Hi Journey Kids parents!
Throughout the Old Testament, the people of God turned away from Him over and over again. Because of their disobedience, God allowed them to experience the consequences of their choices. They were captured by foreign armies and taken into exile. They finally returned to their homeland many years later. God commissioned a man named Ezra to call Israel back to proper worship by reading God’s instructions to the people. They listened for six hours and when Ezra finished, they were overjoyed at what they had heard. What a good God to have stayed faithful to His people! What a good God to give them His law!
When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.
Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:
Bible Story: Ezra Brings Joy Back to Israel
Big Idea: God’s word brings joy to everyone who understands it.
Memory Verse: “Your covenant laws are your gift to me forever. They fill my heart with joy.” Psalm 119:111 (NIrV)
After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:
The Bible is not a dry book. It’s not an irrelevant book. It is the very Word of God. He reveals Himself in its pages. He tells us how to have a relationship with Him. He teaches us how He wants us to live. And that
is a cause for celebration and joy.
Jennifer Foley is the Children's Ministry Leader at Abundant Life.