Included in "Stories of the Kingdom" are four stories that will help children know how to live in God's kingdom:
The Sower (hearing God's word and putting it into action),
The Good Samaritan (loving your neighbor),
The Lost Sheep (our importance to God), and
The Forgiving Father (God's unconditional love for us).
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Stories of the Kingdom
By LeeDell B. Stickler
Abingdon PressCopyright © 2013 United Methodist Publishing House
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Jesus told a story about a sower to teach people that it is important to listen to God's Word and to put it into action.
Once there was a farmer who had a large field.
This farmer took some seeds and went into his field. Handful by handful, the farmer scattered the seeds around the field.
Some of the seeds fell on the dirt path. The soil there was hard—too hard for a little seed to grow. The birds saw the seeds and gobbled them up.
Some of the seeds fell among the rocks. There was soil there, but not enough for the little seeds to grow. Soon the seedlings wilted and died.
Some of the seeds fell among the thorns. The thorns choked the seeds, taking all the soil and water. The seeds could not grow at all.
But some of the seeds fell onto soft, rich soil. There was plenty of water and plenty of sunlight. The little seeds grew and grew and grew. God's Word is like the seeds. We are like the good soil, living God's Word every day.
The Good Samaritan
Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But who is your neighbor? Jesus told this story to help people know. Once there was a traveler who was going to Jericho.
As he walked down the road, robbers jumped out from behind rocks and took all his belongings—even his clothing. They left him there beside the road to die.
A priest came along the road and saw the man. "That man is badly hurt. He will probably die. If I touch him, I won't be able to serve in the Temple. I'll pretend that I just don't see him." And the priest passed the man by.
A Levite came along the road and saw the man. "That man looks hurt, but he could be pretending. He could be a robber waiting to steal from me." So the Levite walked to the other side of the road and pretended not to see the man, just to be safe.
Then a Samaritan came along the road. He saw the injured man. He stopped. "Here, let me help you."
The Samaritan put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn. "Give this man what he needs. Here is some money. If you need more, I will pay you on my next trip." Who do you think was the good neighbor?
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