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Short Talks Zone

Hear ye.  Hear ye.

"Short Talks" are quickie lessons that are just what they say: Short Talks.  Most of these were written by John Wills as devotionals for junior highers - but they work well with upper elementary too.  Each is short, to the point, but packs a good punch.  Idea for those times when you need a short devotional to begin a meeting or when you have to give a 'short talk.'

(No, they are not talks about Zacchaeus.)

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Basic Baptism Illustration

3-5 year olds will see how baptism is a picture of what happens when we become Christians – our sins are washed away when we trust Christ for forgiveness.

Baptism
Guest Being Made in God's Image

A children's story about being made in the image of Christ and being a part of the body of Christ.

Being a Part of the Body of Christ
Guest Do you believe?

We can believe in Jesus and what He did for us even though we can't see or feel Him.

Thomas didn't believe
Basic Joy

Children learn about the importance of the joy of the Lord as the driving force in their life.

Joy
Basic On Fire Worship

This short story/ talk, based around Hebrews 12:28b-29, talked about God's desire to fill us with himself during worship. We used this story as part of our "Polar Fun in the Sun" party (which can be found on the Kidology site in the Creative Ideas Zone).

Worship
Guest Pick Your Words

We should think before we speak.

Words
Premium Prophecy is a Handful of Dust

A talk on the prophecy of Tyre, showing the accuracy of God's word. (Ezekiel 26:3-5)

Ezekiel
Basic Saul the Servant for Everyone

3-5 year olds will examine pictures of different children as an introduction to the story of why Saul changes his name Objective: To understand that God wants me to serve others not like me, so that they can come to know Jesus.

Contextualizing the Gospel, Missions
Premium The Elijah Cure for Depression

A talk from the story of Elijah showing how God cured his depression.

Elijah
Premium Da Bible Feet - Caleb

A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Caleb.

Caleb,
Premium Da Bible Feet - Joshua

A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Joshua.

Joshua
Premium Da Bible Feet - Moses

A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Moses.

Moses
Premium Da Bible Feet - Noah

A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Noah.

Noah
Premium I'm a Banana

Member Exclusive Sneak Peek at Object Talks from DiscipleTown Unit #3 Due out November 20th!

Spiritual Fruit
Premium Just Let it Happen

Short object lesson and talk using an egg to show God's purpose and ability to complete us.

Being Good, Purpose, Victory
Premium Kid-Written / God-Breathed

A fun interactive way to explain how God wrote the Bible when it had human authors.

Divine Inspirtation, Bible
Premium Stacking Up a Good Attitude!

Exciting game that teaches kids about watching their attitude. They have fun Speed Stacking and have their attitude tested.

Game, Attitude, Speed Stacking,
Premium Teaching Responsibility

A fun and interactive way to teach on the parable of the talents. This was originally taught in a school chapel on responsibility.  

Responsibility & Talents
Premium Training Kids to Pray in Group

3 practical ideas to help your kids pray from the H.E.A.R.T

Prayer, Praise, Guiding
Premium God Will Never Forget

A fun Scripture activity for your preschoolers to teach them that God always keeps His promises.

Scripture Activity, Short Talk, Preschool
Premium Head or Heart?

There is a difference between caring about someone and caring for someone

Caring
Premium He's Not Asleep... He's Dead!

A true story that illustrates that kids are often smarter than we realize!

Teaching Kids the Truth
Premium Making the Right Choice

An activity the encourages the kids to think about their actions

Choices, Wisdom
Premium Pop 10

A Super Bible School Activity for Learning the 10 Commandments

10 Commandments
Premium Soaring, Running, Walking

A Fun Scripture Activity For Sunday School

Faithfull, Soaring,
Premium Teaching Your Children To Be Friends With God

An activity that helps kids become better friends with God

Friendship
Premium Who Said It?

A fun activity where the kids try to guess which charecter of the Bible said a quote.

Quotes, Bible Charecters
Premium 119 Reasons To Read The Bible

Psalm 119 is not only the biggest chapter in the Bible, but every verse mentions, refers to, or is about the Bible or its benefits! Here are some samples of those reasons with an outline for a short devotional on reading the Bible. (includes short descriptions of Bible reading plans)

The Bible
Premium A Friend Indeed

The story of David, Shimei, and Barzillai. This lesson teaches that a true friend does not to betray a friend when he is down but sticks with him through the tough times. (II Samuel 16 and 19)

Friendship
Premium A Glass Of Water For Jesus

A talk reminding us that whenever we do good to people in need we are really doing good to Jesus. (Matthew 25:35-40)

Good Works
Premium A Great Debt

Two thousand years ago God invited the world to the Gospel feast where Jesus, taking on the agonies of the cross, took on ALL of our sins and held them until the last remains of our guilt were totally gone!

Salvation
Premium A Leaf From Jesus' Family Tree

A talk teaching that Jesus is the King of Kings, and that we will obey Him if we truly love Him.

Obedience
Premium A Letter From God

God loves each of His children and meets their needs.

God Provides
Premium A Messenger Without A Message

A talk from the story of Ahimaaz teaching us that we should be messengers with a message. We should know how to share the most important message we ever could, the message that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again. (II Samuel 18)

Witnessing
Premium A Ministry Of Integrity

A story with the challenge to have an integrity like Samuel, a man who let not one of God’s word’s fall to the ground. (1 Samuel 3:19) (1 Samuel 12:3-5).

Integrity
Premium A Priest Like Melchizedek

A talk showing that the unique Old Testament priest, Melchizedek is a picture of Jesus, our great high priest. (Hebrews 7:11-28)

Salvation
Premium A Rock Named Ebenezer

A story explaining the importance of remembering what God has done for us. The story challenges the listener to have reminders in his or her life of times God has proven Himself faithful. (I Samuel 7:12).

God's Promises
Premium A Second Chance To Sin

A talk on the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego teaching that sometimes Satan often entices us with second chances to sin, however, we can take these as opportunites to stand for God.

Temptation
Premium A Slow Heart

A talk teaching that although sometimes we have the knowledge, our hearts are so slow to believing it. When we don’t believe God’s promises, we can become easily depressed. (Luke 24:25) (Philip. 4:19)

Believing God
Premium An English Teachers Nightmare

A talk pointing out that God created time, but He is not bound by time. We, however, can only deal in the present, and that is why it is important to receive Jesus "now." There is no other time that is guaranteed to a person except the "now."

Salvation
Premium Cause And Effect

A lesson teaching that doing good things does not make you a child of God, it is becoming a child of God that makes you do good things. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Good Works
Premium Caution: Wild Mouth On The Loose!

A talk on the power of our words, both good and bad. (Proverbs 25:11,15:1,21:9,29:20,10:19,16:28; James 3:6-8)

Words
Premium Christian Math

A talk teaching that we need to do more as a Christian than simply believe; we need to grow! (2 Peter 1:5-7)

Discipleship
Premium Counting Like God

A talk challenging us to live for God one day at a time and not let time be our boss. (Psalm 90)

Using Time Wisely
Premium Do You Love Me?

A talk pointing out what to do when you're not sure you're loving God the way you should.

Loving God
Premium Doubting Thomas

Thomas was remembered for when he doubted Jesus. What do you want to be remembered for?

Reputation
Premium Faith Is A Red Rope

An invitation to salvation from the story of Rahab. Rahab believed God enough to obey Him. We are not saved if we’ve heard the gospel, but yet have done nothing about it, but we are saved if we obey and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 16:31)

Faith
Premium For Sure

A lesson on how salvation can not be “earned” or “unearned,” it is free and it is forever! (Ephesians 2:8-9) (John 10:27-30).

Salvation
Premium Gideon Was A Wimp

A story about how God called a wimp a warrior. God will also call us a warrior when we are being wimps, not because we are a warrior, but because He is going to makes us into one. (Judges 6:12)

God's Warriors
Premium God's Building Project

A talk from the story of King David and the prophet Nathan showing that though we want to build a ministry for God, He is more interested in building us first.

Discipleship


  

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