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  • ISBN-13: 9781936768660
  • Publisher: New Growth Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 346,698
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Old Story New

Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God New testament


By Marty Machowski

New Growth Press

Copyright © 2012 Covenant Fellowship Church
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-936768-59-2



CHAPTER 1

Week 1

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

Story 79 – The Gospel Story Bible

Prior to Bible study, find a photograph of some people (in a magazine or online) that has a lot of detail. Make a list of questions to ask your children that will test their skills of observation. The children will look closely at the photo and then answer questions to see how well they remember the details. Questions like, "What color shirt was the man wearing?" or "What was sitting on the table?" will work well to test the skill of your eyewitnesses. During Bible study, give everyone one minute to study the photograph taking in as much detail as they can. Then ask the questions from your list to see how observant they are. Explain to your children that this week you will be reading from Luke's Gospel, which was written from eyewitness accounts.


DAY ONE______________________

Picture It

Can you remember a time when you were startled? Perhaps someone walked up behind you in a quiet room, and you didn't know anyone was there until you felt a hand on your shoulder. If something like that can scare us, imagine what it would be like to be alone in your room and suddenly see an angel appear out of nowhere. Probably you would either scream in fright or be scared into silence. Let's see what happened to Zechariah and Mary in our story today when angels suddenly appeared to them.

Read Luke 1:1–38.


Think about It Some More

When we read the story it can seem like seeing angels was a normal part of life, but it wasn't. Zechariah had been a priest all his life but he'd never seen an angel before. Serving in the temple was scary enough, for God's presence lived inside the temple. Even before he saw the angel, Zechariah would have walked very cautiously into the temple's inner room. He knew God was holy and that he was a sinner. If he made a mistake, he could die—like Uzzah, who had touched the holy ark with his hand and been killed (2 Samuel 6:6–7). So when the angel suddenly appeared, fear must've shot through him like a lightning bolt. Similarly, when the angel appeared to Mary, she also was afraid. Angels had to calm people's fears before speaking their messages.


Talk about It

:: Why did Zechariah lose his voice? (Zechariah lost his voice because he didn't believe the angel's words to him.)

:: How was Mary's answer to the angel different from Zechariah's answer? (Mary trusted that what the angel said to her was true. She had faith and did not doubt.)

:: Whose throne was Jesus going to sit on? (Verse 32 tells us that Jesus would sit upon David's throne. If you have smaller children, you can read verse 32 and ask them to raise their hands when they hear whose throne Jesus would be sitting upon.)


Pray about It

Thank God for sending his Son, Jesus, to the earth to die on the cross for our sins.


DAY TWO______________________

Remember It

What do you remember about yesterday's story? What do you think is going to happen today?

Read Luke 1:39–45.


Think about It Some More

After the angel told Mary about God's plan, Mary went to see Elizabeth, a relative of hers. When Mary arrived and walked through Elizabeth's front door, the little baby growing in Elizabeth's tummy jumped, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Even before Mary could tell Elizabeth that she was pregnant, Elizabeth already knew. The Holy Spirit told her that Mary was going to have a baby, a very special baby. She said that Mary's baby would be her Lord! That means that she knew Mary's baby was God and would rule over her life.


Talk about It

:: What was amazing about Elizabeth's greeting? (She knew what happened to Mary even though Mary didn't tell her.)

:: What did Elizabeth's baby do when Mary arrived? (Elizabeth's baby, who was later to be known as John the Baptist, jumped inside of her.)

:: Why did Elizabeth's baby jump inside her? What was so special about Mary's baby? (Jesus was no ordinary baby; he was the Son of God. Jesus came to earth so that he could die on the cross for our sins. He is only a little baby in our story, but he is still the Savior of the world.)


Pray about It

Thank God for the way he used Mary and Elizabeth to work out his plan to send us Jesus.


DAY THREE______________________

Connect It to the Gospel

Today is the day we connect this week's Bible story to the gospel. The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. Can anyone guess how our story this week looks forward to or back at the gospel?

Read Luke 1:46–56.


Think about It Some More

When Mary saw that Elizabeth was also going to have a baby, she realized that all that the angel Gabriel had told her was true, and she began to praise God. Mary understood that the baby inside of her was no ordinary baby. He was going to grow up to become her Savior—the one who would save her from her sins. Although Mary was very special to be chosen to give birth to Jesus, she was a sinner like you and me. She needed to be forgiven and saved from her sins too.

Her prayer tells us that she understood that God's promise to Abraham was connected to the baby growing inside of her. When God told Abraham that all the nations of the earth would be blessed through him (Genesis 12:3), he was pointing to Jesus. Jesus was born into the family of Abraham and died on the cross so that people from every nation could be saved.


Talk about It

:: What does the word savior mean? (A savior is someone who rescues. Jesus is our Savior because he rescues us from our sins.)

:: Why did Mary call God her Savior? (Mary called God her Savior because she knew that she was a sinner and that only God could save her from her sin.)

:: Do we also need a Savior? Why? (Yes, we also need a Savior. Our sin separates us from God. As sinners, we can never save ourselves. It is only by God's mercy in sending Jesus that we can be saved.)


Pray about It

Thank Jesus for coming to earth to save us from our sin.


DAY FOUR______________________

Remember It

What has God been teaching you this week through our Bible story?

Read Luke 1:57–80.


Think about It Some More

Can you imagine losing your voice for almost a year? That is what happened to Zechariah. From the day the angel appeared to him until the day his newborn son was named John, he could not speak. It all happened just as the angel of the Lord said it would. Elizabeth gave birth to a son, and as soon as Zechariah wrote on a tablet that the child's name was John, he was able to talk again. And when he spoke, God used Zechariah as a prophet to announce that the time had come for God's people to be saved.

He said that God was raising up a "horn of salvation" from the house of David to save them (v. 69). The people listening didn't know it yet, but Zechariah was talking about the baby Jesus, who was soon to be born as the Savior of the world. Zechariah's son John grew up to be the man God used to announce the start of Jesus' ministry.


Talk about It

::KIDS, ask your parents if they can remember why they picked your name for you when you were born.

(Parents, let your children know why you picked the names you did for them.)

:: Do you remember why Zechariah and Elizabeth named their baby John? (The angel told them to call him John [Luke 1:13].)

:: After Zechariah could talk again, he spoke a prophecy about Jesus. What do we learn about Jesus from what he said? (Parents, if you have younger children, reread verses 68–79, and instruct them to raise their hands when they hear something about Jesus. Jesus is the "horn of salvation" [v. 69] from the house of David. Jesus will bring "holiness and righteousness" [v. 75] to God's people, and will save us from our enemies [v. 71]. "Holiness and righteousness" speaks of Jesus' perfect, sinless life that he would give all of us in exchange for our sins when he died for us on the cross.)

:: What did Zechariah say about his own son? (Zechariah said his son, John, would become a prophet and go before the Lord to prepare a way for him [v. 76].)


Pray about It

Praise God for his wonderful plan of salvation. God had a plan to save us through Jesus long before Jesus was even born.


DAY FIVE______________________

Discover It

Today is the day we look at a different Bible passage—from the book of Psalms or one of the prophets—to see what we can learn from it about Jesus or our salvation.

Read Isaiah 4:2–3.


Think about It Some More

After God gave Zechariah his voice back, Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak words that God gave him—he began to prophesy—about what was going to happen in the future. He said that God was bringing salvation out of King David's family line, just as the prophets of old had foretold. Isaiah was one of the prophets who talked about Jesus long before Jesus was ever born, and he wrote the Scripture we read today.

In his prophecy, Isaiah talked about a "branch" that will be "beautiful and glorious." The word branch is something like a code word the prophets used in their prophecies to describe the Savior. Jeremiah and Zechariah also called the coming Messiah the branch. We know that Jesus is the branch Isaiah is talking about. This branch, Isaiah said, was going to grow out of the family tree of King David and Jesse, David's father (see Isaiah 11:1, 10), and become a king who would rule forever.


Talk about It

:: What words did Isaiah use to describe the branch? (Isaiah said the branch was beautiful and glorious.)

:: What are all the people left in Jerusalem going to be called? (The people left in Jerusalem—all of God's people—will be called holy.)

:: How do you think sinners—who are not holy because they sin against God—will become holy? (Jesus, the branch, is going to die on the cross to take their sins away and then give them, as their own, his perfect, obedient life to make them holy.)


Pray about It

Thank God for sending the branch—his Son, Jesus—to die on the cross so we could be forgiven and have our sins taken away.

CHAPTER 2

Week 2

The Birth of Jesus

Story 80 – The Gospel Story Bible

Whatever month it is, when you begin this week's Bible study take some time to celebrate Christmas. Pull out the Christmas decorations and place a few ornaments around the room. Get a small gift for each child: a candy bar or snack bar wrapped up in leftover Christmas wrapping paper works well. Give your children the presents on Day One and announce, "Merry Christmas! This week we will be reviewing the Christmas story."


DAY ONE______________________

Picture It

When a leader wants to know how many people are living in his kingdom or nation, he can call for a census, which is just a fancy word for counting up the people. In our Bible story today, Caesar Augustus, the ruler of Rome, wanted to count all the people in the whole Roman Empire. To make counting them easier, he told everyone to go back to the town their family came from. That is why Mary and Joseph had to return to Bethlehem, since both their families were from that town.

Imagine if our president commanded that kind of census today. How far would your family have to travel to get back to your dad's hometown? Then imagine you had to walk there! Remember, back in Mary and Joseph's day, there were no cars. The best they had were donkeys and camels or chariots, but most people had to walk—some for hundreds of miles!

Read Luke 2:1–7 and Matthew 2:1–6.


Think about It Some More

In Matthew's version of the Christmas story, at the spot where the wise men came to find baby Jesus, Matthew included a very special prophecy, which had been given by the prophet Micah. Long before Jesus was born, even before Mary and Joseph were born, God told Micah that a Savior would be born in Bethlehem. That tells us that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem by accident. All of it—even Caesar's census—was all a part of God's plan. God picked the town of Bethlehem, and God picked the perfect time. Later in the Bible, the apostle Paul said that Jesus was born at just the perfect moment in time according to God's plan (Galatians 4:4).


Talk about It

:: How did the chief priests know that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem? (The prophet Micah had written about it in his book in the Bible.)

:: How did Micah know which city Jesus was going to be born in long before it happened? (God told Micah where Jesus was going to be born.)

:: Read Galatians 4:4. What do we learn about how Jesus was born from what Paul said in this verse? (We learn that Jesus was born in the "fullness of time." That simply means that he was born at the exact right time—the time God planned it. From Paul's writing we learn that Jesus was born according to God's plan at just the right time.)

:: How should God's ability to plan all things encourage us? (Not only was Jesus born at the perfect time, so were we! Read Acts 17:26. We are all a part of God's perfect plan!)


Pray about It

Praise God for the way he is in control of all things.


DAY TWO______________________

Remember It

What do you remember about yesterday's story? What do you think is going to happen in today's story?

Read Luke 2:8–21.


Think about It Some More

Each year when families set out their Christmas decorations, a manger scene is often among them. It usually consists of a shepherd or two, a few animals, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, and the baby Jesus lying in a manger (a food box that animals eat from). Many children first learn the story of Christmas from their family's manger scene.

Did you know that what those manger scenes depict is the story we read from Luke's gospel today? Imagine what it would have been like to be one of the shepherds who saw the heavens opened with thousands of angels announcing Jesus' birth. Or imagine Mary when the shepherds told her all they had seen. Or picture the wise men arriving sometime later to see the Savior. Next Christmas, when you set up your manger scene, remember that it tells a true story—a story that really happened!


Talk about It

:: Can you think of a Christmas song that tells part of the story from our Bible passage today? (Parents, see if your children can think of a Christmas song like "Silent Night" or "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Take time to sing a verse or two. It is good not to limit your celebration of the Christmas story to December.)

:: What did the angel of the Lord tell the shepherds? (The angel said he had good news of great joy for all people, and that the shepherds would find the Christ child lying in a manger.)

:: What did Mary do with the story the shepherds told her? (She treasured it up in her heart.)

:: Why was the angels' message—that Jesus was born—considered good news? (The announcement of Jesus' birth was good news because Jesus would grow up and one day die on the cross for our sins to open a way for us to live in heaven forever.)


Pray about It

Sing your favorite Christmas hymn and then thank God for the good news—that Jesus Christ was born!


DAY THREE______________________

Connect It to the Gospel

Today is the day we connect this week's Bible story to the gospel. The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. Can anyone guess how our story this week looks forward to or back at the gospel?

Read Luke 2:10–11.


Think about It Some More

Even though these are the same verses we read yesterday, rereading them today encourages us to take a closer look at the angel's words to the shepherds.

Did you notice the angel of the Lord called Jesus a Savior? Savior is a word we use to describe someone who rescues someone else. A lifeguard who saves a drowning person could be called a savior—with a lowercase "s." But when we call Jesus a Savior we use an uppercase "S" because Jesus was God who came as the Savior of the world. Jesus came to die on the cross and save everyone who believes in him from the punishment we deserve for our sins.


Talk about It

:: What does the title savior mean? (The title savior simply means someone who rescues someone else.)

:: Can you think of people who live around us that we could give that title to because they save people from danger? (A lifeguard could be called a savior, as could a doctor who prescribes medicine to save us from disease, or a fireman who rescues people from a fire.)

:: How is Jesus a savior? (Jesus came to die on the cross to save us from the punishment we deserve for our sins.)

:: Why do we use an uppercase "S" when we are calling Jesus Savior? (We use an uppercase "S" because Jesus is God.)


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Old Story New by Marty Machowski. Copyright © 2012 Covenant Fellowship Church. Excerpted by permission of New Growth Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
Week 1: The Birth of Jesus Foretold,
Week 2: The Birth of Jesus,
Week 3: Jesus Presented in the Temple,
Week 4: The Ministry of John the Baptist,
Week 5: The Baptism of Jesus,
Week 6: The Temptation of Jesus,
Week 7: The Wedding Feast,
Week 8: Jesus Cleanses the Temple,
Week 9: Nicodemus,
Week 10: Good News,
Week 11: The Miraculous Catch,
Week 12: Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man,
Week 13: The Sermon on the Mount—The Beatitudes,
Week 14: The Sermon on the Mount—Love Your Enemies,
Week 15: The Lord's Prayer,
Week 16: Treasure in Heaven,
Week 17: The Wise & Foolish Builders,
Week 18: The Four Soils,
Week 19: The Hidden Treasure,
Week 20: Jesus Calms the Storm,
Week 21: Jesus Feeds the Multitude,
Week 22: Jesus Walks on Water,
Week 23: Take Up Your Cross,
Week 24: The Transfiguration,
Week 25: Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers,
Week 26: Jesus Claims to Be God,
Week 27: The Pharisee & the Tax Collector,
Week 28: Lazarus,
Week 29: Jesus & Zacchaeus,
Week 30: The Triumphal Entry,
Week 31: The Widow's Offering,
Week 32: Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet,
Week 33: The Last Supper,
Week 34: Jesus Promises to Send the Holy Spirit,
Week 35: Jesus Is Arrested,
Week 36: Peter Denies Jesus,
Week 37: The Crucifixion & the Criminals,
Week 38: The Death of Christ,
Week 39: The Resurrection,
Week 40: Doubting Thomas,
Week 41: Another Miraculous Catch,
Week 42: The Great Commission,
Week 43: The Ascension,
Week 44: Pentecost,
Week 45: Peter & the Prophet Joel,
Week 46: New Believers,
Week 47: The Lame Beggar Walks,
Week 48: Ananias & Sapphira,
Week 49: The Death of Stephen,
Week 50: Saul Is Knocked to the Ground,
Week 51: The Gentiles Are Converted,
Week 52: The Fruit of the Spirit,
Week 53: The Body of Christ,
Week 54: Love,
Week 55: Paul's Work in Ephesus,
Week 56: A New Creation,
Week 57: God Loves a Cheerful Giver,
Week 58: A Gift of Righteousness,
Week 59: Abraham: Father to All by Faith,
Week 60: Believe and Confess,
Week 61: Paul in Chains,
Week 62: The Supremacy of Christ,
Week 63: Chosen before the World Began,
Week 64: From Death to Life,
Week 65: The Gift of Men,
Week 66: Putting Off the Old Self,
Week 67: The Armor of God,
Week 68: The Humility of Christ,
Week 69: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,
Week 70: Character Counts,
Week 71: God Breathed the Scriptures,
Week 72: The Heart's Desires,
Week 73: Born Again!,
Week 74: God's Word Is Living,
Week 75: By Faith,
Week 76: Loving One Another,
Week 77: Worthy Is the Lamb,
Week 78: At the Throne Worshiping,

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    In some ways, reviewing a book like Old Story New is quite diffi

    In some ways, reviewing a book like Old Story New is quite difficult. After all, it's a year long devotional guide for families. So, if you wanted to do an experimental review, you'd walk through it with your family…over the course of a year. And that defeats the purpose of doing a timely review coordinated with the release of this book.

    On the other hand, doing a review for a book like this is quite easy: you jump in all over the place, reading various days devotionals and then sit back and say, 'Families, use this book; especially if you have young children, use this book.'

    In November of 2012, I'd reviewed Machowski's first devotional book for families: Long Story Short. That devotional guide was based upon the Old Testament. In Old Story New, as you could guess from that set-up and the title, is a devotional guide about the New Testament. This is such a helpful tool for families. If you have young children, I can't think of a better book to help in family worship than these two accompanying books. If you have a wider age-range of children, you could involve the older kids in the readings, while the younger ones get involved through age-appropriate questions and prayer. You could also supplement the times of family worship with some singing or the occasional object lesson connected to each day's reading.
    The book is arranged by the week. Each week features five days worth of devotionals that will walk you through the entire New Testament in a year. Each day begins with a 'Remember It' question so you're always reviewing what's been learned. Then, there is a passage of Scripture to be read, followed by the 'Think About It Some More' section. This provides Mom or Dad the explanation of each text being examined, put in such a way that all can understand it. Next comes the 'Talk About It' portion, which usually consists of 3-4 questions to draw out from each person present what they've just heard. It also helps solidify that passage into their heart and mind by thinking about it more. Finally, there is a closing time to 'Pray About It'.

    My heart's longing would be to get this book (and it's predecessor) into the hands of young families. I'd exhort each of them to take the 15-20 minutes it might take each day to gather everyone around the dining table or in the living room. I'd sit with them and help them get started, making this a 'ritual' that no one wants to miss. Of course, I can't really do it that way. What I can do is recommend this book…highly. Begin the God-honoring habit of family worship, using God's Word and let it transform your whole family.

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