Community- Building: Staying loyal to friends.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Do not forsake a friend and the friend of your father.
This episode is about friendship. Liz's friends show their friendship for Liz by looking for him when he disappears. They use what they know about Liz to help them figure out where he might be. And, they are successful at finding him and helping him escape from the computer thieves.
One important characteristic of friendship is described in the memory verse-"not forsaking." To "not forsake" is to be loyal. There are plenty of opportunities to put this verse into practice. Do you turn your back on your friends when the other kids decide that they don't like them? Or, do you stand with your friends, and risk becoming ostracized along with them? Do you walk away when your friend is in trouble, or do you stay and try to help and encourage? Do you keep your commitment to your friend, or do you choose to do something else when a better opportunity comes along?
Jesus tells us that we are His friends when we do what He commands (John 15:14). It's an awesome privilege to be Jesus' friend. Let's pray that we can all do what Jesus commands and then be the kind of friend to Jesus who is loyal and does not forsake the One who loves us.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why did Liz decide to look for the computers that were stolen from school?
A. Because he had a high score on one of the computer games and he didn't want to lose it.
Q. How come Skink wanted to find the computers?
A. Because he thought he could get some reward money.
Q. How did Liz's friends figure out that Liz was in the warehouse?
A. They saw his red hat by the door of the warehouse.
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.