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

Tuesday
August 1, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:41-42

"The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

God's Word Today

Jesus is the Son of Man. He will order His angels to gather all the evil people and throw them into the lake of fire. The reason they will gnash their teeth and grind their teeth will be because they are sorry now that they were evil, but it is too late. If you do anything mean or evil, tell Jesus you are sorry and He will forgive you. You will not be thrown in the lake of fire if you truly are sorry and you repent and change your ways.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the things you did that were mean. Ask Jesus to forgive you.



Wednesday
August 2, 2017

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 3, 2017

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 4, 2017

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 5, 2017

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
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
August 6, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 17:1-2

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.

God's Word Today

When it says in the Bible that Jesus was transfigured it means he changed his looks. He showed his friends what He would look like in heaven. He showed His friends what He looks like now. What does it say? His face shone like the sun. His clothes were white as light. Can you picture that?

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of what you think Jesus looked like when He was transfigured. You can look up on the Internet pictures that painters imagined.



Monday
August 7, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 14:19-21

Jesus ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over--twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

God's Word Today

Jesus performed a miracle. He fed over five thousand people with five loaves of bread. Did you notice what He did before He fed the people? He said a blessing. Do you say a blessing every time before you eat?

To Do Today

Today, ask your family if you can say the blessing before you eat.



Tuesday
August 8, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 14:29-31

Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him,

"Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

God's Word Today

AS long as Peter had faith, he could follow Jesus onto the water. But as soon as he doubted he could do it, he sank. Jesus says you can do anything as long as you have the faith that you can do it. When you are learning something new, try picturing yourself doing it well. Keep believing that you can and you will.

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about what it means to have this kind of faith. Draw a picture of Peter walking on the water.



Wednesday
August 9, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 15:28

Jesus said to her in reply,

"O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you wish."

And her daughter was healed from that hour.

God's Word Today

The woman insisted Jesus could heal her daughter, even when the disciples told her to go away. Jesus knew she had a strong faith so He did heal her daughter as she asked. Do you have strong faith that Jesus will do as you ask? You may not see an answer right away, but believe that Jesus does answer every prayer.

To Do Today

Today, start a prayer book on paper or on your comuputer. Write down your prayers. Make a space by each prayer to write down when it is answered and how it is answered. This will build your faith.



Thursday
August 10, 2017

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 11, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 16:27

Jesus said to his disciples,

"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants you to follow Him. When He says you must take up your cross, He means you must do what He would do. He says to follow Him and help others. It may not always be fun, but it is very important to do what Jesus would do.

To Do Today

Today, talk to your family about doing something Jesus would do. Plan to do it.



Saturday
August 12, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 17:19-20a

The disciples approached Jesus in private and said, "Why could we not drive the evil out?" He said to them,

"Because of your little faith."

God's Word Today

As He has done all this week, Jesus is showing you how important it is to have a strong faith. If you want Him to answer your prayers and to do things for you, you must really really believe He can.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of everything Jesus has done for you. This will help you build your faith and make it strong.

Sunday
August 13, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 14:22-23

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, whilehe dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

God's Word Today

Jesus had worked hard. He was tired. He went someplace to rest and be alone to talk to God. Do you take a day of rest? Does your family rest on Sunday?

To Do Today

Today, plan to do something by yourself or with your family to rest.



Monday
August 14, 2017

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 15, 2017
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

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.



Wednesday
August 16, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 18:20

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

God's Word Today

Jesus tells you that He is there if two or more are gathered in His name to pray. When you pray with your family, close your eyes and picture Jesus there with you. He is there.

To Do Today

Today, pray with your family or a friend and picture Jesus there. Is He smiling?



Thursday
August 17, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 18:21-22

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "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

Jesus wants you to forgive your brother or anyone who sins against you. This is important, because if you do not forgive, you have hate or anger in your heart. This keeps you from getting close to Jesus. Jesus wants you close to Him, so always forgive those who hurt you.

To Do Today

Today, say a prayer for someone who has hurt you or sinned against you. Tell Jesus you forgive them.



Friday
August 18, 2017

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 19, 2017

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 20, 2017

God's Word


Isaiah 56:1

Thus says the Lord: Observe whatis right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.

God's Word Today

You do not know when Jesus will come for you. So Isaiah told his people to always be prepared. Do what is right. Do what is just. This is good advice for everyone today. It is good advice for you. Always act like today is the day the Lord will come. That way He will be pleased when He sees that you are acting like He wants you to.

To Do Today

Today, plan a party for when Jesus come. What would you do? What food would you serve? How would you welcome Him?



Monday
August 21, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 19:21

Jesus said,

"If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, then come, follow me."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants you to show everyone that He is more important in your life than all your toys and treasures. If you give everything you have to the poor, you will then be able to follow Him. This is not easy to do. Jesus knows this. He wants you to do the best you can.

To Do Today

Today, give away to the poor a toy you enjoy.



Tuesday
August 22, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 19:23

Then Jesus said to his disciples,

"Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven."

God's Word Today

Most people think life is easier if you are rich. In some ways it is. But when you have lots of money, you stop relying on God. You stop letting Him help you. You stop listening to Him. You do this because you don't need things like you do when you are poor. It is not impossible for a rich person to enter heaven. It is just more difficult.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of you entering heaven. Are you happy?



Wednesday
August 23, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 20:16a

"Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

God's Word Today

Jesus tells you that it doesn't matter who will be the first to go to heaven or who will be last. He just wants you to be there with Him.

To Do Today

Today, sing a song to Jesus.



Thursday
August 24, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 22:1-3

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying,

"The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come."

God's Word Today

In the Bible, it tells you over and over how to get to heaven. But many people don't want to do what it says in the Bible. They will not get to go to heaven, even though they have been invited. Jesus wants everyone to go to heaven. But they need to do what the Bible says. Are you doing what the Bible says to do?

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the things you do that makes Jesus happy.



Friday
August 25, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 22:36-39

"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 your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

God's Word Today

This is what Jesus wants you to do. Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart? Do you love your neighbors and friends? If you do, Jesus is very happy with you.

To Do Today

Today, tell someone you love them.



Saturday
August 26, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 23:3b

"For they preach but they do not practice."

God's Word Today

Have you ever seen or known someone who talks about Jesus all the time, but they never act like Jesus? Jesus warns against people like this. He does not want you to be a person that does not act like Him. He wants all of His children to act like Him.

To Do Today

Today, do something Jesus would do.



Sunday
August 27, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 16:19b

"Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.

God's Word Today

Jesus is telling you that whatever you do here on earth, it will be the same in heaven. If you love your parents, you will love them in heaven. If you are kind to others, you will be kind to others in heaven. If you praise God now, you will be able to praise God in heaven.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the things you want to do in heaven. Start doing them now on earth.



Monday
August 28, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 23:13b

Jesus said,

"Woe to you hypocrites. You do not enter heaven yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter."

God's Word Today

Jesus is very disappointed in some of the leaders. They talk about God, but they don't act like Jesus. They say they are Christians, but they hate people, or they talk badly about others, or they do mean things. Jesus warns them. They will not enter heaven. Do you want to be like them? Of course not. When you talk about Jesus, you need to act like Him also. You need to love people, speak kindly of others, do nice things.

To Do Today

Today, think of something you can do today that will be acting like Jesus.



Tuesday
August 29, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 23:23

Then Jesus said,

"Woe to you hupocrites. You pay tithes and have neglected judgement, mercy and fidelity."

God's Word Today

Again Jesus is warning Christians. It doesn't matter if you pay money to help the rich. This is good. But it doesn't help if you are judgmental or don't have mercy. For example if you help someone, but hate that person. You have not pleased Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, find someone to help. Try and love that person. Pray for that person.



Wednesday
August 30, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 23:27

Jesus said,

"Woe to you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth."

God's Word Today

Jesus does not like hypocrites. A hypocrit is a person who says one thing, but acts in a different way. For example, a person who says they love Jesus, but then turns around and does something mean or evil. This kind of person is beautiful on the outside, but inside is mean and ugly.

To Do Today

Today, do something Jesus would do. Tell someone you love them.



Thursday
August 31, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 24:42

Jesus said to his disciples:

"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come."

God's Word Today

All week Jesus is warning believers to not only love Him, but to act like Him. He wants you to always act like Him because you do not know whenHe will come.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of things you want to show Jesus when He comes.

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