David becomes king of all Israel. For 71/2 years he ruled the southern tribes from Hebron. Then leaders of the northern tribes came to Hebron and made him king of all Israel. At the time he was 30 years old, and ruled Israel and Judah for 33 years. This was in accord with the Lord's will that David should be the shepherd-ruler over the entire country.
Lesson 2: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 (C, E) Paul is fed up with his opponents who cast doubt on his apostleship and boast about their work and religious experience.
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.