Kids are Just Neat

Kids are Just Neat

We have been having a year long opportunity/struggle with an influx of kids riding our bus to church. Our normal kids ministry is about 20 people and there were some nights we were adding an additional 15-20 from buses. Needless to say that caused some growing pains, but we came up with some new plans and made it through.

So that is the back story of tonight. Tonight we watched “I Can Only Imagine” for our evening service. Since I didn’t have anything to get set up and ready when the kids came in (30 minutes early) I was able to just sit and chat with them. There were just 4 kids, but they were 4 that had been out for a while and it was neat to see them back. It was just nice to get to talk to them about their lives and let them know that we care about them and have been thinking about them.

All in all it was just a neat reminder from God that what we are doing is making a difference.

A Great Video for Easter!

At our church we have an annual Easter Egg hunt that brings in our families as well as people from the community. Part of this hunt is a short worship service. During this time we sing songs and have fun and I like to show a short video that tells the story of Easter. This is the video that we will be using this year. It does a really good job of sharing the story on a kid level. If you are looking for a resource for your Easter or Good Friday service be sure to check this one out!

Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

I am working on a new series of Minecraft Bible study videos with my son as Minecraft expert. We are making them at the pace of about one a week so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel if you want to get all of them when they come out.

Here is the working script I used. We didn’t follow this exactly, but you can get the basic idea. Nathan ended up making a mine cart track that would shoot fireworks as long as it was connected to a big redstone cross. It was pretty cool. (then of course since he is 11 he wanted to make it shoot fireballs at the village, and well…that was actually pretty cool too)

Hey guys! Welcome back to another Minecraft Bible Study. I’m your host Bro. Shane and I’m joined as always by my son/co-host/minecraft guru Nathan. Say hey, Nathan.

So this week we are going to be building a contraption that uses Redstone to work.

Before we get too much further you need to go and find your Bible and turn to John 15:5

There will be a link in the description if you don’t have a Bible.

OK, every time we make these redstone things I am fascinated, because for me Minecraft is always about survival mode which is the way I like to play the best and in survival you don’t find a whole lot of red stone, so I don’t build with it much.

But Nathan Is my go to guru to show me how this stuff works.

So what does this have to do with the Bible? Well, if you will open your Bible to John 15 we will take a look at some of the teachings of Jesus.

John 15:5

5 “I am the vine;  you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit,  because you can do nothing without Me

Jesus says that he is the vine and we are the branches and then he says that we must remind in Jesus if we are to bear fruit.

So if you break the connection to the redstone the machine no longer works. The same is true for us. If we break our connection with Jesus we will no  longer produce good things.

So how do we remain in Jesus?

We spend time reading the Bible, it is important for us to spend some time every day reading God’s word.

The second thing is we need to spend time talking to God. Nathan what do we call talking to God?

Yeah, we should spend time praying.

We spend time hanging out with other people who love Jesus

It is important that we spend time with other people who love Jesus because that helps us to learn to love Jesus more.

So just like the redstone lines are important if you want the machine to run it is important that we remain connected to Jesus through prayer, reading our bible and going to church if we are going to productive in the role that God has for us.

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How to Write Your Own AWESOME Object Lessons

How to Write Your Own AWESOME Object Lessons

I am working on a series of How To videos to help get some practice in front of the camera and in the editing process. I still have a long way to go before I am smooth enough to be considered good, but I do think that this video has some neat ideas if nothing else. There are two versions of the video. The first one had examples for each category, but when I got to the end of the video it was over 20 minutes long. So I went back and edited a much shorter version that clocks in at just over 10 minutes. If even that is too much for you, just skip to the last minute to get a quick recap of the whole thing.

Minecraft Bible Study: Workmanship of God

Minecraft Bible Study: Workmanship of God

My son and I are back again with the next installment of the Minecraft Bible Study. This week we move onto the PC version of Minecraft so that Nathan can teach us how to do a build battle while we I teach from Ephesians 2:10. We are God’s workmanship, and even when people try to judge us we can know that we are God’s works of art.