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

Combination Lock  - 1

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.

Metal Puzzle

Metal Puzzle  - 2Metal Puzzle  - 1Description: two bent rods of metal that are linked together.

What they do: when they are linked together, it is difficult to figure out how to separate them. They make us wonder, think, and experiment, until the solution is discovered. If they are not linked together, they do not serve their purpose.

Bible Verses: James 1:5-8 and 3:17.

Sample Message: I have a fun trinket here. What do you think it is? It is a metal puzzle. There are two pieces. The object is to separate them. Some are very difficult and others are easier. What would help me separate them? Would a hammer help? Yes, but what would help me do it the intended way?

What about wisdom? Wisdom is to have experience and to know how things work. Or, being able to think; if I do such and such, this or that will likely happen, either good or bad.

What is a good way to acquire wisdom? The Bible tells us in James, “If you lack wisdom, you should ask God.” God loves to give us wisdom. It also says, “Ask without doubting.” Instead, we should believe in God. He will give us a lot of wisdom. It says, “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is tossed back and forth by the wind.” And, “Anyone who doubts is a double-minded person.” (Hold the two pieces of the puzzle up by your head on each side.) If these metal pieces are not together, they do not serve their purpose. Neither does a double-minded person.

We should ask God for wisdom. Let’s not doubt, but believe God. Then, he will help us discover what we must do to work out our puzzles or challenges of life. Plus, wisdom will help us be all these good things that are listed in James 3:17. (Read the verse.)

Sticky Ball

Sticky Ball  - 1

Description: sticky, bright color

What it does: Sticks to things.

Here is a sample message:

I have a little toy that kids enjoy to play with. When you hold onto the handle and swing it onto the table or something, it sticks. This is made to come off again so you can stick it over and over again. (Do it a few times to show the kids. Then do it on each main point in the message.)

That is what we should do with God. We should keep sticking to Him. In fact, there is a Bible passage that talks about sticking with God. Lamentations 3:22-34 (If you wish, read it to the kids in your favorite version of the Bible). One part says, “I am sticking with God” *(MSG). God is very good to those who stick to Him, while patiently waiting for Him. Those who stick to looking for God will find him. It is good for us to stick to hoping in Him because He will help us. When bad stuff happens, stick to God. When life is difficult, stick to God by talking to Him. Stick to hoping in Him. When trouble comes, stick to God, because He will never walk out and leave us, He will never walk out and abandon us. Always stick to God, because He loves us more than we could ever even imagine. Stick to God, because He is always tenderly working on you. Making you better. And me too.

You see, God’s love, mercy, and faithfulness are created new every morning. So let’s never give up, and let’s stick to Him, every day.

Application: When things happen that are difficult, and even when things are going well, what are you going to do? (Stick to God!) How do we do that? God is our friend. Just like a friend we talk to Him, listen to Him, read His Bible, which is like a letter to us. He tells us how much He loves us. And we should get together with others in church, and other times too. Those who stick to God like we do are our spiritual family.

Some Bible Verses: Psalm 16:8-11; Prov. 28:20; Lamentations 3:22-36

*The Message (MSG) Bible uses “stick” in the sense of sticking to something.

Bouncy Ball

bouncy Ball  - 1Description: Small, round, variety of colors, and rubbery

What it does: sits, rolls, bounces

Okay, here is a Sample Message for you.

Hey, kids. I have a bouncy ball. If I set it down, what does it do? Nothing. It just sits there. How boring is that? But, If I roll it like this, then what is it doing? It rolls. Still not a lot of fun, is it? In order for this ball to be really fun, what must it do? It must bounce. That is what it was made to do. When it just sits there it is not doing what it was made to do. Even if it rolls it still is not doing all of what it was “made to do.” But when it bounces, that is when it does “do” what it was “made” to do.

Hey, that reminds me—I was made, too. Who made me? God made me. And He made you all too. And He made us with a purpose. We are supposed to “do” what He “made” us to “do.” There are many very good Bible verses that answer the question, “why did God make us?” Here is one.

1 Corinthians 1:9 says—”God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Did you figure out why God made us? It says He made or called us to be in fellowship with His Son Jesus. If we accept Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and friend, then we will be fulfilling the purpose of why God made us. You see, the dictionary defines fellowship like this: “to be friends with one another or others who share the same interests or aim.”

Here are some other good Bible verses that help us to understand it even better.

Jeremiah 29:11—”For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Look these up too. Ephesians 2:10 and Micah 6:8.

Now we want to have fun and be fun like the bouncy ball. The best way for us to do that is to do what God “made” us to “do.” To accept Him as our Lord and Savior. To let Him be our friend. To obey Him. And to do what He wants us to do, such as love Him and love others too.

(English Standard Version)