187. Tell any Bible story - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Did you know that you can tell any Bible story using the change bag combined with the traffic light silks? It is true!

You can tell any story in the Bible that contains a problem and in which God brings a solution. 

Bilble stories such as:
The Parting of the Red Sea  (Exodus 14:6, 21-31)
Healing the Bitter Waters of Marah  (Exodus 15:23-25)
The Manna from Heaven  (Exodus 16:14-35)
Water from the Rock at Rephidim  (Exodus 17:5-7)
Water from the Rock at Meribah  (Numbers 20:7-11)
Lifting up The Brazen Serpent  (Numbers 21:8, 9)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (Joshua 3:14-17)
The Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-25)
The Sun and the Moon Standing Still  (Joshua 10:12-14)
Replenishing the Oil and Meal at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:14-16)
Raising the Widow's Son at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:17-24)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (2 Kings 2:7, 8, 14)
The Healing of the Waters of Jericho  (2 Kings 2:21, 22)
Water Is Supplied to the Armies in Moab  (2 Kings 3:16-20)
The Multiplication of the Widows Oil  (2 Kings 4:2-7)
The Raising of the Shunammite's Son  (2 Kings 4:32-37)
Curing the Deadly Pottage  (2 Kings 4:38-41)
The Feeding of the 100 with 20 Loaves  (2 Kings 4:42-44)
Naaman the Syrian General is Cured of Leprosy  (2 Kings 5:10-14)
The Iron Axe Did Float  (2 Kings 6:5-7)
Jonah is Released from the Great Fish  (Jonah 2:1-10)
Three Friends in the Fiery Furnace  (Daniel 3:19-27)
Daniel is Delivered from the Den of Lions  (Daniel 6:16-23)

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Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience any of these Bible stories

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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186. Do I have any talents? - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
One of my Christian children's theatre shows is about discovering your talents. During this show I use the change bag combined with the traffic light silks to talk about self-esteem and about discovering and developing your talents.

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Themes:
Self-esteem, discovering and developing your talents.

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to talk with children, teenagers and adults about talents.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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185.The story of Zacchaeus - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the story of the transformation of Zacchaeus.

"But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19: 8 - 10

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helps me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to acutally tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, repentance, transformation, salvation, the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this amazing story

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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184. Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the Bible story of the four men bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus. 

"Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus." Luke 5: 18 - 19

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helpt me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to actually tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, perseverance, healing, Jesus demonstrating who he is

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends lowering the paralysed man through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talents?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this great story.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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180. Who may belong to God's family? - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?' It can also help you to teach on the diversty within the body of Christ:

Unity and Diversity in the Body:
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."  1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 14

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Themes:
Belonging to God's family, unity and diversity within the body of Christ

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
elow I show you how you can use this trick to teach on unity, diversity and belonging to the body of Christ.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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179. Teaching on self-esteem and showing your talents - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my christian children theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to show the children that they don't have hide behind the words: "I can't do anything. Who am I?" Instead they can show their talents. 

Themes:
Self-esteem, show your talents, developing of talents

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the theme of talents.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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178. Finding refuge in the names of God - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
How many names of God can we call out together? Do we also know what these names mean?

Adonai-Jehovah -- The Lord our Sovereign
El-Elyon -- The Lord Most High
El-Olam -- The Everlasting God
El-Shaddai -- The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Elohim -- The Eternal Creator
Jehovah-Jireh -- The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Nissi -- The Lord our Banner
Jehovah-Ropheka -- The Lord our Healer
Jehovah-Shalom -- The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu -- The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem -- The Lord our Sanctifier
Jehovah-Sabaoth -- The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah-Shammah -- The Lord is Present
Jehovah-Rohi -- The Lord our Shepherd
Jehovah-Hoseenu -- The Lord our Maker
Jehovah-Eloheenu -- The Lord our God

Take your time to look in depth at these wonderful names of God. When you have come to the end take out the Magic Umbrella trick and demonstrate that we can find refuge in these names of God!

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Themes:
The different names of God, finding refuge with God

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the different names of God. 

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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177. Celebrating the fruit of the Spirit - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the fruit of the Spirit. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5: 22-23

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect.

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Themes:
The fruit of the Spirit

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to teach on the fruit of the Spirit

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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176. Finding refuge in the names of Jesus - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my Christian children's theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to recall the different of names of Jesus that we have learned during the show. I will demonstrate this in the video below...

Themes:
The names of Jesus, finding refuge with Him

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to teach children, teenagers and adults about the names of Jesus.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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171. Meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus

Introduction:
"Two of them, Cleopas and possibly Luke, who was the one who reported the story, decided not to wait about in Jerusalem any longer but to go back home - they were staying in Emmaus - about 7 miles away. It was early afternoon as they walked along together, down the rough road away from Jerusalem, until they began to follow the lovely green valley full of olive and lemon groves which led up to Bethany. A stranger joined them as they walked along, probably with the hood of his cloak over his head to protect against the sun. Can you guess who it was?  It was  this person - let's write his name up - JESUS!  But they didn't recognise him. He had a different robe  on for a start, his old one had been kept by the soldiers. It wasn't unusual for someone to join a group of walkers, it was safer to walk in a group."

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Themes:
Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, disappointed disciples, Jesus reveals himself, breaking of bread

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

You can download the story below:

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167. Rainbow of snow: the fruit of the Spirit


What colour is the fruit of the Spirit?

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

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This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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166. Rainbow of snow: the diversity of the church


There are no black sheep in the church!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the diversity of people there are in the church. It’s a place where there’s room for everyone; young, old, man, women, child. 

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

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The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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163. Rainbow of snow: the promises of God


Why would you make a rainbow of snow?

Is it enough to say ‘because I can’? Probably not! For Noah and his descendants the rainbow was the symbol of God’s promise to them. God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the earth by flood. Which promises does the rainbow remind you of?

A rainbow of snow can help the children (or the church) to think about the wonderful promises God has made us.

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It does take some preparation, but you will have a never-to-be-forgotten children’s moment or sermon!!

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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160. What's your idea of Heaven?


Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love

Winning the lottery?  Christmas?  Presents?  Loads to eat and drink, chocolate coming out of our ears, nothing else to do but watch TV? Apparently most people who win the lottery have got through the lot within a year, ending up with broken marriages, no friends, no job, and very unhappy. 

A skechtboard story on Romans 14:17 written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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Themes:

Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love - Romans 14:17, a gospel presentation

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157. Where was Jesus born?


Was Jesus really born in a stable or in something else?

"Mary and Joseph would have travelled to Bethlehem some time before the birth of the baby in order to comply with the Roman census.  If their baby were born in their home town, he would be exempt from 50% of the poll tax until the age of 12 - an attractive incentive for any simple family.  Probably before September when various important Jewish feasts take place.

Luke 2 says "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born".  They were not arriving with Mary already in labour and being turned away at every door - that is out of the question!  The duty of hospitality and care for the traveller was paramount in that society - in fact it still is, across the region.  As members of the Royal family of King David they would have gone to relatives.  Elizabeth and Zechariah would surely have welcomed them, if nobody else, bearing in mind Elizabeth's reaction to Mary's visit early in her pregnancy..."

(For more information see www.truthortradition.com)

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Themes:

Retelling the Christmas Story, stable or house, hospitality

An interesting background story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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154. Tell any Bible story about (flowing) water - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
How many stories about water in the Bible do you know?

- the story of Noah and the water that kept pouring down (Genesis 6)
- the story of Hagar and Ishmael sent away (Genesis 21)
- the story of Eliezer meeting Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24)
- the story of Isaac digging wells (Genesis 26)
- the story of Jacob opening the well for Rachel (Genesis 29)
- the story of the bitter water at Mara (Exodus 15)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock (Exodus 17)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock twice (Numbers 20)
- the story of Elisha healing Jericho's waters (2 Kings 2)
- the story of the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5)
- the story of Jesus meeting the lady at the well (John 4)
- the story of Jesus healing the paralysed men at the the pool of Bethesda (John 5)
- the promise of the river of life  (Revelation 22)

Did you know that you can tell all thes above stories (and many more) using the Lota Vase? 

In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell some of these stories.

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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153. Jesus' promise of living water - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
I am really excited about the following magic trick! It is not only fun and easy to do, but it is a powerful tool to explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

It's the Lota Vase! And what does it do? It enables you to pour water again and again from an empty metal vase! Just imagine the endless possibilities...

In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children about Jesus' promise of living water.

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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152. The story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
The prophet Elijah enters the town of Zarephath and there he meets a widow who is left with nothing. And then she is even asked to sacrifice the 'nothing' that is left. Through her obedience to the word of the prophet the miracle happens and she receives everything! What an amazing story! The jug of oil that keeps on pouring...

How can you tell this story in a visual way? Well, with the Lota Vase of course!
Not just a magic trick, but a powerful tool that will help you explain this beautiful story in a new way!

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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151. Teaching children the importance of developing their talents - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
How can you combine teaching about the importance of developing your talents with a empty metal vase with which you can pour water again and again?

That is a good question! I will show you the answer underneath, but let me first introduce you to the Lota Vase.

This is not just a magic trick. This is a powerful tool that will help you explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. In the video below I will demonstrate how you can teach on the parable of the talents using the Lota Vase.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.  So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money."

Matthew 25: 14 - 18

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children on developing their talents.

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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150. Teaching children on spiritual growth - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
How can you combine teaching about spiritual growth with a empty metal vase with which you can pour water again and again?

That is a good question! I will show you the answer underneath, but let me first introduce you to the Lova Vase.

This is not just a magic trick. This is a powerful tool that will help you explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

lota vase

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children on spiritual growth. 

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase

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149. The amazing story of Elisha and the widow’s oil - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
I am really excited about the following magic trick! It is not only fun and easy to do, but it is a powerful tool to explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

It's the Lota Vase! And what does it do? It enables you to pour water again and again from an empty metal vase! Just imagine the endless possibilities...

lota vase

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the miracle of the widow's oil. (2 Kings 4: 1-7)

"Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing."

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148. A demonstration of God's unending and overflowing love - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
Have you ever heard of a Lota Vase?

This is a fun, easy to do magic trick in which you can pour water again and again from an empty metal vase!

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When I first saw one of them, I knew I had to have one! Straightaway I could see the potential for using one of them in telling Bible stories. 

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

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In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to demonstrate the amazing love of God.
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase

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147. Endless Blessings - the Lota Water Bowl

Introduction:
You show a large silver bowl that is empty. When you turn it upside down nothing comes out. When you pick it up again and start tip it up, water will pour out of it!

Something from nothing, liquid from mid-air! This can be repeated again and again, with the vase continually filling with water.

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Being able to produce water from nothing time after time makes this trick ideal for telling different Bible stories, such as:
- Moses getting water from a rock (Num 20:11)
- the widow's endless jar of oil  (2 Kings 4:4)
- Jesus being baptised (Matt 3:13). 

It is an ideal object lesson for baptisms.

You can also colour the water with red food dye and use it to symbolise the blood of Jesus that was shed for all.

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130. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate

Introduction:
"Peter says "I don't have any silver or gold - I don't have any money - but I do have something I can give to you..."  

He leans over and takes the man by his right hand, and says "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!".  As the beggar takes hold of Peter's hand he feels an amazing tingling warmth go right through him, down his arm, into his body, through to his legs and feet - and - starts - to - get - up! 

This man, who had never walked in his life, was starting to stand up!  The bones in his feet and ankles suddenly become strong, and he gets to his feet.  I expect he is hanging on to Peter and John!  Then he takes one step and another step - and another, and another, until in the end he's jumping about and hopping and skipping and shouting "Thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord, Look I can walk, I can run!"


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Themes:
The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, stories from Acts, God's healing power, persecution of believers, poverty

Sketchboard story:
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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129. The story of Jonah inside the big fish

Introduction:
"The moment Jonah hit the water, the wind stopped, the waves died down, it was completely calm. (Pause in silence)... The sailors said: "WOW! Jonah's God must be the most powerful God! Only the God who made heaven and earth could do that!" and they started to have a party and to praise God and thank him. 

But what about our friend Jonah?

He was in the water. He started to sink. He wished he had learned to swim. He sank down to the bottom, and the Bible says that when he came up, he had seaweed wrapped round his head - ugh! Then suddenly... he saw this (draw big fish in picture) It looked like a big red cave.... it was the mouth of a great big fish! lt came towards him (gesture with your hands like the jaws closing suddenly)

GLOOP!

lt swallowed Jonah whole. "Helloo, helloo! I must be in a cave. But it smells rather fishy in here." And Jonah realized that he was in the belly of a huge fish. There must have been a pocket of air in there because the Bible says he stayed alive inside the fish for three days and nights. Jonah had time to think. He said this: SORRY. Do you think he said sorry to the fish? No, he said sorry to God. Then he felt much better..." 


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Themes:
The story of Jonah, being disobedient towards God, obeying God, saying sorry to God, repentance, God's grace

Sketchboard story:
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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127. Rocky and the Bible story of Noah in the ark - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are a puppet that consists of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with you thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky can be ideally used in telling the Bible story of:

- the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
- Jesus calms the storm on the lake
- Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Noah in the ark, the releasing of the raven and the dove and finally being able to go outside the ark into the new world.

Themes: 
Noah in the ark, Noah releases the raven and the dove, the dove with the olive leaf, being patient, trusting in God

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126. Rocky Raccoon and the Bible story of the paralysed man - Gospel Magic


Rocky Raccoon and the ZigZag trick

We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky is ideal to use in telling the following Bible stories: 

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Jesus healing the paralysed man who was lowered through a hole in the roof made by his four friends.

Themes: 

Jesus has the power to forgive sins, Jesus forgives sins, Jesus heals the paralysed man, finding new ways to bring people to Jesus, perseverance, don't give up, friendship, Jesus puts us on our feet

Buy your own spring puppet.

There are several places where you can buy your own spring puppet. The English guys from Mission Magic sell them, but you can also buy them on Amazon

If you are looking for the ZigZag trick that we use 'to cut Rocky into three parts' to tell the stories of the paralysed man, the storm on the lake and Noah in the ark look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

 

 

125. Rocky and the Bible story of Jesus the calming of the storm - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effect, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky is ideal to use to tell the following Bible stories: 

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick to tell the Bible story of Jesus calming the storm. 

Themes: 
Jesus calming the storm, trusting in God, God's love, the humanity of Jesus, Jesus is Creator God, Jesus demonstrates his power

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124. An introduction to Rocky, the spring puppet - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effect and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

rocky


Rocky is ideal to use in the telling of the following Bible stories:

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you can introduce Rocky to the children, showing what it means to become alive in Christ.

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123. The story of the prisoner Barabbas

Introduction:
"Barabbas was listening hard.  The crowd went quiet and he could hear a man's voice speaking.  The next thing he heard was a great shout "BARABBAS, BARABBAS, WE WANT BARABBAS!"  (Get the children to shout it out, really loudly).  "Wonderful!"  thought Barabbas. "It must be my mates, come to get me out of prison!"  He began to feel much more cheerful.  But then the crowd went quiet again, and again the man spoke.  He couldn't hear Pilate's words, but Pilate was asking "What do you want me to do with Jesus?"

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Themes:

The gospel, Jesus dying for our sins, Jesus dying in our place, to live for Christ

Sketchboard story:
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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122. The parable of the banquet / the wedding feast

Introduction:
"The rich man sent his servants out to the city centre to find all the beggars with "Hungry and Homeless" notices in front of them.  They brought them back to have a bath and new clothes, and all the time the mouth-watering smell of the good food waiting for them...... what a wonderful treat!"

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Themes:
Jesus' parable of the wedding banquet, the wedding feast, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God

Sketchboard story:
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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115. Advent - God keeps his promises

Introduction:
"Hands up if you are good at keeping promises?  Last night I read a bedtime story to my little grand-daughter Emily....Do you remember the story of Charlie and Lola, where they go to the park and meet Charlie's friend Marv and his dog Sizzles?  - Lola and her friend Lotta promise, absolutely promise, to look after Sizzles, while the boys have a quick game of football?  And what happens?  While they are arguing over who should hold his lead, he manages to slip his collar and run off!  Sizzles got lost! So did they keep their promise?

How did they feel?   Pretty bad.... and sometimes I've made a promise to my children, and not been able to keep it, and felt pretty bad about it too and I tried to explain why, so they would understand.  But this story is about a promise that was thousands of years old!  A promise that God person made..."

Themes:
Christmas, Advent, birth of Jesus, God keeps his promises

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In this sketchboard story of Advent we learn that God keeps his promises and that He will never ever leave us. 

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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114. Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not

Introduction:
This is fun illustration that you can use for teenagers and adults when you talk about being certain of something. Sometimes we totally believe that we are right even when we're not.

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When you use the gimmick that I demonstrate in the video below it will open the conversation. Hopefully it will help you talk about the truth of the Bible, what is faith?
How can you be certain about something?

Themes:
The truth of the Scriptures, being certain about something, what is faith?

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112. You are always welcome

Introduction: 
God always welcomes us, and there is no more exciting way of learning about this than with this game. A bowl of spare keys and a lock… Who will be the first to find the right key?

Themes:
God welcoming us, the Father heart of God, not relying on our own strength

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s teaching
- Youth work

Bible text:
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt 7:7)

Age:
4 - 88 years.

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111. Probably the best object lesson on faith


Use this powerful object lesson to demonstrate what it means to have faith

You take an seemingly empty cup. You fill the cup with water. When you turn the cup upside down, no water comes out.

How can this be? It is not because of the cup, but because of what is in the cup. It is a very easy Gospel magic trick that we will explain below.

best object lesson on faith

Why call it gospel magic, and not just a trick?

Because you can use this trick to explain to children, teenagers and adults what it means to have faith:

You ask a child, teenager or adult to sit on a chair. You fill the cup with water and you promise them that you will turn the cup over above their heads, but that no water will come out. They don't even have to blink their eyes. Can they trust you? It is hard to trust when everything inside you screams the opposite.

This is what faith is. 

You can combine this trick with stories in the Bible where people had to show great faith before the miracle happened.  Stories like the building of the ark, Abram sacrificing his son, Moses in front of the Red Sea, the fall of Jericho, etc, etc.

Themes: 

Trusting, having faith, unbelief, doubt

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

110. What is Gods power?

Introduction: 
This is a fun way of allowing children to contemplate the power of God.   

Themes:
Gods power and glory

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative prayer moment.
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 - 88 years

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109. The transformation story of Mephibosheth

Introduction: 
Using a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as:

- The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
- The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
- The transformation story of the prodigal son
- The transformation story of Mephibosheth

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Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
In idea 105 we show you were you can buy your own 'frog turning into a prince' puppet.

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell the story of Mephibosheth who discovers that he isn't a dead dog or a frog, but a royal prince. 

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108. The transformation story of the prodigal son

Introduction:
Using a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as:

The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
The transformation story of the prodigal son
The transformation story of Mephibosheth

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Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
In idea 105 we show you were you can buy your own 'frog turning into a prince' puppet.

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell the story of the prodigal son and focus on the three presents he receives from his father: a ring, shoes and a cloak.

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107. The transformation story of Saul the persecutor who becomes the beloved apostle Paul

Introduction:
Using a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as:

The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
The transformation story of the prodigal son
The transformation story of Mephibosheth

kikker prins

Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
In idea 105 we show you were you can buy your own 'frog turning into a prince' puppet.

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell the story of the Saul, the persecutor of Christians who becomes the beloved apostle Paul. 

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106. The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham

Introduction:
Using a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as:

The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
The transformation story of the prodigal son
The transformation story of Mephibosheth

kikker

Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
In idea 105 we show you were you can buy your own 'frog turning into a prince' puppet.

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell the story of the thief Zacchaeus who becomes a beloved son of Abraham. Zacchaeus was truly lost, but Jesus found him!

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101. The 'Kezazah ceremony'

Introduction:
Have you ever heard about the 'Kezazah' ceremony'? This ceremony was perfomed when a Jewish man left the community, went and lived with the Gentiles, and lost his wealth. When he came back, he would go to the city gates and the older men would throw down a pot in front of the young man - symbolising the broken relationship that now existed between the community and this 'sinner.' This separated him from his family, his community, and his faith.

When you know the background behind the story of the prodigal son, this story and the role of the father take on a complete new meaning. In the video below we explain what the kezazah ceremony entailed and how you can use this when you preach about the grace of God and/or tell the story of the prodigal son.

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Themes:
Kezazah ceremony of shame, rejecting sinners, God's grace, the prodigal son

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