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

Thursday
February 1, 2018

God's Word


Mark 6:7a

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two.

God's Word Today

Jesus wanted his disciples to help him. He wanted them to teach the people about God and He wanted them to heal the sick. The disciples obeyed. They did what Jesus asked them to do.

To Do Today

Today, think of a way you can help Jesus. Can you tell a friend about Jesus?



Friday
February 2, 2018

God's Word


Luke 2:22

When the days were completed for thier purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

God's Word Today

When Jesus was a baby, the Jewish law said to take the baby to the temple and present him to the Lord. Mary and Joseph were good parents. They followed the law and took Jesus to the temple. In most churches today, parents take their baby to church and present their baby to the Lord. Ask your parents if they took you when you were a baby.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus as a baby.



Saturday
February 3, 2018

God's Word


Mark 6:31a and 32

Jesus said to the Apostles

"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while."

So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.

God's Word Today

The Apostles had worked hard. They needed to rest. You have worked hard. You need to rest also.

To Do Today

Today, find a quiet place to rest. Talk to Jesus.



Sunday
February 4, 2018

God's Word


Mark 1:32a

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill.

God's Word Today

When Jesus was here on earth he healed many people who were sick. Whenever he entered a town, the people would bring all the sick people to him so that he would heal them. Today, you can invite Jesus to come and heal someone you know who is sick.

To Do Today

Today, pray for someone you know who is sick. Ask Jesus to heal them.



Monday
February 5, 2018

God's Word


Mark 6:56

Whatever villages or towns or courntryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.

God's Word Today

People that saw Jesus knew without a doubt that He would heal them. They looked for Him and begged Him to heal them. People still do this today. They look for Jesus and beg Him to heal them. Scientists have shown that people who pray heal faster than those who do not.

To Do Today

Today, think about what you will do whenever you are sick. Will you ask Jesus to heal you?



Tuesday
February 6, 2018

God's Word


Mark 7:10a

"For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother.'"

God's Word Today

Jesus is reminding us of one of the ten commandments. Honor your father and mother.

To Do Today

Today, think of a way to honor your father and your mother. Do something special for them.



Wednesday
February 7, 2018

God's Word


Mark 7:15

"Nothing that enters one from the outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.

God's Word Today

Jesus is explaining that what makes us do bad things are when we think bad thoughts. It is what is inside our hearts that make us do bad things. Things like anger, hatred, lies, gossip, worry are the things Jesus is talking about

To Do Today

Today, make a list of good things to think about. Ask your family to help you.



Thursday
February 8, 2018

God's Word


Mark 7:29

Jesus said to her,

"Woman, for saying this, you may go. The demon has come out of your daughter."

God's Word Today

The woman had asked Jesus to heal her daughter. She had an evil spirit which means she was full of evil thoughts. Because the woman had faith that Jesus would heal her daughter, he told her that He did.

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about evil spirits or thoughts. Think of ways to keep them away from you.



Friday
February 9, 2018

God's Word


Mark 7:34

Jesus looked up to heaven and said to the deaf man,

"Be opened."

The man's ears were opened.

God's Word Today

Jesus performed another miracle. He helped the deaf man hear. Have you seen any miracles?

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the miracles you have seen. Ask your family to help you.



Saturday
February 10, 2018

God's Word


Mark 8:5-6

"How many loaves do you have?"

They replied, "Seven.: He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd.

God's Word Today

The crowd was hungry. But Jesus only had seven loaves of bread. He performed another miracle. He made it so the seven loaves fed four thousand people. That is a miracle.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of seven loaves of bread. Think about that bread feeding 4,000 people.



Sunday
February 11, 2018

God's Word


1 Corinthians 10:31

Brothers and sisters: Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

God's Word Today

Paul is a disciple of Jesus. He tries to imitate Jesus. That means he tries to act like Jesus. He wants you to try to act like Jesus also. So he gives you advice. He says to give God glory no matter what you are doing. If you are eating or drinking, praise God and thank Him for the food. He says not to offend others. That means to be nice to everyone, even people you don't like. Will this be easy? No, but it is what Jesus wants you to do.

To Do Today

Today, think of ways you can imitate Jesus. What would He do? Go out and treat someone in your neighborhood like Jesus would do.



Monday
February 12, 2018

God's Word


Mark 8:11a

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus.

God's Word Today

The Pharisees were religious leaders when Jesus lived on earth. They did not believe in Jesus. They did not believe that He was the Son of God. There are many people today like the Pharisees who do not believe in Jesus. Jesus loved the Pharisees and tried to teach them. We need to love those who do not believe and pray for them. Maybe we can teach them about Jesus. Maybe we can show them who Jesus is by being nice to them and helping them.

To Do Today

Today, do something nice to someone who does not believe in Jesus.



Tuesday
February 13, 2018

God's Word


Mark 8:17b-18

"Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember?"

God's Word Today

Jesus is asking His disciples and us if we truly believe in him. Sometimes we don't really believe that He is there. He says our hearts are hard when we have doubts. He wants us to believe in Him with all our heart. He wants us to hear His word. He wants us to see Him in others.

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about ways to see and hear Jesus.



Wednesday
February 14, 2018
ASH WEDNESDAY

God's Word


Matthew 6:17-18

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

God's Word Today

Today is the first day of lent. Lent lasts for forty days. Most people fast during lent. This means it is a time to look into yourself and decide on a bad habit you have that you want to change. This is a good time to change that bad habit. But Jesus says not to tell everyone. Just do it for God. Lent is also a time to start a good habit. If you do something for forty days, it becomes a habit. Try and think of a good thing you want to have as a habit and make that part of your fast for lent.

To Do Today

Today, decide what your fast will be. Pick a bad habit to stop doing and a good habit to start doing.



Thursday
February 15, 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

Jesus is telling his disciples what will happen to Him. He knew that people were going to laugh at Him and make fun of Him. He knew that people were going to beat Him. He knew that they would kill Him. In spite of this, Jesus did all these things for us. He did not run away. He did not tell God He couldn’t do it. He was brave and gave his life for you. Jesus wants you to be brave also. He wants you to love Him, because He gave His life for you.

To Do Today

Today, thank Jesus for suffering and giving His life for you.



Friday
February 16, 2018

God's Word


Isaiah 58:6-7

This is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the things of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.

God's Word Today

There are many ways to fast. God lists several above. Most of the time, we can’t do what God is asking, but we can support people who do these things. These are things that happen when we support our church. These are things that happen when we live like God wants us to. Is there any way you can do one of the things God has asked? Maybe you can help fix sandwiches for the shelters. Maybe you can give some of your clothes to the poor. Maybe you can give some of your allowance to the Church. Maybe you can help your family with what God has asked.

To Do Today

Today, think of a way you can do one of the things God asks above. Ask your parents to help you.



Saturday
February 17, 2018

God's Word


Luke 5:31-32

Jesus said to them in reply,

“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.”

God's Word Today

Have you ever said to your family that you do not want to go to church today? Do you ever think that you don’t need church because you are always a good person? Church is like a hospital. The sick go there to be healed. But the hospital needs healthy people there too. They need to be there to help the sick people. God needs you in church so you can give someone a hug and tell people you care.

To Do Today

When you go to church this weekend, smile at everyone you see and say a prayer for them.



Sunday
February 18, 2018
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

God's Word


Mark 1:12-13

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

God's Word Today

Jesus went into the desert to fast for forty days. The devil came to pester Jesus. The devil wanted Jesus to sin. But the angels came to help Jesus. Do you know that the angels help you also when you are tempted to do something wrong. You can ask Jesus for help and He will send His angels to help you.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus in the desert surrounded by angels. Draw a picture of you in your yard surrounded by the same angels.



Monday
February 19, 2018

God's Word


Leviticus 19:11

You shall not steal. You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.

God's Word Today

This word of God is very clear. He does not want you to steal. He does not want you to lie. Speaking falsely to one another is the same as not telling the truth. Why do you think God does not want you to tell lies or to steal? How do you feel if someone steals from you? How do you feel if someone lies to you? It makes you angry. That is why God does not want you to do these things.

To Do Today

Today, think about a time you lied or took something that did not belong to you. Tell God you are sorry. If you can, tell the person you lied to or stole from that you are sorry.



Tuesday
February 20, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 6:12-13

“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

God's Word Today

A transgression is another word for sin. Transgression means that someone does something to hurt another person. Lent is a time to forgive sins. God wants us to forgive anyone who has hurt us in any way. He wants us to forgive anyone who has sinned against us or someone we know. If we cannot forgive, we cannot expect God to forgive us when we make a mistake or when we hurt someone else. God wants to forgive everyone. That is why Jesus died for us. We just have to ask.

To Do Today

Today, think of someone who has hurt you or who has sinned against someone you know. Pray to God and ask Him to forgive them.



Wednesday
February 21, 2018

God's Word


Jonah 3:6a and 8b

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne and proclaimed: “Every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand.”

God's Word Today

Jonah went to the king of Nineveh with a message from God. Jonah told the people that God was not happy with their evil ways and sins. Jonah warned the people. In this story, the people listened to God. The king, who was the ruler of the people, ordered the people to stop being bad. The king and the people listened to Jonah. They repented and changed their ways. This made God very happy. Sometimes our parents point out something we are doing that is not right. We can do like the people of Ninevah and listen to our parents. We can ask God to help us change our ways. We can try to turn the bad habit into a good habit, then God and our parents will be very pleased.

To Do Today

Today, think about something your parents or teachers have told you that you should not do. Make a decision today to change that bad habit. What good habit could you replace it with?



Thursday
February 22, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 7:12

Jesus said,

“Do unto others whatever you would have them do unto you.”

God's Word Today

This is one of the most basic rules that Jesus teaches us. We know how we want to be treated. We know how we want other people to act toward us. Jesus is telling us to treat other people as we would like to be treated. We should treat our family like we want them to treat us. We should treat our friends like we want them to treat us. We should even treat our enemies like we would want them to treat us.

To Do Today

Today, list all the ways you want your family and friends to treat you. Do you treat them in these ways?



Friday
February 23, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 5:21-22a

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will also be liable to judgment.”

God's Word Today

We know that killing or hurting someone is evil. It is a sin against God and killing makes Him very sad. Did you know that anger is a sin also? Did you know that anger makes God very sad? When Jesus talks about being angry at a brother, He means any person who is close to you—brother, sister, friend, parents, even a teacher. Many times these people will make you angry for one reason or another. That is very normal. Jesus wants you to forgive them and not stay mad because that anger makes Him and His Father, God, very unhappy.

To Do Today

Today, think of someone who has made you angry. Can you forgive them and not be mad anymore? See how much better you feel when you do.



Saturday
February 24, 2018

God's Word


Deuteronomy 26:17

Today you are making this agreement with the Lord: he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees, and to hearken to his voice.

God's Word Today

Moses is telling the people that they have made an agreement with the Lord. They have agreed that He is their God and they are to walk in His ways. What does it mean to walk in His ways? It means to do what Jesus would do. Whenever you have a situation, think about what Jesus would do. You are not only to do what He would do, but you are to follow his commandments. Listen to what He says in the Bible and just do it.

To Do Today

Today, think of a problem you had this week. What would Jesus do? Write down what Jesus would do and try to do it yourself.

Sunday
February 25, 2018
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

God's Word


Mark 9:7

From the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.

God's Word Today

Jesus took Peter, John and James up to the mountain to pray. The disciples were covered with a cloud. At first they were very afraid, but a voice came from the cloud and spoke. This voice was God the Father. He is telling the disciples and you to listen to His chosen Son, Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, sit in a quiet place and listen to God.



Monday
February 26, 2018

God's Word


Daniel 9:4b

Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments!

God's Word Today

God is great. God is awesome. God is merciful. He promises to love you if you love Him and try to live by His laws. You have been doing this all during lent. You have been following His commandments to love one another.

To Do Today

Today, tell God how great He is. Tell God how awesome He is. Tell God you love Him.



Tuesday
February 27, 2018

God's Word


Isaiah 1:16

Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.

God's Word Today

Many people think of baptism during lent. Baptism washes our souls clean from sin. The ceremony with water symbolizes this sacred event. When we say Jesus is Lord of our life, we remember He has washed us clean in baptism. Every time we drink His blood in communion, we are given new life to our souls. After we have been baptized, Jesus helps us to stop doing bad things. He teaches us to do good things.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of what baptism means to you.



Wednesday
February 28, 2018

God's Word


Matthew 20:26-28

But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

God's Word Today

Some of the disciples were arguing over who was going to be the most important. Jesus explained to them that a true disciple was never first, or most important. A true disciple acts like a servant or slave to others. In other words a true disciple serves people and helps them rather than the other way around. Look around you at the people in your church. Those who do the most helping are usually not the ones who get all the attention. That is the way they want it. That is the way Jesus wants you to serve.

To Do Today

Today, think of ways you can be a servant. Write them down. Try to be a servant to others.

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