Mr. Dozat’s insight for this issue of BIBLE TIME FUN!
I am excited to share this issue with you!
As always, I put a lot of work into this issue. It always surprises me how some things take longer than you think. For example, it takes about three hours and often more just to create the shape-sort puzzle. First, I have to find a verse with enough material and the right combination of letters to work with. Then, I have to come up with a meaningful puzzle that matches the letters and words. I have to organize the words in a column that will not accidentally spell the intended words. I look up the clues for each word using an online thesaurus. The layout can be very fiddly. All the parts have to get in the right place, then I save it in the correct format and then cut and paste it all into the document. (Then, I find a mistake and start over.) And that is just one of the dozen or so puzzles in each issue.
But on the other hand, I love God’s Word, and I am glad to create something that exposes people to the Scripture. I believe God’s Word is living, and it is like a seed that, when planted, will bring fruit in His time.
I always try to use different Scriptures so everything stays fresh. I include some of the lesser-known and even challenging verses. It takes a lot of record-keeping and double-checking.
This issue has various Scriptures: some are devotional, some are about the gospel, and some are about discipleship.
- Coloring page #1 — Psalm 63:1.
- Shape-sort puzzle — Matthew 7:3-4.
- Coloring page #2 — Acts 2:21.
- Crossword #1 — Hebrews 4:12.
- Maze — Psalm 119:17.
- Drop-word puzzle (fill-in-the-blank) — Proverbs 13:20.
- Word search #1 — Matthew 20:26-28.
- Memory verse craft activity — Timothy 1:7.
- Find the hidden letters — Romans 8:32.
- The Explorer’s Challenge — Matthew 5:16.
- Scrambler — Psalm 91:1.
- Word search #2 — Philippians 2:3-4.
- Codebreaker — Isaiah 41:1.
- Lastly, “Lines from the Artist,” a section where I share thoughts inspired by one of the verses.
As always, almost every verse is accompanied by a “let’s talk about it” question. I hope these open-ended questions will spark meaningful conversations between youth and parents or teachers.
Remember, you can keep a few copies of BIBLE TIME FUN WEEKLY at your church’s welcome center for the children of guests who attend your service.