Monday

1 John 3 v 1 Word Search + Free Printable - Coffee & Conversation









The Theme for this Word Search is

The Bible Verse
1 John 3 v 1






I'm offering this Word Search as one of my assortment of free printables which can be found in my Resource Library



1 John 3 v 1  Word Search


Can you find these 16 words (or pairs of words) about Love 
from the verse
1 John 3 v 1 
in this Word Search Puzzle?







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Sunday

Reading through the Bible - 2 THESSALONIANS










Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








2nd Thessalonians  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

14th book of the NT 
53rd book of the Bible



It starts with a greeting of grace and peace from God in chapter 1 verses 1&2

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
           To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:  
Grace to you and peace from God our Father 
and the Lord Jesus Christ."



and immediately reassures the believers of the prayers and thanks made to God about them in the third verse of the first chapter because of their faith and Love


"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, 
as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, 
and the love of every one of you all 
abounds toward each other,"






What is it?

The Book of 2nd Thessalonians is one of the EPISTLES in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 3 chapters.



When was it Written?

It was written about 51-52 AD






Who Wrote it?

The Apostle Paul

The first verse tells us the author and the names of two others who were with him at the time.

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
           To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:"




Who was it Written to?

It was written to the believers living in Thessalonica in Macedonia (which is now northern Greece)




What is it normally well-known for?

As being one of the places in the bible to find info on the second coming.





Why was it Written? 

It was written to encourage the Thessalonian Christians as they lived through persecution and kept faithful.






It was also to encourage them about the return of Christ in ch. 1 v 7-10  and reinforce the fact that while others were promoting the view that this event had already taken place they must not believe this false doctrine.







The Overview Bible  tells us the following


Quick outline of 2 Thessalonians

  1. How persecution of the church ends (2 Thess 1)
  2. What must happen before Jesus returns (2 Thess 2)
  3. How to live and work together (2 Thess 3)



Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"In an effort to clear up a misunderstanding that Jesus will be returning immediately or had already returned, Paul explains that the church members should be steadfast in their holiness so that they will be ready when Jesus does come.

In chapters 2-3 of this short book, he gives details about Jesus' second coming, including information about the Antichrist, whom he says will come first."





Which other Epistles speak of the second coming of Christ?

Romans
1st Corinthians
1st Thessalonians
2nd Peter
Jude

see 





Which other books of the Bible is this linked to? 

Paul wrote 2 epistles to the Thessalonians so this one is preceded by







How does it end?


With the famous admonition in ch. 3 v 13

 


 


and as usual in Paul's epistles we also have the final blessing centred here around peace


chapter 3 v 16









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Monday

I Love My Family - Coffee & Conversation







There was a big event!

Yes there was a special event for our family and at that event there were many pictures taken but one of the ones I love the best was a selfie which got photobombed.

Yeah in the middle of a very special event 3 of our kids were cramming close together taking a selfie when the fourth one photobombed it and it came out great.







Well that's my family

 Our daughter Linda on the left,
 our son Daniel in the middle
 with his new wife Suzie on the right.

It was actually taken at the reception on their wedding day.

Oh yes the one who photobombed it is our son Jonathan.


It simply could not have turned out better if it had been planned.


When I got my hands on the picture I got it on the iPad and could not resist framing it in an app.






This is the picture of Daniel the boy in our family who at one stage did everything he could to make sure he was not in a photo during some of his teenage years but here he is centre stage.

This is the picture of Linda who when she was very young won a child photo competition and was known for several years as the poser in the family because every time we wanted to take a photo she really posed - she did go on to study Drama at University but then decided to go into Creative Writing.

This is the picture of Jonathan who is like me and so often blinked at just the wrong moment for our photos that we would have to retake them yet now he takes selfies all the time and makes videos of himself teaching church doctrine on You Tube.

And this is the picture of Suzie who had come in to our family in the few years before this event and just fits right in there.


Why did it turn out so well?


I think it was because we were all so happy that day that we all had constant smiles on our faces, natural smiles, so even though they were taking a selfie which means that you are conscious of getting each other in the frame they were just so happy it came over in the picture.

I think it is amazing how Jonathan managed to get in at just the right time and in just the right position when it all happened so quick that they hardly knew what had actually taken place.


I believe that God gives us little special things that can mean more than the big things we think we want.


I look at this picture and I see 4 happy young people who love each other and love God 
and they love Fred & I too - at least that's what they say in the cards they send us 
and on the phone calls and the facetimes.


And of course all of that makes Fred & I very happy too every day 
and not just at that very special event.




I believe that God has given us the ultimate special thing that means more than any of the things we think we want.


I look at this picture above and I see 2 happy older people who love each other and love God 
and what could be more important in life than to know the true love that God has for us that He sent His only Son to make the way for us to come to Him and experience new life eternal and love eternal.


I believe that God has given us family love and is willing to bring us all into the greatest family there could ever be in Heaven if we put our trust and hope in His Son the Lord Jesus. 








Thanks for joining me for one of my "I Love" chats in Coffee & Conversation at Sandra's Ark & please drop by again for other posts.  











Saturday

Tis Christmas, Tis Christmas - Christmas Songs for Kids





Do you find it hard to get visuals and recordings for different kids songs?








I have always found this a problem so I am sharing songs on the blog that I have used with children and providing you with


Visuals 
(Powerpoint or Picture or details of how you can make one) 


Words   
(chords also available)


Recording  
(mp3 or video to learn the song) 



Then if you would like to download the visual of the song there will be a link provided to my creation, or I will direct you to where else you can find it.  

There will also be links for PDF's Fred has created for the words and chords. 



This month I am taking the theme of


CHRISTMAS


The song I have chosen is 



Tis Christmas, Tis Christmas


A kids song I learned through working with Child Evangelism Fellowship many years ago.



We also took this as our Kids Christmas Song that was included in our second year of 

 Songs for Advent & Christmas 

where Fred & I went live on Facebook for 14 nights to get our friends and followers to sing Christmas Songs with us 
and have a little laugh as things don't always go as planned 
or we just had a happy memory of a song.


You can see all those live videos plus other posts and videos at





VISUALS


I have to admit that again I have a previous very old handmade visual from my CEF days.


The Front Cover





The First Verse





The Front Cover again





The Second Verse




The Back Cover
to end the Second Verse





POWERPOINT


For more recent times I made a Powerpoint as well











You can Download a copy of this Powerpoint slide presentation for projecting or for printing out in A4 & Letter size HERE   




WORDS

Verse 1:

Tis Christmas Tis Christmas
The Christmas Bells ring      
The birthday of Jesus          
Our Saviour and King          


Verse 2:

Tis Christmas Tis Christmas
The Bible recalls            
The birthday of Jesus     
God's love gift to all      



Free Printables

To Download a copy of these words with chords for Guitar or Piano

CLICK HERE








ACTIONS

The actions are very simple

Verse 1:

Tis Christmas Tis Christmas    none
The Christmas Bells ring         swing hands as if ringing bells
The birthday of Jesus             rock arms as if holding a baby 
Our Saviour and King             point upwards


Verse 2:

Tis Christmas Tis Christmas    none
The Bible recalls                    hands together palms up for a book
The birthday of Jesus             rock arms as if holding a baby
God's                                    point upwards
love gift                                place hands over heart
to all                                     point out to everyone




VIDEO RECORDING


You can find the recording of this song on the video below from 







AUDIO RECORDING







Special "Thank You" to my husband Fred who looks after the Recordings and the Chords



Notes:
I believe this was written by someone in Child Evangelism Fellowship many years ago but I don't think it is available as a printed song by them now.   



I Hope you enjoy the song and this is a help to you.



Previous Songs: 

You can find all our Kids Songs under Kid's Resources or in our Resource Library


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