Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

Are You Taking Your Bible for Granted?

BBC News, on Aug. 14, 2009, reported the death of Kimani Nganga Maruge, age 90. Kimani held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person, at age 84, to start elementary school. He explained that he never had the opportunity to go to school when he was younger, and that he wanted to go school to learn how to read the Bible. Wow! I imagine we sometimes take for granted our ability to read God’s Word.

Voice of the Martyrs reports that, on June 10, 2009, Shi Weihan was sentenced to three years in prison for violating “the regulations of the state in printing illegal publications”.  Shi was a Christian bookstore owner whose company printed Bibles for Chinese Christians. Police removed over 140,000 Bibles from his printing offices (www.persecution.com). The Bible has been declared illegal in many countries. Do we take our Bibles for granted?

We all have Bibles, probably more than one. Different translations, study Bibles, travel-size Bibles. Most of the boys and girls in Awana probably have Bibles, and if they don’t, the church will give them one.

Referring to the Bible, Pastor Greg Alderman, while speaking at the 2009 IFCA Youth Convention, said, “Many of you this moment hold in your hands the greatest collection of human words ever assembled.  They are more than an amazing collection of words – they are exact phrases, words, ideas, concepts, stories, poetry, history, prophecy, parables, accounts, descriptions, lists, genealogies, records and commands that the Living God of the universe wanted mankind to possess – and I ask – Is it inside you?”

We need to not only get God’s Word inside us, but also thank God for people like Kimani Nganga Maruge  and Shi Weihan who love His Word and remind us not to take it for granted.  ~Laurie P

“I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word(Psalm 119:16).

“The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:72).

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God’s Word at Work

“We will hide God’s Word in our hearts”, the Sparkies sing in their theme song. How often do we stop to think about what that really means? Why do we put so much emphasis on learning about and memorizing God’s Word?

In the Sparks HangGlider book, Chloe asks her mom, “But what’s so special about the Bible? Why do we need to read it every night?” Her mom replies, “God wants to talk to us, and He wants us to listen to what He says. God talks to us through His Word, the Bible. That’s why it’s such a special book!”(p. 20-21).

Our God wanted to be able to communicate with us so He developed language and created us with the ability to use and understand it. He then inspired men to write His words in the Bible. He also gave us the ability to translate the Bible from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic into many other languages so people all over the world can read His Words.

As it says in T&T Book 1, “God wants us to know about Him… That’s why He gave us the Bible. So we can know exactly what He wants us to know” (p. 8). John Piper says, “The great need of our time is for people to experience the living reality of God by hearing His Word personally and transformingly in Scripture”  (www.desiringGod.org).

 The Bible is important because God speaks to us through His Word. In our day of information overload, when the total amount of available knowledge grows incredibly rapidly, God has put everything He wants to tell us in one complete, always relevant, divinely-protected volume – the Bible.

God gave us His Word because He loves us.  If we love Him, we will cherish His words to us. The Bible is God’s free gift to us which points us to the ultimate gift from God — salvation.                    ~Laurie P

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Our Purpose

Our Theme Song:  Building Lives on the Word of God, Awana Stands. 

Every week we have the privilege of joining God where He is at work, bringing up a new generation.  We have the joy of being a part of that faith building experience.    Because you’re here as a leader helper, five or six children can be here as part of our Christian community.

Our Motto:  Because Kids Matter to God

Each child is an image bearer of Christ and needs to know that God loves them, each and every one is precious to Him.  These children are our future, the faith leaders of tomorrow.

Our Goal:  To reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, and train them to serve Him.

Reading, hearing, memorizing God’s Word has eternal value.  It is the most important thing in life, it gives life…it gives eternal life.

As you ponder these thoughts, I hope it will refresh you this week and remind you of the greater purpose of our Awana Club — God’s love, for you, for each child. 

Blessings to you this week.

Helping Clubbers Memorize

Memorizing Scripture can be like putting together a puzzle.  Contecting the words in just the right way, remembering the reference, and getting all the pieces to fit can be a challenge. 

Here are some ideas, for a variety of ages, to help your clubbers memorize their sections:

  • Have the child make flash cards
  • Ask the child to teach you the section
  • Print the first letter of each word in a verse on an index card.  As the child uses the letters as a clue, they are actually memorizing the verse
  • Have the child use a small white board to write out the verse.  They can then erase a word at a time as they memorize the Scripture
  • Bounce a ball, saying one word of the section on each bounce
  • Write the verses on a 3×5 card, write the reference on the back, play a memory game by flipping over the cards

Handbook Time Helps

Here are a few suggestions for making sure you make the most of handbook time:

  • Start your group in prayer.  A short prayer will help set the tone and remind clubbers that God is their helper.
  • Spend time with each clubber.  If they don’t have a section prepared, take a few moments to work through a verse together.
  • Help your clubbers understand the Scripture, not just recite the words.
  • Encourage your clubbers to help each other with their sections.
  • Use incentives, like stickers or small toys to occupy their hands.
  • Clubbers should be in control, working on their verse, coloring, or talking quietly.

Handbook time passes quickly but is so important!