Light of the World Jar Candle Craft


The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

~ Isaiah 9:2, 6-7a


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ!  I’m so thankful that, while we were lost in darkness and sin, God sent His promised Savior and His One and Only Son –  to bring light to our darkened world, to penetrate our sin laden hearts, and to shine the Truth of His holiness, justness, love, and grace.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Bible Christmas Crafts for Kids series hosted by Danika at Thinking Kids .  Today, I’m sharing a simple Light of the World Jar Candle Craft  that could be a delightful gift and/or decoration for helping us to reflect on Christ this season! 

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Jesus, The Light of the World Christmas Craft for Kids


His Great Name: Jesus

His Great Name


In the Bible, God placed tremendous significance on names. Whether it was the naming of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Abram’s name being changed to Abraham (Genesis 17:1-6), Jacob becoming Israel (Genesis 32:28), or when Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter (John 1:42) – assigning names, changing names, or disclosing titles was important and wrapped in meaning.

A couple of Christmas’ ago our family worked together to construct a set of wooden names of Jesus ornaments.  They create a beautiful display on our tree and are a visual reminder of who we celebrate at Christmas – Jesus!   Shortly after assembling the ornaments, they turned into a springboard for a Christmas exploration on the names and titles of Jesus!

She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name
because he will save his people from their sins.

~Matthew 1:21

Were you aware that Jesus has over 200 names or titles that refer to Him?  Why?  Well, each title reveals either more of His nature and character, His position in relation to God the Father, or the mission and purpose that He was to fulfill.  There is so much to discover as you study His Great Name!

His Great Name: Jesus is designed to be a three year advent study focusing on who Jesus is. It creates an opportunity, as a family, to pause during this busy season and to refocus our hearts and minds on who Jesus is, why He came, and His great love and sacrifice for us.

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In Volume 1, our children followed the birth of Jesus chronologically through Scripture readings, learned the meanings behind 13 of the titles and names given to Jesus (such as Savior, Immanuel, and Son of God), attempted to relate the spiritual truth learned about Jesus to their own lives, copied and recited Luke 2:1-20, and sang related hymns of praise to Jesus.

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His Great Name: Jesus (Volume 2) contains 14 additional titles beheld by Jesus.  Our children worked through part of these lessons last December and we look forward to completing them during this Christmas season.  Through Scripture readings, students get a big picture overview of creation, sin, God’s plan for redemption, the birth of Jesus our Savior, His death, burial, and resurrection, His promise to return, and the need for our continual growth in Christ. They also copy and memorize John 1:1-18, learn the significance of Jesus’ titles (such as The Word, Creator, Light of the World, Lamb of God, etc.), discover how these can influence their view of Christ, and sing hymns to praise His Great Name!

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Let them praise your great and awesome name
— he is holy.

~Psalm 99:3


Come study with us the most precious name of all – Jesus!

Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven
given to men by which we must be saved.

~Acts 4:12

Aligning Our Hearts and Minds to God’s Word



Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg.  He had studied Scripture and realized that salvation comes not from indulgences and things spoken by man, but instead…

By Scripture Alone
By Grace Alone
By Faith Alone
Through Christ Alone
For the Glory of God Alone

It sparked the Protestant Reformation, causing the Church to return to reading, studying, and applying the solid Truths from the Bible!

Below are a few fun activities to get our kids thinking about the importance of this event and what God did to bring His people back to faith in Jesus Christ and His Word.


1) Picture Book

Read a book about Martin Luther such as Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul Maier or enjoy a chapter book by Danika Cooley titled When Lightning Struck.



2) Indulgences

IMG_3197– What was an indulgence?  A piece of parchment paper sold by the Church with the promise to forgive the sin of a loved one that has already died.  What was wrong with this practice?

– Play ‘Coin in the Coffer’.   Set a tin can several feet away from a marked line. Give each child 10 coins.  Have each child toss the coins into the can.  Once all 10 of their  coins have successfully entered the can, they have paid for an ‘indulgence’ and earn a ‘parchment’  (one piece of candy or another prize).


3) 95 Theses

– What was it?  Discuss its importance.
– Print and hammer a copy of the 95 Theses to a wood board.  – Read and discuss a few of the points.  – Make and eat edible hammers!  (pretzel rods with cubed cheese or pretzel sticks and marshmallows dipped in chocolate)

4) Diet of Worms

– What was it?
– Analyze Luther’s response.  Why could he not recant?


5) On the Run!

Compete in a three legged race, a sprint, or relay race as a reminder that Luther was forced to flee for his life after standing up for his belief in the truth of the Bible.

6) Gutenberg Press:

Explain the importance of this invention to the time period & watch a a video about the Gutenberg Press and/or about Johannes Gutenberg

– Experiment with stamping! Work in two teams to form a secret stamped message (Bible verse or Scripture reference to look up and read) by using foam letters placed backwards.  Once the message is formed using the letters, have the other team use a paint and roller to ink the letters.  Then, they can press the inked letters with paper to reveal the Bible verse.

7) Bible Translation


Scripture Printables for Candy Bar Bibles

– Discuss the importance of translating the Bible into languages common people can understand.
– Then,  assemble candy bar Bibles!


8) Watch a  4 minute Animated Video about Martin Luther


9) Reader’s Theatre
Gather some props, don  some simply made costumes, and perform a reformation day skit!

10) A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Read Psalm 46 and then sing this hymn that was written in 1529 by Martin Luther.


11) 5 Solas: The 5 Doctrinal Principles of the Reformation
5 Solas Scripture Cross

5 Sola Scripture Cross

– Give clues for kids to hunt for 5 items. (We chose a Bible, piano book, cross, fruit, and water.  But, any items would do.) At each location, have available one copy per child of a sola definition and related Scripture to look up.
– Have children look up the Scripture reference, read it aloud, discuss its meaning, and then attach it to cross sheet.

– Allow elementary aged children to watch the Torchlighter video on Martin Luther (currently free through Amazon Prime)
– Have middle and high school aged kids listen to Piper’s explanation of the 5 Solas (at least the first and last one in the series) and color as they listen.

5 Solas: printable scrolls from Intoxicated on Life

12) Learn About Another Reformer
Guide children to read online articles about another Reformer.  Then, they can write a paragraph and orally share their findings. You may want students to record their information on some of the pages in this Reformation Notebook from Homeschool Share.
John Wycliffe
William Tyndale
Martin Luther
John Knox
John Huss
John Calvin

13) Create Stained Glass Art commonly found in churches of that day.



14) Watch a Longer Movie about Martin Luther
Luther Movie Review from Plugged In

By Scripture Alone
By Grace Alone
By Faith Alone
Through Christ Alone
For the Glory of God Alone

We so need this reminder in our current day!  We can be easily swayed by our culture and popular opinions if we are not grounded in the Truth found in Scripture.  May we, each day, take time to align our hearts and minds to God’s Word.

Please note that some of the above ideas were adapted from the following blogs…
Living and Learning at Home
Thinking Kids Blog

Bible Reading As Kids Grow

From cover to cover on every page God tells us something about Himself… Look for Him in His Word.  Open the covers of the Bible and discover the great God of the universe, who needs nothing and yet who left heaven to come as a man to die for sin so that we could become His children.
~ from Sally Michael in her children’s devotional God’s Word

Bible Reading as Kids Grow

As you read the Bible aloud, young children can understand Truth in Scripture and can begin to see God’s character revealed.  Throughout the Bible, God shows Himself to be all powerful, holy, the righteous judge, merciful, gracious, loving, faithful,  and true (as well as many other qualities).  In each passage and story, we should be able to ask, ‘What does this tell us about God? How does this point us to Jesus?’

If you are looking for ways to incorporate reading and studying Scripture with various ages of children, check out Bible Reading at Hubbard’s Cupboard.  There, I’ve shared lots of different ways we’ve incorporated Bible reading as a family in the past as well as some simple methods for encouraging individual Bible reading as children grow.

It brings joy to this mama’s heart to be in the Word with our kids as well as to see them continue in the Word on their own!

5 Things No One Ever Told Me About Having Teens

1. They will rise to the challenge.

So many times, I have heard disparaging comments directed at teens – for their lack of motivation and desire to be involved, for being prone to trouble, etc.  Those kind of remarks seem to set a really low bar for teens and young people.  But, can I let you in on a secret?  Teens can easily rise to your expectations..and greatly surpass them.  Encourage them to break the cultural norm of low expectations and remind them to strive to do what Colossians 3:23-24 tells all of us…. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance
from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

        Encourage them to  follow 1 Timothy 4:12’s advice of…

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,
but set an example for the believers
in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

        Also, the following books (in addition to the Bible) are great in the hands of a
       preteen or young teen. They come highly recommended by our oldest.
          – Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
          – Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris
          – Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
          – Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
          – The Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian
       Encourage your teens to work hard, to pursue things that are worthwhile, and to 
       remember that everything should be done for God’s glory.

2. They can own their faith.

Being raised in a Christian home is a huge blessing, but there is also a hidden challenge.  It is possible to attend services each week, go to Sunday School, memorize Scripture, and be around other Christians without letting all of that head knowledge ever reach your heart.  You can ‘feel’ like you are a Christian just because you were raised in that atmosphere.  However, it takes the Holy Spirit reaching your heart with His Word and Truth.  At some point, you either accept or reject the Truth you have been taught.  Teens, who truly love the Lord and have a saving faith in Jesus alone, are prepared to own their faith and take a stand for what they believe.  They are eager to dig deeper into His Word with others and on their own.  They are willing to share the hope of the Gospel with others.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict your teens of their sin and that your teens will truly own their faith in Christ.

3. They want to serve and have purpose.

Teens need to feel valued and to be useful.  Provide opportunities for them to serve in meaningful ways– in the home, in the neighborhood, in the community, in your church, etc.  By serving well, they gain respect, trust, and confidence. Service opportunities provide them a bigger vision of God’s world, broadens their perspective, and builds compassion for others.  Also, teens really do make great leaders and role models…and the younger kids love them!  Encourage your teens to seek creative ways to minister and serve others – especially your more introverted ones.

4. They are constantly learning and growing.

At this point in their young lives, teens are blossoming and discovering who they truly are and what their interests are for the future.  This is the perfect time in their life to question, research, experience, and try out things they may be excited about  – writing, photography, programming, sports, theater, debate, drawing, technology, music, etc.  They need the freedom to attempt new things under-girded by your loving support.  They will learn from both their successes and failures, but within a safety net of grace.  They may never again have this much time, freedom, grace, and assistance to discern the direction in which God is leading them.  Attempt to provide experiences that will lead your teens to discover their interests and passions.

5. They still need you…just in a different way.

When younger, our children needed constant supervision, direction, structure, and ‘how-to’s.  As they have become older, they have gradually gained more and more independence – in their play, in their chores and responsibilities, in their relationships with God and others, in their education, and in their goal setting.  We are still their parent, role model, and protector, but our role is gradually shifting from rule enforcer to encourager, cheerleader, listener, and guidance counselor – continuing to point them to God’s Word as they learn to wisely manage their own lives.  They still need to know that you love them, care for them, and are always there for them!  Be intentional with your time, words, and actions in order to express your love and commitment to your teens.


    I’m encouraged and blessed as I see our our young teens, preteen, and their friends branch out and become who God has called them to be!  I pray that I am not in a tiny bubble here –  I see great hope in this next generation and how God is raising them up and working in and through them!  May our teens continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – keeping their hearts and minds focused on Him. 
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