Monday, October 22, 2018

Bible Verses for 31 Days of Thanksgiving

31 Days of Thanksgiving: Meditating of Scripture About Gratitude | scriptureand.blogspot.com


If you would like to prepare your heart for Thanksgiving, here are 31 verses about giving thanks. Start the Monday four weeks before Thanksgiving (this year it is October 22, 2018) and meditate on one verse a day. Think about what each verse is telling you about gratitude (what for, how, when, why...) and put it into practice.

You can find the printable here or below. You can also browse through the free shareable images below for the verses as well.


































Monday, October 1, 2018

Bible Verses to Is He Worthy?

Bible Verses for Is He Worthy? by Andrew Peterson | scriptureand.blogspot.com

As you have seen, I love songs that are rich in biblical truth. It encourages me when the lyrics to a song bring to my mind different passages in the Bible, each with their own precious, inspiring thoughts.

When I first heard this simple yet profound song, I instantly knew I wanted to hear it regularly to remind me of the truth of Christ's worthiness and the hope that His death on the cross brings to us.

Three main passages come to mind with this song:
Romans 8:18-25 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
2 Peter 3:11-15 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
Revelation 5 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Here is a lyric video for Is He Worthy?:

Here is a lyric video of Chris Tomlin's version of this song:

Is He Worthy?

by Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive
Verse 1:
Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Isaiah 24:5 The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
But do you know that all the dark won't stop the light from getting through? (We do)
John 1:5 (ESV) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)
2 Peter 3:13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Verse 2:
Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
God speaks of the future in Isaiah 65:17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.”
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Revelation 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Pre-Chorus 1:
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
John wrote in Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David's root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Revelation 5:5-6 and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.
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, 
Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Chorus 1:
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this?
He is!
Revelation 5:11-13 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

Verse 3:
Does the Father truly love us? (He does)
Jesus said in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)
Ephesians 2:19-22 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
And does Jesus, our Messiah hold forever those He loves? (He does)
Jesus said in John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does)
Speaking of the new heaven and earth, in Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

Pre-Chorus 2:
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David's root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Revelation 5:2-6 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals. And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.”
From every people and tribe
Every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God
To reign with the Son
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

Chorus 2:
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this?
He is!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Road Trip Games and Activities for Kids

Road Trip Games and Activities for Kids | scriptureand.blogspot.com

I usually only share things on my blog about the Bible. However, recently we went on a three-week road trip to visit some friends and family and to attend a Bible conference and some friends were asking some advice about activities that I used for my children on the trip. Not only did I need activities for more than 40 hours in the car, but I also needed quiet activities for my 4-year-old during some of our meetings at the Bible conference.

First, let me share about my kids. I have an intellectual 10-year-old who loves puzzles, video games, and superhero cartoons. Then, I have an active, enthusiastic 4-year-old girl who loves moving, educational activities, and preschool cartoons. Here are some things that worked for us on our trip:

WORD GAMES

First, we had a list of word games that we could play in the car. Some of these were easy enough for our 4-year-old and some were not, but none of them required anything other than the use of your brain. I made this list and now keep it in the car all the time. Whenever they can't think of something to do, I can always find an idea. You can find the printable here. I recommend printing it on card stock double sided. Then you can cut them in half and have one for the front seats and one for the back seats.




SUPPLIES TO TAKE/BUY

  • Clipboards
  • Tablets like an iPad or Kindle Fire
  • Video game players like a Nintendo 3DS or Switch
  • A tablet mount for the car
We have this one and this one. They both work fine with our iPad mini and Kindle Fire. The fit is a little tight with the Nintendo Switch but it does work. Just be sure to measure that the posts on your headrest are within the listed range.
  • Tub or bag for holding activities
  • Pencil bag with pencils, manual pencil sharpener, and colored pencils
  • 2-Pocket Plastic Folders - a different color for each child
  • Tub or bag for holding snacks 

A THOUGHT ON VIDEOS AND VIDEO GAMES

While we limit screen time at home, videos and video games can be very helpful when there isn't anything active your child can do. We had previously used a portable DVD player, but now that we had two children to watch and only one unreliable player we checked into using our tablets. Our kids prefer watching shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video over watching movies anyway so this would be better than bringing DVDs that they don't really like. Here are some things to consider:
  • You either need enough tablets for each child or believe that your children will be willing to share them (there are ways of mounting a tablet in the middle of the car between the front seats).
  • Be sure to have a way to mount your tablets so that the kids can watch while looking ahead instead of down. I believe that this reduces carsickness.
  • Try to have some educational cartoons (like PBS kids shows) instead of only silly cartoons. It's amazing what your kids can learn from TV shows.
  • If you have a basic Netflix account, you can only download a video onto one device. Increasing to a Standard or Premium may be worth the extra few dollars so you can download to two or four devices and it is easily switched back to a lower plan after the road trip.
  • Each video may be under a different series, so the availability to download and the time until it expires may differ.
  • If your kid likes to watch the same video over and over, you may need to redownload or renew it when you have access to Wi-Fi. This wasn't too difficult.
  • Downloaded Amazon Prime Videos were not able to share to a child account on a Kindle Fire, so they had to use my adult account. It wasn't a big problem, but parents should be aware.

If you choose to do a DVD player, you can use videos that teach the Bible like What's In The Bible With Buck Denver

Also, you can listen to audio dramas (radio theater) such as Jonathan Park, Adventures in Odyssey, or others from Lamplighter Theatre.

    ACTIVITIES TO TAKE/BUY FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Road Trip Activities For Preschoolers | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    • Magnetic playsets
    • Crayola Mess-Free coloring sets
    • Activity books - mazes, connect-the-dots, preschool educational books, and sticker activity books (bonus for dry erase books that you can use over and over)
    • Stickers
    • Reusable sticker playsets
    • Lacing sets
    • Puzzle snake
    • Fidget spinner (one that fits their hands)
    • Toy binoculars
    • Dry erase board and marker
    • Favorite stuffed animal or doll

    ACTIVITIES TO TAKE/BUY FOR OLDER KIDS

    Road Trip Activities For School Age Children | scripturand.blogspot.com
    • Madlibs books
    • Where's Waldo books
    • Puzzle games like IQ Blox or IQ Fit
    • Rubik's Cube or better yet try the easier pyramid puzzle cube
    • Puzzle snake
    • Fidget spinner
    • Find It cylinders
    • Chapter books to read (or ebooks on a Kindle or tablet)
    • Car bingo

    PRINTABLES TO TAKE FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Road Trip Printables for Preschoolers | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    Put these printables in a plastic two pocket folder, so your preschooler can choose one and remove it. They can be done on one of the clipboards.
    • Find and print activities from your child's favorite TV shows on pbskids.org or Disney Junior
    • Bring magnetic letters, a metal cookie sheet, and some printables like this or this.
    • Visual scavenger hunts, car bingo, or I Spy printables like this or  these
    • Letter or number templates to be used with color coding labels (or bingo dabbers)

    PRINTABLES TO TAKE FOR OLDER KIDS

    Put these printables in a plastic two pocket folder, so your child can choose one and remove it. They can be done on one of the clipboards. We kept a state map always on a clipboard so we could color in states when we saw their license plates.
    • "Would You Rather" printables like this, this, this, or this
    • Scavenger hunts like these or this
    • US state map to color the ones you went through or to color the license plates you saw
    • Car bingo printables if you don't have the game like these.
    • A map of your route (I made one in Google maps).

    ACTIVITIES FOR REST STOPS

    When you take a break from driving, your kids might need to get some energy out. Try some of these ideas.
    • Bubbles - these fit easily in that lower cup holder in the rear doors that is mostly useless for kids
    • Frisbees - these take up almost no room and older kids love them
    • Scooters or skateboards - these take up much more room (especially since you'll need helmets), but if you might use them at your destination and have room for them they are worth taking

    SNACKS

    Snacks can be kept in a bag or tub, or even a storage cube bin.
    • snack size bags of snacks like pretzels, goldfish, and teddy grahams
    • snack bags of fruit loops with some yarn and a yarn needle to make edible necklaces
    • granola bars
    • bags of pretzels and marshmallows for building and eating

    CAR-SICKNESS BAG

    Car Sickness Kit | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    Most importantly, you should have a car sickness bag in case someone gets sick. Thankfully, we never needed it more than having some pretzels on hand. Here is what we put inside our gallon ziplock bag:
    • several gallon ziplock bags to use as car-sickness bags or to seal dirty items inside
    • pretzels to calm tummies
    • dramamine for kids
    • extra clothes
    • extra diaper or pull-up, if necessary
    • wipes for cleaning up kids and the car
    • kitchen size trash bags
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      What have you done with your kids for road trips?
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        Wednesday, September 12, 2018

        Certainties of the Bible

        In life so little is certain. However, there are things in the Bible of which we can be certain. Check out the verses in this printable to see what is certain in the Bible.
        1 Samuel 2:2 No one is like God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        John 8:28-29 Jesus always does what is pleasing to God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Lamentations 3:22-23 God's mercies are new every morning | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        John 3:20 Every sinner hates to be exposed. | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        John 14:6 Jesus is the only way to God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Romans 3:23 Everybody has sinned | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Feel free to use this Bible study for personal use, with Sunday School or small group Bible studies. If you plan to share it online, please provide a link to this page rather than a direct link to the printable. That way people can find other similar Bible studies on my website. Thanks.

        Friday, September 7, 2018

        Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God

        Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Chris Tomlin wrote How Great Is Our God while contemplating Psalm 104 and the greatness and majesty of the Lord. The first verse definitely echoes that psalm, but then expands to some features of God's greatness. It beautifully brings together Old and New Testament truths about our great God.


        How Great Is Our God

        by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

        Verse 1:
        The splendor of a King,
        Clothed in majesty,
        Psalm 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
        Let all the Earth rejoice
        All the Earth rejoice.
        1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
        He wraps himself in light,
        And darkness tries to hide,
        Psalm 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
        And trembles at His voice
        Trembles at His voice.
        Joel 3:16 The Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the Lord is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

        Chorus:
        How great is our God, sing with me
        How great is our God, and all will see
        How great, how great is our God.
        Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

        Verse 2:
        Age to age He stands
        Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
        And time is in His hands,
        Psalm 30:15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 
        Beginning and the end
        Beginning and the end.
        Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

        The Godhead Three in One:
        Father, Spirit, Son.
        2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
        Titus 3:4-6 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 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, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior
        Ephesians 2:18-22 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit
        The Lion and the Lamb
        The Lion and the Lamb
        Speaking of Jesus in Revelation 5:4-8 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

        Chorus:
        How great is our God, sing with me
        How great is our God, and all will see
        How great, how great is our God
        Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods,

        Bridge:
        You're the name above all names,
        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.
        You are worthy of our praise,
        Psalm 18:3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
        And my heart will sing
        How great is our God!
        Psalm 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
        Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Tuesday, August 21, 2018

        What Pleases The Lord


        If you are interested in pleasing the Lord, it is important to know what pleases Him. Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God, but only Abel's offering pleased the Lord (but that's a whole other story). How can we know? God tells us. It's in His Word.

        Here is a printable list of Bible verses about things that please the Lord. I recommend meditating on one verse a day (it will take 23 days). 


        Also, I recently put Bible images with verses about what pleases the Lord. Here there are for you for any non-commercial use: