Episode 119: 2 Kings 15-16 and 2 Chron. 27-28 Jotham Believes But Ahaz Fails

In this episode, we see how God shows His power and blessing through the reign of Jotham and His compassion and judgment through the reign of Ahaz, and that God is the one who delivers us from all our fears. 

With your kids: What makes you feel scared? Pray together and ask for help and to trust God’s power and love toward you.

Episode 118: 2 Kings 15 and 17 The Last Kings of Israel

In this episode, Finn and I talk about the sad ending of the northern kingdom and how God wants to free us from our own idolatry. 

With your kids: What is something you really love? Pray together that God would help you to use it to worship and praise Him. 

Behind the scenes with Finn the fish

Episode 116: 2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26 Uzziah Starts Well But Turns From the Lord

In this episode, we talk about Uzziah’s sin in the temple and Isaiah’s worship in the temple and that Jesus came to be the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King of our hearts. 

With your kids: Pick one of Jesus’ roles–prophet, priest, or king, and talk about it. Then praise Jesus for perfectly fulfilling that role in your life. 

And here’s the link to my patreon page if you’d like to support these podcast episodes:

https://www.patreon.com/aliciayoder

Merry Christmas!

Episode 115: 2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 25 Amaziah is Humbled

In this episode, Finn and I talk about who King Amaziah started listening to, and how God loves to help those of us who are joined to him listen to him instead of those who don’t follow Him. 

With your kids: What expression do you think is on God’s face when you sin? 

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Advent Meditations and music

In case you’ve missed these in past years:

Advent Readings for the Very Young

12 Days of Scriptures about Jesus to Meditate on this Christmas

Jesus is Better podcast Christmas episodes:

Episode 95: Luke 1:26-56 An Angel Visits Mary

Episode 42: Luke 1 Jesus is Coming!

Episode 43: Luke 2 Jesus is Born!

And some more albums I have to listen to during Advent:

Michael W Smith’s Christmas albums with orchestration here and here

Mannheim Steamroller orchestral Christmas arrangements–a mix of classical and rock

Episode 114: 2 Kings 13 God Shows Kindness to Jehoahaz, Jehoash, and Jeroboam

In this episode, Finn and I talk about God’s kindness in rescuing the Israelite kings and how in Christ, we are saved for so much more! 

With your kids: What’s scary about dying? Is there anything you are looking forward to? 

Episode 113: 2 Kings 12 Joash Repairs the Temple But Then Forgets God

In this episode, Finn and I talk about Joash making a good choice to repair the temple, but then turning away from the God who had saved him. Through Jesus, our bodies can now be temples where God’s Spirit lives!

With your kids: Talk about where God has put you right now. What is He calling you to do and how is He calling you to act toward the people around you? 

Episode 112: 2 Kings 11 God Defeats an Evil Grandma and Saves a Boy King

In this episode, God’s promise is threatened when an evil queen tries to keep one of David’s descendants off the throne so she can rule instead. But God kept His promise, and we get to worship the Rescuing King that the Israelites could only dream about. 

With your kids: What do you think it means to be God’s child? Share what you enjoy about being God’s son or daughter. 

Episode 111: God Rescues a Mountain Climber (A Modern Day Miracle)

In this episode, Brian Dickinson shares about how God rescued him on the top of Mt. Everest, and Finn and I discuss the mountain where we will finally get to meet Jesus! 

With your kids: What do you think heaven will be like? Look up some passages about heaven and take some time to imagine what it will be like to finally see Jesus face-to-face.

P.S.  Check out Brian’s website http://briandickinson.net, which has links to his book Blind Descent, his YouVersion devotional and other media. 

Episode 110: 2 Kings 9-10 God Brings Judgment Through Jehu

In this episode, God keeps His promise to destroy Ahab’s family, but because of Jesus, we can be saved from punishment and serve Him as the true and perfect King. 

With your kids: Who makes you feel angry sometimes? Tell God about it and ask for Him to love that person through you.