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CAMPFIRE MESSAGES from Pastors & Ministers of ICCAN

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let the Word of God speak to your heart.



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Comment by Rev. Dr. Lynn Kirkland on March 8, 2011 at 6:35am


The following message is adapted from "The Wordless Book".  It was written as a children's church message but I have used it hundreds of times in many different situations.  With a slight tweek here and there it can also be delivered so that even ADULTS can understand it.  Pastor Lynn Kirkland


The story begins with the gold bandana. It reminds me of the street of gold in Heaven that the Bible talks about. Do you know who lives in heaven?

God does and He wants you to be in Heaven with Him some day.

You usually like to be with people you love, don't you? That's why God wants you to be with Him in Heaven - He loves you very much! In the Bible, God's Word, He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)

That means that God loved you even before you were born! You could put your name in there and say, "God has loved me with an everlasting love." and it would be just as true.

God wants you to be in Heaven someday with Him, but there is something that can keep you from being there - sin.

Black Bandana

This dark bandana reminds me of the darkness of sin.  Sin is the bad things that people do. It is anything that you do or say or think or even feel that is against God. It is things like lying, cheating, disobeying your parents, fighting with brothers or sisters or not being kind to someone.

The Bible says that everyone has sinned; it plainly says, "for all have sinned." (Romans 3:23) When the Bible says, "all have sinned", that includes both you and me too, doesn't it?

Yes, you and I and everybody else in the whole world have sinned and done wrong things. The Bible says you and I were born with a kind of "want to" to do wrong. Your mother didn't have to teach you how to disobey, did she? Neither did mine.

You probably get punished for doing wrong things at home, don't you? Those are the kinds of things God calls sin. God has a punishment for sin. It is to be separated from Him forever in a place of punishment the Bible calls Hell. But God doesn't want that.

Remember, He loves you and wants you to be in Heaven with Him someday. In fact, He wants to be your Heavenly Father right now.

But if I were to end the story right now it would seem like no one is going to heaven. Because God will not allow sin in Heaven and everyone has sinned! But God made a way for the problem of sin to be taken care of: The red bandana tells about that.

Red Bandana

Jesus is God's perfect Son, He is God the Son. That means that He is God and He became a man and lived a perfect life. The Lord Jesus was the only person in all of history to ever live His entire life without sinning.

You would think that everyone would love someone like that, and yet when He grew up, wicked men took the Lord Jesus and nailed Him to a wooden cross. This red page reminds me that they left Him there to bleed and die.

When He died He was taking the punishment for something He didn't even do. He was willingly taking the punishment for every sin that you and I and everyone in the world has ever done. The punishment was to die. And the Lord Jesus knew that the only way that your sin could be forgiven would be if He would die for you. Jesus died for your sins. The Bible says that "without the shedding of blood there is no [forgiveness]". (Hebrews 9:22b)

As He died, the Lord Jesus said, "It is finished." Everything that needed to be done for your sins to be taken away had been done by Him on the cross.

They buried His body. But three days later He proved that He could take away your sins and give you everlasting life by coming back to life! And without dying again, He returned t

Comment by Dr. Henry Harbuck on March 8, 2011 at 12:35am


“If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes…I will be with you.” I Kings 11:38 (NIV)

There is a journey we all must embark upon. The Lord has given us the key through which to complete that journey day by day in His Word. We must also embrace or cherish the vision with all our hearts and not take it for granted. Being Spirit-led is all about sticking to the purpose for which God placed you on this planet. It’s about being an obedient and pliable instrument in the hands of God to accomplish His will. It’s all about hard work and commitment with no personal agenda, other than being the best servant on earth, approved in Heaven. That’s what the Apostle Paul meant when he told Timothy he needed to, “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

We should never give up on our dream/vision. Do you dare to be a dreamer? Do you dare to have a vision? Will you bring them into the light of God’s word and receive His wisdom? Only through obedience to His word and His wisdom can you complete your journey.

God told us that Jesus died so we could live an abundant life, filled with the poured-out Spirit of the living God. He did it because He loves us!





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