• Top Ten Things to Know About Eleanor Roosevelt - 10/19/2013

    Eleanor Roosevelt’s influence grew, even after the passing of her husband. She made a name for herself as a champion of the less fortunate and has her place in history as a civil and women’s rights leader. 1. Eleanor Roosevelt was a First Lady who had many firsts. She was the first woman...

  • Why? - 10/18/2013

    "Mom, make Shawn leave me alone!" Alyssa exclaimed as she pushed her little brother into the kitchen and turned to go. Shawn's eyes clouded with tears. "I didn't do nothin'." Mom hugged her son. "What's the problem, Alyssa?" she asked. "He follows me around and asks why over and over and over,"...

  • Matt’s Problem - 10/17/2013

    Arriving home after school, Matt dropped his books on the kitchen table and then slumped down in a chair. "You must have had a bad day," said Mom. "You look like you have all the problems of the world on your mind." "Actually, I had a pretty good day," replied Matt, "but I . . . I do have a problem."...

  • Plan Needed - 10/16/2013

    "You know what, Dad? My science textbook says our world started from some kind of big bang . . . that it just kind of happened," said Abigail. "Haley believes that, but it's not what the Bible teaches. How can I convince her that it's silly?" Dad thought a bit, then handed Abigail a flyer--a bicycle...

  • Hospital for Sinners? - 10/15/2013

    "Mom, you didn't tell Logan he could invite Max Blackburn to go to Sunday school with us tomorrow, did you?" asked Jana, but she already knew the answer before her mother nodded. "Oh-h-h, Mother!" wailed Jana. "Max is horrid! He's always mean to the girls--actually, he's mean to everybody. He's everything...

  • Garret’s Guilt - 10/14/2013

    I haven't read my Bible today, but I really don't feel like it, thought Garret, glancing at the Bible on his desk as he got ready for bed. He felt guilty because at a friend's house, he and some other boys had watched a TV program he was forbidden to see at home. Then the boys had told each other...

  • Settling Differences - 10/14/2013

    Jacob picked up the phone and dialed a number. "Hi, Trevor," he said. "Do you know what I'm gonna do about Alex tomorrow? I'm tired of that bully and I've made up my mind to punch him if he bothers us!" As Jacob spoke, he glanced into the dining room and was surprised to see his grandfather reading...

  • Both Glad and Sad - 10/12/2013

    "My turn to be the first to say today's Bible verse," said Michelle when the family gathered for devotions. Dad nodded. "It's Psalm 119:72," said Michelle. "The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver." "Very good," Dad said. "Your turn, Angie." "The law of Your...

  • At Least a Tenth - 10/11/2013

    Andrew looked thoughtful as he stirred his soup. "Does everybody have to tithe?" he asked. "Do we have to give God ten cents out of every dollar?" "Well, in the New Testament, God says we should give as we are able, and often that would mean giving even more than a tenth of what we have," replied...

  • Mexico or South Street - 10/10/2013

    "I wish I could go, too," said Heidi as she stood watching an airplane taxi down the runway. Along with other young people from their church, Heidi's sister Sheri was on her way to spend time helping missionaries in Mexico with vacation Bible school. Her family had come to the airport to see her off. As...

  • Not My Way - 10/09/2013

    Morgan sighed as he dropped his books on the kitchen counter. His friend Jeff had come home with him after Bible club, but Jeff couldn't seem to believe that salvation is a gift, not something he had to work for. "When we do something wrong, we should say so," Jeff argued, "and we should do what we...

  • It’s Greek to Me - 10/08/2013

    Jim sat at the kitchen table turning the pages of his Bible. "What are you doing?" asked his sister Beth. "Our Sunday school teacher gave us some homework," explained Jim. "He's going to give a reward to the one who finds the most names or titles for God, but I haven't found very many." Suddenly...

  • The Mighty Egg - 10/07/2013

    "What's for breakfast today?" asked Julie as she and her brother John came to the table one Sunday morning. "Bacon and hard boiled eggs," replied Mom. "If anyone wants an egg fixed some other way, I can manage that, too." After thanking God for the food, they began to eat. Julie held up an egg and...

  • Silver and Gold - 10/06/2013

    Jody hurried to answer the phone, but when she heard who it was, she made a face. "Ah . . . no. I . . . ah . . . I have plans for Saturday," she stammered. "Maybe another time." As she hung up, she noticed her mother looking at her questioningly. "Erica wanted me to come over on Saturday morning,"...

  • Ice, Water, and Steam - 10/05/2013

    "This is the life," said Bryan as he sat with his back propped against an old log. He and his cousin Steve were on a camping trip with their grandfather. Grandpa smiled. "I'm glad you're enjoying yourself," he said. "I feel so close to God out here in nature. How about you, boys?" Steve nodded....

  • A Sick Friend - 10/04/2013

    Scott sat on the porch steps, his chin propped up in his hand. All he could think about was Robert Jonas! Robert's mother told Mom that the doctors say he might not get well again, but how can he be so sick now? wondered Scott. Just a few days ago, we went to the park and skateboarded together. The...

  • Holy Spirit Feet? (Cont’d.) - 10/03/2013

    As Carrie and Glenna walked to school, Glenna glanced at the house they were passing. "Oh, look," she said. "Mrs. Clark is peeking through her curtains. She's so nosy! Whenever anything happens, she's the first to know about it. She says she wants to help people, but she's really just trying to find...

  • It’s Hereditary - 10/03/2013

    "Oh, Mom! Why did I have to get freckles?" Brianne complained as she studied her face in the mirror. "Be glad you don't have warts," consoled her brother Jon. "Besides, what's wrong with freckles? Mom has freckles, and she's pretty." Brianne shrugged. "That's just different," she said. "I'm not...

  • Still a Cuckoo - 10/03/2013

    "Hey, what do you see?" Dad asked. Samantha had climbed halfway up the swing set and was clinging to the frame as she peered through a pair of binoculars. "A bird I didn't recognize just flew into that tree," Samantha answered, pointing to a tall maple. "I thought it might be a cuckoo." "I doubt...

  • A Big Fall - 10/03/2013

    Alan's little sister reached up. "Hold my hand, Alan," she said, but her brother ignored her. "Mommy always holds my hand when . . . oh! I 'most falled!" exclaimed Amber as she tripped over a crack in the walk. "If you'd look where you're going, you wouldn't trip!" scolded Alan as he grabbed her...