Creative to be creative

Creative to be creative

One of my struggles when it comes to preparing lessons for youth ministry is just how much creative and different stuff do I add. Sometimes I think I am adding stuff just so that I can add something.

I don’t know how much that helps, but I try to be creative with how I teach. Sometimes it feels like I am being creative just to be creative.

But sometimes something cool happens and I am able to make something that helps students to connect with the lesson and it is amazing.

Unfortunately I never know what is going to connect and what is going to fall flat.

90s Christian Music

90s Christian Music

So Spotify suggested a playlist for me of “90s Rock” and that made me think. I wonder if there is a 90s Christian playlist already currated for me.

Well, my friends there is!

When I hit “Big Fish” by FFH I almost lost it. My kids looked at me like I was crazy while I sang along with the do do do parts.

I plan to be out of the house before “Dive” comes on because I don’t think they can handle seeing my reactions.

(I just hit “What if I Stumble” while looking for an image for this post. I am all the way back in the 90s now)

A Different Level

A Different Level

I have played foosball a few times in my life. I’m not good at it, but I don’t always loose. I can hit the ball into the other teams goal and can block shots and normally know which little handle to turn.

I knew I wasn’t the best at the game, but I also thought I knew what someone who was good would look like. I assumed that just a little bit better than me would be someone who was good.

Then I met someone who was actually good at fooseball. He was passing from one set of linemen to another, putting spin on the ball to make it bounce where he wanted and pretty much demolishing everyone who came against him. It was a whole different level of play.

I am the same when it comes to playing guitar. I can play chords, and that means that I can play rhythm guitar along with most songs. What I can’t do is play lead guitar. I can’t improvise or do cool stuff with the guitar. For someone who doesn’t know how to play guitar I look like I know what I am doing. But as a person who knows a little I realize that I am a long way from being good.

I think that following God sometimes is like this. At each moment when we get to know God we think, “hmm…I know God pretty well” then something happens and a whole knew level of knowledge opens up. Sometimes the more we know about God the more we realize that we don’t know.

The more we know also reveals just how amazing it is to know even the small parts we know.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

Recently my son put The Greatest Showman into the DVD player in our van so as we travel around town I have been listening to it again. As I have been I am once again struck by how well the songs in it lead in to some really cool Bible truths for teenagers.

I wanted to once again push my The Greatest Showman Bible study. It is just $5 for a 4 week Bible study that uses songs from The Greatest Showman as a jumping off point for a Bible study about identity, longing, and forgiveness. Your students will love it!

Contents:

  • Week Bible Study PDF
  • Title Graphic
  • Full Page Graphic
  • Background Graphic
  • Black and White Header Graphic
  • Student Handout for Each Lesson

Week 1: Come Alive

  • Song: Come Alive
  • Bible Passage: John 10:10
  • Overview: This Bible study looks at the idea that Jesus promises us not just eternal life in heaven, but abundant life that starts right now. It uses the cheesy acrostic of ZOMBIE to demonstrate what it looks like when Christians don’t live that abundant life and offers 3 observations on what the abundant life really is.

Week 2: Never Enough

  • Song: Greatest Show & Never Enough
  • Bible Passage: Acts 17:24–28
  • Overview: The crux of this whole movie is this song “Never Enough.” In the movie Barnum realizes that what actually is enough for him is his family. In our Bible study we are going to examine what it means to find your “enough” in Christ. No matter how much stuff we fill our life with it will never be enough until we turn to God.

Week 3: Show Your Scars

  • Bible Passage: John 20:19-29
  • Song: This is Me
  • Overview: “This is Me” quickly became the anthem of this movie. While I think that “Never Enough” is really the theme of the movie this song is a great one to use for teenagers and adults alike to talk about being who you are and showing your true self scars and all.

Week 4: Home Again

  • Song: From Now On
  • Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:12–2:11; Luke 15:11–32
  • Overview: Honestly this wasn’t one of my original planned studies, but my students were enjoying the study so much I added one more week. In the end this is a nice way to wrap up the study with a focus on realizing that running from God leads to pain and that God is waiting to welcome you
  • back home again
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I am Sorry

I am Sorry

It has been a long, long time since I have been regular about updating Nailscars.com and now the site really has lots a bunch of its functionality. Most of that was because of a virus and now I find myself sort of swimming in stuff trying to find the things that matter.

What I think my goal for this year will be is to clean up the site, to remove most of the blog posts with their missing links and random ramblings and instead go with just a site that has creative ministry content. At least that is my goal right now.

Until then, I am sorry for the mess. I hope you are able to find what you need.