to bless your life.
A Monday - Wednesday Devotional
I can pretty much guarantee
that you will be uplifted
after you experience this page.
This page is presented
by your website host Beth McLendon
Topic This Week:
My King, My Savior, My Lord
For those who need - encouragement
For those who need - to feel God's love.
For those who want to - celebrate
As I yield to
this song will
Our Amazing Savior
I was looking at the comments
who had watched this video on youtube.
One person said -
"I needed to hear this. I feel like dancing!"
Names of Jesus
Fun Activity with Kids:
Consider - Creating a Bingo game!
Make a fun Bingo game with the names of Jesus.
(See directions at the bottom of this page.)
Play Bingo with your young loved ones as you teach them about their Awesome Savior.
And for teens,
go to our Psalm 18 page and check out
an activity I have for teens and for adults.
Yield to the Lord
and allow him to
show you his love.
God loves me!
God's love letter
with the names of Jesus
Guide me, Lord.
Gui dance has the word "dance" in it.
When we allow Jesus to guide us,
we create a
beautiful dance with Jesus...
page that shows
how beautiful dancing with Jesus can be.
I made up a game for children
that became a real hit!
It is called
"The Names of Jesus"
and it is like Bingo.
So get the kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews
The "Bingo" cards:
I made several homemade boards that looked like Bingo cards except that each one only had nine spaces.
There were three spaces per line and three lines. I used red construction paper 8 1/2 x 11 cut in half. I used a ruler and a black magic marker to create the spaces.
I made more cards than children so each child had a choice of cards.
The call-out cards:
Then I took small white square pieces of paper and wrote a name of Jesus on each one. I did about 20 names. I mix them up and during the game I choose one at a time and call out the name of Jesus written on that card.
(Scroll down the page if you want my suggestions for names to use for the cards.)
The "Bingo" cards:
On each red "Bingo" card, I used a black marker to write a name of Jesus in each space. (Only use names of Jesus that are already on the Call-Out cards.)
Make several more cards than children.
Note that you want to make the cards somewhat unique, because you want to make sure that the children don't all "Bingo" at the same time.
How the game is played:
Each child picks a "Bingo" card before the game starts.
The game starts by having the adult take a white card from the "call-out" pile and call out the first name of Jesus.
For example: I would pick a card. It had the name "The Lion of Judah" on it. So I called out that name. Then each child would look to see if he or she had that name on his or her card.
If a child did have that name, then that child puts a penny over that name of Jesus.
For younger children who do not read well, allow them to hold the card in their hand in order to search for a match.
This is a great activity to help children in reading.
How you win:
When a child has all nine names of Jesus covered, that child wins!
I had really great prizes to create terrific enthusiasm.
I had children begging to play.
AND the children learned the names of Jesus.
And at a later time, we would discuss the names!
When you want to give your kids
a sugary treat,
consider playing the game!
Note that if one day, one of the children never wins a game, I had a "Great Attitude" consolation prize ready.
I urge you not to continually day-after-day give a child with a Bad Attitude a "Great Attitude" prize. That will make most of the children not want to play anymore, because that is unfair.
And it will teach the child with the bad attitude that he doesn't have to change to be rewarded. God tells us in his Word that good behavior is rewarded.
A Friendly Reminder:
Children do not naturally understand that Jesus IS God.
For help with explaining this concept, scroll down to the section called
"Helping Children understand that Jesus IS God."
Here are some names of Jesus
you might want to use for the game:
The Lamb of God
The Lion of Judah - Click here to see a page on the Lion of Judah
The Good Shepherd
The Way (the way to heaven - no one gets to heaven but by Him)
The Light of the World (or just "The Light")
The Bread of Life
The King of Kings
The Lord of Lords
Lord of All
Immanuel (which means "God with us")
Prince of Peace
Adonai (which means "Lord")
Son of God
Christ (means "Anointed One" in Greek)
Messiah (means "Anointed One" in Hebrew)
Jesus of Nazareth
Alpha and Omega (The meaning is below)
Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet,
Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet.
This name of Jesus gives us the idea of
"The First and the Last."
We find this name of Jesus in Revelation 22:13.
I encourage you to read that verse to the children.
Children do not naturally understand that
Jesus IS God.
It helps children, if we explain to them that when people say the word "God" they are usually referring to Father God. Yet, Jesus is as much God as Father God.
It is hard for children and adults to understand the Trinity.
I explain to children that Jesus is called the "Son of God" because he is generally in the role of a son - doing what the Father asks. But The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are each co-equal, co-eternal, and co-powerful and each of them is fully God.
When Jesus came to earth, he was 100% fully God and 100% fully man.
Jesus did have to lay down some of his divinity in order to come to earth. For example, on earth he was in an earthly body and therefore, he could not be everywhere at once.
Before Jesus came to earth as a baby, he was everywhere at once.
God is omnipresent which means "he is everywhere at once."
So God the Father is omnipresent.
Jesus is omnipresent.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent.
God is one, yet he is three persons or personalities. There is nothing else in the world like God.
The Trinity works together as ONE, and they are actually ONE.
So we can tell children that The Trinity is a mystery that we do not totally understand.
Also check out our Trinity page with some great videos!