Image-Reflecting: What's on the Inside?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
The Book of Proverbs has some very strong words for people who stir up trouble. Check out this long list: Prov. 13:10; 15:18; 16:28; 17:19; 18:6; 20:3; 22:10; 28:25. God hates those who purposely stir up trouble and cause problems between people. They certainly are not the type of person that you would like to be with in the same room. They are full of put downs, say bad things about other people and in anger tones challenge what other people say. They destroy the peace of family and friends. These folks enjoy the trouble that they create. They call themselves Drama Queens or Drama Kings. They tell people stories to side with them. The Bible says that these people will not inherit the kingdom of God.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Name three ways that Teddy tried but failed to get Spike and Liz angry at each other.
A. He tried to scare Liz with a spider, to write a nasty note signed from Liz and to put gum on Liz’s seat.
Q. Whose portrait did Spike draw?
A. He drew Chamy.
Q. What does Granny give to Lucille?
A. She gives her an ancient secret formula for making people beautiful.
Q. Name some items that Lucille collected.
A. Cookie dough, a spatula, a cookie sheet.
Q. What did Liz do to the picture of Chamy?
A. A black moustache was painted on Chamy’s face.
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.
Take a look at Proverbs 6:16-19 and Matthew 5:1-12. Compare them. Look for connections. Look for opposites. Draw pictures of trouble-makers and peacemakers. How are they different? Name three things that you can do in your classroom, or on your team, or in your family to be a peacemaker.
To be a peacemaker, you can intentionally show care by smiling and listening to others’ stories. You can show respect by being polite and looking for ways to treat people fairly. You can show trust by letting others go first or passing the ball.