one Jewish man named Mordecai refused to bow down before him. Haman was a high official in the court of the Persian king Xerxes. What Haman didn’t know was that Xerxes’ queen – Esther – was of Jewish descent!

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Elementary, November 15: Daniel and the Lion’s Den

This week, we are learning about Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Darius – the king of Babylon – decreed that everyone in the kingdom should bow down only to him. Daniel, though, refused to bow before anyone but God. When he heard the decree, he went instead to his room and prayed. Daniel’s enemies were outside listening – hoping to catch him disobeying the king’s orders. When they heard him praying, they reported him to Darius, who had him thrown into a den of lions.

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