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" . . . be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" 1 CO 15:58.
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"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.
Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, `Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent" Luke 15:4-7.
Who is the Shepherd? (Jesus)
Who is the Lost Sheep? (A person who has wandered away from Jesus.)*
Who are the other sheep? (People who already follow Jesus.)
Bible Game Objective
One player, the "sheep," will draw arrows using chalk to give clues as to where he or she can be found by the "shepherd," the rest of the players. (You might decide to have two players to be the sheep.)
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My Junior Church group just loved the John 3:16 Pictograms. They are only from 3-5 years old. They had never heard the word Pictograms and they were very curious. . . . We had been working on that verse, they already knew it and could also sing it. But as they coloured the booklets I made for them, they kept commenting on how it is such a good idea to make Pictograms. But the best one is from my youngest, Wesley, only three: He wants you to make many, many more, and he suggested you start with the song "God loves all the little children of the world"! I think that because they are still for the most part pre-readers, they felt it was like they could read. . . Thank you so much. It kind of made my day too! ~ Marie-Ange.
The Bible opens with a big bang (pun
intended)---a dramatic account of the creation story: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1-2
NIV). God's Spirit is pictured as brooding over the waters of chaos. In these opening verses we clearly see two persons of the
Trinity---God and Spirit---working in unison to bring order to our world.
However, in John's Gospel we are told that Jesus was also there: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men (John 1:1-4
The Holy Spirit is often pictured as a hovering or descending bird, particularly a dove. At creation, the Holy Spirit hovers over the waters like a protective bird. The Hebrew term for hovering is rachaph, which means to move, flutter, or shake. This same word is used when Moses recounts God's care and deliverance for the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Like an eagle protecting its nest, hovering over its young, God spread out his wings, took hold of Israel, and carried him on his back (Deuteronomy 32:11 CEB). The term is used again by the prophet Isaiah concerning God's protection over Israel, Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it (Isaiah 31:5 NIV).
The Holy Spirit is also pictured or associated with light and fire---representing God's glory, power, holiness, and justice. Keep reading.
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