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The Parent Weekly


The Parent Weekly

We believe parents are the primary teachers in a child's life. Because of this, we post a Parent Weekly each Sunday which includes big ideas from that week’s teaching, the memory verse, questions for family discussion, and a look at where we’re headed the following week. Our hope is for this to be a helpful tool as you continue raising your kids to love God and love people.

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Lesson 12


What we learned today

Big Idea: God listens to us.

The sun stands still: Joshua 10, During a battle against the Amorite armies, Joshua asks God to make the sun stand still for a full day. God listens and delays nightfall so the Israelites can defeat their enemies.


Where we're headed next time

Big Idea: God is our warrior.

Gideon is called: Judges 6-7, the Israelites call out to God to save them from the Midianite oppressors, so God sends Gideon to lead them into battle.


Memory verse

Did you know?

  • In Judges 6, the Israelites had once again turned from the one true God and sought fulfillment through the worship of false gods.

  • Because of their disobedience, God permitted neighboring countries to overpower Israel. Each time the people attempted to plant crops, the Midianites and Amalekites swept in and destroyed what had been planted.

  • Ironically, God chose to use a simple farmer to redeem Israel. Gideon wasn’t trained in the military, and yet the angel of the Lord called him “mighty warrior.”


Connect as a family

Read this portion of Scripture when it’s dark outside. Tell your children that God had Gideon fight many of his battles at night when it was dark outside to make it harder to see. Then read together Judges 7v1–8. Talk about who really won the battle—the Israelites or God? Remind them that God is our Warrior and has the power to fight our battles for us.  

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What do you think it means that God is our Warrior?

  • Have you ever needed God to help you with a hard situation? When?

  • What are some ways you need God to fight for you this week?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Show Us How to Live into your everyday life as a family.



A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.

A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you feel God’s strength and know He is our Warrior. He will always be with you.



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