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    Rom 12:13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

    Isn’t it fun to play dress up and invite friends over for a tea party? This is good practice, too. God enjoys seeing His children practice using good manners, being friendly and sharing with others. These things can also help us learn to share our time, food, money and belongings with those less fortunate than ourselves. When we do, we are not only doing something good for them, but serving the Lord, as well (Matt 25:40). So start practicing now. Be generous with some of the many blessings the Lord gives you!

    By the way, whenever you sit down to eat, it is good to follow the example given to us by Jesus and thank our Heavenly Father for your food (Luke 9:16). Remember, it is the Lord who gives families the ability to earn the money they need to pay for their food (Deut 8:17-18). One prayer that is easy to learn is: “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for this food. By His hands we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.”

    Heb 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
    Matt 10:8 " . . . Freely you have received, freely give."
    Matt 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
    Luke 9:16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.
    Deut 8:17-18 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth . . .

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    2 Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

    There will always be poor people in the land. We should help those who are truly poor and who cannot help themselves (Deut 15:11). We can do this by donating our time and money to church-run soup kitchens, shelters, ministries who help the poor and organizations like that. These places provide food for adults and their families under certain circumstances, such as: when the parents are physically unable to work, they cannot find an honest job, they have lost their house to disaster, etc.

    However, if an adult is healthy, can work, needs money, isn’t already a homemaker and there are honest jobs available that they can do, they should try very hard to get a paying job. To not do so is to be lazy and to invite poverty (Prov 6:10-11; 10:4). America was founded by hard workers. It was not founded by freeloaders (people who let others pay their expenses, while refusing to work). We should all work hard, carry our own load, provide for our families (1 Tim 5:8) and earn the food we eat!

    Gal 6:5 for each one should carry his own load.
    2 Thes 3:12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
    Titus 3:14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.
    Deut 15:11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
    Prov 6:10-11 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
    Prov 10:4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
    1 Tim 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Gardener

    Prov 12:11 He who works his land will have abundant food . . .

    Gardens can be a lot of fun! They can take a lot of work, what with breaking up the soil, planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing and harvesting--but they are SOOO worth it! It is very satisfying to see and smell the lovely flowers or eat the fresh fruits and vegetables that you have grown in your own garden. Your local library can provide plenty of information to help you begin.

    There are many specialized gardening books available that you might enjoy, such as on planting small gardens, organic gardens or even Bible gardens! One great example is Planting a Bible Garden by F. Nigel Hepper. This book tells you what to choose for growing plants like those mentioned in the Bible. If you live in a moderate climate (similar to that of Israel or Southern California), or if a greenhouse is available, you could start such a garden at your home or perhaps at your church. Just think, your garden could be a sort of living museum!*

    Gardening also helps you to see just a little bit of God’s wisdom at work--you can see the incredible results of how God has designed tiny little seeds to grow into flowers, fruit, vegetables, trees and more!

    If you want to work with plants when you grow up, too, you may want to specialize as a nurseryman (who works at a place that raises plants, such as for sale), a landscaper (who designs and plants gardens, yards, parks, etc.), a horticulturalist (who works with the more scientific aspects of growing plants) or a farmer (who grows tons of food and feeds tons of people!).

    Anyone who enjoys gardening can tell you that watching tiny little seeds sprout up and become full-grown plants is a fun and fascinating thing to do. Try it--you’ll be glad you did!

    Jer 29:5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.”
    Deut 8:10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.


    [*Opportunity: You might want to check the Internet and see if any of the churches or public gardens near you have Bible gardens or Bible-garden sections. Touring one of these gardens can add a whole new dimension to your understanding of Bible times!]

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Mother Nature

    Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

    There are people that refuse to believe the Lord had anything to do with creating the earth. Quite a few of these same people think the earth and every living thing on it sort of developed by chance. Furthermore, many even like to jokingly think of nature as being controlled by a fake person they call “Mother Nature.” Sadly, some people actually even worship the earth and call it “Mother Earth” as if it was a female god!

    In truth, God, our heavenly Father, created the entire universe, including the earth and nature. The Bible says that there is clearly evidence for God in creation (Rom 1:20). You see, there is so much incredible detail, design and order in creation, that there is no possible way that the universe and everything in it could have come about by chance! In fact, there are today thousands of creation scientists with post-graduate degrees. Many of them once believed in evolution (the theory that complex life developed from simple forms over time without benefit of a Creator), but upon further study, realized that God's work is the only way life and this universe could have been created!* Moreover, the number of believers in God's creation is increasing quickly among those with scientific and technical training.1 For example, Mensa, a group of intellectuals from around the world who score in the top 2% on I.Q. tests, has a growing group of those interested in creation science, too.2

    God made the earth to be lived on (Is 45:18). He created mankind to live on it (Ps 115:16) and subdue it (Gen 1:28). Conserving resources is good. Recycling and reducing pollution are good. Planting trees, vines and gardens are good. Taking care of people, plants and animals is good. Worshipping the earth is bad. Don’t ever worship the earth. That is idolatry (the sin of the worship of false gods) and God hates idolatry (Ex 20:3).

    Let us give thanks to God for this wonderful earth He created for us--and let us worship the Creator, not the creation (Rom 1:25)!

    Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    Rom 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
    Is 45:18 For this is what the LORD says--he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited--he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
    Ps 115:16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.
    Gen 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
    Ex 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me."


    1 Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker, What is Creation Science? (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1982) 301-302. [*Note: Both these authors, Dr. Morris and Dr. Parker, are perfect examples of former evolutionists. Upon further study, they came to believe in God's creation and are now creation scientists.]
    2 “High I.Q. Creationists,” Creation Ex Nihilo, Vol. 15 No. 1, p. 22

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    X-Ray Man

    Prov 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

    Have you ever seen an X-ray of some of your bones? It's pretty cool to see how the Lord put us together, isn't it? And God doesn't need X-rays to see the over 200 bones inside us. He built us and He knows us from the inside out!

    When people buy a new car, the manufacturer usually gives the new owner an instruction manual that tells them how to operate it and take care of it. This also helps the owner obtain the best performance, over the longest number of years and avoid the most typical problems.

    Some people say the Bible is like an owner’s instruction manual for people--a manual written by God, our “manufacturer.” He designed and created mankind. We can't expect to be wise enough to figure out all the best guidelines for life all by ourselves. God's flawless word is a much easier--and much better--way (Ps 18:30)! He knows what operational and maintenance guidelines we should follow for us to be healthier, stronger, happier and more at peace over the longest number of years. So, for fewer energy leaks, frayed wires and breakdowns, be wise........read your “manual”!

    Deut 12:28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
    Is 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
    Ps 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Couch Potato Kid

    Eph 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity . . .

    The costume memory aid today is a child in a potato costume sitting on a couch in front of a television; remote in hand; wearing large, hypnotized-looking spiral glasses; with a bowl of popcorn and a box of candies sitting next to him; and lastly, cobwebs growing on him! That can remind us of that silly name for people who sit around a lot just watching TV, playing electronic games or things like that--couch potatoes. It wouldn't look like he was accomplishing much would it?

    How do you spend your days? Do you use your time wisely? Do you try to do good things? Do you study your school subjects? Do you study the Bible? Do you try to help your family and friends? Are you kind and polite to others? Do you try to be a good influence on others? Do you avoid things that are bad for you, such as bad movies and bad people? Do you try to eat properly to help you stay healthy? Do you get the proper amount of exercise, play and rest to help you keep in good shape and have energy? Do you rest on Sundays and go to church? Do you set worthy goals and prepare properly to accomplish them? Do you pray before making big decisions and ask for God’s guidance? Do you take time to thank God for His many blessings? Do you tell your friends about Jesus and heaven?

    Use your time wisely! Don’t sit around on a couch all day doing very little. Want to avoid boredom? Try to accomplish something good and worthwhile every day!

    Gal 6:10 . . . as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially . . . to the family of believers.
    2 Thes 3:6 . . . keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Judge

    Matt 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged” . . .

    There is a time and a place for judging. A good judge in a courtroom upholds the law and helps a trial go smoothly. He or she ensures the lawyers have a chance to properly represent their clients. Good judges also take their jobs seriously, as if judging in place of the Lord--and they use the Bible to help them make good decisions (2 Chr 19:6). However, when they leave the courtroom, good judges lay aside their robes, knowing that their judging job is done for the day.

    We can learn from that example. We should not go around openly judging others. Of course, we must make silent judgments about others. This helps us decide things like whether it is safe to be around someone, play with them, work with them, etc. For this purpose, it is useful to watch what a person does (the Bible calls it what kind of "fruit" they produce), rather than judging by mere appearances (Luke 6:44-45, John 7:24). However, we should not “judge” people out loud.

    In other words, we shouldn’t make fun of others, say bad things about them or tell them there is something wrong with them.* If we did, it would hurt their feelings, right? Not only that, then what would they do? They would probably try to find something bad to say about us! That’s because if we are mean to other people, it will just make them want to be mean right back to us. If you judge people, people will judge you. So don’t judge others out loud. If you can’t think of anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all!

    [*Note: Unless it’s to try to help them keep from doing something sinful.--2 Tim 2:24-26.]

    Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
    2 Chr 19:6 He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict.”
    Luke 6:44-45 “Each tree is recognized by its own fruit . . . The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
    John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”
    2 Tim 2:24-26 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Crooked Man

    Prov 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

    Remember the crooked man in the nursery rhyme? He walked a crooked mile:

    There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile.
    He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
    He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.


    Thinking of the crooked man can help remind us not to follow people who walk in crooked paths, doing bad things. That is the way to unhappiness and trouble (Is 59:8, Ps 125:5). Instead we should follow the strait and narrow path of God (Matt 7:13-14). Be wise. Keep your heart on the right path--the one that leads to happiness, honor, peace and salvation (Prov 23:19).

    Prov 2:12-15 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men . . . who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong . . . whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
    Is 59:8 The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.
    Ps 125:5 . . . those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers . . .
    Matt 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    Prov 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Tabitha

    Acts 9:41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive.

    Ask anyone who knows their Bible well to name a seamstress from the Bible. Chances are good they will quickly say, "Tabitha"! Also known as Dorcas, Tabitha was a disciple (one who believed in and followed Jesus). She was a well-liked lady who was always doing good things and helping the poor.

    When Tabitha got sick and died, the Apostle Peter was in a nearby town, so the disciples sent for him. When Peter came, they led him upstairs to Tabitha's body. The local widows were very sad and crying. They also showed Peter the robes and other garments Tabitha has made while she was still alive. Peter sent them out of the room, knelt down and prayed. The Lord brought Tabitha back to life and because of this miracle, many people believed in the Lord.

    Acts 9:36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.
    Acts 9:42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.


    [Note: Do you like arts and crafts? And do you like making things from scratch? If so, you would probably enjoy learning how to sew. Sewing is pretty easy to learn and is also a good skill that comes in handy later in life. You can learn to make your own clothes, costumes, curtains, pillows, gifts, embroidered things and more. Especially important is learning how to sew on a button--yes, even boys should learn how to do that!]

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    The Dutch Boy and the Hole in the Dike

    Prov 17:14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

    In Holland there are big dikes (dams) that hold back the sea so that there is more land to live on. In the legend of “The Dutch Boy and the Hole in the Dike,” a little boy notices a hole in the dike. Knowing that the hole would keep getting bigger until the dike broke and flooded the town, he put his finger in it to plug it up until someone came along to fix it. In that way, he saved the town.

    This story can remind us that starting an argument is like putting a hole in a dam--it can let loose a terrible flood of trouble. Try to avoid starting arguments. Also, if someone does something that makes you angry, try to be patient and ignore it, even if they are purposely trying to make you angry. Do your best to always try to work things out calmly and peacefully with others.

    Ps 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
    Prov 19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Yuppies

    Eccl 5:19 . . . when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them . . . and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.

    A yuppie is a "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile professional." It is a term for a well-educated, hard-working young man or woman who is successful in the business world.

    The Lord gives different people different kinds of talent. We can use those talents and the intelligence He gave us to pursue a good education in a subject that appeals to us. Then we can apply for a good job and also ask God to help us to do our jobs well. Working hard at a good job is a worthy and honorable thing to do.

    However, we should remember to keep a good balance in life, too! We should not work overly long hours unnecessarily. We should eat properly, get enough exercise and get the right amount of sleep. We should take time for our family, friends and recreation. We should study the Bible and follow the Lord’s commands. We should take our weekly Sabbath rests, go to church and be refreshed. And we should always remember to thank God for His many blessings. Keeping this kind of good balance in our lives helps us to be happier and healthier.

    Eccl 5:20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.
    Prov 23:4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Jungle Kids

    Prov 22:5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

    Do you ever imagine yourself flying through the jungle holding onto high-swinging vines? Perhaps you imagine facing continual foes and other dangers. Then when you win, you can beat your breast and give a mighty, triumphant yell!

    In the real world there are many dangers, too. Often in this world, bad people will try to hurt us, trip us up and/or get us involved in whatever bad things they are doing (Ps 140:5). If you let them lead you onto wicked paths and into doing evil things, you will regret it. You may find yourself “beating your breast” in sorrow instead of in triumph (Jer 31:19).

    Do you want to feel good about yourself? Always try to do the right thing! Rise above the evil paths and traps. Refuse to get involved. Staying on the right path is kind of like grabbing a sturdy, high-placed vine and swinging on through to safety!

    Ps 141:9-10 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
    Ps 140:5 Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. Selah
    Jer 31:19 “‘After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’”
    Ps 119:110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Nametag

    Ex 33:17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."

    Did you ever think about how important your name is? What if somebody goofed? What if they mixed up your name and entered an "F" on your report card instead of the "A" you earned? What if the school lunch lady misunderstood your name and thought there was no money to pay for your lunch and you had to go hungry? What if the deliveryman misread your name and gave your birthday present from Grandma to someone else? What if the newspapers misspelled a criminal's name and it looked like YOU robbed somebody! Names are important!

    Our names are important to God, too! Did you know He knows each of us by name (Is 45:3, John 10:3)? He also wants us to remember how important it is to keep a good reputation and guard our name (Prov 22:1, Prov 3:3-4). In heaven the Lord will give overcomers secret new names and will also even write His new name on us (Rev 2:17, Rev 3:12).

    Do you know what name is higher than any other? Yes, the Lord's name! It is important for us to honor His name. The Lord tells us in the Ten Commandments not to misuse His name, so never use the Lord's name like a swear word or disrespectful exclamation (Ex 20:7). Instead, we should praise the name of the Lord (Ps 113:1, Ps 148:13), remember that we are justified in Jesus' name (1 Cor 6:11), be baptized in His name (Acts 2:38), call on His name for help (Ps 124:8) and do whatever we do "in the name of the Lord" (Col 3:17).

    Someday every knee will bow at the name of Jesus (Phil 2:9-11). Do you love the Lord? Start honoring His name now!

    Is 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
    John 10:3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
    Prov 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
    Prov 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
    Rev 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
    Rev 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
    Ex 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."
    Ps 113:1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
    Ps 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
    1 Cor 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Ps 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
    Phil 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


    Extra: The Meaning of Bible Names
    Many Bible person and place names have interesting meanings. For example (according to Hitchcock's Bible Names): Jesus (savior, deliverer), Christ (anointed), Adam (earthy, red), Eve (living, enlivening), Abraham (father of a great multitude), Sarah (princess of the multitude), Moses (taken out, drawn forth), David (well-beloved), Jacob (that supplants), Israel (who prevails with God), Satan (contrary, adversary, enemy, accuser), Jerusalem (vision of peace), Babylon/Babel (confusion, mixture), Egypt (that troubles or oppresses, anguish).

    Is your name from the Bible? Would you like to know the meaning of it? Or would you like to find out the meaning of any of over 2500 other Bible or Bible-related person or place names? Check out Hitchcock's Bible Names at http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionaries/

    Matt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    The Lottery


    Mark 7:8 “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."

    The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson. It is a brutal story about a fictional town that followed a brutal custom. Once every year they would have people draw names. Whoever got the losing lottery name would be stoned to death, supposedly, and quite illogically, to ensure a good harvest. This innocent person had to die because of the community's stupid, brutal, illogical tradition.

    Although the story is very disturbing, it does help us learn a good lesson about traditions: just because “that’s the way it’s always been done” or just because--supposedly--"everybody does it" doesn't necessarily make something okay! Some traditions like the one in The Lottery are obviously very, very bad. Some other traditions might be a little harder to decide on. If you aren’t sure whether some kind of tradition is good or bad, compare it to the Bible. Any tradition that goes against Bible principles is a bad tradition!

    Now, on the other hand, there are countless traditions that many families do together that are good. For example, these may include things like a nightly bedtime story; Saturday night family devotional times, followed by milk and cookies; Sunday night board games; making homemade holiday and birthday cards for each other; a monthly craft and/or life-skills lesson; planting a vegetable garden each spring; camping out the first weekend of summer; making a Thanksgiving food basket for a needy family; or setting up the Christmas crčche together. The sky's the limit. Don't follow bad traditions! Create your own memorably good traditions--ones that please God and celebrate family!

    Mark 7:9 And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”
    Mark 7:13 “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
    Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
    Mic 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


    [Note: Parents, want some ideas for creating some good family traditions? You might check out Let's Make a Memory or Creating Family Traditions: Making Memories in Festive Seasons. Both books are by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson. Enjoy!]

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913)

    Gal 3:27-28 for all of you who were baptized into Christ . . . There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    African-American Harriet Tubman was raised as a slave in Maryland. She was an abolitionist, which meant that she believed slavery should be abolished (stopped). In 1849 she escaped to the North and at some point made up her mind to help others escape, too! Making 19 dangerous trips back to the South, she led over 300 other slaves to freedom through what was known as the “Underground Railroad.” Friends recognized that her strength came from her faith in the Lord. It is clear that she prayed often and relied on the Lord to guide her steps. Earning the nickname “Moses” (since Moses led his people out of Egypt to freedom), this brave woman also served the Union army as a spy, a nurse and a laundress. After the Civil War ended she even helped set up schools to educate freed slaves.1,2

    In 1865 the 13th Amendment was added to our Constitution--the Abolition of Slavery. Just imagine Tubman’s joy when that happened! Now our country recognizes all people as being equal. Tubman’s courage, wisdom and hard work played a significant part in gaining equality for all Americans.

    Rom 10:12-13 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

    [Opportunity: For more information about Harriet Tubman or about touring the Harriet Tubman Home, see http://www.nyhistory.com/harriettubman/home.htm ]

    1Mark Galli and Ted Olsen, 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2000) 295-296.
    2William J. Federer, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations (Coppell, TX: FAME Publishing, Inc., 1996) 592.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Miriam

    Ex 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

    Miriam was the older sister of Moses. When Moses was a baby, the wicked pharaoh was worried that there were so many Hebrews and he ordered that their baby boys be killed. Jochebed, Moses’ mother, wanted to save Moses, so she put him in a special basket in the Nile River. Some believe that Jochebed purposely put the basket in the river near where the pharaoh’s daughter bathed. Miriam was the one who waited along the bank of the Nile to watch and see what would happen. The pharaoh’s daughter found the baby when she came to the river to bathe and she felt sorry for him. Miriam offered to get one of the Hebrew women to care him. Of course, she got Jochebed, their own mother, and helped save her baby brother’s life! God had great plans for Moses.

    Later on in life, God helped Moses lead his people out of Egypt. Miriam was right there with Moses, along with their brother Aaron, when Moses parted the waters, allowing the Hebrews to escape on dry land. The Lord defeated the Egyptian army that was chasing the Hebrews by covering them in the waters that Moses had parted. Afterward, Miriam helped the people celebrate and sing praises to God.

    Ex 15:21 Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea."
    Ex 2:7-10 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
    Mic 6:4 I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Deborah

    Judg 4:5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah . . . and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.

    Deborah was a prophetess and judge. For a time, she led Israel, settled their disputes and even went into battle. God sent a message through Deborah to a man named Barak. God wanted Barak to take 10,000 men and go to war against Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, whom God would give into his hands. However, Barak said he wouldn’t do it unless Deborah went, too. Deborah agreed, but told him that because he was acting that way, he would not have the honor of the conquest of the enemy commander. Instead, a woman named Jael killed the enemy commander. After that there was peace in the land for 40 years.

    Judg 4:8-9 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go.” “Very well,” Deborah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman.” . . .

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Queen Esther

    Est 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

    Esther was a beautiful young Jewish woman who became King Xerxes’ queen. An important nobleman of the kingdom was an evil man named Haman. Esther’s cousin Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman. That angered Haman, so he plotted to destroy Mordecai and all of his fellow Jews. He convinced the king to sign a law telling the people to kill all the Jews in the king’s realm on a certain day and take all their belongings, too.

    Mordecai told Esther about the new law and encouraged her to talk to the king about it to save the Jews. Unfortunately, anyone who approached the king without being called could be killed--unless the king extended his scepter toward them and spared their life.

    Esther and many fellow Jews fasted for three days before she dared approach the king. The king spared her life and she asked him to spare her people. The king (who had not known Esther was Jewish) had the evil Haman hanged. As King Xerxes could not legally reverse the law about killing the Jews, he authorized Mordecai to issue an order letting the Jews defend themselves. The Jews won the battle. Mordecai became second in rank to the king and worked for the good of the Jewish people.

    Jews now celebrate this historical event as “The Feast of Purim.” Who knows? Maybe someday you will have a special mission “for such a time as this!”

    Est 8:5-6 "If it pleases the king," she said, ". . . let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman . . . devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king's provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?"

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Dr. Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)

    2 Pet 3:8 . . . With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

    German-born Dr. Albert Einstein was a famous Jewish physicist who became an American citizen in 1940. A highly respected man, at one point he was even offered the presidency of Israel, but turned it down. Many people feel Einstein, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1921, was the greatest scientist who ever lived.

    A famous quote from Einstein is: “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” That quote helps remind us that science has never been able to disprove any facts that are in the Bible about man, animals, the earth or even the universe itself. God created the universe and everything in it, knows everything about it, and mentions many scientific facts in the Bible.*

    Einstein came up with a theory about time and motion being relative. Many people believe that in heaven we will have no concept of time--that we won’t be able to tell the difference between five minutes and five thousand years. Perhaps Einstein came as close to any human being on earth of understanding an eternal existence where time is relative!1, 2

    Eccl 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

    1 Kelly Knauer, et al., eds., Great People of the 20th Century (New York: Time Books, 1996) 132-135.
    2 Donald O. Bolander, et al., eds., Instant Quotation Dictionary (Mundelein, IL: Career Publishing, Inc., 1989) 223.

    [Note: Parents, would you like to read some examples of evidence of science in the Bible? If so, you might want to check out "Science and the Bible: Does the Bible Contradict Scientific Principles?" by Rich Deem at
    http://www.godandscience.org/apologe...encebible.html .]

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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    Jacob/Israel

    Gen 28:12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

    Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah, and grandsons of Abraham and Sarah. Esau unwisely sold his birthright (special inheritance rights as the oldest son) to Jacob for some lentil stew. Later Jacob tricked their father into giving Jacob the blessing due to Esau also. This made Esau very angry, so Jacob ran away (Jacob eventually went back, gave many gifts to Esau and healed relations between them).

    While Jacob was sleeping one night, he dreamt of a stairway to heaven with angels on it. God spoke to Jacob from above the stairway, promising the land Jacob was on to Jacob and his descendants (Gen 28:13-14).

    Later, Jacob fell in love with a beautiful young woman named Rachel. Jacob promised Laban, Rachel’s father, he would work seven years for him if Laban would let Jacob marry Rachel (Gen 29:18). Now it was Jacob’s turn to get some of his own medicine. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Rachel’s sister, Leah, instead. After agreeing to work for seven more years, Jacob got to marry Rachel as well (in those days the customs allowed men to have more than one wife.) At one point, God gave Jacob the new name of “Israel,” which indicates struggling with God (Gen 32:28).

    Through Jacob’s sons came the 12 tribes of Israel, also known as the Jewish People. The Jews are God's chosen people (Deut 14:2). He promised to bless all peoples on earth through them (Gen 28:13-14, Gen 12:1-3). People who know the Bible well, know that the Jewish people are very special to the Lord (Rom 9:4-5)!

    Gen 28:13-14 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth . . . All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.”
    Gen 29:18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
    Gen 32:28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
    Deut 14:2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
    Gen 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be
    blessed through you.”
    Rom 9:4-5 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.


    [Note: For more on the Jewish People, see http://rr-bb.com/showthread.php?1797...93#post2418093 .]

    [Opportunities:
    1. Want to learn more about Jewish history? For information on visiting the Center for Jewish History in New York City, see http://www.cjh.org/ or for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA, see http://www.nmajh.org/ .
    2. Interested in learning about some of the many important things in use around the world that were invented by Jews? Check out http://untoldnews.org/ .
    3. For an interesting site on many different matters related to the Jewish people, see http://hopeofisrael.net/news/ .
    4. Want to visit an interactive museum where visitors can see and experience what life in the Holy Land was like during Bible times? Check out the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Georgia. It was founded by Dr. James Fleming, a teacher of biblical archaeology who lived and taught in Israel for 37 years. http://www.diggingforit.net/ . ]

    "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
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