This week in Elementary, Dr. D developed the Clone Creator-o-matic to make a clone army of Dr. Ds and Poofs. The kids helped Kablooey learn that "God's Power In Me Makes Me A Leader!" as they gathered the "junk mail" from Dr. D. Director Stone sent out Sonic Sonar to blast the clones' super sensitive ear drums. Check back next week to see who wins in a winner-gets-all battle between the heroes and villains! 

We studied the story of Gideon from Judges 6-8 to learn how to be leaders! 

Need To Know: "God's Power In Me Makes Me A Leader!" 

Christ Connection: "The Israelities cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to save His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was adequate to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us." 

 

Bible Story: Judges 6-8

Some Israelites had settled in a valley that was good for farming. But they had to share the land with wandering tribes, who moved in with their tents and herds of cattle and sheep. Once again, the Israelites found themselves in trouble because they had turned from God. The wandering tribes robbed the Israelites and drove them out of their villages. The Israelites had to live in caves and in the mountains. 

Once again, they called to God for help. God chose a new leader for His people. 

Gideon was a farmer. God came to him and said, "I am giving you the power to save Israel." "But how can I save Israel?" Gideon asked. "I am not an important man." "I will help you," God told him.

Gideon was not sure he was actually talking with the God of Israel. But finally he believed. Before long, Gideon had an army of 10,000 men. "You don't need this many soldiers," God told him. "I'll test them and tell you which ones can go with you." 

God told Gideon to take the men down to the spring and ask them to take a drink. Most of the men got down on their knees to drink. But three hundred of them scooped up water in their hands and lapped it with their tongues as dogs do. 

This showed that the men were alert and ready for anything. These were the men that Gideon was to choose for his army. It would be three hundred against many thousands. 

At night, Gideon's army surrounded the enemy camp. Gideon gave each man a trumpet and a large clay jar with a burning torch inside. At his signal, the men broke the jars, then blew their horns. The light from the three hundred torches and the noise of the three hundred trumpets scared the enemies. They ran off in all directions and never came back. As long as Gideon was their leader, the people of Israel lived in peace. 

Read and Learn Bible, Scholastic, p.136-139

 

We hope to see you this Sunday as we finish up our Return of Superheroes series! Don't forget that we have 3 services at Leon High School at 9, 10:15 and 11:45, as well as 1 service at our BRAND NEW Tharpe Street location at 11am!