Object Lesson -Sealable Plastic Baggy

sealable-baggy-1Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 web

However God’s firm foundation stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.” 2 Timothy 2:19 web

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A sealable plastic bag to keep new things fresh and ready to be eaten or used is very handy. One of these may be able to serve as a way of teaching children some concepts of the Bible that are not so tangible for them to understand. Try asking them if they would like you to put a snack into the bag and seal it up if it were all old and stale or even moldy. No! That would not be good. We want new and fresh snacks put into the bag and sealed to stay clean and fresh, ready to eat. You don’t want it to get dirty, dry out, or get stale.

Now the kids understand a tangible thing about what they want for their snacks and how a sealable plastic bag serves the purpose nicely. Now you may try applying the spiritual lesson. Like how we want our snack to be new and stay clean and fresh, God wants us to become a new creation and stay clean and fresh. That means He wants us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to forgive us of all the bad things we do, then let Him help us to think and behave differently. Such as treating each other the way we would want others to treat us. Talking to God, spending time reading the Bible, and attending church help us to stay clean and fresh for God to use us. He enjoys using us to help others.

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Heart Shaped Painted Rock Object Lesson

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” Matthew 22:37 web

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 web

Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4 web

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Find a rock in the basic shape of a heart, paint it red, and ta-dah!! You have an object lesson that will cover many various topics and Bible verses. Depending on the Bible version, the word heart appears about 600 to 800 times. This is definitely a fantastic object lesson with many possibilities.

Consider teaching the children about the difference between the two hearts often talked about: the physical pump that God so wonderfully created us with to pump blood around in our body, and the heart that is the seat of our emotions.

God wants us to love Him with everything we’ve got. The Bible tells us to hide God’s word in our heart. And to write kindness and truth on the tablet or our heart. These are metaphors that give children and adults a visual reminder of how important these things are for us. We should spend time with God and in the Bible every day. Which helps us to make good choices. Such as not do bad things that may hurt God, people, or ourselves. Being kind and truthful from our very heart will help us to have favor with both God and man.

 

Honey Object Lesson

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Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 web

How sweet are your promises [words] to my taste, more than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 web

Honey is a very sweet object lesson. It has been used as such for a very long time. When a child is introduced to the Bible and its fantastic stories and great wisdom, it should coincide with sweetness and fun. Joy should be at the heart of the learning experience. Little children may focus more on the sweet snacks and fun of the festivities. But as time goes on, the seeds planted in their heart and soul should grow and blossom. They should learn how God’s words and promises are sweet and good for us.

God loves us more than we can even imagine. He has given us a wonderful gift, the Bible. In it, He explains how we may have a wonderful relationship with Him. Learn and teach how sweet it can be to our heart, soul, strength, and mind when we have a relationship with Him and study His word. Spend time with God and His Word the Bible every day.

[Please check with parents before giving children honey. Some are allergic to honey. Have them help decide on a good substitute for their child.]

Wind Spinner Christian Object Lesson

Wind Spinner Wheel - 1Description: a Colorful lightweight wheel that responds to wind or air movement by rotating or spinning like a wheel.

What it does: it responds to movement of air by spinning. It is often used to decorate a yard or as a toy for children to play with while running around with it or blowing on it to make it spin.

Brainstorm: Respond, sensitive, move, turn, spin, rotate, blow, air, pretty, beautiful, colorful, feel, listen, slightest whisper, and small still voice.

Scripture: Revelation 3:22, Matthew 11:15; 13:9, Mark 4:9 “He who has ears, let him hear.” 1 Kings 19:12, John 14:6, and 10:27.

Example Message: Look at this wind spinner. It spins so easily when blown. It is sensitive to the slightest little movement of air. Can you see the air moving it? We can see the effect of the wind when it spins. Jesus said that His Father was going to send the Holy Spirit to teach and help them remember the things that He had said. There is a story about Elijah, the powerful prophet of God. From him, we learn that God speaks to us using a still quiet voice. We have to listen carefully. Being sensitive like this spinner is sensitive to the slightest movement of air (blow on it lightly). Jesus often said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” He was not only talking about our physical ears, He was saying that we should believe, accept, and understand the things that He said. Sometimes it was very difficult for some people to accept and believe Jesus. They did not always want to do what Jesus said. But those who listened and obeyed were like this colorful wind spinner. It responds to the slightest movement of air.

It makes me think of how we should be in the hand of God, listening carefully. Responding to His direction. Doing as He wishes. Others will be able to see that we are directed by God. Sensitively listening, He will give us opportunities beyond our wildest imagination. He will guide us to have an influence in the lives of people, helping them to know God.

(Note: You may wish to encourage the children to read and study the Bible, which is a great way to make sure we are listening to the voice of God. He will never contradict the Bible. Also, listen to their parents, teachers and pastors. Because God uses them to help the kids learn to understand the Bible, how to know God’s voice, and His impressions on their minds and hearts.)

Clip Christian Object Lesson

Clip for Object Lesson  - 1Description: it is made of a bright colored plastic, has a magnet and a spring that applies pressure to keep the grabby part closed. It has a hinge so the grabby part can be opened and allowed to close by squeezing on the handle. It is wide.

What it does: the grabby part opens and closes when the handle is squeezed and released. It holds onto things, keeps bags closed, and can be hung magnetically to a metal surface, such as a refrigerator.

Brainstorm: The idea of shutting things. For example, the angel came and shut the lion’s mouths so they could not eat Daniel (6:22). It holds onto things. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” Deuteronomy 10:20 says, “Cling to God.” Hebrews 4:14 says, “Hold onto our confession.” Hebrews 10:23 says, “Hold onto our hope that we have confessed without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Philippians 3:12 says that “Paul grabs ahold of—” and 1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to, “Grab onto eternal life—confession”

Bible Verses: Daniel 6, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Hebrews 10:23

Example Message: I have a fun little object. What is it? Yes, it is a clip. What does a clip do? It clamps onto things and does not let go. It holds things secure (show them how it holds onto things, such as your fingers or shirt sleeve). This reminds me of a great story in the Bible when an angel came and closed lion’s mouths. Do you know that story? It was the story of Daniel when he was cast into the lion’s den. Why was he thrown into the lion’s den? Because he did not “let go” of his good habit of praying to God three times a day when some evil leaders made it illegal to pray to God. The Bible tells us that we should examine things carefully and to hold onto the good things (1 Thess. 5:21). Talking to God was and still is a good thing for us to do. We should “hang onto it” and keep doing it. The Bible tells us that we should “hold onto” the hope that we have confessed without wavering because God made a promise to us. And He never breaks a promise (Hebrews 10:23). What is our greatest hope? (That God forgives us when we accept Jesus, His Son, as our Lord and Savior. Then we can go to heaven one day to be with Him.) What are some good things that we should hold onto? (Beliefs, dreams, our calling, all things Bible; such as reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating. Fruit of the Spirit, obedience, etc.)

My Missions Update 20160620

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Robert Newhall’s Missions Update—June 2016

Missionary to Mexico

Helping to provide bilingual children’s ministry resources to rural churches and ministries in Mexico.

Fantastic Kids

I almost have 30 units completed now. I have enjoyed focusing a bit more on some of the drama section of them. I started including fun drama warm up activities. These are a lot of fun and will help kids and youth work together and improve the performing arts aspect of what Fantastic Kids is about. Barney and I have been working on a description for promotional purposes too.

Kid-Helper Resource Center Promotion

Barney and I will be promoting the Kid-Helper Resource Center at his church. WACC http://www.wacc.net/. It will be great to help promote resource centers for Mexico. We will have a booth there during their missions emphasis day this Sunday. Yes, Barney and I are working on a description for promoting this as well.

The Humor of Jesus

Jesus gave James and John a nickname. Do you know what it was? Why did he gave them the nickname? See below for the answer.

Spanish Birthday Books

I just confirmed the order. 1,000 Spanish Birthday Books. I look forward to placing them where they will go to rural ministries in Mexico. (—http://kidhelperresources.3dcartstores.com/—)

$1 Object Lessons

I have been enjoying blogging object lessons. For this series I am writing them on objects that cost no more than $1, such as dollar store items. Check them out on my Blog. https://robertnewhall.wordpress.com

Summer Ministry “DATE” change

So far I have two VBS and preaching ministry opportunities planned:

Clackamas Valley Baptist Church in Estacada, OR (—http://clackamasvalleybaptistchurch.org/—)

???—Back to School Blast (Saturday, July 23, 2016)

—Vacation Bible School (Monday – Friday, July 25 – 29, 2016)

TBA

—Sunday Service Preaching Sunday, July 31, 2016

Boardman First Baptist Church (—https://www.facebook.com/First-Baptist-Church-111686545536925/—)

—VBS (Monday – Friday, August 1 – 5, 2016)

—Sunday Service Preaching (Sunday – August 7, 2016)

Rubik’s Cube

I was inspired by La Fuente Ministries and one of the Nana’s Casa boys. Part of their theme for children’s ministry is a Rubik’s Cube right now. The boy let me try to work his Rubik’s Cube. I promised him that I would learn how. I am also inspired by Karl. Each time I have seen him, he takes a few minutes here and there to work on more advanced Rubik’s Cubes. So I got the original 3 x 3. I had one as a kid and learned to take it apart in order to put it back together. Yes, pop a center plate and there was a screw that could be taken out. Not sure they are made the same nowadays. But thanks to YouTube I have all but the last two algorithms memorized. I hope to use it as an object lesson to present the gospel and work into a personal testimony. Here is an example on YouTube that inspires me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKBnogdmMlw).

The Humor of Jesus

—“James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);” (Mark 3:17 ESV) And why—A village of Samaritans rejected them all, so they asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Luke 9:51-56 ESV) Can you imagine the telling and retelling of this funny story? Especially Jesus’ implication that James and John, even with both of them together, were no match for Elijah the Tishbite! (2 Kings 1).

Source: https://global.oup.com/obso/focus/focus_on_humor_new_testament/

Prayer Requests

Please pray for my trip friday to Barney’s near L.A., CA. We will be promoting Kid-Helper Resource Centers for Mexico. That will be on Sunday at his church.

And for my planning for my summer trip to promote and raise funds for more resource centers in Mexico.

That I will raise enough for at least two more resource centers to be placed this fall.

That La Fuente Ministries will do well using the resources we took them in their ministry. Getting the gospel to many children in their ministry.

To finish a lot of writing on Fantastic Kids before my summer trip.

For God to lead us in contacts, connections and leads on areas to place more resources in Mexico.

Thank You

You are the ones making this vision and work possible. Thank you ever so much for your prayers and support. You are like Moses, Aaron, and Hur up on the mountain side interceding without growing weary (Ex. 17:12).

What did you enjoy about it?

I am working through a few things on a personal level in a book that I am reading (—http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/will-it-fly-is-live/—). Last time I shared one of my favorite memories following the teaching example of Karl Bastian the Kidologist. Here is another one of the questions that inspired me about my missions work. Enjoy! Blessings.

  1. Working with a variety of people in different circumstances and situations doing a variety of ministries and projects.
  2. I love the variety of learning challenges that I have faced. Learning to live with people in a different culture, learning a new language, learning how to teach in new, exciting and fun ways. That motivates me.
  3. I love to help others in a variety of ways. I love to teach. When I have the opportunity to teach children, I enjoy it a lot. But when I am able to help/teach other younger people to teach children, that is the cat’s meow for me.

Combination Lock Christian Object Lesson

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Description: Shiny metal, metal clasp loop thingy, round, flat, black dial with white marks and numbers, a handle on the dial.

What it does: The dial turns clockwise and counterclockwise. And with the right combination of three numbers it opens. It locks and unlocks, tight and secure.

Brainstorm: Three things needed. Many lists of three things. Lock things in a locker. Lock things in your head, heart, and soul. Keep it safe. List of three; lock, guard, and safe. Ready to use! Powerful things are locked away and ready to be used by those with the right combination.

Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (ESV)

Example Message: What is this? (Hold it in your hand so only a part of the back can be seen.) It is shiny. (Show a little more until they figure it out.) Yes, it is a combination lock. The black dial with white numbers turns. If you know what numbers to stop on, you can unlock it. These generally have a combination of three numbers. You can use these to lock up your precious things. But only if you know the code. And you wouldn’t want to forget the code. Then you wouldn’t be able to unlock it to get your things.

Are there important things in your head or heart to keep safe? Yes! You keep many marvelous things in your head and heart. There is a Bible verse that says (read the verse) in 1 Corinthians 13:13. You should keep faith, hope and love safe. And your heart, mind and soul are very important, too. This lock is meant to keep others out. But when you have the right combination you can open it and get what you want.

What if you were a superhero? You might have very powerful things locked inside. You would need to learn how to use the special things, as well as when, why and how. Faith, hope, and love are powerful things that God has given us. If you learn to use them correctly you could be God’s superhero. You could show others how they can have faith and hope. And how God loves them more than they can even imagine. Can you think of someone that may need one of these three things? Be sure to ask your parent’s advice.