The Dress of Kindness

As God’s chosen people… clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV

My granddaughters used to love to dress up as princesses. What little girls don’t? Inspired by them and an act of kindness performed by one of the girls and my grandson I wrote a story that I hope will inspire children to put on the dress of kindness.

My youngest granddaughter, Sarah, wondered why she wasn’t in the story. But she got busy coloring the pictures and we made puppets. Then she acted out the story. That way she also felt a part of it.

Find the story under Stories for Children.

Coloring puppets

 

A Prayer Chain for Leo

dialisis colorLeo was a very sick boy. He had to have dialysis treatments several times a a week and his condition was so bad he could any minute die of a heart attack. Leo was put on a prayer chain. As it turned out, thousand of people were praying for him. God answered prayer and Leo was healed.

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving story to read to your children and grandchildren. It’s also perfect to use in your Children’s Ministry. Find it under Stories for Children.

Answer to the activity:

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Prayer ChainPrayer chain for your classroom. Cut strips of paper long enough to fold over and make a chain link. First write the children’s prayer requests on each strip of paper. Then start a chain of the requests, linking them together. Every week you can add to the chain, as new needs are mentioned. Continue to pray each week for each request. When you have answers, put them in chains and form another chain. Hang the chains in a visible place. If you share the room with others, store them in a box and take them out for each class period. After a time (3 to 6 months) start a new chain, or do something different to encourage prayer. Emphasize the need to thank God for answered prayers.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth isrenewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5

Here are pictures to color and pictures to print:

Thanksgiving Then     Thanksgiving Now     Thanksgiving Bible Times

Pictures to color:   Thanksgiving para colorear

The Joy of God’s Words

When God’s words came to the prophet Jeremiah, he ate them; they were his joy and his heart’s delight. When the prophet Ezekiel was fed with God’s words, those words were sweet as honey.

King David wrote in one of his psalms that God’s words were sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. They were more precious than gold to him.

May we treasure the Word of God!

PERRO Y BIBLIA COWelcome to read the story of an African boy who was very worried when his dog ate his Bible. Would his strong and brave dog start loving lions and tigers?

Find the story in the section STORIES FOR CHILDREN.

Sampson, the Hungry Dog

God Made Everything Beautiful

A year ago I was hosted by a kind family in the country-side of Sweden.  Crespo was one of the family cats. My assistant Cristina and I had just talked about writing something to  ward off some of the bad rap black cats have. Finally I have written a story about Crespo.

Crespo03Look under Stories for Children to read about Crespo and how he became a hero. It’s a wonderful story to teach children that everyone is beautiful in God’s eyes and that He made everything beautiful in its time.

Everything Beautiful

The Watermelon Gospel

The watermelonHave you thought about that the watermelon has the colors of the Gospel? Let’s leave for last the beautiful flower from which it grow. That represents Heaven. But we have all sinned and no sin will enter Heaven. What can we do? Here is the story.

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Black Seeds – Sin
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world. Because of their disobedience we are born with a sinful nature. There is no one righteous, not even one.  Sin separates us from fellowship with God. The black seeds in the watermelon remind us of our sin. But God loves us and has provided a way for us to be saved.

Genesis 3:1-5; Romans 3:9-24; Galatians 5:17-2

 

The Watermelon Gospel4Red Center – Jesus’ Blood
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Jesus is God’s great Gift to the world. He came to restore our fellowship with God.
Jesus died on the cross for you and me, to save us from sin. There is no other way of salvation. To be saved we have to repent from our sins and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The red center in the watermelon makes us think of salvation through Jesus’ blood shed for us.

1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 5:8; 6:23; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; 3:16

The Watermelon Gospel5White Core – Clean Heart
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

When we repent from our sins and confess them to God, He forgives us. Jesus’ blood cleans us from our sins. He takes away the darkness of sin, and leaves our heart white and pure. The white core of the watermelon speaks of a clean heart. When we are saved through the blood of Jesus we turn from sin and live a holy life. The Bible calls it being sanctified. Now, our heart’s great desire is to serve God.

Psalm 51:7,10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 10:8-11; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 12:14

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Green Rind – Growth
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

The green color of the watermelon rind represents growth. When we receive the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ, we need to grow as God’s children. Prayer and reading the Bible, God’s Word, helps us grow in Christ.

2 Timothy  2:1-15; 3:14-17; Colossians 3:1-17

 

The Watermelon Gospel7Yellow Bloom – Heaven
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:2

The watermelon grows from a beautiful yellow bloom. This golden color makes us think of the streets of gold in heaven, and the marvelous home that Jesus is preparing for all who love Him. Everything will be wonderful in heaven. Our hope as Christians is that Jesus is coming back to take us to our heavenly home. Jesus is coming soon!

Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-7, 20; John 14:1-6

 

Jesus is our only hope. All who receive Him are given the right to be sons of God.

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Here is a file to print the posters and the information: The Watermelon Gospel

A Puppy for Cody

Find under Illustrated Stories a beautiful story about a kind-hearted boy who chose a puppy with a limp, because he himself limped and the puppy would have a master who would understand him.

There are also easy puppets for the kids to make.

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