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Stories of the Kingdom - eBook [ePub]

by Lee Dell Stickler

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ISBN-13: 9781426772429
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 08/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

LeeDell Stickler is the Senior Editor of the Children's Curriculum Team at The United Methodist Publishing House. She is a certified laboratory leader in the area of younger elementary children and is the author of several books: Out of the Box, O Taste and See That the Lord Is Good, Dig Into the Bible, Bible Brain Teasers, and Jesus Is Born. Before becoming an editor, LeeDell taught elementary school for eleven years. She and her husband live near Nashville, Tennessee.

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Stories of the Kingdom


By LeeDell B. Stickler

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2013 United Methodist Publishing House
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-7242-9


CHAPTER 1

The Sower


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?


(Continues...)

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