“ It. is black, and black reminds us of sin.” “ Does sin make one a success or a failure?” “ Failure.” Yes, we will let this “ F” remind us of failure. When we first heard of Paul he was a failure and a fighter. He persecut ed the Christians, putting some in prison and agreeing to the death of Stephen. He did. not remain a failure, because he met Christ on the Damascus road, and his whole life was changed. You will remember that Paul was blind until he met Ananias who said, “ Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou earnest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:17). This pair of scissors will help us to understand what happened to Paul. (Cut the top bar off, horizontally, where it joins the upright. Unfold it, and you have a black capital “ I” .) Paul was a failure because he was a sinner. Here we have a big black “ I” reminding us of his sin. When a person is aware of sin, God wants him to know about Christ and His p'ower to save. (Open the re maining part of the “ F,” and it will be a cross.) When sinful self comes to the cross, Christ receives and cleanses from sin. (Put the “ I” on the cross.) We will now reverse the “ I,” showing how sin looks in the sight of God after Christ has been received as Saviour.
On another occasion Jesus saw An drew and his brother and said, “ Come ye after me, and I will make you to be come fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). Andrew appears to have always been busy bringing people to Jesus. In the 12th chapter of John we are told about some Greeks who said to Philip, “ Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and tell- eth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.” Let’s be like the ant and tell others of Christ. August 22, 1948 D uty and D orcas Objects: A needle and a match. Lesson: This match and needle re mind me of two Scriptures, and some great truths revealed in them. They are both small, but both have great possibil ities. In James 3:5, 6 we read, “ Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” Fires have been started with a single match, no larger than this one, which have burned whole cities. A match is lit tle, but the possibilities in it are very great and often terrible. It is a good pic ture of the tongue. James says that the tongue is like a lit tle fire, “ and setteth on fire the course of nature.” I do not want you to forget the little match, but I want to talk to you about ths little needle which I hold in my hand. A woman in the Bible named Dorcas became very famous because she used her needle in sewing. Sewing groups all over the world are named after her. We are told that she was “ full of good work and almsdeeds” (Acts 9:36). Even though she was a good woman and did many splendid things, she became sick and died. The disciples heard that Peter was at Joppa, and they sent requesting him to come immediately, which he did. When he arrived, “ all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them” (Acts 9:39). Peter doubtless was much impressed with all that she had done, and with the love her friends had for her. He knelt and prayed and Dorcas was brought back to life. We should be careful how we use the little things of life, for often they have great possibilities in them. A U G U S T , 1 94 8
August 29, 1948 F ixing A F ailure
Objects: A large capital “ F,” and a pair of scissors. (The “ F” should be made from a piece of stiff paper, 20x24 inches. Fold, making the size 10x24. Along a line one inch from the folded side, cut upward for 15 inches to make the upright. The small crossbar should be 15 inches from the bottom, 4 inches in its horizontal measurement, and 2 inches deep. The top bar should be 2 inches deep and should extend 9 inches hori zontally. There should be a one-inch hook extending up as well as down from the end of the top .bar, making a perfect
“ I” when the top bar is cut off. Color the “ F” black, front and back.. The inside of the top bar should be white. All below the top bar should be red, making a red cross when separated from the top bar. Fasten with thumbtacks to a wall or blackboard.) Lesson: What do you think this large “F” stands for?
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