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By ANNETTE DAMMER
Posted 1/14/22

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

Rain falls on us all. When trouble …

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

Rain falls on us all. When trouble comes, it just means we’re one of the gang. “Many are the troubles of the righteous.” (EHV)

Study verses below.

Objects

Water-filled squirt gun to make it “rain” on the “just”

Umbrella

To do’s

Pray about the verses. Do you ever wonder if you “deserve trouble?” Do you ever wonder if God is punishing you, or someone else, with hard times? Journal and tuck your writing into your Bible. Next time tragedy strikes, pull out your journal and remember that ours is a God of love.

Verses to pray on

“ The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…” — Psalm 34:19 (NIV)

“…That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” — Matthew 5:45 (KJV)

Ready, set, go!

Today we’re going to have a pop quiz. I’ll say part of the quote you fill in the blank. Okay? Jesus loves the little __________. (Let them fill in the blank). Children! Good!

Okay here’s another one. Noah built an __________. (pause) Ark! Great! God is__________. (Pause) LOVE! Excellent. Okay here’s a hard one. The righteous person may have many __________ (Pause) TROUBLES!

Yes, the righteous. The ones doing right. That means you can be doing your very best and troubles will still come. The rain falls on everybody. (Squirt a few kids who won’t mind.) And trouble comes to everybody, good and bad. (Squirt, squirt).

So is God picking on us? (Squirt. Squirt.) No, I don’t think so. He assures us that we’re all in it together.

Look what Jesus went through. We’ll never have it that hard. Never. That pain is long gone for Him now, just like it will be, later, for the good people who suffer today. Heaven fixes everything. No more tears. It’s a promise!

The point? We’re gonna have troubles. We’re going to get sick, lose things, get shots, be rejected and have tons of homework — even worse sometimes.

Next time you ask, “Why me?” there may be a very good answer … The righteous person may have many — all together now — TROUBLES. And we’ll help each other through, right? With God behind us all the way!

Yeah! (Squirt, squirt.) And an umbrella doesn’t hurt either! (Wave closed umbrella around.)

Let’s pray. Father Abba, life can be tough. Sometimes I feel like I can’t find the answers. But I know You understand rejection and loss, hardship and troubles. Please comfort me and send support for hard times. I know You will. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book. The e-book is available for free at www.smashwords.com/books/view/1045891. You may reach her at dare2tri2001@yahoo.com.

New column

Well, that about wraps it up for sermons from my “Object Lessons” book. So, thanks to the bounty of The Daily Record and The Mount Olive Tribune, and The Daily Advent, I will begin my new column next week. “Bible Walks and Talks” will explore the Bible one chapter at a time in a relatable way. If there’s an interest, we’ll even start an online group to fellowship and talk about it all.

See you next week!

 

 

 

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