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Written by Ewald van Rensburg Illustrations by Lilani Brits

Kids celebrate loving Jesus!


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. The wise men

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2. Jesus is baptised

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3. Jesus looks after us

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4. Jesus loves little children very much

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5. Jesus will come back

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 978-1-920593-41-4 CMP-kids books have been developed with your child’s developmental phases and

unique temperament in mind.

For a full explanation of the unique temperament and developmental phases icons visit the CMP website www.cmpublishing.co.za


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Kids celebrate loving Jesus!


1. The wise men (Matthew 2:1-23)

Some wise men rode on camels from a faraway land. They were following a bright star. This star told them that a special King had been born to the world. The bright star led the wise men to Bethlehem. It stopped above a house, and there they found God’s Son, Jesus, with His mother, Mary.

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The wise men gave Jesus lovely, expensive presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then they went back home feeling very happy because they had seen Jesus, the King of the world, at last. Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, You are the greatest King in the world. Amen

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Remember every day to give your best to Jesus, just like the wise men did.

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2. Jesus is baptised (Matthew 3)

God sent John the Baptist to tell the people that Jesus was coming. John also told them they had to love God. One day John was standing in the river telling a crowd of people that God’s special One was coming soon.

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Suddenly John noticed Jesus standing in the crowd. He was so excited; he told everyone that Jesus was God’s special One! Jesus walked into the river so that John could baptise Him.

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Then God spoke from heaven and everyone heard Him say: “This is My Son and I love Him very much. You must listen to Him and obey Him!” Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, I will always listen to You and obey You. Amen

God also says to you: “You are My child and I love you very much!”

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3. Jesus looks after us (Matthew 6:25-34)

One day Jesus was telling His disciples and a crowd of other people how God’s people should live. He saw some birds flying in the sky and asked the people, “Do you see those birds flying up there?” Everyone looked up and nodded their heads. “Our Father God looks after all the birds. He gives them food to eat. Remember God loves you, His children, even more than those birds. So you must never be worried. He will give you everything you need.”

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Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, thank You for always giving me everything I need. Amen

God looks after the grass, the flowers and the birds. He also looks after you.

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4. Jesus loves little children very much (Mark 10:13-16) One day, a group of mothers brought their children to see Jesus. They wanted Jesus to bless their children. Jesus’ disciples shouted at them to leave Him alone. But Jesus told His disciples not to chase the mothers and children away. His followers should have known by then that Jesus loved children very much.

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Then all the children laughed and ran up to Jesus. He hugged them, stroked their hair, put His hands on their heads and told them they were special. Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, thank You that You have a special place in Your heart for children. Amen

Children like you are very special to Jesus. He loves you very much.

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5. Jesus is coming back (Revelation 21)

At the moment Jesus lives in a wonderful place called Heaven, but one day He will come back. He made this promise to us; and Jesus always keeps His promises. When He comes back, Jesus will make everything on earth brand new. It’s going to be the best place ever. The trees will have fruit all year round and it will always be summertime. We will be very happy and no one will be sad again. The most wonderful news is that we will be with Jesus forever and ever. This is something to look forward to!

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Remember, when Jesus promises something, He always keeps His promises.

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Come, let’s pray together: Jesus, I’m so glad that You are coming back one day to make the whole world brand new. Amen

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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 friendship Kids celebrate being a good friend!

Joy! Kids Bible Stories about God’s miracles

Kids celebrate our mighty God!

Joy! Kids Bible Stories about people trusting God Kids celebrate God’s promises!

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

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