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Day 58

Well It's December1 and I hope you all had a nice Holiday. Grandma is going to start wth the dancing today Do today's calendar of Book (1) and then slip in a finish the rest of the last 1700 history in the history book and a little more from the colonial cookbook. Then we will go in to the Youth Bible.
I hope everyone has gotten their tasks done for the day, done some Childrobotics and are ready to dance because Grandma is giving you Lesson 28 with the element: gestures and using the helper: please, no from the author, Mary Joyce's last outline given to you last week. If you are still following the dancing from the video's, juat pick this up as you go.
This is what the author, Mary Joyce, writes, "Say to me with your body, "Hi!" Instead of saying hi with just one hand, say it with both. Now do it and change your level. Now turn as you make the gesture. Now turn and change your level. Make the gesture and add a step so that you move through space. Now make it huge, exaggerate it. Change your direction as you do it. Say it to all four walls.
Now say to me, with your body, "Oh, oh, oh, oooooh, I have an awful pain!" Make sure I see where that pain is. Go. Now make that gesture and change your level. Go. Turn it. Move it through space. Show me pain with a stretch. Bend. Twist. Sway. Swing. Jump. Hop. Make it bigger. Make it slower. Faster. Do it with the other side of your body. Make it small. I will play ten beats on the drum.While I'm playing those beats, dance that pain in as many ways as you can. Go. One(count through), ten. (Try"I like you," "I don't care," "I hate you," "I smell something," "Go sway." See how many other gestures you and your children can think of.)
Say to me with your body, not your voice, "please." Say it another way. How many ways can you say it with your voice? Try some of those with your body. Please. Please. Please.
Now say, "no, absolutely not!" (Repeat severl times.) Get partners. One of you is the son or daughter, and one of you is the mother or father. The child says please as many ways as possible to get what he or she wants. The parent keeps saying no. How many ways can you say no? Do as many moves as you can think of. Move through space. Follow your parent around the house if you have to. And let me know at the end, by your movement, who wins! Practice a minute or two, and then we'll watch these duets based on gesture.
Goals for evaluation: In the duets, watch whether the children can relate to another dancer with honesty.
Get your calendars ready because we are starting December and you know how busy a month and fun it can get. We will be covering lots of little reading books, probably some more hand song for the younger. Do math on trees, christmas bulbs, in wreaths, on angels, in packages, on santas, sleighs, and reindeer, elves, toys, etc. Also do problem solving with them. For geometry and stronger math try one with different ornaments. I will be giving out some problems also to do.
In history we will go back into Book (57) history and the government. With our History book we will go to the Civil War and use what Grandma has collected from Book 1. Thanks to my sister, I believe I will start a seperate blog just to give an outline of various books that Grandma has used and uses.
Be sure to study any new vocabulary or words you have recorded from books you have read seperate from Grandma's. Cover book reports that you can, poems, research papers, and divisions of the parts of a story you may be covering. If you have not yet, start learning the parts of sentences, papers, etc. Be sure to keep up with your jounals, newspapers, and yearbooks.
There is a lot of extra daily stuff marked in December days, but not a lot monthly or weekly. However the third week in December is French Conversation Week. Therefore challenge each other in looking for French words in our English-language. You can use dictionaries and word-orgin books or ask friends or family members for ideas. Develope and post a list. We will try to gather a basic conversational vocabulary. Try to divide the lists in categories of ---breakfast, lunch, dinner, homework, sports, dress, movies, family, seasons. Use illustrations if can or if necessary. Also label classroom items with French.
At the end of the month, turn your home into a French cafe, complete with French music. Make French toast, potage parmentier(potato soup), or moose au chacolat(chocolate mousse) with your children.
The Monthlong Observances are Bingo Month so be sure to play a little of that. Good Neighbor Month and I am sure you will handle that.
The Weeklong Events are: Aardvark Week(first full week)-so draw them read aout them, watch movies and videos about them. I will try to pull one from you tube for you. Human Rights Week (includes Dec 10 through Dec. 15 including Dec. 15)
International Language Week is (Dec. 15-21) We will be covering other countries as well as
French in the French Conversation Week we just talked about as the (third week)
Special Days and Celebrations include Hanukkah(8 days, usually in Dec.)
First day of winter(Dec.21 or 22)
Halcyon Days(7 days before and 7 days after the winter solstice)
Christmas (Dec. 25)
Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
Special day events of December 1 are Computer Security Day and World Aids Day
Considering we will be studing about the Civil War I am going to make a notation here in 1955 of an event in Montgomer, Alabama in which Rosa Parks was arrested whn she refused to give up her bus seat to a whiteman. The incident helped spark the civil rights movement. Book (1)  explains that "black bus passengers were required by law to give up their seats and move to the back of the bus if white passengers wanted a seat. When Rosa Parks refused to do this, she was arrested, jailed, and fined. The incident led to a prolonged boycott of city busses and ultimately to a Supreme Court decision declaring racial segragation on buses unconstitutional." Have your children write a journal entry about standing up for what is right; and discuss it as a family. "What might the consequences be if the stand is unpopular? Could friendships be lost? In what ways could life be more difficult? " as Book (1) points out as more questions. Some of you might be able to draw on personal experience or grandparents even.
Birthdays for this day include Minoru Yamassaki, American architect who designed the World Trade Center in New York City----that is the old one. A project might be to find out who has designed the new one and if you have not seen pictures of be sure to look for some. Grandma will try also. Saudia Arabia was so pleased with Minoru Yamassaki work on the Dhahran Air Terminal in Saudi Arabia that they placed a picture of it on the Nation's currency.
Another Birthday to be honored is that of Woody Allen, American actor, writer, and director. Grandma will try to find something on him also.
In 1949 Jan Brett, children's author and illustrator was born. Grandma has one of her books and they are beautiful if you do not know. Try to get one for your children and you to enjoy for the month.
Next we will move to our History book in which we are learning about the Constitution in the beginning of our new nation. The people figured out that the Articles of Confederation created a very week government and needed some changes in the 1780's.
The Constitutional Convention
55 of the delegates met in Philadelphia to correct the problem in May 1787. When they realized the Articles of Confederation had too many problems, they decided to write the United States Constitution in place of it. Those are the laws that govern us today. These meetings were called the Constitutional Convention. The history book states " All delegates agreed that George Washington should be president of the Convention. At the age of 81, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate.  James Madison of Virginia came to the Convention with more ideas for planning the new government than any other person.
The delegates wanted secrecy during their meetings so they could speak and argue freely. Since they did not want anyone outside the Convention to learn what was said, they kept all doors and windows closed each day. Delegates were not allowed to speak to newspaper reporters.
All of the delegates agreed that the United States should have a representative government. To plan the Constitution, the delegates used ideas that they had learned about earlier governments. The delegates wanted the United States government to be a democracy. They had learned about democracy by studying the government of ancient Athens. All citizens in ancient Athens could vote and help write new laws. The delegates knew that representative government had first started in England with the Magna Carta and had grown stronger as Parliament gained more power. Finally the delegates had learned Jewish and Christian values about kindness, fairness, and responsibility by studying the Bible.
Compromises of the Constitution
The delegates to the convention agreed that the new government should have a Congress to make laws. Each state would send representatives to the Congress. But the delegates could not agree on how many representatives each state should have. States with large populations like Virginia wanted more representatives than the smaller states. The small states wanted every state to have the same number of representatives.
The problem was solved because the delegates agreed to the first of several compromises. The Great Compromise created a Congress with two parts. One part, the Senate, would have two senators from each state. All states would have equal representation in the Senate. The other part, the House of Representatives, would have more representatives from states with larger populations. States with smaller populations would have fewer representatives.
The delegates also made two compromises about slavery. One compromise allowed the slave trade to continue until 1808. After that year Congress could pass laws to end the slave trade. The other compromise known as theThree-fifths Compromise, solved the problem about how to count slaves for taxes and for representation in Congress. Delegates from northern states, which did not have a lot of slaves, said that slaves should not be counted for representation since they could not vote. Southern delegates wanted to count slaves because there were many slaves in the South. If slaves were counted, the southern states would have more representatives in Congress. The delegates compromised by allowing three fifths of the number of slaves to be counted as part of each state's population.
Principles of the Constitution
The Constitution begins with a paragraph called the Preamble. This paragraph states the goals of the Constitution. These goals focus on the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Justice, peace, safety, and freedom are the goals of the nation's government. Then the Constitution explains how the government works."
The book goes on with "The delegates included six important principles, or ideas, in the Constitution.They used these six principles to create a government that would be a democracy and a representative government. These principles would protect the rights of the people. The first words of the Constitution. "We the people of the United States...," show that it is the American people who decide what the government will do.
The second principle is federalism. This means power is shared between the state governments and the federal, or central, government. (Below is a chart showing how it works.)
                                        Federalism: Shared Powers
         Federal                                                                                                  State
      Government                                                                                          Governments
-control foreign trade                 Shared Powers                                    -make education laws
-declare war                           -collect taxes                                         -create local governemts
-make peace treaties              -punish crimes                                       -control business within the
-control trade between            -hold elections                                              state
       states                            -have courts                                           -make marriage laws
-create post offices                 -borrow money                                       -issue drivers licenses
"Both can collect taxes. While power is shared, each government also has certain powers that the other does not. The federal government can print money, but only the state governments can pass education laws.
If power is shared, what happens when federal and state laws disagree? The delegates decided that the Constitution is the nation's highest law. So all federal and state laws must obey the Constitution. Likewise, all federal laws must be obeyed over state laws.
Third, the delegates believed in limited government. This means that the federal government only has the powers that are written in the Constitution.
The fourth principle is the separation of powers. This means the powers of the government are divided among three branches of government. Dividing power prevents one part of the government from becoming too powerful Montesquieeu, a well-known French thinker during the Enlightenment, developed the idea of the three branches of government. The legislative branch is led by Congress, which makes laws. The executive branch carries out the laws passed by Congress, The executive branch is led by the President and the Vice President. The judicial branch of the government includes the federal court system. The Supreme Court is the nation's highest court.
The fifth principle uses checks and balances to stop one branch of government from gaining too much power over the other branches. For example, the President has the power to choose judges for federal courts, but the Senate must vote to approve each of these judges.
The sixth principle is flexibility. The Constitution must meet the needs of a changing nation. The Elastic Clause of the Constitution allows Congress to pass new laws to carry out its powers. The Constitution also allows new laws called amendments to be added to the original Constitution. An amendment can be added if two thirds of the members in both houses of Congress vote for it. Then three fourths of the state governments must vote for it. Twenty-seven amendments have been added to the Constitution. 
                                                     Ratifying the Constitution
The delegates at the Constitutional Convention worked hard throughout the long hot summer of 1787. By September they had finished this difficult job. On September 17, 1787, most delegates voted to accept the Constitution. Nine of the thirteen states had to ratify the Constitution in order for it to become the law of the land.
Not all of the delegates were happy with the Constitution. Many delegates feared the federal government would become too strong and would take away the rights of the people. These delegates believed that the new Constitution needed a Bill of Rights similar to the English Bill of Rights. The delegates decided that a Bill of Rights would soon be added to the Constitution.
Before long there were arguments about the Constitution between two groups of people, the Federalists and the Antifederalists. The Federalists supported the Constitution. James madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton became the most famous Federalists. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin also supported the Constitution. Many Federalists were traders, business owners, or planters. These wealthy people believed a strong central government would protect the nation and its businesses.
The Antifederalists were led by Patrick Henry and Sam adams. They believed that a strong central government would destroy the rights of the people. They felt state governments needed more power. They were afraid that the President of the United States would act like the king they hated, George III.
By June 1788 nine states had ratified the Constitution. But the Federalists wanted the largest states, New York and Virginia, to ratify it, too. So James Madison and George Washington convinced Virginians to vote for it. In New York, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote many newspaper articles called the "Federalist Papers." These articles explained how the new Constitution would help the nation. Finally New York became the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution.
                                                 The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights are laws that protect important rights for every American. These laws, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, were ratified in 1791.
The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights says that the government cannot take away your rights to religious freedom, freedom of speech, or freedom of the prss. It says people have the right to gather in groups. The First Amendment says there must be a separation of church and state. This means the government cannot pass laws about religion. Tax money cannot be used to help churches or religious schools. You do not have to belong to a church in order to have the right to vote.
Another amendment says that accused people have the riht to a fair, speedy trial. Still another amendment says your property cannot be searched without permission from a judge.
Since 1791 the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been the laws of the United States. For more than 200 years, those laws have allowed our nation to be a democracy where the rights of all people are respected."
                                               Biography Ouline of
                                           James Madison 1751-1836
I. called the "Great Little Madison" by his friends
   A. weighed less than one hundred pounds and was very short.
   B. did more to create the Constitution than any other American.
II. came from Virginia and wrote a constitution for that state
III. When saw the problems, he began to study other types of governments.
IV. Believed in a strong central government was needed to prevent problems like Shays's Rebellion
V.  When called as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention he already had written his own plan for a consttution.
     A. known as the Virginia Plan
     B. included checks and balances, separation of powers, and sharing power between state and federal governments.
VI. Most his ideas became part of the Constitution
VII. To convince delegates to sign the Constitution, Madison made more than 100 speeches.
VIII. To get states to ratify the Constitution, he wrote the "Federalist Papers" with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay
       A. put into a book
       B. most important books ever written about governmemt
IX. Wrote the Bill of Rights
X. Wrote down everything that was said each day at the Constitutional Convention. Since all mettings were held secrecy, it is from Madison's journal that we know what happened there.
XI. became the fourth President of the United States.
XII. best known as the "Father of the Constitution"
Review Excersizes
"Chapter 9 Main Ideas
"-The Articles of Confederation were the first set of laws for the United States.
-The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 divided the Northwest Territory into five territories. These territories became five new states in the United States.
-In May 1787, 55 delegates met in Philadelphia and wrote a new Constitution.
-Antifederalists and Federalists argued over the Constituion, which was ratified in 1788.
-Six principles of the Constitution are popular sovereignty, federalism, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and flexibility.
-The first ten amendments of the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. They protect the individual rights and freedoms of Americans."
Finish the Sentence-Choose one of the words or phrases from the side to complete each sentence. You will not use all the words.
"1. New laws that are added to the Constitution are called
________________________________.                                                          principle
2. A________________________________is an important basic belief.              federal
3. Saring power between the state governments and the national           checks and balances
    government is called __________________________________,                  flexibility
4. Being able to change in order to meet new conditions is called                        ratify
5. The ___________________________________branch of government
is based in Washington, DC.
6. To ____________________________is to approve.
7. The principle that allows the branches of government to limit
each other's powers is called________________________________."
Using Information
Journal Writing-Write a paragraph in your journal that explains why you would have voted for
or against the Constitution.
Comprehension Check
Reviewing Important Facts-Match the sentence in Group A with the word or phrase from Group B
that the sentence explains. You will not use all the words in Group B.
                               "Group A                                                                     Group B
_________ 1. The Second Continental Congress
                     created this plan for governing                                 A. Constitution
                     the country.
                                                                                                 B. Great Compromise
_________ 2. This law helped the United States
                     govern the land between the Ohio and                     C. Articles of
                     Mississippi rivers and the Great Lakes                         Confederation
_________ 3. This plan gave each state two members                   D. executive branch
                     in the Senate and representation in the
                     House of Representatives based on each                 E. Northwest Ordinance
                     state's population.
                                                                                                 F. Three-fifths
_________4. This is the highest law in the United States.                    Compromise
_________ 5. The President leads this branch of government.        G. legislative branch
_________ 6. This branch of government passes bills."
Critical Thinking
Categories-Read the words in each group. Write a title for each group on the lines above each
group. You may use the words in the box for all or part of each title.
       " Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation                      Goals of the Constitution
                           Parts of the Costitution            Principles of the Constitution
1.____________________________________       3. ________________________________
    no President to lead the nation                                  Preamble
    Congress could not raise an army                             articles
    Congress could not collect taxes                              amendments
2. ____________________________________       4. _______________________________
            Peace                                                              federalism
            freedom                                                            flexibility
           justice and safety                                               checks and balances" 
Unit 2 Review
Based on the folowing time line fill in the blanks of the paragraph with information below. One group of words is not used..
                                       " 1765               1775             1777                  1787         1791
                                    The British       The American   Americans            The     The Bill of
                                     pass the           Revolution      win the Battle  constitution Rights
                                    Stamp Act.           begins.          of Saratoga.     is written.   is ratified.
       1651            1754                                       1776                 1781             1788
  The British     The French                      The Declaration         The British    The Constitution
   pass first       and Indian                        of Independence     surrender at        is ratified.
Navigation Act. War begins.                          is signed.           Yorktown.
                           1754                       Navigation Acts                               Saratogo
                Harvard College                         branches                      Great Compromise
                     triangular               American Revolution                     July 4, 1776
                Great Britain                       Treaty of Paris                     Stamp Act
                    Yorktown                     Philladelphia                           Bill of Rights
Starting in 1651, the British passed______________________________to control trade
with the American colonies. The colonies developed______________________trade
routes in order to trade with many nations. Starting in__________________________,
Great Britain and France fought to win control of the Ohio Valley. After France lost
the French and Indian War, ____________________ruled all of Canada, the Ohio
Valley, and the colonies along the Atlantic Ocean. To raise money to help pay for the
war, Parliament passed new tax laws. One of the new laws passed was the
_________________________, a tax law that required colonists to buy stamps for newspapers,
letters, and printed papers. American colonists were angry about the new tax laws.
The ________________________________began in April 1775 with battles at Lexington
and Concord. On ___________________________________, Americans used the Declaration
of Independence to tell the world the colonies were an independent nation. The turning
point of the war was the Americans agreed to peace when they signed the
________________________________ in 1783.
Delegates met in _______________________________to write the Constitution. To prevent
The federal government from becoming too powerful, they divided power between three
________________________of government. The_________________________solved the
problem of representation in Congress. A___________________________ was added to
the constitution in 1791. The Constitution has governed the United States for more than
200 years." 
In the Bible today we will try to cover 16 chapters of the Psalms and 2 Samuel.
The eight Psalms David writes is when he feels alone and evil armies seem to be gone and then he is scared and lonely. He does not hear God talking to him and he is searching for the comfort of his voice. Faith Alive writes in Words to Remember 16:10 "You will not abandon me to the grove." Faith Alive writes in "Life In Bible Times-What God is Like-psalm 17:13 says God is like a warrior who comes to our rescue. When others threaten us and we feel helpless, It is good to remember that God is on our side.
2 Samuel starts with questions:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? We do not know who wrote 2 Samuel. It is undoubtedly the same person who wrote 1 Samuel, because the two were originally one book.
When...did this happen? Events in this book happened between 1010 and 970 BC
Where...did this happen? These events took place in Israel.
How...does 2 Samuel show us God's love? After firmly establishing David on the throne of Israel, God announces that he will continue David's royal line forever. This by Jesus, the Son of David and King of kings who does rule forever. We are each citizens of his eternal kingdom by believing in him.
What...special messages does thos book give us?
David was to be a model(though imperfect) of how Jesus Christ would rule his people. Only Christ himself is the perfect ruler over us. Usually David was a faithful king, but he did fall deeply into sin and was confronted with his errors. He was led to repentace and forgiveness.
       ....action happens in this book? David becomes king of Judah and then all Israel. During his forty-year reign, enemies are defeated and Israel becomes a great nation.
        ...important people do we meet? David, as king, is the central character of this book.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
          David conquers Jerusalem                                                   2 Samuel 5-6
          David helps Mephibosheth                                                     2 Samuel 9
          David sins with Bathsheba                                                 2 Samuel 11-12
          Absalom leads a rebellion                                                  2 Samuel 15-18
In chapter 1 David hears of Saul's Death and he Laments which might be part of the Psalms we looked at and possibly read. Faith Alive says in "Did You Know?2:4 Did David become king immediaately after Saul died? Yes and no. David's own tribe of Judah proclaimed him king almost at once. He ruled Judah in the town of Hebron. But the rest of Israel did not receive David as king until after a seven-year civil war against saul's family."
Faith Alive also states in "Did You Know?1:17-What is a lament? A lament is a sad song. The tune of a lament is very sad, and the words tell why the person singing it feels bad. David wrote this lament to help Israel remember the good things about Saul and Jonathan.        
Faith Alive talks about the Cvil War in "Let's Live It! 2 Samuel 2:8-3:1 Civil War--One of the saddest chapters in U. S. History is the Civil War. You've probably read about Grant and Lee and Bull Run and Gettysburg, right? Men from the same country, North and South, even brother against brother, fought and killed each other.
Israel fought a civil war, too. All the tribes of Israel wee one nation. They were even family, all descended from Abraham. But after King Saul died, they went to war against each other. David, the tribe of Judah, and their followers fought with Ish-Bosheth)one of Saul's sons), the tribe of Benjamin, and their allies.
Shortly before the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln warned, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." When a nation--or family--fights with itself, everyone is hurt badly.
It is always sin that causes fights. Jesus, though, brings peace to nations and families. Read Ephesians 2:14-22. By dying for our sins, Jesus gives us peace with God  and with one another. Since he's forgiven us we can forgive each other. When could Jesus' forgiveness prevent a "civil war" in your family?"
Faith Alive talks about chapter 3 in "Did You Know? 3:17 Who was Abner? Abner was Saul's general. He helped Saul's son Ish-Bosheth become king of tn of Israel's twelve tribes. He helped Is-Bosheth fight against David, who was king of the other two tribes. When Abner became angry at Ish-Bosheth, he decided to help. David be king of all twelve tribes." Then in 3:30 Who was Joab? Joab was David's general When Abner, Saul's old general came over to David's side, Joab murdered him. Joab did this because Abner had killed Joab's brother in a battle, and also because he was jealous and afraid Abner might become David's general." Then chapter 4 makes a change for David. Faith Alive says in "Did You KNow? 4:11 How did David reward the men who killed Saul's son Ish-Bosheth? David didn't reward them. He had them killed. The death of Ish-Bosheth meant David would become king of all Israel. But it was wicked for the men to murder Ish-Bosheth. David never rewarded anyone for doing wicked things.
In chapter 5 David becomes King of Israel and conquers Jerusalem. Faith Alive says in "Life In Bible Times-The City of Dav--David caaptured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites and made it his capital. Only about 3,500 people lived there when he captured it. In the Bible, Jerusalem is often referred to as Zion." then he defeats the Philistines. In chapter 6 he asks for the Ark to be Brought to Jerusalem. Faith Alive says, "Let's live it!-2 Samuel 6:1-11--Respect for God--David wanted to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. This special box served as God's throne and was the most holy object in Israel. This story tells something that happened that made David afraid and angry. Read 2 Samuel 6:1-11. Why was Uzzah(Uh-zuh) killed? God's law said the ark was to be carried very carefully on poles and that no one could touch it. People were to show respect for God by doing exactly what God said, not by doing what they thought would be all right. Later David had men carry the ark to Jerusalem exactly the way God asked. The story of Uzzah reminds us to show respect for God, because God is very great. We show respect for God as David finally did, by carefully obeying him."
In chapter 7 God makes a promise to David amd David is full of Prayer. Faith Alive explains in "Let's Live It! 2 Samuel 7:1-16-Loved Forever--Read 2 Samuel 7:15-16. God promised that David's house (family) and kingdom would continue forever--meaning Jesus would come from David's family and rule eternally.
Through Jesus, God loves us forever. To remind you of that, cut a strip of paper that is one inch by eleven inches. Twist the paper strip one time. Tape the ends together. Start drawing a line on the inside of the strip. Keep turning the strip, but do not lift your pen from the paper. You'll find you've made a line on both sides of the strip without ever taking the pen off the paper!
Keep this as a reminder that God will never take his love away from you You are marked as someone God loves forever."
In capter 8 David becomes victorious and his kingdom  grows. Faith Alive explains it in "Did You Know? 8:14 How large did David's Kingdom become? By modern standards, David's empire was not huge. It was roughly 500 miles north to south and 100 miles east to west (about the area of a mid-size sate in the U.S.) Still, it was one of the largest empires of its day, and it included all the land God had promised his people.
The Faith Alive explains chapter 9 in "Let's Live It! 2 Samuel 9:1-13--Showing Kindness--Read 2 Samuel 9:1, 12-13. Mephibosheth(Meh-FIB-o-sheth) was crippled in both feet. Why did David show him kindness? How did David show him kindness?
People who have disabilities or who are sick or sho have unique problems also have a special need for kindness. They need friends who will spend time with them and talk to them. If you know any people who have a special need, like Mephibosheth, You can be like David and show kindness. How? here are some ideas. Send him a card, Take a game to play at her house or listen to music together. (Bring friends along!) Talk to him when others ignore him. Call her regularly on the phone. Take her to Sunday school. Help him with missed school work. Pray for him or her every day."
As David Defeats the Ammonites in chapter 10 Faith Alive leaves this thought in "Word to remember 10:12 The Lord will do what is good in his sight."
Faith Alive has plenty to say about David's sin with Bathseeba. "did You Know? 11:27 Did David ever sin? Yes 2 Samuel 11 tells about a terrible sin of David. But David confessed his sin, and God forgave him. You can read about David's confession in 2 Samuel 12 and Psalm 51."
"Let's Live It!  2 Samuel 12:1-14-Forgiven!--Even people who love God, as King David did, sin, Often sin leaves an awful feeling--guilt. We know we've hurt God and other people. We feel terrible! Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14. How did David feel when he realized his sin?
God has a wonderful remedy for guilt, called absolution. Because Jesus died on the cross. God removes our sin and guilt. Nathan announced God's forgiveness to David. Your pastor declares God's absolution for the congregation. (Listen for it Sunday.) Because we know God's forgiveness, we forgive others. (See Colossians 3:13.) Life can be happier if we learn to say to each other: "I'm sorry" and "I forgive you." Practice it with your family."
"Life In Bible Times-Fasting and Prayer--Old Testament people sometimes wore old, rough clothes when they prayed and would not eat food. This was to show they were very sorry for sins or that they desperately wanted God's help. David fasted, which means going without food, while he prayed for his sick son." Then David had a second son by Bathsheba. Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel."
In the next few chapters, one sone of David rapes his sister and her brother ends up killing him and fleeing the city. Faith Alive has this to say, "Did You Know? 13:21 Was David a good father/ David was a great soldier and a great king  but not a very good father. He did not discipline his children as he should have. Even worse, he was not quick to tell his children he forgave them. 2 Samuel 12-18 shows the results." Did You Know? 13:38 Who was Absalom? Absalom was a handsome son of David. But Absalom killed one of his brothers and ran away. David would not punish Absalom or forgive him. Later Absalom led a rebellion against his father, and many people were killed." Let's Live It! 2 Samuel 16:21-22 The Sixth Commandment--"You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14 A happy life begins with a happy home. God knew that. That's why he gave us the Sixth Commandment.
David's later life wasn't very happy, and his biggest problems were at home. It all started when he ignored the Sixth Commandment. Look back at 2 Samuel 11:1-4. What did David do wrong?
People often think sex outside of marriage can be simple, safe, no strings attached. Not so. The following passages tell some of the results of David's disobedience: 2 Samuel 11:5, 14-17; 12:14. And there was more calamity (12:11) to follow. Read about it in 2 Sanyek 16:21-22, Talk to your parents or pastor about this subject. Talk about other consequences that can come from misusing God's gift of sex. Home--and life--can't possibly be as happy when we don't keep it pure. Martin Luther has the right idea. "We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.""
In chapter 18 Absalom dies and in 19 David morns for him. He takes twelve concumbine but never sleeps with them. Later her returns to Jerusalem. He fights a few battles but the rest of his life he spends praising God..
Faith Alive says in "Life In Bible Times- The City Gate-Doors, or gates, in the walls of a city were very heavy. Some were made of stone several inches thick and were as much as ten feet tall. Others were made of thick wood strengthened with strips of Iron, In Judges 16 you can read about a strong man who carried a city gate thirty miles!"
Faith Alive also points this out: "Life In Bible Times- Attacking a Walled city-When attacking a walled city, ancient armies built siege ramps by piling dirt and stones up against one wall. Soldiers climbed up the ramp and used heavy logs to knock the upper walls apart. The walls of Ancient cities were thinner and weaker at the top."
Then Faith Alive says this: "Did you know? 21:1 Who were the Gibeonites? The Gibeonites were Canaanites who had tricked Joshua into making a treaty of peace (see Joshua 9). King Saul broke that treaty and tried to wipe out the Gibeonites. 2 Samuel 21 tells what David did to satisfy the Gibeonites fpr Saul's sin against them."
Then in chapter 22 Faith Alive says, "Did You Know?  22:1 What is another name for a song of praise?
A son of praise can also be called a psalms in our Bible. His most famous psalm is Psalm 23, where he says "The Lord is my shepherd."
Faith Alive says also in "Let's Live It! 2 Samuel 22:47-51 Praise Poems--@ Samuel 22 is one of the many psalms (poems)David wrote to praise God. In it, David lists many good things God has done for him. Then he praises and thanks God for them.
You can write a praise poem, too. Your poem could have five verses instead of fifty. Poems in David's day didn't rhyme, so you may choose to have your poem to rhyme or not. Use 2 Samuel 22:47-51 as an example.
 Have verse 1 of your poem praise God.
Have verses 2 and 3 tell something God does for you.
  Have verse 4 tell how you will praise God.
  Have verse 5 tell something else God does for you."
Faith Alive says in chapter 23 "Did You Know? 23:8 What were David's mighty Men?--David's mighty men were war heroes. Each of the mighty men was a famous fighter who had won some great victory over Israel's enemies. Some of these heroes and their acts are highlighted in 2 Samuel 23."
In chapter 24 Faith Alive has this to say," Did You Know?   24:3 Why was it wrong for David to count his army? The Bible does not say why. Many think that this was a sign of pride in how large David's army had grown. Others think David began to rely on military might instead of on the Lord. But even Joab knew it was wrong and tried to keep David from ordering the census."
Faith Alive's last words are in, "Let's Live It!  2Samuel 24:25 Quite a Life!--The end of 2 Samuel brings us verynearly to the end of David's life. Quite a story! Quite a life he had! Plenty of examples for us to follow--and some to avoid!"
Then Faith Alive tells about putting David's life on a time line. However you should be doing that anyway along with the other leaders we have read about in the Bible. Faith Alive wants us to remember that "David's whole life was to point to the Son of David to be born almost a thousand years later in Bethlehem. and that son of David, our Savior Jesus, leads us on to our future life in heaven."

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