David C Cook COVID-19 Response

At Peace With Jesus

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Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Have you ever struggled to get along with someone? Without using names, share your experience. (Answers will vary, make sure to share your own experience.)

It’s hard to turn on the television, scroll through social media, or talk to someone and not see or hear SOME disagreement happening. Drama and conflict tend to play out in front of us everywhere we look. Not getting along with others can happen behind the computer screen, in our homes, or at school. On a bigger scale, in the past year, we’ve witnessed much political division and numerous international conflicts.     

In the current war between Israel and Palestine, one big brother is protecting and caring for his younger siblings. Let’s watch to see what happened.

Play this quick clip for your students [start at 0:28; stop at 3:01].
A story of survival: 13-year-old takes care of seven siblings amid the war in Gaza

 This brother protected his siblings and took care of their needs after a destructive attack that took their mother’s life and separated them from their father. Although we don’t have the kinds of war and conflicts happening in other parts of the world, we do face other kinds of potential conflicts with people in our daily lives.  

  • Has anyone ever come to your defense during a conflict or argument? How did that make you feel? (Answers will vary.) 
  • If you see a disagreement getting ready to happen, what do you do? (Accept all reasonable answers without comment or criticism. Students may express walking away before saying something they might regret; letting an adult know; or even that they get pulled into the drama.)
  • Do you think of yourself as a peacekeeper? Why or why not? (Answers will vary but might include: I’m the peacekeeper among my friends, I’m always helping everyone get along; No, I definitely start a lot of the fights in my home, I just can’t seem to help it, etc.)

Getting along with others can be tough. Not everyone thinks the way we do! Many times, this alone can be the cause of many of our arguments. “If only they thought the way I did, everything would be fine.” But, the truth is, we all think differently. Many of us approach life situations in a variety of ways. Learning how to peacefully coexist with others, even those we don’t agree with, is key.

In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about two men, Abram and Lot, who were having these same issues. Arguments over land were happening among their people, yet because they were family, they wanted to keep peace. How did Abram and Lot handle these disagreements? Let’s find out.

Looking for Steps 2 & 3?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Pieces of paper (1 sheet per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Optional: markers or colored pencils

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