January DBR

Daily Bible Reading (DBR) prepares children for what they will learn on Sunday. Your child will discover new and amazing things about God, Jesus and the Bible! Encourage your child to have a journal and write what they learn each day. Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Or encourage them to do so independently.

Jesus, The Teacher

With many different theories about who Jesus was, it can be easy to misrepresent our Savior. He is not just a prophet; He is not a priest as we know them; He is not simply a good teacher. He is all of those things and more—He is God!

This month’s Daily Bible Reading is designed to teach kids that Jesus’ teachings can be trusted. Through narratives of Jesus’ time on earth and His teachings, you can help kids understand that they can listen to Jesus’ words and follow His example. Jesus is unlike any other teacher because He is God in the flesh.

The world tries to portray Jesus as just a teacher who said some good things. Use Daily Bible Reading to remind kids that Jesus, as God’s Son, is the source of all knowledge.

Use the following link for previous Daily Bible Reading Plans and Posts.


Countdown to Christmas – Day 25

December 25
{ Christmas Day }

Read Together

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
I have always loved you. Jeremiah 31:3

Discuss Together

Today is Christmas! Twenty-five days have passed since we began Countdown to Christmas. We have seen how God kept his promise to send his Son to earth. We will learn that Baby Jesus grew, and He became great. He showed God’s love to all people. When people ask you what gifts you got at Christmas, you may think of many things. But toys and clothes are not the most important gifts. The best gift at Christmas is Jesus! God sent Jesus for YOU!

When Mary held Jesus in her arms, she knew he was wonderful. When we read about Jesus in the Bible, we know that he is wonderful. When we hear about Jesus at church, we know that he is wonderful. We know that Jesus loves us. And that is wonderful!

Do Together

  • Celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a special breakfast or a birthday cake.
  • Before you open Christmas presents, read Luke 2:1-20 with your family.
  • Mary held Jesus in her arms. For a child to flourish, he needs 12 loving touches per day. Spend some time today just holding your kids and thanking God for having them to celebrate Christmas with!

This Christmas, you have started a new spiritual discipline with your family.  You’re putting Deuteronomy 6:5-9 into action.  As you move into the New Year, commit to leading your family in devotion time.  The following resources are great tools to get started:

  • Daily Bible Reading Daily Bible Reading Plans are for your family to do together and prepare children for what they will learn in Life Groups on Sunday.  Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Sheets are emailed weekly, sent home after church, and posted online at champioforest.org/dailybiblereading.
  • Purchase a family devotional for Christmas.

Pray Together

Thank you God for sending your only son. I pray that ______________ will believe in you and have eternal life. John 3:16


Countdown to Christmas – Day 24

December 24
{1 Day until Christmas}

Read Together

And His Name will be called, Immanuel, God with us. Isaiah 7:14

Discuss Together

Isaiah, writing about the promised child many years before His birth, said that His Name will be called Immanuel, Hebrew for “God with us.” The Bible also says that God became flesh and lived (as a resident) among us, in our neighborhood. Joy Williams is a songwriter who wrote a song called, “Here with Us.” Some of the words are: “It’s still a mystery to me that the hands of God could be so small. How tiny fingers reaching in the night were the very hands that measured the sky. Hallelujah, hallelujah, Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world! Hallelujah, hallelujah, Son of God, Servant King, You’re here with us. You’re here with us.”

Do Together

  • Attend the Christmas Eve Service at Church
    • Champions: 4:00pm & 6:00pm
    • North Klein: 4:00pm & 6:00pm
    • Conroe: 6:00pm only
    • Jersey Village: 6:00pm only
  • Think about the words, “God with Us.” What do you think that means? What does that mean to you?
  • Design your own Christmas Eve service. Include opportunities for both children and parents to pray, thanking God for Jesus. Include candle lighting, scripture, and song.
  • Use your senses today to enjoy Christmas. Smell the potpourri simmering in your home all day, see the lights on the tree, hear the music playing, feel the warmth of family, and taste the goodies that make life Christmassy.

Pray Together

Thank you, God, that you are always with us. You are God with us. Revelation 21:3


Countdown to Christmas – Day 23

December 23
{2 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother, Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him. Matthew 2:11

Discuss Together

The Wise Men followed the star. They came to Bethlehem. They found Mary and her young son, Jesus. They were happy to find him, at last! The first thing they did was to fall to their knees and worship him. They knew he was a special child. The next thing they did was to give gifts to him, to show their love. The Wise Men brought gold and two good-smelling spices, frankincense, and myrrh, as gifts to Jesus.

Do Together

  • Make Christmas potpourri. Just about any mix of spices will do. Let the kids mix spices together, then scoop a tablespoon into a square of fabric. Tie it up with a Christmas ribbon.
  • Or make mulling spices. Mix equal parts of crushed cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, chopped dried citrus peel, and whole cloves in a small bowl. Package in a zip loc bag to give away. Print these directions on a Christmas card: Simmer on stove 30 minutes before guests arrive.
  • The wise men brought gifts to Jesus. Talk about gifts you have received that are too big to be wrapped! Finish up by wrapping presents together.

Pray Together

I pray that ________________ will be a generous giver. Proverbs 22:9


Countdown to Christmas – Day 22

December 22
{3 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

And the star, which they had seen in the east, went in front of them until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. Matthew 2:9

Discuss Together

It’s easy to get lost when you are visiting a different town. You don’t know the names of streets, you don’t know the landmarks, and everything is new to you. You need a map, or a GPS, to help you find your way. The Wise Men lived far away in the East, miles and miles and miles away from Baby Jesus. They did not know the best way to go to find him. So, God sent a special star to help them find their way. The star was like the first GPS! Without the star, they might have lost their way. But they followed the star, which went ahead of them and finally stopped right above the house where Mary and Joseph were living at the time!

Do Together

  • Star paint, using a star-shaped cookie cutter. Add today’s Bible verse to the picture.
  • Make luminaries and line your sidewalk tonight. Supplies: lunch sacks, sand, votive candles, or tea lights. Do not leave luminaries unattended!
  • Talk about your favorite person or character in the Christmas story and tell everyone why! Is it Joseph, Mary, the angel, the shepherds, the wise men, the baby, the star? Or dress up and act out the story while someone reads Luke 2.
  • The Ursids Meteor Shower peaks tonight. Drive away from the city lights and find a good dark spot for star watching. Find the Little Dipper in the night sky and wait…the meteors originate from this area of the sky.

Pray Together

I pray that _______________ will follow you, Jesus. Matthew 16:24


Countdown to Christmas – Day 21

December 21
{4 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?” For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:1-2

Discuss Together

People were glad that Jesus was born. Mary and Joseph loved their baby. The shepherds came to see him the very night he was born. And in the sky, a bright star was leading other people on a journey from a faraway land, to see Jesus, too. The star was one of the biggest and brightest stars ever seen before! For many years, Wise Men had studied stars in the sky. When they saw this star, they knew that it was a sign from God to them that a king had been born. “Let us go to see this new king”, the Wise Men said. So, they began a long journey and followed the star day after day, until the star finally led them to Bethlehem.

Do Together

  • The wise men followed a bright star in the sky to Jesus’ house. Go on a star search. Hide construction paper stars around the house and let the kids search for them for five minutes. Then count the stars. Whoever finds the most gets to hide them the next time.
  • Go on a journey together. Drive to the country and take turns picking which roads you take. Continue for an hour or so, until everyone has a chance to “map out” the journey and see where you end up. Find a café, eat a piece of homemade pie, and then head home. Discuss going on a journey and not knowing where you were going. How do you think the Wise Men felt, following a star that was leading them to a new King, but not knowing where it was leading them at all?

Pray Together

Pray that our family is aware of Jesus’ presence in our lives, and we can learn to worship Him more each day. “Let my mouth be filled with your praise, talking about how good you are all day long.“ Psalm 71:8


Countdown to Christmas – Day 20

December 20
{5 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19

Discuss Together

Treasure means to keep and value something, to store it away for future use. Treasuring gives us time to think about things all the things God has done. Even in a barn with a newborn baby, and shepherds popping in unexpectedly to interrupt the evening with their tales of armies of angels, Mary took some quiet time to treasure and ponder the day’s events.

Do Together

  • Declare a free evening. Sit by the fire (hopefully) or light a candle, turn out the lights, play some Christmas music, pop some corn, snuggle, and talk by the light of the Christmas tree. Think about Christmas. Are you focusing on Jesus? Are you adoring Him?
  • Make a Christmas “Treasure Chest”. Use a shoebox and decorate it together. Have each person write or draw their favorite Christmas memories on notecards and put them in the box. Each night, pull out several cards and read them out loud together. Talk about what made these Christmas memories special. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
  • Take a family Christmas picture. Be creative! Remember, pictures don’t always have to show your faces!

Pray Together

I pray the words of our mouths and the meditations of our heart will be pleasing to you. Psalm 19:14


Countdown to Christmas – Day 19

December 19
{6 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

They told everyone what had been said to them about the little child. And all who heard it were amazed (wondered) at the things told them by the shepherds. The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen. Luke 2:17-18, 20

Discuss Together

When something wonderful happens to you, you want to tell others the good news! Maybe you got a new puppy or made a new friend at school. That is how the shepherds felt after they saw Baby Jesus. The men were so happy. They had heard the angels singing, they had just seen a wonderful baby, lying in a manger in a stable, just as the angels had told them. The shepherds were thankful to God for everything they had seen and heard. They were thankful to be a part of this wonderful night. As they went back to work, they told everyone they saw the good news that Baby Jesus was born.

Do Together

  • What does it mean to be amazed? Ask each person to list things that he or she finds amazing. Share your ideas.
  • Plan a trip with friends to Santa’s Wonderland outside of College Station. It’s a Texas Christmas experience, it showcases over 2.5 million lights on 40 acres. Check their website for a list of activities and prices. www.santas-wonderland.com
  • Plan a family RACK Day (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) to make the Christmas season about sharing God’s love. Make several cards that say, “You’ve been RACKed – Random Acts of Christmas Kindness” and print a Bible verse or Christmas blessing on them.

Pray Together

I pray that ______________ will tell everyone the good news about Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20


Countdown to Christmas – Day 18

December 18
{7 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and saw the baby lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

Discuss Together

Shhh…. There is the baby, lying in a manger. Tiny little fingers, tiny little toes. Fast asleep in a bed of hay. God led the shepherds to the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. They saw His mother, Mary. They saw Joseph, taking care of his sweet, young family. They told Mary and Joseph about the angels. They told Mary and Joseph that they wanted to see for themselves the little one that the angels sang about. They were happy that Jesus was born.

Do Together

  • Spend some time looking at baby pictures or a baby book. Talk about how Jesus was a baby and what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph in the stable with their brand-new little son.
  • “Away in a Manger” is a favorite Christmas carol for many people. Sing it together.
  • Make your manger scene! Go to your local home improvement store and get some small scraps of wood. Sand them down and draw or paint each person and animal in the Christmas story on separate blocks (Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds, Wise Men, animals, etc.). Spray or paint it with a clear coat so it will last. This is a fun manger scene that can be played with for years to come or give away as a gift!

Pray Together

I pray that ____________ will know Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6


Countdown to Christmas – Day 17

December 17
{8 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

The shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened. Luke 2:15

Discuss Together

Once again, the night became dark and still. As suddenly as the angels had come, they disappeared back to heaven. The shepherds were amazed at what they had just seen and heard! God had chosen them, simple shepherds, to be the first to hear His good news about Jesus! They didn’t waste any time discussing the angel’s words or wondering if the story was true or not – they just went straight away to Bethlehem to find the promised one, the newborn Son of God. Where should they start looking for the baby? The angel told them they would find the baby wrapped up in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Do Together

  • Do you suppose there were a lot of stables and barns in Bethlehem? If you have a Nativity Scene on display in your home, examine the manger together. As you pass it around, let everyone pray, thanking God for sending Jesus!
  • Purchase a gingerbread house kit and work on it together. Or if you are adventuresome, make your own, and make it look like the nativity scene! A simple version uses graham crackers.
  • As a family, look at some of the Christmas cards you have received. Take turns choosing a card. Read the message and the name of the person who sent the card. Talk about the person and how they are a part of your life. Let each person pray and thank God for the special friend whose card they chose. Send a Merry Christmas text to the friend.

Pray Together

God, I pray we will obey all that you tell us to do. Deuteronomy 5:33