Kidnapped (Part 2)


God-Worshiping: God the stronghold.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?


What do you consider a safe place when you are under attack? For many of us it is our homes. There we are safe from the danger on the streets, and from unkind words and actions of others. There we find unconditional love and acceptance. At least, that what we should find. But sometimes this isn't the case in our homes any more than it is at school or work. Sometimes we feel totally vulnerable.

But in Christ we do have a safe place. Our memory verse calls the Lord a "stronghold." A stronghold is a strong place, a place where we are safe, a place where we can hide from our enemies, a place that protects us when we are under attack.

When we make our homes strongholds-that is, safe places where our children can find protection and unconditional love, they can begin to understand God as a stronghold. Spend time with your family today and talk about how God is a stronghold for you personally, tell them how you want them to feel safe in your home, and remind them that God is their stronghold.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where do the kidnappers keep Liz?
A. In the basement of their house.

Q. What did Liz find in the basement?
A. A lot of dusty furniture and a phone.

Q. How did Liz trick Neall into telling him the address?
A. By calling him and pretending that he was a radio game show host offering him a prize.

Q. Why did Liz hide from the garda when they searched the kidnappers home?
A. Liz wanted to talk the kidnappers into turning themselves in.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

What does it mean that God is a “stronghold”?
The word "stronghold" is a predominate element in the Old Testament stories about David and in the Psalms by David. When David was on the run from Saul, he found refuge in strongholds. (See 1 Samuel 22:4, 5; 23: 14, 19, 29; 24:22; 2 Samuel 5:17, 23:14. Psalm 9:9; 18:2, 45; 37:39; 43:2; 52:7.) Because God is called a stronghold, we know that God is a place of refuge, safety and protection.


Do you know someone who needs a stronghold, a place of refuge? What can you do today to make that person feel loved and safe?
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