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Keys for Kids with Zach

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Pasco, WA

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You can learn more about God’s love every day! Read a fun story and hide God's Word in your heart with the Key Verse of the day. Check out today’s Key, or look for your favorite story in the archives!

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English

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Keys for Kids Ministries 2060 43rd St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 647-4500


Episodes

First Steps

9/22/2017
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Mom was bouncing baby Izzy on her knee when Soren got home. "Hey, buddy," she said. "How was school today?" Soren shrugged. "Is something wrong?" asked Mom. Soren sighed. "It's Alec. He became a Christian a few months ago, and it seemed like he really did change. Well, today I saw him peek at a piece of paper he was hiding in his pocket during our spelling test. He cheated!" Mom set Izzy on the floor. "Did you talk to him about it?" Soren nodded. "He admitted he looked at the words," he...

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Little Tugboats

9/21/2017
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The breeze felt cool against Ivan's cheeks as he and Uncle Martn stood quietly on the pier. They were watching ships enter and leave the great harbor. "Look at those little tugboats moving the big ships through the water, Uncle Martn!" said Ivan. "It doesn't seem like boats that small could even move those big ships!" Uncle Martn shook his head. "They're interesting, aren't they?" After watching a while longer, he said, "Those little tugboats remind me of you." Ivan turned away from the...

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An Important Position

9/20/2017
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"I want to play first base this year, and Coach Nichols won't let me!" said Quincy. "He says I'll help the team more if I play right field." He frowned. "The guys have a saying about right field. They say, 'right field equals left out,' because the ball never gets hit to that side of the outfield." "Now, hold on! That's just not true!" said Dad. "A good right fielder often makes important plays--and I know you'll be a good one." But nothing Dad said could convince Quincy that right field was...

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Fruit Roll

9/19/2017
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The pocket of Cora's red sweater bulged. She didn't want Miss Allen to notice, so she quickly slipped into her seat. She removed a big orange from her pocket and hid it behind the box of crayons in her desk. The morning dragged by. Usually Cora liked reading class, but not today. She couldn't keep her mind on the story. A classmate--Ford--had agreed to give the signal for the special activity the kids had planned. He said they should wait until math time and be ready when Miss Allen turned...

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Hope Springs Up

9/18/2017
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Doug peered out the van's back window as his dad drove down the cemetery's narrow path past rows and rows of small gray tombstones. Snow and ice covered the ground from the last winter storm. When they reached the second to last row of tombstones, Dad pulled to the side of the road and turned off the engine. They all got out of the van, and Mom opened the back door and pulled out a colorful cross made of purple flowers. Purple had been Doug's grandma's favorite color. Doug pulled his hood...

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Supper Mints

9/17/2017
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"Benji, here's your vitamin." Mom handed Benji a chewable multivitamin as he got up from the dinner table. Benji looked at the vitamin in his hand. "Is this a supper mint?" "A supper mint?" asked Mom. "No, it's a vitamin. Why would you think it's a mint?" "Because we're supposed to take supper mints to help us grow." Mom smiled. "I think you mean supplement, and yes, your vitamin is a supplement." Mom showed Benji the label on the bottle. "It has vitamins C, B, E, and lots of other things in...

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Good Gifts

9/16/2017
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"I'm not going to sing in the choir at school anymore," announced Shiloh when she got home. "The kids all laughed when I missed notes at rehearsal today. I'm never going to sing again!" "But you love choir!" said Mom. "And God gave you such a lovely voice." "I don't care," said Shiloh. "I'm not going to let myself look silly!" Mom slipped a beautiful ring off her finger--the one Dad had given her a few weeks before to celebrate their wedding anniversary. She held the ring out toward Shiloh....

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A New Name

9/15/2017
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Jana sat quietly petting her new golden retriever puppy while Mom snapped the stems off green beans. "Mom, you'll never guess what happened today," Jana said. "Joy told our class she's a real-life princess." Mom let out a little chuckle, but when she looked at Jana's face, she could tell Jana was serious. "Don't you think that's a little--foolish?" asked Jana. "I mean, we're not little kids anymore." "Oh honey, I'm sure she was just kidding," said Mom. "No, she means it!" Jana insisted. "She...

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Now You Know

9/14/2017
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When the school bell rang, Jamal tossed his bag over his shoulder and headed for the door. He spotted his older brother, Marcus, standing on the sidewalk. "Hey, what's up?" asked Marcus as they headed for home. "Not much." Jamal kicked a plastic bottle, and it hit a parking meter. "Did you get to shoot some hoops at recess?" Jamal nodded. "Sink any threes?" "Yeah, but " Jamal looked through the window of a coffee shop at all the people on their cell phones and tablets. "There's a new kid at...

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Rescuing the Fallen

9/13/2017
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"Hey buddy, what's wrong?" Dad asked when it was time for Emerson's bedtime prayers. "It's Grandpa," said Emerson. "He doesn't believe in Jesus. That means he's not going to heaven." "He needs Jesus," said Dad. "Shall we pray for him?" Emerson nodded, and he and his dad prayed for Emerson's grandfather. The next morning, Dad took Emerson and his sister on a walk in the woods. As they went along, colorful leaves rustled under their feet. "A lot of leaves are still falling," said Emerson....

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The Wise Squirrel

9/12/2017
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"Guess what Joseph is doing?" exclaimed Carlee as she burst into the kitchen. "He's burying acorns near the apple tree!" "Who's Joseph?" asked Mom. "The new boy next door?" Carlee laughed. "No, Mom! Joseph is the squirrel who comes to our garden. But why would he bury acorns instead of eating them?" Carlee's brother, Michael, answered her question. "He's storing them away to eat in the winter," said Michael. Mom nodded. "While the weather is good, squirrels collect acorns and hide them," she...

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Drilling and Filling

9/11/2017
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After school, Jalen walked to the nearby dentist's office where his mom worked as a receptionist. "Hi, Mom," he said as he walked in. He plopped down onto a chair in the waiting room while she got ready to leave. His book bag slid to the floor beside him, and he gave it an angry little kick. Mom noticed. "What's wrong, Jalen?" Mom asked as they headed for the car. "I don't like Isaiah," said Jalen. "In fact, after what he did at school today, I hate him!" "Hold it!" said Mom. "Hate is not a...

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Unseen, but Loved

9/10/2017
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It was Grandparents' Day at Matthew's school, and the kids were taking turns introducing their grandparents to the class. When it was Matthew's turn, he went forward and proudly introduced his grandparents. "Grandma and Grandpa Smith are visiting from Arizona," he said. "They like to travel, and they're going to take me to the Grand Canyon the next time I visit." Matthew turned to his other grandmother. "Grandma Peters lives here, so I see her a lot. She's teaching me how to play the...

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Lemonade, Anyone?

9/9/2017
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Aiden tried to stay out of the movers' way as they carried furniture into the apartment, so he stood in the corner and frowned. "Why the long face?" asked one of the men who was helping. "I don't like this apartment," said Aiden. "I don't get my own backyard." He didn't add that he didn't know anybody in the neighborhood and would have to go to a new school. The man nodded. "Well, you know what they say--when life hands you lemons, make lemonade." "Lemonade?" asked Aiden. The man smiled....

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Never Alone

9/8/2017
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Riley stopped in front of the Build-a-Friend shop at the mall. The white tiger in the display had a pink ballerina tutu and little pink toe shoes that laced around its ankles with sparkly pink ribbon. "Mom, look!" called Riley. But when Riley looked around, Mom was nowhere in sight. Riley's heart dropped and her head got spinny, like when she first rode the rollercoaster at the theme park. Taking a couple of steps out into the mall, she looked both ways. No Mom. She was alone! Riley...

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A New Story

9/7/2017
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"I'm a part of God's family now, Beckett thought happily. Earlier that day, he had decided to trust Jesus as his Savior. He smiled, thinking of others he knew who were also part of God's family--his parents, grandparents, and his friends at church. But then he thought of his two best friends at school. Jonah and Miles don't go to church, he thought. I wonder if they'll still want to be my friends when they find out I'm a Christian. The three boys had been friends since kindergarten. Jonah...

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Ambush

9/6/2017
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"Look at Shadow crouching under the bushes," Lyra said softly. Dad nodded. "I think she sees the doves looking for seeds underneath the bird feeder," he replied. "She'd like to ambush them." "That means make a surprise attack from a hiding place, right?" As Lyra spoke, the cat sprang toward the birds, and the doves quickly flew to a tree branch. "I'm glad they got away," said Lyra. "I think they know there's a cat in this yard, so they watch out for him when they eat." "You're probably...

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For the Love of Skipper

9/5/2017
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Editor's note: This story's subject matter may not be appropriate for some children. "It's not that I don't love you," Beth told her parents. "It's just that all adopted kids wonder why their birth mothers gave them up." "I know, honey," said Dad. "But I'm afraid we don't know much about your birth mother other than the medical information we received and that she wanted you placed in a Christian home." Just then Julia came in. "Mrs. Swanson said Skipper got loose when we were gone...

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Dirty Work

9/4/2017
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It was a warm day, and Dad had just finished digging up the garden plot so he and Violet and Griffin could plant sweet corn. "Hey, look!" exclaimed Violet, bending over a corner of the plot. "An earthworm! We learned about earthworms at school. They eat dirt." She picked it up and waved it under her brother's nose. "Doesn't that sound yummy, Griffin?" "Ew, gross!" Griffin batted at the worm in front of his face. "Cut it out!" "Okay, you guys," said Dad. "That's enough of that. But you're...

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Burger Blessings

9/3/2017
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"What beautiful zuccini!" said Mom as she and Alex walked in their garden. "God provides such wonderful food for us. He's so good!" Alex smiled and nodded just as he got a text message. "Kyle and his sister Evangeline invited me to go to Burger Palace with them," he said. "Can I go?" Mom agreed, so Alex hurried off to join his friends. When they sat down at the restaurant, Alex remembered how excited Mom was about God giving them garden food. If zuccini was something to be thankful for,...

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