Club 252

Blind Leading the Blind

Tonight was very good in spite of everything. It was one of those nights where everything just flowed! I could tell Keith was praying for me.

First of all, we’ve had bad news lately. The other day, we were told Scott‘s brain cancer is growing again in the spot where doctors removed the first growth. He has to decide which treatment to go with – chemo, which would wipe him out just as he’s starting to get back to school & church work again – surgery, again! – or radiation, which would entail a half day strapped down & zapped. He said the kids (he heads up the Sunday morning kids club) laid hands & prayed for/with him Sunday & it was about the best time of prayer he’d had. Pray for the family, Scott, the kids in the group.

Then tonight we heard that Kevin‘s cancer has returned. Both kinds. And they’re aggressive. My heart breaks for him, the family, all of us. When one hurts, we all hurt with them. There has been a day of prayer & fasting called for the church tomorrow. Which leads me to tonight. Sounds like it would’ve been a downer, but we had a wonderful time of teaching & prayer. I challenged the kids to join in on a fast of some kind, or wear a dot, etc. as a reminder to pray. We talked about various kinds of fasts they might be able to do: water to drink only, not milk, juice, etc., no dessert, no fruit? etc. The other idea was to wear a bracelet to remind them to pray throughout the day, or put a dot in a few places around the house where they’d see it & remember to pray, or put their watch on the opposite wrist it is normally on as a reminder to pray, etc. The kids got excited about the fact that they are in on this whole prayer thing, too. I’m glad to help them see how important they are in the Body even now. Hopefully tonight they are talking with their parents about possibilities for their own prayer reminders tomorrow.

We sang a song about today being the day the Lord has made. How can you rejoice in a day where terrible news/things happen? We talked about rejoicing not always being a big happy smile, but sometimes a painful tear, but with a trust that God made this day & He has a plan for it. We can rejoice that our God is in charge & trustworthy in it all. Then we learned a new song about Psalm 1. We are to be like a tree, planted by the water, trusting in the Father to keep us strong & help us grow. The tree can stand tall even in the worst night storm, why? It is planted by the water with it’s roots growing deep & can bear fruit in all seasons (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.)

Then our story was on Bartameus, the blind man, healed by Jesus. We talked about his darkness, not only because he was blind, but also because he was born in sin just like all of us. Jesus is the Light of the world. He came to bring His Light to a dark, blind world. We finished singing one of my favorite Donut Man songs that I haven’t had the opportunity to share with the kids yet, “Blind Leading the Blind”. We talked about how without Christ, we are blind & groping around in the darkness of sin, sure to fall into the holes of sin & then have to deal with the consequences. We talked about some of the sinful pits people find themselves in when they walk in darkness. Then we talked about our M verse (the verse we are on for this week), “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” We compared following our Good Shepherd vs. following the blind we see around us on TV or in our classrooms/neighborhoods. A wise person follows the Light while the foolish follow after blind people & end up in the hole right with the blind! They got it!! Even the five year olds stayed with me on it. If you get a chance to hear Donut Man’s song, it is a good one for teaching the kids this very important lesson. He is so good at writing fun songs with the lessons no one else is writing about…

Oh, the blind are leading the blind
With an Uh, uh, oh!! Tell me what they’ll find?
Fall in a hole, that’s right they’ll fall in a hole!
That’s what you’ll find, when the blind are leading the blind!

If you turn away from Christ, you are blinded without sight.
You will never know His ways
If you don’t know what the Bible says!

There are people you will find who to the ways of God are blind.
Do not follow them or you might fall down with them, too!

When I hear the words you say it tells me if you know the way.
Can you show God’s love to me? Are you blind or do you see?

Oh, the blind are leading the blind
With an Uh, uh, oh!! Tell me what they’ll find?
Fall in a hole, that’s right they’ll fall in a hole!
That’s what you’ll find, when the blind are leading the blind!

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Looking Toward Next Year

Next year will be here before you know it. The overarching lessons I want to teach the children next year is the Fruit of the Spirit. In gathering the info, I have started a page of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. If you have ideas, please feel free to load up the comment box there over the next months.

I think I can use some Gothard materials I already have to lay the framework on this topic. Example – week one = dig into fruit of the month, week two = tell Bible story that teaches fruit of the month, week three = teach about an animal that exemplifies the fruit of the month, week four (when we have it) = review past fruit. I’d like the kids to have several verses for each fruit memorized. Also, I’m thinking they should work on some kind of accumulative project to review throughout the year like a mobile of some kind from the different animals, etc. Maybe some kind of “cage” to keep them in & get out to review? I’m thinking they will have a craft to make a variation of each animal on the week I teach on that animal. That gives you the idea for my basic overview of the year’s teaching, craft, activity schedule.

I know for myself, the older I get, the more I realize how desperately I need the Fruit of the Spirit in my life. It has become a daily prayer request for my life over the last few years. I’m looking forward to teaching them & really digging into them with the kids. That part is pretty much settled in my mind. It’s the theme, fun hook, that I need to decide on.

As far as a catchy theme for this topic, I have been wracking my brain & come up with several possibilities, each of which have strengths & weaknesses. One idea could be to do a chef theme – go with the fruit & food idea with aprons, chef hat, etc. I’ve thought about using the carpenter theme & hook that with building character. I think the boys would like that & cheap tool belts are easy to get ahold of for awards. Another would be to go with a bee theme, since bees hang around ripe fruit. We have access to a good giant bee costume, there’s plenty of bee stickers out there, etc. We could talk about “bee-ing” patient & “bee-ing” gentle, etc. As far as something to put pins on, I guess I would go back to the bag idea (works well for the kids to put & tote their Club stuff around) & get bee pins to award them with. Yet another would be to get sciency. Mom gave me three great object lesson books full of science experiments that I would love to hand to a couple guys in our church who would make great guest appearances as wacky scientists. Plus, Group is doing science as their VBS theme this summer & I always love their music & use it throughout the next year. I could probably find a church locally who’s done with their props & decorations to use, & they have lots of cute ideas like “test tube treats”, etc. A lot of it is in what you call it. Keith suggested I make a “periodic table” out of the character qualities & highlight the fruit of the spirit there. The kids or teachers could have lab coats as our “uniform” to put awards on.

Any ideas? Comments? Suggestions?

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We Shall See Him Face To Face – the Lamb of God!

Simeon knew instantly when he beheld It & told the Lord his life was finally complete now that he had seen It. John, the beloved disciple, who had spent years in Jesus’ presence, fell on his face as a dead man after seeing Him face to face in all His glory. King David asked for one thing of the Lord, “that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to seek Him in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4) Moses’ face glowed like an alien for days upon days after getting a glimpse of His backside.

“No man ever saw God and lived. And yet, I shall not live till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.” – John Donne

Sometimes when we think about Heaven, we get so caught up in what it will look like, who will be there, etc. But in reality, “being with God is the heart & soul of Heaven… God’s greatest gift to us is, and always will be, Himself.” (Randy Alcorn) I love that!! Everything will look different once we have seen Him. We will not just see the reflection of God’s glory around us, but we will see fully! When we look at a beautiful flower, beautiful only because God is beautiful & it has no choice but to reflect its Creator, we will no longer be able to see anything BUT God in it. The delightful, the stunning, the fulfilling, the rewarding, the fun in this life all reflects God now, but then we will see clearly & enjoy fully because we have seen Him. Our propensity to idolize those things now will be erased when sin is striped of it’s power, & we will be free to enjoy God’s incredible creation as it was meant to be enjoyed – to bring Him complete glory. And it will take eternity to give Him all the praise He is due!

In Club this week, we focused on Jesus being the Alpha & Omega, the Lamb that is worthy all through Revelation. (As most of you know, Club this year is focused on sheep: all we like sheep have gone astray, Jesus in our Good shepherd, shepherd boy King David worshiped in the pasture & wrote Psalms, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, the OT sacrificial system & Jesus’ fulfillment of that, etc.)

This week, I used a lot from Chapter 17 of Alcorn’s book, Heaven, along with Revelation verses on worshiping the Lamb at the end of this age – what we have to look forward to. I sit here at the computer trying to put into “few” words the thoughts from that chapter in conjunction with Revelation, especially 22:3-5, but I just can’t do it. I think it best for you to just grab a copy of Heaven if you don’t already have one, & read chapter 17 this week. It will bless your socks off! The fact that Jesus permanently identified Himself with us when He died & rose again – He is forever God-man!! – blows me away! “God is a lavish giver. ‘He Who did not spare His own Son…’ If we didn’t have Christ, we would have nothing. But because of Christ, we have everything.”

I shared the little story from the end of the chapter about The Blind Boy & the King – powerful! It really puts our salvation & future hope of seeing our Lord face to face in a way even the children can understand & “feel”.

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