Mr. Reliable


Idolatry-Discerning: Choosing God’s way over the world’s way.


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

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. 


There is an explosion of media websites:  2010 – 20 million websites.  2015 – One Billion!  The average person checks their cell phone/remote device 271 times a day.  People are connected, addicted, and must feed their addiction of information flow on their cell/remote device. The world around us talks to us 24/7 if we let it. There are lots of different messages that we are told through the media and advertising, and two big stories are that “newer is better” and that “faster is better”. The other story is that “we deserve the best”.

One of our roles as a parent is help our children sort through all the messages. Your child is consuming 60 hours of media a week as compared to one hour in church. According to researcher George Barna, your child makes decisions about what he/she believes by the age of 13, and will hold that belief for the rest of her/his life. Teaching discernment and giving your child faith formation options in media is more important today than ever before.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who told Liz that “Life is expensive”?
A. Liz was told that by his dad.

Q. Because she is a good writer, what does the school want Lucille to do?
A. They want her to be work of the school’s news channel as a reporter.

Q. How long has Grandpa owned “Mr. Reliable”?
A. He has owned his truck for 25 years.

Q. When happened to Mr. Reliable as it drove into the dealership parking lot?
A. The engine died.

Q. What is Nick’s real name, and how does he know Grandpa before?
A. He was Nick Turner, and he was in Grandpa’s church school class many years ago.


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.


Since God made everything, is it God’s fault that we want new things all the time? See James 1:13-18 for the answer.


The verses say, “Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. Don’t be fooled, my dear friends. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. He wanted us to be his own special people, and so he sent the true message to give us new birth.”

Evil comes from our own hearts. Everything that is good comes from God. He’s got a plan to save His people from sin.


What does the story of all our stuff tell the world about us? Are we consumers more than anything else? Here’s a challenge: Go into your closets and drawers. If you haven’t worn certain clothes for a year, donate them. What else is in your room that you don’t use anymore that would benefit someone else?
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