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River Kids | River of Life Church | March 31, 2021
I Will Wait (Palm Sunday) • March 31, 2021 • Pastor Denny Curran
For hundreds of years, God’s people waited for the Savior God had promised. Every year at Passover, they celebrated how God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. They looked forward to how God would one day rescue them again. Jerusalem was full of people who had gathered to celebrate what God had done for them so long ago. Jesus and His disciples approached the city from the town of Bethany. As Jesus and His friends got closer, Jesus sent two of them ahead with some unusual orders: Matthew 21:2-3. Word spread quickly that Jesus was coming. As the crowds prepared to celebrate, the religious leaders hatched their own plans. The two disciples went to find the donkey and the colt. They placed their own coats on the donkeys’ backs so Jesus would have a comfortable place to sit. Jesus and the disciples rode into the city. Jesus was fulfilling the words that were written by the prophet Zechariah hundreds of years before. Zechariah 9:9 People took off their coats and threw them down on the road before Jesus. Some of them cut branches from the trees. They spread the branches on the road, as a way to honor Jesus. Some people went ahead, and some followed behind. They shouted: Matthew 21:9. Some of the religious leaders had joined the crowd to discover what was going on. They told Jesus to tell His followers to stop. Jesus said: Luke 19:40. Even though the religious leaders had studied and waited their whole lives for a Savior, they didn’t recognize Jesus when He came. The people continued to cheer and follow Jesus into the city. They believed He really was the Savior God had promised. We can celebrate what God is doing in our lives, too—in the past, right now, and in the future. Bottom line: You can celebrate even when you’re waiting.
River Kids | River of Life Church | March 24, 2021
Can’t Hardly Wait (Esau’s Impatience) - Part 2 • March 24, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
It can be tough to be patient. Such as waiting on your parent to stop working, waiting on virtual class to load, waiting for the next movie in your favorite series. What could you LOSE if you’re NOT patient? God had promised to make Abraham the father of a great nation—and God said He would bless all people through him. God began to fulfill this promise when Abraham had a son named Isaac. When Isaac grew up, he married Rebekah. It seemed that Isaac and Rebekah couldn’t have children, but God kept His promise. Isaac prayed, God answered his prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with TWINS. Rebekah could feel the twin boys struggling inside her, and went to ask God what she should do. The time came for Rebekah to have her babies. Esau was born first; he had a head full of red hair. Then Jacob was born—still holding onto Esau’s heel. Esau loved to roam in the wilderness. He grew up to become a skillful hunter Jacob was happy to stay at home among the tents. He probably spent his days cooking. One day, Jacob was cooking stew and baking bread. Esau came in from the open country, very hungry. Esau demanded that Jacob give him some food Jacob. Back then, the oldest son had the right to be the new leader of the family when the father passed away. Jacob was telling Esau to give those rights to HIM—just for a bowl of stew. Esau wasn’t willing to wait. Jacob made Esau promise to trade his rights if he gave him some stew. Esau promised his rights to Jacob just so he could fill his belly. Esau had traded away the rights of a lifetime, for a meal that would last a few hours. God provides what we need, in HIS perfect timing Bottom line, If you don’t wait, it could cost you.
River Kids | River of Life Church | March 17, 2021
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing (Golden Calf) part 2 • March 17, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
For hundreds of years, God’s people lived as slaves in Egypt. They cried out to God, and He rescued them. God parted the waters of the Red Sea. He led them through to freedom in the wilderness. He showed His love and care by providing bread from heaven and water from solid rock. After three months, God led His people to Mount Sinai where they set up camp in the desert at the foot of the mountain. God calls to Moses. God called out to their leader, Moses, from the mountain.
River Kids | River of Life Church | March 3, 2021
Hey Brother \\ The Good Samaritan • March 3, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
It’s important to God that we choose to be kind—and not just to the people who you might expect. Crowds of people followed Jesus around. They wanted to hear what He had to say, which made the religious leaders nervous. They looked for ways to try to trick Jesus into saying something that would make Him look bad. Jesus chose to answer the man by telling a story, which was the Good Samaritan. Jesus’ story made it clear: ANYONE you’ll ever meet is your neighbor. Bottom line, be kind to people who are different from you. Everyone who needs you to show them God’s love is your neighbor. For more information, go to https://riveroflifeag.org/kids
River Kids | River of Life Church | February 24, 2021
One More Time (Go the Extra Mile) • February 24, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
In Matthew 5:41 is the story of the second mile. Sometimes we only feel like being as kind as we HAVE to be. In the story, the person who carried that backpack had to go a mile, no matter what Jesus said that you can choose to DOUBLE that . . . and carry it for two miles. Jesus wasn’t just talking about carrying a backpack for a Roman soldier. He meant that we can “go the extra mile” any time we choose to be kinder than we have to be. When you make your own choices beyond what you’re REQUIRED to do, you show the person how valuable they are to you. Be kinder than you have to be.
River Kids | River of Life Church | February 17, 2021
When is it hard to be kind? • February 17, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
Key Question: When is it hard to be kind? If kindness is something that we know should be a part of our lives, why do we find it difficult to show kindness to others? Often, we find it’s easier to show kindness to strangers than those who are closest to us. We hope through this question and the discussion that will happen; preteens will start to understand how they can make sure they show kindness to the people they love. In week two, we head to Ruth 1 and 2, where we find Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Their husbands have died, and Ruth has the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chooses to show kindness to Naomi and stay with her. Ruth’s kindness doesn’t go unnoticed. Boaz sees how Ruth is treating Naomi and offers kindness to Ruth, changing her life in a huge way. Bottom Line: Be kind to your family and friends. When it comes to our family and friends, we can often find ourselves taking them for granted. We hope through the story of Ruth, kids will learn to show kindness to the people who care about them the most.
February 10 - Wednesday Night River Kids
Play Well Finish Strong - Part 6 • February 10, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
God was kind to us even when we didn’t deserve it. Because of His love for us, we can be kind to everyone. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. And when you show kindness to others, you give them a glimpse into the heart of God, and how much God loves them. Kindness should be a characteristic of people who follow Jesus. Not only did Jesus model kindness, but He also commanded it. He taught us to treat others the way we want to be treated. We kick off the month of February with something Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:32. Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done, (NIrV). Even when we were separated from God, He showed us kindness through sending Jesus to rescue us and model what kindness can look like in our lives. Bottom Line: Be kind to others because God is kind to you. As we follow Jesus and look for ways to reflect His love to the people around us, kindness is one of the easiest ways to do that. God was so incredibly kind to us, that we can help but to be kind to the people we meet. “We need to show kindness to the people around us. We need to let people know we’re BIG fans of them—with the words we say and the things we do.We know what kindness looks like because we know how kind GOD has been to US. Take a look at what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians. This was part of a letter Paul wrote to the people in the church in the town of Ephesus.
February 3 - Wednesday Night River Kids
Play Well Finish Strong - Part 5 • February 3, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
River Kids Church Say What You Need to Say (Use Words Wisely) God tells us in Ephesians 4:29 to use our words wisely. Our words have a LOT of power. That’s why Paul thought it was so important for us to use words that build each other up and help us heal. We have the responsibility to choose words that will help the people around us.
January 27 - Wednesday Night River Kids
Parable of the Bags of Gold • January 27, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
Today’s story is one that Jesus told His friends in order to help them understand something important. “Jesus often told stories when He wanted to explain something to the people who followed Him. These stories were called parables, and they took place in everyday situations so that people could understand God’s truth for themselves. Jesus’ parable was about a man who went on a journey. Before he left for his trip, the man left his money with his servants. He wanted them to be responsible for it until he returned. “The man asked his servants to take good care of his gold while he was gone. It was their responsibility to take care of what he owned. “The man gave five bags of gold to one servant . . . two bags of gold to another . . . and one bag of gold to another. Then he left. “After a long time, the boss finally came back home. He called all the servants together and asked them to show him what they had done with his money while he was gone. “The first servant showed that he had doubled what the boss had given him. Instead of five bags of gold, he now had ten. “The boss was very pleased. He said . . . “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. “The second servant had also doubled what the boss had given him. Now, instead of two bags of gold, he had four. “Again, the boss said . . .“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. “That just left the last servant—the one who didn’t make any more money, but just buried his gold in the ground. The servant tried to explain his actions. “The servant tried to give some excuses for what he had done, but the fact is, he hadn’t been responsible. The boss had expected him to make the money grow, but he hid the money instead. So, the boss wasn’t happy. He sent the servant outside. He took the servant’s bag of gold and gave it to the other servant who had ten. “Think about all the things God has given you. Maybe He’s given you a talent—like you’re a good artist or good at sports. He’s given you friends and family who love you—and every day, you can choose how you treat them. In every situation, let’s make the most of what we’ve been given. Make the most of what you’ve been given. Responsibility—Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you
January 20 - Wednesday Night River Kids
Using Your Gifts • January 20, 2021 • River Kids
God has great plans for you. In the Bible it says in Proverbs 6:6-8, "You people who don't want to work, think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander. It has no leader or ruler. But it stores up its food in the summer. It gathers its food at harvest time." God also wants us to work hard at doing good. Work is hard. Many times, we would rather avoid it. But working hard can bring out our best. It gives us a sense of accomplishment. Working hard now, can save us from doing extra work later. Work also allows us to help others. God gave us work to help us get things done. When we work hard and do our best, it is a cool way to honor God. Choosing to work hard, doesn't mean that you can't rest and have fun once and awhile. It is great to have a healthy balance.
January 13 - Wednesday Night River Kids
Share What You Have! • January 13, 2021 • Pastor Mark Eskew
Hey River Kids! We are so excited for the new year, and are happy to hang out with you again! This month is all about learning simple rules for our lives. These everyday actions may seem small, but they will have a huge impact on our hearts and those around us when we put them into practice! Today we'll learn how it honors God when we share what we have with others. Join us this service as we worship with dynamic, fun songs for kids that lead us to the Father's heart, and meet some new characters who want to help teach us about sharing. Parents, make sure to head to www.riveroflifeag.org/parenttoolbox to find resources for you and your family, and make sure to head over to our website www.riveroflifeag.org to find out how you can connect with our church! Have an awesome week!
December 16th - Wednesday Night River Kids
You can have joy because God has a plan for you. • December 16, 2020
Another week with the River Kids crew! We are loving our interaction with our viewers, and are looking forward to hanging out with you again! December we are bringing a whole new series on Christmas and what it means to be "Simply Christmas". The real meaning of Christmas is simple: we celebrate Jesus, God’s greatest gift. We can find hope, joy, love, and peace when we remember that God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Today we'll learn that you can have joy because God has a plan for you. Join us this service as we worship with dynamic, fun songs for kids that lead us to the Father's heart, and meet some new characters as we discover what Christmas means! Parents, make sure to head to www.riveroflifeag.org/parenttoolbox to find resources for you and your family, and make sure to head over to our website www.riveroflifeag.org to find out how you can connect with our church! Have a great week!
December 9th - Wednesday Night River Kids
We can have hope because God keeps His promises. • December 9, 2020 • Pastor Mark Eskew
Another week with the River Kids crew! We are loving our interaction with our viewers, and are looking forward to hanging out with you again! December we are bringing a whole new series on Christmas and what it means to be "Simply Christmas". The real meaning of Christmas is simple: we celebrate Jesus, God’s greatest gift. We can find hope, joy, love, and peace when we remember that God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Today we'll learn that we can have hope because God keeps his promises. Join us this service as we worship with dynamic, fun songs for kids that lead us to the Father's heart, and meet some new characters as we discover what Christmas means! Parents, make sure to head to www.riveroflifeag.org/parenttoolbox to find resources for you and your family, and make sure to head over to our website www.riveroflifeag.org to find out how you can connect with our church! Have a great week!