Taken from How to Handle Your Life
Bible Reading: Proverbs 30: 5; Colossians 3: 15-17
Memory Verse: Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119: 11
How many books do you have in your house? If your house is like mine, you will have lots. Do you realise that books are a gift from God? Do you use this gift properly?
A few years ago we visited Hong Kong where we met a man who brings Bibles and Christian literature to the Chinese people. He told us with tears in his eyes of how he feels when he visits the Chinese church groups and they ask him, “Have you brought a book for us?” He has never enough books to satisfy the need and sometimes he has to say, “I’m sorry. I have none left.”
Christians in China and in many other parts of the world say how wonderful it must be to have such easy access to good books. None of us has to go very far to go to a bookshop or library. How important to make sure we use this gift and do not despise it.
The apostle Paul was keen on books too. When he was in prison in Rome near the end of his life, he wrote a letter to his friend Timothy. “There are two things I need you to bring to me when you visit me. I need my coat and bring my books.” Even in prison what he wanted most of all were his books.
In his other letter to Timothy, Paul tells Timothy to read lots. This is good advice for us too. This means, of course, reading the Bible, God’s Word. This is the most important book to read. We should read the Bible more than any other book. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It is where we meet the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. It shows us the way of salvation. We learn how to live in a way that pleases God. We also learn how we should treat other people and how we should behave.
Some people do not yet have a Bible in their own language. Missionaries all over the world are working hard to translate God’s Word into different languages.
I heard recently of a man in North Korea who was so keen to have a copy of the Bible that he wrote it all down himself as it was being spoken on a radio programme. How thankful we should be to the Lord for having his Word in our own language and being able to read it. Make sure you read it.
Books are made up of words. The Bible, God’s book, is made up of the words of truth. Jesus himself is the Word made flesh, bringing to us God’s message of salvation.
Find the missing words. The initial letters will spell out something that we should take care to do.
1. That night the king could not sleep. So someone was ordered to bring the book of the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of the chronicles, and they were read before the king. Esther 6: 1
2. Of making many books there is no _ _ _. Ecclesiastes 12: 12
3. The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned _ _ _ _ _ _ _ me I will blot him out of my book.” Exodus 32: 33
4. There are also many other things that Jesus _ _ _, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21: 25
5. You are an epistle of Christ . . . written not with _ _ _ but by the Spirit of the living God. 2 Corinthians 3: 3
6. Jesus said to them, “Have you _ _ _ _ _ read, out of the mouths of babes . . . you have perfected praise?” Matthew 21: 16
7. Till I come _ _ _ _ attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 1 Timothy 4: 13
How to handle your life:
Encouraging children to start a daily habit of Bible reading, prayer and meditation is important. Carine Mackenzie, an established children’s Christian author, has compiled this collection of stories from her own life. Appropriate Bible passages are suggested for daily reading and prayer points are suggested.
The book is also illustrated with some appropriate black and white illustrations. It is an excellent devotional tool for 7 to 11 years old as well as holding great potential for children’s talks and assemblies. The puzzle feature really sets this book apart from the others and will give an extra dimension to a child’s devotional life. The stories are divided into four sections: The Bible; Jesus; Life & our Father God
About the Author: Carine Mackenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. The first title written in the kitchen with the assistance of a basin of water has inspired the production of many other books. Carine now has over 50 different titles in print and sales of over 3 million books. She stays in Inverness, Scotland.