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God has a plan for you

Bible study for March 6 - 13, 2000:

This weeks scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Main point: God has a plan for your life.

 Jeremiah was a nut! That's what a lot of people thought in his day, any way. He was a prophet. That's a guy who God uses to tell people about the future or how to get ready for the future. He kept getting into trouble and thrown into jail because he told the truth. He would tell the king that something bad was going to happen. This would make the king mad. Since the king had all the power he would throw Jeremiah in jail for telling him something bad. When the bad thing did happen the king would see that Jeremiah was right and let him out of jail again. God wasn't happy with people in those days (they just wouldn't listen to and obey him) and so Jeremiah would always have bad news. He could have said “Na na na na na, told you so!” But that would have probably gotten his head chopped off. Anyway, a bunch of Israelites had been kicked out of town and made to be slaves in a place called Babylon. They had decided not to work hard or have kids because that would have just given the Babylonians more slaves. Then here comes Jeremiah. God had told him to give them some good news, and some bad news. The bad news was that they would be in Babylon for 70 years. The good news was that it would only be 70 years, not forever. When they did leave Babylon he had big plans for them. The children they were going to have would prosper and have a good future. They were supposed to work hard and have kids to prepare for the future.
 God wants the same from you! In Jeremiah 1:5 God said that he knew Jeremiah before he was born. Not only that, but he had already decided what Jeremiah was to become. Imagine, before you were even born God knew if he wanted you to be a pro wrestler or a preacher! If you think I'm kidding, he did the same with Samson. Samson was the best wrestler and fighter in history. Look it up in Judges. Anyway, God has a plan for you. I don't know what it is. You probably don't either, yet. God does! And its not to be a fry cooker at McDonald’s, either. He has BIG plans for you. It's up to you to find out what they are. How? You have to read your Bible and pray a lot. Not in just 2 or 3 days. I'm talking for years. If you want to hear what God says, you have to be close to him. Not because he doesn't talk loud enough, because we do not know how to listen. So grow closer to him everyday. While you are waiting to hear from him, prepare. Work hard at school, church, and everywhere else. Prepare yourself as much as possible in every area of your life. If God wants you to be a doctor, and that is what he tells you, then a bunch of D’s in science is going to make it tougher to be a doctor!

This weeks prayer:

Heavenly Father,
 I know you have big plans for me. Give me the wisdom to seek you first in everything. Give me the desire to work hard church, school, and every part of my life so that I will be prepared for any task you give me.
By the way, I love you, Jesus.

Story for week March 6 - 13, 2000:

Tex in a tutu?
This story includes Tex, Alpo, Katie, and MrGene

Tex and Alpo ride into town after a hard week herding cattle. The first person they run into is Fred Red. Now Fred Red is sort of new to earth and a little confused on things...
 “Hello human, Tex! Hello, human Alpo!”
 This gets Tex to laughing. “Hello Fred Red. It's good ta see ya pardner! But my trusty horse Alpo ain't no human! He's a horse!”
 This puzzles Fred Red. “A horse is not a human?” asks Fred Red.
 Tex replies, “ Naw, a horse is an animal.”
 “And what does an animal do, human Tex?”
 “Well, pardner, I'll tell ya. I ride him around while I'm a herdin’ my cows. It keeps me from walkin’ too much and it's a whole lot faster.”
 “And this is the job you do,” asks Fred Red “herding cows?”
 “Yep. Me and the other cowpokes make sure these ole cows stay healthy and fat so that we can sell ‘em for meat and stuff.”
 Fred Red is shocked. “I'm surprised, human Tex. From the looks of your clothing I imagined that you were in the arts. Like a ballerina.”
 Tex laughs at that one and says, “That's sillier than a frog with wings. Me and my trusty horse Alpo ballerinas!”
 Then Fred Red started to make sense! He said, “Its a great job. You work at night. Your show is only a few hours, and you have all day to do the things you need to do. I think you would be a great ballerina, human Tex.”
 Tex scratches his head. “Well, pardner, it might not be too bad of an idea. And me and my trusty horse Alpo would probably  look purty good in a tutu. I've got the legs for it. And Alpo is a good dancer. And I hear talk that the pay is purty good. And I could travel the world and tell people about Jesus. I guess me and my trusty horse Alpo should pack up and head to that thar New York and check this out.”
 “That sounds like the job for you human Tex. I'm glad I could help. Bye human Tex! Bye animal Alpo!”
 “See ya pardner.” Tex said. Then he started packing up to leave, for New York City!

When Katie heard the news she went and found MrGene.
 “MrGene! What are we going to do? Did you hear about Tex?”
 MrGene hadn't. She explained that Tex and Alpo were packing up to go to New York and become ballerinas. They started searching town until they found Tex and Alpo.

 “Hi thar, Ya'll. Have you heard the good news? Me and my trusty horse Alpo are going to New York to be ballerinas.”

 MrGene was the first to speak up. “Tex, Katie was telling me that you and Alpo were going to New York to be ballerinas.”
 “He's right thar pardner. Fred Red was talkin to me and I decided that would be a good job for me and Alpo. It's good money and I can travel around the world and tell people about Jesus.”
 “That's crazy Tex! God didn't plan for you to be a ballerina.” said Katie.
 “What do you mean Katie?” asked Tex.
 “God has a plan for all of us, and I think he planned for you to be a cowboy. Not a ballerina.” answered Katie.
 MrGene jumped in, “Katie is right. In Jeremiah it says that God has a plan for us. If we seek and obey Him he will prosper us.”
 “Tex, God gave you the abilities to be a good cowboy. He won't help you prosper as a ballerina!”
 “And come to think of it, my trusty horse Alpo doesn't have the legs for a tutu.”
 MrGene said, “No he doesn't. And God is using you as a cowboy.”
 “What about travelin the great big world and tellin all those folks about Jesus?” asked Tex.
 “Don't you travel around the west telling other cowboys about Jesus?” asked Katie.
 “I sure do!” answered Tex.
MrGene explains. “See, God has a plan for us. For some it is to be a preacher, some it's to be an accountant, some to be psychologist...”
 Tex jumps in, “And some to be cowboys, ridin the range with thar trusty horses and tell other cowboys about Jesus!”
 “That's right Tex.” said Katie.
 “Well, I suppose me and my trusty horse Alpo had better unpack and git back to ridin the range. Bye city slickers!”

They all said goodbye, and Tex, with his trusty horse Alpo, went back to doing what God had planned for them.

 How about you? Are you doing what God has planned for you?

Print this out and then fill in the blanks (or just do them in your head).  All of the words are from this weeks Bible study and Stories.

Word game for week March 6 - 13, 2000.

Unscramble these words.

1.  eKtai               
2.  bBynoal     
3.  repapre                

4.  nkgi                     

5.  lija                       

6.  utut                     

7.  erlalbnai               

8.  egls        
9.  eerJhiah               

10. woerp       

Answers for word game March 6 - 13, 2000.

1.  eKtai                    Katie

2.  bBynoal              Babylon

3.  repapre               prepare

4.  nkgi                      king

5.  lija                         jail

6.  utut                       tutu

7.  erlalbnai              ballarina

8.  egls                      legs

9.  eerJhiah              Jeremiah

10. woerp                 power

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