Righteousness

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These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your children. Read over the options at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

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  • Detecting temptation

    Science with a twist

    Discuss the importance of keeping fresh batteries in a smoke detector.

    Discussion point: Our conscience warns us that we are being tempted to sin; it’s important not to ignore it.

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  • Fire safety rules

    Science with a twist

    Observe a campfire and discuss some fire safety rules.

    Discussion point: Review these parallel “sin safety rules” to help snuff out temptation before it’s out of control.

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  • Firefighting

    Any time, Drive time

    Read this story about a firefighter, and review some important firefighting equipment.

    Discussion point: God’s Holy Spirit helps us overcome sin and temptation.

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  • Firm footing

    Physical activity

    Go on a hike, helping each other over slippery, steep and rocky terrain.

    Discussion point: Sometimes it’s easy to “stumble” and sin; you can hold on to God for support.

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  • Five-bell alarm

    Creative crafts

    Make your own “anger alarm” (resembling a fire alarm) to help kids determine whether their anger is righteous or unrighteous.

    Discussion point: Introduce skills to help kids manage their anger.

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  • Flee from wrong

    Physical activity

    This fun adaptation of the game What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf? encourages kids to flee from unrighteousness.

    Discussion point: Fight temptation with prayer and God’s Word.

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  • I’m thirsty. I’m hungry

    Any time, Drive time

    At snack time, talk about God’s desire that we “hunger” and “thirst” for righteousness.

    Discussion point: The role of confession, obeying God’s Word and the Spirit.

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  • Learn like a dog

    Any time

    Observe dog trainers and the kinds of collars they use for large, disobedient dogs.

    Discussion point: Disobedience earns harsh discipline, but those who “hear and obey” please God.

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  • Natural consequences

    Getting into nature

    Discuss these examples of how animals and plants must “obey laws” in nature to stay alive.

    Discussion point: Review God’s plan for personal salvation and the importance of obeying God.

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  • Righteous rejoicing

    Any time, Drive time

    Use these song ideas to start an impromptu worship time, and review these verses about worship.

    Discussion point: We show we love God by praising Him often.

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  • Righteous warriors

    Creative crafts, Drama / Role play

    Reinforce the idea that we can be “clothed in righteousness” with dress-up clothes that represent a cloak, breastplate and crown of righteousness.

    Discussion point: Review how to treat others “righteously.”

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  • Shining righteousness

    Getting into nature

    Watch a sunrise and discuss the importance of starting each day with God.

    Discussion point: Don’t fret over another’s sin; talk to God about it instead (Psalm 37:5-7).

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  • Simon Says

    Physical activity

    Play a game of Simon Says.

    Discussion point: We need to listen carefully to God’s instructions so we can avoid being tempted and tricked by Satan.

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  • The weight of sin

    Physical activity

    Take a walk carrying a heavy backpack.

    Discussion point: Sin and guilt can weigh us down, but God forgives us when we confess our sins.

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  • Thermometer fun

    Science with a twist

    Observe a thermometer in hot water and cold.

    Discussion point: Our emotions can make us feel “heated up.” We need to ask God to help us keep our emotions “cool.”

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  • Tug of War

    Physical activity

    Enjoy a game of Tug of War.

    Discussion point: Sometimes we feel pulled toward sin. When we pray to Jesus, He will help us win against temptation.

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  • We must confess, dirty clothes make a mess!

    Other

    Hide dirty laundry and try to “sniff it out.”

    Discussion point: Just as dirty laundry smells bad, our sin “stinks” to God. We stay clean by regularly confessing our sins.

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  • Wise choices

    Fun with food

    At mealtime, offer a plate of rotten food along with wholesome food.

    Discussion point: It’s important to avoid sinful influences that "contaminate" our minds.

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