Tuesday: Struggle

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, life can be hard sometimes. But no matter what is going on, you always invite us to pause and spend some time with you. Thank you for loving us, even when we feel alone and unlovable. Help us to learn more about you as we study your Word today. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Galatians 2:11-12
Paul wrote to the Galatians: When Peter came to Antioch, I told him face to face that he was wrong. He used to eat with Gentile followers of the Lord, until James sent some Jewish followers. Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Jews were people who came from a religious background. Gentiles did not. In your own experience, what are some differences (good or bad) you might notice between people who go to church and those who don't?

Child: When have you felt afraid of being seen hanging around with someone else? Did this affect any of your decisions? How?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord, it can be hard to go against the crowd. But you want us to live in the freedom of the gospel rather than in fear of judgment. Help us to reach out to those who need to hear your Word, and not to worry about what people may say. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you bravely reach out to others! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, be present with us as we study your Word today. Help us to follow you, and to learn how to live out our faith. Thank you for being with us, even in the midst of hardship and struggle. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

1 Corinthians 1:10-12
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth: My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What’s a good way to solve a disagreement? When have you done that?

Child: Have you ever taken a side in someone else’s argument? Why can that be unhelpful?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord, it is hard when we argue with the people who are closest to us. Help us notice where others suffer, so that we can more easily be kind to them. May we learn to see people as you see them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you look to God when you need help! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, as we hear more about Paul and his adventures, teach us to listen well, and to be thankful for the many good things in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 28:3-4
After Paul had gathered some wood and had put it on the fire, the heat caused a snake to crawl out, and it bit him on the hand. When the local people saw the snake hanging from Paul’s hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer! He didn’t drown in the sea, but the goddess of justice will kill him anyway.” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Do you think Paul was frightened when the snake bit him on the hand? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were him?

Child: People turned on Paul and said terrible things about him. What’s the best way to respond when people say bad things about you?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, when times are tough, we know we can always turn to you. Thank you for being our dearest and best friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you face hard things with faith. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Be with us now, and always. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 27:18-20
[Paul and several other prisoners were sailing on a ship with some sailors when a storm hit]. The storm was so fierce that the next day they threw some of the ship’s cargo overboard. Then on the third day, with their bare hands they threw overboard some of the ship’s gear. For several days we could not see either the sun or the stars. A strong wind kept blowing, and we finally gave up all hope of being saved. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why do you think the sailors threw their cargo off the ship during the storm? Does that decision make sense to you? Why or why not?

Child: Why would it be important for sailors to be able to see the sun or the stars in Paul’s day? How would modern sailors handle that problem?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, sometimes things seem dark all around us, and it is hard to imagine how we’ll find our way forward. But you are our guide, leading us every step of the way. Help us to remember that in hard times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you trust God when you’re scared. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, you know us by name, and we belong to you. Let that good news soak into our hearts and minds today, and help us to remember it when we are feeling most alone. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 24:5-9
[A lawyer named Tertullus, and several other leaders, went to the governor to present a case against Paul]: “This man has been found to be a real pest and troublemaker for Jews all over the world. He is also a leader of a group called Nazarenes. When he tried to disgrace the temple, we arrested him. If you question him, you will find out for yourself that our charges are true.” The Jewish crowd spoke up and agreed with what Tertullus had said. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: No matter where Paul went, he met people who were against him. Why do you think he chose to continue to work for Jesus? Would you have the courage to do that? Why or why not?

Child: As people who believe in Jesus, should we expect our lives always to be easy? Why or why not?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, most of us would like a simple, stress-free life. But sometimes, serving you requires doing the hard things. Help us to remain faithful each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you serve God even when that’s hard to do. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, may your Word soak into our hearts and minds, so that we remember it when we are faced with hard choices. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 21:27-28
When the period of seven days for the ceremony was almost over, some of the Jewish people from Asia saw Paul in the temple. They got a large crowd together and started attacking him. They were shouting, “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple. He has even brought shame to this holy temple by bringing in Gentiles.” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Paul was being bullied by a crowd. Why do you think no one stood up for him? What might the people in the crowd have been feeling?

Child: Have you ever been bullied or seen someone else be bullied? When? What helped make that situation better?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, sometimes others can be unkind. Sometimes we can be unkind, too. Turn our hearts towards you, so that we can be compassionate even when that’s hard to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you treat others with kindness. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, give us courage when we are faced with trials. Help us to learn from you today, and to lean on you always. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 20:8-9
In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. A young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Have you ever seen an accident? What happened? Who were the helpers that God sent to the scene, and what did they do?

Child: It’s hard to see someone suffer, especially when their fate is out of our control. What can we do in these situations? How can that make a difference for them—and for us?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, when we are shaken, remind us to look to you for strength and support. Help us to trust you in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you turn to God for comfort. Amen.