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Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists

Newsletter 3-22-17

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

**Good Morning,  March 20 was the 1st day of Spring, I am not sure whether this means warmer weather or it is just teasing us.  The team and I spent last Sabbath with the families of West Palm Beach SDA Church.  It  was a blessing to share and worship with the members of this church.  I know you did or would have had a great time of fellowship and learning.  The hospitality was fabulous too.  Thank You to the church for allowing us to come.

The devotional I have included below is simple and a great reminder of how God’s path is the pathway we must choose each day.  I have chosen a few object lessons for you to use in your ministry.

I know that you will continue to direct families and children on God’s Path.

Devotional: Walk in the Light

Mar 19, 2017 07:00 am

Walking in the light simply means staying close to Jesus. The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). As the light shines on our pathway we must choose to walk in the light. He is the Light of the world. His light is what keeps us from stumbling, going astray each day, yet it is here that so many lose their way.

     As the Holy Spirit leads us in the understanding of Scripture, even if it requires sacrifice, we must be willing to walk in the truth of God’s Word. The Apostle John wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4). What is truth? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). As we read the life and teachings of Jesus we are given clear instructions on how to walk in the light and in truth.

Object Lessons: Using a Flashlight

Over the years, I’ve used flashlight object lessons to demonstrate dozens of different scriptures and ideas. I hope some of my favorites could help you present the scriptures in a fun way. Turn off the main lights and flicker away! (All of these examples are from the NIV but you could use them easily for KJV too.)

God spoke light: Genesis 1:3 “And God said, let there be light and there was light.”  Show kids that power of God’s spoken word by demonstrating how He spoke life into being with His words.
Darkness into light: Psalm 18:28 “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” God can transform sad, dark situations into something bright and wonderful.
Light of the world: John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Tell kids that the whole world was dark and lost – then Jesus came! (Flip on the light.) The Lord lights the way for men to be saved.
No more fear of the dark: John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” When I’m afraid of the dark, even when I can’t see, I know God is with me. His word says that when I believe in him, I am no longer in darkness.
What’s God made of? 1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him  and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” I say, “Ever wonder what God is made of? He is light and spirit! The Bible also says that in God there are no shadows.

Buy an inexpensive flashlight and some batteries and you will always have an object lesson handy!

Let your light shine –

             Before the lesson, take a big flashlight and remove the batteries (stick them in your pocket). Fill the flashlight with junk (rusted nail, car keys, bottle cap etc.)

             Presentation: Show the kids the flashlight and ask them what it does. They’ll answer: “it Makes light.” have someone turn off the lights and make it obvious that you are trying to turn

             on the flashlight. Once they see that you can’t turn it on, have someone turn the lights back on. Open up the flashlight and slowly start taking out the junk. Once junk is out,

             put in batteries and try again.  Explain how our lives will only shine if we fill them with good things (Bible study, prayer) instead of garbage (sin). -MSK

Lesson: Letting Jesus into your Heart

Purchase several heart shaped balloons at your local craft store. Show the kids the deflated balloon and explain that before we begin our relationship with Jesus our hearts are empty. As wer begin to know Jesus our hearts begin to fill with His love for us. (Start blowing up the balloon a little at a time.) Continue by explaining that as we get older our relationship with Jesus grows and thus does our heart until it is so full of the love Jesus has for us and we for Him that we just have to share the Good News! (At this point the balloon should be completely inflated and you should be able to let it go to show sharing Jesus’ love). The kids in our church loved this story. At the end I gave each child a couple of heart shaped balloons to take home.

Calendar Updates:

                        April 8                         Bellview Community Outreach Program

                        April 15                       Avon Park SDA Adventurer Sabbath Church Service

                        April 20-23                  English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua

                         May 6                         Go Fish/Creative Ministry Workshop @

                                                            Palm Coast SDA Church

 

If you ever have questions about the above events….Please ask.  I would be happy to hear from you.

Since it’s Spring and the weekend is coming (Sabbath) take time to enjoy the great outdoors.

I know your ministry will be blessed as we continue to pray for one another.  

Have a great rest of the week.  More coming soon.

 

March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017