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Fruit of the Spirit


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Jesus Calms The Storm

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

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Afrikaans translation


           It was a cool, breezy autumn day and Justin could think of nothing he'd rather do than go fishing with his dad. With his tackle box and fishing pole in one hand and lunch cooler in the other, he struggled as he made his way out to the truck. His dad had already gotten the boat ready and was waiting patiently for him.

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           "It's going to be a great day, Dad. I just know it!" Justin exclaimed excitedly as he climbed into the truck.

           "I'm as excited as you are, Justin," his father replied. "I just hope it doesn't rain while we are out on the lake."

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When they finally arrived at the lake, Justin wasted no time jumping out of the truck. He helped his dad put the fishing gear and the lunch cooler in the boat. Then he donned his life jacket. After everything was in place, he and his dad stepped into the boat and used a paddle to push away from shore.

           Father and son had a grand time together as they tried to outdo each other. "I caught more fish than you did!" Justin would say.

           "Yes, but my fish are bigger," his dad would teasingly reply.

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           Just as they were opening their cooler to have a little lunch, Justin felt a rain drop. "UH-OH, Dad," he sighed. "I just felt a drop. I think it is going to rain earlier than the weatherman . . . ."

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           Before he could even finish his sentence, the rain started pouring down. "It's raining buckets!" his dad exclaimed. "We need to get to shore NOW!"

           The wind picked up, causing larger waves than Justin was accustomed to. The little boat was rocking and a few of the waves even splashed into the boat. Justin began to get frightened. "Dad, I'm afraid. Do you think we are going to be OK?" Justin asked with a quivering voice.

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"It is quite rough out here, and this little boat is difficult to control in these waves and strong wind, but don't you worry about a thing," his father reassured him. "Just hold on tight and follow my instructions, and we will be just fine."

           Simply listening to his father's calm voice made Justin feel a whole lot better about the situation. Knowing his dad was in control helped him to be more peaceful and less fearful. Justin swayed as the little boat swayed and soon began enjoying his little ride. In just a few moments, he was pretending he was on a roller coaster and laughing about the funny feeling it caused in his tummy. It seemed to take almost no time at all before his dad had them safely back on shore eating their lunch in their truck, waiting for the rain to stop. Justin was glad he could trust his father to know just what to do.

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           "It's getting late . . . ."

           "You should go home and take care of your family . . . ."

           "Jesus is tired and needs to rest . . . ."

The friends of Jesus had spread themselves out among the
huge group of people who had gathered throughout the day to listen to Jesus tell
stories and teach about the Kingdom of God The friends of Jesus, also known as his disciples, had spread themselves out among the huge group of people who had gathered throughout the day to listen to Jesus tell stories and teach about the Kingdom of God. Just as some people were finally leaving, others would come, take their place in the crowd. It seemed that everyone wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. The disciples had quite a difficult task, trying to convince everyone that it was time to go home!

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           "Hey, Peter! Have you seen Jesus?" John called out as the last person was walking away.

           "I think He already went to the boat," Peter yelled back.

When the disciples got to the little boat they found that Jesus was
already there, waiting for them Sure enough, when the disciples got to the little boat, they found that Jesus was already there, waiting for them.

          "Will you fellows please take me to the other side of the lake?" Jesus asked politely. The disciples were eager to please Jesus. They raised the sails, lifted the anchor, and were soon sailing toward the middle of the lake.

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Suddenly, without warning, the wind started howling, whipping the large sails about as if they were feathers. The waves rose higher and higher, sloshing over the sides of the boat. The boat, heaving heavily from side to side, was hopelessly uncontrollable. It was all they could do to hold on.

Suddenly without warning the wind started howling whipping the large sails
about as if they were feathers James glanced around to see if everyone was still on the boat, hoping no one had fallen overboard. "WHERE IS JESUS?" he yelled above the roar of the wind.

           Peter yelled back, "HE'S HERE IN THE BACK OF THE BOAT! CAN YOU BELIEVE HE IS SLEEPING THROUGH ALL OF THIS?"

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           The disciples were getting more and more fearful because of the storm. Water was quickly filling the vessel, and there was nothing they could do about it. There was no doubt in their minds that they were all going to die.

One of the disciples started shaking Jesus trying to awaken him, screaming loudly to be
heard One of the disciples started shaking Jesus trying to awaken him, screaming loudly to be heard. "JESUS . . . JESUS! GET UP! HOW CAN YOU SLEEP THROUGH THIS STORM? DON'T YOU CARE IF WE ALL DIE? PLEASE GET UP AND HELP US!"

           Jesus calmly and peacefully got up from his nap. He stood up in the boat, which was being tossed around uncontrollably, and spoke to the wind . . . and then He spoke to the lake simply saying, "Peace, be still!"

           At that very instant:

Jesus spoke to the lake saying Peace be still The wind stopped howling . . .

                 The waves stopped rolling . . .

                 The boat stopped tossing . . .

           All was calm, still, and peaceful out on the lake.

 

           The disciples were still trembling with fear and still holding on for dear life. They hadn't even realized the storm had stopped. Jesus turned to them and said gently, "Why are you so fearful? How could you spend so much time with Me and yet have so little faith that I would take care of you?"

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The disciples looked at one another in amazement The disciples, realizing that the storm was over, loosened their grip just a bit and timidly stood up. They looked at one another in amazement. "Can you believe what just happened?" one of them asked.

           "What kind of man is this?" another one wondered.

           "Even the wind and the waves obey him!" a third one exclaimed.

          "It was absolutely incredible!" they all agreed.

           After all their wonder and amazement subsided just a bit, they got busy with the hard tasks of bailing the water out of their boat and repairing the sails so they could continue the rest of the way across the lake where, unknown to them, another great miracle was waiting to take place.

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THINK!

How does this story show that Jesus was human like us? How does this story show that Jesus was God? What were the disciples doing during the storm? What was Jesus doing during the storm? What did Jesus do to stop the storm? Which fruit of the Spirit did you learn about in this story?

REMEMBER:

Jesus is the Source of Peace. If you pray and trust Him,
He will help you replace fear with peace.

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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

"And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).


LET'S PRAY

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Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as
a human and being an example for us to follow.
When we become afraid, help us to remember to
ask You for help to replace fear with peace.
In your Name we pray. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Matthew 8:23-27
Mark 4:35-41
Luke 8:22-25
Galatians 5:19-26

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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

Calming The Storm
Jesus Calms a Storm coloring (PDF) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Jesus Calms the Storm
Miracles of Jesus Coloring Book

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Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages
Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book
God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit Tree
Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit

Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
New Testament Bible Story Cards Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Children's Coloring Books
Smart Coloring Books


stories

Jesus Calms the Storm
Jesus Calms the Storm Arch Book
Stilling the Storm
My Story of Jesus

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Following God: Fruitful Lives from the Bible
Fruit of the Spirit (Arch Books)
The Fruit of the Spirit
Life Is an Adventure with Ernie


365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible stories
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Children's Books
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
God's Love for You Bible Storybook
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Spanish Children's Books
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)
The Preschooler's Bible
The Toddler's Bible


activities

Jesus Calms the Storm Maze
Jesus Calms the Storm Maze on Photo Background
Jesus Calms the Storm Word Search
Jesus Calms the Storm Story Cards To Keep and Share
Jesus Calms A Storm (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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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
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Children's Activity Bible

Children's Activity Books
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Christian and educational toys
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Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
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Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Sticker Books
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super-Sized Book of Bible Puzzles


songs

Asleep in the Boat (Song #29) BibleStory Songs
I've Got Peace Like A River

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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 Cadence

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
Bible Songs on CD
100 Singalong Songs For Kids (Cedarmont)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
Bible Songs with Cedarmont Kids
Bible Songs
Children's Music


CDs and DVDs

Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
Sunday School Songs (Cedarmont Kids)Shop Now
What's in the Bible DVD 10: Jesus Is the Good News

Bible Story DVDs for Children
Bestselling Christian DVDs for Children
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
Read And Share: Ultimate Bible Storybook w/ 2 DVDs
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible : Every Story Whispers His Name


crafts

Ocean in a Bottle
Forever Floating
Simple Sailboat Craft
Halves Boat Craft

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

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget Series
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies
Create and Take Bible Crafts Series
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Fruit of the Spirit Story Idea
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit - 13 Lessons for Busy Teachers-Preschool
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit - 13 Lessons for Busy Teachers-Elementary
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
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 Children's Ministry Kit
Fruit of the Spirit: a Children's 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 Chubbies PenShop Now
Poster Set-Fruit Of The Spirit & Armor Of GodShop Now

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King James Version Award Bibles
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Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
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The Big Book of Bible Skits
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Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)

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