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Sights and Sounds of the Season Booklet

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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Fruit of the Spirit – Children’s Booklet

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

 

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Abiding In Christ – Children’s Booklet

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Jesus – Living Water

jesus is living water  Jesus  – Living Water

 

Memory Verse: John 7:37

Life Application: Only Jesus will quench our spiritual thirst.

Bible text:

John 7:37-38

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

John 3:16

John 7:37  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the altar. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water. Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV        “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life).

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV      “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

John 3:16  NKJV      “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Review

1. When was Shemini Atzert, added to the Feast of Tabernacles?

 

2. During Shemini Atzert the High Priest would pour water from the pool of ___________into a basin at the foot of the altar.

3. What was the water a symbol of?

4. Jesus told the people if they were ______________ to come to Him and drink.

5. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of _______________  _______________.

6. How can we have the living water that Jesus offers?

7. People are separated from God because of ___________.

8. How can we have eternal life?

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By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

 by the power of the holy spirit      By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Memory Verse: Zechariah 4:6  NKJV

Life Application: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

Bible Text:

Psalm 68:35

Micah 3:8

Micah 7:18-19

Acts 6:8-10

Acts 6:5-7

Acts 6:8-10

Acts 2:42-43

Acts 5:12

Acts 1:8

Acts 2:40-41

John 7:37-39

Zechariah 4:6

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. After a period of time the rebuilding slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.

God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

Psalm 68:35  NKJV     “O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

       God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength. This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Micah 3:8  NKJV     “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,

And of justice and might,

To declare to Jacob his transgression

And to Israel his sin.”

      The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God  because of their sin. Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

Micah 7:18-19  NKJV     “Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depth of the sea.”

     God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.

Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV     “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

      The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

Acts 6:5-7  NKJV     “And this saying pleased the whole multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”    

       Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV     “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

       Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

Acts 2:42-43  NKJV     “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

Acts 5:12  NKJV     “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

       We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.

Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8  NKJV     “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41  NKJV     “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

        The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

John 7:37-39  NKJV     “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

      The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

      As a child of God, He will give us (through the Holy Spirit) power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him.

In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

Review

1. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the ___________   ________________, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process of the temple.

2. God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by _______________ strength and resources.

3. What would have happened if the people relied on human strength to rebuild the temple?

4.  God has always given strength and power to His _______________.

5. The Holy Spirit will give us _____________ to speak for God, ____________ to do wonders and signs, and _____________ to be a witness for God.

6. What was  Micah empowered by the Holy Spirit to do?

7. Micah warned of coming _________________ and of salvation.

8. Does God still empower people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him?

9. The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of __________________________.

10.  Signs and wonders give ________________ to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God.

11. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the _________________ of the Father.

12. The Holy Spirit  fills the believers with power that helps them to be a _________________ for God .

13. God will give us power to ____________ for Him, power to ___________ for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a ______________ for Him.

14. Our relationship with God starts with accepting _______________ as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

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The Wells Memory Verses

MEMORY VERSESThe Well  Memory Verses

Week 1 – “ Wells Of Salvation”

Memory Verse: Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”     Isaiah 12:3

Bible Truth: We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

 

Week 2 – “Wells of Living Water”

Memory Verse: “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”     John 7:37  NKJV

Bible Truth: Jesus is living water.

 

Week 3 – “Wells of Faith”

Memory Verse: “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”   Mark 9:23

Bible Truth:  All things are possible with God.

 

Week 4 – “Wells of Power”

Memory Verse: “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”   Zechariah 4:6  NKJV

Bible Truth: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

 

Week 5 – “Wells of Peace”

Memory Verse: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives perfect peace.

 

Week 6 – “Wells of Love”

Memory Verse: “We love Him because He first loved us.”   1 John 4:19  NKJV

Bible Truth: God loved us first.

 

Week 7 – “Wells of Blessings”

Memory Verse: “Because he has set his love upon Me, Therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”   Psalm 91:14  NKJV

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

 

Week 8 – “Wells of Healing”

Memory Verse: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”   Matthew 9:35  NKJV

Bible Truth: God is concerned about out physical and emotional health.

 

Week 9 – “Wells of Wisdom”

Memory Verse: “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“   1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives wisdom

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Saint Patrick’s Day – One Christian’s Perspective

st patricks day Saint Patrick’s Day – One Christian’s Perspective   

Maewyn Succat was born in 387, at Kilpatrick, in Scotland. He was captured when he was 16 years old and was made a slave in Ireland. Soon after his capture Maewyn had a vision from God.  During his time as a slave his relationship with God grew and became stronger.

When he was 22 years old he had another vision from God giving him a plan for his return home. In the vision he saw a boat ready to take him back to Scotland. He escaped and found the boat.

After his return home, Maewyn realized, through another vision from God, that God was calling him back to Ireland to spread the Gospel. He sought a Christian education and training. Around 430 He was ordained a bishop, after which he returned to Ireland. There he preached the Gospel and established Christianity.

Maewyn is most often recognized for comparing the Trinity to a shamrock. Illustrating that the shamrock has three parts, and yet is one; in a similar way, the Trinity has three persons, and is still one – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The name St. Patrick was given to Maewyn much later in life by Pope Celestine. St. Patrick died in Downpatrick, Ireland on March 17, 461.

St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic holy day, celebrated on March 17, in Ireland. Over time it has evolved into more of a secular holiday. The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737 where it was first publicly celebrated in Boston.

As Christians, St. Patrick’s Day is a good day for us to reflect on God and His great love for us.

 

God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to us.

Jesus loved us so much that He sent the Holy Spirit to us.

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Jesus’ Promise

       Jesus’ Promise

Memory Verse: Luke 11:13

Life Application: The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a good gift from God.

The Holy Spirit is one of three members of the Trinity. There is one God, who exists in three persons. All three members of the Trinity make up God. They are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

For forty days after His resurrection Jesus stayed on the earth appearing to many different people and teaching them many different truths. Jesus gave the disciples the command to go into all the world and make disciples. We call this commandment “The Great Commission.” After Jesus gave the command, He told them that they would receive power to be His witnesses.

Acts 1:8 NKJV    “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

     As soon as He spoke that He began to float up into heaven (Acts 1:1-9). Prior to Jesus’ crucifixion He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit, however they really did not understand Him.

John 14:26  NKJV    “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

John 14:16 NKJV    “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever”

John 15:26  NKJV    “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

     Jesus knew that the time was soon approaching when He would not physically be with His disciples any longer. He wanted them to know that He would send them another counselor to them. Jesus even told them that it was to their advantage that He go away.

John 16:7  NKJV    “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

     Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit, the gift that God had promised.

Acts 2:1-4  NKJV    “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

     Jesus’ true followers obeyed His words and went to a room where they waited for ten days for the promised helper. On the tenth day, the sound of a mighty rushing wind filled the room where they were. Then tongues of fire appeared over each of their heads, and they all began to speak in different languages.

Acts 2:5-12  NKJV    “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

     The people in Jerusalem heard the people that had been baptized with the Holy Spirit declaring the wonders of God in many different languages. Jesus’ followers had been baptized with the Holy Spirit. They left the upper room full of power and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness.

To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you need to pray and ask God to fill you. When you pray, you must believe that God wants to fill you and you must surrender your tongue (voice) to Him. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit (being filled with the Spirit) is not a one-time experience. After we are initially filled we should keep on being filled (refilled). Speaking in a language that we do not know (tongues) is the first sign that a person has been filled (baptized) with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:9-13  NKJV    “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

     The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift from God. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit it is the start of a new way of life. The only condition (requirement) for being baptized in the Holy Spirit is that you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. We don’t have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to go to heaven – you only need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, the Holy Spirit will help us to live a victorious life for Jesus. The baptism of the Holy Spirit will make you a better you – it will not make you better than someone else.

The Holy Spirit

*  will help you with your shortcomings and weaknesses.

*  will help you love others

*  will help you be a bold witness

*  will help you worship God in spirit and in truth

*  will give you power to minister

*  renews, refreshes and revives you.

* will help you live for God and to be His witness.

* will help you to be bold, strong, courageous, wise, and powerful for God.

* will teach you

* testifies to the truth of your salvation – gives you assurance that you are saved

* works in you to purify you

* will cause you to be a mirror that reflects the glory of God.

* will guide, teach you, counsel and coach you in your Christian walk.

* will convict you of sin. He will tell you when you are doing something wrong.

* helps you with your prayer life. When you allow Him, He will pray through you. Often when you pray in tongues it is the Holy Spirit praying words for you

* will comfort you

And much, much more. The work of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the help that He gives, is endless.

Review

1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

2. How long after Jesus’ resurrection did He say on the earth teaching?

3. Before ascending to heaven, what did Jesus tell His followers?

4. After that commandment, what did Jesus tell them?

5. In the following verses, what did Jesus say that He would send and what would be it‘s result?

John 14:26

John 14:16

John 15:26

6. Jesus told His disciples to go to _______________________ to wait for the Holy Spirit, the gift that God had promised.

7. How long did Jesus’ followers wait in the upper room for the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

8. When the tongues of fire appeared over their heads what else happened?

9. The people in Jerusalem heard Jesus’ followers declaring the wonders of God in many different ____________________.

10. Jesus’ followers left the upper room full of _______________ and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness.

11. When you pray to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit  you must ___________________that God wants to fill you and you must surrender your tongue (voice) to Him.

12. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit it is the start of a __________ way of life.

13. The Holy Spirit will help us to live a _____________________  life for Jesus.

14. Read the following Bible verse and write down what the Holy Spirit will do.

John 14:12

John 7:39

1 John 5:6-7

2 Timothy 1:13-14

1 Peter 1:2

2 Corinthians 3:18

John 14:16

John 16:8

Romans 8:26

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