Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bible verses for The Only Name

The Only Name

Written by Benji Cowart

Yours will be
The only name that matters to me
The only one whose favor I seek
The only name that matters to me
Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

And Yours is the name, the name that has saved me
Mercy and grace, the power that forgave me and Your love
Is all I’ve ever needed
1 Corinthians 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Yours will be
The friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved [Jesus].
Ephesians 1:20-21 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Yours is the name the name that has saved me
Your Mercy and grace, the power that forgave me and Your love
Is all I’ve ever needed
Romans 10:12-13 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord [Jesus] is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Peter says in Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” 

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one name that I proclaim
Ephesians 1:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Revelation 22:3-4 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, just that name
Hebrews 1:1-4 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bible Verses for Chainbreaker

Bible Verses for Chainbreaker

by Jonathan Lindley, Mia Fieldes, and Zach Williams

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it."
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
Jesus said in John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
If you’re trying to fill the same old holes inside
Acts 17:26-27 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. 
There’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker.
Matthew 8:17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases."
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker.
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior.
Acts 5:31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."

We’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night
Job 7:3-4 So am I allotted months of vanity, and nights of trouble are appointed me. “When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ but the night continues, and I am continually tossing until dawn.
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
Jeremiah 9:5 "Everyone deceives his neighbor and does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity."
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
God says in Isaiah 55:2  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance."
Jeremiah 12:13 "They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, They have strained themselves to no profit. But be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the Lord."
And there’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker.
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker.
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior.
If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.

If you believe it
If you receive it
If you can feel it
Somebody testify
Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker.
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker.
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior.
If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Free Romans 12:12 iPhone Lockscreen

Romans 12:12 is a great verse to remind you daily to hold onto your hope, to persist, and to pray constantly. I'm sharing this lockscreen or wallpaper I just made for my iPhone with Romans 12:12.  It is 1080 x 1920 pixels. 
Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
Feel free to download the picture and use it for your phone.  Also, feel free to share this page or the image.  However, this image is not for commercial use.  Thanks!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Bible Verses for No Longer Slaves

No Longer Slaves

I recently heard this song and was greatly encouraged by it.  The song is a reflection of God delivering Moses and the Israelites from slavery by the Egyptians.  When the Egyptians pursued them after their departure and the Israelites were trapped between an army and the Red Sea, they were frightened.  Then, Moses told them not to be afraid.  That God would fight for them and all they needed to do is stand and watch Him work.

Then came the moment that was sung about for generations. God showed His people that He loved them enough to save them from the Egyptians whom they feared would enslave them again.  After they were delivered, Moses and the people broke out in song.

However, the writers are obviously not singing about their miraculous deliverance from Egypt. They are singing about our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  How Christ delivers us.

Check out Jonathan and Melissa Helser talking about their song in this video:

Though I love this song, I do wish that it had more reference to Christ's work on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins... and maybe less about our feelings as we respond.  Check it out and see what you think.

Bible Verses for No Longer Slaves
Written by Brian Johnson, Jonathan David Helser, Joel Case

Verse 1:
You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone
Psalms 32:7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”

I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
Galatians 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
1 John 3:1-2 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 

Verse 2:
From my mother's womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
Isaiah 49:1 Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me.
I've been born again, into your family
Your blood flows through my veins*
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household

I am surrounded
By the arms of the Father
In the parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance
Psalms 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.
We've been liberated
From our bondage
Galatians 4:3-5 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
We're the sons and the daughters
2 Corinthians 6:18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.
Let us sing our freedom
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
Psalm 136:13-14 To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
Matthew 19:24-26 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
My fears were drowned in perfect love
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
You rescued me
and I will stand and sing
Psalms 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
I am a child of God
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

* There is nothing biblical about God's blood flowing through believer's veins.  I assume this phrase is an overstated assumption based on us being God's children as earthly families are said to have the same blood in their veins.  I would change these words to "Your blood shed for my sake."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bible Lessons on the Five Senses

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Kids Bible Lessons on the Five Senses

This collection of lessons is great for any age children.  It has a lot of interaction, especially using their five senses.  Each lesson is based on one of the five senses and uses a Bible story that emphasizes that sense.

Below are descriptions of each lesson with a link.

Lesson 1 - Taste - Esau's birthright

Bible story: Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew
Theme: Hunger for God
Passage: Genesis 25:19-28
Key Verse: Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Paint and decorate Jacob and Esau | scriptureand.blogspot.com
  • Paint and decorate Jacob and Esau
  • Taste test - taste things when blindfolded and guess what they are

Lesson 2 - Touch - Woman touches Jesus' garment

Bible story: A sick woman touches Jesus' garment and is healed
Passage: Mark 5:24-34
Theme: Turn to Jesus with our problems
Key Verse: Luke 8:48 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."
Decorate Jesus and the woman who touches his garment | scriptureand.blogspot.com
  • Touch test - touch things inside a paper bag and guess what they are
  • Jesus and woman puppets - glue fabric onto Jesus and the woman and add popsicles to make them into puppets
  • Play "Who touched me?" or "Heads Up, 7 Up"
  • Make tassel bookmarks

Lesson 3 - Sight - Elisha and the Blind Army

Bible story: Elisha shows his servant an invisible army of angels who then makes their enemies blind
Passage: 2 Kings 6:8-23
Theme: Trust God
Key Verse:  2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight
Elisha's invisible army craft | scriptureand.blogspot.com
  • Optical illusions
  • Use watercolor paint to make an invisible army appear (or DIY scratch off craft)
  • Play a blindfolded game such as blindman’s bluff, blind potato race, pin the horse to the chariot

Lesson 4 - Smell - Fiery Furnace

Bible story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego emerge from the fiery furnace smelling of smoke, but unburned
Passage: Daniel 3
Theme: Be faithful
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
  • Guess the Smell game - smell things when blindfolded and guess what they are
  • Fiery Furnace Board Game
  • Fiery Furnace Craft
  • Play "Musical Furnace" - like musical chairs, but when the music stops you jump in the "furnace"

Lesson 5 - Hearing - Saul Disobeys

Bible story: Saul disobeys God's command to destroy the Amalekites and their belongings
Passage: 1 Samuel 15
Theme: Obey God completely
Key Verse: Luke 11:28 But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."
  • Identify the Sounds game - listen to noises and guess what they are
  • Play "Samuel Says" (like Simon Says)
  • Make a lying tongue craft
  • Play "Caught in the Web" - make a web of string and have the students try to get through it
  • Play "Whisper Down The Alley"

Lesson 6 - All Five Senses Review - Jacob Steals the Blessing

Bible story: Jacob tricks Isaac and steals the blessing intended for Esau
Passage: Genesis 27:1-9
Theme: Senses can deceive, so trust and obey God instead
Key Verse: Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
  • Worksheets about the differences between Jacob and Esau
  • Review craft of all the units Bible stories
  • Bible drill on verses that incorporate one of the five sense

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Bible Verses for Newsboys' We Believe

Bible Verses for We Believe by Newsboys | scriptureand.blogspot.com

We Believe

by Travis Ryan, Richie Fike, and Matt Hooper

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe
Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
We believe in the crucifixion
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
We believe that He conquered death
2 Timothy 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
We believe in the resurrection
Of Jesus in Acts 2:24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
And He's comin' back again, we believe
Jesus said in John 14:3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
James 2:18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!
Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
And He's given us new life!
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
We believe in the crucifixion!
John 19:18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between.
We believe that He conquered death!
Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!
John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 
Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we'll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Now we know Your love will never fail!
Psalms 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
And He's given us new life!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We believe in the crucifixion!
Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
We believe that He conquered death!
Revelation 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
We believe in the resurrection!
Mark 16:6 And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
And He's comin' back again!
John 14:28 You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
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Twelve Disciples Review Game

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My Sunday School class was studying the disciples using the book Twelve Ordinary Men.  We were learning a lot about the disciples and how God picked common people to do His work.  Each week, we listed all of the disciples by memory.  We got pretty good at that by the end of the book.  As we got further into the book, we also tried to include important details about each disciple as well.

So by the end of the study, I created this game for a fun way to review all of the disciples.  Did I mention that this was an adult Sunday School class?  Why should the kids have all the fun?  This game could easily be used by adults or children.  It is best used as a review for what you have already learned about the disciples.

How To Play

1.  Print and cut out the game pieces.  For a sturdier game, use card stock.
2. Print and cut out pictures of the disciples.  Click on one of the pictures below to find some places to print out pictures.

3. Spread out the pictures/cards of the disciples on the table.
4. Place the description cards face down in a pile.
5. Going around the group have them draw a description card and place on top of or next to the correct disciple card.  There are sometimes more than one option (for example, "I am a fisherman" could be Peter, Andrew, James, or John), however, you shouldn't place identical cards on the same disciple.  In other words, there are four "I am a fisherman" cards, but one of each should be placed on Peter, Andrew, James, and John.
6. When all of the description cards have been placed, have the group double check their work.  Then, check the answers with the answer key provided with the printout.

Please feel free to use these resources for Bible studies, Sunday School class, family Bible education, or individual study.  If you share them online or on social media, please provide a link back to this page.