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"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV).
Ask children to name the different ways we describe people we know. (Distribute index
cards and pencils to children.) Have them write their names on the cards and describe
themselves by completing the following sentence, "I am," and then writing the
description on their card. (You might prompt them by giving an example, "I am kind. I
am a good listener. I am an artist." etc.)
(Say:) Have you ever wondered how we got our last names or what they mean? For
example, the last name, "Miller," originally described a person's job. A miller owned or
worked in a grain mill grinding corn, wheat, or some other type of grain. And the name
"Smith" described a metalworker. The name "North," was a description of where a
person lived, he lived "north" of a certain town. "Brown" described someone with brown
hair or skin. People would refer to others by saying, John the miller or Mike the smith or
Rebecca from the north or Jim with brown skin, is coming here or doing such and such.
Eventually these titles were dropped and they became known as John Miller, Mike
Smith, Rebecca North and Jim Brown.
Learn more about the Names of God Bible lessons.
Try the following two games to strengthen and encourage Bible memorization. Get these and more when you purchase Bible Games Explosion.
Bible Wave ----------------- active
Participants stand in a circle. Teacher begins by raising hands above head in a flowing
motion and saying the first word of the verse. Person to the right immediately does the
same, but says the next word. Play proceeds around the circle until the verse is stated;
then immediately reverse the wave in the opposite direction, stating the verse again. If
someone doesn't know a word, pass to the next player who does.
Bonk ----------------- active
Players stand in a circle. At the go teacher tosses a ball to a player who must then say
the first word of the memory verse, then pass the object clockwise to the next player,
who must say the next word, and so on until the verse is stated. However, if a player
doesn't know a word, he or she must say, "Bonk," at which time the object reverses
order and play proceeds until a player doesn't know the next word, whereupon the
object reverses direction again. Continue until verse is stated.
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