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Written by Ewald van Rensburg Illustrations by Lilani Brits

Kids celebrate God’s promises!


The Joy! Kids Bible series is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always. God’s children should ALWAYS live Joy-filled lives. Whenever a Monarch is in residence a flag is flown outside the Castle. The goal of The Joy! Kids Bible series is to encourage every Kid to fly the flag of joy for King Jesus, and to celebrate Him in their lives. We celebrate Jesus, and fly His flag when we live out the JOY! principle. J.O.Y stands for Jesus first - Others second - and then You. (This doesn’t mean that you are not important, but rather that you grow by caring for other people.) Nothing and no one can take Jesus’ joy away from you - because it is in you. Surely every parent wants their child to be a Joy! Kid. Help your child to celebrate Jesus today.

Ewald van Rensburg


To my Joy! Kid: ________________________ With love from: _______________________


Contents: 1. Noah trusts God

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2. Moses in the basket

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3. David and Goliath

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4. Jesus and the devil

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5. The shepherd and his flock

20 © All rights reserved Christian Media Publishing, PO Box 4502, Durbanville, 7551 www.christianmediapublishing.com Author: Ewald van Rensburg Illustrations, Design & Layout: Lilani Brits

Publishing Project Manager: Noeline N Neumann Reg No 2010/008573/07 No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means – electronically or otherwise – without the prior written permission of the publisher. Text: Maranatha Publishing: Used by kind agreement. Printed in Malaysia First edition, first printing 2013 ISBN 978-1-920593-44-5 CMP-kids books have been developed with your child’s developmental phases and

unique temperament in mind.

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Written by Ewald van Rensburg Illustrations by Lilani Brits

Kids celebrate God’s promises!


1. Noah trusts God (Genesis 8-9)

It had been raining for a long, long time. The whole world was like one big sea; but Noah, his family and all the animals they had collected were safe inside the ark.

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God had promised to save them. When God promises to do something, you can trust Him to keep His promise. One day God sent a strong wind to dry up the water.

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At last Noah, his family and all the animals could safely leave the ark. That day God made the first rainbow. It was His way of promising Noah that He would never again make so much water pour down on the earth at once. Come, let’s pray together: Lord, thank You for keeping Your promises. Amen

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Every time you see a rainbow, remember you can always trust God.

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2. Moses in the basket (Exodus 2)

The cruel Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, wanted to kill all the Jewish baby boys. Moses’ mother and sister, Miriam, were very scared that Pharaoh would kill Moses too. They put him in a basket and let it float off down the river. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby Moses crying in the reeds by the river bank. She felt sorry for him. Miriam told her she knew someone who could look after him.

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Miriam quickly brought her mother to Pharaoh’s daughter; God let Moses’ own mother bring him up happily in Pharaoh’s palace! Come, let’s pray together: Lord, thank You for looking after me every day. Amen

God always wants what’s best for His people.

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3. David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

Goliath was a giant. When he fought someone he always won. All the Israelites were very scared of him. David came to the battlefield to bring food for his brothers. He saw Goliath and said to the Israelites, “Don’t be so scared of Goliath. God is a lot bigger and stronger than he is. I will fight him.”

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Goliath roared with laughter when he heard that a boy wanted to fight him.

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David shot a stone at the giant from his slingshot. The stone hit Goliath between the eyes and the giant fell down dead! Come, let’s pray together: Lord, when You are with me I am not scared of anything. Amen

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God helped little David to beat the huge Goliath!

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4. Jesus and the devil (Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13)

One day, Jesus went into the desert to be alone. The devil, who always tries to make people do bad things, came to talk to Jesus. He tried to make Jesus do a lot of bad things, but Jesus didn’t listen to the devil. He told the devil that it’s always better to listen to God. So the devil left Jesus alone, because he knew Jesus was much better, stronger and cleverer than him.

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Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, thank You that You are stronger and wiser than the devil is. Amen

Jesus is always on your side and He will protect you from the devil.

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5. The shepherd and his flock (Luke 15:3-7 and John 10:1-15)

One day Jesus told a crowd of people: “I am like a good shepherd. A good shepherd knows the names of all his sheep. The sheep know his voice. When he calls, the sheep come running to him.” Another time Jesus told the people this lovely story: “There was a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.

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One day, one of the sheep went missing. The shepherd left all the other sheep and hurried to look for the missing one. When he found the sheep, he was so happy that he threw a party.�

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Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, thank You that You always look after me so well. Amen

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Jesus knows you by name.

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Guidelines for parents Faith Icon

The formation of faith is indeed unique to each child; there are however general characteristics that apply to all children. There are three main ways in which children develop faith: • Parents regularly reading the Bible, telling Bible and other faith based stories, praying together and doing faith building activities with their children (such as the ones found in this book). • Children ask questions – parents need to take these questions seriously and answer them according to the child’s level of understanding. • Children follow the example of those caring for them.

Emotional Intelligence Icon

We experience emotions long before we learn the language that enables us to express how we are feeling. Therefore it is important for children to be taught how to verbalise what they are feeling. Use the illustrations accompanying the stories and ask your child how they think the people or animals in the picture feel. This helps them become aware of their own emotions as well as those of others. It provides a learning opportunity where the child can learn appropriate words to express how they are feeling.

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A wonderful world opens up for your child when they start learning to read. Enjoy every moment of this exciting adventure with your child. Let them sit on your lap where they can be comfortable and feel safe and secure. Open the book holding it so that you can both see the pages. Read clearly and with enthusiasm. As you know you can read the same story over and over. Point out where you are reading with your finger as you go along. This will help your child to begin to see the relationship between letters, sounds, words and their meaning. Encourage your child’s attempts at reading – even if it sounds like gibberish.

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Listening is an important learning and developmental skill. You can help develop this skill in your child by encouraging them to listen attentively, and understand what they are hearing. Let them look at the illustrations and then use their imagination to tell the story back to you in their own words. You can also encourage them to do this by asking questions relating to the story. Yet another way is to leave out words from a story the child knows well and let them fill in the missing words.

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Use every opportunity to build your child’s vocabulary – this is a lifelong gift that you are giving to them. Start with everyday objects and people in the illustrations in books. Point at the picture, say the word, form a short sentence using the word. Repeat it again and then let your child say the word. Try to use the word in another context – if there is a tent in the picture you are looking at then say: we sleep in a tent when we go camping.

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It is important for your child to develop numeracy skills. Play simple games such as: “How many ducks are there in the picture? If we add two more ducks how many are there now? Then if three fly away? (use your fingers to illustrate this) How many are left?” They also need to recognise the shape of numbers – cut large numbers from cardboard – let your child play with these – place the numbers in order forming a line from one to ten.

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Also available in the Joy! Kids Bible Stories series: Joy! Kids Bible Stories

about the good and beautiful Jesus Kids celebrate loving Jesus!

Joy! Kids Bible Stories

about friendship Kids celebrate being a good friend!

Joy! Kids Bible Stories about God’s miracles

Kids celebrate our mighty God!

Joy! Kids Bible Kids celebrating Jesus


This colourfully illustrated Bible Story series has been created especially for Joy! Kids. Each story is accompanied by a prayer to help children connect with God. There is also a Christian value that reinforces the story. This book helps children be Joy! Kids. A Joy! Kid celebrates the joy of Jesus by living a joy-filled life.

Guidelines for Parents: Joy! Kids has been compiled with your child’s developmental phases and unique temperament in mind. It helps with faith building, vocabulary, as well as reading skills and emotional development. Turn to page 24 for a full explanation of the icons.

Developmental phases

Unique temperament

Faith building

Vocabulary

Speech

Reading skills

Suggestions for enjoying this book with your child: • read the Bible Story, • and then talk about the story and Christian value with your child, • finally say the prayer together.

The closer you and your child grow to God; the closer you will grow to each other.

Listening skills

Joy! Kids Bible Stories about people trusting God  

This colourfully illustrated Bible Story series has been created especially for Joy! Kids. Each story is accompanied by a prayer to help chi...