Encourage a Senior Today

Introduce kids to the Savior of sinners. This is a series of audio podcasts for kids who want to meet with Jesus by using Meeting with Jesus: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids (RHB). Listen to previous episodes here.

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Yesterday we talked about how our society and even the church divide people up too much based on their age. When this happens:

  • The young do not love or learn from the old
  • The old are not encouraged and enlivened by the young

Yesterday, God’s Word encouraged us to learn from the old. Today in Luke 2:36-40, I want you to see how you can encourage the older members of your family or church. Anna was very old, somewhere between 84 and 105. But she was still serving God and speaking of God.

SENIORS CAN STILL SERVE GOD (37)

  • Anna served by worshipping
  • Anna served by fasting
  • Anna served by praying

SENIORS CAN STILL SPEAK OF GOD (38)

  • Anna expressed thanks to God
  • Anna explained the salvation of God

So why not share this story with your grandma or grandpa today. They might feel useless in their old age. But they can still serve God like Anna did and still speak of God like Anna did.


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Jesus Welcomed by Simeon

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The young are divided from the old in society and the church and this has some harmful results.

  • The young think they know everything
  • The old don’t share their knowledge

In Luke 2:25-35 we see how much older Christians have to offer if we would meet with them and listen to them.

We’re actually not told how old Simeon was, but the story indicates that he had been waiting to meet Jesus for a long time and was expecting to die quite soon. When he met Jesus, he said, ““Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation.” Then he spoke about Jesus:

JESUS IS FOR ALL PEOPLE (31-32)

  • A light for the Gentiles
  • The glory of Israel

JESUS DIVIDES ALL PEOPLE (34)

  • Some people will rise and some will fall
  • Some people will oppose Jesus and some will cry about how he is opposed

JESUS REVEALS ALL PEOPLE (35)

  • He reveals bad hearts
  • He reveals good hearts

If Simeon was going to die soon, these were great last words weren’t they! Listen to old Christians when they talk about Jesus.


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Jesus Brought to the Temple

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Jesus’s name is not treated well today.

  • It is unused: not used at all
  • It is misused: used in a superstitious way
  • It is abused: used as a curse

In Luke 2:21-24, especially verse 21, we learn why and how we should treat Jesus’s name.

JESUS IS A HEAVENLY NAME

  • It was decided by God: The name was not decided by Joseph or Mary, but by God, before Jesus was even in Mary’s womb
  • It was given by God: God gave the name by sending it with an angel to Mary and Joseph

JESUS IS A REVEALING NAME

  • It tells us something about Jesus: He is the Savior
  • It tells us something about us: We need saving

JESUS IS A WELCOMING NAME

  • It welcomes us for salvation: Let’s bring our sins to Jesus for his forgiveness
  • It welcomes us to pray: Let’s bring our needs to Jesus for his help
  • It welcomes us to worship: Let’s bring our praises to Jesus for his pleasure

If Jesus is a heavenly name, a revealing name, and a welcoming name, let’s use it as God intended.


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A Short and Simple Family Worship Plan

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Many parents have good intentions for daily times of family worship. But these good intentions often fail because of three main problems: an overly ambitious plan, the absence of a plan, or the perceived lack of spiritual benefit. This new resource will help families establish regular devotions through realistic aims, a clear plan and direction, and stimulating interaction with Scripture and prayer.

Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan covers key passages in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, providing a big-picture overview of the whole Bible over the course of a year. Fifty-two weekly “expeditions” are each divided into 6 days, with a small passage of Scripture, two questions, a brief application lesson, and a short prayer prompt. Artwork by illustrator Scotty Reifsnyder accompanies each page. In just a few minutes a day, families can explore the whole story of the Bible together.

Features:

  • Covers key passages in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation
  • Includes 52 weekly plans, each consisting of 6 daily readings with two interactive questions, one sentence of application, a brief prayer, space to fill in family prayer requests and needs, and a verse to memorize
  • Offers instruction on how to conduct family worship using this guide
  • Each day consists of an average of 5 verses to read and can be completed in 5 minutes or less
  • Includes artwork by illustrator Scotty Reifsnyder, illustration and design instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, whose work has been featured by Time magazine, The Boston GlobeThe New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and more

Find out more here.


Jesus Visited by Shepherds

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Do you ever feel useless? Do you ever feel worthless?  Do you write yourself off as a nobody. Maybe you compare yourself to others and decide:

  • I have nothing
  • I can do nothing
  • I can give nothing
  • I am nothing

I want to encourage you with the shepherds in Luke 2:15-20. Shepherds were very poor, very dirty, and very smelly. People looked down on them and avoided them. Yet God chose them as the first ones to hear and tell the news of Jesus’s birth. When the angels told them about Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, they ran to the stable and found the manger where Jesus was lying.

THE SHEPHERDS AMAZED PEOPLE (17-18)

  • They told people about Jesus
  • The people were amazed and wondered

THE SHEPHERDS AMAZED MARY (19)

  • Mary treasured the shepherd’s words
  • Mary was amazed at the shepherd’s words

THE SHEPHERDS WERE AMAZED THEMSELVES (20)

  • They heard and saw
  • They praised and glorified

Don’t write off anyone as a nobody, especially not yourself, because God never writes off anybody as a nobody.


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