The Perfect Gift

By Annette Stonger Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Have you ever received a gift for Christmas you’ll always remember?  You might be smiling right now just thinking about it!  When I was a little girl, my parents gave my brother and sister and I a choice between receiving many little presents or one big gift.  I was the only one who chose the one item.  On Christmas morning, my sister and brother opened a lot of gifts while only one small card lay under the tree for me.  Yet, that single gift contained the biggest, most exciting gift I can remember—horseback riding lessons!  I jumped up and hugged my mom and dad.  I will never forget...

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Joy to the World!

Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have all your presents picked out and wrapped? Are you making gifts for others this year? Sometimes handmade gifts are the ones that are most treasured. One easy gift that you can give to everyone you meet is: Joy! You can give joy to others by opening the door for them, wishing them  Merry Christmas, or just giving them a smile (with your parents’ permission, of course). Click on Joy (above) to print  her out and color her. Gina loves to illustrate the Bible for children.  She has created hundreds of resources for children’s ministry needs – activity sheets, puzzles, games, children’s church bulletins, paintings, memory verse helps and more.  “Gina’s Corner” is a column she creates for Kids’ Ministry...

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Freddy’s Gift

by Mrs. Johnson’s Class with Kim Harms Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Holy cow! We got presents,” said Freddy. His family’s house burned down along with all of their Christmas gifts two weeks before Christmas, and they didn’t have enough money to buy new gifts. Freddy looked at the gift tag on an enormous red and green box and saw it was from Mrs. Johnson’s third-grade class at Ballard East Elementary School. “Why did the third-graders buy me a gift?” he asked his grandma, whom his family now lived with. “Their teacher heard about your house fire, and when she told her class, they wanted to help. They pooled their money...

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Spherical Festivity

Spherical Festivity

Christmas Tree Ornaments, Decorative Accents, and Gifts   Transform clear glass ornaments into beautiful globes of color with this festive craft. Working with family and friends adds to the fun, and an extra pair of hands can be helpful as you finish the project. The supplies include glass, liquid paste, spray sealer, and scissors, so remember to follow general safety rules as well as any safety precautions indicated on the product’s packaging.   So, are you ready? Invite your family and friends, gather your supplies, put on your “messy clothes,” and start creating! If you want help jump-starting your creativity, keep reading to the end for theme, display, and gift ideas. And when you’re done, send us a picture to inspire...

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The Greatest Things

by Meyana “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV The greatest things in life really couldn’t be bought, like God, the one who paid all our debts. None could do what He did for us. Love cannot be bought (or even paid for). Another thing that cannot be bought is family. Family loves you for who you are. Be WHO you are, not who you THINK you are. Dear God, Help us to be the best people we can be for You! You are an Awesome God! Meyana is 10-years-old and was adopted as a baby from China. She was healed from major vision disabilities at age eight after two surgeries and a lot of vision therapy. Praise the Lord! Meyana writes kids’ devotions, poetry, and stories about life. She’s also...

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

  What you need: Clear glass ornaments (found at a craft store) Scrapbook paper Scissors Pencil How to make: Cut scrap book paper into thin strips  Fold back and forth like making a fan or wrap loosely around a pencil        Drop into the ball      You have now created a perfect handmade gift for anyone on your list.  These are simple enough for kids of all ages with just a little help. There are hundreds of different kinds of scrap book paper to choose from. Make it more personal for a teacher, music teacher, nurse, childcare provider, hair stylist, etc. The choices are endless. Anyone who receives one will be sure to treasure it! Renee’s passion for learning new skills has helped her take the reins as editor of...

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