The Lost Sheep


[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I’ve got three new words for you. 

The first is “sheep”.  Can you say “sheep”?  Good job!  A sheep is an animal with four legs.  It says, “baaaa!”  The hair of the sheep is called wool.  A small sheep is called a lamb.  The plural of sheep is sheep, not sheeps. 

The next word is “shoulder”.  Repeat after me: “shoulder”.  Very good.  Your shoulder is the part of your body that connects your arms to your body.  If you want to play baseball, you need strong shoulders. 

Let the Children Come

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

I’ve got five new words to teach you today.  Ready?  Here we go! 

The first word is scold.  Not cold, scold.  To scold means to say words that are angry or critical of someone who is doing something bad.  Bill scolded his dog for eating his shoe.  Did your mother scold you for getting a D on your exam?

Next is belong to.  To belong to means to be owned by someone.  That car belongs to me.  I own the car.  It is mine.  Belong to can also mean to be a member or part of something.  She belongs to a gardening club. 

The next word is kingdom.  A kingdom is a country ruled by a king or queen.  The complete name of the country Saudi Arabia is “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, because Saudi Arabia is ruled by a king.  The United States is not a kingdom, because we are ruled by a constitution. 

The last word is like.  I think you already know the word like.  Do you like ice cream?  Do you like to receive likes on your Facebook posts?  But the word “like” has another meaning.  It means “similar to”.  You look like your father.  That means, you look similar to your father.  You do not look exactly the same as your father, but you look similar to your father.   

Today’s story is called, “Let the Children Come.”  Let’s listen!

People brought their small children to Jesus.
What did people bring?  People brought their children.
Did the people bring their dogs?  No, the people brought their children. 
What size were the children?  The children were small.
Where did the people bring their children?  They brought their children to Jesus.

They wanted Jesus to touch their children.
Why did the people bring their children to Jesus?  They wanted Jesus to touch their children.  They wanted Him to put His hand on the heads of the children.
Who wanted?  The people wanted.

The disciples saw this.
Who saw this?  The disciples saw this.
What did the disciples see?  The disciples saw the people bringing their children to Jesus.

They scolded the parents.
Who scolded the parents?  The disciples scolded the parents.
Were the disciples happy with the parents?  No, the disciples scolded the parents.  They told them not to bring their children to Jesus.

But Jesus called the little children.
Who called?  Jesus called.
Whom did Jesus call?  Jesus called the children.
Did Jesus scold the parents?  No, Jesus did not scold the parents.
Did Jesus scold the children?  No, Jesus called the children.
Was Jesus too busy to touch the children?  No, Jesus was not too busy.

“Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them.”
Who was Jesus talking to?  Jesus was talking to His disciples.
Who should come to Jesus?  The children should come to Jesus.
May the disciples stop the children from coming to Jesus?  No, the disciples may not stop the children from coming to Jesus.
Did Jesus agree with the disciples?  No, Jesus disagreed with them.  The disciples did not want the children to come to Jesus.

“The kingdom of God belongs to people who are like children.”
To what kind of people does the kingdom belong?  The kingdom belongs to people who are like children.
Which kingdom belongs to people who are like children?  The kingdom of God belongs to people who are like children.
Does the kingdom of God belong to everyone?  No, the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like children.    

“Everyone must receive the kingdom of God like a child.”
How must people receive the kingdom?  They must receive it like a child.
Must a person be a child to receive the kingdom?  No, a person must be like a child. 
Can older people receive the kingdom?  Yes, older people can receive the kingdom, if they receive it like a child.
Are children strong?  No, children are weak.
Are children smart?  No, children are simple. 
How must we be like children?  Children trust.  We must trust God.  Children depend on someone else to give them everything they need.  We must depend on God.  He will give us everything we need.

“Otherwise, he will never enter the kingdom.”
Who will never enter the kingdom?  A person who is not like a child will never enter the kingdom.
Will a person who does not trust God enter the kingdom?  No, he will never enter the kingdom.

Let’s listen to the whole story together now.

People brought their small children to Jesus.  They wanted Jesus to touch their children.
The disciples saw this. They scolded the parents.
But Jesus called the little children. “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them. The kingdom of God belongs to people who are like children. Everyone must receive the kingdom of God like a child. Otherwise, he will never enter the kingdom.”


Now I am going to do something different.  I am going to sing!  Yes, that’s right.  This song is about today’s story.  You can sing with me. 

[Song]
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Parents brought their kids to Jesus,
Wanting Him to touch their heads.
The disciples scolded them,
“Jesus has too much to do.
“He can’t love the little children of the world!”

But then Jesus heard them talking.
“Let the children come to Me,
Simple, trusting that I care
And the kingdom will be theirs.
So I love the little children of the world.”

If you want to enter heaven,
Like a child you must be.
Trust the words that Jesus says
That He died and rose again
For He loves the little children of the world.


Will you enter the kingdom of God?  Are you like a child?  Bring your needs to Jesus.  Trust Him.  He will not send you away.  He will welcome you. 

I would love to receive a message from you.  You can write me.  Go to our website, lifelineenglish.com.

Until next time, may Jesus help you know Him and know English.  Good bye!

[Song] “Jesus only savior, sanctify forever, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.”

What Do You Care About?

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you two more words.

The first word is care.  To care means to love someone or something.  To care also means to be interested in something.  The man cared for his sick dog.  He loved his dog and gave it medicine and good food.  Mothers care for their children, even after their children are adults.  They worry about their children and pray for their children.  I don’t care whether you eat chicken or fish.  That means, you can eat either chicken or fish.  I am not concerned which meat you choose.

The second word is worm.  Can you say worm?  It rhymes with “firm” and “germ”.  A worm is a small, long, thin animal with no arms or legs.  It is like a snake, but smaller, and it has no bones.  It does not bite with poison like a snake.  People often put worms on a hook to catch fish.

In our last story, Jonah was sitting to the east of Nineveh.  God made a plant grow up over Jonah’s head.  The plant gave shade to Jonah.  It protected him from the sun.  Jonah was very happy.  But then…

The next morning God sent a worm.
What did God send? God sent a worm.
When did God send the worm?  The next morning God sent a worm.

The worm killed the plant.
What killed?  The worm killed.
What did the worm kill?  The worm killed the plant.
Did a cow kill the plant?  No, a worm killed the plant!

When the sun came up, God sent a hot wind.
Who sent a wind?  God sent a wind.
Was the wind hot?  Yes, the wind was hot.
Did God send the wind at night?  No, God sent the wind when the sun came up.

The sun beat down on Jonah’s head.
What beat down?  The sun beat down.
Where did the sun beat down?  The sun beat down on Jonah’s head.
Did the plant give shade to Jonah?  No, the plant was dead.

Jonah became very weak.
How did Jonah feel?  Jonah felt very weak.
Why did Jonah feel weak?  Jonah felt weak because he was hot.

He begged, “I want to die, not live.”
Who was Jonah talking to?  Jonah was talking to God.
Who wanted to die?  Jonah wanted to die.

But God said, “Are you right to be angry about the plant?”
Did Jonah say he was angry?  No, Jonah did not say he was angry.
Was Jonah angry?  Yes, Jonah was angry.
Why was Jonah angry?  Jonah was angry because the plant died.
Was God angry?  No, God was not angry.
Did God kill Jonah?  No, God did not kill Jonah.
What did God do?  God asked Jonah a question.
Was Jonah right to be angry?  No, Jonah was wrong to be angry.

Jonah said, “Yes!  I’m so angry I want to die!”
Did Jonah say he was wrong to be angry?  No, Jonah said he was right to be angry.
Why did Jonah want to die?  Jonah wanted to die because he was angry.

God said, “You cared about the plant.”
Who cared? Jonah cared.
Did Jonah care about the sailors?  No, Jonah did not care about the sailors.
Did Jonah care about Nineveh?  No, Jonah didn’t care about Nineveh.
What did Jonah care about?  Jonah cared about the plant.

“You did not work to make the plant grow.”
Did Jonah make the plant grow?  No, Jonah did not make the plant grow.
Who made the plant grow?  God made the plant grow.

“The plant grew in one night and died in one night.”
Did the plant grow?  Yes, the plant grew.
How fast did the plant grow?  The plant grew in one night.
Did the plant die?  Yes, the plant died.
Why did the plant die?  The plant died because the worm killed it.
Did the plant die quickly?  Yes, the plant died in one night.

“Shouldn’t I care for Nineveh, the big city?”
Does God care?  Yes, God cares.
Did God care for Nineveh?  Yes, God cared for Nineveh.
Should God care for Nineveh?  Yes, God should care for Nineveh.
Did God care for Jonah?  Yes, God cared for Jonah.
Should Jonah care for Nineveh?  Yes, Jonah should care for Nineveh.

“More than 120,000 people live here.”
Where did the people live?  The people lived in Nineveh.
How many people lived in Nineveh?  More than 120,000 people lived there.

“They don’t know what to do.”
Who didn’t know what to do?  The people of Nineveh didn’t know what to do.
Did the people of Nineveh know how to be happy?  No, they didn’t know.
Did the people of Nineveh know how to become good?  No, they didn’t know.
Did the people of Nineveh know how to worship God?  No, they didn’t know.
Who should teach the people of Nineveh?  Jonah should teach them.

“Many animals live here too.”
Did animals live in Nineveh?  Yes, animals lived in Nineveh.
Does God care for animals?  Yes, God cares for animals.

Let’s listen to the whole story together now.

The next morning God sent a worm.  The worm killed the plant.  When the sun came up, God sent a hot wind.  The sun beat down on Jonah’s head.  Jonah became very weak.  He begged, “I want to die, not live.”
But God said, “Are you right to be angry about the plant?”
Jonah said, “Yes!  I’m so angry I want to die!”
God said, “You cared about the plant. You did not work to make the plant grow. The plant grew in one night and died in one night. Shouldn’t I care for Nineveh, the big city? More than 120,000 people live here. They don’t know what to do. Many animals live here too.”

Do you remember what a “verb” is?  A verb is the part of the sentence that tells about an action or a state of being.  Every sentence must have a verb.  I will tell the story again.  This time, I will pause before each verb.  See if you can remember the verb before I say it.  Ready?  Here we go!

The next morning God... sent a worm.  The worm... killed the plant.  When the sun... came up, God... sent a hot wind.  The sun… beat down on Jonah’s head.  Jonah… became very weak.  He... begged, “I... want to... die, not... live.”
But God... said, “... Are you right to … be angry about the plant?”
Jonah... said, “Yes!  I’m so angry I…  want to... die!”
God... said, “You... cared about the plant. You did not … work to … make the plant... grow. The plant … grew in one night and … died in one night. Shouldn’t I … care for Nineveh, the big city? More than 120,000 people … live here. They don’t … know what to … do. Many animals… live here too.”
Wow, this story has a lot of verbs!

What do you think that Jonah did next?  The Bible does not tell us.  The story ends here.

How many people live in your city?  Does God care about them?  Do you care about them?  Will you tell them God’s message so that they will not be destroyed?

I would love to receive a message from you.  You can write me.  Go to our website, lifelineenglish.com.

Until next time, may Jesus help you know Him and know English.  Good bye!

[Song] “Jesus only savior, sanctify forever, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.”

The Happy Sitter

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you just two words.  Both words start with “sh”!  Can you say “sh”? 

The first word is shade. Shade is the area of darkness made by something that is blocking the light.
The trees in my yard give shade to the house.  It’s hot, let’s sit in the shade. 

The other word is shelter.  Can you say “shelter”?  Good job!  A shelter is something that covers or protects people or animals from danger or bad weather.  A shelter can be something permanent like a house, or something temporary like a tent or even some branches from a tree.  Sometimes very poor people use a cardboard box for shelter.  Nests are shelters for birds.  Many small animals find shelter in holes in the ground. 

The Angry Prophet

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you only two words.  Both words start with “pre”!

The first word is prevent.  Can you say, “prevent”?  Good!  To prevent means to stop something from happening.  It means to stop someone from doing something.  Sarah prevented her son Billy from running into the street.  She did not allow him to run into the street.  The rain prevented the fire from growing.  The rain stopped the fire from growing bigger.

The other word is prefer.  To prefer means to like something better than other things.  I prefer vanilla ice cream.  That means I like vanilla ice cream better than other flavors of ice cream.  He prefers reading to watching TV.  He likes reading more than he likes watching TV.

The King Repents

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you four words.

The first word is throne.  Can you say it?  Throne.  Throne.  A throne is the special chair on which a king or queen sits. 
 
The next word is robe.  A robe is a piece of clothing worn on top of other clothes.  A robe is long and loose.  Some robes are worn in public to show that a person is important.  For example, judges wear robes when they are in the courtroom.  But other robes are worn by people relaxing in their homes.  We call these bathrobes.  Don’t wear a bathrobe when you go to the store!

The Shortest Sermon

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you two words.

The first word is destroy.  To destroy means to hurt or damage something so much that it ends or dies.  The ocean waves destroyed my sand castle.  The washing machine destroyed his cell phone.  

The other word is believe. To believe means to trust or agree that something or someone is true.  I believe it will rain tomorrow.   I believe the weather forecast on TV.  Do you believe in space aliens who travel in UFO’s?  Does he believe Barack Obama was a good president? 

I also want to teach you about cardinal and ordinal numbers.  I’m sure you already know the cardinal numbers in English.  Cardinal numbers are used for counting things.  They begin with one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.  Ordinal numbers are used for putting things in order.  The ordinal numbers begin like this: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth.