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RESPOND: What happened to the fig tree?

Set aside 5-10 minutes this week to read the gospel story aloud with your children. Take a moment to think about how you might like to respond to the gospel while you read it and immediately after. You could paint or draw, sculpt something out of clay or playdough, maybe even make up a dance or a song. Its completely up to you. Just see how the gospel moves you this week!

Luke 13:1-9

Jesus about some people who had been hurt. He asked his disciples if these people were bad people because this happened to them. Then he answered his own question: "No, they weren't, but we still need to change our ways so we don't end up like them. And there were people who were hurt because a tower of bricks fell on them. Did that happen because they were sinful?" Jesus asked. "No. It doesn't work like that. But pay attention and turn your lives around for the good anyway.

Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" (Adapted from God's Word, My Voice translation)

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