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Scroll down to find the daily devotion and activity for children for the month of July.

Saturday
July 1, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 8:16-17

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet; "He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases."

God's Word Today

Over five hundred years before Jesus was born, prophets spoke about Jesus. Isaiah was one of those prophets. He said Jesus would heal us. And he does.

To Do Today

Today, ask Jesus to heal someone you know who is sick.



Sunday
July 2, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:37a

Jesus said to his apostles:

"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me."

God's Word Today

Do you love your father? Do you love your mother? Jesus is telling you that He wants you to love Him more than you love your father or mother. Wow. That is a lot. Do you think you can love Jesus more?

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the ways you love your father and your mother. Draw a picture of you loving Jesus. Tell Jesus you love Him.



Monday
July 3, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 8:19

A scribe approached and said to Jesus, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants all of us to be like the scribe and tell Him that we will follow him wherever He wants us to go. To follow Jesus today means to obey His commandments and to love everyone.

To Do Today

Today, write a letter to Jesus and tell Him that you want to follow Him. If you don't think you can, ask Him to teach you how. He will send the Holy Spirit to teach you.



Tuesday
July 4, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

God's Word

Matthew 8:26

“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”

God's Word Today

Have you ever been afraid or terrified? Jesus’ disciples were afraid of the storm. But Jesus asked why. Didn’t they have faith that He would protect them? When you are afraid, do you call on Jesus?

To Do Today

Today, think about something that you are afraid of. Tell Jesus about it. Sing the song Jesus Loves Me.



Wednesday
July 5, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 8:28b-29

Two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met Jesus. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, "What have you to do with us, son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?"

God's Word Today

The two demoniacs were mean bullies. But they knew who Jesus was and they were afraid of Him. And rightfully so. Jesus turned them into pigs. Even bullies and bad people can know Jesus. The important thing to know is if they follow Him or just know who He is.

To Do Today

Today, tell Jesus you don't want to be like the bullies. You want to follow Him.



Thursday
July 6, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 9:2b and 6b-8a

People brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,

"Rise, pickup your stretcher, and go home."

He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God.

God's Word Today

Jesus performed a miracle and healed the man who couldn't walk. He did this because the people had faith in Him. They believed He could do it. Do you have that kind of faith in Jesus?

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of the paralytic man walking after Jesus healed him.



Friday
July 7, 2017

God's Word

Matthew 9:12

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”

God's Word Today

Jesus came to save sinners. He came because humankind needed a physician, a healer. If you were perfect, you wouldn’t need Jesus. No one is perfect. We all need Jesus. Tomorrow is the birthday of the United States of America. The U.S. is a wonderful country, but it is not perfect. Jesus came to save this country too.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the things you love about your country and thank God for them.



Saturday
July 8, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 9:14-15

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus answered them.

"Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."

God's Word Today

Do you know what "to fast" means? It means to give up something. The people were complaining because the disciples weren't fasting or giving up something. Jesus said they didn't need to fast while He was there with them. When he leaves, they will have plenty of time to fast. s Now when you have a special emergency prayer, you can fast before you pray.

To Do Today

Today, think of something you can give up if you ever need to fast. Make a list of things. Ask your parents to help you with your list.



Sunday
July 9, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek an humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. for my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

God's Word Today

If you have any problems, Jesus wants you to give them to Him. Problems sometimes seem like heavy burdens. But Jesus promises to make those heavy burdens light because he promises to help you with your problems. Then they seem easy.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all your problems. What problems can you give to Jesus. Do you believe He will help you?



Monday
July 10, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 9:20-22

A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, "If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured." Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,

"Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you."

And from that hour the woman was cured.

God's Word Today

Jesus honored the womans's prayer for healing. He did so because the woman truly, truly believed Jesus would heal her. Jesus wants you to have faith that strong.

To Do Today

Today, make a list of all the prayers Jesus has answered. This will help build your faith.



Tuesday
July 11, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 9:36-38

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples,

"The harvest is abundant but the laboreres are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."

God's Word Today

Jesus sees there are many people who need Him. He is asking for helpers to help Him. He says you can help him heal the sick and feed the hungry. He needs helpers to tell others about Jesus and His Father, God.

To Do Today

Today, ask your family to help you think of ways you can help Jesus.



Wednesday
July 12, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:7

"Make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"

God's Word Today

Jesus wants you to tell people about Him. He wants you to tell them that "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand." That means you can know some of the joys of heaven if you know Jesus. You can love, joy, peace and kindness.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of what you picture heaven to look like. Show it to a friend.



Thursday
July 13, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:12

"As you enter a house, wish it peace."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants you to bring His peace everywhere you go. If you enter someone's house, say "Peace be with you." That is a greeting Jesus loves to hear.

To Do Today

Today, visit a family member or friend and when you enter their house say, "Peace be with you." How does that make you feel?



Friday
July 14, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:22

Jesus said,

"You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved."

God's Word Today

This is one of the hardest things Jesus tells you. He says if you love Him there will be people who will hate you. They will hate you because they do not have the love of Jesus in them. They are afraid of Jesus. They are afraid of you. But Jesus says if you love Him anyway, you will be rewarded. You will be saved. He wants you to be strong and to be brave. He will help you.

To Do Today

Today, think of someone who hates you. Pray for that person. They need Jesus.



Saturday
July 15, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:32-33

"Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

God's Word Today

Jesus says if you are ashamed of Him or if you won't tell people about Him, He won't tell God about you. He wants to tell God about you. He wants to tell God what a wonderful person you are. For Him to do that, you need to tell others about Jesus. You must tell them you believe in Him even if they might hate you.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus and show it to someone. Tell them all about Jesus.



Sunday
July 16, 2017

God's Word


Roman 8:19

All creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God.

God's Word Today

Do you have problems? Does your family have problems? This is normal in our world. But all of creation is waiting for God. All of the animals and all of the people are waiting for Jesus to return. When He returns, He promises to get rid of all evil. You will never have problems again. Does that promise make you look forward to that day?

To Do Today

Today, tell someone how excited you are for the time when Jesus returns.



Monday
July 17, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 10:37

"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."

God's Word Today

This is very hard to understand. How can we not love our mother and father the most? But if you love Jesus more, He will show you how to love. Then you will end up loving your mother and father in a much better way.

To Do Today

Today, tell Jesus how much you love him. Give your parents a hug and tell them you love them also.



Tuesday
July 18, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 11:20

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.

God's Word Today

Jesus reproached the towns. That means He scolded them. He was upset with them because He had taught them how to live and they did not repent. Repent means to change. They did not stop doing bad things. They did not love one another. So He is upset with them. Have you repented? Do you try to stop doing bad things? Do you love others? If not, Jesus will be upset with you too. If you do, then He is smiling.

To Do Today

Today, list all the ways you need to repent and make a plan to start doing so.



Wednesday
July 19, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus exclaimed:

"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike."

God's Word Today

Jesus is very happy that His Father, God, wants you to know Him. He knows that you probably have more faith than most grownups. He is very happy.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus talking to His Father God.



Thursday
July 20, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 11:28

Jesus said:

"Come to me, allyou who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."

God's Word Today

Jesus wants you to bring your burdens to Him. Burdens means all of your troubles. He wants you to bring Him your problems. He promises to give you rest from those problems.

To Do Today

Today, make a prayer box or if you don't already have one. Write down or draw a picture of all of your problems and give them to Jesus. Put them in your prayer box and thank Him for taking care of them.



Friday
July 21, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 12:7b

Jesus said,

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice."

God's Word Today

In the old days before Jesus was born and while He was growing up, people made sacrifices to God. This meant they killed animals and put them on the alter. You weren't supposed to eat those animals. But Jesus thinks its better to feed the hungry than to put meat on an alter that no one can eat. What do you think?

To Do Today

Today, ask your family to help you take food to someone who is hungry.



Saturday
July 22, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 12:15b

Many people followed him, and he cured them all.

God's Word Today

Jesus healed all of the people that followed Him from the city. He was showing them that He was the Messiah.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus healing the people.



Sunday
July 23, 2017

God's Word


Romans 8:26b

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.

God's Word Today

Paul tells you that you don't have to know or say fancy prayers. He tells you that if you just sit quiet, the Holy Spirit will help you pray. The aches and yearnings in your heart are the prayers the Holy Spirit has put there. For example, if you see a person being mean to an animal, the ache in your heart for the animal is a prayer. The anger for the mean person is another prayer.

To Do Today

Today, find a quiet place and let prayers come from your heart. The Holy Spirit will help you pray.



Monday
July 24, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 12:42b

"The queen from the south came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here."

God's Word Today

The Queen of Sheba had heard about how wise Solomon was. She came hundreds of miles to learn from him. Jesus is explaining that His wisdom ad the wisdom of the Holy Spirit is much better than Solomon's wisdom. So He wants you to search for Him like the Queen of Sheba searched for Solomon.

To Do Today

Today, ask your family to help you find where Sheba is on a map. Draw a map of the route the queen took.



Tuesday
July 25, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 12:50

"Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother."

God's Word Today

Jesus is the Son of God. If you believe this, then you become a son or daughter of God also. If you believe in Jesus then you are His brother or sister.

To Do Today

Today, tell someone that Jesus is the Son of God.



Wednesday
July 26, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:1-2

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.

God's Word Today

Jesus is very popular at this time. Everyone wants to touch Him so they can be healed. But too many people pushing to speak to Him, make it very dangerous. So He got in a boat so He could talk to them. They couldn't push or shove Him when He was in the boat.

To Do Today

Today, draw a picture of Jesus talking to the people on the shore. Draw Him standing in the boat.



Thursday
July 27, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:16

Jesus said:

"But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear."

God's Word Today

When you listen to Jesus you are blessed. How do you listen to Him? You can listen to His word in the Bible, your Sunday school teacher speaks Jesus word, your parents talk about Jesus. There are many ways to listen to Him speak. You will always be blessed when you hear Him.

To Do Today

Today, find a way to listen to Jesus. Ask someone to read the Bible to you. Read the Bible yourself.



Friday
July 28, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:23

Jesus said,

"But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

God's Word Today

Jesus talked in parables. Parables are stories that tell about something that happens but also have a message in them. The message in this parable is to listen to Jesus with an open mind and heart. Then you live like He wants you to.

To Do Today

Today, sing a song to Jesus.



Saturday
July 29, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:29-30

Jesus replied,

"No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.""

God's Word Today

This parable helps explain why there are bad people. God does not want to pull out the weeds or the bad people because He doesn't want to hurt the good plants or good people. But in the end, the weeds and bad people will be gathered and burned. The good plants and good people will be gathered and placed in the barn with Jesus.

To Do Today

Today, talk about this parable with your family.



Sunday
July 30, 2017

God's Word


1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night, God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." Solomon answered: "O Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?" The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request. So God said to him: "Because you have asked for this-not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right-I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you."

God's Word Today

Solomon did not ask God for selfish things. He did not ask for riches. He did not ask for power. He asked for wisdom. Solomon became one of the wisest men ever. He wrote many of the Proverbs.

To Do Today

Today, look up some of the proverbs that Solomon wrote. Which one is your favorite? Why?



Monday
July 31, 2017

God's Word


Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.

"The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches."

God's Word Today

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? It is very tiny, but the bush grows into the size of a tree. Jesus says faith can grow like that. It can grow from a tiny bit to big, strong faith.

To Do Today

Today, see if you can find a mustard seed. Find pictures of a mustard plant. You can look in the library, a book or on the Internet.

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