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This indispensable, easy-to-use tool for Sunday school teachers and pastors offers a year's worth of attention-grabbing object lessons. Guaranteed to spice up any story time or lesson.



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Date de parution 01 janvier 1987
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781441234759
Langue English

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© 1986 by Baker Books
Published by Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516–6287 www.bakerbooks.com
Ebook edition created 2011
ISBN 978-1-4412-3475-9
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Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com
She is
a living and positive object lesson
for our two children,
Julie and Danny
Copyright Page
Dedication Page
1. Rooted in Jesus
2. Thermostat or Thermometer?
3. Be a Filter!
4. The Power of Words
5. Let God Change You
6. Be an Onion Christian
7. Twelve River Stones
8. The Most Important Thing
9. The Potential of a Peanut
10. The Greatest Trophy
11. Unique and Useful
12. The Boat Rudder and the Tongue
13. Run the Race
14. Prayer Lets Blessings Flow
15. Let Christ Remake You
16. Put God in Charge
17. Different Views
18. Different and Unique
19. Room for Jesus
20. Depending on God
21. God Is Here
22. Love Binds Us Together
23. Show Your Love for Jesus
24. God’s Instructions and Guarantees
25. Slow Growth
26. A Mirror or Window Christian?
27. Don’t Be Tricked
28. God’s Goodness Is Like Yeast
29. Be a Sample for Jesus
30. Let Go of Sin
31. On the Rock or Sand
32. Outer Labels
33. Better than Butterflies
34. A Limit to Temptations
35. How Creative God Is!
36. God’s Plumb Line
37. The Bible and You
38. Pretzels and Prayer
39. Do Life God’s Way
40. We Need Each Other
41. Upside Down Christians
42. Growing Christians
43. Tools of God
44. The Polished Life
45. The Lift of Love
46. Gossip Grows
47. Store Up God’s Word
48. Good Can Come from Bad
49. The Glove of the Spirit
50. God Purifies Us
51. Have Faith in God
52. Playing Life God’s Way
Back Cover
Object lessons are certainly not a new idea. Jesus frequently used common, everyday objects to drive home a point: rocks, birds, seeds, flowers, water, bread, coins, and many other things.
The objects used in this series of lessons are rather easy to come by. I imagine that many pastors, if they are like me, wait until Saturday before finally entering into a desperate search for a children’s object lesson for Sunday morning. I hope some of these lessons can bail you out under such conditions. However, it might be wise to quickly skim the list of objects needed ahead of time as some of them are seasonal, especially those found in nature. For some of the objects you may have to consult members of your congregation.
I have written the object lessons in the style in which I have used them on television and with the children of my own congregation. Your style may be different. My presentation is only a suggestion of one way it can be done.
May you, the children of your church, and your adult church members find these object lessons enjoyable and helpful!
Rooted in Jesus
Objects Needed
One cut flower and one potted flower.
If we want to stand up under the troubles in life we must be rooted in Christ.
I have two flowers with me today. One of the flowers is a cut flower. It is meant to be placed in a vase with water. The other flower is a potted plant.
One of these flowers will last much longer than the other. It will also be able to hold up better under bad conditions. Do you know which one I’m talking about? (Allow them to answer.) That’s right, it’s the potted plant that will last longer. It is better off because it has roots! The cut flower will only last a few days and then will have to be thrown out because it has been cut off from its roots.
The Bible says that if we want to be the good and wonderful people God intends us to be, we must be rooted rooted in Jesus Christ. Now of course the Bible doesn’t mean we should have actual roots. It means that we should be very close to Jesus, sticking by him at all times. Being rooted in Jesus means we depend on him.
Jesus will give us the strength to handle problems. We won’t have to wilt in tough situations like this cut flower will do eventually. We can be like the potted flower and keep on living the good life God wants us to because we are rooted in Jesus.
I’m sure you each have some problems right now. Your problems may have to do with grades at school, friends, or maybe parents. All of us have problems, including me. But if we stay close to Jesus stay rooted in him we’ll turn out OK.
Key Text
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col. 2:6–7)
Thermostat or Thermometer?
Objects Needed
Thermometer and a thermostat (you can pick up a discarded one from a furnace repairman).
We can make events in life happen for us instead of letting them happen to us!
Do you know what this is? (Holding up the thermometer, let someone answer.) That’s right, it’s a thermometer. When you read a thermometer, it tells you what the temperature is.
This other object also detects temperature but it has a slightly different job. It’s a thermostat. You probably have one on a wall at home. It tells your furnace when to go on and off. It not only reads the temperature in a room but it does something about it!
What I want to say today is: be a thermostat in life, not just a thermometer!
A thermometer-type person simply goes along with what’s happening. If everybody in the group of people he is with is happy, he is happy. If they are angry, he is angry. If they are doing something wrong, the thermometer-type person will go along with it and do the same thing even though it’s wrong. If a situation is discouraging, everybody is discouraged.
A thermostat-type person is completely different. If you are this kind of person it means you decide how you ought to think or act, not how you want to think or act! Being a thermostat means you try to change the situation for the better. If you are with your friends you will try to influence them to do good instead of letting them influence you to do bad.
A thermometer lets the temperature in the room change it. A thermostat changes the temperature of the room!
Be a thermostat. Don’t just let life happen to you in any old way. Make life happen for the good, for yourself and for those around you.
Key Text
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2)
Be a Filter!
Objects Needed
A coffee filter.
Of all the things we see, hear, and think we must only accept within us those that are good, filtering out the rest.
This coffee filter can teach us a very important lesson on how to live a better life.
Can anyone tell me how a coffee filter works? First you place the filter in a special bowl that comes with your coffee pot. You then place some ground coffee into the filter. The coffee maker works by pouring a stream of hot water over the ground coffee. The filter lets the coffee-flavored water through, but not the coffee grounds. If there is one thing your parents don’t like to see in their coffee it’s coffee grounds. It’s the job of the filter to keep them out.
There are many other kinds of filters. Furnace filters keep the dust out of the air we breathe. Gas filters keep the gas in our cars clean. Although filters come in all shapes and sizes and filter all kinds of things, they have one thing in common: they filter out something that shouldn’t be let through.
Did you know that you and I should be filters? That’s right. God wants us to filter all the different things we hear, see, and think. For instance, at school you will hear some kids say bad words. Should you keep those words in mind and say them sometime? Of course not. You should filter those out and not let them settle down in your mind. When you see someone do something that is wrong, should you go ahead and do it just because they did? No, I’m sure you realize you shouldn’t. You must filter that out and say, “That is not something I want to do because I know it’s wrong.” When you think a bad thought you can use your filter inside of you again. Just tell yourself, “I’m not going to keep thinking that bad thought. I’m going to think about something else.”
Just as the coffee filter won’t let coffee grounds into the coffee pot, so you and I should filter out what comes our way and only accept inside of us those things that are good and pleasing to God. Be a good filter, OK?
Key Text
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8)
The Power of Words
Objects Needed
Tube of toothpaste, plate.
A word is much like toothpaste. Once you let it out you can’t take it back.
I need a volunteer to do two things. First, take this tube of toothpaste and squeeze quite a large quantity out onto this plate. That’s good. Now I want you to put the toothpaste back into the tube!
What seems to be the problem? Can’t you stuff it back in? Well, I know I’ve asked you to do the impossible. Once toothpaste is out of the tube you can’t put it back.
Words are much like this toothpaste. Once we let them out of our mouths we really can’t take them back.
This means we should be carefu

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