Landslide (Scooter, Part 2)


Community-Building: Putting other people's needs before our own.


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

Ephesians 4:2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.


Sometimes people are just plain hard to love. Maybe they have a habit that drives us crazy, or they look for something from us that we are unable or unwilling to give. Yet, Jesus tells us we are to live in love with others and bearing with them is a way that we love (1 Corinthians 4:7 ESV). How do we do this? Ephesians 4:2 explains that we are "bear" with one another. This is a word that we don't use too often. The thesaurus offers these words as similar in meaning: stand, endure, support, carry, tolerate, and accept. Sometimes we just endure, putting up with the annoying behavior without requiring that it change. Other times to bear with can mean to stand with, support or carry. That means that we stand with a person even when he or she tends to alienate others or us. It can also mean that we help a person bear his or her own inability to alter behavior that annoys others by responding with patience and kindness. (See also Colossians 3:12-14, Romans 15:1.)

This kind of love requires humility and patience and is especially called for in families. Living close together day after day can amplify differences in behavior and personality and unless there is tolerance and acceptance, home can become a battleground rather than a safe place. Is your home a safe place for each person who lives there? Do you model tolerance and acceptance? Do your family members stand with each other and help each other carry their burdens? Are you teaching your children to bear with each other?


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What happens when the kids are searching the cave for Scooter?
A. There is an earthquake.

Q. Which direction does a stalagmite grow in a cave?
A. Down from the ceiling.

Q. What did Scooter donate to the sacrificial giving booth?
A. His shoes.

Q. What did Scooter’s dad find in the woods?
A. Scooter's favorite red-hooded sweatshirt.


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.

How does God bear with us in love?
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:24 that Jesus "bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." This echoes what Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53:12, "For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." God bears with us sending Jesus to stand with us as our substitute. God recognizes that we cannot change our behavior on our own. So he sent Jesus to us to stand with us, living as a human being. But he did more than that, he bears the burden of our sin and through his life, death, and resurrection makes it possible for us to be free from that burden. Jesus also stands for us in heaven, interceding for us with the Father as our advocate. God bears with us in love through Jesus.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
Psalm 68:18, 20


Thank God today for the love he has shown you through Jesus. Ask God to help you be humble and patient with those you live with. Look for ways you can bear with someone in your family today.
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