David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Middle School

The Aliens Are Coming!

Lesson 12 


Fall 2020


By: RLD Editorial Team 


November 22, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Understanding God’s Word brings joy and comfort.

Bible Basis:

Nehemiah 8:1-12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Students will learn that the Bible can provide joy and comfort that lasts longer than any counterfeit source of happiness.

Memory Verse:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
—Psalm 19:7

Step 1:

Students will learn that the Bible can provide joy and comfort that lasts longer than any counterfeit source of happiness.

Materials Needed:

  • None
  • What comforts you when you’re feeling sad, scared, or anxious? (Answers will vary but may include praying, talking to a friend, listening to music, etc.)
  • How do you comfort others? (Answers will vary.)

People turn to all kinds of things for comfort or happiness. Praying, talking to a friend or relative, playing with a pet, journaling, or going for a walk are all great ways to experience comfort and happiness. Sometimes, people turn to other things for joy or comfort—things that aren’t so good for them. Abusing drugs or alcohol, lashing out at others, or trying to numb the pain aren’t healthy ways to receive comfort.

  • Can you think of some dumb things people might do to feel better about their problems while seeking a little happiness or comfort? (Students may suggest “big” things like illicit sex or drug use. Remind them that “little” things, like spending all day in front of a screen or lashing out at your family because you feel lousy, can also be unhealthy ways of coping with problems.)

All of us have problems at times, and all of us want to feel better. But there are good and bad ways to cope with things. Let’s look at what worked for the people of Israel in the Book of Nehemiah.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Index cards (1 per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)
  • Bible or access to Bible apps

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring index cards and pens/pencils with them to class. You can also share this link with them to have ready for the activity:

If your class is meeting in person, invite teens to bring out their devices for this activity and go to the link above.

People do all kinds of things to get joy and comfort. Some of those are excellent ideas. But sometimes, we take dangerous shortcuts to joy and comfort. We talked earlier about a few negative approaches people use in their search for joy and comfort. Ask your students to recall a few of the ways they listed earlier and ask them to expand on the list if they can think of more.

Hand each student a blank index card and a pen or pencil. If your class is meeting online, invite students to have their index cards and pens/pencils ready. Invite everyone to navigate to the above link (or share your screen).

Read through the scriptures on this list. On one side of your index card, write down a verse that stands out to you. Give students a few minutes to find and write a verse.

On the other side of this card, write down a negative approach that you sometimes use to find joy and comfort. Nobody will see what you write except you. Give students a minute or so to write their responses.

We learned today that God’s Word can be a powerful source of joy and comfort. It gives us genuine encouragement with no negative after-effects! When you find yourself tempted to find comfort and happiness by the means you wrote on your card, instead choose to read the verse on the other side! All of us have problems sometimes. Everybody needs joy and comfort. But don’t give in to the temptation to do something you’ll regret. Instead, pull out your index card and read some of the thoughts that God has shared.

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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