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Christopher and his family had just moved to a small apartment right in the heart of the city so his dad could start a new job. Christopher had never lived in a big city before, and he hadn't lived in an apartment either. He had always lived in a house with lots of room outside to run and play. Now he was living in what he considered to be a box! Christopher found the apartment to be noisy too, especially at night. He always seemed to hear the scariest noises then. "Mom! Dad!" Christopher called out one night. "What is it?" Mom asked as she ran into the room. "I heard some noises outside my window. It sounded like someone trying to break in." Dad went over to the window to check. "There's a restaurant on the ground floor of this building," he said. "You just heard some of the workers taking out the trash." Christopher sighed as he lay back on his pillow. "This place is nothing like our house in the country. The noises at night make it hard to sleep." Mom sat down on the edge of Christopher's bed. "I know it can be hard to live in an unfamiliar place that's so different from what you're used to. Do you remember the verse I taught you when we first got here? Proverbs 3:24--'You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.' It reminds us that we don't need to be afraid because Jesus is with us and promises to take care of us." "It's going to take a little while to adjust to our new setting--and its new noises," Dad said. "But Jesus is with you here just like He was with you at our house in the country. The Bible says He is our refuge--our safe place. When you feel afraid, remember that He is watching over you, no matter where you are." "Okay." Christopher snuggled beneath the blankets. "I'll try to remember that." From then on, anytime Christopher felt afraid, he would recite that verse to himself; and soon the noises didn't scare him anymore and he was able to sleep soundly. Lisa Fuller How About You? Have you ever been afraid? Whether it's a new school or an unfamiliar house, getting used to a new situation can be scary. But you don't have to be afraid. Jesus is always with you and is watching over you. He promises to take care of you and help you through scary situations. Whenever you feel afraid, take refuge in Him. He is your place of safety. Today's Key Verse: This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (NLT) (Psalm 91:2) Today's Key Thought: God is our refuge

Christopher and his family had just moved to a small apartment right in the heart of the city so his dad could start a new job. Christopher had never lived in a big city before, and he hadn't lived in an apartment either. He had always lived in a house with lots of room outside to run and play. Now he was living in what he considered to be a box! Christopher found the apartment to be noisy too, especially at night. He always seemed to hear the scariest noises then. "Mom! Dad!" Christopher called out one night. "What is it?" Mom asked as she ran into the room. "I heard some noises outside my window. It sounded like someone trying to break in." Dad went over to the window to check. "There's a restaurant on the ground floor of this building," he said. "You just heard some of the workers taking out the trash." Christopher sighed as he lay back on his pillow. "This place is nothing like our house in the country. The noises at night make it hard to sleep." Mom sat down on the edge of Christopher's bed. "I know it can be hard to live in an unfamiliar place that's so different from what you're used to. Do you remember the verse I taught you when we first got here? Proverbs 3:24--'You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.' It reminds us that we don't need to be afraid because Jesus is with us and promises to take care of us." "It's going to take a little while to adjust to our new setting--and its new noises," Dad said. "But Jesus is with you here just like He was with you at our house in the country. The Bible says He is our refuge--our safe place. When you feel afraid, remember that He is watching over you, no matter where you are." "Okay." Christopher snuggled beneath the blankets. "I'll try to remember that." From then on, anytime Christopher felt afraid, he would recite that verse to himself; and soon the noises didn't scare him anymore and he was able to sleep soundly. Lisa Fuller How About You? Have you ever been afraid? Whether it's a new school or an unfamiliar house, getting used to a new situation can be scary. But you don't have to be afraid. Jesus is always with you and is watching over you. He promises to take care of you and help you through scary situations. Whenever you feel afraid, take refuge in Him. He is your place of safety. Today's Key Verse: This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (NLT) (Psalm 91:2) Today's Key Thought: God is our refuge

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Pasco, WA

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Christopher and his family had just moved to a small apartment right in the heart of the city so his dad could start a new job. Christopher had never lived in a big city before, and he hadn't lived in an apartment either. He had always lived in a house with lots of room outside to run and play. Now he was living in what he considered to be a box! Christopher found the apartment to be noisy too, especially at night. He always seemed to hear the scariest noises then. "Mom! Dad!" Christopher called out one night. "What is it?" Mom asked as she ran into the room. "I heard some noises outside my window. It sounded like someone trying to break in." Dad went over to the window to check. "There's a restaurant on the ground floor of this building," he said. "You just heard some of the workers taking out the trash." Christopher sighed as he lay back on his pillow. "This place is nothing like our house in the country. The noises at night make it hard to sleep." Mom sat down on the edge of Christopher's bed. "I know it can be hard to live in an unfamiliar place that's so different from what you're used to. Do you remember the verse I taught you when we first got here? Proverbs 3:24--'You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.' It reminds us that we don't need to be afraid because Jesus is with us and promises to take care of us." "It's going to take a little while to adjust to our new setting--and its new noises," Dad said. "But Jesus is with you here just like He was with you at our house in the country. The Bible says He is our refuge--our safe place. When you feel afraid, remember that He is watching over you, no matter where you are." "Okay." Christopher snuggled beneath the blankets. "I'll try to remember that." From then on, anytime Christopher felt afraid, he would recite that verse to himself; and soon the noises didn't scare him anymore and he was able to sleep soundly. Lisa Fuller How About You? Have you ever been afraid? Whether it's a new school or an unfamiliar house, getting used to a new situation can be scary. But you don't have to be afraid. Jesus is always with you and is watching over you. He promises to take care of you and help you through scary situations. Whenever you feel afraid, take refuge in Him. He is your place of safety. Today's Key Verse: This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (NLT) (Psalm 91:2) Today's Key Thought: God is our refuge

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English

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Keys for Kids Ministries 2060 43rd St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 647-4500


Episodes

Still Joyful

7/5/2020
"When are we going to buy an electric ice cream maker?" Ryan asked as he and Dad took turns cranking their old one. Dad grinned. "Not until Old Faithful here quits doing its job. To me, all this work is part of making ice cream." As Ryan took a turn at the crank, he remembered remarks made by one of the boys at school. "Dad, when you were a kid, were you ever laughed at for being a Christian?" "Sometimes," replied Dad. "But as a kid, I was laughed at for lots of reasons. I didn't have many...

Duration:00:04:29

A Measure of Faith

7/4/2020
"Oh, look," said Emery as she and her brother, Ezra, toured Independence Hall with their family. She pointed to a plaque on the wall. "Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love," she read aloud. "I wonder why it's called that." "The city was founded by a man named William Penn," said Dad. "He was a devout Christian who started the settlement in this area as a kind of experiment in holy living. Peace, goodwill, and brotherly love were to be extended to everybody." Ezra nodded. "My class...

Duration:00:04:29

The Sacrifice

7/3/2020
"What's the matter, Kinsley?" Mom asked, surprised to see her youngest child in tears in front of the television. "A bear killed the girl's dog," Kinsley sobbed. Mom put an arm around her. "Oh, honey, it's just a movie. It didn't really happen." Kinsley sniffed. "But it was so sad! It was a story about a girl named Mia. When she got in trouble for disobeying her parents, she decided to run away. She took her dog, Tucker, and went deep into the woods. As they were walking along the path, an...

Duration:00:04:29

Christ, Our Food and Salvation

7/2/2020
Julie's stomach grumbled. It felt like it had been ages since she'd had a bite of food. "Mom, can I have a snack?" she called out. "You just ate lunch. Why do you need a snack?" Mom called back from the dining room where she was cleaning. "That was hours ago!" Julie said. "I'm hungry again." "All right, you can have some fruit snacks. They're in the pantry." Julie hopped up and flew over to the pantry. She grabbed two bags of fruit snacks and went back to the couch. "One bag, please, Julie,"...

Duration:00:04:29

Don't Be a Chicken

7/1/2020
Nolan and Liza followed their grandfather into the chicken yard. "These birds are ready for their dinner," said Grandpa as the chickens clucked loudly. Nolan threw out a handful of grain, and the chickens scrambled to pick it up in their beaks and gulp it down. One of the chickens was having a hard time getting any food. Every time it tried to eat, it was pecked by the others. "Look, Grandpa!" Nolan pointed to a small red spot on the chicken's neck. "That chicken is hurt!" Just then, a big...

Duration:00:04:29

Getting Bumped

6/30/2020
"You jerk!" yelled Adrian. "You spilled your orange juice on my art project, Isaac. Now I'll have to do it all over again." Adrian snatched up his paper. "I wish you weren't my brother!" "I'm sorry," Isaac said, tears filling his eyes. "Hey!" Adrian's voice got louder. "That's not orange juice. It's orange soda! How come you got orange soda and I didn't?" Hurrying into the kitchen, Mom confronted her angry son. "Adrian, you know better than to call your brother names," she said sternly....

Duration:00:04:29

When You Pray

6/29/2020
"Levi?" Mom stood at the door. "Levi!" she said again, but he didn't look up from his computer until she walked over and turned the music down. "Oh, hi, Mom," said Levi. "I didn't hear you come in." Mom nodded. "I just noticed Mrs. Grady struggling out there with her lawn mower. Maybe you could help her with it." "Right now? I'm trying to think of how to earn my last club badge." Levi pointed to his laptop. "It says here it has to be some kind of service to someone in need." As Levi scrolled...

Duration:00:04:29

Not Normal

6/28/2020
"Whee!" Jaret cried. "Out of my way! My horse is galloping through." Danika laughed as four-year-old Jaret zoomed past on his tricycle--a cowboy hat on his head and his western-print bathrobe flapping behind him. "He's having fun!" Mom said from where she and Danika were pulling weeds. Danika's face clouded. "I wish I were a little kid zooming around on my tricycle. I'd rather do that than pull weeds--or study!" "Well, we all need some time to relax and have fun," said Mom. "But you're at a...

Duration:00:04:29

Exciting News!

6/27/2020
Alannah's mom came into the living room and set her Bible, which was stuffed with notes and church bulletins, on the table with a loud thump. "Alannah, why don't you take a break from your homework so we can have devotions? We need to read about what happens to Elijah in the wilderness!" Alannah groaned. "Can't we do it later, Mom?" she said, repositioning her mom's computer on her lap. "I need to finish researching birds for this paper I have to write." "That's what you said an hour ago,"...

Duration:00:04:29

Under the Fig Tree

6/26/2020
Yum!" Creed said, smacking his lips. "I sure do love your fig jam, Grandma." "I can see that." His grandmother chuckled. "Have some more." "Where do you get all these figs from again?" Creed asked as he reached for another homemade biscuit. Grandma looked out her kitchen window and pointed. "See those trees in the backyard? They were there when your grandpa and I moved into this house fifty years ago. A fig tree can grow to be fifteen feet high, and its branches can spread as much as...

Duration:00:04:29

It Still Hurts

6/25/2020
Chase wished he had listened to his mom when she told him not to jump his bike over the ramp he had built with planks of wood--but jumping his bike was fun! I'll do it just one more time, he thought when Mom went into the house. So he tried it again. The planks shot up as he hit the ramp, and all he could remember after that was the pain. "Mom, I'm so sorry," Chase said through tears after the doctor had set the two broken bones in his arm. "I shouldn't have disobeyed you." "I forgive you,"...

Duration:00:04:29

The Last Words

6/24/2020
"I hate you!" yelled Lindy as she ran out of the house. She hurried to the corner where she caught the school bus each day. It was already coming down the street. I'll probably get grounded for saying that, she thought, but I don't care! Mom makes me so mad! Whenever Lindy's anger began to fade throughout the day, she would feed it bitter thoughts--she wanted to stay mad. Why does Mom always say no? she grumbled to herself when she felt her anger weakening. Why can't she be like Jasmine's...

Duration:00:04:29

The Bully

6/23/2020
Kage knelt behind a teacher's car in the school parking lot. The morning bell had rung and he knew he would be late, but he didn't care. Julian is late so much, he thought, and he won't tell me why. I'm going to see if I can find out. As Kage's eyes searched the playground, he saw what he was looking for. An eighth grader had Julian by the shoulder and was saying something. He shoved Julian against the wall and threatened him with his fist. "That big bully!" sputtered Kage softly. He pulled...

Duration:00:04:29

Making a Splash

6/22/2020
Kayla fidgeted in line for the summer camp's popular water activity. Counselors monitored campers as they climbed an elevated platform, jumped onto a brightly colored inflatable, and clambered to the end to await the next jumper whose impact would catapult her up and into the lake. Kayla was excited. Now she wasn't sure. She also wasn't sure about lunch earlier. Kayla had remembered a sermon about making a difference for Jesus and sensed she should leave her usual friends to sit by a girl...

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Made and Molded

6/21/2020
"Mom! See what I made!" Greyson yelled as he came into the kitchen after school. He quickly put his backpack on the table and dug out a brightly painted clay butterfly. "We made these in art class," said Greyson. "It took us all week." "Very nice!" Mom said, setting some veggies and dip out for Greyson's after-school snack. "I remember you told me you were doing that." Greyson nodded. "First we took the clay and molded it with our hands. Then we used plastic knives to trim it and make...

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The Master of Illusion

6/20/2020
He's gone!" Jack said, staring at the screen. "I watched him the whole time, and he just disappeared from the stage." "That's why he's called an illusionist," Dad said. Suddenly the illusionist reappeared--in the back of the auditorium. The audience clapped and cheered. "I wonder how he did that," Jack said. Dad shrugged. "I don't know, but it's a great trick. Did you know that the Army used a disappearing trick once? Toward the end of World War Two, they put together a special force they...

Duration:00:04:29

A Real Masterpiece

6/19/2020
I.think this is the best painting I've done yet," Thea told her cousin Ava as they painted together after school one day. Thea held up her picture of a bright red cardinal perched on a branch. "That's so good!" said Ava. She studied it a moment. "I really like how you outlined the wings here." As she motioned toward the picture, her brush touched a wing, and green paint smeared onto Thea's painting. "Oh no! I'm so sorry!" Ava exclaimed. The girls tried to repair the picture, but the more...

Duration:00:04:29

Light in the Darkness

6/18/2020
Thunder crashed loudly, and Raya gasped as the lights blinked once and then everything went black. "Oh no!" Garrett exclaimed. "The storm knocked out our power. What dowe do now, Dad?" "Don't move," Dad told them. "I'll go find some candles." "I'll come too." Garrett jumped up, took one step, and stumbled over something. "Ow!" he howled as he got up and sank back into his seat. Soon Dad returned with a lighted candle in each hand. "There--how's that?" Dad carefully set the candles down on...

Duration:00:04:29

Fishing for Patience

6/17/2020
Caleb sat on the bucket Grandpa had turned upside down. He reached into the container and grabbed a fishing worm. It felt cool and slimy between his fingers. He watched it curl up and around, struggling to get away. "Let me show you how to bait your hook." Grandpa reached for Caleb's pole, and Caleb dropped the worm into his open palm. "I want to bait the next one, Grandpa." "You sure can. Just be careful of the barb on the hook." He handed the pole back to Caleb. "Now show me a good cast."...

Duration:00:04:29

A Mighty Tree

6/16/2020
Ben gaped at the humongous eucalyptus tree. His head was thrown back so he could look up, up, up to the crown. He and his father had planned a daytrip into the lush Tasmanian rainforest just to view this megalith. "The Centurion is the tallest tree in Australia," his dad told him. "At a hundred meters, it's one of the tallest trees in the world. Only a handful of redwoods stand taller." "Is it as tall as a skyscraper?" Ben asked in awe. "No. But it is higher than London's clock tower, Big...

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