Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"A Glass of Forgiveness"

For her birthday, Ellie received a really great book, "Beakers, Bubbles & the Bible" from The Moons. Ellie's been begging to try out the science experiments so we decided to make a little family science time and we experimented with lesson one. The girls had such a blast that I'm going to go ahead and copyright this and give you all the lesson in case you want to experiment for yourselves:

A Glass of Forgiveness
Learning Forgiveness

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Lab Equipment:
candle
clear drinking glass (taller than the candle)
coin
flat plate
food coloring
match
water

Before You Begin:
Add food coloring to the water in order for it to show up against the plate

Experiment:
1. Place the candle in the center of the plate & light it
2. Set the coin on the plate several inches from the candle. Pour enough colored water around the candle so that it completely covers the bottom of the plate where the coin is.
3. Place the clear drinking glass over the candle and watch.
4. When the flame goes out on the candle, the water will be drawn into the glass, leaving the coin by itself on the plate.

Observation (We talked about the the following questions while repeating the experiment several more times. Then, we had the girls color their observations in "science journals" like Sid the Science Kid).
What happened to the flame when the glass was placed over the candle?
What happened to the water that was around the coin?

Discussion
1. Each of these things in our experiment represent something. The candle is God, the water is you, the coin is sin and the glass is when God forgives you.
2. With these representations in mind, repeat the experiment asking questions as you go. Ask the significance of each item as you put it in place. When the candle, water, and coin are in place, ask where the sin (coin) is. It is in you (water)
3. Read 1 John 1:9. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sin, God will forgive us for disobeying Him. When we confess our sin, there is something different about our lives. What is different about where the sin (coin) is once God forgives us?
4. When God forgives us He pulls us away from our sin and close to Him. He doesn't want that sin to be part of our lives anymore.




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