Bible Texts:

Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 18:18-23


Children's Bible Story sources:

"The Rich Young Man,"  DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.247

"A Rich Man's Questions," Spark Story Bible, p.334

"The rich man,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.289

“A Rich Young Man,” The Lion Bible for Children p. 265


Children's Story Resources

The Purple Coat by Amy Hest

Gabrielle always gets a navy coat for the fall. When she would rather have purple, both her mother and her Grampa need to be convinced that it's OK to do something different.

How these stories are connected:The things that we want more than anything else can cause us trouble. The ability to listen to others, try new things, and follow a new path may lead to new life!


Questions about The Purple Coat:  

     What did Gabrielle want more than anything?

     What did her mother want?

     Why does Grandpa try to talk Gabrielle into having a navy coat?

     How does Gabrielle finally get her purple coat?


Questions about the Bible story:

     What did the rich young man want?

     Why did he go away sad?

     What did Jesus tell his disciples? Why?


Questions about our lives:

     Why should we want Jesus more than anything else?

     What happens when we don't?



Jesus, help us to love the people around us. Teach us to want you more than anything else. Amen.