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Scroll down to find the daily devotion and activity for children for the month of August.

Wednesday
August 1, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 13:45-46

"The Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."

God's Word Today

Pearls are very valuable. If the merchant found one, he would sell everything to buy it because it is so valuable. Jesus is saying heaven is so valuable. It is like the pearl. You might want to do anything you can to have it. All you have to do is believe Jesus is the Son of God and love everybody. Then you too will have heaven.

To Do Today

Today, ask your parents to show you what pearls look like.



Thursday
August 2, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 13:47-50

Jesus said to the disciples:

"The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

God's Word Today

Jesus knows how important it is to go to heaven instead of going into the lake of fire. It is so important that He died so you would be able to go to heaven. Jesus tells this story to fishermen. They understand about a net full of good fish and bad fish. Jesus wants you to understand how important it is to not be evil.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the good things you do for other people. Tell other people you love them. This will make Jesus very happy.



Friday
August 3, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 13:54a and 57a

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and took offense at him.

God's Word Today

Jesus taught in His own town. People who knew Him and had grown up with Him didn't think He was important so they didn't listen to Him. That might happen to you when you talk about Jesus. Your friends might make fun of you. But it is more important to be a friend of Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, tell a friend about Jesus.



Saturday
August 4, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 14:10 and 12b

John the Baptist was beheaded in prison. The disciples went and told Jesus.

God's Word Today

In some countries there are people who will behead someone who loves Jesus. It takes mighty courage to say you love Jesus if your head will be chopped off. But Jesus makes it very clear. You are better off with your head chopped off and going to heaven than to deny Jesus and end up in the lake of fire. John the Baptist felt that way. He loved Jesus very much.

To Do Today

Today, read the whole story about John and Herod. Talk about this story with your family.



Sunday
August 5, 2018

God's Word

John 6:27a

“Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”

God's Word Today

Your body needs food to survive. Jesus says your spirit needs food also. His word is the food that feeds your spirit. Jesus calls himself the bread of life.

To Do Today

Today, eat a piece of bread to feed your body and read God’s word to feed your spirit.



Monday
/August 6, 2018
Transfiguration of the Lord

God's Word

Mark 9:2-3, and 7

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

God's Word Today

Jesus showed Peter, James and John what he would look like in heaven. Would you like to see what Jesus looks like in heaven? You will see Him if you believe in Him. God told the disciples that Jesus is His Son. What did God tell the disciples to do?

To Do Today

Today, tell Jesus He is the Son of God. Tell Him you love Him. Tell Him you want to listen to Him like the disciples did.



Tuesday
August 7, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 14:23a

Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray.

God's Word Today

Jesus needed to pray. He went by himself to pray. Just like Jesus, you need to pray every day also. Do you have a special place where you pray?

To Do Today

Today, find a special place where you can pray every day.



Wednesday
August 8, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 15:28b

Jesus said,

“O woman. Great is your faith!”

God's Word Today

Jesus was so happy that the woman believed in His miracles. Jesus is happy when you believe also. Do you have great faith?

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the things you believe Jesus will do for you. Call it your Faith List.



Thursday
August 9, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 16:15-16

Jesus said to the disciples:

"But who do you say that I am?"

Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants everyone to say He is the Son of the living God. Do you believe Jesus is the Son of the living God?

To Do Today

Today, tell someone that Jesus is the Son of the living God. Draw a picture of Jesus with His Father.



Friday
August 10, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 16:24

“Whoever wishes to follow me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”

God's Word Today

Following Jesus means doing what Jesus wants, not what you want. Maybe you would rather play instead of read the Bible. Or maybe you’d rather not do your chores instead of obeying your parents. Or maybe you’d rather watch television than do your schoolwork. Following Jesus is not easy.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of a cross. Put all your chores on that cross. Is it heavy?



Saturday
August 11, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 17:20

“Amen I say to you if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.”

God's Word Today

A mustard seed is a very tiny seed. It is so small you can barely see it. Jesus says that if you have only that small amount of faith, He can still work miracles. How much faith do you have?

To Do Today

Today, think about how much faith you have. Is it small like a seed or big like a mountain?



Sunday
August 12, 2018

God's Word

Ephesians 4:31

All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.

God's Word Today

Jesus does not want you to have any of these sins. They not only make Jesus unhappy, but they make you unhappy. They are not good for your body or your mind. Do you know what all of those words mean? Do you know revile and malice?

To Do Today

Today, look up any of the words in the verse that you do not know.



Monday
/August 13, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 17:24 and 27

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?" " "Yes," he said. Jesus said,

"We are not exempt. Go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you."

God's Word Today

Jesus is the Son of God. He doesn't really have to pay taxes, but He wants to follow the rules. He paid the tax. Jesus wants you to follow the rules too. What rules do you have to follow? Family rules, church rules, school rules? These are all important to Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the rules you follow.



Tuesday
August 14, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 18:14

“It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

God's Word Today

Until you accept Jesus into your life, you are like a lost sheep. Jesus does not want any one to be lost. Have you accepted Jesus into your life?

To Do Today

Today, tell Jesus you love Him and accept Him into your life.



Wednesday
August 15, 2018

God's Word

Luke 1:46-47

And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

God's Word Today

Mary loved God so much she sang songs to Him, telling Him how much she loved Him and how happy she was to love Him. Do you sing songs to God?

To Do Today

Today, sing a song to God telling Him how happy you are to love Him.



Thursday
August 16, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 18:21-22

“Lord if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered,

“I say to you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

God's Word Today

In the Bible when they say the word brother, they are not just talking about your family. Jesus called all who believed in Him brothers. You need to forgive your family brothers, but you also need to forgive your brothers in Christ.

To Do Today

Today, name all the brothers in Christ you know of.



Friday
August 17, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 19:12

"Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling His disciples that some people are different and cannot marry. There are many reasons they are different. He suggests the disciples accept this. Do you know people that are different? Can you accept them?

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about the people you know who are different. Can you still love them like Jesus does?



Saturday
August 18, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

God's Word Today

Does it make you happy that Jesus wants you to come to Him? He says the Kingdom of heaven belongs to you. That is because you love Him.

To Do Today

Today, sing a song to Jesus.



Sunday
August 19, 2018

God's Word

John 6:58

“This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

God's Word Today

Jesus is talking about the bread we eat at communion. When you take communion and eat the bread, you are accepting Jesus into your life. Your soul will live forever in heaven with Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, help your mother fix bread for the family and think about how Jesus fixed bread for his disciples.



Monday
/August 20, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 19:17b

“If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

God's Word Today

God gave you commandments to follow. He knows these commandments will make life better for you. How many commandments do you know by heart? Do you obey them?

To Do Today

Today, list as many commandments as you can remember.



Tuesday
August 21, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 19:24

“Again I say to you it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

God's Word Today

When you hear Jesus say a camel passing through an eye of a needle, you think that is impossible. However, Jesus is not talking about a sewing needle. There was a gate in Jerusalem that was very narrow and difficult for a camel to pass through, not impossible, but very difficult. Therefore, He is saying a rich man will have a difficult time entering the kingdom of God. This is probably because a rich man will rely on his money to get him out of difficulties instead of relying on God.

To Do Today

Today, look in your family Bible or in an encyclopedia for a picture and/or map of old Jerusalem.



Wednesday
August 22, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 20:15b

“Are you envious because I am generous?”

God's Word Today

Jesus tells a story about workers who were paid the same amount even though they had not done the same amount of work. He was comparing this to heaven saying not everyone who goes to heaven may have done the same work on earth.

To Do Today

Today, read the whole parable about the Workers in the Vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16. Talk about it with your family.



Thursday
August 23, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 22:14

“Lord if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered,

“Many are invited but few are chosen.”

God's Word Today

When you accept Jesus into your life, you become one of the chosen to go to heaven. Jesus wants everyone to go to heaven. He invites everyone. Only a few choose to go.

To Do Today

Today, thank God for being chosen.



Friday
August 24, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 22:36-37

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him,

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

God's Word Today

This is the most important commandment. God wants your love. Do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind?

To Do Today

Today, tell God you love Him with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind.



Saturday
August 25, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 23:3

“Therefore do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but do not practice.”

God's Word Today

Sometimes parents, teachers, preachers and leaders tell you the laws and rules you need to follow, but don’t follow the rules themselves. Jesus knows leaders aren’t always perfect so He tells you to follow the rules even if you see your parents, teachers, preachers or leaders breaking them.

To Do Today

Today, thank God for the parents, teachers, preachers and leaders in your life. Pray for them.



Sunday
August 26, 2018

God's Word

Joshua 24:15b

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

God's Word Today

Joshua was a leader. He wanted his people to serve God so he proclaimed that he and his household served God. A good leader does what he wants others to do, hoping they will follow his example. Are you a leader among your friends?

To Do Today

Today, tell your friends that you and yours household serve God.



Monday
/August 27, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 23:22

“One who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.”

God's Word Today

When you take an oath or make a promise and swear by God, it is a serious matter. Be very careful not to break that oath because you are asking all of heaven for help.

To Do Today

Today, ask God to help you keep all of your promises.



Tuesday
August 28, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 23:26

“Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling you to clean your insides—your thoughts and feelings. If you are angry or jealous inside, your actions will be mean and unpleasant. If you have loving, kind, forgiving thoughts, you will have loving, kind, forgiving actions on the outside.

To Do Today

Today, check your insides. Clean out any negative thoughts. Think about good positive things.



Wednesday
August 29, 2018

God's Word

Mathew 23:34a

“Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes.”

God's Word Today

Jesus promises that prophets and wise men will always come to preach the gospel. They won’t always be listened to, but they will be sent. Do you know any prophets or wise spiritual leaders?

To Do Today

Today, thank god for the spiritual leaders in your life. Pray for them.



Thursday
August 30, 2018

God's Word

Matthew 24:42

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know which day your Lord will come.”

God's Word Today

Jesus doesn’t mean for you not to sleep. He means stay spiritually awake. He means for you to always be at your best because the Lord could come at any time.

To Do Today

Today, prepare your room for how you would like Jesus to see it if He came today.



Friday
August 31, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 25:13

Jesus said,

"Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

God's Word Today

Again Jesus is warning you to be ready. You do not know when He is coming. So always be careful. Try and act like Him always.

To Do Today

Today, plan with your family a way to help the poor.

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