Jesus and the Chief Priests

MAKING IT COUNT
I want to help and equip you to lead your children spiritually.
Your second and third graders are becoming increasingly self aware and keen to compare. The internal struggle at this phase is often a wondering about just how well they measure up. Your 2nd and 3rd graders are asking one major question
‘Do I have what it takes?’
Engage with their new interests and skills by showing curiosity in their activities, encouraging their efforts and helping them push through set backs.
Your fourth and fifth graders can understand different points of view, empathize with others and negotiate like a champ. Your kid still needs you but your influence is changing. Your 4th and 5th grader is asking one major question
‘Do I have friends?’
You can encourage this developmental stage by including peers in actives, coaching them in relational skills and helping them develop healthy friendships. When you engage with your child’s interests, you communicate, “Your relationships have value”

TO READ TOGETHER
Matthew 21:23-32
Jesus told the people to pay attention to what someone does, rather than just what someone says. Jesus told the people to act in love, like He did, rather than just talk big, like the chief priests.

TO LEARN TOGETHER
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.

(This is the last part of the Prayer Jesus taught us, next week we’ll do the whole thing)

SO I’M WONDERING…
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KIDS (AND YOURSELF)
When was a time you promised to do something, and then broke your promise? What did you do differently the next time?
Does Jesus give everyone another chance to do the right thing? Who did Jesus hang out with? Why?  

TO DO TOGETHER
DO SOMETHING: Make a chart with 3 action ideas that help others. E.g. give away extra clothes, send a card to someone who is sick, volunteer somewhere. Set a deadline to act on these ideas with your family.

ANOTHER IDEA: Send your older kids on a hunt around your home with a camera to take pictures of places that need action. Share the photos with each other and everyone hope to clean the dirty fridge, take out the garbage or help a younger kid tidy their toys or whatever they find.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
Get out the art supplies and make a “Got action?” sign. Tape the sign to the inside of your door, so you will see it as you go out into God’s world and prepare to show God’s love through your actions.

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