Finally, hide all the items around the room. Once the children have found all the items, have them work together as a group and line all the objects or pictures in a row to correctly present the Bible verse. We are called to deny ourselves, which means that self no longer has any rights. We are to be clothed with humility. Or is your vision of God and his will for your life clouded by spiritual cataracts or near-sightedness brought on by an unhealthy preoccupation with things? Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
John The Baptist Lived in the wilderness On locusts and honey he fed Eventually he died After losing his head 9. We may not be able to see the physical manifestation of those things, but we believe by faith in the truth that one day we will be with Christ — the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. God calls him a fool and says that his life is required of him that day. The question he asks is how he might have eternal life.
It causes us not to see the truth, the will of God, correctly. Instructions This Christian Easter scavenger hunt has two parts. Darlene Deibler Rose lost everything but gained so much more. Darlene Deibler Rose, Evidence Not Seen New York, New York: Harper and Row, 1990 , p. When riches are the focus of our lives, our vision becomes distorted.
Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? Example 2 — The Parable of the Rich Fool Luke 12:13-21. Are you investing in the future eternity to come, or are you investing in the here and now? It causes us not to see the truth, the will of God, correctly. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations in articles, reviews, and broadcasts. You never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer! Our enemy wants nothing more than to distract us with these temporal pleasures and things of this world so that we do not have an intimate relationship with our Father. James Montgomery Boice, The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7 Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1972 , pp.
The color and state of a window decide what light gets into a room. The day had started like any other day of work at the mine. For example, patience could be represented by a photo of a long line of people in a store, while joy might be a toddler on a swing in a playground. Their hearts were set upon the things of this earth, and they were willing to disobey God for the sake of temporal riches that do not last. But teaching our children to enjoy giving requires focus and attention. In reading through and studying the Sermon on the Mount over the past several months, my heart has been challenged to really think through this question and to evaluate if my heart is seeking after self or after a real, vibrant relationship with God. What an awesome thing to know that as believers our inheritance is waiting for us, that as children of God, we will inherit eternity! Now as they attack Jericho, one of the men disobeys the command of the Lord and keeps for himself a beautiful Babylonian garment, 200 shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing 50 pounds.
Example 2 — The Rich Young Ruler Matthew 19:16-22. He was circumcised the eighth day; he was of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New King James Version. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. And Frederick Wells had just unearthed a diamond weighing more than 3,100 carats, that is, more than a pound or half a kilogram. .
This young ruler is wealthy and supposedly has a lot going for him, but he is not willing to let those things go in order to follow Jesus. I can remember a time when for two days, I had something in my eye that hurt continually and made my eye water. Eventually the door closes, and Beni is trapped amongst all those jewels and riches, never to see the light of day again and never able to use the riches he deemed so valuable. Your value begins with the fact that you are made by the hand of the Creator in His very image. During the silver refining process, the silver has to be put in the middle of the fire where the flames are hottest to take away all impurities. In Matthew 6, Jesus brings up two big temptations we all face as believers that distract us and pull us away from the importance and the satisfaction that we can have in our relationship with God the Father.
It allows colors, scenery, and faces to come to light when we look at them. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. And honestly, I need the reminder quite often to enjoy giving. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. This is the edited manuscript of Lesson 29 in the Studies in the Gospel of Matthew series prepared by Lenny Correll on September 7, 2003.
The big question from the Sermon on the Mount is the question of where my heart is. In the passages of Scripture quoted above, we see an incredible call to serve our Father, as His children and as His disciples. Alternatively, you could have your youth act out various scenes representing the fruits and take photos of them. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. In verse 18, God instructs the children of Israel to attack Jericho, to abstain from the accursed things, and to bring all the silver, gold, and vessels of bronze and iron to be consecrated to the Lord into the treasury of the Lord.