Bringing the Bible to Life for Your Kids

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Have you ever seen a great storyteller in action?  They use their voice, face and body to really bring a story to life for their audience and captivate them with the power of a great story.

As parents who love Jesus, we have the greatest story of all to tell.  It’s God’s story and what makes it so great is that it’s 100% true and still going on today, and, best of all, we are invited to be a part of it.

Now that’s a story worth telling and worth telling well.

If you’ve ever wanted to do a better job of bringing the Bible to life for kids, you’ve come to the right place.  Spoiler alert: telling compelling Bible stories to your kids is easier than you might think!

Here are three quick tips that will help you become an amazing Bible storyteller for your children.

  1.  Ask God to bring the Bible to life in you!  Pray that God would restore your wonder and awe and blow your mind with His big story.  Remember, this stuff really happened.  Moses really did part the Red Sea.  David really did take out a giant with one smooth stone, and Jesus really did walk out of a tomb on Easter morning.   The more we ask God to help us to see his word with fresh eyes, the easier it will be to share that wonder with our kids.
  2. Find a great storybook Bible, like the Jesus Storybook Bible, that’s easy to read aloud with your kids and sets you up to win.  There are a ton of good ones out there.  Check some samples out on Amazon and see what’s a good fit for your family.
  3. Vary your voice to make the story more interesting.  Speed up and get louder during the exciting parts.  Slow down and whisper during the dramatic parts.  Stop and pause when it’s really tense.  Then jump back in for a big finish.  Do voices for different characters and your kids will love it!

The truth is you are probably much better of a storyteller than you even know.  There’s something magical about kids that brings out the storyteller in each of us.  Even those of us who are quiet in public are much more likely to come to life when it’s story time at home.

So what are waiting for? Get into God’s story and watch your kids get swept up in the story along with you and in the process get to know the God who wrote it so that they could know Him better.

 

 

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”

Turkey Busters 4: Serving Others

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

Verse to Remember: The most important person among you will be your servant. – Matthew 23:11 (NIrV)

Big Idea: Be like Jesus and do the job no one else wants to do.

What is the worst household chore you can imagine? Taking out the trash? Scrubbing the toilet? Cleaning out the litter box?

If you had lived in Jesus’ day, it might have been washing feet. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? You don’t know the half of it.

In Bible times people didn’t have cars so they walked almost everywhere they went. They didn’t have sneakers either. They wore sandals which meant their feet got dirty fast.

To make matters worse, their roads could be pretty gross. Most of them were made of dirt, and guess what happened to that dirt when it rained. It turned to mud.
Continue reading “Turkey Busters 4: Serving Others”

Christmas Devotions for Families

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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 that Jesus is the center of your celebration.

Backstage Bethlehem will make that a little bit easier.  In this series of family devotions, we will pull back the curtain on Christmas and take a look at who Jesus really is, the Creator and King of the universe on a daring mission to save the world.

Don’t settle for an ordinary advent.  Take your family behind-the-scenes for an unforgettable journey.  Sign up for my family devotional newsletter to receive a new Backstage Bethlehem devotion every Monday beginning November 26.

If you already signed up for my Thanksgiving devotions, you do not need to sign up again.