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All Access Hospitality in the Face of Hostility

The story of Gaius and Diotrephes: A talk teaching the difference between humble leadership and proud, selfish, show-off leadership. (3 John

All Access How A Fool Dies

A talk on the importance of not just hearing about Christ’s saving power, but believing it and making Hm your safe refuge. (2 Samuel 3:33)

All Access How Many People Does God Need?

A story teaching that the people God uses are the people who do what needs to be done no matter how big the job looks.

All Access I Shall Not Want

A talk teaching that a little with God’s blessing is worth far more than a lot with God’s curse and that Jesus will provide everything we need because He is our good shepherd. (Psalm 23) (John 10:14).  

God's Best
All Access I'm Sorry!

A talk explaining the difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow, through the examples of Judas and Peter. (2 Corinthians 7:10).

All Access In Jesus Name, Amen

A talk on the power of praying in Christ’s name. Praying in Christ’s name is as if Jesus handed us His own divine credit card, it will never run out. We must, however, ask for the things that He would want and would be pleasing to Him. (John 16: 24)  

All Access It's Time To Remember

A letter written by a boy to Jesus throughout his lifetime, showing what happens if Jesus isn't always made the first priority. (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

All Access Jesus! - A Devotional for Children's Ministry Leaders

Find Jesus where your students would.

All Access Jesus, You're Too Late!

The story of the raising of Lazarus teaching that Jesus is never too late, but always on time for His greatest glory! We should never put a deadline on our prayers. (John 11)

All Access Jonah and the Worm

A talk from the story about being mad at God for being good. This lesson teaches that we must be willing to take both the bad and the good from God, for He works out all for the good in the end! (Romans 8:28).

God's Will
All Access Judgement Day And The Christian

A talk on the importance of building on things that last and not things that will one day perish.

All Access Just Taste It!

A lesson on obedience. In order to obey, we must trust God and taste that He is good. We disobey when we refuse to taste. The only things worse than refusing to taste is tasting and then rejecting. (Psalm 34:8) (Hebrews 6:4-6).

All Access Keep your childish point of view!

Children look at the world through innocent eyes... we can learn something from them.

All Access King David And The Stinkers

The Story of King David and King Hanun: A lesson showing how bad ideas often lead to more bad ideas, and assumptions only cause trouble. (II Samuel 10 and 12)

Bad Ideas
All Access Lesson From A Cow

Faith makes it possible to look over and above what we are afraid of, to see God who is our helper.

All Access Life is like a bouncy castle

God knows you and will never leave you

God knows you
All Access Living The Bible

Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.

All Access Looking In God's Mirror

A talk explaining how disgusting our sin looks to God, yet He is still gracious and loving enough to want to change us. (Isaiah 1:5,6) (Isaiah 1:18).

Free Lord, What About Him?

A talk from the story of Peter’s denial and restoration that notes that Jesus never answers the “what about him” question. He wants you to only be concerned with you. (Mark 14:29) (Mark 14:71) (John 21:21-22)  

God's Will
All Access Losing The Blessing Of God

A lesson teaching that those who refuse to follow God become progressively more set in their ways of disobedience. (Psalm 1:1)

All Access Mad Lib - Matt 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45

This game takes a 3rd person telling of James' and John's mom asking Jesus to one day let her kids sit on his right and left; and leaves out key words and replaces them with silly substitutes. I suggest doing it as a group and getting a different response from each child. I've put what to ask for in parenthesis along with any explanations) and then at the end I've written the entire story correctly.

Being Great in the Kingdom of God
All Access Men Who Missed Christmas

This is a story about all the people who had the opportunity to worship the baby Jesus but didn’t seize the opportunity. 

All Access Millenium

A glorious talk about how wonderful the Millennium will be, and how no one will want to miss it! (Zechariah 14:12) (Zechariah 14) (Isaiah 2:3,4) (Isaiah 11) (Isaiah 65)

1000 Year Reign
All Access New Bodies For Old

A talk explaining that our corruptable bodies could never dwell in heaven, but that Jesus has new bodies waiting for us - bodies designed specifically to live in heaven forever! (1 Corinthians 15)

All Access Nicky's Visit

The story of Nicodemus' teaching that we all have condemned ourselves to Hell because of our sin. Because of this, we need Jesus to be our Savior and we need to give Him our life so that we may be born again. (John 3:16).

All Access Noah, Let Me In!

A talk telling of the importance of believing before it is too late. It is the story about the kind of faith Noah had; a real faith, one which always results in obedience. (Genesis 6-9; Romans 10:9-10)

All Access One Expensive Bowl Of Chili

A story warning us not to sell out cheap, and trade a future and even eternity for temporary fullfillment.

Fleshly Desires
All Access Open The Gates

A Salvation invitation from Psalm 24, calling the listener to open up the door of his or her heart and let Christ in. (Ps. 42:7-10; Rev. 3:20)

All Access People Building

A talk comparing Paul, the church-builder, and Barnabus, the people builder. This talk challenges the listener to take up the ministry of Barnabus and build into peoples lives.

All Access Peter, The Foul-Mouthed Apostle

A talk teaching that just as Peter convinced others that he was not a Christian by his fowl language, so our language will do the same if it is not God honoring.

All Access Praying for Rabbits?

If God cares enough to send rabbits (even HUGE ones) for a little toddler, how much more will he hear and answer the needs we bring to Him that are much more important.

All Access Preparing To Serve God

An important lesson teaching the importance of doing things now for God, in preparation for the future ministry He may call one to.

All Access Prophecy Is Like A Tootsie Roll Pop

A teaching explaining the role of prophecy. Many prophecies have double meaning, or two fulfillments. Prophecy is one of the proofs of the reliability of God’s word. (Isaiah 7:14) (Isaiah 7:1-16) (Luke 1:32)  

All Access Real Worship

A talk from the story of God teaching that we should not criticize the way others worship God.

All Access Romans 12:2

A story that helps children understand that their brain is poluted by the world we live in and it must be renewed (cleaned) daily with the Word of God and prayer

Christian Living
All Access Saint Paul's Thank You Card

A talk pointing out the importance of thanking people for their service to God.

All Access Sign Of The Fish

Christians often wear a picture of a fish to witness. Sometimes they have a sticker of a fish on their car. We know it is a Christian symbol, but what does it mean?

All Access Sin's Doubletalk

A talk teaching on our old and new nature that are at war with each other. (Romans 7:15-17) (Romans 7:24-25) (Psalm 119:11).

All Access Strong And Courageous

A challenging and encouraging talk to the afraid and discouraged. The lesson teaches that to obey God’s laws we must not just be “strong and courageous” but “VERY strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:5) (Joshua 1:9)  

All Access Temptation

Can we resist temptations? Matthew 4:1-11

All Access The 7 Wonders Of The World

A gentle reminder that the most precious things are before you: your family, your faith, your love, your good health and your friends.

Simple Things
All Access The Acceptable Sacrifice

The story of the unacceptable sacrifice of Cain, teaching that all sacrifices are unacceptable to God unless there is shedding of blood. Many people today try to be made right with God through good works, religion, relationships, education or wealth, but since none of these sacrifices involve the shedding of blood, none of them can atone for sin. (Hebrews 9:22) (John 1:29)

All Access The Bible Writer Who Changed His Mind

A talk on the book that Jude wrote after having his mind changed and inspired by the Holy Spirit. (Jude; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

False Teaching
All Access The Danger Of Serving God

A talk pointing out the important fact that the safest place for a Christian is fighting in the battle, not dropping out. (2 Samuel 21:17)

All Access The Day The Music Stopped

An excellent talk on the life of David, teaching that it is always better to be in the center of God’s will even if things seem safer doing it your own way. (1 Samuel 26:19)  

God's Will
All Access The Day The Sun Stood Still

A talk teaching that God will give us what we need most in prayer even if it doesn’t match up to every detail that we prayed. (Joshua 10:12).  

All Access The Don Pablo's Children's Ministry

Maybe when we learn the P.R. skills of Don Pablos, we’ll find God unleashing His awesome blessing on our ministry like never before.

All Access The Fifth Gospel

A Gospel talk from Isaiah 55:6-7 teaching about calling on God and repenting of sins for salvation.

All Access The Foundation Of Faith

A talk explaining that real faith is not blind at all. Faith means that we believe that God exists, and that He is intimately involved in our lives. (Hebrews 11:6)

All Access The Jericho Principle

A talk about the Israelites marching around the city of Jericho, and how they were silent until the proper time. This lesson stresses the importance of avoiding arguing by keeping words to a minimum and only speaking soft words when it is necessary to speak. (Proverbs 10:19) (Proverbs 15:1)

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