Friday, December 19, 2008

Surefire Ideas for a Fun Sunday School Class

You enjoy a great passion for Bible studies and the way of the Lord, but conveying that passion to a classroom of sometimes rowdy and inattentive students requires discipline and creativity. Here are some best kept secrets you can use to transform the "rigors" of Bible study into an enjoyable and memorable educational experience.
First, choose your materials wisely. So many religious texts for children are either overly dry or flowery or even insipid. Today's generation of internet-raised children need to be stimulated -- not with tons of electronic learning tools but rather with great stories that build solid morals. Talk to other Sunday school teachers about which books and materials work best in terms of reaching kids. Experiment with various stories and projects -- your kids can act as a de facto focus group to help you find the best material for your teaching style.

Along those lines, make sure you are prepared for class. Kids can tune out easily if their instructor doesn't command the space. You need not be the most eloquent public speaker or engaging personality to keep peoples' attention. But you do need to have a plan in place and to communicate that plan. Review your lesson each week. Bundle your information thematically. Bring in props or guests or materials that the kids can physically handle to make the lessons come alive.

Engage your students by answering questions -- no matter how ridiculous or potentially heretical. Kids are natural curious about God and about the world around them. If you don't know the answer to a specific Biblical question or prayer-related matter, talk to a church authority who can help you. If you’re overly rigid and dogmatic, you run the risk of turning off children and shutting down their minds.

Make religious ceremonies and prayers concrete. Try games, sports and show and tell projects to involve your students in the myths and rituals you teach. Kids naturally enjoy play acting different Biblical characters - so why not host a Bible-based talent contest? Kids can write Bible-based plays, do a Christian music dance-off, or even do Bible karaoke. Of course, you don't want to turn your Bible class into a free for all -- you do need the kids to attend to the lessons -- but you can find plenty of ways to spice up the classroom without sacrificing the profundity of your mission.

Be passionate about what you are teaching. It may have been a while since you reviewed the classic biblical tales. But the texts of Christianity are rich with important life lessons that are applicable to practically any dilemma the modern kid might face. Bring the Bible to life by letting the children see your own passion for the material. If you don't care about the lessons, how can you expect others to listen and connect with the material?

Keep order. If you have a class disciplinary problem, nip this in the bud right away. Once your classroom senses that you've lost control of the wheel, you may find it very difficult to regain order. While you don't want to be overly strict -- images of stern-faced nuns slapping disobedient children with rulers come to mind -- you do need to make sure that the kids in your class know their place. You can use your support staff to enforce rules. Your priest or administrator can help you manage particularly difficult students or emotionally tricky situations. You can also call in parents if things get really out of control. Lay out the "law of the land" early, so that kids know your expectations. Be clear and regular in your enforcement of these rules. If you go soft sometimes and overreact at other times, you will confuse the situation and undermine your authority.

Above all, lean on your abiding your love of children to see you through the tough times and to guide your instruction. You are going to make mistakes, and you will encounter classroom situations that throw you for a loop. But by leaning on that fundamental love that draws you to teach Sunday school, you can overcome obstacles.

Finally, remember that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Borrow lesson plans from other, more experienced Sunday school teachers. The internet offers a panoply of courses, ideas, and activities for Bible study. Your school may have its own curriculum that constraints you. Or you may before forced by time considerations to focus only on a set agenda. Even if you are held to rigorous constraints, find some ways to inject your personality and sense of faith into the lessons.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Angels and Demons Are From Other Dimensions Too

If God is an interdimensional being, then that would mean angels and demons are also interdimensional beings. Heaven would be in one dimension and Hell could be in another dimension.
From the evidence I've read and according to some theories I have, the Heavenly dimension is at a higher energy frequency than this dimension and the Hell dimension is at another frequency that is lower than that of Heaven. That could be why Heaven is referred to as being up and Hell being down.
Teacher Guardian Angel Visor Clip

Angels have been able to shift to our dimension every now and then to help people. But some entities that have shifted have been humans that came in the place of angels. A mother may have been allowed to shift from the Heavenly dimension to this one to help a child years after she has died.
Retirement Angel Figure

Demons, since they come from a dimension that is a lower frequency than Heaven and maybe lower than earth, have come as spirits that can't be seen too well if they have been seen at all. They can inhabit people and cause physical harm at times. Satan is such a being. Since he isn't omnipresent like God, he can't be everywhere at once. He also doesn't want people to think he exists. That allows him to work better.
Teacher Angel Pin

Jesus was able to confront Satan after spending 40 days in the wilderness fasting because they both are able to shift between dimensions. Since Jesus comes from a dimension with a higher energy frequency, he appears to glow at times like when he met with Moses and Elijah at the Mount of Transfiguration. Satan would either not glow or would have a "shadow glow" that is darker than his surroundings.
Teacher Angel Figure

Heaven is bright because it is very energetic while Hell is pitch black since it has a lower energy frequency. Yet it is still powerful enough to retain the souls in it.
Teacher Angel Figure

The people in Heaven can see us. But they are not allowed to shift to our dimension unless God allows them to. When Christ comes back to establish his kingdom in Jerusalem, Believers will be able to shift with him from the Heavenly dimension to this one and become joint rulers of earth.
Teachers Are Angels...

Atheists don't understand interdimensional existence and don't believe in Heaven, Hell, God, angels, demons, and Satan. When a person dies and goes into the light, that means he is being shifted to either the Heaven or Hell dimensions. The energy shift would appear bright since spirits are a form of conscious energy. They can not be destroyed. It's just that after you are shifted, you normally can't shift back into this dimension. It's either Heaven or Hell. Once your destiny is set prior to death, there is no changing your ultimate destination and dimensional existence.
Teacher's Guardian Angel Figure


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