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Ash Wednesday 2016

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and starts this year on February 10th. Many people will place ashes on their heads as a sign of sorrow for sinning against God. The practice of placing ashes on people's heads to show they're sorry for sinning dates back to Old Testament times. 

The Bible tells us the punishment for sinning is death (Romans 6:23). In the Old Testament (before Jesus came to earth), people sacrificed animals--they put them to death--to take their punishment for sinning. They would then use ashes from the animal sacrifices and place it on their heads as a sign of sorrowful repentance, which means turning from sin--being truly sorry--turning to God, and asking his forgiveness.

Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth, God told the prophet Isaiah to write about a special man who would die for the sins of all people. . . . 

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Love Is Not Puffed Up
A Valentines Day Devotional

Love is difficult to describe. But we know it when we feel it—don't we? Or do we? Is love a feeling? Well, yes, that is part of it. But love requires action too—doesn't it? 

The Bible has a lot to say about love! Why do you think this is so?

The Scriptures tells us that God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, our Maker, is LOVE; it's his nature to love! (1 John 4:8)

Let's read the definition of love from the dictionary, (choose an age-appropriate definition such as: a feeling of strong affection for a person; or the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.)

Now let's see how the Bible describes "love." As I read, take note of the words used to describe what love is, and what love isn't.

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Valentine's Day Sermon

Can any of you tell me what we celebrate on February 14th?  That’s right, Valentine’s Day.  If a person is your Valentine that means they are the one you love the best!  Now, can anyone tell me how Valentine’s Day started? 

There was a priest by the name of Valentine.  He lived in Rome about 250 AD.  That was a long, long, time ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor by the name of Claudius. Some people called him Claudius the Cruel.  St. Valentine didn't like Emperor Claudius, and he wasn't the only one! A lot of people felt the same way.  Claudius wanted a big army. He thought men should volunteer to join.  Many men just did not want to fight in wars.  They did not want to leave their wives and girlfriends. So, not many men signed up to fight.  This made Claudius mad. So do you know what he did? He had a crazy idea that . . . 

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Christian Skits & Bible Games for Kids


Christian skits based on the Gospel of Mark Bible books game
Mark: Bible Skits               Bible Stack-O! 

Christian skits based on the book of Ruth Bible Games Explosion 52 Year-round Bible games
   Ruth: Bible Skits            Bible Games Explosion!

   
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Gospel Valentine

John 3:16 contains two words 
That have to do with love 
Gospel is the first one, 
God's Son was sent from heaven above
God Gave us life everlasting 
This came from the Good News 
We are offered life or death 
He left it up to us to choose

The second word is Valentine 
And the letters are quite plain 
This word came from man 
As he seeks her heart to gain
John 3:16 has seen many a weary soul 
Brought from darkness into light 
We'll understand it better 
When faith gives way to sight!

 For God so
      lOved the world that He gave His only begotten 
       Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not 
       Perish, but have
       Everlasting
       Life.

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