Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sky Ranch Family Devotional…Noah and the Ark, with Stacy A. Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Fun Icebreaker: Do you think you will get married someday? Mom or dad, what have you liked about being a pair (married)?

Question: Can you trust God’s Word? 

Topic 4: Trust—the Holy Bible 

Today’s Big Idea: Noah and the Ark

Share with your family that you can trust God’s Word about man’s stubborn, wayward heart. God’s “big picture” plan shows throughout time He has continued to give mankind many chances to change their hearts and follow Him.
The questions give your family the opportunity to share about how the story of Noah’s ark fits into the big picture of the Bible. If your family needs a refresher on Noah, read Genesis 5-9. Talk to your family about their own desire to go their own way and reject God. It is a temptation that happens to all of us at some point. Making a stand for God can be difficult, especially when you are alone. Discuss the difficulty of going against everyone else and possibly being mocked for your beliefs, like Noah was. Share what helps you keep on standing when you feel alone.

Talk with God: Read scriptures and questions below.
Genesis 6:5 (NASB) (At the time of Noah) “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Genesis 6:14, 17-18 (NASB) (God is speaking to Noah): “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood... Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark – you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”

Walk with God:

Discuss with younger kids: We all love the story of Noah, the ark and the animals! But have you ever stopped and thought about why God needed to destroy the earth and all the people? Noah and his family stood alone in following God and the right way. Have you ever had the experience of being the only one defending God? Were you teased for your beliefs? Why do people go against God? What helped you keep on standing for God and the right way?

Discuss with older kids: Many cultures have a worldwide flood story that has been passed down for generations. There is even a sediment layer in the soil found all over the world with evidence of a very large flood. Do you know of other historical or archeological evidence that supports truth in the passages of the Bible? How has knowing that the Bible is true helped you make a stand for God? Have you ever been mocked for trusting God? How?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God’s courage in difficult times.

I will be praying for you!

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Sky Ranch Family Devotionals 

© 2013 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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