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{Day Fifteen} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Family Matters

Did you know that when Joseph first found out that Mary was pregnant, he almost didn’t marry her? That’s what the Bible tells us in Matthew 1:18-25.

https://youtu.be/zRWlEzyMn9o

Jesus Christ Is Born

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary and Joseph had promised to get married. But before they started to live together, it became clear that she was going to have a baby. She became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph was a godly man. He did not want to put her to shame in public. So he planned to divorce her quietly.

But as Joseph was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary home as your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit. She is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That is because he will save his people from their sins.”

All of this took place to bring about what the Lord had said would happen. He had said through the prophet, “The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.” The name Immanuel means “God with us.”

Joseph woke up. He did what the angel of the Lord commanded him to do. He took Mary home as his wife. But he did not make love to her until after she gave birth to a son. And Joseph gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:18-25

An angel told Joseph to accept both Mary and baby Jesus as a part of his family, and Joseph listened and obeyed.

Listening to and obeying both God and your family is important, and it’s something we all need to practice.

Today, ask a family member for advice on a difficult task. Whether it’s how to clean your room or the best way to wrap a Christmas present, try asking for advice–and then obey what they tell you to do.

Take some time to listen to God too: we’re sure He has great things to tell you! We’d love to hear how YOU listened and obeyed today, so feel free to have your mom share it with me (if you want)! It would be just like Bible Time when you share your stories!!!

{Day Fourteen} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Christmas Cards

When angels announced that Jesus had been born, the shepherds went out and told everybody!

Read this passage from the Bible together.

“The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over. The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.” Luke 2:15-20

Adam & Kid – Joy to the World (Remix)

People still love to tell people to have a Merry Christmas…often in the form of a Christmas card. Since we are less likely to be our and about this season due to Covid concerns, we can still share the good news that Jesus is born!!

Make a homemade Christmas card for somebody today and mail or give it to them. Maybe make them for tour neighbors, grab your mask and then go place the card on the front door. What an awesome surprise that would be!!

Don’t forget your friends and family. If you’d like to get a little crazy, you can mail anything under 13oz. for $1—and mean ANYTHING. So feel free to add plenty of embellishments.

{Day Thirteen} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Another Kind of Gift

Did you know that hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God told the prophet Isaiah some of the reasons Jesus was special?

You can read about them in Isaiah 9:2-7. Then tell Jesus some of the reasons you love him!

“The people who are now living in darkness will see a great light. They are now living in a very dark land. But a light will shine on them. Lord, you will make our nation larger. You will increase their joy. They will show you how glad they are. They will be as glad as people are at harvest time. They will be as glad as soldiers are when they share the things they’ve taken after a battle.

You set Israel free from Midian long ago. In the same way, you will break the heavy yoke that weighs Israel down. You will break the wooden beams that are on their shoulders. You will break the rods of those who strike them down.

Every fighting man’s boot that is used in battle will be burned up. So will every piece of clothes that is covered with blood. All of them will be thrown into the fire.

A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.

The authority of his rule will continue to grow. The peace he brings will never end. He will rule on David’s throne and over his kingdom. He will make the kingdom strong and secure. His rule will be based on what is fair and right. It will last forever. The Lord’s great love will make sure that happens. He rules over all.” Isaiah 9:2-7

Sometimes knowing why somebody loves you is the best gift you can get.

Choose one person in your family and fill a jar with words or pictures to describe all the things you love about him or her. Then give it to them.

For more fun Christmas Advent activities and inexpensive gifts for kids to make, don’t forget to check out Pinterest!

{Day Twelve} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Sweet Dreams

Read more about the magi together in Matthew 2:1-12.

The Wise Men Visit Jesus

“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea.

After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him. ”When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah. A ruler will come out of you. He will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for the Wise Men secretly. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go! Make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, bring me a report. Then I can go and worship him too.”

After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.

The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.” Matthew 2:1-12

Did you notice that King Herod said he wanted to worship Jesus, but he was actually upset by His birth? He didn’t want another king to be born! God warned the magi in a dream NOT to return to Herod after worshiping Jesus.

Consider some of the dreams you’ve had recently (try to draw a picture of one, if you can!).

Has anyone had a dream that may have been from God? And if you have, what are you going to do about it?

{Day Eleven} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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The Magi Find Jesus

After Jesus was born, some magi (some people call them wise men) were eager to find the promised King and give Him gifts to show their love…even if that meant traveling a long, long time.

Read part of their story in Matthew 2:1-2 and Matthew 2:9-11—and check out the road map below to see how far they traveled.

The Wise Men Visit Jesus

“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea.

After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

“After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.” Matthew 2:9-11

The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh.”

Imagine you’re one of the magi. Grab some supplies and take a trek throughout the house – or at least across the room. While you’re traveling, click on the video below to listen to a song about their trip.

How would you have felt to go find Him?

The wise men traveled pretty far to find Jesus. Watch this video to imagine you’re on a long, long trip to find the King.

https://youtu.be/u8L8ekhHDqI

{Day Ten} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Make Some Noise

We may not be angels or magi…but we can worship Jesus like they did! What is worship? (to show respect and love for God especially by praying, having religious services, etc…)

Ethan the Ezrahite praised God through song in Psalm 89:1-2. You can worship God as a family by singing your favorite Christmas song. God LOVES it when we make joyful noise for Him!

A maskil (imparted wisdom; a person versed in Hebrew) Ethan the Ezrahite.


“Lord, I will sing about your great love forever. For all time to come, I will tell how faithful you are. I will tell everyone that your love stands firm forever. I will tell them that you are always faithful, even in heaven itself.” Psalm 89:1-2

Try it acapella (that means just your voice). Or for an extra challenge, try this: while you’re singing, make your own musical instrument out of items in your house. Flick a straw with your finger, tap your feet on the floor–ANYTHING! Watch this video for inspiration.

https://vimeo.com/77168212

{Day Nine} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Christmas Gifts

In Isaiah 60:6, God reminded his family that hundreds of years after the Rescuer arrived, MANY people would come to know and praise him. As a family, SHOUT praises to Jesus! When we praise Jesus, it’s like we’re giving gifts to him.

“Herds of young camels will cover your land.

They will come from Midian and Ephah. They will also come from Sheba. They’ll carry gold and incense. And people will shout praises to me.” Isaiah 60:6

Today, create your own praise song for Jesus. You could even try improvising. (That means making up the words as you go along.)

{Day Eight} Waiting On The King -25 Days of Advent

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A Christmas Prophecy

Read Luke 1:67-80 together.

Zechariah’s Song

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.” Luke 1:67-80

John the Baptist grew up to praise the Lord and show others how to follow Jesus. But did you know that John’s father (Zechariah) prophesied about his son before he was born? He heard from God…and shared what God told him!

Check out the short story here:

https://youtu.be/7NMHOLPWeTM

Prophecy is a big word, but in I Corinthians 14:3, the Bible tells us it just means strengthening, encouraging and comforting. We can prophesy by sharing a Bible verse with a family member or reminding a worried friend that God is always with him or her.

Example Verse:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Try it out:

Share one truth about God with the whole family. Then ask: Does anybody feel stronger? More hopeful? Comforted? Talk about it together.

This is why memorizing Bible Verses is so very important. It helps us to not sin against God AND encourage others!

{Day Seven} Waiting For The King -25 Days of Advent

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Share the Joy

Luke 1:14-17 says that John the Baptist would be a JOY and DELIGHT to his parents and many others! You can be a joy to others too.

Luke 1:14-17

“He will be a joy and delight to you. His birth will make many people very glad. He will be important in the Lord’s eyes…..”He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born. He will bring many of Israel’s people back to the Lord their God. And he will prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. He will teach parents how to love their children. He will also teach people who don’t obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready for the Lord.” Luke 1:14-17

Today, try to make somebody smile. Maybe you help one of your family members with a chore, give your friend a hug, or pray for a neighbor. It’s easy to bring joy to someone else’s day!

Then tell your family how you made someone smile or bring joy to their hearts.