Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ladies Bulletin - Questions/Answers



                 Last month I caught the Bible reading up in the Ladies Bulletin with the regular weekly bulletin.  I thought that I would change this section to be a Bible question page.  Each month I will have questions on various subjects or books from the Bible. This month we are focusing on basic Bible facts.  Answers will be in next month’s bulletin.


1. How many books are in the Bible? _________________


2.      How many books are in the Old Testament?  ____________________


3.       How many books are in the New Testament? ____________________


4. What language was most of the Old Testament written in? 



5. What language was most of the New Testament written in? __________________________


6. How long did it take to write the Bible?  _______________________


7. How many men did it take to write the Bible?  ______________________


8. How many chapters are in the Bible?  _________________________


9.     What is the middle chapter?  ______________________________


10. What is the longest chapter?  ________________________________


Monday, April 15, 2013

Vashti - Ladies Bulletin

“But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Est. 1:12).  Sometimes we have to take a stand in life.

             Morals means the practice of the duties of life; as a man of correct morals.  Also, conduct; behavior; course of life, in regard to good and evil. We learn about morals from the Bible. Vashti, a beautiful queen had morals.

The Request

King Ahasuerus made a feast and invited all the people that were present in Shushan the palace. The feast lasted 7 days. Vashti also made a feast for the women of the house. On the seventh day, the king’s heart was merry.  (He was drunk). The king commanded his seven chamberlains “To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown
royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on” (Est.1:11).
The Refusal
             “But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Est. 1:12).
Vashti had morals. Vashti was not about to go out in front of a bunch of people and parade herself in front of them for their enjoyment.
The king asked his wise men what he should do with Vashti. “What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to the law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?” (Est. 1:15). And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not” (Est. 1:16-17). The princes were worried that their wives would turn on them and not obey them because of her example. The princes wanted a royal commandment written that could not be changed. “If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she” (Est. 1:19).
Vashti lost her crown because of her morals. Sometimes we may lose our ‘crown’ because we have morals. But because of our morals we will gain more than an earthly crown; we will gain our heavenly crown and that is far more important than an earthly crown.

Friday, April 5, 2013

2-5 Year Old Bible Class Spring Quarter

This quarter I am priviledged to teach the 2-5 year old Bible Class.  We are using Paul Sain's curriculum journey through the Bible.  I decided to use the play on words of March to make my door.  I found the door pieces in the Scholastic monthly idea books.

For the attendance chart, I kept the music theme and made a music staff.  I found the treble clef in our workroom. It was left over from another class. These were probably found at either the dollar store, walmart, or our education shop.

I always use a Bible page for our Bible stickers.

The bags are from Walmart. I just happened to find them in packs of 3 for $1.  I wrote their names on them and My Bible Bag. Then I purchased the little Bibles so they could begin learning to take their Bible back and forth to Bible class each time they come and have something to put it in and that way they don't have to worry if it becomes worn.  ( Sorry but I can't seem to get the picture to rotate).


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ladies Bulletin - Question/Answer

This month I thought a matching activity would be fun.  Match up the Women of the Bible to the statements they made.


Esther                           “Take this child away, and nurse it for me…”

Ruth                              “We may eat of the fruit of the trees…”

Pharoah’s daughter        “… come into my house and abide there”
Abigail                           “and behold, the half was not told me:”
Eve                             “Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be…”

Sarah                              “My soul doth magnify the Lord,”

Queen of Sheba              “...if I perish, I perish”

Mary                              “my sister hath left me to serve alone?”

Lydia                          “...the Lord hath restrained me from bearing…”

Martha                          “Intreat me not to leave thee,…”


Servant - Ladies Bulletin

I am sitting here with my father in law on day 2 of his chemo treatment. As I watch these nurses with all of these cancer patients I am truly grateful for them. Today is Halloween and they have dressed up.  These ladies are so friendly and caring.  These ladies are true servants. How can we apply this to our Christian lives and be true servants?  When I think of servant I am lead to the following acrostic.

             S – Serves (Phi. 2:4, Col. 3:23)

These nurses take care of these patients, serving them with patience and tenderness.  Do we serve others?

E-Empowers (2 Tim. 2:2, Titus 2:3-5)

Empower means to give power or authority to; to enable or permit.  The Bible is our authority and as Christians we are commanded to study and to teach others. We need to give them the truth. The nurses are empowering the patients in the fight to overcome cancer.  Are we empowering those in sin with the truth?

R-Reaches (1 Pet. 3:15)

Reaching out to others is our mission. Christ came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). That was His mission and so that is our mission. We need to study and be ready when asked why we are Christians.  We need to live Christian lives so
we are noticed as different and happy to be different so others will ask us. If they don’t notice we are different, they will not ask questions, and we will not reach others. The nurses reach out to the patients. They are willing to go get them water, snacks, pillows, etc. Reaching out to some physical need can be the first step in serving physically as well as spiritually.  We need to reach out with a helping hand.
             V-Values (John 8:31-32)
Where do we truly get our values? We get them from God’s Word the Holy Bible. We are to walk in the Word to be Christ’s disciples. Are we willing to go the extra mile?  Today at the cancer treatment center they are having a patient appreciation day. This day was so fun for the patients and overwhelming to an extent.  They have had door prizes and the nurses have dressed up and then vendors upon request from the nurses have had food coming in all day long.  They have had donuts, brownies, cookies, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, cake, salad, lasagna, manicotti, chicken parmesan, garlic bread.  That was just while we were there.  There was supposed to be hamburgers as well and other stuff coming.
A-Adores (Psa 122:1)
Adore means to love intensely.  Do we adore (love intensely) Christ? If so, we will show it with our actions. Remember the old adage, actions speak louder than words. That is also why we teach our children to be careful what they do and a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s go back to our nurses, their actions show the adoration they have for their patients. They have to love what they do to be able to stick these patients with needles and give them medicine that is to help them but could also make them sick. They are so patient and helpful.
N-Networks (Heb. 10:24-25)
The word network means an interconnected system of things or people. These nurses are their own network so to speak within themselves.  Each have a different role to play but each also assist each other such as one getting medications, one checking stats, another helping with a difficult stick.  Are we as Christians a network of people? Do you feel connected to other fellow Christians in your congregation? What about brothers and sisters in other congregations in other states?
T-Thrives (James 5:16)
The word thrive means to grow vigorously.  As we grow as Christians in knowledge as well as our Christian relationships we are thriving in God’s will. It has been wonderful and inspiring watching these nurses as they interact and connect with their patients. Even though, these patients come in some feeling good, some slow moving and tired from the day before, but when they get here and these sweet nurses begin to work with them and talk to them it is wonderful to watch their moods change. Do we as Christians do that with fellow Christians and non-Christians?
Are you a servant?  

Jewels making Communion Bread

In February, our Jewels class (they wanted a different name than Tabitha or Dorcas) learned how to make communion bread.  I think they had a good time.