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Fruit of the Spirit


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Faithful Even in the Clouds

by Sophia Prinsloo

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Afrikaans translation


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After Eunice and Pieter had faithfully done their schoolwork throughout the year, the long-awaited vacation came. At the beginning of the year, their parents had promised them a surprise if they would do their best every day and work hard. "What would the surprise be?" they wondered, and would their parents still remember their promise? Eunice and Pieter surely did not forget about it.

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After supper, their dad suddenly announced, "Eunice, Pieter, because you were so faithful in doing your schoolwork, helping your mother in the house, and also helping me wash the car, we are going to be faithful to fulfill our promise. Next week, we are going to fly!"

"Wha-a-a-at?" Eunice asked excitedly, and Pieter added highly delighted, "How? With what? Whereto?"

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"We are going to visit Grandpa and Grandma and for that, of course, we have to fly with an airplane!" their mom replied smiling.

"Yippee! Yippee! Yippee!" Eunice and Pieter exclaimed joyfully. "We have visited them so long ago and we are missing them dearly. How are we going to be patient for an entire week?"

The week passed quicker than expected and, before they knew it, they and their luggage had passed through all the checkpoints at the airport and were on the plane. A beautiful stewardess made sure their seat belts were tight enough. They were ready for takeoff.

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A strange, nervous excitement took hold of them as the plane began accelerating faster and faster. First the front wheels lifted from the ground and then the rear wheels. They were in the air! The plane rose over the city, turning wide and, from the window, they could see cars and homes getting smaller and smaller. "Look, Eunice, the cars look like ants!" Pieter said.

When the plane reached its desired height, Eunice and Pieter took turns sitting at the window, looking down at the earth far below. They could see rivers, dams and mountains, but not animals or humans. They were too small from that high up.

Suddenly, the scene outside the window turned white as they flew through a large cloud bank. Pieter became worried when they could see only white clouds for a long time, "Dad! We can't see the ground. We do not know if we are going up or down. I am afraid we might crash into the ground, or another plane, or a mountain!"

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"Don't worry, my son," his dad said. "The pilot in the cabin has instruments to see how high we are flying, and whether the plane is flying level or is turning, plus how fast we are flying, in what direction we're flying and whether we are rising, dropping, or flying obliquely. Then they also have an instrument that warns them when other aircraft is approaching."

"You see, when the pilot can't see anything outside, like when we fly through a cloud or fly at night, he cannot not rely on his own feelings to fly. Then he must faithfully obey his instruments, which give him the direction and guidance he needs to keep on flying safely."

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"But, Dad," Eunice also asked, worried, "what if the instruments break down?"

"My child," replied Dad, "the instruments are thoroughly tested before each flight to make sure everything is working properly. But if something does go wrong, they can always contact the ground control tower to help them land the plane safely."

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Eunice and Pieter were very relieved and pleased that the pilot had instruments to fly them safely through the clouds, and they trusted that he would faithfully obey them. They landed effortlessly on the tarmac. After they got their luggage, Grandpa and Grandma welcomed them with outstretched arms, and they enjoyed a wonderful vacation on the farm.

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Peter was staying with Simon the tanner in Joppa After Jesus ascended to heaven and vanished into the clouds, the disciples waited faithfully in Jerusalem until they were powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit.

They remembered that Jesus told them they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, the whole of Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Yet they thought they had to proclaim the good news about Jesus only to the Jews.

One afternoon, while Peter was staying with Simon the tanner in Joppa, he went up to the roof of the house to pray. It was almost lunchtime and his stomach began to grumble when he smelled the delicious aroma of the food Simon's wife was preparing.

A big sheet lowered by its four corners descended from heave Suddenly his spirit went into a trance. He saw the clouds open before him, and a big sheet lowered by its four corners descended from heaven. On the sheet there were all kinds of animals and birds. There were monkeys and mice, lizards and snakes, eagles and ostriches, and many more. Then there came a voice from heaven saying, "Rise up, Peter! Kill and eat!"

Peter shuddered, "Never, Lord! I have never eaten such meat! This is unclean!"

The voice answered, "Do not consider unclean what God regards as clean."

Since it happened THREE times before the sheet disappeared again into the heavens, Peter knew it meant something important, but he did not know what. While he was still wondering what the vision could mean, the Holy Spirit told him, "There are THREE men who are looking for you. Get up, go down, and go with them without any doubt, for I have sent them."

When Peter went downstairs he found three men When Peter went downstairs, he found three men, just the Holy Spirit had told him. There were a soldier and two servants in front of the door who told him, "Our master Cornelius is a captain in the Italian league. He is like us, not a Jew, but a righteous and god-fearing man. Yesterday, while he was fasting and praying, he saw an angel. The angel told him that God had noticed how faithful he prayed every day and how he helped the poor. He commanded Cornelius to send us to come and fetch you here in Joppa, at the house of Simon the tanner, so that we can hear what God wants to say to us through you."

Usually Jews and Gentiles did not visit each other, because the Jewish law prohibited it. Suddenly, Peter realized what his vision meant. God wanted to let him know that he may not call any man unholy or unclean just because they are not Jews. Therefore, Peter invited the three men inside and they spent the night there. The next day they all left for Caesarea where Cornelius lived.

Cornelius entire house was full of excited people just waiting for him When Peter arrived there, he was quite amazed. Cornelius' entire house was full of excited people just waiting for him. The whole of Cornelius' family and all his special friends were there, big and small.

Cornelius told Peter everything. He told him about the angel in dazzling clothes who ordered him to fetch Peter so he could communicate God's message to them.

Everyone listened carefully when Peter cleared his throat and began to speak, "I truly see that God does not mind what kind of nation or race you belong to, but if you fear him and do justice, then He will rejoice over you and accept you."

Cornelius and everyone in his house were very pleased to hear that and could not wait to hear what else Peter had to say.

Peter continued, "I know you all heard of Jesus who brought peace between God and the Jews. This Jesus traveled through Israel and did miracles everywhere He went. He healed people from their diseases and casted out demons because God was with Him. However, the Jews killed Him by hanging Him on a cross, but God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Then He appeared to us, his disciples, and He ate and drank with us. He instructed us to proclaim that He is the Judge through whom God will judge all who have ever lived. But only those who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins in his Name, just as the prophets prophesied."

While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came upon all who listened to the word While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came upon all who listened to the word. The people who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on Gentiles, because they heard them speak in other languages and praising God. There and then, they decided to also baptize them in water, as the sign of accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Cornelius, his family and friends were overjoyed that Jesus did not only come for the Jews but for all people, just as it was prophesied in the Scriptures. That is proof that God truly remains faithful to his Word!



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REMEMBER:

God is faithful to his Word, and if we are faithful to obey his Word, He will help us and guide us, even in difficult and uncertain times.



THINK

In what were Eunice and Pieter faithful?
In what were their mom and dad faithful?
In what was Cornelius faithful?
In what was Peter faithful?
In what was God faithful?
In what can you be faithful?
What is our direction indicator in this life?
Why is it good for you to be faithful to God?

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A VERSE TO LEARN

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).

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ALTERNATE VERSE TO LEARN

"God is faithful, by whom you were called
into the fellowship of His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord"
(1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV).


LET'S PRAY

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Heavenly Father, forgive us where we have
not been faithful. Please forgive us where we
have doubted your faithfulness. Give us
power through your Holy Spirit to be faithful
to You by praying every day and reading the Bible,
which is our direction indicator. Help us to be
faithful in our schoolwork and in the tasks our
parents ask us to do. Help us to remember that
You are always faithful. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Acts 10:1-48
Galatians 5:19-26

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STORIES IN THIS SERIES:

The Fruit of the Spirit
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering/Patience
Gentleness/Kindness
Goodness
Faith/Faithfulness
Meekness/Humility
Temperance/Self-Control

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coloring

Bible Colour and Learn: 02 The New Testament
Coloring: Faithfulness
Fruit of the Spirit: Faith Coloring Page
God Wants Everyone
Peter and Cornelius coloring page
Peter's Vision coloring page
Peter Visits Cornelius coloring page

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Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages
Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book, Ages 4-7
God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
Growing as God's Child Coloring Book
Fruit of the Spirit Tree
Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit


Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Story Coloring Pages V2
Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages
My Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


stories

Bible on the Go Vol. 44: The Story of Saul; Peter and Cornelius; Peter in Prison (Acts 9-12) - Unabridged Audiobook [Download]
Peter and Cornelius (read online)
Peter Pop-Up Book
Peter's Vision
Peter and Cornelius Become Friends

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Fruit of the Spirit Arch Book
Fruit of the Spirit Stories For Young Children — Humility and Faithfulness
God Counts Series: 9 Fruits Alive
Life Is an Adventure with Ernie
The Fruit of the Spirit


365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


activities

A Lesson for Peter mystery code
Bible Drill to reinforce topic from story
Cornelius Becomes a Christian storycards
Fill in the Blanks (KJV)
Learning activities
Peter and Cornelius
Peter's Vision
Peter's Vision: Crossword Puzzle
Peter's Vision: Fill-in-the-Blanks
Peter's Vision: Games
Peter's Vision: Jigsaw Puzzle
Peter's Vision: Test
Peter's Vision: Word Scramble
Peter Visits Cornelius: Ponder, Pray & Play

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Coded Bible Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle
Different Kinds of Fruit: Bible Wisdom and Fun for Today! Galatians 5: 22-23
Fruit of the Spirit Online Game
Fruit of the Spirit Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Slide Puzzle
Online Coded Bible Puzzle
Online Fruit Basket to Arrange
Online Hangman
Online Word Search
Online Word Search 2
Stickers: Fruit Of The Spirit
Unscramble
Word Search


Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Sticker Books


songs

A New Creation
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD—Faith
Peter's Vision song

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Fruit of the Spirit (sheet music/MIDI)
I Want To Be Like Jesus (sheet music/MIDI)
The Fruit of The Spirit Song/MIDI/CHORDS
Fruit of the Spirit by Maranatha Kids
Fruit of the Spirit Cadence
Fruit of the Spirit [Music Download — Brentwood]
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
The Fruit Of The Spirit - Galatians 5:22 & 25 [Music Download — Steve Green]
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music


CDs and DVDs

Character Builders 2: Goodness & Faith: Faith: Lost in the Woods [Streaming Video Purchase]
Character Builders 2: Goodness & Faith: Goodness: What Do You Want to Bee [Streaming Video Purchase]
Everybody's Welcome (watch online)
Superbook: Peter Visits Cornelius (watch online)
Superbook: Peter's Vision (watch online)
The Apostles, Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible DVD

Fruit of the Spirit Animation online
Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
Character Builders 4: Thankfulness & Gentleness: Thankfulness: Benny's Wake-Up Surprise [Streaming Video Rental]
Character Builders 5: Sharing & Kindness: Sharing: Benny Loves Fiddleberries [Streaming Video Purchase]
Character Builders: 8-DVD Set
David, God's Champion
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
Hide 'Em in Your Heart, Volume 2, DVD (Steve Green)
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD
Music Machine DVD
Sunday School Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
The Bedbug Bible Gang &: Pentecost Party! DVD
The Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD
What's in the Bible? #12: Letters from Paul! - Church Edition, DVD

The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
#1: Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


crafts

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Crafts: Faithfulness
Peter's Vision crafts
Peter Visits Cornelius craft

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Fruit Printing
Fruit Basket (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Fruit of the Spirit Crafts

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Be Faithful (1 & 2 Timothy-Philemon) by Warren Wiersbe
Bible Study on Faith
Character by God's Design: Volume 1 (Diligence, Faithfulness, Gratitude)
Peter Visits Cornelius lesson at a glance for ages 2-3
Peter Visits Cornelius puppet script
Peter Visits Cornelius visual
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit — What is faithfulness?

Story Ideas
Important Notes About This Lesson and Answers to THINK Questions

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Fruit of the Spirit Story Ideas
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit (Preschool edition)
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit (Elementary edition)
Faith Case Fruit of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit Bible story and activities
Fruit Basket Upset -Fruit of the Spirit Game
Experience the Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Characters
Fruits of the Spirit and How We Can Show Them to Others
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Bowl
Fruit of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit Lesson Plan
Fruit of the Spirit Anagrams
Fruit of the Spirit Name Tags
Fruit of the Spirit
Puppet/Skits Scripts
Apple Snacks
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fruit Kabobs
Fruit of the Spirit Pizza
Fruit of the Spirit Game
Please Pass The Fruit (Game)
Fruit of the Spirit Necklace (Memory Tool)
Fruit of the Spirit Bookmarks
Fruit of the Spirit Bulletin
Fruit Mix Discovery Bulletin Board Trimmer
The Fruit Of The Spirit, Laminated Wall Chart
Chunkie Pen, Fruit of the Spirit
How to Simply Inspire Character
Living Inside Out Kit: Bamboogie (Honoring God), Maze Days (Exodus), and Holy Grill (Fruit of the Spirit) PLUS Poster Pack, Summer 2017
Puppet Programs No. 9: Penelope and Wilbur on the Fruit of the Spirit

801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

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