Many Adventist schools have a Week of Prayer to spend more of their school day doing spiritual things. In this issue, KidsView gives you the opportunity to enjoy a similar experience by offering seven days of material written by Anne-May Wollan: a continuing story, a Bible experience, and a short assignment. Each day is in a different colored box. Do it by yourself, with your parents, your class, or your school. Send us a picture or story about your experience! To read even more, including readings for adults, visit www.adventistreview.org or see the September 27, 2012, Adventist Review. Kids can find a special bonus Sabbath at www.kidsviewmag.org.
High up in the mountains of northern Italy and France lived the Waldenses. The Waldenses had a copy of the Bible when they weren’t suppose to, and they translated it into their own language.
The Roman Church taught people to pray to the virgin Mary, but the Waldenses prayed to God. The Waldenses shared the Bible with people interested in God’s Word.
When the priest and the monks heard about this, they threatened to kill the Waldenses, but the Waldenses kept studying. The pope became angry and sent his soldiers to punish them. The Waldenses fled to the mountains and hid. Some were found and killed.
They trusted in Jesus, however, and their lives were changed.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”—Psalm 119:105
The Israelites were a special people chosen by God to be an example to those living around them. God instructed the Israelites not to worship other gods besides Him, and He showed them how to treat each other. They obeyed God most of the time, but they wanted a God they could see.
So they made gods and worshipped them. God became angry. The Israelites realized they had done something wrong, so they destroyed their idols and begged God for His forgiveness. God loved the Israelites and forgave them.
Pierre, his wife, Blanche, and their three children lived in one of the Waldensian valleys.
One summer day the children saw Roman soldiers coming for them. They quickly ran into the kitchen, where Mother had just finished making bread dough.
“The soldiers are coming!” son Hubert shouted.
“If they find our Bible, we will be put in prison,” daughter Paula continued.
Blanche thought about it, then wrapped the Bible in a kitchen towel, placed it in the bread dough, and quickly put the bread into the oven to bake.
Minutes later the soldiers came looking for Bibles and found nothing. When they left, Hubert said, “I am happy they didn’t find our Bible. I want to learn more of it by heart.”
“I have put Your words in my heart so I won’t sin against You.”—Psalm 119:111
King Saul wanted to kill David. One day David cut a piece of Saul’s robe. Another time, David found Saul asleep, but didn’t kill him.
David took Saul’s spear and water jug and went a safe distance from Saul’s camp. From the hill he called out: “Saul, why do you want to kill your servant?”
David could have killed Saul, but he was a man who kept God’s Word in his heart.
“The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit”—Luke 8:15, TEV.2
Twelve-year-old Paula loved Jesus. One day her mother asked her to bring some jam to Louisa, a poor old woman in the village.
Paula did, and as she entered Louisa’s home, a black cat followed her in.
“Ah, here comes Cordero, my only friend.” Louisa explained.
“I am your friend,” Paula said. “And another friend sent you this gift!” She gave her the jam.
“How can I thank you? No one has ever brought me anything. No one takes time to even speak to me.”
Paula spent some time with lonely Louisa.
When Paula had to leave, Louisa took her hands and said, “How can I ever thank you?”
“There is One who loves you,” Paula told Louisa. “Jesus died on the cross, rose again, and now is in heaven waiting for you to give Him your heart.”
That afternoon Louisa prayed and gave your heart to Jesus.
Jesus told a parable about a farmer sowing seeds in his field. As he scattered the seeds, some fell, and the birds ate them. Some fell among the rocks and grew, but the soil wasn’t deep enough for them to thrive. Some fell among thorns, and the weeds grew and overpowered the plants. But most fell on good soil, and the plants bore lots of grain.
The farmer represents sowing God’s Word. Some people are like the seeds that fall on the road: Satan takes the truth away from them. Some people are like the seeds that fall among rocks. When they hear God’s Word, they accept it with their heads but not with their hearts. Others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear God’s Word, but the love of money gets in the way.
But some people are like the seeds sown in good soil. They hear God’s Word, accept it, and live their lives according to it.
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