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Righteous Vs. Wicked

Bible Game Application: Righteous living – active

Bible Point: When you live a righteous life, you grow towards God. When you live a wicked life, you move away from God. Before playing, spend a few minutes talking about the meaning of righteous and wicked living.

Set Up: The teacher stands at one end of the playing area. Players line up at the start line at the opposite end of the playing area. Tell players the teacher represents God.

How To Play: When teacher holds his or her thumbs up (represents righteous living) the players move by walking, running, skipping, etc. towards the teacher. When the teacher holds thumbs down (represents wicked living) the players must freeze. If the teacher sees a player(s) move when thumbs are down, that player(s) must return to the start line. Play continues until a player tags the teacher. The first player to tag the teacher takes the teacher's place in the next round of play. Play as long as time allows.

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Bible Skit:
Joshua, Rahab, and the Two Spies
Based on Joshua Chapters 1-6

Optional Props: Name cards attached to players to identify them, a crown for the King, a staff for Joshua, binoculars or a magnifying glass for the spies, a shawl for Rahab, a piece of red yarn for Rahab (to be kept in her pocket till the appropriate time), swords for the soldiers of Jericho, a sign that says “Rooftop,” and one that says “Window.” Place the rooftop sign on a tabletop, and the window sign on the back of a chair.

Cast: Teacher/narrator, Joshua, two children to be the Israelite spies, Rahab, King of Jericho, and two children to be soldiers of Jericho. You may want the children to rehearse the skit before the lesson, or perform it impromptu.

Narrator: The Bible tells us that Moses and the Israelites wandered in the desert without reaching the Promise land for 40 years. After Moses died God told Joshua that he would become the new leader to fulfill God’s promise to his people, and he would lead them into the Promised Land.

So Joshua assembled the Israelites, and told them to get ready to cross the Jordan River to take over the land. Before they took over the land, Joshua chose two spies to check out one of the most wicked cities, Jericho. There the spies entered the house of a prostitute named, Rahab. The Bible tells us that Rahab and the people of that entire region had heard about the power of the God of Israel, and that she and they were very afraid. Because Rahab feared God, she wanted to help the spies by hiding them from the King of Jericho and his soldiers. . . . 

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Back in Time With Jesus

Today’s enrichment idea, based on John 4:1-42, is similar to the fun, story-telling technique, “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,” an interactive method whereby the listeners travel with you; as the story progresses the listeners move according to your directions (bold and italicized). It’s ok to pause while the kids walk or run in place and before moving on to the next section of the story. You might select a few kids to stand by you as you lead the class and tell the story. You can improvise the story in your own words or use the following script and read it dramatically:

Everybody stand up, because today we’re going to travel back in time with Jesus. 

Let’s begin walking (walk in place or begin patting legs).

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more followers than John, but it wasn’t Jesus who baptized, it was his disciples. When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and hurried back to Galilee.

Let’s get moving (walk faster)! 

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Learn to Pray

There is only one prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray. There is nothing magical or mysterious about this prayer. Jesus doesn’t say that if you pray this prayer things will go your way or you’ll change God’s mind regarding the circumstances in your life. No, this prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, is a model of how to pray. It teaches us to trust in God and to pray for his will to be done in our lives. Some people believe if they say just the right words or repeat a special prayer over and over again, or if they pray at a special time of day or to someone or something, then God will hear their prayers and do what they ask of him. We might even have the notion that if we live just right, then God will be pleased with us, and in turn things will go well for us. After all, the Bible does say, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). It is very tempting to think that we could change God’s mind (or control him) by doing or saying the right things. But this kind of thinking, that praying a certain way will get us what we want, is wrong. It places us in the role of God and makes God our errand boy, waiting for our next command. We want what we want when we want it, and we don’t want to wait to get it (whatever it may be). Trusting God, no matter what is happening in our lives, is a scary place to be. We don’t naturally trust God to be in control of our lives, but this is exactly what God wants us to learn and to do. He wants us to trust and depend on him no matter the circumstances. In fact, I think more often than not, he puts difficult and scary situations into our lives for this very purpose. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. God wants to teach us how to please him, and this is only accomplished by trusting him, not trying to control him. And when this happens, God’s desires become our desires. In other words, he literally puts his desires in our hearts! 

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