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A Little Celebratory News

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I just realized that Crafting The Word Of God made it into the top 10 list of Ministry To Children’s top 150 children’s ministry blogs and websites for 2018. 

I have made the intention and purpose of my site very clear throughout the years. My hope is that it serves as a blessing to you and your childrens ministry. 

A few things have come up this year that have kept me from fully spending as much time as I would otherwise like to invest on my site. But I will continue to work hard to provide you with the resources to make running your ministry smoother. 

If you would like to check out the other 149 blogs heres the link: Top 150 Childrens Ministry Blogs And Websites

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Thanksgiving Circle Turkey

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Thanksgiving Circle TurkeyThis craft although simple will make a wonderful wall or door decoration.

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Add glue to the center of the circles and assemble the body of the turkey.
  4. Glue the head onto the body.

If you decide to hang this attach a piece of yarn or string on the back.

The Prodigal Son- Coloring Pages

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The Prodigal Son Coloring Pages

The Prodigal Son

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

All images used with permission of Patmos Editorial Company.

Elijah And The Whirlwind Coloring Page

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Elijah And The Whirlwind Coloring Page

Elijah And The Whirlwind

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

All images used with permission of Patmos Editorial Company.

Sing To The Lord- Coloring Page

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Sing To The Lord Coloring Page

Sing To The Lord

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

All images used with permission of Patmos Editorial Company.

Paul And Silas In Prison- Coloring Page

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Paul And Silas In Prison Coloring Page

Paul And Silas In Prison

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

David And Goliath- Coloring Pages

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David And Goliath Coloring Pages

David And Goliath

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

All images used with permission of Patmos Editorial Company.

The Self-Existence (Aseity) Of God Lesson

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Scripture

Various Verses

Memory Verse

“24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” Acts 17:24

Objective Of The Lesson

The study of the self-existence of God brings tremendous implications. In correctly understanding the immense nature of God we see a clearer picture of the insignificance of man. Understanding the self-sufficiency of God drives us to humility before Him.

Teacher Exhortation

  • Be faithful in teaching all of God’s attributes.
  • I will be including many reference verses for each lesson on the attributes of God. It is not necessary that you go over all of them. Use only as many verses as time will allow you to cover.
  • This attribute might present certain challenges. Your youngest children might have a hard time understanding this attribute. If so, let them know that it is ok. No man can completely understand God in His entirety. This only helps to show how vast God is.

Introduction

There is no subject more humbling than the study of God’s self-existence (aseity).

  • Our children grow up in a culture that values the glorification and praise for man.
  • In studying this attribute we will learn the correct and Biblical perspective that we should hold of man.

God Is Self-Existent

Self-existent means that God is not dependent on anyone or anything outside of Himself for His very existence and continual existence.

  • He is self-sufficient.

Unlike human beings, God does not have a time or place of origin.

  • God existed before the foundation of the world.
  • He is eternal.

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.” Isaiah 43:10

God is the uncreated Creator.

He is the ONLY being who is truly self-existent.

  • We are ENTIRELY dependent on Him.

God is the source of our very existence.

  • Our physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life.

“For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.” Acts 17:28

  • Our next breath is in God’s hand.
  • Every beat of our heart.
  • Every blink of an eye.
  • Every time one of our cells divides.
  • Our very existence… they all come from God.

Our very salvation has God as its source.

“And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:30

  • Notice the repetition of the word HE.
  • The action is all done by God.
  • We play no role. We are passive.

“So that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:29-30

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Because God is completely self-existent, He is not dependent upon anything outside Himself.

  • There is nothing that God needs from us.

In Psalm 50 God rebukes the Israelites for their sinful attitude in their sacrifices.

  • He makes it very clear that He has no need for their sacrifices.

Even IF, and I want to stress IF, God had a need, He would still not depend on us because everything in existence already belongs to Him.

 “9 I won’t accept bulls from your house or goats from your corrals 10 because every forest animal already belongs to me, as do the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every mountain bird; even the insects in the fields are mine. 12 Even if I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you because the whole world and everything in it already belong to me. 13 Do I eat bulls’ meat? Do I drink goats’ blood?” Psalm 50:9-13

God is not dependent upon anything or anyone outside Himself.

  • (Constantly repeat this phrase so that the idea of self-existence can begin to engrave itself in the minds of your kids.)
  • He doesn’t need anything that we can give Him as we can see in Acts 17:24-25.

“24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.

God does not dwell in temples made with hands.

  • God cannot be contained in shrines and temples.

“25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.”

God is not served by human hands.

  • God does not require anything that men can offer Him.

God does not need anything, as though He needed anything.

  • God is not dependent on anything He has created.

Before creation, the Trinity existed eternally without anything or anyone else in the universe.

  • The three persons of the Trinity enjoyed perfect satisfaction, fellowship, and delight in one another.

God did not create our universe because He was lonely.

  • God did not lack anything when He was alone, and He was not under any constraint or obligation to bring anything else into existence.
  • God’s act of creation therefore displays His love, majesty and His glory.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16

“everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Psalm 43:7

“God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part caused by nothing outside of Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure.”     —A.W. Pink

He is the living God and source of life.

  • Our eternal life comes from Him, but He is self existent life.

“For with You is the fountain of life…” Psalm 36:9a

“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.” John 5:26

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.” Acts 17:28

“who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16

Application

Every attribute of God should elicit a response.

What should be our response to knowing that God is self-existent?

  • Humility
  • Gratitude

Humility

God is self-dependent.

  • God does not need the creation He has made, either in whole or any part.
  • That includes human beings.

God did not create our universe because He was lonely or because of necessity, but for His own glory.

“Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7

God has created us and He did it for a purpose, for His glory.

  • This should drive man to humility before God.
  • We should not glorify in ourselves because we are unworthy of it.

Gratitude

God is self-sufficient, but we depend on Him for EVERYTHING.

Every good and perfect gift is from God and Him alone.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

Every spiritual gift, all the wisdom we possess, every ability we have, every possession we claim and our very existence is from God.

  • We owe Him for all that we have and enjoy.
  • This should lead us to thank Him for all that we have.

Review

Go over the main point of the lesson: Self-existent means that God is not dependent on anyone or anything outside of Himself for His very existence and continual existence.

Review Questions

  • What does it mean that Gos is self-existent?
  • Does God have an origin?
  • How dependent are we on God?
  • What does He give us?
  • What does God need from us?
  • Are we to humble ourselves before God or glorify in ourselves?
  • Are you truly grateful for all that you have?
  • Are you going to continue to complain about what you don’t have?
  • Imagine if God asked you to pay for everything that He gives you for free? Would you be able to pay Him?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

The Holiness Of God Lesson

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The Holiness Of GodScripture

Various Verses

Memory Verse

“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2

Objective Of The Lesson

The study of this attribute has been slightly neglected by the modern church in favor of His love and grace. This should not be the case. A proper study of the holiness of God will help your kids understand how and why God wants them to live righteous lives.

Teacher Exhortation

  • Be faithful in teaching all of God’s attributes.
  • I will be including many reference verses for each lesson on the attributes of God. It is not necessary that you go over all of them. Use only as many verses as time will allow you to cover.
  • The holiness of God presents a perfect opportunity to present the gospel message.

Introduction

Holy is not something that God decides to be or do.

  • It is His very nature. God IS holy.
  • God would have to stop being God in order to be unholy.

God Is Holy

The entirety of who God is and what He does is holy.

Although often neglected, no other attribute is so frequently declared and explained in the Bible than His holiness.

God’s holiness is emphasized in the Bible.

  • It is the only attribute that is mentioned multiple times in a single verse.

“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3

“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” Revelation 4:8

God is called holy throughout Scripture.

The following verses demonstrate that all that God is and all that He does is holy.

“Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites…” Leviticus 22:32

“Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.” Psalm 22:3

“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.” Psalm 111:9

“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place…” Isaiah 57:15

“My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.” Ezekiel 39:7

“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are— the Holy One of God!” Mark 1:24

A study of the holiness of God covers two specific points:

  • God is separate from all creation.
  • God is completely morally pure.

God Is Separate From All Creation

God has an exalted status.

  • He is far above His creation.

God is infinitely set apart and greater than His creation.

  • There is no comparison between the holiness of God and that of any other being or thing.

We are simply not at His level.

The following verses demonstrate that no one compares to God’s holiness.

“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2

“Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:11

“Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?” Psalm 77:13

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy…” Revelation 15:4

God is completely separated from sin.

  • He has no relationship with sin.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

God Is Completely Morally Pure

God is completely without sin.

  • He takes pleasure in all that is true, pure and upright.
  • God cannot sin, take pleasure in sin, tolerate sin or have fellowship with sin.

“The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:17

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

“So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.” Job 34:10

“I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name.” Leviticus 20:3

“For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.” Deuteronomy 23:14

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing…” Habakkuk 1:13

“And nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27

“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.” Psalm 5:4

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

Application

Every attribute of God should elicit a response.

What should be our response to knowing that God is holy?

  • Awe And Worship
  • Fear And Reverence
  • Reflection By His Children

Awe And Worship

The following verses demonstrate that as the only holy being in existance God deserves to be worshiped and praised.

“Sing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people; praise His holy name.” Psalm 30:4

“Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise His holy name.” Psalm 97:12

“Let them praise your great and awesome name— He is holy. Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His footstool; Holy is He. Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the Lord our God. ” Psalm 99:3, 5, 9

Fear And Reverence

The following verses demonstrate that as the only holy being God deserves to be revered.

“Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:4

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.”  Psalm 96:9

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

“The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.” Isaiah 8:13

Reflection By His Children

God calls His children to live as He is. We are to reflect His nature.

  • He is holy and He commands His children to be holy.

“44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45

“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2

“So that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.” Numbers 15:40

“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him…” Ephesians 1:4

“But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

“…Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Review

Go over both principles that were covered about the holiness of God.

  • God is separate from all creation.
  • God is completely morally pure.

Review Questions

  • Can anyone compare to God? Is anyone at His level?
  • Does God sin?
  • Does God take pleasure in sin?
  • Does God tolerate sin?
  • If God is holy, what should be our response? Should we be holy like God is holy?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

Update: Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving 70I would like to take the time to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving as I will be taking all of this week off. I will begin posting the Christmas crafts on the 27th.

I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends surrounded by laughter and good food.

Just a reminder, make sure to check out my post on my site where I list all of my Thanksgiving crafts.

70+ Thanksgiving Crafts, Coloring And Activity Sheets

You can also find my Thanksgiving crafts on my Pinterest board.