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Fruit of the Spirit


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The Lost Coin

Text Version
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards


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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.

           "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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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!

  • How many coins did the woman have?
  • How many coins did the woman lose?
  • How did the woman feel when she found her lost coin?
  • What did Jesus say about the angels?
  • 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..." (Luke15:7b 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

    Bible Verse Coloring Page for The Lost Coin
    Lost Coin Coloring Page
    Lost Coin Coloring Page
    One Lost Coin, One Lost Sheep Coloring Page (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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    Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages
    God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
    Fruit of the Spirit Tree
    Fruit
    Fruit of the Spirit
    My Story of Jesus Happy Day Coloring Book

    Bible Story Coloring Pages V2 (Reproducible)
    New Testament Bible Story Cards Coloring Book
    My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
    Children's Coloring Books
    Smart Coloring Books


    stories

    God's Lost and Found
    Bible For Children Presents: Prodigal Son, Lost Coin, Lost Sheep (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Following God: Fruitful Lives from the Bible
    The Lost Coin Arch Book
    Lion Book of Five-Minute Parables

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    Fruit of the Spirit (Arch Books)
    The Fruit of the Spirit
    Life Is an Adventure with Ernie


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

    100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
    Baby's First Bible
    Beginner's Bible
    Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
    Bible stories
    Early Reader's Bible
    Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
    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 Maze
    Lost Coin/Lost Sheep Word Search
    Jesus and the Children - PDF - Activities (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Parable Puzzlers: Word Puzzles from Jesus Parables (Lost Coin)

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    The Fruit of the Spirit (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    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
    Online Fruit Basket to Arrange
    Online Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
    Online Animated Slide Puzzle


    Amazing Bible Mazes
    Best Book of Bible Activities
    Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
    The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
    Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
    Bible Puzzles: Word Search
    More Bible Time with Kids
    Christian and educational toys
    Children's Activity Books
    Children's Puzzles
    Crossword Books
    Sticker Books


    songs

    Jesus Loves Me

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    Fruit of the Spirit (sheet music/MIDI)
    I Want To Be Like Jesus (sheet music/MIDI)
    Jesus and Others and You (lyrics/MIDI)
    The Fruit of The Spirit Song/MIDI/CHORDS
    Fruit of the Spirit Cadence

    Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
    Bible Songs on CD
    100 Singalong Songs For Kids (Cedarmont)
    25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
    Children's Music



    CDs and DVDs

    Fruit of the Spirit Animation
    Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
    Sunday School Songs (Cedarmont Kids)Shop Now
    Music MachineShop Now


    Amazing Bible Stories DVD Boxed Set
    Bible Stories DVD
    God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
    Read And Share: Ultimate Bible Storybook w/ 2 DVDs
    Children's Bible Story DVDs


    crafts

    Parable of the Lost Coin Craft, Song, and Activities
    Create and Take Bible Crafts: Parables

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

    Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
    Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
    Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
    Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
    Praise God With...Craft Series
    Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
    Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
    Children's Crafts & Hobbies


    RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

    Lost Sheep, Coin, Son
    Parable of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep (Lesson )
    Legends of Faith Vol. 13: Parables of Jesus (Lost Coin)
    Life Of Christ - Lost Sheep and Coin Lesson Plan (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Travel Guide to the Parables
    On the Way 3-9s Curriculum Book 12
    Sharable Parables: Creative Storytelling Ideas for Ages 3-12
    KidsTime: Parable Quest curriculum

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    Fruit of the Spirit Story Idea
    The Fruit of the Spirit (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    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)
    God's Kids Grow: KidsTime Fruit of the Spirit Leader's Guide
    Fruit of the Spirit: a Childrens Bible Study of Galatians 5:22Shop Now
    Kids Travel Guide Fruit Of The SpiritShop Now
    Fruit Of The Spirit BookmarkShop Now
    Fruit Of The Spirit BulletinShop Now
    Fruit of the Spirit Bulletin Board SetShop Now
    Fruit Of The Spirit Laminated ChartShop Now
    Fruit Of The Spirit BraceletShop Now
    Fruitz Of The Spirit Game (2-10 Players, Ages 7+)Shop Now
    Fruit Of The Spirit Chubbies PenShop Now
    Poster Set-Fruit Of The Spirit & Armor Of GodShop Now

    Bible Memory Games (Creative Bible Activities for Children)
    Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
    801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
    Absentee Postcards
    African American Resources
    Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
    Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
    Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
    Bulletin Board helps
    Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
    Children's Church Resources
    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
    Edible Object Talks That Teach About Jesus (Edible Object Talks)
    52 Games That Teach The Bible
    Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
    Free educational videos
    God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
    God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
    Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
    How To Lead a Child To Christ
    King James Version Award Bibles
    Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
    Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
    Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
    Memory Verse Ideas
    Memory Verse Resources
    Object Talks
    Opening Prayer
    Parenting
    Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
    Puppet Scripts
    Resources for Teachers
    Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
    Spanish Resources
    Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
    Sunday school resources
    Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
    Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
    Teaching children
    Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
    Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
    Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
    Things To Make Craft Activities
    Vacation Bible School
    What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
    (by Elmer Towns)

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