GRADES 5-8

Emergency Communication

READ: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:9-25

Have you heard the loud, shrill beep following a test of the emergency alert system? On the radio, TV, or cell phones, tests like these ensure that emergency communication systems are up and running before they’re needed. In fact, in the United States, tests like these are so important that it is illegal to play the emergency alert sound apart from an authorized test or an actual alert. Because the last thing you need in a disaster is a broken communication system or a communication system that people have tuned out. And that brings us to an important truth. Prayer isn’t an emergency alert system. But sometimes we treat it that way—only praying when we’re going through hard times. But 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without stopping. At first glance, that seems daunting, but it becomes less challenging when we look at the principle underlying this verse: as Christians, we have a relationship with God. Basically, He wants us to talk to Him when things are going well and when things are going terribly. Keeping communication open with Jesus reminds us that we are dependent on Him and that He is always with us.  It reminds us that, in the future, we will dwell with Him and His people forever (Revelation 21:1-5). That’s the hope we can carry with us through every situation—emergency or not. •

Melissa Yeagle •

PAINT AN AFRICAN SUNSET

 

In this fun activity, kids and families get to design their own African silhouette-inspired sunsets! They can also choose to add Scripture that will remind them of God’s promises for each new day.

So grab your craft supplies and Bibles because it’s time to create a sunset painting!   Click below...

African Sunset Activity

LOOKING FOR A NEW FRIEND?

Are you looking for a new friend?

These new friends help remind us to pray for people all around the world that are waiting to have the Bible in their own languages. And they also remind us that God loves us all so much, and He wants us to know that — no matter where we live or what language we speak.  Click below..

Meet New Friends