Two Shirts – (Track 3 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)
This post is the third in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
Should share with the one who has none,
Anyone who has food should do the same.
And the servant of all.
- Mark 9:35
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
Where moth and rust destroy,
Where thieves break in and steal
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be (also).
- Matthew 6:19-21
For this song, I would focus first on Mark 9:35, asking a series of questions. What is going on there? Why would Jesus say this? They may blow your mind with what they say. Or they may need to go to the bathroom. Either thing is cool. You could read Mark 9:33-34 and then the story of the disciples asking to be given special treatment in Mark 10:35-45. Ask how they would feel if they were the other disciples. I’m sure I would have been ticked off.
Since kids are so literal, this verse also provides a great opportunity to talk with them about moment-to-moment faith, and listening to the Holy Spirit. What would happen if you were at Disney World and you let everyone in line go in front of you all day? Is that what Jesus wants? No? Well that’s confusing. What is the rule? How do you know when to go first and when to go last?
Of course, we know because we are listening. Checking in with God is just like checking in with your parents. Parents let kids know when to eat, when they can play outside, when to share, and when to forgive. God does the same thing with his kids. And that’s us.
This post is the second in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
To you O Lord, I lift up my soul
In you I trust, O my God
Do not let me be put to shame
Let not my enemies triumph over me
For all whose hope is in you
Will never be put to shame
- Psalm 25:1-3
In talking to my 6 & 10 year old boys about this verse, I started with two questions. First, what do you call it when you talk to God? And second, is this verse a prayer?
In this psalm, King David says he is lifting up his soul to God in prayer. That means he is giving himself to God, like when you have a gift for mom and you stretch up your arm and lift your hand so she can take it. David is saying, “I trust you with this, God. I want you to have me.”
Then, he has an interesting request. He is asking God for help, but in a poetic way. He is saying, help me trust you. Help me succeed in glorifying your name, and don’t let people steer me away from you. David knows that only those who trust in God will always overcome every hard thing.
Then, maybe ask your kids if they can tell you about a time when they’ve asked God for help. It would be great to give them examples of different times you have asked God for help. I would use past examples as well as an example from your present circumstances. It is important for our kids to see how Jesus matters in our lives now. Not just in moments in the past.
Finally, you could show the kids how this is part of what we do in the singing time on Sundays at church. We sing to God, proclaiming our trust in him, and asking him to continue to help us.
Sometimes, my kids are not good at grace. They habitually correct each other and nit-pick at each others mistakes. And it drives me crazy. We don’t model that. In fact, I’ve gently (or firmly when needed) corrected them for years with grace about this very thing, but from the oldest to the youngest, they have improved little, rarely skipping an opportunity to correct the most minor of missteps. Then, the other day I stumbled onto some language that has begun to help.
We started talking about being right, and how there are actually different kinds of “right.” My middle son could hardly believe there could be something more important than getting the facts straight. But as we talked, they all began to recognize a new and more important kind of ”right.” Of course, the most important kind of “right” begins with love. What is the most important thing to do when your brother ever-so-slightly and completely insignificantly misquotes a movie, or gets a detail wrong when sharing a story. Is the most important thing showing him his error? Or is there more at stake? What would it look like to love your sibling in that moment? What is the most important way to respond when your sister hits the wrong remote or – heaven forbid – pours you the wrong drink.
For years we’ve been teaching grace. Please. Give grace, even if only because you want it too. But their little minds are so habitually (and developmentally) literal, often they can’t seem to let “rightness” down from its lofty perch. Giving them a new way to think about different kinds of “right” has begun to shift the focus from the criminal to the judge. And when the self-righteous become self-reflective, grace has a fighting chance.
Slugs & Bugs visited the great snowy state of Michigan this past weekend, with wonderful family concerts in Kalamazoo and Canton. Volunteers and staff went above and beyond the call to fashion a great experience for everyone involved.
These photos will give you a glimpse of the family fun times, and then check out the very kind review we received from one of the Canton hosts!
And here’s a review from Loren Warnemuende – the gracious host and chief coordinator for the concert in Canton…
“The morning after our Slugs & Bugs concert, my husband and I asked our Sunday School class of four-year-olds what their favorite song was. “Under Where!” they all exclaimed. And who can disagree? I had watched the audience rolling with laughter as our well-loved youth pastor hid a pink bunny from Randall Goodgame and asked him if he had “looked under there?”. There were plenty of moments like this throughout the concert as parents and children joined together in the fun—good, clean fun that never goes out of style and is never outgrown. I loved the moment in the concert when a fourteen-year-old friend slipped up beside me to let me know her mom had bought three Slugs & Bugs CDs because they had to have the Mexican song, among others.”
“But then there was the moment the next day when I heard my eight-year-old singing, “Tell it to Jesus, he already knows! Tell it to Jesus, before it grows…” and I knew those deeper truths were sticking, too. We constantly need those reminders that we are loved by God who “sent His son, His only one, to fill me up and make me new,” and that we can “trust in The Lord with all [our] heart.” Randall knows how to bring these truths to the forefront throughout the concert, and he doesn’t shy away from sharing the Good News. I can’t wait to watch the far-reaching effects of this event.”
For more information about booking a Slugs & Bugs concert at your church, email the Slugs & Bugs team at contact(at)slugsandbugs.com. We’d love to hear from you!
This post is the first in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
At first glance, this is a confusing verse for anyone. But remind them that they are smart. They can totally get this.
A good way to begin is to ask them what did Christ set us free from? See if they can remember the Romans 8 song. “…because through Christ the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Yes! Christ set us free from the law of sin and death. God’s law says that anyone who sins is actually a SLAVE to sin. That means sin is their boss, and their only future is death. Why is that? Sin makes people too messy for perfect heaven, where only love and joy and peace can survive (insert metaphor about trying to breathe underwater or build a house inside a volcano…).
BUT! Perfect Jesus Christ came and gave us the best gift ever given in the history of everything. He gave us freedom from death. Because he died in our place, we don’t have to die just because we sin. Amazing, but it gets even better.
Jesus came back to life. He conquered sin and death! He is the winner, so he is the new boss. And we are not slaves to sin anymore.
So, in Galatians 5:1, the Bible is reminding you, you are not a slave to sin anymore. You have a new boss, and he is kind and good and loving. So don’t go back to your old slave house and put on your old slave clothes (that’s the yoke). When sin knocks at your door, stand firm. Do not let it inside. You can say, “Get out of here, sin. I’ve got a new boss named Jesus. You probably remember him from when he beat you.”
Of course this is a very well known verse, but I hadn’t thought of it for a song until my mother suggested it. Turns out it makes a mighty-fine song. Thanks mom!
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