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Issue #46 - November 6, 2008              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus

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In this issue of the SSTN Newsletter:  

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1) From Botswana
2) Cell phone vs. the Bible 
3) Conversations with God
4) Science vs. the Bible
5) Teaching the Second Coming?

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6) Annual Christmas Treat?
7) Christmas Skit?
Story-telling Technique
Connecting with Parents FYI

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1) From Botswana

thank you Sunday school network for sending me these newsletters, they are of great importance in our church ie All Nations Christian Fellowship in Botsawana. Keep on doing God's Work. We will keep on Praying for you.

Best Regards 

--from SSTN: dear Gamuchirayi, thank you so very much for your prayers and encouragement! May God continue to bless your ministry and give you wisdom to lead! Praying for you too!

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2) Cell phone vs. the Bible 

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? 

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? 
What if we flipped through it several times a day? 
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? 
What if we used it to receive messages from the text? 
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? 
What if we gave it to kids as gifts? 
What if we used it when we traveled? 
What if we used it in case of emergency? 

This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible? 

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being 
disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. 

Makes you stop and think, "Where are my priorities?" Oh and, no dropped calls! 



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3) Conversations with God

I received an email concerning the books Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. I haven't read them myself, but apparently many Christians are disturbed about them, particularly as they are being distributed by some schools. I quote from my email :-

"The books sound harmless enough by their titles alone, and have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks. They make truth of the statement, 'Don't judge a book by its cover or title.' 

The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the 'voice of God'. However, the 'answers' that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase), when a girl asks the question 'Why am I a lesbian?' His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, 
with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and 'celebrate' her differences. 

Another girls poses the question 'I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?' 

His reply is, 'Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong.' 

Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply 'I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is ''judge not lest ye be judged.' Not only are these books false doctrine, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God. 

And the list goes on. These books (and others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children. 

Our children are under attack. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey."

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4) Science vs. the Bible

This month the senior minister at our church requested two things from me. First, he asked me to perform an object lesson experiment to the congregation. Second, he wanted to have an live interview on stage. The overall subject for the day is "does science conflict with the bible." For the interview, my senior minister prepared 6 questions. I then wrote my responses to these questions. 

--from SSTN: Here is the link to the Science vs. the Bible interview:


5) Teaching the Second Coming?

Thanks so much, since I join you I have been encouraged because I feel other people are into this business with me. I need your guide and prayer on how to teach my Sunday school children about Christ second coming.

--from SSTN: His second coming is one of the promises that Jesus has given to his followers. I would focus on his promise to return, he is dependable, we can trust him, rather than the differing doctrines surrounding his second coming of how and when.
See: John ch. 14; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13ff. 

I would also recommend the curriculum series, "The Great Promises of the Bible" for K-5th grade. The last chapter is on the New Heaven and New Earth. You will find it located at:

Annual Christmas Treat?


Thanks for your weekly newsletter very informative. But i need your advise on ideas about our annual Christmas treat. We need skits, poems etc. awaiting your response 

--from SSTN: Our site overflows with ideas for Christmas. In fact, it was a Christmas craft book that started it all! Scroll up to "Ministry Resources: Holidays & Holy Days" and the "F-R-E-E Resources" in the bright, green box near the top of SSTN.

7) Christmas Skit?

I am looking for a skit or play for our Church for Christmas. I want something that will go for a child to an adult 
and I want it to be be fairly simple.

--from SSTN: also see response from question #6, above.

8) Story-telling Technique

The following link is an example of an open-ended story-telling technique which can be used in multiple ways:

Do you have other story-telling techniques to share?

9) Connecting with Parents FYI

I do a weekly newsletter for my 3rd grade religious ed class and sometime I add a FYI to the parents.

This is one of them and I really can't tell you where it came from?


When in danger call..........................................Psalm 91
Want something for free call..............................Isaiah 55
Feeling down and out call..................................Psalm 27
For Women: Resume help call..........................31:10-30
Think you have problems? Call..........................Job
Looking for a hot time Call................................Daniel 3
To understand faith Call.,..................................Hebrew 11
Embarrassed Call............................................Genesis 18:9-15
Want to pray but don't know what to say Call.....Luke 11:1-4
Finish all the above, Call...................................Psalm 47:1

I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for but maybe you can use it in some way?
God Bless

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