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August 8, 2012 -- Issue #26 - Volume 13


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1) More Bible Olympics
2) What's In a Name?
3) Hide and Go Seek (from God?)



1) More Bible Olympics

You can find more Bible Olympic-themed game ideas (Backstroke Relays and Broad Jump) with object lessons in the 
Anytime Bible Games section at: 

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2) What's in a Name?

Have you ever wondered how we got our last names or what they mean? For example, the last name, “Miller,” originally described a person’s job. A miller owned or worked in a grain mill grinding corn, wheat, or some other type of grain. Someone named “North,” was a description of where a person lived--he or she lived “north” of a certain town. The name “Smith” described a metalworker, or “Brown,” someone with brown hair or skin. People would refer to others by saying, John the miller or Mike the smith or Rebecca from the north or Jim with a brown beard, is coming here or doing such and such. Eventually the titles were dropped and they became known as John Miller, Mike Smith, Rebecca North and Jim Brown. 

In the Bible, God is known by many names; they too describe him--he is our Protector, Defender, Friend, Advisor, Judge, and Savior to name just a few. The Third Commandment says, “Do Not Misuse God’s Name”. 

To help children understand the importance of God's name, check out "His Name Shall Be Called..." 


3) Hide n’ Seek

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

“Ollie, Ollie, oxen free! Come out; come out, wherever you are!” Sound familiar? What child hasn’t played Hide and Go Seek? Watching young children hide by covering their eyes, or pushing their heads into a couch pillow with their rear ends sticking out, is quite amusing! They figure if they can’t see the seeker, then the seeker can’t see them! 

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I remember being overwhelmed with the knowledge that God sees me all the time! I couldn’t do anything without him knowing about it. There was no place to hide! (A frightening thought when you’re trying to live life apart from God.)
But our Seeker, who knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts, pursues us in love. When we come to the realization that God’s kindness leads us to repentance, and not his wrath, then we will overcome our fear of God and exchange it for friendship with God. When we understand that the Seeker isn’t out to get us, but wants to rescue us, it is a life-changing, load-off-your-back kind of experience!

However, what about today’s Bible verse that says we must give an account? Who among us is worthy to stand? The answer is. . . 

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