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A rare book collector ran into an old friend who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in an old box in his attic. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.
“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.
“Yes, that was it!”
“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”
“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”
2 Peter 3:17; Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 3:17
- Long pole
Have you ever seen someone walk a tightrope before? It’s pretty amazing isn’t it. If they aren’t careful they can fall off on either side, and that wouldn’t be a very pretty thing to watch. What does it take to walk on a tightrope? (Wait for response.) That’s right, it takes balance.
(Hold up the pole.)
Many tightrope walkers will also use a very long pole like this that they hold on to while they are going across windy or dangerous areas. Does anyone know why? Because it helps them to stay balanced!
Often times people let their lives get out of balance. They spend to much time at work, school, video games, movies, or doing all kinds of things. Now those things are particularly bad, but Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is a time for everything. We need to keep those things in balance.
God has given us something to keep our lives balanced just like a tightrope walker carries this long pole. God has given us his Word, the Bible! When we read it, study it and memorize it we will grow stronger and be able to keep our life in balance.
It is important for us to read the Bible regularly and let God speak to us through it so that when the winds come they won’t blow us off balance.
Psalm 119:105; Joshua 1:8; Hebrews 4:12
- Slice of white bread
- Cup of water
(Hold up a slice of bread.)
Does anyone here think that you can eat this whole entire slice of bread? (Select a volunteer. Either a child or adult with work fine. You may want to test this out, but generally it is not possible for a person to eat a slice of bread in under a minute without drinking water with it.)
OK, all you have to do is eat this slice or bread. The only catch is that you only has 60 seconds to do it. Do you think you can eat this whole slice of bread in only 60 seconds? (Most people will feel very confident that they can eat it quickly.)
Are you read? Get set. Go!
(Being timing the person as they try to eat the bread. Most likely they will take a few bites and spend a long time trying to chew it. Once they get down to 10 seconds have everyone help count it down.)
That wasn’t as easy as it looked was it? In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said that man cannot live by bread alone but they need the Words of God, just like you couldn’t eat this slice of bread on its own. There is a trick though, would you like to try it again?
(Hand them a glass of water and tell them that they can drink it as often as they need.)
Are you ready? Get set. Go!
(They should be able to finish the bread quickly this time.)
See, you were not able to finish it when you were just eating the bread alone but when you added the water it became really easy. As a believer in God we need more than just food to sustain us also. We need to also ready, study and meditate on God’s Word as that brings us true life.
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Psalm 78:10; Psalm 119:34; Psalm 119:61
- Kite with string
(Hold up the kite.)
Once upon a kite there was a boy who wanted a kite so badly. Every day he would do his chores so he could earn some money. He even went to his neighbor’s house to help them so that he could earn a little bit more.
After a few weeks he had saved up enough money and his mom drove him to the toy store. He walked right over to the kite section and picked out his favorite one. Once he had paid for the kite he went home and quickly began putting it together.
Once it was assembled it was truly a remarkable kite, so the boy ran to a nearby field and the kite gently lifted off the ground. Once the kite started to soar the kite said to itself, “Look at me! I am the most beautiful kite in the whole world!”
The kite began to soar higher and higher but then the kite noticed that there was a string tied to it. The kite said, “Why is this string tied to me? I want to be free! Then I can soar anywhere I want!” So the kite began to tug hard against the string.
Harder and harder the kite pulled against the string until at last it snapped.”I’m free!” the kite squealed as he began to drift on the wind. Before the kite knew what was happening he realized that he was not flying at all, but he was tumbling faster and faster towards the ground. The kite did everything it could to fly higher, but it was no use, and at last it crashed into the dirt with a crack.
A few minutes later the boy came running over and picked up the kite and the broken pieces and said to the kite, “Silly kite, didn’t you know that the string pulling on you want what allowed you to fly? You wanted freedom, but instead it made you crash.”
Imagine that you are like that kite. You are flying higher and higher. God’s Word is like the string that holds you firmly. As long as you stay anchored in God’s instructions by reading and obeying the Word you can soar high. But if you pull and try to break free then we will come crashing down.
Proverbs 4:13 says that God’s instructions is the key to life. We should hold tightly onto His instructions and not try to run from them.
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- Building blocks
- Sand bucket full of wet sand
- Water pitcher full of water
Fill the bucket with wet sand so that when you flip the bucket upside-down and remove it, the sand will retain its shape. Put this sand onto a tray and put the brick on a tray.
In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells a story about two people who were going to build some houses. There was a wise builder and a foolish builder.
(Have a couple helpers come up and help build some houses).
In verse 24 Jesus says “Anyone who listens to his teaching and obeys it is wise Like a person who builds his house on solid rock.”
(Have one person start building a block house on the rock and one person start building a block house on the sand)
Verse 26 says “Anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish like a person who builds his house on sand.”
Jesus is saying that we need to build our lives on the solid foundation of God’s Word. We need to not only listen to it but do what it says.
The verse tells us that once the houses are built a storm comes. A lot of times in life storms will come and try to knock us down.
(Pour the water on both houses. The one on the rock should stand and the other one should collapse.)
We need to listen to God’s Word and also do what it says. Doing this is building out lives on the firm foundation of God’s Word.
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