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As the World Turns
Teacher Guide ~ Day B4

"Prayer is the key, in the hand of faith, that unlocks heaven's storehouse." 
Ellen White

Spiritual Focus:

Two females at the Philippi church were fighting.  Paul gave them positive suggestions for attitude changes.

Memory Verse: 
  Philippians 4:6-7

Hymn:   #478 Sweet Hour of Prayer  and #483  I Need Thee Every Hour

Student Activities:

 

Class Explorations and Discussions:  Philippians 4:1 - 9

A Parable

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package.  The mouse was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house."

The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry Mr.. Mouse. There is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow.  The cow said, "Wow, Mr.. Mouse. I'm sorry for you.  But it's no skin off my nose."

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.  The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a poisonous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife.  The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.  Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well.  She died, and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Read Philippians 4:1 - 2.

The two women were fighting about something.  Paul did not say which woman was right and which one was wrong.  He merely told them to get along.

Read Philippians 4:3 - 9.  Paul gave three ways to get over fighting:

  • Don't fight -- rejoice in the Lord.

  • Don't fight -- don't even be worried about the problem.  Instead, pray and peace will come to you.

  • Don't fight -- Find the best in others.  Think about the good and positive things. 

PRAYER  (Pray in partners or small groups)