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Christmas, What Can I Give Him?

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CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR KIDS

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Hi kids,  are you excited about Christmas!  Our family is buzzing with activity and anticipation of Christmas Day.  I have a treat for you today, it is a song by a little girl – it has a very special message too.  Merry Christmas and don’t forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

This precious little girl is singing a story about her wish to give Jesus a gift for Christmas; because after all it is His birthday.   She knows that Jesus gave everything, even His life, for her.  She sings, “What can I give Him?”

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Give Him My Heart

In the song you will hear her trying to figure out what she will give Jesus for Christmas.  She finally has a GREAT idea.  She will give Jesus the gift of her heart.  It is not a gift He can hold in his hand …  NO …  her present is way bigger than that.  It is the BEST and most important gift she could ever give to Jesus because it is the GIFT he wants most.

You see this little girl understands that Jesus loves her more than anyone in the world could ever love her.  Why, Jesus love is so gigantic that He could not stand the thought of living in Heaven without her or without you.

Even though Jesus gave His life so we could live forever, we all turn our backs on Him and we do what we want to do no matter if it is good or bad.  We want our own way!  God calls this SIN.  There is always a punishment for sin and doing wrong.

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Sin Separates us from God

Here is the BIG problem.  We learn in God’s word that the payment for our sin is DEATH.  Whoa, hold on there Georgie!  Now that’s a thought to stop you in your tracks!  You might be thinking, You got to be kidding me?  No Way Hosea!   Nope I am not kidding you .. not one little bit!

Let me explain to you why the payment for sin is death.  You see Father God is perfect and Holy; He has NO sin and He cannot have sin in His presence.   He cannot let sin (any thought or action that is displeasing to God) into Heaven.   But we have ALL sinned and decided to live our lives exactly the way we want!    If God cannot let sin into Heaven that means none of us can go to Heaven or even talk to God.

Here is what God says in His Word:   “The wages (or payment for sinning) of Sin is Death BUT the Gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 6:23

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Cookie Monster

Have you ever been punished for doing something wrong?  Your payment is what you get for doing wrong.   If you take a cookie without asking permission, it is the same as stealing.  Your mom knows she must punish you for stealing.  She gives you a punishment and sends you to your room to be alone for 30 minutes.  Afterwards she talks to you about the sin of stealing and you tell her you are sorry and ask her to forgive you.

God also punishes wrong doing or sin.  He tells us in the Bible (TRUTH) that the punishment for sin is death.  That’s a deadly punishment that lasts forever.

When the word death is used in this verse it means to be separated.  Our sin separates us in two ways.  It makes it so we cannot talk to God and He cannot hear us.   It also keeps us from Heaven;  Forever separated.   Now that you know the bad news, let me tell you the GOOD NEWS!

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GOD HAD A PLAN

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All We Like Sheep

God tells us that we are just like sheep.  Sheep are sort of dumb animals.  They just wander all over the place and away from the Shepherd who is there to take care of them and protect them.  They wander off  the path and get lost and even worse sometimes they are attacked by wolves.

God says we are like sheep.  We go our own way and get into trouble all the time … BUT God loves us and He made a plan to bring us back home to His heart.   “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD (Father God) has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.”  Isaiah 53:6

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Jesus Loves

Jesus Loves

Do you understand how much God loves you?  Even though you and everyone else turns their back on Him,  He still made a way to save us from death (the punishment for our own rebellion and sin.)

Jesus, God’s one and only son, so loves us too.  Jesus has NO sin and He is the ONLY way to Heaven and the only one (without sin) who could take our sin in His own body and die for it.

God’s plan was to send Jesus to earth to die.  It should have been me and it should have been you who died for our own sin BUT Jesus took our place and paid the price for our sin.   He wanted to do this because He could not stand the thought of living without you.

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The Cross

Yes, we deserved to die for our own sin BUT Jesus willingly gave up His own life to pay for our sin.   The wicked people, blinded by sin, were so angry with Jesus  that they hit Him over and over again with leather whips.  They beat Him until he had huge sores on his back and legs.  His body was bruised and bloody.  They made fun of Him and spit on Him.  Eventually they forced Jesus to carry a heavy wooden cross on his bleeding beaten back.  He carried it through the crowds and up to a Hill where they nailed Him to that cross through his hands and into his feet.  He hung on that cross until he died … His very last words were,  “It is finished!”   The payment for our sin was finished or complete when Jesus died that day.

He suffered all of this for you and for me.   Jesus did not have to die for us.  He could have saved Himself the pain and shame of being nailed to a cross by those rebellious people.   But Jesus knew that He was the only one who could pay for your sin.

He gave His life’s blood for you and for me.   He gave His all to save us from the penalty of our own sin .  That’s how much He loves you and me!  Today, anyone who believes in Him and gives their heart to Him becomes part of God’s family.  As God’s child we bow down and say thank you Jesus for giving your life so we could live.

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Baby In Womb

We give God our lives because of what He did for us.  When we give Him our heart  He wipes away the sin and ugliness inside of you and me.  He even gives us a new heart and a new life as a Child of God.  He adopts us into His family … how cool is that!

We trust God the Father and Jesus the Savior after-all, we were made by Him.  The Bible says He knit us together in our Mother’s womb.   He knows you inside and out!  In fact He knew you before you were in your mommy’s tummy.  He even knows the number of hairs on your head.  He is God and He knows everything.  He is almighty and powerful.

The God who created you wants your love and loyalty.  He wants you to trust Him with your whole heart.  He asks you to confess your sin and He will forgive you.  When God forgives your sin you can  talk to Him any time – He loves it when His children pray to Him.  Someday His children will live with Him forever and ever and ever.

He is a gentleman and He will never force His way in .. He knocks gently and asks if you will let Him in.

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Baby Jesus

Merry Christmas to each of you.  Don’t forget the reason we celebrate this special day … Jesus came down from Heaven and He was born in a manger knowing He would someday die to pay the price for our sin.

It was the ONLY way we could be restored to our Father God.  Listen to what Jesus tells His disciples:   “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.   If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going …. No, we don’t know, Lord,”  Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”

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close to Jesus

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Jesus is calling to you.  He wants you to get close to His heart.  He talks to you through the Living Word of God.  Be sure to thank Him for ALL He does for you, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17   

Thank Jesus for giving His life up so you can live BIG and have peace on this earth and live eternally in Heaven.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:17

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CHRISTMAS  FOR KIDS

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by Susan Ream

Forgiveness – Emily’s Little Life – Chapter Four

Bad Behavior

TEMPER TANTRUM

After Miley stomped home, Emily had to figure out what to do about her friend’s bad behavior and temper tantrum.   She did not like it when Molly tried to control people to get her own way.  Selfishness only spoiled a kids day and made everybody feel bad.

As Emily was thinking about what to do next she looked over at the girls and observed that Sara was twisting her hands and Katie was looking down as if studying her shoes.

Emily determined right then and there that she would not let Miley’s  bad behavior ruin everybody’s day.  She knew what she must do first.

A Heart of Forgiveness

Prison of Unforgiveness

Emily’s Mama had talked to her about having a heart of forgiveness.  She warned Emily about the dangers of holding un-forgiveness in her heart.

Mama also explained that when we allow someones bad behavior or angry words to make us feel guilty or out of sorts we are actually giving them power.

When Emily was little she used to think mama meant supernatural power, like in fairy-tale’s with wizards and magic wands.  Emily could never figure out how that worked.   How could she give people magical power?

One day Emily asked Mama about it; Mama laughed softly as mouth turned to a smile.   She explained that the word power, in this case, meant that you give someone else permission to control how you feel.

Mama said, “Let’s say your friend does something mean to you or to some one else.  How do you respond?   If you let that bad action affect how you feel .. you give your friend power to control your feelings. You don’t have to do that Emmy.  No one can  ruin your day unless you give them power to do that.  It is your choice honey.”

Mama said, “Emily, we have choice, to forgive or to allow the hurt to grow inside of us.  When we choose to hold on to angry feelings toward anyone  …  there are consequences.  Your feelings will not stop with just being angry, it will grow into really bad feelings like bitterness, maybe even hatred.   When we allow our feelings to take us to a bad place you are actually giving that person permission to  control how you feel.”

Emily was beginning to understand that she did have a choice about her own actions.  Mama took a moment to form her next words. “Emmy when we give our power away to someone else, by NOT forgiving, it’s kind of like putting ourselves behind bars and becoming a prisoner.  “But my dear Emmy, it is even worse than that.  Not only do we put ourselves behind bars (as a prisoner to anger, bitterness or hatred) but we also hand the key right over to the person who was mean or unkind.  The key is yours Emily,”  Mama said, “Don’t give it to anyone.”

Emily knew what she must do.  She needed to forgive Miley before she did anything else.  She needed to let the bad feelings go.   She reasoned that she did not have to feel bad because she was not the person who made Molly choose bad behavior.  She was NOT going to be a prisoner on this beautiful sunny day.

Who is the Boss?

AS Emily was praying for Miley she pictured herself holding hands with her.  Then as she talked to God she let go of Miley’hand as she put it into Jesus strong hand.   “Dear God,” Emmy prayed, “Miley tried to ruin our day and she hurt our feelings too. 

I pray for Miley God and I hope you will teach her how to share and be kind.  I am choosing to forgive her right now, like mama taught me.  I give her to you Jesus … and now I will be free to be happy.  Thank you Jesus, Amen!

Emily turned towards the girls while thinking, We’ll just start over. “Girls, What do you want to do?” asked Emily.  Katie said that anything was fine with her as long as they were together but then she paused and asked, “Who is the Boss Emily?”Lt’s just talk about what we all want to do and decide together okay?” answered Emily. Katie smiled as she shook her head happily;  “And you ….?”  Emily asked Sara as their eyes connected.   Sara thought a moment and while twisting her hands asked, “Well, I still would like to play house, can we take turns being the mom?”  “I think that is a great Idea Sara.” answered Emily enthusiastically.  Turning to Sara’s sister she continued, “Katie, how would you like to be the mom first?” Katie smiled brightly and jumped up and hugged her pretend daughters as she said, “Okay girls, let’s play house.”

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Emily began their play time looking at Sara and asking,  “Mama, can we make chocolate chip cookies?”  “Why, of course sweetheart,” answered Sara in her most grown up voice, “What type of cookies would you like to make?  We can make chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies.”

Emily thought it was adorable when Sara pretended to be a grown up because, as hard as she tried to sound like a grown up, she still had a squeaky little girl’s voice.  “I’d like chocolate chip cookies please” answered Emily politely.

The girls played for a long time.  They went grocery shopping by the big Pine Trees imagining the place to be Pine’s grocery store.  Pretending to gather ingredients they picked up pine cones.  As they did Emily carried the basket as the girls dropped each ingredient they would need to make cookies.  Katie smiled at her girls, “You girls are such BIG helpers to Mama, I don’t know what I would do without you.”  Emily and Sara beamed back at Katie (Mama) delighting in her kind words.

When they got back to the playhouse the girls pretended to make the cookie dough.  Sara and Emily were making a mess with the flour.  Some, they pretended, was falling on the floor.  Katie, in her serious grown up voice said, girls, girls, pay attention – look at the floor.  Both girls stopped and looked down at the imaginary flour covering the floor.  Katie (Mama) told Emily to get the broom and she told Sara to grab the dustpan.  She instructed Emily to sweep slowly so the flour dust didn’t fly all over the place.  The girls worked together quickly and carefully.  They then joined Katie to  put the cookie dough on the pans.

They plopped a scoop of dough, one at a time, on the cookie sheet. Next they put the cookies in Emily’s play oven.  After about five minutes the girls looked excited as they pretended like the whole house smelled like chocolate.  “Oh, I can hardly wait to eat my cookie!” Sara spouted as she jumped up and down.   Katie told Sara she could take the cookies out of the oven.

Sara put on imaginary hot pad gloves as she opened the oven door and pulled out a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  She expertly served up 2 pretend chocolate chip cookies on each girl’s pretend plate.  As the girls lifted their imaginary cookie to their mouths they made sounds like mmmmm and ooooo to show how delicious the cookies tasted.  Suddenly Emily realized she was hungry.

Just then her sister Molly called for Emily. “It’s time for lunch Emmy.” Emily told the girls she had to go but they were welcomed to stay and play.  The girls told Emily they were hungry too.  Sara said, “We’ll go home to eat too Emmy but we will be back as soon as we are done.”  “Great!” replied Emily, “See you after lunch.”

Forgiveness

As Emily and Molly were walking to the house they saw Miley slowly making her way towards them. “Emily,”  Miley, began with a sadness in her voice, Emmy noticed her head was bent down,  “I’m sorry I was being bossy again, can we start over?”   Emily smiled big as knelt down so Miley could see her face,  “Of course we can Miley!”  Emily said with joyful conviction.  “I have to eat first and then the Anderson sisters are coming back.   It will be fun to have you play with us too.”   Miley let out a big breath of air as a smile of relief traveled across her face, “Oh thank you Emily, I know I need to work on my bad behavior and I am so thankful that you forgive so quickly.”  The girls hugged each other and then Miley turned and skipped all the way back to her house.

Mama had taught Emily to be quick to forgive.  She said that forgiveness was very important.  In fact it was so important that Jesus said whenever we pray, we need to forgive.  Emily understood what Mama taught her and she  always took time to think before she prayed.  Mama called it examining your heart.

Before praying she would ask herself if she was mad at anyone or if anyone had hurt her feelings? If she was mad or hurt she knew she needed to forgive that person. Even though Emily would sometimes feel very angry, Mama said it did not matter how she felt, Emily should forgive with her words in prayer to Jesus.

Mama explained that as we obey, Jesus heals our heart and turns our anger into compassion.  Emily knew one thing for sure; She always felt so much better after she forgave people.

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