While you are riding in the car, review the simple truth that we need Jesus to get to Heaven by filling in the blank, What I really need is __________.
The first person will think of a situation where someone needs help and the other will guess what is needed. For example, “When my house is on fire, what I really need is __________” (a fireman; a fire extinguisher). Other situations: I am sick, I am blind, I am hungry, I am lost and don’t know which way to go, I am drowning, I am cold, etc.
For the last one, add the situation: When I need to have my sins forgiven or to go to Heaven, I really need ________. (Jesus)
Jesus is the only way to Heaven!
Announce to the family at breakfast that the family is going to have a contest…a contest to see who can be completely good. (You may want to review the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.) At dinner, talk about it.
Did you put God first in everything today? Did you tell the truth? Did you want what someone else had? Did you love something else more than God? Did you honor/obey your parents?
Read Galatians 3:11-12.
Can anyone be good enough to keep all of God’s rules every single day? No! Some people may keep more of God’s rules than others, but NO ONE can keep all of God’s rules.
If we can’t keep all of God’s rules, how can we be right with God?
Our sins are taken away only by believing in Jesus and what He did for us. He died on the cross and then came alive three days later. When we have faith (believe) in Jesus, He takes away our sin and makes us right before God. We are justified…just as if I’d never sinned.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. Wear green, if you like.
Tell the true story about St. Patrick who was a strong man of faith and made it his mission in life to tell others about Jesus and what He did.
The man we know as St. Patrick was born into a Christian family during the fourth century in Britain. Even though his father and grandfather were deacons in the church, Maewyn (his British name) had never accepted Jesus. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. During his six-year captivity, he became a Christian and adopted the name Patrick.
According to his confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he joined the Church in Gaul and studied to be a priest for twelve years. While there, Patrick felt that God was calling him to go BACK to Ireland to tell the people about Jesus.
Patrick traveled throughout Ireland preaching and winning many converts to Christ. This upset the Celtic Druids, who had their own native religion. Patrick was arrested several times but escaped each time. He established monasteries, schools, and churches to help the people learn more about God and the Bible.
One traditional symbol of the day is the shamrock. It is said that Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock/clover to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate, yet still be one God. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. (No one knows for sure why we wear green on this day, but some think it has to do with wearing the green shamrock.)
Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. He died on March 17—the day that has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. The day was originally celebrated only in Ireland, but now people throughout the world celebrate the day with parades and firecrackers. The city of Chicago dyes the Chicago River green.