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Operation:Due Date


Galatians 4:4-5 NIV

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.


The Advent season is truly the most blessed time of the year!

We celebrate the birth of Christ and we also celebrate the fulfillment of God’s holy scriptures. Galatians 4:4 gives us the accuracy of God’s         timeline where it is written “But when the set time had fully come,                                 God sent his Son, born of a woman,”.  

Operation Due Date will lead us to the arrival of the most precious birth upon this Earth, the birth of Jesus Christ. 


It’s actually pretty rare for babies to come when they’re supposed to. Only 5% of babies are actually born on their due dates, even when the date is determined by an ultrasound.           Only 35% of mothers go into labor during the week of their due date. As for how the date is   even calculated, it’s not an exact science. 


It’s important to have an estimated due date; it helps doctors lower your risk of preterm labor, birth complications, and interventions. But it’s also important to remember that the date is an estimate, not a guarantee. 


The due date that God had for Mary and the whole world was at “the set time!”. Thanks be to God for His wisdom and love when He sent Jesus at “the set time!”. So let’s journey together towards December 25, and enjoy this season of hope, love, peace and joy!

2 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

T’was the night before Christmas and the “Due date” is due.

What a journey it’s been, but tonight what shall we do?

We’ll log on to the church website and then we will know.

That tonight will premier, our Christmas Variety Show!


The eye will see and the ear will hear,

Sights and sounds that will bring good cheer.

Don’t be afraid, there will be a ghost.

But this ghost is holy and of Jesus it will boast.

We will meet new friends and see some friends we know.

So get your popcorn ready for the show of all shows!


One more thing before we start.

Here’s your chance to play your part.

When we get to the Worlds Greatest Wrapper,

Choose who you think will win.

But make sure you choose before they begin.

Don’t check local listings or with them, her or him.


If you want to know when the show starts, it starts tonight at 7PM.



3 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Many numbers in the Hebrew language tend to have a deeper

meaning. Three, shelosh, sheloshah means harmony, new life, and


1. Jesus repeats the phrase “____________” to Peter three times.

2. Which disciple betrayed Jesus three times?




None of them

3. What three gifts did the Magi (wise men) present to Jesus in Matthew 2?

Gold, frankincense, and silver

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Frankincense, a crown and myrrh

Frankincense, gold and rubies

4. What is the Trinity?

Father, Son and the Word of God

Father, Son and Heaven

Father, Son and Spirit

Father, Heaven and Peace

5. Who asked God to remove the “thorn in his flesh” three times?






6. Who was tempted three times in the wilderness by Satan?





7. Who were the three disciples with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane who were in his inner circle?

Paul, Peter and John

Luke, John and Peter

Peter, James, and John

Peter, Thomas, and John

8. How old was Jesus when he died on the cross?

30 yrs old

33 yrs old

43 yrs old

No one knows

9. What did the disciples fail to do three times in the Garden of Gethsemane?

Pray for others

Study the scriptures

Watch and pray

Stay awake

10. In the Old Testament both the Tabernacle and Temple were divided into what three sections.

The Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy Of Holies

The Outer Court, the Offering Table, and the Holy Of Holies

The Gates of Praise, the Holy Place, and the Holy Of Holies

The Gates of Praise, the Holy Place, and the Hallelujah Court


11. in Acts 10:9-16 who did God show in a vision three times that Gentiles would now be accepted?





12. How old was Jesus when he went missing from His parents for 3 days? Lk 2:41-50

6 years old

9 years old

12 years old

3 years old

13. The sign over His head on the cross was written in what three languages? Lk 23:38 - Jn 19:20

Hebrew, Greek and Roman

Hebrew, Greek, and Latin

Greek, Yiddish and Latin

Greek, Latin and Samarian

14. Jesus prayed to the Father three times.

In the Wilderness

In the Garden of Gethsemane

At his trial

At the wedding in Cana


15. Jonah spent three days in the belly of the “great fish”. When God released Him, he spent three days walking across where warning the people to repent?


Sodom and Gomorrah



16. Who are the three patriarchs?

Abraham, Isaac and Moses

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Moses, Joseph and Jacob

Abraham, Isaac and David

17. He was stranded on the island of Malta after his shipwreck for three months. Acts 28





18. He was blinded for three days by Jesus. Acts 9





19. Who stretched out his body over the widow’s dead son three times, and he returned to life? 1 Kin 17:21-22





20. The New Jerusalem will be surrounded by a great wall with three of these on each of the four sides? Rev 21:13

Streets of gold

Healing trees



4 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today is Creation day! On the fourth day God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 - 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth. They were also created to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.


1. How many days of creation are there according to Genesis?

  • seven

  • six

  • five

  • eight

2. Which day of creation were all plant life created?

  • fourth

  • third

  • second

  • sixth

3. What was created on the fifth day?

  • man and land animals

  • birds and aquatic life

  • sun, moon, and stars

  • light and darkness


4. On which day did God say "Let there be light"?

  • first

  • fourth

  • second

  • fifth


5. What else was created on the day man was created?

  • plants

  • birds

  • land animals

  • sea life

6. Which day saw the sun, moon, and stars made?

  • first

  • third

  • fourth

  • fifth

7. On what day did God divide the light from the darkness?

  • second

  • first

  • fourth

  • third

8. How many planets are in the Solar System?

  • Seven planets

  • Eight planets

  • Six planets

  • Nine planets

9. What is the largest planet in our solar system?

  • Uranus

  • Jupiter

  • Saturn

  • Mars


10. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?

  • Pluto

  • Mercury

  • Venus

  • Earth

11. Which two planets have no moons?

  • Mars and Saturn

  • Jupiter and Uranus

  • Mercury and Venus

  • Earth and Mars

12. Jupiter has the most moons in our solar system, how many does it have?

  • 15

  • 33

  • 8

  • 67

13.What is the most complex object in the known universe?

  • A black Hole

  • A Neutron Star

  • The Human Brain

  • The Solar System

14. What is the reason why we have tides and waves on Earth?

  • The Wind

  • The Sun

  • The gravity

  • The Moon


15. When venturing into space, astronauts wear spacesuits which have to be warmed, cooled, pressurized and supplied with fresh air. How long does it take for them to put them on?

  • Six hours

  • Three hours

  • Four hours

  • Two hours

16. What was the popular segment that was featured on the “Muppet Show” that aired from 1976-1981?

  • Gonzo of the Galaxy

  • Commander Kermit of the Stars

  • Pigs in Space

  • Miss Piggy’s Planet

17. Who starred in the movie “The Martian”?

  • Harrison Ford

  • Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Matt Damon

  • Ryan Gosling

18. Which Sci-fi Movie starred Sanaa Lathan?

  • Star Wars: Episode Three

  • Predator 3

  • Alen vs. Predator

  • Out of Time

19. Who was the first black astronaut?

  • Guion Bluford

  • Ronald McNair

  • Don Cheadle

  • Kyle Rote Jr.


20. Who was the first black woman in space?

  • Dorothy Vaughan

  • Mary Jackson

  • Mae Carol Jemison

  • Katherine Johnson

5 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Five People, Five prayers for Five Minutes!

Search Your heart and mind and select five People.

Take a moment, set your device, stopwatch or alarm clock for five

minutes and begin to pray for them for five minutes straight

without interruption.

James 5:16 ESV

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Timothy 2:1 ESV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people


Ephesians 6:18 ESV

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

Romans 8:26-27 ESV

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

John 15:7 ESV

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

6 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

What to bring to your labor and delivery

The arrival of newborn baby is a time of excitement and joy. It is often also a hectic time, so it can be hard to remember to pack everything that you will need at the hospital. Before the baby's due date an expectant mother should have theses items below.

Items for Mom



Bra and nursing bra

Breast pads

Socks (several pair)

Underwear (several pair)

Hair ties (scrunchies)

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, and deodorant

Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home

1. What do People in Africa and South Asia call their Pajamas?

  • Jammies

  • Sundown Suits

  • Night Suits

  • Sleep Wear

2. The word “pajamas” wasn’t always spelled that way. comes from the words pae jama in Hindi which means leg clothing or leg garment. What was the original spelling of pajama?

  • Pijamas

  • Pyjamas

  • Pejamas

  • Pojamas


3. The world’s most famous slippers, the ruby red slippers were worn by who?

  • Princess Diana

  • Lena Horne

  • Judy Garland

  • Elizabeth Taylor

4. The ruby red slippers that were worn in The Wizard of Oz were

sold for how much in a 2000 auction?

  • $666,000.00

  • $175,000.00

  • $325,000.00

  • $258,000.00

5. The most expensive slippers in the world is a slipper covered by 1,400 white diamond pieces. How much did it cost?

  • $550,000.00

  • $750,000.00

  • $130,000.00

  • $2 million

6. Which husband had these made for his wife?

  • Brad Pitt for Angelina Jolie

  • Nick Cannon for Mariah Carey

  • Jay-Z for Beyonce

  • Stedman Graham for Oprah Winfrey

7. We say bra, but which is the correct spelling?

  • Brasiere

  • Brassiere

  • Brassieree

  • Brassierre


8. Who did Playtex Bra help design their suits?

  • NFL

  • NASA

  • Bee Keepers

  • Deep Sea Divers

9. Who never wore socks after giving them up at a young age?

  • Thomas Edison

  • George Washington

  • Albert Einstein

  • Steve Jobs

10. Which country is the top producer of socks in the world, producing roughly 40% of the world's socks each year?

  • United States

  • Australia

  • China

  • Mexico


11. Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear. Why?

  • Because it honors the fallen heroes of WWII

  • In protest of the Black Sox baseball scandal of 1919

  • Standard issued clothing

  • Just in case they split their pants.

12. In what country is it illegal to leave your house without underwear?

  • Hungary

  • Canada

  • Thailand

  • Guyana


13. Who came out with toothpaste first?

  • Colgate

  • Crest

  • Arm & Hammer

  • Sensodyne

14. The first bristled toothbrush was invented in what country?

  • Greece

  • United States

  • Japan

  • China

15. The world’s most expensive toothbrush is made of titanium

and costs how much?

  • $4,000.00

  • $1800.00

  • $750.00

  • $374.00

16. Which of these is NOT a real deodorant brand from the past?

  • Ban

  • Right Guard

  • Safe & Dry

  • Arrid Extra Dry

  • Tussy

  • Lady’s Choice

  • Dry Idea

  • Sure

  • Soft & Dry

  • Dial Roll On

  • Speed Stick

  • Mitchum

  • Secret


17. Here’s the slogan, name the product.

“Strong enough for a man, but gentle enough for a woman”

“Raise your hands, raise your hands if you’re _______”

7 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Seven more days and we will celebrate the birth of our savior!

Seven is of course God’s number of perfection and completion.


There are seven Continents:






North America

South America

1. Which continent is the largest?

2. What is the only man made structure that can be seen from space?

  • The Pyramids

  • The Great Wall of China

  • Mount Rushmore

  • The Eiffel Tower

3. Which continent is the 2nd largest?

4. The world's longest river is?

  • The Mississippi River

  • The Jordan River

  • The Nile River

  • The Hudson River

5. The world's hottest place is in Africa.

  • Egypt

  • Nigeria

  • Somalia

  • Ethiopia

6. What is the world's smallest continent?

7. Which continent has no time zones?

8. In 2 Kings 4 when Elisha came upon the dead child and stretched himself over the child, what did the child do seven times before coming back to life?

  • The child leaped

  • The child laughed

  • The child called for His mother

  • The child sneezed

9. Who had 7 demons cast out of them in the gospels/

  • Judas Iscariot

  • Mary Magdalene

  • King Saul

  • The woman with the issue of blood

10. On the 7th day, they were to march around the city 7 times, with 7 priests bearing 7 horns before the ark. God would then deliver the city to them. Which city?

  • Canaan

  • Jerusalem

  • Jericho

  • Egypt


11. On the 7th day, they were to march around the city 7 times, with 7 priests bearing 7 horns before the ark. God would then deliver the city to them. Who led them into victory?

  • David

  • Abraham

  • Moses

  • Joshua

12. Who had 7 locks of hair?

  • Absalom

  • Samson

  • Joseph

  • Jonathan

13. Which one of these are not one of the seven churches in the

book of Revelation?

  • Ephesus

  • Smyrna

  • Philippi

  • Pergamum

  • Thyatira Sardis

  • Philadelphia

  • Laodicea

14. There are seven colors of the rainbow. which one of these colors are not in the rainbow?

  • Red

  • Orange

  • Yellow

  • Green

  • White

  • Blue

  • Indigo

  • Violet


15. Match the day with what God created each day of creation:

Day 1:                                                           Birds & sea animals

Day 2:                                                      Atmosphere / Firmament

Day 3:                                                            The Sabbath of rest

Day 4:                                                             Sun, moon & stars

Day 5:                                                                         Light

Day 6:                                                         Land animals & humans

Day 7:                                                           Dry ground & plants

8 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

The number 8 in the Bible represents a new beginning. Like the Old Testament Passover lamb, Jesus was selected as the Lamb to take away man's sins on the Hebrew day of Nisan 10 (April 1, 30 A.D. - John 12: 28 - 29). He was crucified on Nisan 14 (Wednesday, April 5 in 30 A.D.). His resurrection occurred, exactly as he stated, three days and three nights after he was buried, which was at the end of the weekly Sabbath day that fell on Nisan 17.

The New Testament was penned by only eight men









1. Which of these men is believed to have wrote the book of Acts?

2. Which of these men was a tax collector?

3. Which of these men wrote 13 of the epistles or letters in the New Testament?

4. Which of these men were related to Jesus and how were they related?

5. Which of these men do not have a book in the bible named after them?


6. Read this scripture and answer who the child is. Judges 13:2-52


A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the

Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth.

3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren

and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give

birth to a son.

4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink

and that you do not eat anything unclean.

5 You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never

to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite,

dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in

delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

If you answered who the child is, now answer these questions

( All the answers are found in Judges 13-16)

7. How many women does the bible record that he had a relationship with?

  • 1

  • 2

  • 3

  • 4


8. How many times was he married?

  • 1

  • 2

  • 3

  • The bible doesn’t say

9. What did GOD call him to be?

  • Prophet

  • King

  • Priest

  • Judge

10. What tribe was he from?

  • Reuben

  • Simeon

  • Levi

  • Judah

  • Dan

  • Naphtali

  • Gad

  • Asher

11. Who were his enemies?

  • The Amorites

  • The Philistines

  • Pharaoh’s Army

  • The Pharisees


12. Who were the parents of Samuel in the bible?

  • Abraham and Sarah

  • Elkanah and Hannah

  • David and Bathsheba

  • Boaz and Ruth

13. Who was the priest who saw Hannah praying by the door of the temple?

  • Elijah

  • Zadok

  • Ezra

  • Eli


14. What did God call Samuel to be?

  • Prophet

  • Priest

  • Judge

  • All the above

15. Samuel anoints the first two kings of Israel who were they?

  • Hezekiah and Saul

  • Saul and David

  • David and Solomon

  • Solomon and Moses

16. Which one of these women were not barren and unable to have children?

  • Sarai

  • Rebekah

  • Rachel

  • Rahab

  • Hannah

  • Elizabeth

9 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today is all about the baby!

Songs and Music

1. Which group sang “Since I Lost My Baby”

  • Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

  • The Temptations

  • The Chi-Lites

  • The Four Tops

2. Which artist sang “Baby, Please Don’t Go”

  • Otis Redding

  • Sam Cook

  • James Brown

  • Smokey Robinson

3. Which group sang “Baby Love”

  • The Shirelles

  • The Supremes

  • The Ronettes

  • The Marvelettes

4. Which group sang “Ooo Baby Baby”

  • The Miracles

  • The Temptations

  • The Chi-Lites

  • The Four Tops

5. Which group sang “Baby, I Need Your Loving”

  • The Miracles

  • The Temptations

  • The Chi-Lites

  • The Four Tops


6. Which Artist Sung “Give It To Me Baby”

  • Prince

  • Rick James

  • Luther Vandross

  • Teddy Pendergrass

7. Which Artist Sung ‘ I’m Your Baby Tonight”

  • Anita Bell

  • Whitney Houston

  • Mariah Carey

  • Chaka Khan

8. Which Artist Sung “Always Be My Baby”

  • Anita Bell

  • Whitney Houston

  • Mariah Carey

  • Chaka Khan

9. Which artist performed “Ice, Ice Baby”

  • Ton Loc

  • Run DMC

  • Vanilla Ice

  • Queen Latifah

10. Which artist performed “Santa Baby”

  • Doris Day

  • Ella Fitzgerald

  • Earth Kitt

  • Julie Andrews


11. Which artist performed “Baby Sweet Baby”

  • Boyz II Men

  • Jodeci

  • The Jacksons

  • The Redmonds



1. What was the name of this classic all time comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant?

  • That’s My Baby

  • Bringing Up Baby

  • There Goes My Baby

  • Only The Best For Baby


2. What was the name of this 1962 psychological thriller starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford?

  • Where Is My Baby?

  • The Baby Sleeps Alone

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

  • I Won’t Leave Without My Baby


3. This movie was set in South Central Los Angeles and was directed by John Singleton.

  • Baby Mama Drama

  • Boyz in the Hood

  • You Will Always Br My Baby

  • Baby Boy


4. The movie “Three Men and a Baby” is a 1987 comedy film starring which three actors?

  • Tom Selleck, Woody Harrelson and Ted Danson

  • Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Tom Cruise

  • Ted Danson, Steve Guttenburg and Tom Selleck

  • Ted Danson, Steve Guttenburg and Rodney Dangerfield

5. This movie starred Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth

  • Bridget Is Having A Baby!

  • Bridget Jones's Baby

  • Baby Shower

  • Bridget’s Baby Shower


6. The movie “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004, directed, co- produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman was about what sport?

  • Swimming

  • Boxing

  • Track & Field

  • Tennis



1. What was the most popular boys name in 1970’s?

  • Martin

  • Robert

  • William

  • Michael

2. What was the most popular girls name in 1970’s?

  • Michelle

  • Lisa

  • Jennifer

  • Katherine


3. What was the most popular boys name in 1980’s?

  • Kevin

  • David

  • Michael

  • Allan

4. What was the most popular girls name in 1980’s?

  • Brenda

  • Lisa

  • Jessica

  • Tonya


Baby Shark Quiz

1. Which shark comes first in the song?

  • Mama Shark

  • Daddy Shark

  • Baby Shark

  • Grandma Shark

2. How many “Doo’s” come after each name?

  • 8

  • 10

  • 6

  • 4


3. Who Wrote "Baby Shark”?

  • Uzo Chow

  • Kidz Bop

  • Pinkfong

  • No one knows

10 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see what we remember. 

1. Which of the following is a fictional Toy Store from the past?

  • F.A.O. Schwarz 

  • Toy Mart 

  • K•B Toys 

  • Lionel Kiddie City 

  • Lionel Playworld 

  • Toys R’ Us 

  • Child World 

2. Finish this line: “Weebles wobble but they don’t__________”  

  • Lay Around 

  • Fall down 

  • Stand up 

  • Roll around

3. Here’s the song but what’s the toy? “What walks down stairs,  alone or in pairs, and makes a ______ sound? A spring, a spring, a  marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s ________” 

  • Mr. Potato Head 

  • Slinky 

  • Barrel of Monkey’s 

  • Weebles 

4. What did the Easy Bake Oven use to bake the food? 

  • Sterno flame 

  • Light bulb 

  • Heating pad

  • Microwave 


5. What was the 1980’s toy that would read a story to you? 

  • My Little Pony 

  • Tickle Me Elmo 

  • Teddy Ruxpin 

  • Cabbage Patch Doll 


6. Who was the mascot for Toys R’ Us? 

  • Gary 

  • Geoffrey 

  • Gerald 

  • Gene 

7. This old school toy had a handle and you put your feet on it  and jumped up and down. 

  • Hop along horse 

  • Pogo Stick 

  • Rocking Horse 

  • Bounce Stick 

9. Every generation had this in their house or preschool at some  point . 

  • Say-n-Saw it 

  • See-n-Do it 

  • See-n-Say 

  • See-n-Saw it 

10. How many watts were the Easy-Bake Oven light bulb? 

  • 250 Watt 

  • 175 Watt 

  • 60 Watt

  • 100 Watt 

11. Released in 1973 it was Advertised as “the doll that eats, drinks,  and wets,” 

  • Baby Sweets 

  • Baby for Real 

  • Baby Alive 

  • Baby Caroline 


12. Everyone remembers the commercial for this popular board  game. “You sunk my______________!” 

  • Lifeboat 

  • Torpedo  

  • Battleship 

  • Army Ship 

13. “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em________” 

  • Boxers 

  • Fighters 

  • Knock’Em 

  • Robots 

14. This doll taught you about clothes. 

  • Dressy Bessy 

  • Tidy Tara 

  • Betty Button Down 

  • Susie Showoff 

15. If you ever had the Fisher Price farm as a child, what sound  did the barn door make when you opened the door?

  • Crowing sound 

  • Oinking sound  

  • Moo sound

16. This board game blue, red, yellow and green pieces and a pop o-matic in the middle. 

  • Monopoly 

  • Sorry 

  • Connect Four  

  • Trouble 

17. You don’t need to go to medical school to play doctor in this  game! 

  • Candyland 

  • Operation 

  • Perfection 

  • Surgery 


18. If you had a Barrel of theses it was a lot of fun. 

  • Bunny’s 

  • Lego’s 

  • Monkey’s 

  • Fish 


19. Duncan made these for lots of fun. 

  • Clackers 

  • YoYo’s 

  • Spinning Tops 

  • Marbles

11 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

There are seven books of the Bible listed. Within each book is something that is edible. Look at the list of edible things and find each one.






1 Corinthians


There is a Vegetable (Green)

There is a Spice

There is a Meat

There is a Grass (Food Source)

There is a Vegetable (Starch)

There is a Fruit

There is a Seafood

1. What is a manger?

  • A feeding trough

  • A pig pen

  • A horse stable

  • A Barn

2. What gifts did the wise men bring to baby Jesus?

  • Silver, gold and myrrh

  • Gold, incense and silver

  • Gold, incense, and myrrh

  • Siver, incense and toys


3. Who was the prophet that foretold a virgin shall give birth to a son called Immanuel?

  • Prophet Jeremiah

  • Prophet Isaiah

  • Prophet Ezekiel

  • Prophet Malachi

4. Which direction did the wise men travel to, going to Jerusalem?

  • West

  • North

  • East

  • South

5. Where did Jesus’ family flee to from Bethlehem?

  • Canaan

  • Egypt

  • Rome

  • Samaria


6. What else did the wise men do aside from give Jesus gifts?

  • They kneeled down and sang songs

  • They worshipped him and comforted Mary and Joseph

  • They kneeled down and worshipped him

  • They prayed and sat for dinner

7. What does the name Immanuel mean?

  • “God loves us.”

  • “God saves us.”

  • “God forgives us.”

  • “God with us.”


12 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Wow! We are getting close to our due date. Twelve days to go, twelve questions to answer and twelve babies you knew. For the first seven questions I will give you the scripture and you simply fill in the name of the infant. These are children spoken of in the bible and named before they were born. Below are the names and scriptures that will help you, Hint. Fill in the blanks

you already know and then search the ones you are not familiar with. The rest are just multiple choice and find the answer. Enjoy!

1. “An angel came to Hagar and said unto her you shalt bear a son and call his name __________; because the Lord had heard your affliction.”


2. “The God said, Sarah, your wife shall bear a son and shall call his name________. And I will establish an everlasting covenant with his seed after him”.


3. “A son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest. And I

will give rest from all the enemies round about: for his name shall be___________, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days”.

4. “A child shall be born unto the house of David _________ by name. He shall offer upon this altar the priests of the high place that burn incense upon it. Bones of men shall be burnt upon this altar. The altar shall be rent this day, and the ashes that are on it

will be poured out”. And after 325 years this prophecy was fulfilled in (2 kings 22:1).


5. “that saith of ___________, he is my shepherd, and perform all pleasure in liberating the Jews. The rebuilding of the temple of God at Jerusalem”. And after 175 years this prophecy was

fulfilled in (Isaiah 45:1).

6. “The angel said fear, not Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear a son and shall call his name_______.

7. “She shall bring forth a son; they shall call his name ________, For he shall save his people from their sins.

  • John the Baptist

  • Ishmael

  • Issac

  • Jesus

  • Solomon

  • Josiah

  • Cyrus


  • 1 King 13:2

  • Genesis 17:19

  • 1 Chronicles 22:9

  • Genesis 16:11

  • Matthew 1:21

  • Isaiah 44:28

  • Luke 1:13


8. What baby was born into the house of Levi, and was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter?

  • Aaron

  • Joseph

  • Samuel

  • Moses

9. Who was the first child born in the Bible?

  • Samuel

  • Abel

  • Cain

  • Isaac


10. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” there are six types of birds mentioned. Can you Name them?


11. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” there are two types of musicians mentioned. Can you Name them?


12. If you add up all the gifts mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas what would be the total?

  • 136

  • 364

  • 78

  • 240

Bonus: Other Than perhaps your own child/children, can you remember and name 12 people who you fondly remember when they were small babies? Maybe it was a niece, nephew, cousin or grandchild? Perhaps it was a little brother or sister that mom brought home and you remember the wonder and joy of that child. Maybe it was the way they laughed or cry’d. It could be that the child was very sickly at birth and you remember dearly wanting that child to be alright. See if you can write down at least twelve or maybe more names of those individuals. After you do, see if there are any of those names you can call and tell them about this advent activity and then share with them how you remember them as a child and let’s see what happens!


13 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today was a great day of worship and praise so we will take it easy, have fun and learn some things along the way!

1. In the song Twelve Days of Christmas, what is given on the 7th day?
Geese a Laying
Swans a-swimming

Pipers Piping French Hens

2. In what country did Silent Night originate?



3. What was the original title for The Little Drummer Boy?

Rum-Pum -Pum-Pum
On My Drum
Carol of the Drum

May I play For Him

4. What popular holiday song was written during the Cuban missile crisis and was a plea for peace?
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Silent Night

O Holy Night
Let There Be Peace On Earth

5. What was the original title for the popular Christmas song Silver Bells, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans?

Ringing Bells
Carol of the Bells

Tinkle Bells Shiny Bells

6. In what country did the custom of putting up a Christmas tree originate?
United Staes

France Australia

7. What was the first year that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was put up?



8. Who created the first electric light Christmas display?

Edward Einstein
Guglielmo Marconi
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Edison

9. What country is the Poinsettia, with its red and green foliage, native to?

Mexico Brazil

10. What old Christmas tradition signals to people passing by that the residents of a house are Christian?
Putting a wreath on the door
Putting Poinsettia’s in the window

Putting candles in the window

Putting a bible in the window

11. The name of the man who voiced the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Boris Karloff
Vincent Price

Bela Lugosi Lon Chaney Jr.

12. What is the most popular meal for Christmas in Japan?

KFC fried chicken
Burger King


13. What cartoon character is a Christmas Eve staple in Sweden and is watched by millions of Swedes every year?
Donald Duck
Bugs Bunny

Mighty Mouse Winnie the Pooh

14. Which song was originally written for Thanksgiving but then became one of the most popular Christmas songs?
Deck the Halls
I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Silver Bells Jingle Bells

15. What does Linus think the snowflakes need when he catches them on his tongue in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?

Milk Cream

16. Which president was the first to decorate the White House Christmas tree?
John F. Kennedy
Franklin Pierce

Abraham Lincoln Millard Fillmore

17. In what year did Hallmark introduce its first Christmas cards?



14 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Matthew 1:17
“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.”

Forty-two generations in all that trace the genealogy of Jesus recorded by Matthew and Luke. Some of the names in the family tree of Jesus are prominent, well known figures like Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon. Then there are other names that are obscure figures who don’t get the special attention in Sunday morning sermons and Sunday School lessons but the inclusion of four women in Matthew’s genealogy, along with Mary: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba (the unnamed wife of Uriah) should be focused on with great importance on God’s plan to save the world through Christ. Who were these women? And why did the Holy Spirit single them out as ancestors of the Messiah?

Tamar: Hope

Tamar is the first woman mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy, and hers is a story about hope –      or more accurately, desperation born of shattered hope. She was the daughter-in-law of Judah, married in turn to his two oldest sons, both of whom were evil men who died under God’s judgment. Judah then promised to give Tamar to his youngest son once he came of age –                a promise he never intended to keep, hoping instead that Tamar would just go away and die          a widow’s death.

In a world where women had almost zero prospects outside of marrying well and bearing children, Tamar’s plight was desperate. Taking matters into her own hands, she disguised        herself as a prostitute, slept with her father-in-law and bore him twin sons. One of the twins, whom she named Perez, would become an ancestor of Jesus.


Once the entire sordid affair came to light, Judah publicly admitted that Tamar was more righteous than he was – an accurate assessment given his cruel, callous treatment of her. And yet for all that, Tamar’s actions aren’t justifiable either, although they’re certainly understandable. Tamar (to say nothing of Judah) was a complicated person with a messy life, whose presence in the lineage of Jesus shows precisely the kind of people he came to save. In place of desperate acts and broken hopes, the coming Messiah would bring real hope into the world.

Rahab: Peace

Unlike Tamar before her, Rahab was an actual prostitute, not just pretending to be one.                  She lived in the doomed city of Jericho, destined to be overrun and destroyed by the armies          of Israel. Recognizing the God of Israel as the one true Sovereign of heaven and earth,

Rahab made a separate peace with the people of Israel, and with their God.


She sheltered the Israelite spies during their reconnaissance mission and helped them escape, asking that she and her family be spared in return. As a public token of her new allegiance, she hung a scarlet cord out of the window of her house, in plain view of her own people, so that everyone within her house would be spared by the advancing armies.


To an outside observer, everything would’ve seemed to be against Rahab. Not only was she a prostitute but also a Canaanite, the member of a people group marked by God for wholesale judgment. And yet, not only did she save herself and her family, but she joined the faith community of Israel, married into the royal tribe of Judah, and became the mother of Boaz

and  a notable ancestor of Jesus. Her place in the Lord’s lineage is a powerful reminder that even in the face of certain judgment, peace with God is available through faith in the coming Christ.

Ruth: Joy

In contrast to Tamar and Rahab and their respective shades of grey, Ruth is one of the brightest and most appealing figures in all of Scripture. A young Moabite widow who had married into a
Jewish family, she had lost everything with the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.          When her mother-in-law Naomi decided to return from Moab to the land of Judah, Ruth was
determined to accompany her. Despite Naomi’s best efforts to dissuade her, Ruth clung to Naomi-as well as to Naomi’s people and to her God – with fierce loyalty.

Back in Bethlehem, the prospects were bleak for the two widows, bereaved of their husbands and facing dire poverty. Nevertheless, Ruth remained unswervingly positive and energetic in      her efforts to find work and take care of her mother-in-law. Via those efforts and by God’s grace, she met Boaz, a rich, kindly landowner who also happened to be related to Naomi. In due course Ruth and Boaz were married, thereby securing Naomi’s – as well as Ruth’s – future prospects. They also had a son, Obed, who would be an ancestor of King David and of King Jesus.

The story of Ruth is saturated with kindness, expressed by the Hebrew word hesed – the kindness of Ruth to Naomi, of Boaz to Ruth, and of God to all of them. But there’s also a constant, palpable joy radiating from Ruth herself, driving everything she does, even in the

worst of circumstances – a joy born of her faith in the God of Israel, under whose wings she had come to take refuge.

Like Boaz’s mother, Rahab, she belonged to a race excluded from the commonwealth of God under the Old Testament. And yet by faith, she became a woman of God whose character put most of the men in Israel to shame. As the women of Bethlehem remarked, she was better to Naomi than seven sons. Her place in the Lord’s ancestry speaks volumes about God’s kindness  in redeeming outsiders, and the joy which that redemption brings.

Bathsheba: Love

If Ruth’s is the most heartwarming romance recorded in Scripture, then Bathsheba’s is surely

the most heartbreaking. Instead of being built on kindness and respect, it’s more like a Lifetime Movie Network story, rooted in lust, rape and infidelity.

Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of King David’s most trusted military officers. But then one day, David spotted Bathsheba bathing from the roof of his palace, slept with her, got her pregnant and had her husband murdered to cover up the affair. The baby born of their union died as a consequence of God’s judgment on their illicit relationship.

The text makes no suggestion that Bathsheba was doing anything wrong or unusual in bathing the way she was. Rather it appears that David was where he shouldn’t have been, allowing his eyes to linger and his heart to follow. Moreover, the Scripture is silent about any supposed complicity on Bathsheba’s part and lays the blame squarely on David. Given the times and the culture in which she lived, Bathsheba almost certainly had no power to refuse the advances of  an absolute monarch.

The entire incident is unsavory and troubling on several levels. After the affair, Bathsheba became one of David’s wives and gave birth to Solomon, David’s chosen heir and a precursor      of the Christ to come. In later life, she reappeared as the queen mother whose influential voice secured the succession of her son.

While David is the most significant name in the genealogy of Jesus, the inclusion of Bathsheba prevents him from being put on an unwarranted pedestal. Indeed, her presence insists upon

the grace of the coming Messiah, who would redeem people caught in relationships of unequal power and tainted love and restore them in the true love and freedom offered by God.

Mary: Fulfillment

More than the other four women in Jesus’ genealogy, Mary’s place would have been obvious and incontestable, even in a culture prone to contest it. She was, after all, the virgin who had given birth, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Son of God made flesh.

In fact, since both Mary and Joseph were descended from David through different family branches, Luke traces the Lord’s biological ancestry through Mary’s branch, whereas Matthew
traces His legal lineage through Joseph’s branch. Luke devotes a fair bit of attention to Mary,  even before the birth of her Son. He records her visits and conversations with the angel Gabriel and with her cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. He portrays Mary as a humble young woman of faith who saw herself as God’s servant and God as her Savior.


The women in Jesus’ lineage speak to the reality of our own family tree and genealogy.             These were real women with complex and sometimes messy lives that can’t be reduced to stereotypes. Their presence goes against our tendency to idealize God’s servants as shiny, perfect heroes. Instead, these women draw the focus back to the Messiah, where it belongs. Perhaps most important, these women are reminders that Jesus came into the world to save

all kinds of people- women and men, pagans and Jews, prostitutes, immigrant widows and

queen mothers. The Apostle Paul wrote that because of the coming of Jesus, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:28-29). That simply means that if there was hope for the family line of Jesus, then there is hope for every family through Jesus Christ.


15 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today we find out who said it! Say a short prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember who said it. Choose who said what in the bible and then you can google the answer after you

you choose an answer first. Remember to ask ask the holy Spirit to help you.


"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

  • Joshua

  • Isaiah

  • Moses

  • Job

"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

  • James

  • Paul

  • Jesus

  • Isaiah

"For I know the plans I have for you ... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  • Isaiah

  • David

  • Jeremiah

  • Paul

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

  • Paul

  • Solomon

  • David

  • Moses

Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

  • Paul

  • Noah

  • Elijah

  • Jesus


"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

  • Jesus

  • Moses

  • Paul

  • David

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

  • Paul

  • John

  • Jesus

  • Peter

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

  • Matthew

  • Jesus

  • Mark

  • John

“Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”

  • Matthew

  • Luke

  • Mark

  • Peter

Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

  • Matthew

  • Peter

  • Luke

  • Mark

“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

  • Ruth

  • Mary

  • Magdalene

  • Martha

  • Naomi


“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

  • Peter

  • Luke

  • Thomas

  • John


“for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,”

  • Ruth

  • Esther

  • Sarah

  • Mary


“Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.”

  • Bathsheba

  • Esther

  • Ruth

  • Sarai

“Fear not! Stand your ground... the Lord himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”

  • Paul

  • Moses

  • David

  • Peter


"But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you."

  • Paul

  • Peter

  • Jesus

  • Timothy


“So you are a king?”

  • Herod

  • Pontius Pilate

  • Pharaoh

  • Potiphar


“Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.”

  • Abraham

  • Isaac

  • Elijah

  • Daniel


“If it pleases the king,”

  • Esther

  • Bathsheba

  • Martha

  • Rebecca


"Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

  • Peter

  • Jeremiah

  • Paul

  • Jesus


“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person

well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”

  • Paul

  • Jesus

  • James

  • Peter

16 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today we find out how much you know about Christmas culture.
















In the 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Street” at what department store does Kris Kringle work at?

  • Sears

  • Macy’s

  • JC Penney

  • F.A Schwartz


In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” what item brought Frosty to life?

  • An old silk hat

  • A corn cob pipe

  • A button for a nose

In the Story “A Christmas Carol” what character says “God bless us, every one!”

  • Ebenezer Scrooge

  • Cindy Lou Who

  • Tiny Tim

  • The Grinch


What movie has the famous line: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

  • A Wonderful Life

  • Miracle on 34th Street

  • A Christmas Story


What movie has the line: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”

  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • The Grinch That Stole Christmas

  • Frosty the Snowman

Who played George Bailey in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life?”

  • Frank Capra

  • Henry Fonda

  • Bing Crosby

  • Jimmy Stewart


Where was baby Jesus born?

  • Nazareth

  • Jerusalem

  • Bethlehem

  • Samaria

In Home Alone, where are the McCallisters going on vacation when they leave Kevin behind?

  • Germany

  • Paris

  • London

  • Hawaii


According to the song, what did my true love give to me on the eighth day of Christmas?

  • Swans a swimming

  • Geese a laying

  • Pipers piping

  • Eight maids a milking


In the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, what happened every time a bell rang?

  • An angel was set free

  • An angel’s job was done

  • An angel went to Earth

  • An angel got his wings

17 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today is trivia day! answer all 17 questions and then look up the answers afterward to see how well you did. Here are a few freebies to get you started!

If you were born premature then you’re in good company!

Famous premature babies include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Twain, Stevie Wonder and Sir Winston Churchill


No wonder children cling to their mothers!

The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in midair, with its bent fingers supporting its weight

You might want to go into the diaper business!

An average baby will go through approximately 2,700 diapers a year.

I think the sheep will be counting you.

Parents of newborns miss out six months’ worth of sleep in the first two years of their baby’s life.




1. Every three seconds, somewhere in the world, a baby is born.

  • True

  • False


2. A baby has 300 separate bones at birth.

  • True

  • False


3. Babies are born with kneecaps.

  • True

  • False


4. Babies like low-pitched singing voices.

  • True

  • False


5. Babies and toddlers, weight for weight, are stronger than an ox particularly their legs.

  • True

  • False


45. Research shows that men are best at changing baby’s diaper.

  • True

  • False


6. The largest number of children ever born to one woman is recorded as

  • 69

  • 42

  • 27

  • 54


7. Babies don’t suffer from bad breath because they have no________

  • Teeth

  • Glands

  • Tonsils

  • Meat in their Diet

8. Most babies recognize their mothers' voices when they are born, but it takes how many days to recognize their father's voice?

  • 7 Days

  • 14 Days

  • 3 Days

  • 10 Days


9. A fetus develops unique fingerprints at the age of__________.

  • Three months

  • 1 Week

  • 1 Month

  • 45 Days


10. The heaviest baby ever born was________.

  • 22 pounds, eight ounce

  • 12 pounds, six ounces

  • 16 pounds, 4 ounces


11. Which President signed the orders that made Mother's Day a national holiday?

  • Woodrow Wilson

  • John F. Kennedy

  • Theodore Roosevelt

  • Jimmy Carter

12. Babies are born with very poor vision but can recognize their mothers almost right away.

  • True

  • False


13. The average child will eat how many pounds of cereal in a year.

  • 25

  • 10

  • 15

  • 100


14. Babies lose all the hair they are born with.

  • True

  • False


15. Babies tastebuds only recognize sweet and sour.

  • True

  • False


16. The first color infants recognize is red.What are the last two colors they recognize?

  • Orange and Yellow

  • Blue and Purple

  • Grey and White

17. The first baby ever born in Antarctica was born in what year?

  • 1956

  • 1916

  • 1945

  • 1978

18 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today we will read Matthew 1:18-25 and explore fear, decisions and faith. The gospel of Luke tells the story through the experiences of Mary, a young woman without status who carries

the son of God within her, and the shepherds, those living in the fields who will be the first to hear of the birth. Matthew tells us about Joseph, a man whose goodness and righteousness lead him to the coming of something completely new: Emmanuel, “God with us.”

Joseph embodies the best parts of the Jewish tradition, a tradition that was all about keeping the law as a way to live with God. The law was a tried-and-true pattern of actions that expressed a Jew’s closeness to God and right relationship with others. In Matthew 1:18–25 we read that during the time of his engagement to Mary, Joseph discovers that she is pregnant. Joseph knows the baby is not his, and he knows that Jewish law would find Mary guilty of adultery, an act that can be punished with death and that is always punishable by shame. The law mandated that Joseph divorce her. However, because Joseph is a righteous man, he also understands another part of his Jewish heritage: he understands that the law is to be tempered with mercy. Instead of exposing Mary to a public divorce, as the reading says, he decides to dismiss her quietly, in a way that would reduce public inquiry into what has happened.


An angel appears to Joseph and says “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid. Joseph had a lot going on and also had deeply concerning decisions to make for his life. It is at these difficult times that God says to us —“Do not be afraid, Abraham, when I ask you to leave your homeland and to travel to a new place that will be your own. Do not be afraid, Moses, for I will be with you when you, a slave, speak to Pharaoh, the king of the Egyptians.


Do not be afraid of any evil, David, for the Lord will be your shepherd no matter where you are. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God” (Luke 1:28). Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid to listen. Do not be afraid to act. Do not be afraid to trust God. Do not be afraid of what seems impossible.


1)Share with God the deeply concerning decisions in your life

right now.

2)Thank God for the relationship that you have with Him that allows you to share with Him and God share with you.

3)Read and meditate on Proverbs 3:5-10 and then read again Matthew 1:18–25 and compare how God spoke and Joseph responded and listen to how God is speaking to you and how you will respond to God.


19 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Proverbs 18:22 

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.”

You guessed it, today is find a wife day!

I will provide a list of husbands and you will find their wife in the bible. Some of the wives you might already know the names of, so just go ahead and write their names next to their hubby.
I will give you a list of scriptures that might help you with the ones you don’t know or recognize. Trust me, this is a better learning activity if you search the scriptures without googling the answers. Alright everybody let’s go find a “good thing”!


Adam, Isaac,  Joseph,  Zacharias,  Elimelech,

Ahab,  Abraham,  Boaz,  Elkanah,  Ananias,

Uriah,  Moses,  Felix,  Jacob,  Ahasuerus, Heber,  Nabal


Genesis 3:20

Genesis 25:20

Acts 5:1

Esther 2:16

Genesis 29:20

Judges 4:17

Matthew 1:20

Ruth 4:13

Acts 24:24

I Samuel 25:14

Hosea 1:2,3

Judges 16:6

Luke 1:5
I Samuel 1:8

I Kings 16:30,31

Ruth 1:2

Exodus 2:21

Genesis 17:15

II Samuel 11:3

20 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today we will write a twenty word prayer of praise to God and then we will text it to someone else within our church fellowship. Remember, exactly twenty words. No greeting, no closing, don’t explain why you’re sending the text, send just the twenty word prayer of praise to God and allow the Holy Spirit do the rest. This would be a good time to use some of the names of Jesus from OPERATION: Due Date Day 25.


21 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today is art Day! No rhymes, no riddles and no searching scriptures. Today we use skill, imagination and expression to create a work of art.


Here is Oxford’s Dictionary definition of art:


The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

  • Fine Art

Includes: drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

  • Visual Art

Includes: fine arts, certain contemporary arts (eg. photography, performance of singing, dancing, theater, animation) and decorative arts.

  • Decorative Art

Broadly synonymous with crafts.

  • Applied Art

Includes: architecture, industrial-design, fashion/furnishings-design, interior-design etc.

  • Crafts

Broadly synonymous with decorative arts.


All this sounds great but the truth is, art is too broad to define. One might view the art of Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet and Jean-Michel Basquiat as brilliant masterpieces while another would prefer the abstract works of Wassily Kandinsky. (If it sounds like I’m cussing at you, I am. When you get a chance look up these artist and their works) Art, like beauty, is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Are you aware that you and I are works of art? Don’t you know that through this journey of life some see us as brilliant works of art and others view us as abstract, undefinable, without structure or beauty. God tells us who we are because He is the sculptor, He is the painter, He is the designer, He is the Artist and God is the creator. Give thanks with a grateful heart and don’t be ashamed, embarrassed or insecure of how you were made. Remember, God is STILL working on you. He is not done making you an even more beautiful work of art!


Psalm 139:13-16

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.                          14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my unformed body all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.


Today is art day! Draw this picture using a pencil. Use only plain white paper, any size will do.   NO TRACING (which is laying the paper on the image and tracing the outline). Shade and color the picture with the pencil. No markers, crayons, no color pencils.


Artwork must be submitted by Sunday, December 20, 2020.

1. Please submit actual drawing and not a picture of the drawing.

2. Place your name on the bottom lefthand corner.

3. Do not bend or fold.

4. Place in a folder or flat 8x11 envelope or larger.

5. You may submit art in person on Sunday December 13 or

Sunday December 20.

6. You may also at anytime mail it to:


Faith Chapel Reformed Church

Fine Arts Department

618 Broadway

Paterson, New Jersey 07514

All artwork will be showcased on our church website gallery as an art show during the final week of OPERATION: Due Date.

Please make sure you submit YOUR artwork and not a friend, relative, grandchildren, etc. This is NOT an art contest.

We will learn to appreciate the expression, application, creative skill and imagination that God has given each of us. I’m excited, can’t wait!




22 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?


Today we will invest our time, with reason and with rhyme.

With Twenty-two days to go, let’s find out what you know.

Every answer will come in two’s, so study before you choose.

My suggestion is to you, is to read the scriptures all the way through.

When you’re done remember to pray, for families that God has put in your way.

You may begin and I hope you enjoy, and remember the blessedness of newborn girls and boys!

Just Remember Whatever You Do, The Answer Will Always Amount To Two

Luke Chapter 1

1) Two of these people were related.

2) Two of these people had a song and a response of praise.

3) Two of these people were mothers.

4) Two of these people were descendants of Aaron.

5) Two of these people met each other before they were born.

6) Two of these people were fathers.

7) This one angel spoke to these two people.

8) Two of these people were very old.

9) These two parents were filled with the holy spirit.

10) One would pave the way and the other would be the way.

11) Another two of these people were related.


Prayer Assignment

Prayer 1

Pray that more fathers will seek to serve and honor God like the men in this story.

Prayer 2

Pray for expectant mothers and mothers who have infant babies

to hear from God and follow His spirit.

23 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Today we focus our attention on the important role of a shepherd. 


I remember several years ago when Faith Chapel was in the midst of challenging times with attacks coming from outside and inside the church. It was certainly a trying time for congregants,

leadership and myself as pastor. As we stood our ground and trusted in the will and word of God, we began to experience victory through prayer, fellowship, the study of God’s word and

worship. Victorious, yes, but also a little weary and worn from the spiritual warfare, we rejoiced and recovered at the same time. 


It was during that time my dear brother Elder Barrett Jackson approached me in a very concerned and compassionate way. As a member of the Church Consistory Elder Jackson was fully aware of the many challenges we faced. He pulled me aside and said “Pastor Redmond thank you for all that you do and for your leadership”. Then Barrett said “ Pastor we always come to you as our shepherd of this church bringing you congregational concerns, our personal concerns and I know that you have trials and troubles of your own.” I appreciated his concern and then Elder Jackson said “Pastor if everyone comes to you all the time, who do you talk to and who is there for you when times are hard?


I simply replied to Barrett “The Lord is my shepherd.” God has chosen the role of a shepherd to be the example of leadership, accountability, responsibility, care, defender, teacher,

listener, one who follows instructions and who shows courage in the midst of predators who seek to attack the flock.


Today we will first read Psalm 23 in acknowledgement that “The Lord is our shepherd.”             Then we will read and study Luke 2:1-20 and ask the Holy Spirit to give us a better understanding of how important the role of a shepherd is. After you read Luke 2:1-20 write down your thoughts of what those shepherds must have experienced. Finally, pray for your shepherd and shepherds everywhere that they will be the shepherds that God has called them to be in these dark and confusing times.



24 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today?

Why is it so important to use people’s names? A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person. It is the one way we can easily get someone’s attention. It

is a sign of courtesy and a way of recognizing them. When someone remembers our name after meeting us, we feel respected and more important. It makes a positive and lasting impression on us.( Joyce E. A. Russell). These 8 scriptures contain 24 names of Jesus Christ. Write down all 24 names and pray today and throughout this OPERATION: DUE DATE journey using these names in your prayers to honor Jesus Christ.


Revelation 1:8,

Hebrews 12:2,

Isaiah 9:6,

John 14:6,

Revelation 17:14

1 Peter 2:25

Revelation 19:13

Revelation 22:16



25 Days Til The Due Date - What Do We Do Today? 

In the Gospel of Matthew we know that Joseph gave his son the name Jesus as instructed by God through the angels. Today we will search the entire book of Matthew and find how many times does the name of Jesus appear in verse 25 in the gospel of Matthew and record them in a journal or on your tablet/computer. When you find all the several mentions of His name, choose which story where the name of Jesus is mentioned that most speaks to your heart and journal that. Please keep a record of your information, you never know when this may pop up on another day!



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