Histories (the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts of the Apostles)
Wisdom or Doctrine (the letters concerning doctrine starting with Paul followed by Jude, Peter, and John. These are organized by length, longest to shortest, rather than in order written)
Prophecies (Revelation of John)
Remember when Saul decided to go ahead and make a sacrifice to God because he got tired of waiting for the prophet Samuel to show up? (see 1st Samuel 15)
Samuel said to Saul, “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1st Samuel 15:22
Here’s a simple idea to permanently mark this idea on the brains of students (adults or children).
Make two batches of cookies – chocolate chip are great of course. Substitute a half cup of salt for a half cup of sugar in one batch. Label that batch Fatorams. And the correctly made batch is labelled Tobeys.
You’re guaranteed that decades from now people will still remember that “to obey is better … than the fat of rams.”
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A volunteer at Mother Theresa’s home for those dying of AIDS said he felt completely useless since he could do nothing for those dying or for their physical pain. He could just sit with them.
Mother Theresa said, “What were Mary and the others doing at the foot of the cross?”
Here’s a way to demonstrate how just being there can relieve the suffering of others.
Supplies: old fashioned clothes pins with springs – one for each class member.
Have each class member use the right hand to hold the clothes pin so it’s open (pressing down on the ends and compressing the spring.) Tell them not to change hands but to just keep holding it open while you read them a story.
Now read them a nice long inspirational story of service and caring. When you notice some are starting to look pained pause your reading.
Tell them to keep holding the clothes pin open. BUT now take the left hand and wrap it around the right hand holding it gently.
Notice the relief. The right hand is still holding the clothes pin and still doing the work of holding it open. But the left hand gives support just by being there.
You can then finish reading the story. (you might need more than one to be sure they “feel the pain.”)
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