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Hey kids! Here is a fun presentation of The Prodigal Son and two more parables from www.bibleforchildren.org. It was written by Edward Hughes, adapted by Ruth Klassen and Sarah S., and illustrated by Lazarus.  

Which of the two sons is most like you? Who is most like God in the story? Do you remember who tells this story in the Bible? You can read all three of these parables in your Bible in Luke 15

You might also like another presentation of The Prodigal Son, prepared by Charles Kirkpatrick and illustrated by Henry Martin.  It was produced by Sermons4Kids.com. You may need to log into their website to watch it.

After you watch one of the presentations or read the verses from the Bible, see if you can work my puzzle: The Prodigal Son Puzzle

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Do you have friends who wear a WWJD bracelet? The letters stand for “What Would Jesus Do?” People wear these bracelets to remind themselves to think of what Jesus would do when they are tempted to do somthing they shouldn’t. This is a good way to remind yourself to think about Jesus when friends want you to do bad things.

Do you think the bracelet always works? What if you saw someone who was wearing a WWJD cheat on a test or take someone’s pencil when they thought nobody was looking? Or maybe you heard them say unkind things about another kid. Do you really know someone is trustworthy just because they are wearing a WWJD bracelet?

An expresion I sometimes hear people say is “Your actions speak louder than your words.” Kids wearing a WWJD bracelet are telling the world that they do what Jesus says. But if they don’t act like they are listening to what Jesus says, their actions are speaking louder than their bracelet about what kind of person they really are.

When we obey Jesus’ rules we are bearing fruit. There is a Bible verse  that says, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… “(Luke 3:8 NIV) Jesus is saying that it isn’t enough to look like a Christian, to wear a WWJD bracelet or a cross on a necklace. We must do what Jesus tells us to do.

Father God, work in our hearts to help us want to please you from the inside out. Help us to bear fruit for you in everything we do. Amen.

© 2009 by Janice D. Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.