Newsletters for Children's ministers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Introduction and Contents.

 

Introduction and Contents.

Introduction.
 
In 2002 I began sending out Newsletters to Children's ministers worldwide, and this Blog contains the teaching material from all my published Newsletters since then.
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NOTE. New Blog from Maurice Sweetsur - "Bible answers for kids" - http://bibleanswersforkids.blogspot.com/
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Who made God? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? Why is my brother/sister nasty to me? When did God create the dinosaurs? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Where is heaven? When will the world end? Why do we have earthquakes? Can Christians perform miracles?
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These are just a few of the children’s questions that are answered in this Blog.

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NOTE. To view the earlier Newsletters, scroll down to the bottom of the page, look under 'Archives' and click on 'September 2004'.

To find out more about my ministry to children in New Zealand, go to my main 'Blog' -
http://www.unclemaurice.blogspot.com/

If you wish to access only Object Lessons (passive, active and illusions), go to
http://objectlessons.blogspot.com/

If you wish to access only Bible lessons and Teaching Tips go to
http://teachinglessons.blogspot.com/

If you wish to access only stories, skits and puppet plays, go to
http://christianstoriesandplays.blogspot.com/

To access "Bible answers for kids" go to
http://bibleanswersforkids.blogspot.com/

To access all my material on major teaching themes, check out the 'Special Blog' sites below :-

1. Creation.
http://www.ms-creation.blogspot.com/
2. Christmas.
http://www.ms-christmas.blogspot.com/
3. Easter.
http://www.ms-easter.blogspot.com/
4. The Bible.
http://www.ms-bible.blogspot.com/
5. Prayer.
http://www.ms-prayer.blogspot.com/
6. Hearing from God.
http://www.ms-hearing.blogspot.com/
7. The Ten Commandments.
http://www.ms-tencommandments.blogspot.com/
8. John 3.16.
http://www.ms-john316.blogspot.com/
9. Teaching Memory verses.
http://www.ms-memoryverses.blogspot.com/
10. Gospel Illusions.
http://www.ms-gospelillusions.blogspot.com/
11. Object Lessons (using natural laws).
http://www.ms-objectlessons.blogspot.com/
12. Lessons involving balloons.
http://www.ms-balloons.blogspot.com/
13. Lessons involving fire.
http://www.ms-firelessons.blogspot.com/

To check out my 'Kidzone' site for children, go to
http://www.funatkidzone.blogspot.com/

To access previous 'Kidzone' publications, go to :-
http://www.kidzonearchives.blogspot.com/

Maurice Sweetsur
mnmsweetsur@xtra.co.nz

"Your articles and ideas ministered to thousands of leaders around the globe. - - - - Your ideas really have made a global impact on children’s ministry!"
- Gary & Ailsa Linn, Children's Ministry Today.
 
 
Newsletter 94.
 
A tale of three schools.
Teaching tip 67. The Star of Bethlehem.
The time that people forgot.
 
 
 
Newsletter 93. from Maurice
 
 
Teaching tip 65. Keeping discipline in your children’s class.
Teaching tip 66. Helping children to defend their faith.
What should be the Christian response to “Halloween” activities?
Should Christians use “Magic tricks” when teaching children?
Secularism is atheism.
 
 
Newsletter 92.
 
Why do we teach children Biblical values?
T.T. 63. God v. Santa Claus.
T.T. 64. Did God really create the earth in six days?
A recall notice funny.
A young person’s explanation of God.
 
 
Newsletter 91.
 
Christian religious education in N.Z. state schools.
Bible in Schools battlers denying our heritage - Dr. Paul Moon
T.T. 62 - How many different types of Christians are there?
Arrested for ---------What?
 
Newsletter 90.
 
T.T. 60 - God's Diary.
T.T. 61 - How old is the earth?
Why do vast numbers of teens leave the church?
Prayers from children.
 
Newsletter 89.
 
T.T.57 - What do children believe?
O.L. 77 - Making objects appear and disappear with a thumb tip.
Craft 3 - Making a paper thumb tip.
T.T. 58 - Developing good habits and making good choices.
T.T. 59 - Understanding Biblical Miracles.
 
Newsletter 88.
 
Religious Education in State schools.
 
Newsletter 87.
 
Investigating the science behind Creationism.
Homeless man.
Can you read this?
The Hospital Bill.
A Past funny.
 
Newsletters 1-21 (Reproduced).
 
 
Newsletter 86.
 
Christian Religious Education in State schools.
O. L. 75 - The importance of recycling.
O.L. 70 - Long distance miracles (Cutting a Banana into segments).
O.L. 76 - Christmas symbols - The Candy Cane.
 
Newsletter 85.
 
Christian based values programmes in State primary schools.
Teaching tip 56 - God's unconditional love.
Story - The wise man.
Laugh Break. A Job funny 1.
Laugh Break. A Job funny 2.
 
Newsletter 84.
 
Our amazing earth (Illustrated).
 
Newsletter 83.
 
Does "Bible" teaching in state schools make a difference?
O.L. 73 - Changing water into blood.
O.L. 74 - Predicting a number.
T.T. 55 - Christian Myths.
Laugh Break - Things learned with time.
 
Newsletter 82.
 
T.T. 54 - Playing for God's team.
O.L. 72 - Feeding the 5,000.
Question - Did the Apostle John travel through time?
Laugh Break - "Praise the Lord."
 
Newsletter 81.
 
Why does God answer some prayers but not others?
Devotional - When I say, "I am a Christian."
Funzone - "Job requirements" for children's ministry.
                - Funmail.

Newsletter 80.
 
Story - "Whistle down the wind"
Bible Answers for Kids -
What is my purpose in life?
Can Christians perform miracles?
Did people evolve from monkeys?
Was the Universe created with a "Big Bang"?
When will the world come to an end?
Why do we have earthquakes?
 
Newsletter 79.

Teaching tip 53 - Discipleship.
Embarrassing moments and misunderstandings.
Stories that touch the heart.

Newsletter 78.

Teaching tip 52 - Getting to know your children.
Story - The old oak tree.
A retirement funny.
Serenity.

Newsletter 77.
(Theology for kids - Part 2).

Questions and answers.

1. What proof is there that God exists?
2. Why did Adam and Eve sin against God?
3. If Adam and Eve were white skinned, how did dark skinned people come about?
4. When did God create angels?
5. Where did Cain get his wife from?
6. Did God make cavemen?
7. Why is my brother / sister nasty to me?
8. If I ask God for something, will He give it to me?
9. Do people have more than one life on earth?
10. If God knows the future, does that mean that what is going to happen is going to happen?
11. Do all religions lead to God?

Newsletter 76.
(Theology for kids - Part 1).

Qesations and answers.

1 - Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
2 - Is Jesus really God?
3 - How can I know that the Christian faith is true?
4 - Did God write the Bible?
5 - When is Jesus coming back to earth?
6 - Why does God allow suffering?
7 - Can I be a Christian even if my parents aren't?


Newsletter 75.

T.T. 50 - The Church.
O.L. 36 - The fair distribution of food.
Story - Jesus for tea.
T.T. 51 - The road of life.
Ice breaker - Colour trick.
Kids and love.
"Little Johnny" funnies.

Newsletter 74.
(A 'John 3.16' special).

God's daily blessings.
Teaching John 3.16.
Illustration - Receiving Jesus.
Stories to illustrate John 3.16 :-
1. A soldier gives up his life for his friends.
2. Message in a bottle.


Newsletter 73.
(A 'Bible' special).

Teaching tip - Teaching Bible stories in context.
Story - Jo Jo and the umbrella.
Object Lesson - Obedience brings success.
Object Lesson - Straight and crooked roads.
Object Lesson - Drawing a picture whilst blindfold.
Object Lesson - God's Guidance.
Object Lesson - The flaming Bible.
Teaching tip - The progressive revelation of God.
Fundamental Beliefs - Did God write the Bible?



Newsletter 72.

Teaching top 49 - What children need to understand about God.
Story - "I give you me!"
Ponderisms.
Laugh break - Walking by faith.

Newsletter 71.

What proof would satisfy?
Puppet play - I don't believe in God.
T.T. 48 - The twelve days of Christmas.
A Scientist funny.
An Evolution funny.
A message by George Carlin.

Newsletter 70.

Cuthbert the clock.
O.L. 71 - Drawing a picture whilst blindfold.
"Conversations with God".
A brief Halloween explanation.
Can you read this?
Marriage humour.

Newsletter 69.

Story - Jo Jo and the Umbrella.
O.L. 38 - Obedience brings success.
O.L. 13 - God's Guidance.
A Lie funny.
Maurice's Blog sites.

Newsletter 68.
(A Creation special - Part 2).

Letter to an atheist - A Birdbox and a tree.
T.T. 20 - Creation and Evolution.
Creation or Evolution? - A comparison.
T.T. 47 - Big bang or big mess?
Your questions answered.
(Taken from "Kidzone - Archives" -
http://www.kidzonearchives.blogspot.com/ ).
Who made God?
Is there life elsewhere in the universe?
Why did God make us, and the world?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
When did God create the dinosaurs?
Why is water essential for life?
Why did God use Adam's rib to create Eve?
After Eden

Newsletter 67.
(A Creation special - Part 1).

T.T. 43 - Our amazing earth.
O.L. 20 - Teaching Creation using balloon modelling.
T.T. 4 - Ideas on teaching about Creation.
O.L. 29 - A memory feat.
The vastness of the universe.
O.L. 37 - God can do things instantly.
O.L. 28 - God's provision.


Newsletter 66.

O.L. 70 - Long distance miracles (cutting a banana in half).
Monologue - Esther.
Church funnies.
The Bible and the cell phone.

Newsletter 65.

Consequences of Evolutionary teaching.
Creation or Evolution. Does it really matter what we believe?
T.T. 47 - Big bang or big mess?
O.L. 60 - Separation from God.
A heaven funny.

Newsletter 64.

T.T. 44 - Using Christian songs to teach Biblical truths (Part2).
T.T. 45 - Dead to the world.
T.T. 46 - The day of rest.
A refiner funny.
From a Mathematical viewpoint.

Newsletter 63.

Story - The portrait of the son.
T.T. 44. Using Christian songs to teach Biblical truths.
Laugh Break. George's favourite jokes.
Children's ministry in today's church.
Lessons from Noah's Ark.

Newsletter 62.
(A 'Prayer' special)

T.T. 31 - Teaching children to P.R.A.Y.
T.T. 1 - Getting children to pray in public.
T.T. 2 - How we should pray. A lesson from blind Bartimaeus.
T.T. 12 - The Lord's prayer.
Story - God knows best.
O.L. 53 - Using your fingers as a prayer reminder.
O.L. 52 - Ask and you shall receive.
O.L. 16 - Break in communication with God.

Newsletter 61.

Teaching tip 41 - Symbols of Christmas.
Teaching tip 42 - Commitment to Christ - Two analogies.
Teaching tip 43 - Our amazing earth.
Creation or Evolution?
Devotional - The Calling.
A Puzzle funny.

Newsletter 60.

Jimmy and the six weird witches (Parts 4 - 6).

Newsletter 59.

Jimmy and the six weird witches (Parts 1 - 3).

Newsletter 58.

T.T. 40 - Made in the image of God.
Story - Honouring your parents.
O.L. 67 - The writing on the wall.
O.L. 68 - Using the Mobius loop to teach Memory verses.
Quiz - Who am I?
Church Funnies.

Newsletter 57.

Story - The Little Monkey.
O.L. 38 - Obedience brings success.
Laugh break 2 - Why God made moms.


Newsletter 56.
(A Fire special)

O.L. 65 - The Flaming Bible.
O.L. 17 - Burning bush and fiery furnace.
O.L. 3 - Why does God allow suffering?
O.L. 32 - Facing trials and troubles.
O.L. 25 - Jesus is the light of the world.
O.L. 66 - Candle in a jar.
O.L. 19 - The meaning of the cross.
O/L/ 57 - Our sins are gone forever (Flashpaper).



Newsletter 55.


Story - "Hank" / Object lesson 64 - Jesus cleanses us from sin.
T.T. 39 - Why Christians praise God.
Ice breaker - "Hold your tongue."
Selection from parish bulletins (Part 2).


Newsletter 54.

Play - The water pump.
Object Lesson 63 - Three miraculous signs for Moses.
Teaching tip 38 - The progressive revelation of God.
Selection from Parish bulletins (Part 1).


Newsletter 53.
(An Easter special)

Teaching tip 18 - Jesus Understands.
O.L.18 - What happened at the cross? - Jesus takes away our sins.
O.L.19 - The meaning of the cross.
O.L. 48 - The resurrection of Christ.
O.L. 57 - Our sins are gone forever (Flashpaper).
O.L.25 - Jesus is the light of the world.
Puppet play - "What is Easter all about?"
Elimination Quiz 3 - Easter.
Game 1 - The forgiveness game.
Craft - Making a 'fun' Easter card.

Megan - A testimony.

Newsletter 52.
(A Balloon special)

Balloon game.
O.L. 62 - Jumping on balloons.
O.L. 13 - God's guidance.
O.L. 15 - Little sins grow bigger.
O.L. 27 - Needle through a balloon.
O.L. 32 - Facing trials and troubles.
Game - Forgiving others.
Teaching memory verses.
Teaching tip 6 - Use of balloon modelling in Children's ministry.
O.L.20 - Creation.


Newsletter 51.

Teaching tip 37 - Children are special.
O.L. 60 - We are valuable to God.
Story - The healing of the paralytic (Mark 2. 1-12).
O.L. 61 - Overcoming gravity.
Did God create evil?
Things to learn from a dog.


Newsletter 50.
(A Christmas special)

Puppet play - What is Christmas all about?
O.L. 8 - Receiving Jesus
T.T. 15 - Telling the C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. story.
O.L. 54 - The Christmas tree.
Craft - Making a 'fun' Christmas card.
Elimination quiz - Christmas.
O.L. 25 - Jesus is the light of the world.
A Birthday Celebration.
Newsletter 49.

A story for Remembrance Sunday - Doing your duty.
Teaching Tip 35. Presenting puppet skits and plays.
Play. The Unmerciful Servant.
Teaching Tip 36. Steps to forgiving others.
Important Recall Notice !!


Newsletter 48.
Object Lessons (Physical).
O.L. 2 - Faith (A water experiment).
O.L. 3. Why does God allow suffering?
O.L. 5. Staying in the centre of God's will.
O.L. 7. God's protection.
O.L. 10. Walking on water.
O.L. 12. Straight and crooked roads.
O.L. 13. God's guidance.
15. Little sins grow bigger.
17.Burning bush and Fiery furnace.
19. The meaning of the cross.
23. Standing up under pressure.
24. Defeating evil with good.
27. Needle through a balloon.
31. Discovering your gifts.
32. Facing trials and troubles.
34. The seriousness of sin.
Object Lesson 40. - Samson pad.
Object Lesson 42 - Gravity.
Object lesson 56 - God's protection (Blow paper into bottle).


Newsletter 47.

T.T. 33 - Our lives are on loan from God.
T.T. 34 - Religion or Christianity.
O.L. 59 - The Mobius strip.
Object Lessons (Chemical).


Newsletter 46.

Teaching tip 32 - Peer pressure.
Play - Tenants on the farm.
Object lesson 58 - Saying 'No' to drugs.


Newsletter 45.
(An Illusion special)

Object Lesson (O.L.) 6. Defeating Giants.
O.L. 9. Which way?
O.L. 11. We are special.
O.L. 14. Making the right choice.
O.L. 16. Break in communication with God.
O.L. 22. Miracles.
O.L. 25. Jesus is the light of the world.
O.L. 29. A memory feat.
O.L. 30. The Trinity.
O.L. 33. Can we trust our senses?
O.L. 38. Obedience brings success.
O.L. 40. Samson pad.
O.L. 48. The resurrection of Christ.
O.L. 57. Our sins are gone forever (Flashpaper).


Newsletter 44.

T.T. 31- Teaching children to P.R.A.Y.
Definition quiz.
Story - Doing the right thing.
A Golf funny.

Newsletter 43.

Story - Daniel in the lion's den.
Story - Processionary caterpillars.
Play - Bartimaeus.
A Job funny.
Discipline in class.

Newsletter 42.

Story - DOG / GOD.
Story - Message in a bottle.
T.T. 29 - Memory verses on cardboard discs.
Play - Zacchaeus.
T.T. 30 - Teaching Bible stories as real history.
A success 'funny'


Newsletter 41.

Story - A free pardon.
Story - The true picture of your life.
O.L. 57. Our sins are gone forever (Flashpaper).
World Client.

Newsletter 40.

Teaching tip 27 - New Life in Christ.
Teaching tip 28 - Assurance of salvation.
Monologue - King Neb.
Laugh Break.

Newsletter 39.

Teaching tip 26 - Head belief or heart belief?
- Story of Blondin.
Story - God uses children (Wesley Steelberg).
O.L. 56 - God's protection (Blow paper into bottle).
Things kids say (4).

Newsletter 38.

Teaching tip 25 - The Ten Commandments.
Story - God knows best.
Teaching Children to pray.
Harry Potter mania.
Things Kids say (3).

Newsletter 37.

Story - Feeding the 5000.
Teaching tip 24 - Knowing Jesus or knowing about Jesus?
Testimony - "May I call you - - - "
From the kids.
Riddle.
Things Kids say when praying.

Newsletter 36.

Story - A free pardon.
Excellence in Sunday School.
If children live - - -

Newsletter 35.

Teaching tip 23 - The Good Samaritan.
Play - The Good Samaritan.
Story - Jesus for tea.Love: A paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13.
Why God loves little children.
Humour - Billy Graham.

Newsletter 34.

Teaching tip 22 - The lost son.
Play - The lost son.
Four gifts from the Father.
Story - A modern Prodigal.
Game 1 - The Forgiveness game.
Game 2 - Forgiving others.
Web sites for children.
Things kids say (2).
Sobering Blessings.

Newsletter 33.

Teaching tip 21 - The lost sheep.
Fun story - The lost sheep.
Lost sheep skit.
Seven core values every child needs.
A right funny.

Newsletter 32.

Creation or Evolution. Does it really matter what we believe?
Teaching tip 20 - Creation and Evolution.
Object Lesson 55 - The new birth.
Study finds 'Believers do not train their children' with faith in mind.
Craft 2 - Joined in love.

Newsletter 31.

Teaching tip 19. Teaching Bible stories in context.
1. God's Time Line
2. God's Plan for Man.
3. God's Diary.
4. The Wordless Book.
5. The Seven C's of History.
6. Four words to describe the history of the world.
A Children funny.

Newsletter 30.

Teaching tip 18. Jesus Understands (Easter).
Elimination quiz 3 - Easter.
A love funny.

Newsletter 29.

What do children believe?
Blessings from children.
Teaching tip 17 - Ideas for teaching about Zacchaeus.
The Five Foundations of Children's Ministry.

Newsletter 28.

Teaching tip 16. How God speaks to us.

Newsletter 27.

Teaching tip 15. Telling the C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. story.
O.L. 54. - The Christmas tree.
Craft 1.- Making a 'fun' Christmas card.
Elimination quiz 2 - Christmas.
Fundamental Beliefs 7. The work of Jesus Christ. 2. Jesus took us to the cross with Himself.
A Birthday Celebration.

Newsletter 26.

Helping children cope with acts of terrorism.
Teaching tip 14. What's in a name?
Object Lesson 53. Using your Fingers as a prayer reminder.
Elimination Bible quiz. 1. - General.
Fundamental Beliefs 7. The Work of Jesus Christ. 1. Jesus died for our sins.
Christian one liners.
A job funny.

Newsletter 25.

Teaching tip 13. Teaching Memory verses.
Fundamental Beliefs 6. The Person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Redefining Children's Ministry in the 21st. Century. By Becky Fischer.
10 Myths about children.

Newsletter 24.

Fundamental Beliefs 5. What do Christians believe?
Object Lesson 51. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Object Lesson 52. Ask and you shall receive.
Teaching tip 12. The Lord's Prayer.
Explanation of God by an 8 year old.
A success 'funny'.

Newsletter 23.

Fundamental Beliefs 4. Why does God allow suffering?
Teaching Tip 10. Use of Storytelling.
Teaching Tip 11. What is love?
The letter reference.

Newsletter 22.

Fundamental Beliefs 3. Did God write the Bible?
Teaching tip 9. Noah's Ark and the flood.
Noah Jokes.
O. L. 49. R U E ?
O. L. 50. Trust. a. A mousetrap.
b. Falling backwards.
More Gems from the classroom.

Newsletter 21.

Fundamental Beliefs 2. Is Jesus really God?
Teaching tip 7. Use of Ventriloquism to teach class rules.
Teaching tip 8. Leading children to Christ.
Young children and salvation. By Terri.

Newsletter 20.

Fundamental Beliefs. 1. Did Christ really rise from the dead?
O.L. 48 - The resurrection of Christ.
Teaching Tip 6. Use of Balloon modelling in Children's ministry.
The Paradoxical Commandments - ANYWAY.

Newsletter 19.

Teaching Tip 5 - Developing good habits.
A. Teaching children how to make right choices.
O.L. 46 - Making right choices.
O.L. 47 - Choosing the right friends.
B. Teaching children to be generous givers.
Things Kids say.

Newsletter 18.

Teaching Tip 4 - Ideas on teaching about Creation.
O.L. 41. The earth, sun and moon (Acting out their motions).
O.L. 42. Gravity (Demonstration with a ball and string).
O.L. 43. Can nothing turn into something? (An experiment with an empty jar).
O.L. 44. Dependence on oxygen (Holding your breath)
O.L. 45. "Made after its own kind."(An Acorn example).
Seven reasons why not to mess with a child.

Newsletter 17.

Overcoming discipline problems - by making your lessons fun and exciting.
Teaching Tip 3. (For use with the David and Goliath story).
O.L. 39. Wrestling match (Defeating Giants).
O.L. 40. Samson pad (Defeating Giants).
5 things I have learned about Kids. by Karl Bastian.

Newsletter 16.

Teaching Tip 1 - Getting children to pray in public.
Teaching Tip 2 - How we should pray (A lesson from blind Bartimaeus).
O.L. 38. Obedience brings success (Pencil passes through a handkerchief).
What's wrong with grownups? by Rev. Ong Chooi Seng.

Newsletter 15.

Evangelising children - Your response.
O.L. 36. The fair distribution of food (Involving the children).
O.L. 37. God can do things instantly (Two instant calculations).
Testimony - Miracles do happen!

Newsletter 14.

O.L. 34. The seriousness of sin (Two methods).
O.L. 35. Sin grows rapidly (Two methods).
More classic comments - All from children.
More anecdotes from the doors.
Unusual answers.
Parting comments.
Do children need to be saved? - Evangelist Miller.

Newsletter 13.

O.L. 31. Discovering your gifts (Hidden colors).
O.L. 32. Facing trials and troubles (Balloon, water and fire).
O.L. 33. Can we trust our senses? (Audio and visual illusions).
Anecdotes from the doors.

Newsletter 12.
O.L. 29. Memory feat (Adam's amazing memory).
O.L. 30. The Trinity (An illusion with three ropes).
Classic comments - All from children.
I am a Christian because . . . . . . . .... ....

Newsletter 11.
O.L. 27. Needle through a balloon (Miracles / Testimony).
O.L. 28. God's provision (Dandelions).
Puppet play - How do you get to heaven?
A points funny.
Ice Breaker - A tongue twister.
Newsletter 10.

O.L. 25. Jesus is the light of the world (Trick candles).
O.L. 26. God is all knowing (Five different methods).
What children believe - Results of survey.

Newsletter 9.

O.L. 22. Miracles (Large disc goes through small hole).
O.L. 23. Standing up under pressure (Plastic tops in water).
O.L. 24. Defeating evil with good (paper is stronger than wood).
Gems from the classroom.
The questions Kids ask.

Newsletter 8.

O.L. 20. Creation (Balloon modelling).
O.L. 21. The Trinity (Food colorings).
Ice Breakers.
1. Body challenges.
2. Dumb laws.
3. Advice for kids.

Newsletter 7.

Puppet play - "What is Easter all about?"
O.L. 18. What happened at the cross (A chemical experiment).
O.L. 19. The meaning of the cross (Experiment with a candle, glass and water).

Newsletter 6.

O.L. 14. Making the right choice ('Force' the right card to be chosen).
O.L. 15. Little sins grow bigger (Bursting balloon).
O.L. 16. Break in communication with God (Restore a cut rope).
O.L. 17. Burning bush or Fiery furnace (Flaming cloth is not consumed).
Puppet play - "What is Christmas all about?"
Teaching Memory verses - Diminishing words.

Newsletter 5.

O.L. 12. Straight and crooked roads (Tearing strips of paper).
O.L. 13. God's guidance (A balloon guidance system).
John 3.16.
Story - A soldier gives up his life for his friends.
Teaching on John 3.16.

Newsletter 4

O.L. 9. Which way? (Octagon illusion).
O.L. 10. Walking on water. (Floating pin).
O.L. 11. We are special. (Rope illusion).

Newsletter 3.

O.L. 6. Defeating Giants (Optical illusion with two cards).
O.L. 7. God's protection (Coin is blown into dish).
O.L. 8. Receiving Jesus (Gifts have to be received).

Newsletter 2

O.L. 3. Why does God allow suffering? (Invisible ink).
O.L. 4. Filled with the Holy Spirit (Baking soda).
O.L. 5. Staying in the centre of God's will (Cork floating on water).

Newsletter 1.

Who is Maurice Sweetsur?
Object Lesson (O.L.) 1 - Growing to be like Christ (Fruit in bottle).
O.L. 2 - Faith (A water experiment).


Object Lessons - All Newsletters.



Newsletter Title.

1 Growing to be like Christ (Fruit in bottle). (Object lesson 1)
1 Faith (A water experiment). (2)
2 Why does God allow suffering (Invisible writing). (3)
2 Filled with the Holy Spirit (Baking soda) (4)
2 Staying in the centre of God's will (Cork floating on water). (5)
3 Defeating Giants (Optical illusion with two cards).(6)
3 God's protection (Coin is blown into dish). (7)
3 Receiving Jesus (Gifts must be received). (8)
4 Which way? (Octagon illusion). (9)
4 Walking on water (Floating pin). (10)
4 We are special (Rope illusion). (11)
5 Straight and crooked roads (Tearing strips of paper). (12)
5 God's guidance (A balloon guidance system). (13)
6 Make the right choice (Force the right card to be chosen). (14)
6 Little sins grow bigger (Bursting balloon). (15)
6 Break in communication with God (Restore a cut rope). (16)
6 Burning bush or Fiery furnace (Flaming cloth is not consumed). (17)
7 What happened at the cross (A chemical experiment). (18)
7 The meaning of the cross (Experiment with a candle, glass
and water). (19)
8 Creation (Balloon modelling). (20)
8 The Trinity (Food colorings). (21)
9 Miracles (Large disc goes through small hole). (22)
9 Standing up under pressure (Plastic tops in water). (23)
9 Defeating evil with good (Paper is stronger than wood). (24)
10 The Light of the world (Trick candles). (25)
10 God is all knowing (Five different methods). (26)
11 Needle through a balloon (Miracles/Testimony). (27)
11 God's provision (Dandelions). (28)
12 Memory feat (Adam's amazing memory). (29)
12 The Trinity (Illusion with three ropes). (30)
13 Discovering your gifts (Hidden colours). (31)
13 Trials and troubles (Balloon, water and fire). (32)
13 Audio and visual illusions (Test your senses). (33)
14 Sin is serious (Two methods). (34)
14 Sin spreads (Two methods). (35)
15 The fair distribution of food (Involving the children). (36)
15 God does things instantly (Two instant calculations). (37)
16 Obedience brings success (Pencil through a hankie). (38)
17 Wrestling match (Defeating Giants). (39)
17 Samson pad (Defeating Giants). (40)
18 The earth, sun and moon (Acting out their motions). (41)
18 Gravity (Ball on string). (42)
18 Can nothing turn into something? (Empty jar). (43)
18 Dependence on oxygen (Holding your breath). (44)
18 Made after its own kind (An Acorn example). (45)
19 Making right choices. (46)
19 Choosing the right friends. (47)
20 The resurrection of Christ (Coin through rubber sheet). (48)
22 R U E ? (49)
22 Trust. a. A mousetrap. b. Falling backwards. (50)
24 Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Trying out God's
promises for yourself). (51)
24 Ask and you shall receive (Asking God for our needs). (52)
26 Using your Fingers as a prayer reminder. (53)
27 The Christmas tree. (54)
32 The new birth. (55)
39 God's protection (Blow paper into bottle). (56)
41 Our sins are gone forever (Flashpaper). (57)
46 Saying 'No' to drugs. (58)
47 The Moibus strip. (59)
51 We are valuable to God. (60)
51 Overcoming gravity. (61)
52 Jumping on balloons. (62)
54 Three miraculous signs for Moses. (63)
55 Jesus cleanses us from sin. (64)
56 The Flaming Bible. (65)
56 Candle in a jar. (66)
58 The writing on the wall (67)
58 Using the Mobius loop to teach Memory verses (68)
65 Separation from God (69)
66 Long distance miracles (Cutting a banana in half) (70)
70 Drawing a picture whilst blindfold (71)
82 Feeding the 5,000. (72)
83 Changing water into blood.(73)
83 Predicting a number (74)
86 The importance of recycling (75)
86 Christmas symbols - The Candy cane (76)
89 Making objects appear and disappear with a thumb tip (77)

Object Lessons - By Category.

Category. Object Lesson Nos.

Bible. 13, 65, 68, 71.
Character 1, 3.
Christian Living 6, 13, 23, 24, 25, 31, 36, 39, 40, 58, 75.
Christmas 54, 76.
Creation 20, 28, 29, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 77
Easter 18, 19, 25, 48.
Faith / Miracles 2, 10, 17, 22, 27, 48, 61, 62, 63, 67, 70, 72, 73, 77.
God's love 8, 11, 69.
God's omniscience 26, 74.
God's omnipotence 37.
God's promises 51.
God's protection 7, 32, 56
God's provision 6, 28, 39, 40, 42, 44.
Heaven 49, 74.
Holy Spirit 4, 13.
New birth 55, 77
Obedience 5, 13, 38.
Our senses 33.
Prayer 16, 52, 53
Right choices 9, 12, 14, 46, 47, 69.
Self Esteem 60.
Sin / Forgiveness 15, 16, 18, 19, 34, 35, 57, 59, 64, 69.
Suffering 3, 23, 32.
The Trinity 21, 30.
Trust 50.
Witnessing 9, 25, 27, 66.



Teaching Tips.

Newsletter. Title.

16 Getting children to pray in public. (1)
16 How we should pray (A lesson from blind Bartimaeus). (2)
17 Overcoming discipline problems - by making your lessons fun and exciting.
17 Ideas for teaching the David and Goliath story. (3)
18 Ideas on teaching about Creation. (4)
19 Developing good habits. (5)
A. Teaching children how to make right choices.
B. Teaching children to be generous givers.
20 Use of Balloon modelling in Children's ministry. (6)
21 Use of Ventriloquism to teach class rules. (7)
21 Leading children to Christ. (8)
22 Noah's ark and the flood. (9)
23 Use of storytelling. (10)
23 What is love? (11)
24 The Lord's prayer. (12)
25 Teaching Memory verses. (13)
26 What's in a name? (14)
27 Telling the C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. story. (15)
28 How God speaks to us. (16)
29 Ideas for teaching about Zacchaeus. (17)
30 Jesus Understands (Easter). (18)
31 Teaching Bible stories in context. (19)
32 Creation and Evolution. (20)
33 The lost sheep. (21)
34 The lost son. (22)
35 The Good Samaritan. (23)
37 Knowing Jesus or knowing about Jesus? (24)
38 The Ten Commandments. (25)
39 Head belief or heart belief? (26)
40 New Life in Christ (27)
40 Assurance of salvation (28)
42 Memory verses on cardboard discs (29)
42 Teaching Bible stories as real history (30)
44 Teaching children to P.R.A.Y. (31)
46 Peer pressure (32)
47 Our lives are on loan from God. (33)
47 Religion or Christianity. (34)
49 Presenting puppet skits and plays. (35)
49 Steps to forgiving others. (36)
51 We are valuable to God. (37)
54 The progressive revelation of God. (38)
55 Why Christians praise God. (39)
58 Made in the image of God (40)
61 Symbols of Christmas (41)
61 Commitment to Christ - Two analogies (42)
61 Our amazing earth (43)
63 Using Christian songs to teach Biblical truths. (44)
64 Using Christian songs to teach Biblical truths (Part 2). (44)
64 Dead to the world. (45)
64 The day of rest. (46)
65 Big bang or big mess? (47)
71 The twelve days of Christmas (48)
72 What children need to understand about God. (49)
75 The Church (50)
75 The road of life (51)
78 Getting to know your children (52)
79 Discipleship (53)
82 Playing for God's team (54).
83.Christian myths (55)
85.God's unconditional love (56).
89. What do children believe? (57)
89. Developing good habits and making good choices (58).
89. Understanding Biblical Miracles (59).
90. God's Diary (60).
90. How old is the earth? (61).
91. How many different types of Christians are there? (62)
92. God v. Santa Claus.(63)
92. Did God really create the earth in six days? (64)
93. Keeping discipline in your children’s class (65).
93 Helping children to defend their faith (66).
04. The Star of Bethlehem (67).



Fundamental Beliefs.

Newsletter. Title.

20 Did Christ really rise from the dead? (1)
21 Is Jesus really God? (2)
22 Did God write the Bible? (3)
23 Why does God allow suffering? (4)
24 What do Christians believe? (5)
25 The Person and work of the Holy Spirit. (6)
26 The Work of Jesus Christ. 1. Jesus died for our sins. (7)
27 The Work of Jesus Christ. 2. Jesus took us to the cross with
Himself. (7)


Testimonies.

Newsletter. Title.

1 Who is Maurice Sweetsur?
15 Miracles do happen.
37 "May I call you - - - "
53 Megan - A testimony.
74 God's daily blessings.
79 Embarrassing moments and misunderstandings.


Puppet plays.

Newsletter. Title.

6 What is Christmas all about?
7 What is Easter all about?
11 How do you get to heaven?
33 The lost sheep.
34 The lost son.
71 I don't believe in God.


Plays / Skits.

Newsletter. Title.

17 David and Goliath.
34 The lost son.
35 The Good Samaritan.
42 Zacchaeus.
43 Bartimaeus.
46 Tenants on the farm.
49 The unmerciful servant.
54 The water pump.


Stories.

Newsletter. Title.

5 A soldier gives up his life for his friends.
17 David and Goliath.
33 The lost sheep.
34 A modern Prodigal.
35 Jesus for tea.
36 A free pardon.
37 Feeding the 5000.
38 God knows best.
39 Blondin (Head belief or heart belief?)
39 God uses children (Wesley Steelberg).
41 A free pardon.
41 The true picture of your life.
42 DOG/GOD
42 Message in a bottle.
43 Daniel in the lion's den.
43 Processionary caterpillars.
44 Doing the right thing.
49 Doing your duty. (A story for Remembrance Sunday).
51 The healing of the paralytic (Mark 2. 1-12).
55 "Hank"
57 The Little Monkey.
58 Honouring your parents.
59 Jimmy and the six weird witches (Parts 1 - 3).
60 Jimmy and the six weird witches (Parts 4 - 6).
63 The portrait of the son.
69 Jo Jo and the Umbrella.
70 Cuthbert the clock.
72 "I give you me!"
78 The old oak tree.
80. Whistle down the wind.
85. The wise man.
 
 
Theology for kids.
 
Newsletter.     Title.
 
76. Theology for kids Part 1.
77. Theology for kids. Part 2.
80. Bible Answers for kids.


Monologues.

Newsletter. Title.

40 King Neb.
66 Esther.



Crafts.

Newsletter. Title.

27 1. Making a 'fun' Christmas card.
32 2. Joined in love.
89 3. Making a paper thumb tip.


Ice Breakers.

Newsletter. Title.

8 Body challenges.
8 Dumb laws.
8 Advice for kids.
11 Tongue twisters.
55 Hold your tongue.
75 Colour trick.


Humour.

Newsletter. Title.

9 Gems from the classroom.
11 A points funny.
12 Classic comments.
14 More Classic comments.
18 Seven reasons why not to mess with a child.
19 Things kids say.
22 Noah Jokes.
22 More Gems from the classroom.
23 The letter reference.
24 Explanation of God by an 8 year old.
24 A success 'funny'.
26 Christian one liners.
26 A job funny.
27 A Birthday Celebration.
30 A love funny.
31 A Children funny.
33 A right funny.
34 Things kids say (2).
35 Humour - Biil Graham.
37 Things kids say when praying.
38 Things kids say (3).
39 Things kids say (4).
40 Laugh Break 1.
42 A success funny.
43 A job funny.
44 A Golf funny.
49 Important Recall Notice!!
51 Things to learn from a dog.
54 Selection from Parish bulletins (Part 1).
55 Selection from Parish bulletins (Part 2).
57 Laugh Break 2 - Why God made moms.
58 Church Funnies.
61 A puzzle funny.
63 George's favourite jokes.
63 Lessons from Noah's Ark.
64 A refiner funny.
64 From a Mathematical viewpoint.
65 A heaven funny.
66 Church funnies.
66 The Bible and the cell phone.
69 A Lie funny.
70 Can you read this?
70 Marriage humour.
71 A Scientist funny.
71 An Evolution funny.
72 Ponderisms.
72 Laugh Break - Walking by faith.
75 Kids and love.
75 "Little Johnny" funnies.
78 A Retirement funny.
78 Serenity.
81 Funzone
82 Laugh Break - "Praise the Lord."
83 Laugh Break - "Things learned with time."
85 A job funny - 1.
85. A job funny -2.
90. Prayers from children
92. A recall notice.
92. A young person’s explanation of God..


Children.


Newsletter. Title.

9 The questions kids ask.
10 What children believe - Results of survey.
14 Do children need to be saved?
15 Evangelising children - Your response.
16 What's wrong with grownups?
17 Overcoming discipline problems - By making your lessons
fun and exciting.
17 5 things I have learned about kids.
21 Young children and salvation.
25 Redefining Children's ministry in the 21st. Century.
25 10 Myths about children.
26 Helping children cope with acts of terrorism.
29 What do children believe?
29 Blessings from children.
29 The five foundations of Children's ministry.
32 Study finds 'Believers do not train their children' with faith in mind. 33 Seven core values every child needs.
35 Why God loves little children.
36 Excellence in Sunday School.
38 Teaching children to pray.
43 Discipline in class.
63 Children's ministry in today's church.
93.Should Christians use “Magic tricks” when teaching children?

Witnessing.


Newsletter. Title.

12 I am a Christian because _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
13 Anecdotes from the doors.
14 More anecdotes from the doors.
14 Unusual answers.
14 Parting comments.


Games.

Newsletter. Title.

34 The forgiveness game.
34 Forgiving others.
52 Balloon game.


Quizzes.

Newsletter. Title,

26 Elimination Bible quiz 1 - General.
27 Elimination Bible quiz 2 - Christmas.
30 Elimination Bible quiz 3 - Easter.
37 Riddle.
44 Definition quiz.
58 Who am I?

Devotional.


Newsletter. Title.

20 The paradoxical commandments - Anyway.
34 Sobering Blessings.
35 Love: A paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13.
36 If children live - - -
37 From the kids.
61 The Calling.
71 A message by George Carlin.
79 Stories that touch the heart.
81 When I say "I am a Christian".


Miscellaneous.

Newsletter. Title.

5 John 3.16.
6 Memory verses - Diminishing words.
41 World Client.
51 Did God create evil?
61 Creation or Evolution?
71 What proof would satisfy?
81 Why does God answer some prayers but not others?
82 Did the Apostle John travel through time?
83. Does "Bible" teaching in state schools make a difference?
85. Christian based values programmes in State primary schools.
86. Christian Religious Education in State schools.
88. Religious Education in State schools.
90. Why do vast numbers of teens leave the church?
92.Why do we teach children Biblical values?
93.What should be the Christian response to Halloween activities?
93. Secularism is atheism.
94. A tale of three schools.
94. The time that people forgot.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Newsletter 94.

Newsletter 94. ffrom Maurice Sweetsur
 
Contents.
 
A tale of three schools.
Teaching tip 67. The Star of Bethlehem.
The time that people forgot.
 
A tale of three schools.
 
It is widely recognised that schoolchildren tend to thrive if their school environment is safe and friendly. Thus many Primary schools see the benefit of running a weekly “Values” programme. In these, pupils are taught such values as respect, tolerance, honesty, acceptance, integrity etc.
 
Traditionally, most of these “values” programmes in New Zealand have been provided by trained volunteer teachers drawn from local churches who operate under the auspices of “Churches Education Commission”. Parents are allowed to withdraw their children from such classes if they so choose.
 
As well as making a difference to the moral standards of the students these "values" programmes would also be expected to result in them becoming more disciplined and conscientious towards their school work. Do such programmes, therefore, actually make a difference in students academic achievements?
 
The above question has been impossible to answer until 2011. However, with the publication of the National Standards results for NZ schools, it is now possible to answer this for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
 
In my Newsletter 86 ( www.mauricesweetsur.blogspot.com ) I published the results of a survey comparing the academic achievements of sixty three primary schools in the South Auckland area, thirty eight of which ran a CRE programme and twenty five of which did not. These results represented the achievements of about 20,000 pupils. The percentage of students achieving the National standard level or better for the "CRE" group was 69.9%, compared with 63.2% for the "non CRE" group. The average Decile numbers (an indication of how affluent an area each school is located in) for the two groups were similar, and thus couldn't account for the significant difference in achievements between the "CRE" and "non-CRE" schools.
 
The National standards results for 2013 have recently been published. Nationally, the overall the “pass rate” for schools has increased slightly. However, rather than conduct another in depth survey, I thought it would be interesting to compare the National standards results of just three schools.
 
The three schools I chose were all Decile 8, medium sized “Country” schools in the South Auckland area. I shall call them School 1, School 2 and School 3. Until 2011 all the pupils in these schools received weekly CRE lessons. As expected, the percentage of children achieving the National standard or better were very similar for the three schools -  78.3% for School 1, 79.7 % for School 2 and 82.7% for School 3.
 
In 2012 School 1 decided to stop the CRE lessons so as to “have more time to teach academic subjects”. School 2 continued with their CRE lessons. In School 3 an increasing number of parents chose to withdraw their children from (or more likely allowed their children to withdraw from) the CRE classes. Presently about 25% of the pupils are not taking the CRE classes.
 
The 2013 National standards results revealed that, against the national trend, School 1 had “slipped” in their academic achievements with a reduced 77.5% of students achieving National standard or above. In contrast, School 2 had a significant increase in the percentage of students achieving National standards or better to 89.4% In fact their academic achievements were better than all the schools in the area that did not run a CRE programme – including three Decile 9 and three Decile 10 schools. School 3 achieved a smaller increase in achievement level to 85.1%.
 
The Blessings of God.
 
Some might say that School 2 must have done well academically at the expense of non-academic subjects, such as sport and music. However, this school has an excellent record in such areas as sport, music, dancing and debating.
 
The above results again suggest that pupils from schools that have Christian based values programmes are more likely to do better academically than pupils from schools that have not. Why is this? As a Christian, I believe the answer is simple. Schools that welcome God by their support of the CRE programmes automatically come under His blessings and protection.
 
In contrast, following the retirement of their Christian Principal in 2005, a Decile 6 school in South Auckland decided to stop their weekly CRE programme. Shortly afterwards they began to have a lot of vandalism problems. People were coming onto the school grounds and breaking many of the windows. Their solution? Spend over $30,000 from their school budget to erect a high perimeter fence around the school. I understand that this was only partially successful. I believe that a better, no-cost solution would have been to invite the CRE teachers back into the school! Unfortunately, the vast majority of people are spiritually blind to the presence and goodness of God.
 
 
 
T.T. 67. The Star of Bethlehem.
 
Matthew’s Gospel records the story of a bright star that led the Magi (wise men) from the East to Bethlehem, where it stopped over the home of Jesus. This story has puzzled readers for centuries because the ”star” is ascribed attributes that other stars do not possess, namely that it was very bright, moved, and then was able to come to a stop.
 
Some have suggested that the star of Bethlehem might have been a Supernova (an exploding star). These are certainly very bright, but they don’t move or stop. Others have suggested that the “star” might have been a comet. These are also bright and they do move across the sky, but they certainly do not come to a stop. Others have suggested that the star was simply “The Glory of God” and others that it was a pure piece of fiction, written by Matthew to add a supernatural element to the account of Christ’s birth.
 
In Bible times everything in the night sky was called a star. Although most of them moved only slowly (we now know that stars appear to move because the earth is rotating), some did move relatively quickly. These were called “wandering stars”. We now know that these “wandering stars” are actually other planets which travel around the sun. This movement, coupled with the earth’s rotation, means that they appear to move relatively quickly.
 
In the 17th century the German astronomer Johannes Kepler worked out the how all the planets move. This means that we can now find out the position of all the planets, viewed from any place on earth, at any time in the past or future. We also know that when two planets appear to come together as viewed from the earth (a conjunction) their brightness is added  together, thus giving the appearance of a very bright star.
 
A conjunction of two planets thus seems to be a possibility for “the star of Bethlehem”. However, there is still the other problem – how could such a “star” come to a stop? Here again Kepler comes to our aid. Because of each planet’s movement and the earth’s own rotation and travel around the sun, planets can appear to slow down, pause (or stop), and then change direction as they began moving again.
 
Thus a conjunction appears to be a real possibility for “the star of Bethlehem”, but did such a conjunction happen around the time of Jesus’ birth? It is thought that Jesus was born about 4BC. However, Matthew indicates that when the Magi visited he was in a house and possibly a “toddler”. So we probably need to be looking for a conjunction a few years later than 4BC.
 
As the Magi came from the East, probably Babylon (modern Iraq), could they have seen a conjunction in the West (Bethlehem)? Yes they could have. Venus is the brightest of the planets and Jupiter the largest. We now know that a conjunction of these planets took place over Bethlehem (as viewed from the East) in 2BC. The exact date on which this occurred is rather interesting – it was on December 25th!
 
We don’t know the actual date of Jesus’ birth, but there are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th..Many believe, however, that it is too much of a coincidence that the date of our present Christmas happens to be the date on which this conjunction over Bethlehem occurred. Thus, December 25th. 2BC could well be the FIRST Christmas.
 
 
 
 
The time that people forgot
By David Catchpole.
 
 
(To view a beautifully illustrated copy of this article go to :- “Time that people forgot - creation.com”)
 
Hanging in space, is a very beautiful planet. It is called Earth.
Earth is unlike anywhere else in the universe. It has lots of green plants. It has creatures that walk on the land, swim in the sea and fly in the sky. And it has people.
At first, there were not many people. But as time passed, there came a time when there were so many people on Earth, that they were counted in the billions.
The people were very smart. Someone invented a story. It was a very clever story which many people liked. It became so popular that it was told and re-told everywhere.
It was taught in schools, colleges and universities. It was on TV. In newspapers. In films.
Even though it was only a story, many people thought it was true. Even presidents, prime ministers and other leaders believed it. Could you blame them? The story was everywhere.
It was in thousands and thousands of magazines and books. It was mentioned on information signs at zoos, botanic gardens, museums, national parks and scenic lookouts. It was such a powerful story that it changed the way people looked at the world.
It even affected their behaviour—the way they treated one another.
 
How could a story have such impact? Simple. The story was about where we came from.
The story said that billions of years ago there was a ‘big bang’, and our universe was born.
Then, billions of years later our Earth and moon formed from hot rocks swirling in space. Then after another billion years or so, as Earth cooled and water began to pool on the surface, the first life appeared in that water. The first living thing was a tiny cell, something like bacteria, and it could make copies of itself. So as time passed, there were soon many microbes.
Billions more years passed, the story said, and some microbes had slowly changed into forms of life like seaworms, jellyfish, then sharks and later still, fish. And some of those sea creatures became forms that could also live on land, something like frogs and salamanders can do. And from them came all the land creatures and birds we see today.
Along the way, according to the story, there was a time that dinosaurs ruled the earth, but they became extinct before man appeared. Man didn’t walk on earth until millions of years later. After man had evolved from some ape-like creature, he was a Stone Age hunter-gatherer for at least a hundred thousand years, before finally learning to grow crops and keep livestock.
 
But all of this was just a story. The real history of the world was nothing like that. The people had forgotten what really happened.
The earth was much, much younger than the story said. The earth and the whole universe had been created only around 6,000 years earlier, in just six days. But the people had forgotten about that time. They’d forgotten about big events that happened during that time. And they’d forgotten about their Creator. They’d forgotten that their Creator created all things, including time itself.
They’d forgotten that their Creator—God—had spoken directly to certain people about the six days of creation and key events that happened afterwards, and that this had then been written down. Written down so that all people could know what God had said.
 
These writings, called “The Scriptures”, can be read today in a book called The Bible.
And from God’s Word in the Bible we see that God knew there would come a time when people forgot about the time He created the earth. (As well as what really happened after that.) These words in the Bible were written nearly two thousand years ago:
 
In the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. … But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
So we can see that two thousand years ago God knew that there would come a time when people would forget. That time is now. People have forgotten that the earth was at first covered with water, and that it had been formed by God speaking. Instead, today, people are taught an evolution story that says the early earth was a hot molten ball with no liquid water anywhere. And that it formed by itself—“no creator was needed”.
What else have people forgotten? They’ve forgotten the order in which God created things. First the earth on Day 1 covered with water, then the sky on Day 2. Dry land appeared on Day 3, which is when God made the plants.
But God hadn’t made the sun yet. But He had made light (which plants need) on the first day. As the newly created earth slowly turned once, twice, three times, there was daytime and night-time, daytime and night-time, daytime and night-time. All was now ready for the fourth day.
 
It was on Day 4 that God made the sun, the moon, and all the other ‘lights in the sky’. Although the stars are very far away, they are so bright that we can see many of them with just our own eyes.
And with telescopes we can see there are pretty features such as ‘rings’ around planets and staggeringly huge nebulae, beautifully arranged. Truly, as the Scripture says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
But many people today have forgotten this. And they’ve forgotten that the earth came first, before any of these heavenly bodies. And deceived by the story that life evolved, and therefore could have evolved on other planets, they’ve forgotten that the Scripture says it was the earth God made to host life:
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited.
With the sun now in place to shine on the plants and to indicate days and seasons and years, the earth was now ready for living creatures.
 
It was on Day 5 that God created creatures to live in water, and creatures to “fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky”. Note that there were no dinosaurs yet—the exact opposite of the evolution story which says dinosaurs came before birds. No, dinosaurs were not made until the following day, Day 6, along with all the other land animals—and man.
But today many people have forgotten this. They think that man is ‘just another animal’—as if philosophers are descended from fish, and are therefore no more important than that. But in reality man was created special, to “rule over” the fish and all the other creatures. Because, unlike the animals:
God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And so God made Adam and Eve, placing them in the Garden of Eden. Adam’s job was “to work it and take care of it”.
 
But little did Adam know that his own action in this idyllic setting would bring about the greatest catastrophe the universe has ever seen.
It wasn’t as if Adam hadn’t been warned. God had told Adam that he was allowed to eat from any tree in the garden except one. “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” God said, “for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
For at least the rest of that day, Adam obeyed. He did not eat the fruit from that tree. At the end of that sixth day of Creation Week, God looked at everything He had made and saw it was “very good”. There was no death or sickness anywhere. All the animals ate plants. Adam and Eve were allowed to eat fruit from the other trees in the Garden—including the Tree of Life, in the middle of the Garden of Eden. There were no thorns on any of the plants, anywhere. Everything on Earth was very good. All the angels were very good. They all obeyed God.
Thus God finished making the heavens and the earth, and rested on the seventh day, declaring it holy.
 
However, it seems it wasn’t long before one of the leading angels stopped being “very good”. Today we refer to him as ‘Satan’. He appeared to Eve as a crafty serpent in the Garden of Eden, persuading her to take some fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and eat it. She also gave some to Adam, who was with her, and he ate it.
“You will not surely die,” the serpent had said.
But he had lied. The one that Jesus later referred to as “the father of lies” had just told a colossal lie. Adam and Eve had fallen for it, and disobeyed God. The moment they ate that fruit, they suddenly knew that things were no longer so rosy.
The first thing they did was to sew fig leaves together to make coverings for themselves—for they realised they were naked. The second thing they did was to try to hide from God—which of course no-one can do because God sees everything. When God challenged Adam about his disobedience, Adam blamed God and Eve: “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.”
Eve blamed the serpent: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
But there was no escaping from the fact that Adam had disobeyed God (an event we today call ‘The Fall’), and the creation would never be the same again.
 
Because of Adam’s sin, the things that Adam had been put in charge of by God, to “rule over”, would now be subject to the ‘Curse’. Death would come to every animal and bird—some would now even be eaten by others. Cursed above all of these was the serpent, condemned now to crawl on its belly. Eve and all her female descendants would have pain in childbearing—yet they would still want to marry and have children.
And to Adam, God said that the very ground was cursed because of him. Adam would now have to painfully toil and till the soil, by the sweat of his brow, to grow food. He would now have to contend with “thorns and thistles”, for the plant world had been cursed, too. Just as Adam had been taken from the ground, he would now return to it, “for dust you are and to dust you will return”, God told him.
Adam would now surely die. Although he survived much longer than people do today (Adam lived to 930 years of age), he surely died, just as God had warned.
And so death comes to us all. But today many people have forgotten that there was once a time with no pain or death (a “very good” world which Adam and Eve were the only humans ever to have experienced). Instead, they believe the evolution story idea that death is ‘normal’—‘a natural part of life’—and that mutations (copying mistakes in our genes) are ‘normal’.
 
But when someone we love dies, we know in our heart that something is not right. And similarly, when we look at mutations such as the ‘floppy-eared syndrome’ in dogs, we should realize as we see the poor dog’s ears covered in food scraps from its dinner dish, that something is not right. We might have become so used to seeing these things that we think they’re ‘normal’ and even ‘cute’. But if Adam were around to see such dogs today, he would no doubt be shocked. The original “very good” dogs had ears that stood erect—all the better for hearing things well!
Today, there are more and more genetic deformities than ever before. Looking at that, scientists who believe the evolution story are puzzled as to why humans haven’t already become extinct long ago. But that’s because they believe in millions of years—the millions and billions of years that evolutionary scientists assign to the fossil ‘record’. From the Bible we know instead that the whole creation is only about 6,000 years old, so it makes sense that, even though we’re in terrible genetic decline, we’re still here.
And the Bible also tells of a huge and catastrophic event that happened after Adam sinned, about 1,656 years after Creation Week, which beautifully explains the fossils. It’s an event which completely re-landscaped the world of that time, about 4,500 years ago. An event that the Bible says that people would later “deliberately forget”—a global Flood:
“But they deliberately forget … by water also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.”
 
The world had become “corrupt in God’s sight and filled with violence” so God destroyed the earth in a terrible, global Flood. But first He told Noah to build an Ark, so that Noah and his family, and pairs of all kinds of land animals and flying creatures would be spared to repopulate the earth afterwards.
And so it happened, which means that all people today are descended from Noah. When you consider this timeline of a new start to humanity 4,500 years ago, along with normal population growth rates, it fits nicely with the number of people on Earth today. And the Bible explains the origins of languages, too25—in stark contrast to the evolution story, which doesn’t.
Sadly, however, many people today can’t see this. They can’t see that the evidence around them fits the Bible’s account of the Flood. They can’t see that the layers-upon-layers of sediment in the rocks all around the world show all the signs of having been laid down quickly, in the global Flood. Signs such as the billions of plant and animal fossils, preserved in the rocks. They can’t see that steep-sided canyons and vast, flat plains are a legacy of the almost unimaginably huge volumes of water pouring off the continents at the end of Noah’s Flood.
 
They can’t see this, because they’ve forgotten … about Creation, and the Flood, just as the Bible said they would.
 
And they’ve forgotten about Jesus. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, sent by God, as the Bible says, so that “whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
Thankfully, not everyone has forgotten. There are still people today who believe what God has said—what is written in the Bible. They are known as Christians, and many of them speak out boldly about the Good News of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to a world that’s forgotten about Him. They call people to turn away from sin, and pursue God’s righteousness instead. They say we should turn away from evolutionary ideas that might justify hard-heartedness, and that we should instead ‘love our neighbour’, yes, even our enemy, as we would want them to love us. The Bible says that people who lead many others to righteousness will shine like the bright stars, forever and ever.
Read the Bible to know more about all this, and to be able to tell others about Jesus, lest they ‘forget’. Then you, too, can ‘shine’ for Him!