Case Family in Hong Kong

Watermark Kids – Luke 16

Posted in Watermark Church HK by jpcase01 on December 21, 2010

On Dec. 5th it was my week to tell the children’s story, this week was pretty tough with the in-laws visiting I didn’t have as much time to prep.

I thought I’d repost the story here:

PROMISES, DISOBEYING, RESCUE, JOHN, REPENT, BAPTIZED, MANGER

Our God keeps his promises. Our great, great, great, great, great, great, great you can say our greatest grandparents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and were sent away from God. However, it’s God’s great plan to rescue us and bring us back to him. God promised the birth of two people who would lead to our rescue. Were they George and Jerry? No, it was John and Jesus. John was born as God promised, and his ministry was to make a way for the Lord. John’s message was to repent and be baptized. Does repent mean to jump up and down? What about to crawl? No! It means to change directions. So instead of lying, we should tell the? Truth. Instead of taking we should? Give Instead of arguing and complaining, we should? Be grateful and love. Did John baptize with mud? No! With sand? No! With water? Yes! Jesus was born in a manger because God wanted to identify with man and to let us know that it’s not how much money you have that’s important to him, it’s whether you need God. Jesus grew in age and he grew in wisdom and he was baptized by John because God wanted to show us that he relates to us and desires a relationship with us.

TEMPTED, HEAL, APOSTLES, NATURE, DEATH & SIN,

Satan tempted Jesus in the desert. Did Jesus give up when tempted by Satan? No! Jesus told Satan that, “You don’t test the Lord, your God!” Jesus has power to heal and authority over spirits. Jesus chose special helpers called disciples and apostles to help him along the way. They lived with Jesus, helping him as he taught and they healed many people from their sicknesses. Jesus told the storm and the sea to “Be quiet!” and they listened and obeyed his command! Jesus has power over nature. Jesus raised people from the dead and even forgave some people of all the bad things they ever did! Jesus has power over death and sin. Big forgiveness equals the big love of our great God! Last week was about the lost sheep and the lost sons, we are all like sheep that have wandered off from God, we each have gone our own way, but the LORD uses Jesus to bring us back to himself. The two sons wanted the father’s things but not the father, but God wants our greatest treasure to be GOD himself and not the things he can give us.

DISHNONEST MANAGER

Jesus told his disciples about a rich man who had a manager take care of his business. The rich man was told the manager was wasting money. So the rich man called him in and said, “What is this I hear about you? Tell me what you have done! You are no longer going to work for me.” The manager said to himself, “What shall I do now that my master is going to fire me? I can’t dig ditches, and I’m too ashamed to beg. I know what I’ll do, so that people will welcome me into their homes after I’ve lost my job.” I will lower the peoples debts so that I can gain their favor. Then one by one he called in the people who owed things to his master. He asked the first one, “How much do you owe my master?” “A hundred barrels of olive oil,” the man answered. So the manager said, “Take your bill and sit down and quickly write `fifty’.” The manager asked someone else who was in debt to his master, “How much do you owe?” “A thousand bushels of wheat,” the man replied. The manager said, “Take your bill and write `eight hundred’.” The master praised his dishonest manager for looking out for himself so well. That’s how it is! The people of this world look out for themselves better than the people who belong to the light.

My disciples, I tell you use wealth to make friends for yourselves. Then when it is gone, you will be welcomed into an eternal home, heaven. Anyone who can be trusted in little matters can also be trusted in important matters. But anyone who is dishonest in little matters will be dishonest in important matters. If you cannot be trusted with the wealth of this world, who will trust you with true wealth of God? And if you cannot be trusted with what belongs to someone else, who will give you something that will be your own? You cannot be the slave of two masters. You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than to the other. You cannot serve God and money. The Pharisees really loved money. So when they heard what Jesus said, they made fun of him. But Jesus told them: You are always making yourselves look good, but God sees what is in your heart. Things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned.

LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN

Jesus was teaching his friends and other people and told them that there once was a very rich man. He had fancy clothes and every day ate the best food. He never made time for God. He lived for himself and the things he wanted. Outside the rich man’s fence was a man named Lazarus. He didn’t have much. Lazarus had a lot of sores and was very sick and hungry. He was so hungry that he wanted the crumbs that fell off of the rich man’s table. Lazarus loved God and knew that God would help him with his problems. One day Lazarus died and the angels took him up to heaven. The rich man also died, but he went down to the dark place and was suffering terribly. The rich man could see Lazarus and others in heaven and he cried out “Have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip his finger in the water and touch my tongue. I am hurting in this fire.” Abraham called back to the rich man and said, “Remember that in your life you had good things, while Lazarus had everything bad. Now Lazarus is in comfort and you are hurting. And besides, there is a deep space between us, and no one from either side can cross over..”

Then the rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his family’s house so he could tell them how to get to heaven. The rich man did not want anyone to be with him because it was a terrible place to be. Then Abraham told the rich man that his family could read the Bible and listen to the stories of the prophets. Abraham said, “If they won’t pay attention to the Bible and the prophets, they won’t listen even to someone who comes back from the dead.”

Points to remember:

1. Use wealth to make friends for yourself

2. Serve God not money

3. Ask God for a new heart

4. Make time for God

5. Read the Bible and listen to Bible stories

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