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Being the Right Kind of Friend

Bible Reading:   James 1:17-18

Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above. . . . He never changes or casts shifting shadows.   James 1:17Emily’s fifth-grade class was in the middle of a math test when Mrs. Chen got called out into the hall. Emily noticed the teacher had left the room, but she quickly focused her brain back on the word problem she was working on.“Psst, Emmy,” she heard from behind her. She glanced over her shoulder and saw her friend Charlotte leaning forward trying to get her attention. “I’m stuck. What’s the answer on number five?”“Shhh,” Emily whispered. “I can’t help you. That would be cheating.”“Don’t be a dork,” Charlotte said. “You know I didn’t get a chance to study last night.”Emily turned back to her own desk, and then she heard the words she dreaded to hear: “Come on, Emmy. If you’re really my friend, you’ll help me with this test.”Talk about it: Was Charlotte right? Does true friendship really mean you’ll do whatever your friends ask, even when …

“The Smartest Kid in the World”

Bible Reading:   Proverbs 9:9-12

If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.   Proverbs 9:12THREE PEOPLE—a minister and two kids—once went on a short sight-seeing flight in a small, four-passenger plane. One of the kids had just been honored in a national newsmagazine as “the smartest kid in the world.”Suddenly, the pilot shouted to his passengers over the roar of the engine. “We’ve got a big problem!” he said. “Our gas tank has a leak in it, and we’re going to run out of gas in just a couple minutes. We’re going to have to jump!”“That’s not so bad,” the minister said, forcing a nervous smile. “I’ve always wanted to learn to skydive!”The pilot shook his head. “We only have three parachutes. One of us isn’t going to make it! I’ve got a family. I can’t leave them alone without a father.”“Well, I’m the smartest kid in the world,” said the one kid. “I may be the only person who can discover a cure for cancer or AIDS or something l…