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Facing Trials and Troubles

Children particularly enjoy any lessons involving fire, water or balloons. The following object lesson involves all three, so should be a big hit!

Everyone faces trials and troubles at sometime in their life, but if we have put our trust in Jesus then He has promised to always be with us and help us through all our troubles.

1. Light a candle – the flame represents our trials and troubles.
2. Produce an inflated balloon – this represents the person who doesn’t have Jesus in their life, and is therefore facing the trouble on their own. Let’s see what happens when I put the balloon over the flame – BANG.
3. Produce an inflated balloon about one third full of water – this represents the person who has Jesus in their life (c.f. the water). Let’s see what happens when I put this balloon over the flame – THE BALLOON IS UNHARMED.

Although both balloons faced the same trial (i.e. flame), the second one came through unharmed – because the water took away the heat before it could do any damage. In much the same way, Jesus is able to see us through our trials and troubles unharmed.

Practice this a couple of times before presenting it.

by Maurice Sweetsur, http://objectlessons.blogspot.com/

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