To be Born Again

I’m excited about this mini-series of stories on salvation. We are seeing different persons and how they met Jesus.

Zacchaeus, a man despised because of his line of work as a tax collector, “hid” in a tree to see Jesus. For sure he felt safe there, out of sight of the crowd; but not ignored by Jesus. No one can hide from Him. Jesus sees the deepest longing of our hearts; He knows us better than we know ourselves. With love, He satisfies our deepest desires.

The Samaritan woman, a “sinner” who went to the well in the heat of the day, to escape the looks of contempt of the women of Sychar. Her sinful life lay bare before Jesus, but He did not despise her. There, by the well, she received the water of life. Jesus transformed her!

Nicodemus, another person who “hid”, was received with love be Jesus. At night, when his fellow Pharisees didn’t see him, Nicodemus had his encounter with the Savior. He was born again!

In today’s story, the boy Pepper, who always has doubts in his heart, is moved by the story of the new birth, and decides to ask Miss Beatrice to explain more… We are in suspense. What will happen? Can Pepper overcome his doubts?

While you await the answer (coming next week), let me introduce a present-day “Pepper.” Pilar Cabrera, a Sunday school teacher from Tecate, Mexico sent me this photo, with a greeting from the Mexican children.

The story today is about Nicodemus and the importance of being born again.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot
see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 ESV

Read the Bible story in John 3:1-21.

Welcome to read Nicodemus is Reborn, story #23 in Salt and Pepper story


Nicodemus on his way to visit Jesus by night

Jesus and NIcodemus

“You must be born again!”



Springs of Living Water

One of the joy in my life this school year is that I get to enjoy the company of my grandson. He is a Freshman in high school. Because the school bus doesn’t run to the area where he lives, his father drops him off at my house in the morning on his way to work, then the bus picks him up here and takes him to school. He comes early and we have almost two hours to spend together. Most afternoons he also spends with me.

Every morning we read a Bible portion and pray. When reading the book of Hebrews, verse 10 in chapter 6 stood out. I would like send it as a greeting to all the faithful parents and teachers who devote themselves to teaching the Word of God.

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

Almost all my life I have taught the Bible. When my girls grew up I had the joy of reading the Word with them; now I enjoy my grandson.

I would like to encourage you to be faithful in sharing with your loved ones the Word of God. Today the story is about a despised woman who found in Jesus springs of living water that filled her heart to overflowing. In the story I use the example of throwing a stone into the water and seeing the waves form. That’s how it is when we share the news of our Savior.

Breaking news is like waves in the water. Just as more and more waves are formed, so spoken words have a rippling effect. They go from our family to our friends, and from there to our neighbors and then to other acquaintances. At last, everyone has heard the news!

I am sure you are faithfully praying for the people in your life who do not know Christ. Let’s continue praying that they will have the wonderful experience of the springs of living water that Jesus offers.

Read the story of the Samaritan Woman in John chapter 4.

The woman’s encounter with Jesus had a rippling effect!

This week’s Salt and Pepper story is number 22: Springs of Living Water

Jesus “had to” pass through Samaria

Jesus offers the Samaritan woman living water

The woman runs to tell the news about Jesus

Samaritans believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony

Salvation for Zacchaeus

What is the most wonderful thing that a human being can experience? It’s that which happened to Zacchaeus!

Jesus went to his house and transformed his life!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20

Jesus’ invitation is for everyone. “ I must stay at your house today,” he told Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus accepted the call of the Savior and his life changed completely.

Jesus declared, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

In the coming four weeks we will focus on the very important theme of salvation. There will be three stories of people who accepted the offer of salvation:

  • Zacchaeus, the tiny fellow
  • The Samaritan woman and the water of life
  • Nicodemus, who visited Jesus at night

We will end the “mini-series” with the story of the rich young ruler, who went away sad, because his riches meant more for him than the joy of following Jesus.

The three-fold purpose for teaching:

  • Win the students for Christ.
  • That the students will grow in their spiritual life.
  • Prepare the students to do the Lord’s work.

Let us pray for each other, so that the children we have in our care will come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.


We are going to have puppets, especially for the little ones. They will love to have Jesus and Zacchaeus talking to each other. If you as the teacher want to use the pictures there is a large size. You can glue one side to the other, with a fly swatter in between. That makes it easy to hold the images and tell the story. The smaller sizes have the memory verse on one side. Fold the picture with a stick in between. You can also glue one face against the other.

I pray that these stories be a blessing to you and the children in your life.

Welcome to read today’s Salt and Pepper Story, #21: Zacchaeus’ Special Visitor

The Joy of Serving Jesus

Maybe you wonder about the purpose of the Salt and Pepper stories with Daisy and the good neighbor Beatrice. Most of all, I wish for children to know the Lord Jesus and to love Him with all their hearts, to feel the joy of His presence.

It all started when I wanted to write a story to inspire children to watch their speech. It’s not something I have planned for a long time. The stories are born from one week to another. A fire in Lima, Peru led me to write about Elijah and the fire of heaven. Then one story followed another, and after writing about Elijah it was natural to continue with Elisha. Each week I ask the Holy Spirit to inspire me so that something that something I write can touch the heart of a child.

A picture to inspire children to read God’s Word

The following weeks we will have stories about salvation. Nothing in the world is more important than finding salvation in Jesus. Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, and the Samaritan woman will be examples of people who said Yes! to Jesus. Sadly, not everyone accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation. The rich young ruler turned away sad, because he valued his riches more than following Jesus.

We are starting a new year. It’s always exciting, like writing on a clean canvas. I’ve chosen for my theme of the year to Serve and Obey, like the people answered Joshua when he challenged them to chose who they would serve.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

The people answered,

“The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” Joshua 24:24

May you have a blessed year. I challenge you to serve and obey Jesus as never before. May this be your best year so far.

In a couple of months we will take a break from the Treasure Club stories and have a series about the adventures of a boy and a girl when they leave Egypt and start the desert journey to the Promised Land. Moses, their leader, sets a perfect example of service and obedience to the Lord.

Let us serve and obey Jesus!

I wish you abundant blessings and the joy of serving Jesus!

Your friend, Kerstin

Welcome to read this week’s story:  #20 THE HAPPIEST DAY


Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

Since we last met here unexpected things have happened in my life. On the same day, right after Christmas, my father was called to his heavenly home and I was hit with a severe case of the flu.

Today was my father’s funeral in Sweden. Because of the flu I could not travel. I have written some memories of my hero father. See

I am doing better and hope to continue with our Salt and Pepper stories by the end of the week.

Blessings and wishes for a wonderful year of 2018!

Your friend, Kerstin

The Double Portion Prophet

During the past few weeks we have seen some of the many miracles that God did through his servant Elisha. In the Bible there are 10 miracles that God did through his servant Elijah, and there are 20 that are attributed to Elisha. Surely there were more, but those are the ones registered.

We have prepared cards for a review of Elisha’s miracles. Each miracle has two cards. You can print them at size or do multiples on a page for a smaller size. On each card is the Bible passage it features.

In today’s story the children are partying at Miss Beatrice’s house. They have competitions and review what they have learned. Would you like to have a party with the children and celebrate these studies (or other topics)?

Try making a target, as in the story. That would be exciting! Write questions on strips of paper and roll them up; put them in balloons and then inflate to a size you feel comfortable with. Another suggestion for review is that you have match boxes and put a question in each box. Hide the boxes for the children to find them and answer the questions.

An extraordinary miracle that catches our attention is what happened after Elisha’s death. The spirit of the “double portion prophet” remained powerful, even after his death.

See 2 Kings 13:20,21.

Powerful bones!

The Bible verse chosen for this week encourages children to love the Word of God and to keep his statues to the end. Like the psalmist, let’s pray,

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 ESV

Welcome to read this weeks story #19: A Big Surprise for Salt



The Treasure Club stories
are taking a break during December.

In 2018 we will continue following Salt and Pepper and their friend Daisy.
We will also meet some new friends.