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Bible Study for March 27 - April 2, 2000
This week's scriptures:
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
Main point: We can always trust in God.
I guess you are old enough that you have figured out you can't trust people too much. Some people you can trust most of the time, like your parents and your pastor. Some people you can trust some of the time, like your friends. Some people you can never really trust, like strangers over the Internet.
Even your parents will let you down sometimes. I know that when my son was about 5 or 6 he asked me if I could take him to ride go-carts on Saturday. I said "sure." When Saturday rolled around something came up and we couldn't go. On Sunday he made a comment about me lying to him. I had! I didn't mean to. Something came up. I should have said "We will unless something comes up." From that point on I wouldn't make promises unless I was completely sure I could fulfill the promise.
Friends at school are worse. They expect to be able to trust you and you expect to trust them. But what happens if you tell something really personal to your best friend? It will probably be gossip too hard to pass up and it will be spread around. You've probably done the same thing!
God can be trusted. He always tells the truth and will never let you down. You can tell him anything, and no one else will ever know. He keeps every promise he makes. If he doesn't keep a promise, it's because we messed up.
Samson is a good example. If you want to read a cool story look up Judges 13 - 16. Samson was a guy that was so strong that he could whip Sting, Arnold Schwarzeneager (spelling?), Chuck Norris, Hulk Hogan, and Superman all at the same time. And laugh while he was doing it! He had a secret about this super strength God had given him. God had told him that as long as he didn't cut his hair he would remain strong. The next time your Dad says you have to get your haircut, tell him you want to be strong like Samson!
Just kidding, that would probably get you a spanking. Anyway, Samson was dating this girl he shouldn't have been dating. Her name was Delilah.
Delilah was a Philistine, and so were the bad guys. The bad guys wanted Samson dead. So Delilah was going to help them out by finding out Samson's secret. So she said (MrGene's interpretation) "Samson honey, what makes you so strong?". Samson said, "Sugar plumb, if someone tied me with 7 new pieces of leather, I would be as weak as any man." So she tried it. He busted loose.
Delilah said, "Samson sweetie, you tricked me! What's the secret?". Samson said, " Delilah, you fine thing, if someone tied me with 7 new ropes I would be as weak as Daffy Duck." She tried it, but he broke the ropes apart.
Delilah said, "Samson, you hunk of a man, you lied to me again. Do you really love me? What's your secret?". Samson said, "Delilah darlin', my hair is braided in 7 braids. If someone was to sew them into fabric, I'd be weaker than MrGene." She tried that, but again, he stayed as strong as ever.
You see, when she was trying all of this there were Philistine soldiers waiting outside to jump on Samson. As soon as he told her the truth, they were going to get him. But she couldn't trust Samson, and he couldn't trust Delilah. God should have taken away Samson's strength then, but he promised that Samson would stay strong as long as he didn't cut his hair. And you know God, He keeps his promises.
So finally, Delilah says, "Samson sweetie, you lied to me again. You don't love me! If you don't tell me the truth I'm not gonna give you any more kisses!" Well, she nagged him so much that he said, " OK OK. If my hair gets cut I'll be as weak as any man." Guess what she did. She cut his hair. Then the Philistines came in and beat him up and poked out his eyes. He got them back, but you'll have to read Judges 16 to find out what happened.
Do you put your trust in God? That's the only person you can always trust. Don't get me wrong, you shouldn't hide anything from your parents. I don't know your folks, but more than likely you can trust them more than any humans on earth.
You can trust Jesus with anything. He died for you! Any time you have a problem, concern, or secret, you can trust Jesus with it. Tell him!
Tell Jesus your secrets!
You should pray all of the time and tell Jesus everything that is happening in your life. You can trust him. He already knows all of that stuff anyway. He just wants you to tell him about it.
This week's prayer.
Thank you for being the person I can trust. Thank you for dying for me. I promise that I will talk to you more often and tell you what's going on with my life.
Story for week March 27 - April 2, 2000
Can Katie Trust Crazy Larry?
This story includes Katie, Crazy Larry, and MrGene
Katie is walking through the park. She isn't really paying attention. She has a crush on a boy named Bobby. As she is walking she is singing "Me and Bobby sitting in a tree,
K I S S I N G." All of a sudden, Crazy Larry walks up to her.
"Hi Katie! How you doing you ugly string haired girl."
Katie replies, "That's not nice to say, I have beautiful hair."
"Hair only a mother could love!" said mean old Crazy Larry.
"By the way, how long have you been standing over there?" asked Katie.
" Not long, why?" answered Crazy Larry.
"Did you hear me saying anything?" asked Katie, worried.
Crazy Larry answers again, "No, what were you saying?"
"Oh, nothing," Katie said with a smile. She was relieved that Crazy Larry hadn't heard her singing.
"You don't mean 'Katie and Bobby sitting in a tree..., do you?" asked Crazy Larry, laughing.
"YOU DID HEAR!" Katie screamed.
"Every word." Crazy Larry had a mean smirk on his face.
"You have to promise me you won't tell any body." demanded Katie.
"I won't. That's dumb stuff anyway."
"It might be dumb to you but if Bobby hears it I will be so embarrassed!" Katie explained.
"Don't worry, ugly. I won't tell anybody."
"Please don't," Katie begged, "I would be so embarrassed."
"OK. Bye dork face."
And they went their separate ways.
Later that day MrGene was inviting Crazy Larry to church, again. Crazy Larry is one of those guys who will only come when something free is being given away, or for ice cream socials!
" Larry, I sure do wish that you would come to Kid's Church Sunday."
"I might, if nothing good is on TV." replied Crazy Larry.
"Larry, you just don't know what you're missing. We have fun, and you get to hear stories about the person who loves you more than anyone in the world, Jesus."
"Speaking of love, doesn't Katie go to your church?"
Crazy Larry asked.
MrGene said that she did and asked Crazy Larry what that had to do with love.
"Katie is in love with Bobby!" Crazy Larry said with a big grin.
"Well Katie loves everyone, because she has Jesus in her heart." MrGene replied.
"Especially Bobby, Katie thinks he's cute!" Crazy Larry said. Then he started telling MrGene about hearing Katie singing in the park.
As he said this Katie was coming around the corner. She was shocked to hear Crazy Larry telling MrGene about her and Bobby.
"Crazy Larry! You promised me you wouldn't tell anyone about that!"
"Aw, it's just MrGene. He wouldn't tell anybody." Crazy Larry laughed.
"Larry, did you tell Katie that you wouldn't tell anyone?" MrGene asked.
"I had my fingers crossed. I can tell anyone I want." Crazy Larry said.
"I'm sooooo mad at you, Crazy Larry!" Katie said, her face turning red with anger.
Then MrGene explained to her that we can't always trust other people. Especially people that don't have Jesus in their lives. He said that we can trust our parents and teachers, and sometimes our best friends. But usually when we tell people stuff it ends up getting told to other people.
"But what about God, MrGene? Can I trust him?" asked Katie.
"Of course, in fact, you can ask him to help you pick out your friends." answered MrGene.
"He ain't going to help you pick out your friends!" Crazy Larry said.
"Sure he will!" MrGene told them. Then he explained that if you kept a good prayer and Bible study life, that God would guide you to people you could trust. He also explained that you had a better chance of finding people you can trust in church, because Christians know it's a sin to lie and gossip.
"I'll go pray right now that God will help me find friends I can trust." Katie said. Then she walked home, praying.
"Larry, why don't you ask Jesus into your heart? He will help lead and guide you. He will send his Holy Spirit to comfort you. He will help you to know who you can trust."
"Will he help me find the Pokemon card I lost?" Crazy Larry said laughing.
"You might think it's a joke, Larry, but if you ever want to talk about it, just let me know."
"Yeah, right. Bye old guy!" Larry yelled as he ran off to play.
How about you? Do you have Jesus in your heart? Is he helping you find the people you can trust? Do you really want to be like Crazy Larry?
Word game for March 27 - April 2, 2000.
3. When this was cut off, Samson was weak.
5. Who beat up the Philistines?
6. What book of the Bible can you find Samson in?
8. How many braids were in Samson's hair?
9. Where did MrGene invite Larry to go?
1. What book of the Bible is our scripture for the week from?
2. What will Jesus help you pick?
4. Who loved Bobby?
6. Who can we always trust?
7. Who was Samson's girlfriend?
Answers to the puzzle
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