Often, after teaching a parable Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” In other words, “This is important, so you better listen up.” Designed for families, this thirteen-week devotional offers parents and children an opportunity to “listen up” to Jesus and learn the biblical truths his stories were meant to convey.
“Jesus knew the importance of storytelling, and used the parables to capture the attention of his audience and teach them the gospel,” says Machowski. “Today we get to teach these same stories, and the meaning behind their symbolism, to our children. Captivated by these simple yet exciting stories, using everyday objects and activities like treasure, hiding in a field, a precious pearl, and a house built on a rock to withstand the storm, our children won’t easily forget the stories Listen Up introduces to them.”
A Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years, Machowski is also the author of numerous other resources for children and families, including the Gospel Story for Kids series. In his newest devotional, children will be captivated by the easy-to-understand stories that Jesus himself used to tell the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Also available is Listen Up: Jesus’s Parables for Sunday School (12-Week Children’s Curriculum and Listen Up Music Album.)
Author, Nancy Guthrie says, “Marty is a parent’s best friend when it comes to figuring out how to creatively and competently do what we really want to do, which is talk with our kids about what matters most—the word of God.” John Frame says, “I would not want to return to my child-rearing years, but if I did, I’d certainly want to take “Listen Up” with me. It is a book of family devotions, written in a lively, vivid style. It presents an accurate account of Jesus’ parables and applies them well to the lives of every participant. Machowski includes excellent suggestions for object lessons, group activities, prayer, and “going deeper,” while keeping the actual meetings under ten minutes! I can’t imagine that anyone would follow the book’s directions without becoming a better disciple of Jesus.”
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