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Taking Out Slacker and the Trash
Power Bible Verse
I will forgive their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins. — Hebrews 8:12
Slacker was happy as he lay in the recliner in front of the TV with a bag of chips. He convinced Stu, who was stretched out on the sofa next to him, not to take out the trash like his dad had asked him to do.
Biblegirl received a threat report from Cypher that the chip-eating Slacker had made himself comfortable at Stu's house. The tracker showed no movement, which was Slacker's favorite activity!
Biblegirl jumped into action, flew to Stu's, grabbed the chips out of Slacker's hands, and took a bite out of his evil plan for Stu. Biblegirl talked to Stu about the importance of listening to his parents, doing what they asked, asking for forgiveness when he didn't, and always doing his best.
Then she shared an idea with Stu. "Think about the trash as though it's a pile of things you do wrong — when you sin against God and others. As you carry it to the curb, ask Jesus for forgiveness for your sin-trash. Jesus takes that sin away. He takes that trash out of your life and sends it away for good!"
When Biblegirl left she handed Stu a card. It read, "I will forgive their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins. — Hebrew 8:12".
What are some of the things Stu did wrong in the story?
Why is it important and right for us to listen to our parents when they ask us to do something?
It's amazing that when God forgives our sins He forgets them! He throws them out like the trash. How does that change the way you forgive someone?
Optional: What are your favorite snacks when you're hanging out?
Power Word of the Week: FORGIVENESS
Offer to take the trash out this week (if you don't already). Think about Biblegirl's sin-trash lesson as you do. On a small piece of paper write (or have someone write for you), "I am forgiven," and tape it to the trashcan in your room. When you throw trash into it, you can remember God forgives and forgets. He removes our sin — trash.
LET'S PRAY TOGETHER
Dear Jesus, I will spend my life thanking You for Your forgiveness and love for me, I don't deserve it. I don't understand it. But I accept it. It changes the way I live and forgive. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.CHAPTER 2
From Selfish and Smad to Glad
Power Bible Verse
"Whoever welcomes one little child such as this in my name welcomes me."
— Mark 9:37
Maddie was kinda sad and kinda mad; she was smad! Her parents surprised her with an "I'm a Big Sister" T-shirt. A baby brother was coming soon! So why was Maddie smad?
The Sultan of Selfishness told Maddie that a new baby wasn't good news. A baby meant her parents would pay more attention to him. He'd get lots of presents, and she'd only get a few. Everyone would think he was so adorable, forgetting she was super cute years before he was born.
He'll burp, and adults will laugh, she thought, but if I do that, they'll say I'm not polite. He'll cry, and they'll hold and hug him. If I cry, they'll say I'm fine. Maddie needed to know she was the most important kid in the house. That's why Maddie was smad.
But when Biblegirl and Melody showed up, they used God's Word to fight off the selfish enemy. They told Maddie that Philippians 2:3 says, "in humility consider others as more important that yourselves." They said Jesus would love her and her brother the same. With Maddie and her parents' help, God would take care of her brother, teach him, and make sure he loves Jesus just like she does.
Suddenly smad Maddie turned into glad Maddie!
What are some things you've been selfish about this week? Did anything or anyone make you smad (sad+mad) this week? What changed those feelings?
What does it mean to be selfless? Is it hard for you to act selfless?
What do you enjoy doing with your brother or sister (or friends)? In what ways do you help each other?
Power Word of the Week: SELFLESS
Think of selfless ways you can help your family or friends. But don't just think about ways, do the kind act you've thought about.
LET'S PRAY TOGETHER
Jesus, you were selfless when you died on the cross and took our sins in our place. You did it because You love us perfectly. And You give back forgiveness and an unending life with You. I want to think and act like You every day. Help me, please. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.CHAPTER 3
Sour Note Send Baroness Away
Power Bible Verse
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. — Proverbs 3:5
The Baroness Fitzhugh-Ferguson promised some families she would teach their kids music. She tapped her conflict crystal stick to get their attention. Starting with a song her mother taught her when she was a little girl, she had them sing:
I am trusting me. Lord Jesus, trusting only me.
Trusting me for no forgiveness; let's agree!
The kids stopped singing and started arguing, "Those aren't the right words!" "The Baroness says they're right, so sing!" "Cooper can't sing!" "You can't, Emma!" "No forgiveness? Trusting me? What?" Now everyone was upset.
Melody heard the commotion while riding by in the Biblevan and rushed inside. Melody realized the Baroness had made the kids argue with her lies! On that sour note, Melody sent the Baroness packing. Then she taught the kids new, better words to the song:
I am trusting Thee, Lord, Jesus; trusting only Thee.
Trusting Thee for full forgiveness, sure and free!
Besides Jesus, who do you trust the most? Why?
Why do you think we often trust ourselves more than anyone else?
What is it about Jesus that makes us want to trust Him more than anyone or anything?
Optional: What are some things we trust?
Power Word of the Week: TRUST
First, sing Melody's song in the devotion — not the Baroness's! Play a trust game with one or more family members or friends. Blindfold one person and ask the others to lead them around the room or house with just their voice. Take turns and see if you learned anything about trust.
LET'S PRAY TOGETHER
Holy Spirit, teach me to trust in the Lord with all my heart, instead of relying on my own understanding. In all my ways I want to know Him. He will make my paths straight. I pray this trusting Thee, Lord Jesus. Amen.CHAPTER 4
The Grand Duchess of Greed and Miss Iwanna Havit
Power Bible Verse
A greedy person stirs up conflict, but whoever trusts in the LORD will prosper. — Proverbs 28:25
Mr. and Mrs. Havit received a very strange but important-looking email. It said the Havit's should change their daughter's name from Lana to Iwanna. When they saw who sent it, they immediately forwarded it to the Bibleteam and talked with their daughter. And when Lana's parents read her the email, she yelled, "I wanna know who sent that!"
"It's from the Grand Duchess of Greed," her dad replied. Lana didn't understand, but her parents did. Her mother explained. "If you changed your name, it would be Iwanna Havit." Then she repeated it slowly. "I wanna have it. Do you understand? You do say that a lot, Lana. 'I wanna have this and that. I wanna have it now!' You've been wanting so many things you don't need. That's called greed. You've been thinking about yourself and not others. You made the Grand Duchess of Greed happy! But is that how you want to act as God's child?" her mom continued. "We can be content, happy with what we have. God has blessed us with so much, especially the gift of Jesus. He'd love for all of us to say, 'I wanna know Jesus better,' instead of, 'I wanna have it — have everything."
Bibleman sent an email to the Havit family. It read: Jesus said, "Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions." — Luke 12:15.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
The Armor of God, 8,
Meet the Bibleteam!,
Bibleman! The Official Theme Song, 13,
Week 1 Taking Out Slacker and the Trash, 14,
Week 2 From Selfish and Smad to Glad, 18,
Week 3 Sour Note Sends Baroness Away, 22,
Week 4 The Grand Duchess of Greed and Miss Iwanna Havit, 26,
Week 5 Bibleman Cleans Up Room 1427, 30,
Week 6 Lemonade and Sweet News, 34,
Week 7 Where Do You Live?, 38,
Week 8 A Prescription for Patience, 42,
Week 9 Was It a Dream?, 46,
Week 10 The Hunt for Golden Eggs and Good News, 50,
Week 11 Let's Tell the World!, 54,
Week 12 Kindness through the Roof, 58,
Week 13 The Lion, the Turtle, and the Cake, 62,
Week 14 Walking Paradise Path in Kingdom Park, 66,
Week 15 Cypher's Guide Lights, 70,
Week 16 Saving Friend Day, 74,
Week 17 Man, Oh Manna!, 78,
Week 18 Too Many to Count, 82,
Week 19 What Do You Want to Do?, 86,
Week 20 You're Out, Luxor!, 90,
Week 21 Creating a Miracle, 94,
Week 22 Slacker and Fibbler Team Up, 98,
Week 23 The Empress Messes with the King's Kid, 102,
Week 24 I Want to See, 106,
Week 25 Waving the Master of Mean Away, 110,
Week 26 The Best of the Boast, 114,
Week 27 Finding Courage without a Shadow of Doubt, 118,
Week 28 A Brush with the Fibbler, 122,
Week 29 Crushing Crusher with God's Word, 126,
Week 30 Jesus and Four-Legged Friend Defeat Loneliness, 130,
Week 31 The Power of Sharing, 134,
Week 32 On Our Side, by Our Side, 138,
Week 33 Wearing the Armor of God, 142,
Week 34 No More Stinkin' Thinkin', 146,
Week 35 Better as a Team, 150,
Week 36 The Bibleman Song, 154,
Week 37 Bibleman's New GPS, 158,
Week 38 I Don't Understand. Do You?, 162,
Week 39 Luxor Gives Parents a Bad Rap, 166,
Week 40 Olivia's Psalm, 170,
Week 41 The Mayor Learns the Truth, 141,
Week 42 The Invisible Dr. Fear Disappears Again, 178,
Week 43 Bibleman and His Beautiful Feet, 182,
Week 44 Prayer Warriors Take Down Enemies, 186,
Week 45 This Is the Day, 190,
Week 46 For Crying Out Loud, Empress!, 194,
Week 47 No Sultan of Selfishness in Sight, 198,
Week 48 Luxor's Messed-Up Worship Plan, 202,
Week 49 The Prince of Pride in and Upside Down World, 206,
Week 50 Slacker Fails the Fun Furrtill Family, 210,
Week 51 Everyone Loses at the Blame Game, 214,
Week 52 Goodbye, Ambassador; Amen, Jesus!, 218,
Parent Connection, 222,