Cassie & Caleb Discover God's Wonderful Design

Cassie & Caleb Discover God's Wonderful Design

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Teach your children big ideas with simple language

Boys and girls, from 5 to 8 years of age, will love the fun world of Cassie and Caleb, two energetic and inquisitive children discovering the beauty of God's wonderful design.

Through twenty beautifully illustrated short stories, followed by an interactive time between parent and child, your children will learn:

  • The creational principle that "God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27) is extraordinary!
  • That Jesus is in all of Scripture. The Bible is not a collection of disconnected stories; it is the one big story of the Triune God redeeming His people.
  • God's Word is our authority and His Glory is our purpose.
  • That when we belong to Jesus we belong to His covenant family, the Church.
  • A Biblical framework for living and thinking.

The authors do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of a child. This book intentionally uses the rich language of faith, and then builds meaning around the words and concepts as the stories proceed, providing children the words of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802487094
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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Cassie & Caleb

Discover God's Wonderful Design


By SUSAN HUNT, RICHIE HUNT, Annette LaPlaca

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0669-9


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

What's the Difference?


God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NIV)


The doorbell rang, and Cassie hurried to greet her Sunday school teacher and the girls from her Sunday school class. Immediately the house was filled with hugs, giggles, and chatter.

Caleb looked at his dad and granddad. "I think it's time for us to leave."

Pop laughed, Dad grabbed the fishing gear, and the guys headed for the truck.

Let me tell you about Cassie's friends.

Kate loves frilly clothes and her favorite color is pink.

Abby never wears pink and she loves soccer.

Suzie plays softball, and she agrees with Kate about pink—she even has a pink batting helmet.

Heather is crazy about books and animals. Her room is stuffed with stuffed animals.

Rachel plays the piano and sings.

Mary lives across the street with her grandmother, Granny Grace. She has a very tender heart—just like Granny Grace's.

Maggie is gentle and sensitive. When there is a visitor in Sunday school, Maggie always sits with her and helps her feel welcome.

And what about Cassie? She's a little like all her friends, plus she likes to fish with Caleb.

These girls are very different, but they have something in common—they are all girls. And they are girls who love Jesus.

After playing games with the girls, Miss Karen gave them colored paper, pens, stickers, and glitter, and they made cards to send to missionary families. "Miss Karen, you are the best Sunday school teacher ever!" Rachel exclaimed.

Miss Karen's eyes twinkled. "I never married and had children, but the Lord gave me you girls and I love you as if you were my own." They finished making cards, and Cassie announced, "Now Morn and Miss Karen are going to teach us to decorate cupcakes." Soon the girls were up to their elbows in frosting and sprinkles. It was a very girly afternoon.

Meanwhile, the guys sat on the edge of the dock enjoying a quiet afternoon of fishing.

"I've got a question," Caleb whispered, being careful not to disturb the fish. "Why are girls so ..." Caleb knew he was not supposed to say unkind things about others, and he was thinking words like weird, annoying, and silly. Finally he said, "So different?"

"I thought you were going to say 'loud,'" Dad muttered.

Pop grinned and shook his head. "That's a good question, Caleb, and there's a good answer. Boys and girls are different because God made us to be different."

Caleb thought long and hard about what Pop said. "So ... which one is better?"

Dad made a perfect cast under an overhanging tree. "Men, but don't tell your morn I said so."

Pop laughed out loud. "I thought I taught you better than that!"

"It's been that kind of morning getting ready for all those girls." Dad chuckled. "Seriously, Caleb, women can be a complete mystery to us, but the Bible says that God created man in his own image and that He created them male and female. Since He created us both in His image we are equal, and since He created us male and female we are different."

"Hey, I got one!" Caleb yelled as he reeled in a fish. He took the fish off the hook and returned to their conversation. "Equal but different—very interesting."

"Yes," Dad agreed. "And God said that it is very good."


Let's Talk

DISCUSS

* If you are a girl, which one of Cassie's friends are you like?

* What were Caleb's questions?

* What did his dad and granddad tell him?


READ PSALM 139:1-6

* According to these verses, what does God know about us?

* How does that make you feel?


PRAY

* Guide your children to use the words of Psalm 139:1–6 to thank God that He made and knows them.

CHAPTER 2

Plants and Plants

Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. (Psalm 144:12 NIV)


After dinner Dad opened his Bible and read Genesis 1:27: "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

Then he continued. "Caleb asked an interesting question while we were fishing this afternoon."

Mom raised one eyebrow. "I didn't think talking was allowed while fishing."

"Well, it's not preferred, but it is allowed."

Cassie looked at her brother. "What did you ask?"

"No offense, Cassie, but I asked why girls are so different."

"What do you mean? We're not different—it's boys who are different."

"Slow down, Cassie," Dad said. "It's a good question, and I think Pop and I had a good answer. Caleb, see if you can explain it to Cassie."

"I can't wait to hear this." Cassie sighed a bit sarcastically.

Suddenly Caleb was in full-concentration mode as he tried to remember exactly what Dad and Pop had told him. He spoke slowly. "The Bible says that God created us in His image so we're equal, and that He created us male and female so we're different. Being different is not bad. God says it's very good."


Cassie looked puzzled. "Oh—so you're not saying boys are better?"

"Well," Caleb said, pretending to be serious, "I wouldn't say that, but Dad did."

"What!?!" Mom and Cassie gasped.

Dad smiled sheepishly. "Uhhh ... let me explain."

Mom was amused at Dad's predicament. "We're all listening."

"Actually, Cassie, it's wrong to say that boys or girls are better because we're all created in God's image. We're equal, but He designed males and females for different functions." He held up a red crayon and a green crayon and asked, "Are these crayons equal, or is one a better crayon than the other?"

"They're equal," Cassie answered.

"Are they the same?" Dad asked.

"Well, not exactly," Caleb replied. "One is red, and one is green."

"Exactly! Two things do not have to be the same to be equal. One crayon is designed to color things green, and one is designed to color things red—but one is not better than the other. They're equal, and their different functions are equal."

"Good explanation," Mom exclaimed.

Cassie twisted a strand of hair around her finger. "This is really interesting."

Dad read Psalm 144:12. "We're going to memorize this verse and talk about it for our devotions the next few nights. It's important for you to understand what it means to be created in God's image and what it means to be male and female."

He repeated the verse and then they all said it with him: "Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace" (Psalm 144:12 NIV).

"I like the way this verse sounds," Cassie said. "So Caleb is a plant and I'm a pillar. Are we going to learn what that means?"

Dad nodded. "Yes, we are, and I think you'll like it even more when you understand God's design and plan for each of you as male and female. It really is very good."


Let's Talk

DISCUSS

* Do two things have to be the same to be equal?

* Why are males and females equal?

* Who designed males and females for different functions?


READ PSALM 139:13–18

* What do these verses tell us about God?

* What does the psalmist do in verse 14?


PRAY

* Guide your children to use words from Psalm 139:13–18 to praise God.

CHAPTER 3

Living for God's Glory

So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)


Ten more minutes, and I'm done!" Mac called as Caleb walked across the street, his dog, Buddy, running beside him, playfully licking Caleb's fingers.

Mac and his sister, Mary, and their morn, live with his grandmother. Everyone in the neighborhood and at church calls her Granny Grace. Caleb's morn says it's because she's a spiritual mother to all the young women. Caleb doesn't know about that, but he knows that he loves her and her yummy snickerdoodle cookies. (See Granny Grace's recipe at the end of this book.)

Caleb picked up a sponge and helped Mac wash Granny Grace's car. "It's been a boring week. Let's make today epic."

Their plan began to take shape, and Caleb was anxious to get started. "Do we have to wipe the car? Can't we just let it dry in the sun?"

Mac shook his head. "Granny Grace says real obedience is thorough. She always tells me to glorify God in the details."

"Dad tells me that obedience should be instant. I guess instant, thorough obedience is a good thing."

The boys finished washing the car, filled two buckets with water, and went to the garage to gather more supplies. They got a wheelbarrow and two shovels and headed to the vacant lot to dig a hole, but they soon lost interest in digging and more creative ideas took over. "I'm thinking stealth attack!" Caleb said.

They mixed the dirt and water in the wheelbarrow to make mud and were off to find a target for their assault. They did not know what kind of target they were looking for—they were just looking for an adventure but as they sneaked around the house they could not believe what they saw. Their sisters were swinging, and they were facing the other direction!

"This is perfect!" Mac whispered, anticipating the mud attack that was about to rain down on Cassie and Mary. "Operation Mud-Bath is now in effect!"

Suddenly, with no warning, Cassie and Mary were covered in mud. The ensuing shrieks and screams were almost deafening.

The two moms and Granny Grace, calmly sitting on the front porch, were instantly on high alert. They ran to the backyard. When the moms saw their mud-drenched girls they were horrified, but Granny Grace could not hold back her laughter.

Cassie and Mary looked at Granny Grace, and their shrieks turned to giggles.

The moms were totally bewildered. Granny Grace took charge. "Girls, hose yourselves off. I'll get lemonade and snickerdoodles. This will be a story for you to tell your children."

Later Mom asked Granny Grace, "Why would the boys have done such a crazy thing?"

"I raised three boys and never did understand what makes them tick, but I know God made males and females to be different so I finally decided the best thing to do is laugh at their adventures—and make them clean up their mess."

The women watched as Caleb and Mac washed mud off the swings.


Let's Talk

DISCUSS

* How did the boys glorify God as they washed the car?

* What did you learn about obedience in this story?

* How did Granny Grace help the girls turn from anger to laughter?


MEMORIZE

First Catechism

* Q. 1. Who made you?

A. God

* Q. 2. What else did God make?

A. God made all things.

* Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things?

A. For His own glory.


PRAY

* Guide your children to ask the Lord for grace—for God's power—to glorify Him in all they do.

CHAPTER 4

Same Story

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world ... to the praise of his glorious grace. (Ephesians 1:4, 6 NIV)


Get your Bibles, kids. Tonight we're going to look at the greatest story in all of history. If someone is going to tell a story, where should he begin?"

"At the beginning," Cassie and Caleb responded.

"Not this story. This incredible story begins before the beginning. This is not just a story—this is the story that the whole Bible is about. Cassie, read Ephesians 1:3 and 4."

Cassie read: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world."

"What did God the Father do for us?" Dad asked.

"He chose us," Cassie answered.

"When did the Father choose us to belong to Him?"

"Before the foundation of the world," Cassie exclaimed. "So this story really does begin before the beginning!"

"Now read verses 5 and 6. Why did the Father choose us?"

Cassie read: "He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace." She looked up. "Is it for the praise of His glorious grace?"

"Yes! Caleb, read verse 7 and find out what God the Son did for us."

Caleb read: "In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses ..." He paused and thought about this, and said, "Jesus died for us so that our sins can be forgiven. And look at verse 12: 'So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.' So Jesus died for us for the same reason the Father chose us—so that we can praise His glorious grace."

Mom and Dad were speechless. Caleb grinned, "Don't you remember, Pastor Scotty talked about this Sunday."

"Thank You, Jesus," Morn sighed. "I wasn't sure you were listening to Pastor Scotty. Every Sunday I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you kids listen and understand the sermon. As always, He does more than we can even imagine."

"Speaking of the Holy Spirit," Dad said, "listen to verses 13–14: You also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in [Jesus], were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit ... to the praise of his glory."'

Cassie looked at Dad. "I have no idea what that means."

"A seal is a stamp or mark that shows ownership. God the Holy Spirit puts His mark on our hearts because we belong to God. He gives us power to believe that the Father chose us and Jesus died for us. And why does He do this?"

"For the praise of His glory," Caleb responded.

Dad continued. "This is the big story. It's the gospel story that began before God created the world. It's the story of the triune God creating a world that would display His glory, and choosing and redeeming a people to belong to Him so that they can show His glorious grace."

"This story takes my breath away every time I think about it," Mom said. "This is the greatest story ever told, and think about this—whether you are male or female, you are part of this amazing story."


Let's Talk

DISCUSS

* What did the Father do for us?

* What did the Son do?

* What does the Holy Spirit do?


MEMORIZE

First Catechism

* Q. 6. Is there more than one true God?

A. No. There is only one true God.

* Q. 7. In how many Persons does this one God exist?

A. In three Persons.

* Q. 8. Name these three Persons.

A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

* Q. 9. What is God?

A. God is a Spirit and does not have a body like men.


PRAY

* Guide your children to use Ephesians 1 to thank God for what He has done and is doing for them.

CHAPTER 5

Same Authority

Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89)


Let's go, kids. Tonight it's dinner in the park."

Soon they were all throwing the Frisbee, then Cassie and Caleb played in the stream while Morn and Dad spread the blanket and unpacked the food. As they ate, they talked. "What have we learned about God creating us male and female?" Dad asked.

"We're equal, but God designed us for different functions," Caleb answered.

"We're part of the same story—the gospel story," Cassie added.

"Yes! And Genesis I teaches us something else that is the same for boys and girls. The first words of the Bible are 'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.' God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. What did God name the light?"

"Day," Cassie and Caleb answered.

"God made the light so He had the authority—the right and the power—to name it. When God said, 'Let there be light,' did the light argue? Did the light say, 'I'm busy now—I'll appear later'?"

"That reminds me of what you always tell us, Dad—don't procrastinate, obey instantly!"

"That's right, Caleb. Light immediately appeared—instant obedience. God is the Creator, so His Word is the authority."

Cassie put her plate on the blanket. "Miss Karen taught us about this in Sunday school. One day Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and there was a huge storm. Jesus was asleep, and the disciples were terrified. They woke Jesus up. He spoke to the wind and the sea and said, 'Be still!' and immediately the wind stopped blowing and the water was calm."

"That's a great example, Cassie. And the disciples were so astonished they asked each other 'Who is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?' How would you answer the disciples' question 'Who is Jesus?'"

"He's God," Cassie and Caleb answered.

"Yes. Light and wind and water obey His Word because He is the authority over everything in heaven and earth. He is also the authority over every person—males and females. Not everyone obeys Him, but God's Word is the authority whether we obey it or not. God's Word is powerful, and it's true. God's Word is our life. Do you remember the verses we memorized from Deuteronomy 32?"
(Continues...)


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