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Matthew 7:1-5 ..."Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
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Onlinebookclub writes: " Is Tim Ferguson light years ahead of his time ..."
The Chest of Visions is a
"Brilliantly written piece of sci-fi...
The characters blend in perfectly.
The concept of duo-universe conversation
adds to the excitement of the book.
Onlinebookclub ...February 23, 2019
"Is Tim Ferguson light years ahead of his time and could this story be brought to life one day? Tim has done a fantastic job seemlessly weaving two parallel worlds together.
Sophie ... July 20, 2019
The book is a short read but it's contents are powerful and the message in the book is universal. Jake Santiago, April 9, 2019
"I read this book with a thirteen year old girl and once we were finished I asked her how she felt about our experience. She said it definitely made her think about many things in her own life and in her walk with God." Shirley Johnson
Five Kernels of Corn
This activity is intended as a prelude to a Thanksgiving dinner for our youth group but it could also be done independent of the dinner.
In order to aid youth to understand the severity of life in the Pilgrim colony, before a Thanksgiving dinner with the youth, have them sit around a decorated table void of food. Then bring out a paper plate for each youth member with five kernels of corn on each. Note that these are not ears of corn but kernels of corn. Youth are then advised that when the Pilgrims arrived from England, life was not easy....
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Trust and Prayer Activity
Ask youth to sit "Indian style" in a circle. Have some small candles available that can be held, one for each youth. Read the requests for change that have been recorded. Now advise youth that we will pray for these as follows...
Do you want your youth to pray comfortably?
Would you like them to pray with you?
Can you imagine receiving e-mails from a different planet? Welcome to "The Chest of Visions" by Tim Ferguson where e-mail messages are shared between youth on Earth and a young man, Mattpaul, residing in the parallel universe's world of Caperston.
Mattpaul lives in a world where there is no concept of the existence of a God, a Caring Creator. As a result, although his world has order, it does not have justice. There are Mountain People, who for generations have been deemed inferior by their neighboring Valley People.
Mattpaul meets a prophet, who brings the concept of an "unseen ruler" to Caperston, who can be perceived via a new activity- prayer. The prophet also calls out for equality amidst the Mountain and Valley People.
The actual chest of visions provides hope for Caperston's future. Will Mattpaul and his friends cling to this hope? Will the division between the Mountain people and the Valley people be broken down?
How will earth youth grow spiritually from their correspondence with Caperston youth? A vision of heaven helps answer one of the books perplexing questions, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
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My name is Laila Hashem. Recently, I have read your book 'The Chest of Visions' and I was incredibly inspired by it. I would like to thank you profusely for demonstrating the word of God in such an immaculate way. I believe this book can bring great changes to the world and I would like to purchase a few copies for the youth groups in churches that I visit in the Middle East. The Christian community here faces a lot of underlying persecution, and many of the children have been bullied, especially because of the recent revolutions that took place in Egypt. I believe your book can do wonders for many of the children and adolescents who are suffering because of their faith or struggling with it.
Sent July 14, 2019
The Rich Young Ruler: Christian youth lesson that asks the question how to react to the command of Jesus to give everything that you own to the poor, then follow we are ready to follow Him. More information>>
Christian Youth Meeting Activities
Start your night off with:
The Three Pens Game ... it's fun and it teaches an important lesson
Ideas including The Three Pens Game, The Time Machine and ...
There are over 25 activities for Christian youth on our activities page including favorites like Trust and Prayer. Find all activities at Activities for Youth
Christian Icebreaker Activity:
Youth stand in a circle. One youth is designated to begin. He or she turns to the next youth and states "ha" while staring into their eyes. There are no restrictions. Ha can be stated loudly, softly, drawn out, sung, anyway the speaker feels he can induce
laughter in the listener.
The Hope Page: "At times of a world divided as exists today, hope seems far away. It is good to take time to truly think how much better we would be if we all worked together. The below parable says it very well. "The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow..."
They say in the darkest of times unlikely heroes emerge. The call came. Brian, who was called back to work to bring the staff back on board, was himself deemed non-essential. Back on furlough he truly wanted to be at work to support his staff working without pay.
Read what Brian did at: Brian's Special Gift
Gun Control ... the Pros and Cons from a Christian point of view
In 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths
exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents
Apostle Paul: "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Hear the story ... click ... What we agree upon
A Seasonal Game: Football Bible Trivia … play the
game but you only advance by answering a Bible
Trivia question correctly. Fun and Educational.
click: FOOTBALL BIBLE TRIVIA
Africa - like no place you have ever been
Read our adventure in the wilderness of Botswana and the three things we learned about God's creation ... as close to a modern day Garden of Eden as I will ever be!
Can we, God's people, initiate it?
Youth Leader Guide
offers tried and true icebreakers, and activities on topics such as faith, justice and love. Presents activities that are fun, develop friendships and teach Christian faith. Read the reviews: Not the Same Old, Done-it Before Youth Meetings
The most important
ten verses of scripture
for these troubled times:
Matthew 25: 31-40
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January 7, 2018 Review on Amazon.com
“Excellent and unique ideas
I would recommend this to any Christian youth group.”
New Review from Onlinebook club received October 2018
The Chest of Visions by Tim Ferguson is an amazing book .This book consists of an exchange of conversation between Mattpaul and people on the earth. Mattpaul is from another planet and has no idea about God or the Bible.
The thing that I liked the most about this book was
that the lessons which the author wants us to learn
are very important… The author wants us to realize
that nothing happens randomly.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The reason for this
rating is that the impact that this book leaves upon
you is not a usual one. It makes you think differently
about how you have been perceiving things.
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Ask each youth member to pick a favorite character that they think will win.
Place each character on the first construction paper in the row of six or seven pieces.
Place names of characters in a hat and pull them out one at a time. Move the character forward when its name is called. Do not return the name to the hat.... Read further instructions at: The Great Race
After the event read Paul's advice about "The Race" found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Discuss the important race that is set before us, that we run with patience with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Ask youth if they were as enthusiastic about this race to follow Jesus' lead as they were rooting for their favorites earlier, what growth they would find in their walk with God.
The Great Race
UPCOMING … November/ December 2019
Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang
Make 500 sandwiches for the homeless
Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM
Community Presbyterian Church
Deer Park, NY 631-242-2582
Christmas Caroling at local Shut-ins and Nursing Homes
Saturday, December 14th
Call 631-242-2582 for Details
The Lord will reply, "Whenever you did these kind acts for one of the least important of these brothers or sisters, you did it for me."
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination
encircles the world."