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Fruit of the Spirit


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The Lost Coin

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version

Afrikaans translation


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           José walked to the mailbox near the street to check the mail for his mother. On his way back to the house, he looked through the letters and was surprised to discover that there was one with his name on it. Excitedly, he ran through the door shouting, "Hey, Mom! There is one for me! There is a letter with my name on it!"

           José's mother looked at the envelope and handed it back to José saying, "It is from your Aunt Marie. You may open it."

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           José quickly tore open the envelope, revealing a cute birthday card. When he opened the card to read it, he was overjoyed to find a crisp, new ten dollar bill folded inside. How happy and excited he was! "Now I can buy that new bell for my bike, like the one Peter has!" he exclaimed.

           José took the card and the money to his room, then went outside to play with his good friend Peter. He told Peter about his good fortune and invited Peter to go shopping with him to buy the bell.

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Several days later, José's mother was ready to take the boys to the store. José went to his room to get the crisp, new ten dollar bill, but it had disappeared. It was no longer on the dresser where he had left it. He was so upset, he began to cry loudly.

           Startled by the crying, his mother came rushing into the room. "Whatever is the matter with you?" she questioned.

           "It...It's gone! The money...is GONE!" he tried to explain between sobs. "Where can it be? What am I going to do? I know I left it right here," he cried.

           At that moment, he looked up to see that his friend Peter was also standing by the door of his room. "I'll help you look for it," Peter said, trying to comfort his friend.

           The two boys searched the whole room. They opened the dresser drawers. They looked inside José's special box. They looked in the toy bin. It seemed that they had looked everywhere but still had not found the money. They were almost ready to give up when José's mother came to the room with a flashlight.

grapes            "Here, take this light and look under the bed one more time," she suggested. The boys had already looked under the bed, so they didn't think it would do any good, but to please José's mother, they got on the floor and looked again.

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peach At first, they didn't see anything under the bed except a few small toys and a sock, but then Peter exclaimed, "Hey! Shine that light over here again. I think a see a piece of paper." José got down on the floor on his belly and shone the flashlight in the direction Peter had told him. He saw it, too, but thought it was just an old scrap of paper. But Peter persisted and stretched as far as he could. Finally, he was able to reach the paper and pull it out from under the bed.

           How excited the boys were when they could see that it was the birthday card from José's Aunt Marie! José opened the card, and sure enough, the crisp, new ten dollar bill was still inside. There was so much joy in that room that day, it could hardly be contained. The boys were giggling and jumping, so happy that they had found the lost money.

           José's mother was glad to see her son happy again. "Come on boys!" José's mother exclaimed. "Let's go buy that new bicycle bell!" José carefully folded the crisp, new ten dollar bill and put it way down deep into his pocket. He certainly did not want to lose it again!

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           There is a story in the Bible that is very similar to the story of José and his lost ten dollar bill. This is the story Jesus told a very long time ago:

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woman counting her coins There was a woman who had ten silver coins. She was probably a poor woman, and those ten silver coins were very important and precious to her. One day, she decided to take those coins out of their special place. She just wanted to look at them and enjoy them for a moment; then she was going to put them back. She picked up each coin, one by one, looked at it, then turned it over to look at the other side. The coins were so pretty and shiny! She really enjoyed looking at her coins, and she was feeling so fortunate to have them, but she knew she needed to put them back in their special place and get back to her work for the day.

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           The woman counted her coins one last time, as she was putting them away.

woman searching whole houseSix ... Seven ... Eight ... Nine ...

           "Oh, no! There are only nine! Maybe I have counted them wrong," she thought to herself. So she put them all in her hand and counted them again:

Six ... Seven ... Eight ... Nine ....

           "Oh, NO!!!! There really are only nine. There are supposed to be TEN!" she exclaimed loudly. "Now what am I going to do?"

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Frantically, the woman searched her whole house. She looked on the floor, under the table where she had been counting the coins, but it was not there. She looked in her pockets just in case it might have fallen off the table and into her pocket, but she could not find the coin. She got her broom and started sweeping every nook and cranny, but still did not find the lost coin.

woman searching with a candle           Finally the woman lit a candle so she would have more light. She got down on her knees on the floor and searched every inch of her small house and was ready to give up in despair. But... wait! What was that? The light from the candle caused her to notice a slight gleam near the table leg. She hurried to the spot and put the candle down low so she could see better. There, glistening in the light, was the shiny silver coin.

           The woman was so excited and full of joy about finding her lost coin, she went out to get her friends and invited them to her house for a big party. All her friends were just as happy as she was about finding the missing coin. They had a long, joyous celebration.

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           After telling the story of the woman rejoicing because she found her lost coin, Jesus turned to the people and said, "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." That means that the angels in heaven sing and shout for joy, and have a great celebration when one person chooses to stop doing things he or she knows to be wrong, and instead chooses to follow God's way, by doing what is right.

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THINK!

1. How many coins did the woman have?
2. How many coins did the woman lose?
3. How did the woman feel when she found her lost coin?
4. What did Jesus say about the angels?
5. Which fruit of the Spirit did you learn about in this story?


REMEMBER:

The angels are joyful when one person stops doing wrong.


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

"...joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth..." (Luke 15:7b KJV).


LET'S PRAY

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Dear Jesus, thank You for the story You told about joy.
Please forgive me for the bad things I have done and
help me not to do them anymore. Help me to have joy.
In your Name I pray. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Luke 15:8-10

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STORIES IN THIS SERIES:

The Fruit of the Spirit
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering
Gentleness
Goodness
Faith
Meekness
Temperance

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coloring

Fruit of the Spirit Is Joy Coloring Page
She searched until she found it!
Bible Verse Coloring Page for The Lost Coin
Lost Coin Coloring
One Lost Coin, One Lost Sheep Coloring Page
Parables of Jesus Coloring & Activity Book (ages 8 to 10)
The Parable of the Lost Coin Coloring Page

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Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Page
Fruit of the Spirit by Name Coloring Page
God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit Tree
Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book

Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Bible Verse Coloring Pages #2
Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages for Elementary Kids
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
Action Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


stories

God's Lost and Found
Bible For Children Presents: Prodigal Son, Lost Coin, Lost Sheep
Favorite Parables from the Bible
Lost and Found - eBook by Mary Rice Hopkins
The Lost Coin Arch Book
Parables of the Bible
Lion Book of Two-Minute Parables
Listen and watch the story lesson of the Lost Coin
Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons

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Fruit of the Spirit Arch Book
Fruit of the Spirit Stories For Children
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
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

Lost Coin Activities
Lost Coin Maze
Lost Coin activities
Lost Coin/Lost Sheep Word Search
Stories Jesus Told Hidden Pictures Activity Book--Ages 6 to 10

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Story Cards To Keep and Share
The Fruit of the Spirit activities
Fruit of the Spirit Bingo Game
Fruit of the Spirit Game
Fruit of the Spirit Online Game
Online Word Search
Fruit of the Spirit Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Word Search
Online Hangman
Crossword Puzzle
Word Search
Unscramble
Online Coded Bible Puzzle
Coded Bible Puzzle
Memory Match
Online Fruit Basket to Arrange
Online Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Slide Puzzle
Stickers: Fruit Of The Spirit


Best Book of Bible Activities
Custom Bingo Card Game
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
Fun with Secret Codes Coloring & Activity Book, Ages 4-7
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Painting Book 1 - Bible Stories
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book of Bible Puzzles for Preteens
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Bible Crossword Puzzle Books
Games for Christian families
Sticker Books


songs

I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart
Jesus Loves Me
The Lost Coin Song
The Lost Coin [Donut Man Music Download]
The Widow's Lost Coin—Donut Man

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Fruit of the Spirit (sheet music/MIDI)
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
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]
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 Song
Children's Music


CDs and DVDs

Lost Coin Animation online

Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
Fruit of the Spirit Animation (online)
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
The Donut Man: After School & The Repair Shop, DVD
The Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD

The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
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)
Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: The Complete Series
The Bible Collection, DVD Gift Set
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


crafts

Coin Bag Craft (see page 6)
Parable of the Lost Coin Craft
Parable of the Lost Coin Craft, Song, and Activities

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Fruit Printing
Fruit Basket
Fruit of the Spirit Crafts

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Maker-ific WOWS! (ages 8-12): 54 Surprising Bible Crafts

More! Bible Crafts on a Shoe String Budget:
Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes

(Reproducible: Ages 5-10)

Puppet Crafts For Kids


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Free Bible images for this story
A Lost Coin drama for kids - [PDF Download]
Parable of the Lost Coin [Download - Eikon Bible Art]
Parable of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep Lesson
Travel Guide to the Parables
Legends of the Faith: The Parables of Jesus - Volume #1

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

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
The Fruit of the Spirit (printable)
Free Bible images for Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit Basket Upset -Fruit of the Spirit Game
Experience the Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Bulletin Board Set
Fruit of the Spirit Characters
Fruit of the Spirit Classroom Chart
Fruits of the Spirit and How We Can Show Them to Others
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Bowl
Fruit of the Spirit Object Lesson
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
The Fruit Of The Spirit, Laminated Wall Chart
How to Simply Inspire Character

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
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
Review Activities for Bible Lessons
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

Children's resources

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