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A Gospel Magic Trick: Don’t Get Cracked!


A Gospel Magic Trick: DonHere is a Gospel magic trick that teaches the truth that when we trust in God, He will protect us!

Are you living the egg-citing life of trust in God? Or do you think that life is just not all it’s cracked up to be? Here is a fun Gospel magic trick that your kids will love. It takes some practice, but once you get the technique down, you and your kids will be glad you took the time to learn it.


What you need:

1 dozen eggs

2 pie tins

2 large clear glasses or containers, large enough to hold 7 eggs

2 toilet paper rolls

A pitcher of water

Red food coloring

Red cross with food coloring inserted

Trash Can

What to prepare:

Place both containers on a tray or a table. I actually velcroed mine down so that they didn’t fall when I pull out the pie tin. Have your carton of eggs nearby. Fill one of your containers with water about 3/4 full. Prepare a wooden cross with some red food coloring on the bottom. This will easily transfer to the water when you place the cross inside the container.

Every time a person is involved in the story, you will balance an egg on the roll which stands on the pie tin.

You will need to practice pulling the pie tin out from under the roll and egg, but you will get it after a few tries or so. Don’t give up if it takes you a little longer. My kids really loved this trick. I have placed the words in blue below in the script to show when you should pull the pie tin each time.

Script:

Have you ever heard the phrase “having the rug pulled out from under your feet?”

Picture yourself (hold up egg) standing (place egg sideways on top of the paper towel roll) on a rug (hold up the pie tin, then place it on top of the glass) and without you knowing it, someone yanks (pull the pie tin right out from under the roll and egg) the rug right out from under your feet and you fall flat like a cracked egg.

You ask yourself, “What in the world just happened?”

The phrase “having the rug pulled out from under your feet” can be applied to any situation that catches you off guard. You just didn’t expect for that to happen.

For example, you’re standing in line to buy popcorn at the movies and the person in front of you turns around too fast and bumps into you and dumps soda all over your nice new shirt!

Ughh! You just didn’t expect that!

Or maybe a friend promised to go to Disneyland with you but at the last minute they changed their mind. You can’t believe it! You’ve been planning to go to Disneyland for months! You just didn’t expect that!

Un-eggs-pected things happen to all of us. It’s been going on since the beginning of time. Even to people in the Bible.

Take David for egg-sample…Samuel the priest anointed him to be king of all Israel when he was only 16, but he really didn’t get to be king until he was much older. Instead he became eggs-hausted at running away from King Saul to save his life!

Abraham became egg-cited when God told him he would be a father of many nations, but he didn’t egg-spect to have to wait so long.

And Joseph was no egg-ception to surprises in his life. One day his brothers threw him into a well and left him there for dead!

Yep. Sooner than later life has a way of pulling the rug out from all of us. Most people go through life thinking it is not all it is cracked it up to be.

Egg-cept for those of us who have learned to trust in God!

You see, I am a Christian. That means that I believe that God loves me so much that He gave His one and only Son Jesus to die for my sin.

Let’s let this glass remind us of Jesus, whom the Bible says is “the living water.” Jesus died on the cross (Hold of red cross) and shed His blood (Place cross with red food coloring into water) to forgive my sin.

Sin is anything I think, anything I say or anything I do that displeases God.

Because I believe that Jesus died for my sin, I am forgiven of my sin and I am now His child.

When life throws me unexpected punches, (pull the tin) I will be OK, because the Bible says, “the eternal God, (that’s Jesus) is a dwelling place, and underneath are (His) everlasting arms…”

Look! No cracks. God will always protect me. (Place egg on top of roll again.) I will still fall sometimes and life will throw me unexpected punches, (pull the tin) but God will always keep me safe when I trust in His everlasting arms of love.

You see, David had to learn how to trust God too. Eventually he became king, but there were times in his life when he was knocked down, especially by family members.

Even Jesus knew that He could trust God the Father when He had to endure the biggest knock down of His life by dying on the cross.

So, what about you? Are you ready to trust God with your life? Life will throw you punches. It’s your choice to decide where you want to fall.

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Gospel Magic Trick: God is Powerful!


Gospel Magic Trick: God is Powerful!Here is a Gospel magic trick that teaches the truth that God is powerful!

I am always on the lookout for science experiments that can be turned into a Gospel magic trick. I have found a lot of great experiments from Steve Spangler. His website is https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/ and if you are serious about incorporating GREAT Bible object lessons in your classes, you definitely want to check his site out. This Gospel magic trick comes from one of his experiments called “Stuck Like Glue.” I came up with my own script to share a Gospel message which talks about how when we do good works for God, He will show Himself powerful in our lives.


What you need:

3 plates/dishes

3 paper towels

1 bowl of water

3 pieces of paper

1 lighter/match

3 glass jars or glasses

3 pens or pencils

The trick: Completely wet one paper towel and press it flat down on the plate. Light the piece of paper and let it begin to burn. Place the paper inside the glass and immediately turn it over onto the papertowel. Let the flame burn out, then lift up the glass. The glass will adhere to the papertowel and plate.

Script:

Our Bible verse today says: “So, my dear brothers and sisters, (stay) strong and immovable (steady). Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless (wasted).” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)

There are so many wonderful things that we can do for God. We can pray that our friends and family members will come to know Him. We can help people out by giving them things that they might need like food or clothing or money. What are some other things we can do for God? (Wait for responses.)

Yes. Those are all great ideas of things we can do for God. And our Bible verse says that ANYTHING we do for God will NEVER be wasted. There is another Bible verse that says “…when we are weak, God is strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) So, even if we can only do little things for the Lord, God will still show Himself powerful to all who can see.

Let me show you what I mean…

I have here a plate, a paper towel, and a glass. Let’s let the plate remind you of you.  Now let’s let this paper towel remind us of Jesus whom the Bible calls “the Living Water”. (Immerse paper towel in the water.) I think this name of Jesus reminds us of a water fountain that just keeps giving water and never stops. God gave you His one and only Son, Jesus. (Flatten the paper towel onto the plate.)

Here is a a pretty glass. This glass will remind us of the good work we can do for God.

Here are 3 pieces of paper. (Hold up the piece of paper.) Can I have 3 of you each write an example of a good deed that can be done for God? (Wait for response and write it down on the piece of paper.) Excellent! I will write that good deed on this paper.

Here is a lighter. I am going to light this piece of paper, because another Bible verse says, “Let your light shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise the Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

I am now going to put the good deed in the pretty deed holder.

I am going to turn this work for God over onto the plate, because I want to give to God all that I do for Him.

The light is burning out, but don’t worry, God is still at work. He has taken the good deed that you or I did and can show the world around us that He is strong and powerful!

Now, what will happen if we don’t give our good deeds over to the Lord?  Instead our good works are just all about us. (Take a second plate and place the wet paper towel on it. Light a second piece of paper and place it in a second glass, but don’t turn it over and try and lift the plate. Of course, it won’t work.) Hmm. A Good work plus No connection to God and His Son Jesus equals no power. You see, when we don’t do our good deeds for the Lord, God’s power won’t be able to shine through us.

But if we give our good works to the Lord (Do the whole trick with the 3rd plate and so on…) then God’s power will be seen by those around us and nothing we do for Him will ever be wasted.

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“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

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Scripture Lady’s Bible Activity for Preschoolers: Bible Story Swords


Scripture Lady’s Bible Activity for Preschoolers: Bible Story SwordsHere is a fun Bible Activity for Preschoolers Called Bible Story Swords

Hebrews 4:12 says this: “For the Word of God is living and active; sharper than any double-edged sword…” What a powerful verse that describes the magnificent Word of God. I’ve always been fascinated  by swords and I’m a sucker for swashbuckling sword fight in all the old movies. I think God describes His Word like a sword because He knows exactly how to penetrate our lives with it just where it needs to be and to the depth it needs to be. Our children need to know that the Bible is God’s powerful Word. They need to know that it is important for them to learn about all the great Bible stories and their characters. Here is a fun Bible activity to help them do just that. It’s called “Bible Story Swords.”


Here’s what you do:

For this Bible activity you will need to gather 6 or more pretend swords. I actually made mine from paint sticks and tongue depressors. I painted them yellow and then I wrote the name of a Bible character on each one. Here are the names I picked: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David. I then stick them in between the pages of my very big family Bible. Next, I gathered 6 pictures that illustrate each of the stories. You can either place these pictures on a pocket chart or a table for all the class to see. Or you can put them in a Power Point presentation so that they are up on the big screen. You are now ready to play the game.

Here’s how to play:

Ask a child to come forward and pull a sword out of the Bible. Read the name on the sword and then have him go and point to the picture that matches his Bible character. Have the class clap at his success in matching.

Before playing, you might want to introduce the game in the following way: 

Pull out a pretend sword with flair and say, “Wow! What is this boys and girls?” (Wait for responses.) That’s right! It’s a sword! Swords are really cool and this sword reminds me of my Bible. Do you know why? Because the Bible calls the Word of God the sword of the Spirit. It’s important that we learn all the great stories in the Bible. For example, who likes the story of Noah when God asked him to build a big boat? Or how about the story of David when he knocked down Goliath? Those are great stories. Let’s play a game to help us learn some more of God’s great stories. In my big Bible there are some swords sticking out. I will let one of you come up and pull out a sword. There will be a name on it. We will read the name and then you will need to look at the pictures I have on the table and match your sword with the right picture. Ready? Let’s play!

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“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

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The Right Key: A Gospel Magic Trick on the Forgiveness of Sin


The Right Key: A Gospel Magic Trick on the Forgiveness of SinHere is a fun Gospel magic trick to teach about the forgiveness of sin!

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This falling short is a big problem for most people because most people believe that they can bridge the gap to God in their own strength or by their own means. Here is a really fun Bible object lesson to teach your kids that the only way to be freed from the power of sin is by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. I call it “The Right Key” and have adapted it from a fellow children’s ministry worker.

What you will need for this Gospel magic trick:

You will need a long chain.  I got a bright yellow one from Home Depot that works well.  Attach a sign to the chain that says “SIN” and have a lock ready to “lock” the chain together once you have wrapped it around the child.  I also have a bucket that holds the chain while on stage.


You will also need 6 envelopes (6×9 size).  Label each one with a number 1 – 6. On the other side of the envelope, you will place the other labels I provided as attachments.  I display these on a pocket chart for all to see.

Label: One

Label: Good Person

Label: Two

Label: 10 Commandments

Label: Three

Label: Religion

Label: Four

Label: Believing in God

Label: Five

Label: Being Generous

Label: Six

Label: Believing in Jesus

Title Card One

Title Card Two

You will need 6 keys that do not work in the lock and the correct key.  I tie pretty red ribbons on the end of each key.

You also need a “Change Bag” for this trick.  You can usually get one at your local Magic Shop if you are near one or go online.  In one side of the bag you will put all 6 of the “bad” keys and in the other side you will put the “good” key.

Here is a link to an online store if you want to purchase a change bag. This store is very good and fast in their service:

http://themagicwarehouse.com/cgi-bin/search.pl

 

The Right Key Trick Script:

 

Ask for a child to come up on stage.  Ask his/her name and tell him to stand in the center of the stage.

The Bible says that God’s Word is powerful to save us.  But save us from what?  Our sin.  (Hold up “sin” sign.)  Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  That means all of you and myself and ________________(child’s name) are sinners.  But what is sin anyway?  Sin is anything I think, anything I say or anything I do that displeases God.  Now _______________, the Bible says you are a sinner.  Sometimes you might lie or cheat or disobey your parents.  Sometimes you might have a bad attitude or unkind thoughts toward others.  Each sin we commit is like adding another link to this long chain.  (As you say each sin, wrap the child in the chain. You might have to say several types of sin depending on how long your chain is.)  Our sin binds us and hinders us from living the life of freedom God desires for us.  This lock (hold up the lock) reminds us of Romans 6:23 which says: “for the wages of sin is death…” and if you don’t have the right key to unlock this awful chain of sin, the Bible says you will surely die in your sin.

Inside this bag, (show the bag and poke the inside out to show that it is empty.  Of course the kids won’t see the right key in the secret compartment.) I am going to place 6 keys inside this bag. (Have the children count with you as you place them in.)  One of these keys is powerful enough to open this lock and free________________ from his sin.

I need another helper.  (Get child’s name.)  Now, each of these keys represent different ways man thinks he can open the gates of heaven. Some people think they can be free from their sin just by being a good person.  (Let Helper reach into bag and pull out a key. Let him try to unlock the lock.  Of course it wont’ work.)  Say, “Hmm.  I wonder why that didn’t work.”  The truth is that I don’t care how wonderful you are and how many good things you do, it will never be enough to get rid of your sin.  (Tell Helper to place that key in envelope number one and then turn the envelope around to reveal the other side’s label.)

The second way people think they can be free from sin is by obeying all the 10 Commandments.  (Helper picks another key and tries to unlock the lock.)  Say, “Oh, well, better luck next time.”  The truth is that if you’ve broken just one of the commandments of God, you’ve broken them all.  So, although the 10 Commandments are very good and can keep us from doing wrong, they are not powerful enought to get rid of our sin.  (Tell Helper to place that key in envelope number two and then turn the envelope around to reveal the other side’s label.)

Another way people try to get rid of their sin is by being very religious. (Helper picks another key and tries to unlock the lock.)  Say, “You’re not having very good luck are you?”  The truth is their are many, many religions in the world.  Budist, Catholic, Muslim, Christian…  You can call yourself any one of these.  You can even call yourself a Christian, but just because you say you’re a Christian doesn’t make you one.  And just because you say you’re a hamburger doesn’t mean your’e sitting on a counter at McDonald’s.  No, following a certain religion won’t get rid of yor sin either.  (Tell Helper to place that key in envelope number three and then turn the envelope around to reveal the other side’s label.)

I know!  How about believing in God?  That has to be the key to freeing ________________ from his sin.  (Helper picks another key and tries to unlock the lock.)  Say, “Have you ever opened a lock before?”  Wow!  I don’t understand this!  Haven’t many of you been taught in Sunday School to believe in God?  Isn’t God all-powerful?  The answer is “Yes, He is!”  But there’s a very important Bible verse that says that even the demons believe in God and tremble and they are not saved!  (Tell Helper to place that key in envelope number four and then turn the envelope around to reveal the other side’s label.)

What about being generous?!  That’s got to be the key!  (Helper picks another key and tries to unlock the lock.)  Say to the kid in chains: “Things aren’t looking to good for you, buddy!”  Have you ever met a super giving person?  Aren’t they great to be around?  They’re always so kind and helpful  A lot like …Mary Poppins.  But, while being generous may give you lots of friends, it won’t give you freedom from your sins.  (Tell Helper to place that key in envelope number five and then turn the envelope around to reveal the other side’s label.)

Well, there’s just one more envelope and I bet __________________ is hoping it will contain the key to free him from this chain of sin and death.  _______________ (Helper), could you go and turn envelope number six around?  Ahhh!  Believing in Jesus!  Let’s see if that key works.  (Helper will reach into the bag and unbeknownst to him, you will have switched the compartment on the change bag to the correct key.  He will try it in the lock and of course it will work.)  Hallelujah!! ______________ is saved from these chains of sin and death!

So, boys and girls, never ever forget, the only way you can be saved from your sins and live forever in Heaven with God is by believing on the lord Jesus Christ!

The End

 

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“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen!”

2 Peter 3:18

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Love Overflowing: A Gospel Magic Trick for “Elephant’s Toothpaste”


Love Overflowing: A Gospel Magic Trick for "ElephantHere is a fun Gospel magic trick to teach about God’s overflowing love!

Have you ever wished you had more of God’s love? I do. It seems everyday I am praying that God helps me love people the way He loves them. His love is endless! Here is a great Gospel magic trick that uses the fun science experiment that many people call “Elephant Toothpaste.” Your kids will love the reaction and the message as well.

What you will need for this Gospel magic trick:

You will need some kind of large container about the size of a large turkey pan. I actually use a foil pan that is big enough to cook a turkey in. Its sides are about 3″ high.


You will need an empty one liter water bottle. Take off the label.

You will need a small juice glass.

You will need one packet of Active Dry Yeast.

You will need enough warm water to dissolve the yeast in, no more than a 1/4 cup.

You will need approximately 2 cups of 40Volume Clear Hydrogen Peroxide; also known as stabilizer formula (This is what people bleach their hair with). I purchase mine at my local beauty store. The brand name I use is Salon Care. Be aware, you cannot use “normal” hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. It is not powerful enough to give a great effect.

You will need about 13 drops of red food coloring to get a nice blood red color.

You will need a glass carafe or some kind of attractive glass bottle that will hold the peroxide.

You will need about a teaspoon of liquid dish soap.

You will need a funnel.

You will need the following two labels found on this page: Labels for the carafe and water bottle

God’s Love – Attach this label to your carafe.

YOU – Attach this label to your empty water bottle. Make sure is really sticks even if it gets wet.

How to prepare for this Gospel magic trick:

Attach the two labels as directed above.

Pour the hydrogen peroxide into the carafe and add the drops of food coloring to make it a nice blood red.

Pour the dish soap into the empty water bottle.

Place the water bottle in the middle of the pan and set the carafe and glass of yeast and funnel to the side of the pan.

Here is the script that goes nicely with this Gospel magic trick that I have adapted from Chris Koch,  rcoffice@usfamily.net,  Risen Christ Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries

Who would like to have more of God’s love?

You? You? You? Me too!

But how do we get or grow in God’s love?

Let’s let this empty bottle remind you of you…or you…or you. (Point to children in the audience.)

Let’s let this pretty bottle remind us of God’s love. The red can remind us of the blood that Jesus shed for each of us for the forgiveness of sin.

Now, back to my question. How do we grow or get filled with more of God’s love?

(During each of the following 3 statements, you will pour some of the peroxide into the empty bottle. You will see some bubbling because of the dish soap, but don’t bring any attention to it, even though the children might say something. Just keep your focus on your talk.)

“We get filled with God’s love when we hear that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our sins. (pour some peroxide into the glass)

“We get more of God’s love when we find out that He is a Father to us and loves us like we are His children” (pour more peroxide into the glass)

“We get even more love when we find out that He is never going to leave us and is always there for us.” (pour in the rest of the peroxide)

Knowing and believing these truths are great ways for our love to grow.

But have you ever wished you had so much love that it would just pour over into other people’s lives, like your friends’ lives or your family’s  lives or even others’ lives you come in contact with?

How can this happen?

In 1 Peter 1:22, Peter says, “Love one another deeply from the heart.”  I think this kind of deep love can only happen through prayer.

I have here a glass of dissolved yeast. (Hold up the yeast.) Yeast makes things grow, right? Like bread.

Now let’s let this yeast represent your prayers to God to help your love grow so that it overflows to all those around you.

Let’s add our prayers to what we already know is true about God and see what happens.

(Add the dissolved yeast to the peroxide and pretty much right away you will have a wonderful eruption that keeps going and going. It can actually continue for several minutes. The kids will go wild!)

(After some of the excitement dies down, say the following.)

WOW! When God fills us up with His love it spills out of us and we can share that love with others.

I want you to remember to continue to fill yourselves up with God’s love through prayer and by reading the Bible and listening to people who tell you about Jesus.

When you do this, God’s love will overflow to all you meet.

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His Blood Covers Over My Sins: A Gospel Magic Trick Using Dissolvo Paper


Wine-GlassHere is one The Scripture Lady’s favorite Gospel magic tricks:

It is both amazing and sobering to realize that the Bible says the blood of Jesus covers over the sin of all who believe in Him. Romans 4:7 says this: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Here is a a Gospel magic trick that uniquely shows this truth. It uses a great magic tool called “Dissolvo Paper” which can be purchased online. Here is a site that I have bought a couple of tricks from in the past and I am very happy with their service: http://themagicwarehouse.com/FL1247/Dissolvo-Paper-8.5-x-11-sheet-.html One sheet of paper is only $.50 and you can easily do the trick 10 or 15 times with one sheet.

What you will need to prepare:

Cut off a small piece of the Dissolvo Paper – 2″ x 3″


You will need 3 wine glasses:

One will will be empty.

One will be filled almost to the top with water

One will have about 13 drops of red food coloring down at the very bottom. I actually have a wine glass that has a nice dip in the very bottom that hides the coloring quite nicely. By the way, don’t skimp on the number of drops. You want a nice blood red, not a pink.

You will also need a pencil or pen.

I use a small table that I cover with a red cloth and place all the items on a serving tray.

Here is the script that goes nicely with this Gospel magic trick that I have adapted from the script found in the Dissolvo envelope

For this lesson, I am going to need a helper.

(Ask for a helper from the audience. When performing for children, try to pick one of the older kids in the audience as they will be able to think quickly of a sin in their life.)

Great! Thank you for volunteering! What is your name?

(Wait for the answer.)

Well, ____________, I am so glad that you are willing to help me with this lesson.

Here is what I’d like you to do. Can you think of the worst thing you’ve ever done.

(At this point, your helper will usually look a little sheepish and the audience will start laughing.)

Looking at the audience say: I bet you’re glad you didn’t volunteer to be up here!

But seriously, ____________. Don’t worry! You don’t have to tell me your wrongdoing or anyone here. It will only be between you and God.

Now, while ___________ is thinking about the worst thing he has ever done, I want to remind all of you in the audience that you have done wrong things too! In fact, the Bible says that all of us are something called sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But what is sin anyway? Try this definition with me: Sin is anything I think (point to your mind), anything I say (point to your mouth), or anything I do (make your finger wiggle around as if doing something) that displeases God. An example of a sin is lying; not telling the truth.

OK. So, _____________, have you thought of the worst thing or sin you have ever done?

(Wait for their response.)

Here’s the next thing I’d like you to do. Could you take this piece of paper (hand him the piece of paper) and write down one word which best describes that sin. For example, if you lied to your mom, you could just write the word “Lie” on the paper. Here is a pencil for you to write with. (Give him the pencil.) And after you’ve written your word, go ahead and fold the paper in half so none of us can read what you’ve written.

While ______________ is standing here and doing as I have asked, I want to remind everyone here something very serious that the Bible says. It says that every person since the beginning of time will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of all they have done in their lives, both the good and the bad. (For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10) Wow! That is serious stuff!

OK, _____________. Are you done writing your word down? Thank you. Now go ahead and place that piece of paper in this glass here. Awesome! Boys and girls, let’s give a big round of applause for my helper here. You were great and you may now sit down.

(Wait for applause to stop.)

Lift of the glass with the paper inside and show it to the audience and say: Here is the worst thing _____________ has ever done! (Usually there are some giggles.)

You know, every time I talk about sin, I can’t help but think about my own sin! (Put down the glass with the paper inside then place your hand on the glass of water.) In fact my mouth gets all dry just thinking about all the horrible stuff I’ve done in my own life that has displeased God. (Move your tongue around in your mouth as if you are dry and thirsty. Pick up the glass of water.) I remember when I was in high school and I… (before saying the sin, you will drink the water out of nervousness and muffle what you are saying. This can come off very funny if you look embarrassed and uncomfortable.) Or even just yesterday, I was driving down the freeway and someone cut me off and I started to say….(Once again, take a drink to block out what you said.)

But then I stop myself and I remember, “Hey, I’m a Christian! That means that I believe God loves me so much that He gave His one and only Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. (At this point, pour the remaining water into the third glass that is “hiding” the red food coloring. The glass will fill up with red water. The audience loves this.) And the Bible says that because I believe Jesus died for my sin, that His blood covers over my sin and Jesus completely forgives me! So, if ____________ is a Christian, then guess what…His sin will be covered over as well. (Pour the red water into the glass with the paper. The paper will dissolve fairly quickly. Then pour that water back into red water glass to show that the paper or “sin” is completely gone.)

(The audience usually claps at this point.)

Wow! I am so thankful that I am a Christian and that Jesus has forgiven me and that His blood covers over all my sin.

That is something I can really raise my glass to! (Raise your glass in the air.)

The End

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 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom as you sing psalms, hymns, and spirituals with gratitude to God.”

Colossians 3:16

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Scripture Lady’s Holiday Bible Games: Deck the Halls: A Bible Trivia Christmas Game

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The Scripture Lady loves creating Holiday Bible games! Here is one for Christmas called “Deck the Halls” to teach some Bible trivia about Christmas.

How well do you know your Bible trivia about Christmas? For example, what was the name of the angel who visited Mary to tell her that she was going to have Jesus? Answer: Gabriel. Or, who were the first people to visit Jesus after He was born?  Answer: The shepherds. The Christmas story is one that every Christian should be very familiar with and it’s never too early to share this great message of love with our children. So, why not do it in an extra fun way with a little bit of trivia and and a game I call “Deck the Halls?”

Holiday Bible games will help your children hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this one you will need to do the following:

For this game you will need to prepare 30 to 40 cards. I made mine 3″ squares. On one side of the card, show a picture of a Christmas tree. On the other side of the card, show a picture of a colorful ornament. On 5 of the cards, write the word “Sorry” instead of showing an ornament. Make sure that the children cannot see the word from the other side. Laminate the cards for long-term use. Next, create or draw 2 Christmas trees on a board or a wall, one for each team. The children will “decorate” their trees with the cards, so you will want to make your trees big enough to accommodate this. Finally, you will need to come up with 10 to 12 Bible trivia questions about Christmas. I did a quick search on Google and found these sites that you might want to check out:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz1621341291558.html

http://christianity.about.com/library/blchristmasquiz/bl_christmas_quiz.htm

http://biblequizzes.org.uk/quiz.php?therealchristmasquiz


Here’s how to play:

For this game, I use a pocket chart. (You can find pocket charts at your local teacher supply store or online at www.orientaltrading.com)  Place the cards tree side out on the chart in random order. Divide your children into 2 teams. Tell the children that you are going to find out how well they know some Bible trivia about the true Christmas story. Have a child come up from the first team. Ask him a Bible trivia question about Christmas. If the child answers the question correctly, he will then have the chance to pick up to 3 cards from the “Deck the Halls” cards.  Remind the child that there are also 5 cards on the board that say the word, “Sorry!”  If the child picks a “Sorry” card, he will lose the cards he picked on his turn. But if he only chooses ornaments, he will then get to “decorate” his team’s tree with the cards he chose.  The child does not have to pick all 3 cards during his turn.  He can stop if he is afraid he might find a “Sorry” card.  Play until all the trivia questions have been asked.  The team with the most ornaments on their tree wins.

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more ideas for Christmas: One Rehearsal Christmas Plays: Preschool Through Middle School (Bible Funstuff)

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“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

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Scripture Lady’s Holiday Bible Games: Let’s Make a Manger

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The Scripture Lady loves creating Holiday Bible games! Here is one for Christmas called “Let’s Make a Manger” to teach about the characters of the manger scene.

Yea! It’s almost Christmas time! And hopefully you are just as excited about this time of year as your little ones are. There are so many new sights and sounds and scrumptious goodies vying for our children’s attention at this time of year, so we need to do our best at directing them to the real reason for the season – Jesus! So why not start things off right by teaching your preschoolers all of the major characters in the wonderful Christmas story? You can do this in a creative way by playing “Let’s Make a Manger.”

Holiday Bible games will help your children hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this one you will need to do the following:

For this game you will need to prepare 3 sets of 12 different pictures of the most common characters in the Christmas manger scene. I have provided you with the list of characters that I used. I suggest you make the first set of cards each 8.5″ x 5.5″. These need to be big enough to lay on the floor upon which your children will actually walk as in a “cake walk.” The second set of cards can really be as small or as large as you would like. You are going to create a manger scene with the second set of cards. I just used a copy of the same size of pictures from my first set of cards. Create a third set of cards that are small enough to place in a hat or bucket. I made mine 3″ x 3″. Laminate all the cards for long-term use.


Finally, you might want to create or simply draw a simple manger/barn type picture in which the children will place the characters. Make it big enough to hold all the pictures.

List of Manger scene characters: An angel, heavenly host, Joseph, a shepherd, Jesus, Mary, a cow, a dove, a donkey, a sheep, a star and the wise men.

Here’s how to play:

Place the first set of cards down on the floor in a large circle. Have all your children pick a picture to stand on. Tell them that you will play a Christmas song. While the song is playing, have the children walk around the circle stepping on the pictures. Explain that when you stop the music, everyone must freeze in their spots. Now let one of the children reach into the bucket and pull out a character. Whoever is standing on that character gets to place it in the manger scene. Play in this fashion until all the cards have been picked.

The goal of the activity is to create a beautiful manger with all the pieces. At the end, remind your children that every part of the manger scene is important. God had the birth of Jesus all planned out just like He plans every birth of every child all over the world.

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more ideas for Christmas: The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

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“Call to me and I will answer you and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3

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Scripture Lady’s Holiday Bible Games: If I Were…Joseph, Mary, or…

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The Scripture Lady loves creating Holiday Bible games! Here is one for Christmas called “If I Were…Joseph, Mary, or…” to teach kids about the Christmas story.

What would it have been like to be Joseph or Mary?  Or how about one of the shepherds when the Heavenly Hosts appeared and sang “Glory to God in the Highest!”? I think it would have been marvelous!  The Christmas story is so beautiful and it’s important that our children know it very well, so why not play this game to test them on their knowledge of the most magnificent event in history?  It’s called, “If I Were…” and can be easily played with 2 or more children.

Holiday Bible games will help your children hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this one you will need to do the following:

You will need to prepare 8 number cards, numbered 1 through 8. You will also need to prepare pictures for the following characters of the Christmas story:

1. An Angel (worth 40 points)

2. Heavenly Host (worth 50 points)

3. A Shepherd (worth 10 points)

4. Joseph (worth 20 points)

5. 2 Mary Cards (worth 30 points each)

6. 2 Jesus Cards (worth 60 points each)

When creating the picture cards, include the point value on the card as well. Back each of the picture cards with one of the number cards. It does not matter which number is on a picture. Laminate your cards for long-term use.


Finally, you will need a copy of the multiple choice questions, found below, that you will ask the children when they pick the appropriate card.

Here’s how to play:

Simply display all 8 cards with the number side showing on a pocket chart or on a table, however you like.  Next call up a child from one of the teams and have them pick a number. Let them turn over the card to reveal a character from the Christmas story. If, for example, they picked Mary, you would then ask them one of the multiple choice questions that apply to Mary. If they answer correctly, their team earns the number of points written on that particular card. It is then the next team’s turn. Go through all 8 cards and the team with the highest score wins.

If you’d like the game to last a little longer, you could put slips of paper with the numbers 1 through 8 on each and put them in a hat. When it’s a child’s turn, they have to pick a number out of the hat and turn that card over. Place the slip of paper back in the hat. If on a turn that number is picked again, that team cannot turn a card over that’s already been used, thus the game could last quite a bit longer and add to the suspense of who will walk away with the most points.

Multiple Choice Questions:

Jesus

If I were Jesus, I would have been Mary’s:

A.  firstborn

B.  second child

C.  foster child

If I were Jesus, my mother Mary would have wrapped me in:

A.  a parachute

B.  cloths

C. a newspaper

Mary

If I were Mary, I would have been pledged to be married to:

A.  Sponge Bob (or say another favorite cartoon character)

B.  Joseph

C.  David

If I were Mary, I would have wrapped my firstborn in cloths and placed Him in a:

A.  manger

B.  baby buggy

C.  crib

Joseph

If I were Joseph, I would have went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to:

A.  Bethlehem, the town of David

B.  Cairo, in Egypt

C.  Disneyland

A Shepherd

If I were a shepherd and the angel of the Lord shone around me, I would have been:

A.  bored

B.  shearing my sheep

C.  terrified

The Heavenly Host

If I were part of the Heavenly Host that appeared to the shepherds, I would have said:

A.  Glory to God in the Highest

B.  Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious

C.  nothing

An Angel

If I were an angel of the Lord, I would have told some shepherds some good news of great joy that will be for:

A.  their sheep

B.  Mickey, Minnie and Pluto

C.  all people

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more ideas for Christmas: One Rehearsal Christmas Plays: Preschool Through Middle School (Bible Funstuff)

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