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Splink | Consequences

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Beginning & End

Play a game of beginning and end (cause and effect) to learn about consequences.

Divide everybody into two groups (with each group sitting together). Assign one group to be the beginning (cause) who thinks up a situation and the other group who thinks of what might happen (effect). Start out nonsensical if you like and get more serious.

Some ideas to get you started:
– Nate lets the turtle out of its cage/it runs away to South America
– Rory ate the soap/she sang and bubbles came out of her mouth
– Dad sleeps through his alarm/He has to wear his pajamas to work
– Joey forgets his lunch/he has to eat the stale crackers in his desk
– Randi hit his brother/he has to apologize
– Angie stole a friend’s toy/she has to return it and confess
– Sam helped his dad and his dad paid him $5
– Libby shared her toy and made a new friend.

All our behaviors have consequences.

Bump, Bump, Bump

Have you ever felt that all-too-familiar bump, bump, bump when you hit those little warning bumps on the side of the road reminding you that you are getting too close to the edge?

As you are driving, talk to your kids about how consequences help us.

Why is it good to have those bumps at the edge of the road? (They help us know when we are getting too close to the edge; they warn us; etc.)

How do consequences help us do the right thing? (They remind us of the trouble that sin causes; they show us the bad that can happen when we do wrong things; etc.)

What are some consequences for wrong behavior? (Get in trouble; have to apologize; you lose people’s trust; bad things happen; etc.)

Thinking about the consequences that might happen when we do wrong things can help us do what’s right. Knowing that you will be punished for disobeying can motivate you to obey. Knowing that you will get a bad grade for not doing your homework can motivate you to do it. Just as the bumps on the side of the road remind us that we are veering off the road, thinking about consequences can remind us to do what is right.

Which Way Do I Go?

Pair up family members and designate one as the listener and the other as the guide. Blindfold the listener and tell the guide that he must direct his partner safely to a designated spot, using words but not touching him. (Take five steps and turn right. Walk straight ahead. Carefully, walk down three steps. Stop. ETC.) When the listener has arrived safely at the designated spot, switch roles.

Talk about it:

Did you like being the listener or the guide?

How did your guide’s instructions help you? (They helped you know which way to go; they kept you safe; etc.)

What might have happened if you ignored the instructions of the person guiding you? (I could have been hurt; I might have fallen; etc.)

What happened to the people of Israel when they ignored God’s instructions? (They suffered terrible consequences. They were conquered by another country; they had to leave their homes; many of them were killed.)

Read Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15.

What did God promise His people? (If they followed Him, He would bless them; if they would not listen, they would suffer the consequences and be cursed.)

God told them if they would follow His way that He would bless them, but they wouldn’t listen. Instead they went their own way and had to suffer. Following God’s way is always best.

Splink | Revival

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Lost and Found

Hide a few dollar bills (or quarters) in your kids’ rooms without telling them. Assign a certain amount of time (30 minutes?) and tell them to clean their rooms as quickly as possible. You may even want to tell them that there is something hidden for them. At the end of the time, see if the kids found any of the money. (Let them keep whatever they found.)

What did you find?

What did King Josiah and the high priest find in the temple? (The book of the Law; God’s Word, etc.)

Read Psalm 119:72.

What does this say the law is better than? (Thousands of pieces of gold and silver.)

How could God’s word be better than money? (It shows us the way to heaven; it tells us how to have our sins forgiven; it tells us how to have a friendship with God; etc.)

Good things began to happen when God’s people found and read His Word!

Remember and Celebrate

Items needed: five household items (for example: tomato, loaf of bread, shoe, toy truck, toilet paper – any five items will work)

Teach kids a way to remember different items. Place the five items in front of them. Invite kids to make up a nonsensical story about the items. (For example: You were going to school in your toy truck when a giant tomato wrapped in toilet paper jumped in front of you. “Stop!” yelled the tomato. When you climbed out of the toy truck, the tomato grabbed your shoe and stuffed a loaf of bread in it and ran away.)

Take away the five items and see if they can name all five! (The story will hopefully help them to remember the items better.)

What are some important things we need to remember?

We forget many things that we really need to remember. King Josiah and the people forgot God’s Word. They did not obey His rules and did not celebrate the Passover (an important way to remember God’s deliverance from slavery). Remembering to celebrate God’s care for us will draw us close to Him and bring revival.

Celebrate God’s care for your family by sharing cookies and milk (or another yummy snack) and talk about ways that God has cared for you.

Don’t Forget!

Review the Bible verses kids are learning: Psalm 139:23-24.

Items Needed:
– Post-it notes (or slips of paper)
– Marker

Write the words from the Bible verse on post-it notes. (You may have to review only a part of the verse if you have young children.) While your kids aren’t looking, hide the post-it notes all around the room(s). (Always adapt these ideas to fit your family.) At the signal to go, the kids must find all the post-it notes, put them in the correct order and then say the verse together.

For extra practice, invite someone to take away some of the post-it notes and then see if they can still remember the verse.

This verse gives us one way to have revival – to ask God to search us and show us any sin we have. We must repent of (turn away from) our sin in order to have God’s blessings.

Splink | Judgment

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Send kids on a hunt throughout the house to find warning labels. (Supervise young children so they don’t touch anything poisonous.) There are warning labels on hair dryers, cleaning products, small appliances, many toys, etc.

After you read some of the labels, talk about it:

Why did the people who made this item put a warning label on it? (They don’t want people to get hurt; they want to keep people safe; etc.)

What happens if you ignore the warning label? (You could get hurt, etc.)

This week we learned about God’s warnings to King Hoshea and the people of Israel, but they ignored His warnings and did what they wanted.

What was the result? (They were invaded and captured by another country; they had to leave their homes and live like slaves in another country; they lost things they enjoyed; etc.)

Ignoring warnings will cause serious problems… especially God’s warnings.

Link Up

One of the biggest things that led Israel away from God was their
attachment to others things (idols) and bad influences.

Pair up kids and have them side by side and lock arms. Then give commands to each person (to one – go to the kitchen and bring a spoon and to the other one – go to the family room and bring me a book, etc.)

After their arguing and they finally complete the tasks, talk about it:

How did you decide what to do? (We did what he wanted because he’s bossy; we couldn’t decide at first; we followed the other; etc.)

Why was it hard to do what you were supposed to do when the other person was going a different way? (They pulled me along; they wanted to have their way; etc.)

Why is it hard for us to do what is right if we are linked to people who want to do wrong things? (They try to influence us to go with them; they want us to join them; etc.)

Read 1 Corinthians 15:33.

What does this verse mean? (Bad company – those who want to do wrong things- corrupts or ruins good morals or character; friends who want to do wrong things will lead you to do wrong things; etc.)

How were the people in Israel led away from God by the people around them? (They followed the people around them who worshipped others gods and soon they worshipped other gods also.)

One of the best ways to do what is right is to join up with people who also want to do what is right.

Real Love

Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Because of Jesus’ love, we no longer have to suffer the punishment for our sin. Instead of God’s judgment for sin, we can have a clean heart and a home in heaven. What a reason to

Depending on the ages of your kids, here are a few ideas they might enjoy:
– Serve them breakfast in bed.
– Follow the cut-out hearts (or candy hearts) to find a small gift.
– Eat red or pink food for dinner.
– Stay up late on Friday night and play games and camp out in the living room together.
– Write a note telling why you love them!

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