Rich in Joy


Servant-Working: Giving brings more joy than receiving.


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

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


Whether it's time, assistance or money, giving is all about attitude. In Genesis 4: 3-5, Abel gave not only the firstborn of his flock, but the choicest of the firstborn. He gave the best of the best. By contrast, we read that Cain brought "some of the fruit of the soil". Perhaps, he was filling an obligation.  Hebrews 11:4 reads "Because Abel had faith, he offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God was pleased with him and his gift, and even though Abel is now dead, his faith still speaks for him." When we give our best of the best, we give blessings to each other, and we bless God with the blessings that he gave us. We work in thankfulness to God for all He has done for us. Show your family the circle of blessings among God, others and you.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Lucille say was the main point of Pastor Dan's sermon?
A. Pastor Dan said, “When you serve God, God blesses you.”

Q. What did Liz make for the fundraiser?
A. He made spaghetti with a rather spicy cockroach sauce.

Q. What does Miss Wattle want the boys to do?
A. She wants them to serve the pizza at the church for people in need.

Q. What percent of the profits does Cole offer to Spike?
A. He offers him one percent.

Q. Why did the boys do what Miss Wattle asked?
A. They did because the recipe was hers.

Q. Who does Lucille discover in her church?
A. Chamy was there.


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.


List ways that you can bless another person without using any money.


You can give a smile. You can laugh with that person. You can spend time with that person. You can give hugs, pats on the shoulder or other good safe touch. You can start a friendly conversation with that person. You can listen to that person and show that you care. You can do an activity which the other person likes. You can help without being asked. You can encourage the other person. You can say thank you for something they did. 


Choose three people (or more) that in this week you are going to make plans to bless each of them. Be intentional to bless!
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