God Can Do Anything

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You can read the devotion below or listen to the audio in iTunes.  Here’s Part One if you need to catch up.

Verse: Jesus replied, “Things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” – Luke 18:27 (NIrV)

Big Idea: God can do anything, and I can ask him for help.

You can do a lot of cool things, can’t you? Maybe you’re a really fast runner or you’re awesome at video games or maybe you’re an artist or a math ninja. Or maybe you’re good at making people laugh or just helping people whenever you see a need.

I’m sure there are tons of things you’re great at. That’s how God made you, but no matter how talented you are there are some things we just can’t do on our own.

Have you ever tried to lift something that was too heavy to move? Or tried to get something down that was too high to reach? Or solve a problem that was too tricky to figure out?

At times like this we all need help. Sometimes we need someone stronger than us, bigger than us or smarter than us to lend us a hand and help us to do things that are too hard to do alone.

For example, there was a couple in the Bible who needed some help too. Their names were Abraham and Sarah.  They didn’t have any children and wanted to have a baby more than anything else in the whole world.  Unfortunately, they were way too old. There was no way they could ever have a child on their own.

But one day, God appeared to Abraham and told him they were going to have a baby. In fact, God said he would return in a year, and when he did, Sarah would have a son. When Sarah heard this, she laughed out loud. This sounded absolutely crazy. She knew there was no way an old lady could have a baby. It was impossible.

Here’s what the Bible says happened next, “Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, “Can an old woman like me have a baby?”’ Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:13-14a NLT)

The answer, of course, is no. Nothing is too hard for God.

God did what he said he would do. It didn’t matter that Abraham and Sarah were too old. God created Abraham and Sarah, so they could do anything God wanted them to do.

A year later Sarah had a son, and they named him Isaac, and Isaac’s family eventually became the nation of Israel. Out of Israel would come the most special baby of all, Jesus.

Jesus once told his followers, “Things that are impossible with people are possible with God” Luke 18:27 (NIrV). That’s good news for us.

Think About It

When we need help, we have a God who can do ANYTHING, and he’s always just a prayer away. So the next time you need help, ask God. He’s bigger, stronger and smarter than any of us, and he loves to help his kids.

Remember, though, just because God can do anything, doesn’t mean he will do anything. He’s not a genie who grants three wishes. He’s not our butler who obeys our commands. He’s a wise King and a good Dad. He gives us what we need, when we need it, and we can always trust Him to do what’s best for us because he loves us so much.

Pray About It

God, you are all-powerful. You can do anything. I am blown away by how amazing you are. Thank you for helping me to do things I could never do on my own. Amen.

Talk About It

  1. What are some things that are impossible for people to do, but possible for God?
  2. What would you do if you were all-powerful like God?
  3. What’s one impossible thing you need God’s help with today?

For Grown-Ups

Do you believe that God really can do anything? Or is there something in your life that you think is beyond God’s ability to change? Maybe it’s a broken relationship or a situation that seems hopeless or something you would like to change about yourself. Don’t give up praying. Invite the God of the impossible to do something amazing today.

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Great Big God

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Today we are kicking off a brand-new devotional series for January called Ginormous God.  In the next few weeks we will take a look at what the Bible says about how big God truly is. 

You can read the devotion below or listen to the audio in iTunes.

Big Idea:  God is big and wants to be your friend.

Verse: Great is our Lord. His power is mighty. There is no limit to his understanding. – Psalm 147:5 (NIrV)

What’s the biggest object you can imagine? A tall building? A roller coaster? A planet?  

Scientists tell us there are objects out in space that are way bigger than any of those things, things like stars and black holes and galaxies. But there is one thing that is so big it blows all of these others away.

God. God is ginormous! He made the universe, including the biggest objects in space, and that means he is bigger than all of them.  

But just how big is God? That’s tough to say, because we can’t measure God. We can’t use a ruler or a yardstick of even a tape measure to discover his height.

Why? First of all, God is a spirit. That means he doesn’t have a body. But even if he did, we couldn’t measure him because there’s no end to God. He just keeps going on and on and on. In that way, he’s very different from us.   Continue reading “Great Big God”

Family Christmas Devotions on iTunes

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Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but when you have kids at home, it can also be the craziest.  It’s hard to find time in the busy holiday season to make sure Jesus is the center of your celebration.

I just uploaded a new series of Christmas devotions on iTunes to make that a little bit easier.

Whether you’re traveling with your family or just on the go, you can listen to the Backstage Bethlehem whenever it’s convenient.

Episode 1 – No Ordinary Baby

We’re all familiar with the cute image of baby Jesus at Christmas, but there’s so much more to Jesus than that.  In this episode we will pull back the curtain on Christmas and take a look at who Jesus really is.

Listen in iTunes.

Episode 2 – Best King Ever

Jesus isn’t just a King, but the King of Kings, the best King ever!  In this episode we will discover what it means in our lives that Jesus is still on his throne.

Listen in iTunes.
Continue reading “Family Christmas Devotions on iTunes”

Savior

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Big Idea: Jesus came to save us from sin. 

Verse: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36 (NIV)

Have you ever been stuck? Maybe you were climbing a tree but couldn’t get down. Or maybe you reached through the banisters on the stairs but couldn’t get your arm out. Or maybe you got your hair caught in something or accidentally glued your fingers together. 

There are all kinds of ways to get stuck. 

Sometimes when we’re stuck, we can get ourselves out of the mess, but other times we may be stuck so bad we can’t save ourselves. That’s when we need someone who’s not stuck to set us free.  

That’s what Christmas is all about. God’s people weren’t stuck in a tree or in the banisters on the stairs. They were stuck in sin. Sin is when we do bad things. It’s when we do things our way instead of God’s way.  

God can’t stand sin, but thankfully he loves us. That’s why he sent Jesus. Jesus came to earth to free us from our sin, and a group of shepherds were the first ones to hear about this good news. 
Continue reading “Savior”

God With Us

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Big Idea: Jesus is God with us.  

VerseThe Word became a human being. He made his home with us. – John 1:14 (NLT)

Who are your favorite people to spend time with? Your parents? Your brother or sister? Your best friend? 

When we spend time with our favorite people, it doesn’t really matter what we’re doing. It’s just fun being together. The “what” doesn’t matter nearly as much as the “with.” 

God loves being with his people. In fact, that’s the whole point of Christmas.
Continue reading “God With Us”

Best King Ever

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Big Idea: Jesus is the King of Kings.

VerseNow he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. – Ephesians 1:22 (NLT)

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a king? A crown? A throne? A castle? 

How about a baby? We don’t usually think of babies and kings together, do we? Yet, that’s exactly what Christmas is all about. Jesus, born in a manger, is also the King of Kings. Kings may be important people and rule over their kingdoms, but Jesus is the King who rules over everything.  

Several months before Jesus was born, an angel appeared to a young girl named Mary and told her some surprising news. He said Mary was going to have a baby, but this baby would be special. He said, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God” (Luke 1: 32 NIrV). God’s Son was coming to earth!
Continue reading “Best King Ever”

No Ordinary Baby

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Verse: He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. – John 1:10 (NLT)

Big Idea:  Jesus was no ordinary baby.

Have you ever tried to guess what’s inside a Christmas present? Some gifts are obvious. You can tell what they are just by looking at their shape and size. You may have to shake them a time or two, but you can figure them out.  

Other gifts? Not so much.  

Small gifts may come wrapped in big boxes. Big gifts may be split up between multiple boxes to look smaller than they are. Someone may even put a heavy object or something that rattles in the present to fool you. A clever parent could wrap a gift in a way that you would never guess what was inside.

That’s how it was with the first Christmas. God sent his greatest gift into the world, but most people had no idea what it was. On the outside Jesus looked like an ordinary baby, but this baby was so much more than that.  

John 1:10 says, “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him” (NLT). Continue reading “No Ordinary Baby”

Turkey Busters 7: Jesus Changes Everything

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Verse: I give thanks to God who saves me. He saves me through Jesus Christ our Lord – Romans. 7:25 NIrV

Big Idea: Jesus loves us no matter what.

Throughout this series we’ve seen how selfishness causes us to act like turkeys, but loving God and loving other people can bust those turkeys in our lives.  

Can you remember the four turkey busters we’ve talked about so far?  Here they are:

1. Thankfulness

Thankfulness causes us to stop and thank God for the good things we have our in our lives, even when things don’t go our way.

2. Humility

Humility is making a big deal out of God and others and not about ourselves. It helps us stop trying to impress people and enjoy the life God gives us.

3. Serving

We can show God’s love to others by doing the jobs no one else wants to do. Serving helps us to become more like Jesus.

4. Worship

When we focus on God and his goodness, worship helps us not to worry.  It frees us from fear and shows the world God is real.

Believe it or not, there was once a man who was an expert at all of these things.  His name, of course, was Jesus. Continue reading “Turkey Busters 7: Jesus Changes Everything”

Turkey Busters 6: Thankful No Matter What

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This is Part Six of a seven-part series.  Here are parts One, Two, Three, Four and Five if you need to catch up. Sign up to receive Turkey Busters sent straight to your inbox.

Verse: Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIrV)

Big Idea:  Give thanks to God no matter what.  

What makes you thankful? Playing with friends? Getting good grades? Winning a game?

What about when you’re fighting with your friends or you get a bad grade or your team loses? Are you still thankful then?

It’s much easier to be thankful when life’s going our way. The good things in our lives motivate us to give thanks. A truly thankful person, however, learns to give thanks no matter what. 
Continue reading “Turkey Busters 6: Thankful No Matter What”

Turkey Busters 5: Worship Over Worry

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This is Part Four of a seven-part series.  Here is Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four if you need to catch up. Sign up to receive Turkey Busters sent straight to your inbox.

Verse: Come, let us bow down and worship him. Let us fall on our knees in front of the Lord our Maker. – Psalm 95:6 (NIrV)

Big Idea:  Choose to worship instead of worry.

Have you ever faced a big problem? What did you do about it? Did you worry? Did you whine? Did you try to solve it on your own? Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems it keeps us from loving God and others because all we can think about is ourselves.  

When we just focus on ourselves, it makes our problems seem worse.  

There was a king in the Bible named Jehoshaphat who once faced a big problem too. A huge army was on its way to attack his country. In fact, three different armies had teamed up against him. He and his people were totally outnumbered, and the king was scared.  

Continue reading “Turkey Busters 5: Worship Over Worry”