Jungle Jam and Friends, Chapter Books: The Monkey Who Cried Walrus!
By Fancy Monkey Studios
This book has two chapter books inside. In The Monkey Who Cried "Walrus!", it is the hottest day of the year and the Jungle Jam gang has only one thing on their minds: ice pops. The only problem is Millard the monkey has eaten them all! Or has he? Warm up to this cool story about not judging others from Proverbs 17:15.
And in Time to Watch the Clock, Millard volunteers to deliver a clock to Nozzles the elephant - and time may never be the same. At least for that clock. It's a minute-by-minute lesson in responsibility for our favorite monkey from Luke 16:10. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sermon on the Mount: Don't Judge
Matthew 7:1-5 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured unto you. And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me cast out the mote out of your eye; and lo, the beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye.In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught that we shouldn't worry about what others do or don't do. Instead, we should make sure we are doing what is right. In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus shows that we often make a big deal about other peoples' faults. Meanwhile we often overlook our own faults. He says it's like trying to get a speck of dust out of our friend's eye, while we have a huge stick in our own eye. First we should take care of our own problems and faults, before we tell others how to fix theirs.
What kinds of things could he be talking about? We often can see faults in others and not see them in ourselves. It's easy to spot someone else when they are being selfish, proud, mean, unforgiving, or dishonest. It's harder to notice when we are acting that way.
James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: for he beholds himself, and goes away, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But he that looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continues, being not a hearer that forgets but a doer that works, this man shall be blessed in his doing.How are we supposed to judge our own behavior when we rationalize, or excuse, what we do? Paul says that we have a mirror we can look into - the Bible. We can compare how Jesus acted, or how the Bible says to act, to our own behavior. What would Jesus do in this situation? What would He have said? What does the Bible say about ... ? Remember, each of us has to answer to God - not each other.
Does not judging mean we can't tell others if they are sinning? No. Jesus frequently taught people right from wrong, based on God's Word. But we should worry most about ourselves and help others overcome sin in their lives, rather than seeking to find faults in others' lives.
SING: This Little Christian Light of Mine
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