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Dear Parents,

Isn’t it great that God goes above and beyond what we think is possible to keep His promises to His people? Yesterday’s Bible story, “The Day the Sun Stood Still” relates something that seems absolutely impossible. But nothing is impossible for God!

Joshua and the Israelites were tricked by the men of Gibeon into forming a peace treaty. As a result of the peace between Israel and Gibeon, five kings of Canaan attacked Gibeon. God reassured Joshua that He would be with the Israelites as they defended Gibeon. Not only was God with them, God fought for them! God sent the Canaanite armies into confusion, then He dropped hailstones on them.

Joshua and the Israelites were fighting, but Joshua noticed it wouldn’t be long before the sun would go down. In front of everybody, Joshua cried out to God and asked Him to keep the sun standing still in its place until the battle was over. Guess what? That’s exactly what God did! God held the sun in place for almost a full day until the Israelites defeated their enemies.

What does God do when we pray? God answers the prayers of His people. This story points ahead to another time God saved His people in a greater way: God sent His Son, Jesus, to fight the battle against sin and death.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Joshua’s Final Encouragement
Bible Passage: Joshua 23:1–24:28
Big Picture Question: How can we show we love God? We can serve,
worship, and obey God.

The Defeat of Ai

Dear Parents,

Last week, your kids learned that God hates sin and punishes sin. In Sunday’s Bible story, God told Joshua not to be afraid. Achan’s sin had been dealt with. God graciously gave the Israelites a second chance to attack Ai. God promised to be with the Israelites this time.

God gave Joshua specific instructions to defeat Ai. Joshua followed God’s instructions completely, and God gave the Israelites complete victory! After the battle of Ai, God allowed the Israelites to plunder Ai, keeping whatever goods and livestock they wanted for themselves. Joshua built an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Joshua read the book of the law to the people.

How does God respond to our obedience? God blesses obedience to His will. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, God is always with us, and we are victorious over our enemies of sin and death. Remind your kids we don’t have right standing with God because we obey. We obey because He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place so we may be forgiven.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Day the Sun Stood Still
Bible Passage: Joshua 10:1-15

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Last week ICF members volunteered for the Operation Christmas Child Box and Caleb’s Nets distribution in a suburb of Dakar. The Falls did a wonderful job of organizing the event and we pray for those who received boxes and nets.

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Dear Parents,

This week’s story in The Gospel Project for Kids® was “The Conquest of Jericho.” A few weeks ago, your kids learned that the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. They were finally in the promised land! They only had one thing left to do: conquer the land and drive out the inhabitants. The people who lived in Canaan worshiped false gods.

Joshua sent two spies into the city of Jericho. While they were there, they stayed at Rahab’s house. The king of Jericho tracked them down to Rahab’s house, ready to kill them. Rahab, however, hid the spies on her roof. Why would Rahab save the spies? Rahab heard about God. She knew God was the one true God and that He would give the Israelites the city. She asked that her family be spared. Rahab and her family had to stay inside Rahab’s house and tie a red cord from her window. Rahab and her family were spared because of Rahab’s faith in God.

God gave Joshua specific instructions for battle. The Israelites obeyed. Who fought the battle of Jericho? God fought the battle and handed Jericho over to the Israelites. Joshua told the Israelites not to keep any of the spoil for themselves—the Lord would provide for their needs. Pray with your kids. Thank God for providing for all of your needs, including the need to be rescued from sins by Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Defeat of Ai
Bible Passage: Joshua 8
Big Picture Question: What does God do when we obey Him? God
blesses people who obey Him in faith.

Dear Parents,

This week’s Bible story picked up where last week’s Bible story left off. After Jesus’ resurrection, He graciously appeared to the disciples, proving that He was alive. Even though Jesus had told His disciples that He would die and rise again, they believed by seeing.

Talk about how the disciples must have felt when Jesus appeared in the locked room with them. Jesus told them not to be afraid! To prove that He had a real, physical body, Jesus let them touch His hands. He even ate some fish! Jesus gave the disciples the Holy Spirit and equipped them to proclaim the gospel.

The resurrection is essential to the gospel. If Christ remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than any other human being’s. God gives us victory over death through Jesus. Emphasize to your kids that Christians have a special purpose: to tell others that Jesus is alive!

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Conquest of Jericho
Bible Passage: Joshua 2; 6
Big Picture Question: Who fought the battle of Jericho? God fought for
His people and handed Jericho over to the Israelites.

Easter picnic

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Thank you to all who helped plan the Easter picnic and who came to join us! Shinae, Netty and their team did a fantastic job with organizing the event and coordinating the food. Seby, thank you for putting together the games. It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday!

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Dear Parents,

Jesus is alive! Thank you for entrusting your child to us throughout this year. We celebrate with you and your family the joy of Easter. This week’s story in The Gospel Project for Kids® was all about Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.

Why did Jesus have to die? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive without receiving a payment would be unjust. The wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin (Matt. 1:21), to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8), and to give those who believe in Him eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven (Eph. 1:7), and to bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

Jesus’ resurrection proved that God accepted Jesus’ death as payment for our sins. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the climax. Pray with your family, thanking God for sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Jesus Appeared to Many People
Bible Passage: Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29; Acts 1:3,9-11
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do after He was raised from the dead? Jesus appeared to many people as proof that God had raised Jesus from the dead, and He is still alive today.

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