The devotional is simple and can be expanded according to the audience
and need. Begin by telling about real computer bugs that
short-circuited the first tube computer. Computer bugs now are usually
viruses that destroy files and can mess up the works. The comparison
is how we allow sin to creep into our lives and mess us up. We need to watch
out for it and take preventative measures. The Bible says if we admit
our sin, the Lord will cleanse us from it. He will keep us clean and protect us when we live the way He
shows us in His Word.
Bible texts: Psalm 14:2-3; 139:23-24, Romans
3:23, 2 Cor.5:17, Phil.4:8-9, 1John1:9.
How to make the computer bugs
The chips were removed from old electronic computer boards which I
got from a junkyard. I used a torch, flat screwdriver and needle nose
pliers to get them off the board. The chips vary in size. If they are
too small then the verse/s are too small to read. The verses need to
be done with a graphics program that reverses the print to negative or
a normal print-out needs to be reversed at a copy place on a color
copy machine. It can be done on a home computer and printer but the
amount of ink it takes is not cheap. Plastic lacing was used for the
tail. Curl the tail if desired by wrapping it around the handle of a
cooking spoon, taping it, dipping it 5-10 seconds into very hot water
and then into cold water. Use wiggle eyes of an appropriate size. Use
a small, square chip for the head. For the "feelers", we
used pollen things (pistol) which are normally used with fake flowers.
The wire connectors on the main chip are a bit dangerous so glue foamy
on the underside to help take care of that problem and so that a pin
back is accessible. The plastic lacing tail and the smaller chip for
the head are glued between the main chip and the foamy. The smaller
chip can also be glued on top of the main chip if there is room for
the verse paper which is glued on the main chip. We paraphrased or
used just portions of verses. Ps.139:23 and
1 John1:9 are on the chip.
Copyright 2005 Mark & Becky Bryan
You have permission to copy this for
personal / local church use, but only with this copyright notice and
not for commercial publication.
Mark and Becky Bryan serve in
"Arbeitskreis Kinderarbeit"- Committee for Children's Work of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in
Austria. Becky is a consultant and Mark is the secretary. They offer seminars in churches for children's workers and lead children's work at retreats. They are part of the Mission to Southeast Europe which has its headquarters in Germany. The
"Evangeliums Dienst"- Gospel Service (churches in the province
of Carinthia, Austria are under this mission). The Bryans have opportunity to help in the churches in Klagenfurt in children's and youth work, preaching, teaching, counseling, and leading children to Christ.
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