Become A Banyan Tree

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You’ve heard it before. Everything worth having is worth working for. Just because we are excited about Jesus today, doesn’t mean our faith will last the rest of our lives. Lasting faith requires good soil and strong roots.

On our recent vacation my husband insisted we go see a banyan tree. If you are not familiar think Swiss Family Robinson tree house. It’s pretty amazing. We went to a city park where the whole area was covered by trees. Except it was just one tree.

“Older banyan trees are characterized by aerial prop roots that mature into thick, woody trunks, which can become indistinguishable from the primary trunk with age. Old trees can spread laterally by using these prop roots to grow over a wide area. In some species, the prop roots develop over a considerable area that resembles a grove of trees, with every trunk connected directly or indirectly to the primary trunk.”

When thinking about that tree I cannot help but think of our church and children’s ministry. It is our ministry’s mission to equip our young Mungarians on their faith journey, but we are with them only for one hour a week. That is why it is crucial for families to read the Bible together, pray and ask questions. It all starts just with one seed, but what can grow out of it is unbelievable.

Mon. Aug 5: Luke 7:36-50

Today’s Takeaways:

  • In Jesus’ time, people walked a long ways with sandals on and their feet would get very dirty. A woman who a lot of people thought was a bad person was washing Jesus’ feet, which was a very kind thing to do.
  • Even though some people told Jesus not to let her touch him because she was bad, Jesus did let her do it and forgave her sins.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Jesus says that people who need more forgiveness will love and appreciate him more. What is something that you need forgiveness for.

Tues. Aug 6: Luke 8:1-15

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Just because we’re excited about Jesus today, doesn’t mean our faith will last the rest of our lives. Lasting faith requires good soil and strong roots.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Do you think you are a seed planted in good soil? Why or why not? What can you do to make sure you’re in good soil?

Weds. Aug 7: Luke 8:16-25

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus is the light of the world. There’s no point in trying to hide things, because Jesus’ light will shine on it.
  • Jesus says we’re all one family of believers.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why do you think Jesus asked the disciples “where is your faith?” when they were scared of the storms?

Thurs. Aug 8: Luke 8:26-39

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus was able to heal people that no one else could.
  • When God does something great for us, we are supposed to tell about it.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What is something great that God has done for you that you can share with your friends.

Fri. Aug 9: Luke 8:40-56

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus heals people who truly believe he can do it. He heals the sick woman because she believed just touching his cloak was enough and he brings Jarius’ daughter back to life because Jarius had faith Jesus could heal his daughter.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?

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