26 October 2011

Kidz Topic ... EVANGELISM (Halloween)

This is a new segment of my blog where I will be sharing a variety of thoughts, scripture verses, and “sparkle” ideas just for kids. Feel free to pass them on to your children, grandchildren, or any other young people that God has put in your life.

KIDZ PEACE...  Over the next three weeks our Kidz Peace topics will be about E V A N G E L I S M.   Evangelism means talking about our beliefs with others who do not share those same beliefs. In other words, spreading Christianity.

A few more days and it will be Halloween. When I think of Halloween, I think of carving pumpkins with crazy faces, then putting a candle inside to watch them glow.

In Exodus 34:29-35, we can read the story of how Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai with the Lord. During that time, Moses wrote down the 10 commandments. When he came down the mountain after meeting with God, his face was glowing. Like Moses, we have no light of our own. But , because we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been filled with His light, and the more time we spend with God, the brighter our light becomes.

John 8:12 tells us that when Jesus spoke to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What an important message – one that needs to be shared with others. We have been called to reflect God’s light to the world – to share the incredible message that God sent His Son to die for our sins (Romans 5:8).

1. Did you know that being a CHRISTIAN is like being a PUMPKIN?

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes off the dirt you may have gotten from the other pumpkins. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see. (- passed on from one of God's pumpkins to another!)

Evangelism Idea: Why not put a copy of this poem with each treat you pass out this Halloween. Spread the Good News of Christ!

2. How to carve a Christian Pumpkin:

I am a Jack O' Lantern my light will shine so bright,
for I am a Christian pumpkin my symbols tell what's right.

My nose is like the cross on which our Savior died,
to set us free from sin we need no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish the whole wide world to show,
that Christians live in this house and love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas my eyes are like the star,
that shone on Baby Jesus and wise men saw from far.

My color it is orange just like the big bright sun,
that rose on Easter Day along with Gods' own Son.

And so on Halloween let's set our pumpkins out,
and tell the trick-or-treaters what Gods’ love is all about!

Evangelism Idea: Why not carve some Christian pumpkins, then make a card telling the story of a Christian Pumpkin, and give them to some of your neighbors. Your neighborhood may reflect the only sign of Christ someone see’s this Halloween.

3. What does God’s Word tell us? When we go to God in prayer and read our Bible we can find words that instruct us on shining our light as a witness to others. Check out these verses: Matthew 5:14, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:8, Matthew 5:16, 2 Corinthians 3:18.

4. Do you know what an acronym is? It is when you take letters and use them to represent a saying. If I asked you what the letters W W J D meant, you would probably know that it meant – What Would Jesus Do. Here’s another one, what do the letters G L O W mean? They stand for God’s Love Overpowers the World. Or, what about S H I N E  - Share His Incredible News Everywhere.

Kidz Thought for the Week:   Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. - from Scooby-Doo

Keeping you in my prayers. 'til next week ... whether you G L O W or S H I N E, have a safe and fun-filled Halloween ... it’s a great time for Evangelism.

God's Peace, Donna

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