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

Saturday
September 1, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 25:21

"Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy."

God's Word Today

All week Jesus has warned you to not be a hypocrit, but to act like Him. Today, He rewards you for acting like Him, even in small ways. He doesn't care if you do big things. The small things are just as important.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of small things to do that would please Jesus.



Sunday
September 2, 2018

God's Word

James 1:22

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.

God's Word Today

Many people go to church every Sunday and hear God’s word, but then go home and do not follow or obey God’s word. They are not being true Christians. God wants you to hear His word and then do what the Bible says. For example, obey your parents, love everyone around you, think about truth, etc.

To Do Today

Today, find something in the Bible that you can do and go do it.



Monday
September 3, 2018

God's Word

Luke 4:16

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.

God's Word Today

Jesus grew up in the town of Nazareth. In what town or city are you growing up? Jesus went to synagogue on the Sabbath. Do you go to church every Saturday or Sunday?

To Do Today

Today, look on a map for the town of Nazareth. Find your town on the map.



Tuesday
September 4, 2018

God's Word


Luke 4:31-32

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority.

God's Word Today

Do you know where Capernaum is? It took a long time for Jesus to travel because they traveled by foot. But He went to teach people about God.

To Do Today

Today, look on a map and find Galilee and the town of Capernaum. On the Internet, you will find pictures of the town.



Wednesday
September 5, 2018

God's Word

Luke 4:43b

“I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

God's Word Today

Jesus was sent by God to tell about God’s kingdom. You were chosen for a purpose also. Love God with all your heart and you will discover that purpose. Think about what you love to do. That could be part of your purpose.

To Do Today

Today, tell God you love Him. Ask Him to show you your purpose.



Thursday
September 6, 2018

God's Word

Luke 5:3b

Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

God's Word Today

So many people came to hear Jesus, that He had to climb in the boat so they wouldn’t crowd Him. We are lucky today. We don’t have to crowd around Him to hear Jesus speak. We can read the Bible and hear Him speak at church, with our family and friends or alone.

To Do Today

Today, find or draw a picture of Jesus in the fishing boat.



Friday
September 7, 2018

God's Word


Luke 5:33a

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers."

God's Word Today

In Jesus time people often fasted when they prayed. To fast means to do without something, usually food. This is because it makes you closer to God. Have you ever fasted before?

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about fasting. Think of a way to fast when you have a very important prayer.



Saturday
September 8, 2018

God's Word

Luke 6:5

The he said to them,

“The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

God's Word Today

Jesus is often called the Son of Man. He is the lord of the Sabbath or day of worship. When you and your family worship, whether at home or in church, Jesus is there and is Lord of your worship.

To Do Today

Today, thank Jesus for being Lord of your life.



Sunday
September 9, 2018

God's Word

James 2:1

My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

God's Word Today

To show partiality is to treat someone better than someone else. James was telling God’s people to love everyone the same whether they were rich or poor and whether they had nice clothes or not.

To Do Today

Today, think about your friends. Do you treat them all the same?



Monday
September 10, 2018

God's Word

Luke 6:9

Then Jesus said to them,

“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”

God's Word Today

Jesus wanted his followers to be sure and know that you should do good rather than evil. He wants you to save life rather than destroy it. He wants you to do these things every day, whether it’s church day or not.

To Do Today

Today, find something Jesus would like you to do and do it.



Tuesday
September 11, 2018

God's Word


Luke 6:12

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.

God's Word Today

Jesus often went to be by himself and pray. He worked very hard. His work was difficult. He needed to take time to be by himself and pray. Do you work hard? You need to take time to be alone and pray, just like Jesus did. It will help you be strong and healthy.

To Do Today

Today, find a special place where you can be alone to pray.



Wednesday
September 12, 2018

God's Word


Luke 6:22-23

"Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way."

God's Word Today

Has anyone ever made fun of you or teased you because you love Jesus? Jesus is telling you that this is a good thing. If someone teases you or hates you because you love Jesus, then that means you really love Him. And you will be rewarded in heaven. Do not be sad. Be happy and think about your reward. All of the angels will sing and dance.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of heaven with the angels singing and dancing.



Thursday
September 13, 2018

God's Word


Luke 6:27-28

Jesus said to his disciples,

"To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

God's Word Today

Yesterday you learned that you are blessed if people hate you because you love Jesus. Today Jesus tells you to love your enemies and pray for them. Jesus wants them to turn from their evil ways and love Him. Your prayers help Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the people you don't like. Pray for them.



Friday
September 14, 2018
TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS

God's Word

John 3:14-15

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling his friend that He will have to die on the cross so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. This means if you believe Jesus is the Son of God, you will go to heaven.

To Do Today

Today, tell Jesus you believe He is the Son of God. Draw a picture of a cross.



Saturday
September 15, 2018

God's Word

Luke 6:43-44a

Jesus said to his disciples:

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.”

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling another parable to explain what a good Christian is. If you are a good Christian, you will bear good fruit or do good deeds like Jesus. If you are not a true Christian, you will bear bad fruit or do bad things all the time. That is how people know if you truly love Jesus. They will see you do good things like Jesus does.

To Do Today

Today, thank Jesus for helping you be like Him.



Sunday
September 16, 2018

God's Word

James 2:14-16

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

God's Word Today

James wants you to be like Jesus. You can be nice and say “Peace be with you.” But if you see that person needs something and you can give it to them, then Jesus wants you to help out. In other words, don’t just be loving like Jesus, but help others like Jesus does.

To Do Today

Today, ask your parents to help you find some way to help another person.



Monday
September 17, 2018

God's Word


Luke 7:2,7b,9-10

A centurian had a slave who was ill. He sent for Jesus and said, "Say the word and let my servant be healed." Jesus was amazed at him and, turning to the crowd following him, said,

"I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith."

When the messenger returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

God's Word Today

The centurian was so sure that Jesus could heal his slave that he told Jesus not to come, but to just say the word and the slave would be healed. That is strong faith. Jesus loves it when you have strong faith in Him. He loves it when you believe in Him.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the prayers Jesus has answered for you. Tell Him thank you.



Tuesday
September 18, 2018

God's Word


Luke 7:13-15

When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her,

"Do not weep."

He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said,

"Young man, I tell you, arise!"

The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

God's Word Today

Because Jesus performed this miracle, people truly began to believe He was the Son of God. Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?

To Do Today

Today, tell someone that Jesus is the Son of God.



Wednesday
September 19, 2018

God's Word


Luke 7:31-32a

Jesus said to the crowds:

"To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another."

God's Word Today

Jesus is unhappy with the men and women of His time because they taunt and tease each other instead of being helpful and caring. Do you like people who tease? Do you like people who make fun of others? Jesus did not like this. Jesus wants you to help others and to love them.

To Do Today

Today, plan to help someone.



Thursday
September 20, 2018

God's Word


Luke 7:49-50

The others at the table said to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman,

"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

God's Word Today

The disciples were amazed that Jesus forgave the woman who had sinned. Jesus says He will forgive anyone who believes in Him and has the faith to trust Him. Do you believe in Jesus? Do you trust Him?

To Do Today

Today, be like Jesus and forgive someone who has done something bad to you or someone who has made you mad or unhappy. Do you feel better?



Friday
September 21, 2018

God's Word

Luke 8:1

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.

God's Word Today

Jesus came to earth to teach the good news of the Kingdom of God. He wants you to know His father. He wants you to know about the Holy Spirit. He wants you to know about Himself. Today he sends believers to proclaim the good news. He asks everyone who believes in Him to tell others about the Kingdom of God. Have you told anyone about the Kingdom of God?

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the people you have told about the Kingdom of God. Pray for those people. Pray that they will know God and know Jesus.



Saturday
September 22, 2018

God's Word

Luke 8:15

Jesus said to his disciples:

“But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling another parable and explaining it to his disciples. He explains that it is good when you hear God’s word, then keep it in your heart, and act on it. He does not want you to hear His word, then go home, and forget all about what you heard. He wants you to think about His word and try to follow what you have learned.

To Do Today

Today, think about something that you have acted upon this week that you learned from Jesus. If you have not acted upon His word this week, plan an act you can do.



Sunday
September 23, 2018

God's Word

James 4:3

You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

God's Word Today

James is telling you to be careful when you ask God for anything, that you are asking out of love and compassion, out of caring and concern for others. Sometimes you don’t get what you ask for because your motives were not pure. You might have been asking out of selfish reasons or because you are envious of others.

To Do Today

Today, write down all the things you want to ask God for this week. Beside each item, write down the reason you are asking. Check to see if the reasons are pure and not selfish.



Monday
September 24, 2018

God's Word


Luke 8:17

“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”

God's Word Today

Jesus promises that one day all things will be known. There will be no secrets. Things that are done in secret will someday be exposed. Everything you do in your life will be known by God and by everyone. That is a scary thought. Fortunately, Jesus also forgives you when you have made any mistakes. He loves you when you try your best to live His way.

To Do Today

Today, thank God for His forgiveness and mercy.



Tuesday
September 25, 2018

God's Word

Luke 8:21

“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

God's Word Today

Do you hear the word of God and then act on it? Do you try and do what Jesus tells you to do? Then you are a brother or sister of Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, thank Jesus for being your brother.



Wednesday
September 26, 2018

God's Word

Luke 9:1-2 and 6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God Then they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news.

God's Word Today

Jesus wanted his disciples to go and proclaim the good news about the Kingdom of God. Jesus wants you to do the same thing today. Have you told anyone about the Kingdom of God lately?

To Do Today

Today, tell someone about the Kingdom of God. You can phone, email, write a letter or simply tell them face to face.



Thursday
September 27, 2018

God's Word


Luke 9:7a

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed.

God's Word Today

A tetrarch is like a governor. He was in charge of Israel. He heard about all the miracles and he was perplexed. To be perflexed means to be confused. He didn't know Jesus, so he didn't understand that Jesus and His disciples could perform miracles. When people don't know Jesus, they don't understand miracles. They think they are magic or luck. But you know Jesus. You know He performs miracles.

To Do Today

Today, tell someone about a miracle you have seen. Tell them the miracle was because of faith in Jesus.



Friday
September 28, 2018

God's Word

Luke 9:22

Jesus said,

“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

God's Word Today

This was the first time Jesus told the disciples about the Passion. Can you imagine how they felt to hear their beloved friend and teacher was going to be killed? They were very upset. How would you feel if you were one of the disciples?

To Do Today

Today, thank Jesus for dying on the cross for you.



Saturday
September 29, 2018

God's Word


Luke 9:43b-44

While they were amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples,

"Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men."

God's Word Today

Jesus warned His disciples that He was to suffer and be killed. But they saw all the miracles and didn't believe anything bad could happen to Jesus. But Jesus needed to die for us. He needed to sacrifice for our sins.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus and his twelve disciples.



Sunday
September 30, 2018

God's Word

Mark 9:39b-40

“There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

God's Word Today

There are many different kinds of churches today. Each church is different in their practices and rituals. Jesus says it doesn’t matter. If they are for Him, they cannot be against Him. Do you have friends who belong to different churches? Jesus loves them as much as He loves you.

To Do Today

Today, thank God for all the churches that love Jesus.

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