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I would like to share my newest book with you! In my next several posts on the blog, I am featuring excerpts from the Sky Ranch Family Devotional Boom Town. If you and your family would like to follow along with your own copy of the book, please contact me. I am happy to send you one free copy of the Sky Ranch Family devotional Boom Town.

I am praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
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Family Fun Icebreaker: Do you enjoy watching sparklers, the twinkling stars, or looking at Christmas lights? Why? Share a good memory.

Question: How Does Jesus Relate to You?

Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Wants You to Be a Light Too

Beautiful lights spread joy, don’t you think? Just looking at them warms your heart. Just as Jesus brings light to a dark world, He wants you to bring His light to the world too and spread good will and cheer. Read Matthew 5:14–19. This passage shares that Jesus wants you to let others see your good deeds. He wants you to know the commandments and teach others to follow and obey them too. The light that Jesus wants you to shine on others is the message in John 3:16–21. It says that Jesus is God’s one and only Son and you are saved by faith in Him. Do you think there are people who still need to hear this message? Yes! So many people still don’t know if they are going to heaven—just ask someone and see what they say. If they don’t know 100% that they are going to heaven, you can tell them that if they trust in Jesus and their faith is real, then His Holy Spirit will help them know without a doubt that they are saved and that they will spend eternity friends with God in heaven.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
(Jesus shares) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14, 16 NLT

(Jesus is speaking) “But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
John 3:21 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
In a relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers you to share the message of Jesus’ light with a dark world.

Discuss with your family:
Why does Jesus ask you to share His message of light and hope to others? How could it help someone else?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you and a person to share His message of light and hope.

I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Excerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
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Family Fun Icebreaker: Have you ever followed a treasure map? Was it fun? What did you think you’d find at the end of the hunt?

Question: How Does Jesus Relate to You?

Today’s Big Idea:
Jesus Wants Your Obedience

Treasure! The Holy Bible is like a map and when you read it, it will lead you to valuable treasure! Do I have your attention? Treasure is worth hunting for, and this treasure is found in a book like no other book. This book is active and alive! For a person with the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Bible will have more meaning and you will find the treasure. The treasure is a wonderful life lived with the friendship of Jesus. Read Romans 6:16–23 NLT. This passage explains that because of your belief in Jesus and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, you can now wholeheartedly obey Jesus’ teachings!

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.

(Jesus is speaking) “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15 NLT

Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching that we have given you. Romans 6:16–17 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.

Christians are able to obey Jesus’ commandments because of the Holy Spirit. In Ezekiel 36:27, it says that God put His Spirit within you to cause you to follow and obey His teachings. His Spirit helps you be obedient and leads you to a bountiful life.

Discuss with your family:
What is your favorite treasure that you have discovered in the Bible?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to show you His valuable treasure in the Bible.

I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Excerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Family Fun Icebreaker: What is your favorite board game to play? Why?

Question: How Does Jesus Relate to You?

Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Wants You to Follow Him

Can you imagine playing a game but you never read the instructions of how to play? Do you think the game would go very well? The Bible contains the instructions for living life in a relationship with God. Jesus relates to you by explaining how you respond in a real relationship with Him. You follow Him. You trust in Jesus so you follow Him. Read Luke 6:46–49. Jesus shares that He does expect you to follow what He says and His commands in the Bible. And you have to read the Bible to know what those commands are. If you don’t follow His instructions and obey Him, then it is not a real relationship and your life will be a mess. If you do listen to His commands and obey Him, then your life will be solid.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.

Then he (Jesus) said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Luke 9:23–24 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.

Jesus said that you can sum up many of His instructions by loving the Lord God and treating others in a way that you want to be treated. In that instruction, if you don’t want someone to lie to you then you are not to lie. Or if you don’t want someone to steal from you, then you are not to steal. Do you see how it works? What others can you think of?

Discuss with your family:

Make it personal. Do you have any selfish ways that you need to stop? What are they? What would be the right way to follow Jesus?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to show you the instructions that you need to learn to live a solid life.

I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Excerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Family Fun Icebreaker: Was there a time in your life when you could have used a super power? When would it be?

Question:
How Does Jesus Relate to You?

Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Empowers You

We could all use a super power occasionally! But did you know that you really do have extra power through the Holy Spirit? It is just a different kind of power. Jesus relates to you by empowering you through the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 NASB says, “but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” It is the power to remember the things of God. The Holy Spirit is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus also performed miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38). Jesus knows you; He knows your personal needs and He helps you by giving you power through the Holy Spirit. All you have to do is ask Him for help.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:19–20 NLT

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
1 John 4:13 NLT

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:16 NASB

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
Christians often do not understand the power that God has given through the Holy Spirit. But the power is there and the Bible can teach you about the same power that Jesus gives you.

Discuss with your family:

How well do you understand the power of the Holy Spirit? What else can He do?

Prayer suggestion:
Pray for God, the Father, to show you where the Bible teaches about the power of the Holy Spirit.

I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Excerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.