You Must Be Born Again (“Nick at Night” revisited)

Nick at Night - revisited

“Ye Must be Born Again”

Did any of you follow Moody Bible Institute’s  113th annual Founder’s Week?  The theme of the week was “Holiness” and the last speaker of the event was Pastor Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle.  He powerfully emphasized that the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be the most important priority of a Christian’s service.  As teachers, we should strive to make sure some aspect of the Gospel is presented each week.  Let’s take advantage of the time with our kids to clearly present the Gospel and magnify Jesus our LORD and God! “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily..” (Colossians 2:9)  Jude declares that we must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints…” .  No other way…no other NAME whereby we may be saved…no other revelation!!! But that has not stopped “certain men (or women) from creeping in unnoticed to try and entice us and our kids away from the Truth. Pray for understanding and prepare your hearts by asking the Holy Spirit to convict and cleanse them from sin so we are suitable , holy vessels and His power can flow through us.  Please don’t wait until Saturday night to prepare your lesson…or even worse…Sunday morning!!!  He desires our best efforts, our best strength and devotion our best reflection and creativity.

Nick at Night

Nick at Night

The focus on this lesson is Nicodemus and his exposure to the glorious Gospel in John 3.  The figures should be cut out and glued on black card stock or construction paper.  Every child should memorize John 3:16 so have them write or print it on their papers. Optional: a small “prize” for knowing the verse correctly…even if it is just a simple page of gold or silver stars, would add to the experience.  To  further explore  this lesson see my previous post on 8/27/2011  “Nick at Night”.

Since the kids will be writing the verse on black paper, you will need to experiment to see what will show up.  Bright colors of gel pens work well, so do silver or gold.  If you only have a pencil…this will also work.  Also, there is no need to equip each child with their own as sharing is encouraged!

A New Year’s Hope

“This I recall to my mind,

Therefore I have hope.

Through the LORD’S mercies

We are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.”    Lamentations 3: 21-23 (NKJV)

FIRST CHRISTMAS

We are blessed beyond measure.  Take time today to count your many blessings.  I was able to spend time with my new granddaughter, family and friends over Christmas.  The new year finds me again in transition so it will be awhile until I can post again.  I  have re-blogged the Table of Contents for both the Old and New Testament lessons which shows the date each story was posted…just scroll past this post… and then you can look up the desired stories in the archives. The newer lessons have two worksheets available…with English text and without text in case you have to translate it!  There are also  other entries such as “a History of the Kings of Judah and Israel” posted on 2/10/2012,  which do not fit under the heading of “Bible story”  God Bless, Bibleauntie

Table of Contents New Testament

Originally posted on aunties bible lessons:

Messiah is Born   (8/25/11 & 11/26/12)

Wisemen Seek Him  (8/25/11)

Boy Jesus   (8/25/11)

Jesus Baptized   (8/25/11)

Temptation of Christ   (8/25/11)

Jesus Seeks His Disciples  (8/26/11)

Water to Wine   (8/26/11)

Sermon on the Mount   (8/27/11)

Nick at Night   (8/27/11)  (02/08/2014)

The Woman at the Well (10/14/2013)

Widow of Nain (9/26/2013)

Jesus Heals the Paralytic   (8/27/11)

Parable of the Sower (1/02/2012)

Jesus Stills the Storm   (8/27/11)

Man of the Tombs (6/19/2012)

Jesus Defeats Death (Jairus’ daughter) and Disease (woman who bleeds)     8/29/11

Jesus Feeds the Multitudes/Walks on Water   (3/06/2012)

Transfiguration   (8/29/11)

Miracle of the Tribute Money (5/09/2013)

The Good Samaritan  (2/4/2012)

Light of the World   (12/11/2011)

Parable of the Rich Fool   (4/8/2012)

Jesus heals a Daughter of Abraham   (8/30/11)

Jesus Saves (a lost sheep, a coin, a son)    8/30/11

Rich Man and Lazarus (3/20/2012)

Remember…

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Table of Contents Old Testament

Originally posted on aunties bible lessons:

  1. “In the Beginning”   posted  8/2011
  2. The Fall  (8/2011)
  3. The need for a covering (Cain and Abel) 10/03/2012
  4. The Flood  (8/2011)
  5. Tower of Babel  (8/2011)
  6. Call of Abram  (8/2011)
  7. Abraham’s Test  (8/2011)
  8. Jacob’s Dream  (8/2011)
  9. Jacob Picks a Bride (6/7/2012)
  10. Joseph and his Brothers  (8/2011)
  11. Joseph is tested (10/29/2011)
  12. Joseph in Egypt  (8/2011)
  13. Baby Moses   (8/2011)
  14. The Burning Bush   (8/2011)
  15. God’s Wonders (9 plagues)   8/2011
  16. First Passover  (8/2011)
  17. Crossing Red Sea   (8/2011)
  18. Manna   (8/2011)
  19. Victory over Amalek  (8/2011)
  20. 10 Commandments  (8/2011)
  21. The LORD proclaims HIS NAME   (8/2011)
  22. The Tabernacle   (8/21/2013)
  23. God’s Holy Convocations – part two (6/21/2012)
  24. A Bad Report  (8/2011)
  25. Korah’s Rebellion   (8/2011)
  26. Look and Live   (8/2011)
  27. Balaam   (8/2011)
  28. Crossing Jordan   (8/2011)
  29. Battle of Jericho   (8/2011)
  30. Joshua is Tricked (8/03/2013)
  31. Gideon   (8/2011)
  32. Ruth and Boaz  (11/08/2011)
  33. Samson called to judge   (8/2011)
  34. Samson is Forgiven (6/19/2013)

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Two Men Went to the Temple To Pray…

Two Men Went to Pray

Two Men Went to Pray

This is an important story, especially for the “church kid”.  This was especially convicting for me when I was much younger because I had the attitude of the self-righteous Pharisee.  Jesus told this parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” We must teach our kids that even though they may think they are pretty good compared to other people…if they do not have love and think they are better than others, their faith does not please the LORD. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)  Two men went to the temple to pray.  One was basically praying to himself…bragging that he was not like all of the sinners he knew…even mentioning the tax collector!  He boasted that he fasted and gave generous gifts to God while the tax collector stood afar off and could not even lift his eyes to heaven.  He smote himself on his chest and begged God to be merciful to him, acknowledging his sins.

"Be Merciful to me..."

“Be Merciful to me…”

Jesus told the listeners of this parable that the tax collector went home justified.”…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Make sure you go over the definitions of righteous, humbles, exalts and justified and merciful. You will also want to explain why the tax collectors were hated in Jewish society.  Worksheets and instructions are posted at kidsbible.wordpress.com (10/30/2012)

The Woman at the Well

 
Woman at the Well

Woman at the Well

This story is found in John chapter 4 and beautifully illustrates the Gospel.  You have heard that Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans because their religion became “tainted” after the ten Northern Tribes of Israel were dispersed by the Assyrians. The Samaritans built a shrine on Mt. Gerizim during the Persian period and claimed that this shrine, not the temple in Jerusalem, was the proper place of worship.  At the time of Christ, no Jew would leave Judea to go to Galilee and travel through Samaria which was the most expedient route…but Jesus  was determined to go to Samaria in spite of the prejudice of His countryman.  He had a divine appointment with a woman at the well of Jacob in Sychar, and their dialogue ends with His famous declaration that He was the promised Messiah. ( I recommend this scene from the 2003 movie,  “The Gospel of John”, and can be viewed on You-Tube.

Woman at the Well wkst

Woman at the Well wkst

For  instructions and a worksheet without text go to the companion blog at “kidsbible.wordpress.com” Please note that I stress certain aspects of the main character’s dialogue and do not cover the immoral lifestyle of the Samaritan Woman for obvious reasons. Jesus is confronting the woman’s doctrinal errors…”that the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth”.  As a result of her faith that He was indeed the promised Messiah, she  immediately runs to the people of her city to invite them to hear Jesus also.

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘ He told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days.  And because of His words many more became believers.” John 4:39-41

Jesus – Our Compassionate Savior

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy.” Psalms 145:8

Widow of Nain

Widow of Nain

I have been traveling 3000 miles during the past three weeks to see friends and visit my new grandbaby.  If you are new to the blog: WELCOME… for a complete table of contents of Bible Stories, scroll back to June 19, 2013 for O.T. & April 2, 2013 for N.T.a smile for G-ma

I wanted to do a lesson on the widow of Nain  because it emphasizes  the great compassion of our LORD… but couldn’t figure out how to make the widow’s son “come alive”.  Brainstorming with my friend, Robin, she suggested a tab connected to the eyeball “…pull the tab and the eye opens…just like in all of the storybooks I read my boys when they were little”.   I found that magic tape makes the perfect tab!

*Widow of Nain - b For completion of this project you will need brass brads, magic tape and card stock.  There will also need to be pre-cutting with an x-acto blade.  (Don’t allow the kids to use this tool…it is very sharp and regular scissors will make too big of a gouge in the paper!)

Luke, chapter 7 is an interesting chapter.  Jesus had been in Capernaum and “sent His Word” at the  “great” faith of the Roman centurion.    After healing the beloved servant of that notable soldier, He went with many people to the city of Nain.  Just as He was about to enter the gate of the city, a funeral procession was coming the other way.  The young man who had died was the only son of his widowed mother.  Her future was bleak indeed.  Jesus noticed her crushing sorrow and without any plea on her part, was moved with compassion to meet her great need.   Approaching  the bier, and touching it, said , “Young man , I say to you, arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And He delivered him to his mother.”  The people glorified God, recognizing that He had  visited His people and had sent a great prophet.

Widow of Nain - wkst with text

Widow of Nain – wkst with text

John the Baptist was in prison at this time, and his disciples brought him word of this great miracle.  John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the  promised Messiah.  That same hour , the Lord healed many of the people’s infirmities, plagues and evil spirits.  Jesus told the men sent to Him, to go back and tell John what they had seen and heard  “…how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.”   This , John would understand, was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61.  Jesus was indeed, the anointed one!  Now Jesus was asking John not to be offended.  Do you think that is a strange statement?  Remember that John was facing an uncertain future and knowing the truth about Jesus did not  change his present circumstances. Jesus wants believers everywhere to have faith in God’s Word and trust His purposes even if we don’t understand how things in our life are going to work out.

The complete instructions  are posted on my other blog “kidsbible.wordpress.com”   Since there are a lot of steps I have included photos to help you as a picture is worth a 1000 words! There is also a worksheet without text if you would like to translate this. (also a PDF worksheet with text )