Hundreds of ideas for Christian groups with a wealth of activities, studies, prayers and resources for groups of all ages. Contents are: Ideas for integrated Bible studies; Ideas for Bible studies and prayers; Ideas for church activities – devotional, educational, creative, serving, social, sporting; Ideas for all ages together; Ideas for building relationships.
This book offers a huge range of activities, arranged according to group activities. It provides a wide range of activities for many different kinds of groups. The first section, Ideas for Integrated Bible Studies, gives you four group studies on each of the themes or topics.
How to use this book
Ideas for integrated Bibles studies The Great Experiment
Finding New Life
Living New Life
Great Chapters – Old Testament
Great Chapters – New Testament
Ideas for Bible studies and prayers Bible passages
Bible study methods
Bible reading and relationship building
Bible readings and prayers
Ideas for church activities Program emphases: Devotional, Educational, Creative, Serving, Social, Sporting
Witness and Sharing Weekend
Gifts Check List
Ideas for all ages together Activities involving young children and others
Activities involving older children and others
Family and church family questionnaires
Useful teaching activities
ABC of resource ideas
Simulation activities. Simulation Game: Build my Church
Ideas for building relationships Deep – ideas and attitudes
Deeper – ideals and values
Deepest – ideologies and commitments
What is your main love language?
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Many great texts in Scripture use short, sharp words
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good …(Genesis 1:3-4).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son … (John 3:16)
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.And you shalllove the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:29-30)
Many mottos and proverbs have short words
In God we trust
If it is to be, it is up to me (William Johnson).
You are what you think about all day long (Robert Schuller)
Do no harm (Hippocratic Oath)
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Rome was not built in a day.
One thing at a time.
Eyes on the prize.
Seize the day. (Carpe Diem)
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. (John Wesley)
The Case for Short Words
When you speak and write, no law says you have to use big words. Short words are as good as long ones, and short, old words – like sun and grass and home – are best of all. A lot of small words, more than you might think, can meet your needs with a strength, grace and charm that large words do not have.
Big words can make the way dark for those who read what you write and hear what you say. Small words cast their clear light on big things – night and day, love and hate, war and peace, and life and death. Big words at times seem strange to the eye and the ear and the mind and the heart. They add fat to your prose. Small words are the ones we seem to have known from the time we were born. They are like the hearth fire that warms the home.
Short words are bright, like sparks that glow in the night, prompt like the dawn that greets the day, sharp like the blade of a knife, hot like salt tears that scald the cheek, quick like moths that flit from flame to flame, and terse like the dart and sting of a bee.
Here is a sound rule: Use small, old words where you can. If a long word says just what you want, do not fear to use it. But know that our tongue is rich in crisp, brisk, swift, short words. Make them the spine and the heart of what you speak and write. Short words are like fast friends. They will not let you down.
From: Richard Lederer, 1991, The Miracle of Language. New York: Pocket Books, pp 30-31.
I used this quote often in my work as a teacher to help students be more clear in their work!
Curiously, one of the passengers aboard that ill-fated Aeroméxico plane that crashed after take-off on Tuesday, July 31, was a former Shiite Muslim from Iran. Now a Christian, he credits Jesus with saving all 103 people on that flight.
Ramin Parsa also happened to be the only one recording video of the takeoff from his window when the plane fell from the sky in heavy rain and hail and crashed into a field in Durango, Mexico.
As the plane crashed, Parsa began praying loudly to Jesus.
“People are screaming, and I was praying – I was praying to the name of Jesus, the name of Jesus, so Jesus saved our lives,” Parsa told NBC News.
He posted this on Twitter: “Jesus Christ is alive. He saved me from a plane crash. Forever I’m grateful to Him.”
Miraculously, no one was killed, and many walked from the plane without injury before it exploded into flames.
Parsa was born into a large Shiite Muslim family shortly following the Iranian Revolution. “My family was greatly impacted by the revolution,” he notes on his website. “One of my brothers was killed, and most of our family’s possessions were taken.”
Like many other young people in Iran, he was raised under the strict religious traditions of Islam.
But his family ran afoul of the revolutionaries that grabbed power. “Perhaps because of my family’s history and notoriety, I was tortured multiple times under suspicion of violating these strict religious laws and traditions,” he notes.
After his father died suddenly of a heart attack when he was 19, Parsa began to question his faith in Islam. He descended into a black hole of grief and despair.
“I had no hope or purpose in life and so I became suicidal,” he notes.
As he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he heard the message of the gospel for the first time on satellite T.V. At first, he rejected what he was hearing, but God continued to draw his heart.
Unsure what to believe, he prayed a simple prayer: “JESUS, IF YOU ARE GOD’S SON, COME INTO MY HEART, HELP ME, AND SAVE ME.”
Then something remarkable happened. “Immediately after the words left my mouth, I felt a heat through my hand and started to cry. At the same time, a powerful joy and peace came upon me. All my hopelessness, guilt, and shame were suddenly gone.
Parsa was born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit.
His mother was sick at the time and he decided he would go to her house and tell her what happened. “I laid my still warm hand on her while she lay in bed and she was healed instantly!
From that day forward, he felt the call to take the message of the Gospel to his unsaved brothers and sisters in the Middle East and the rest of the world. “I believe the only hope for any individual or nation is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he says.
Eight months after his salvation he was stabbed by an unknown assailant. After a painful recuperation, he fled Iran and began to serve God at a church in a neighboring country.
Later, he came to the U.S. and attended Rhema Bible Training College. After his graduation in 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, where he serves as a pastor with Redemptive Love Ministries International.
If you want to know more about a personal relationship with God, go here
* A remarkable work – quite unique This is a remarkable work and something quite unique that I’ve not come across before (and believe me I’ve seen most ideas). There is a huge appetite for devotional type books and I’m sure that this one will appeal to many people. Russ Burg (USA)
* Most wonderful devotional from Narnia One of the most interesting devotionals ever! As a huge fan of all things Narnia, I am so grateful for this deeper aspect of the truths in C.S. Lewis’ stories. Geoff Waugh did a great job in crafting such a book as this. What a wonderful addition to any collection, and an inspiration to know Jesus more deeply. Belinda S. (Amazon Customer)
* Enhance your wonder and love of Christ You can read the Narnia tales as just good stories, but CS Lewis wanted people to see more. This book will help you see the many links with Jesus, the Lion of Judah. Use this to enhance your wonder and love of Christ. Dr John Olley (Perth, Australia)
* Best companion work I know of Many people have fallen in love with the timeless classics of the Narnia series. Yet few stop to think how closely the story is a parallel universe to the real world in which we live. If you want a serious and detailed look at how this works in Lewis’s work then I cannot think of any other resource of this calibre. Either for a young person who is interested in exploring more, or as a resource on a pastor’s desk, it is an invaluable companion to the original series.
* Fantastic Fantastic, thought provoking read. Melissa Waugh (Sydney, Australia)
* A deeper understanding of Christianity Great study that gives a deeper understanding of Christianity. Would make a great home group Bible study. Lyn Haack (Manilla, Australia)
* An unusual and fascinating book Geoff Waugh explores fascinating layers of meaning in C. S. Lewis’s children’s classic. Aslan, the triumphant lion, is revealed as a reflection of Jesus. The book includes devotional meditations using Bible references. (Amazon Customer)
* Worth your time – rich teaching Whether you are familiar with Narnia teachings, or this is new to you, Geoff Waugh faithfully puts together the many layers of meaning in the significance of the Lion Aslan as portrayed in each of the books of the series. This is a great companion when you read, and is a stand-alone teaching on the depths of teaching that C.S. Lewis weaves into Aslan’s character. Definitely worth your time. Steve Loopstra (USA)
* I like it I like it. I especially like the simplicity of expression. These days, with surface thoughts the order of the day, to be guided to look for depth of thought is an invaluable prompt to search for satisfying meaning. Lilian Fleming (Sydney, Australia)
* An invaluable companion As a child I fell in love with the classic children’s book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. It is good that it seems just as popular today. Yet many people miss the deeper references that Lewis constantly alludes to in the plot of this book. This is where the book by Geoff Waugh proves to be an invaluable companion. He shows how at nearly every step the hidden story Lewis was alluding to takes shape. If you are not familiar with the Christian background details you will be endlessly fascinated. Rev Philip Waugh (Springwood, Australia)
* Determined to read I have never read any of Narnia and am not a good reader but I read this book and have determined to read the Narnia series. Stan Beattie (Rockhampton, Australia)
Everything he writes is good! Myrna Moore (Amazon Customer)
* Unique and inspirational For many children and adults alike, the stories written by C.S. Lewis, and featuring the magical land of Narnia and its incredible inhabitants, are something which have been a part of growing up for generations. Now, the stories told in the books are shown in a new light in an exciting new book, Discovering Aslan, High King Above all Kings in Narnia. Inside this unique and inspirational book you will find a devotional commentary which describes the background to the stories and the way in which the Lion of Judah is reflected in them, through Aslan. Through references to many Bible passages, a light is shone upon the hidden story which has been concealed within the Narnia tales. The references directly correlate to passages within the Bible and are striking in their similarity.
Discovering Aslan, High King Above all Kings in Narnia is a rare look inside two of the world’s most popular stories – Narnia and the Bible. The messages are as clear today as they were when first written, so take a journey of enlightenment and new understanding and get your copy of this amazing book today. Russ Burg (USA)
********** C. S. Lewis wrote:
The whole Narnian story is about Christ … The whole series works out like this. The Magician’s Nephew tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Prince Caspian, restoration of the true religion after corruption. The Horse and His Boy, the calling and conversion of a heathen. The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’, the spiritual life. The Silver Chair, the continuing war with the powers of darkness. The Last Battle, the coming of the Antichrist, the end of the world and the Last Judgment.
From the book’s Introduction: The triumphant Lion of Judah features this way in these stories: Creator and Sustainer in The Magician’s Nephew. Saviour and Redeemer in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Way, the Truth and the Life in The Horse and His Boy. Restorer and Commander in Prince Caspian. Guide and Guardian in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Revealer and Victor in The Silver Chair. Judge and Conqueror in The Last Battle.
From the Prologue:
He is the High King above all kings, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is the son of the Great Emperor beyond the sea, beyond the world. He spoke and sang before the creation of the world and brought the world into being.
He commands legions of creatures and people in many worlds. Some creatures loyal to him may seem strange to us, and many of them fly. They worship him and serve him wholeheartedly.
His word is always true. You can depend on him totally. He never lies.
He appears unexpectedly and makes things right. He gave his life to conquer evil and ransom the guilty rebel. He rose again by dawn and appeared first to loving, caring young women.
He has enemies in this world and in other worlds but he defeated them and they are doomed. They tremble at the sound of his name.
All who trust in him are forgiven and set free. He breathes life into hearts of stone. His breath gives life.
He reveals himself to those who choose to follow and obey him, and the more they know him the more they love him. The more you know him the bigger he becomes to you. He loves you with unending love.
He chose Peter to lead under his authority and to reign with his royal family. They failed him at times, as we all do, but he always sets things right when anyone asks for his help, trusts him and follows him.
He has all authority in this world and in other worlds. Multitudes love and serve him now and forever. We can talk to him now and always.
He is the subject of this book and many other books. He calls us to respond to him, to believe in him, to love him and to live for him.
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