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Impossible Nails Contest!

We'll fall if you shake us!

Purpose:

A contest to see who can balance twelve nails against a standing nail.  A more difficult challenge is to balance the twelve nails onto the standing nail so that none of the nails touch the wood block, or anything else that might help hold them up.  It can be done!  This contest shows that only Jesus can daily work in our lives to change us into people who please God.

Application:

Pleasing God in our daily lives.

Materials Needed:

Several sets of 13 or more nails that are at least 100 mm long.
The same number of wood blocks about 120 mm square and 25 mm thick.

Preparation:

Drill a 10-mm deep hole in the middle of each block with a diameter so that a nail just slides into the hole.  Place one of the nails in the drilled hole.  Distribute a prepared block and a set of 12 nails to each of two or more opposing teams.

Text:

2 Timothy 1:12b, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to keep what which I have entrusted to Him against that day."

 

The Contest:
We are going to have a contest to see who can balance twelve other nails against the standing nail.  We will award one point per team for every nail that a team member can balance.

Well, we have a winner!  But it was difficult to balance the nails as they are thin and round, and have small heads.  It's also difficult for us to please God.  No matter how hard we try we will eventually fail to do things that please God.  Paul said that what he wanted to do, he couldn't do, and what he hated, he found himself doing!

Planning to do Good?
Paul found that although he planned to do good, he found himself doing something that he knew he shouldn't.  He went on to say that the only way he could do right things, was with the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yes, the Bible teaches us that our lives must be built on Jesus.   The only hope of us getting to Heaven is "Christ in us the hope of Glory" (Colossians 1:27).  Only He can work in your life and daily change you into a person that pleases God.

God bless!

 

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