Many of you received bracelets that look like this

Here is the meaning of the colors The story begins on the GOLD BEAD.


GOLDBEAD =Heaven

God wants us all to be with him in heaven.


WHAT DOES GOLD REMIND YOU OF?


It reminds me of the street of gold in Heaven that the Bible talks about. Do you know who lives in heaven?

God does and He wants you to be in Heaven with Him some day.


DO YOU LIKE TO BE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE? Me too!


That's why God wants you to be with Him in Heaven - He loves you very much! In the Bible, God's Word says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)


That means that God loved you even before you were born!


God wants you to be in Heaven someday with Him, but there is something that can keep you from being there - sin.

Here is the meaning of the colors The story begins on the GOLD BEAD.


GOLDBEAD =Heaven

God wants us all to be with him in heaven.


WHAT DOES GOLD REMIND YOU OF?


It reminds me of the street of gold in Heaven that the Bible talks about. Do you know who lives in heaven?

God does and He wants you to be in Heaven with Him some day.


DO YOU LIKE TO BE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE? Me too!


That's why God wants you to be with Him in Heaven - He loves you very much! In the Bible, God's Word says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)


That means that God loved you even before you were born!


God wants you to be in Heaven someday with Him, but there is something that can keep you from being there - sin.

Dark Bead = Sin

Because we have all sinned, we cannot get to heaven on our own. The dark bead reminds me of the darkness of sin.


Sin is the bad things that people do. It’s anything that you do, say, think or feel that is against God: like lying, cheating, disobeying your parents, fighting with brothers or sisters or not being kind to someone.


The Bible says that everyone has sinned; that includes both you and me, right?


The Bible says we were born with a kind desire to "want to do wrong”. Your mom didn't have to teach you how to disobey, did she? Neither did mine.


Do you get punished for doing wrong things at home? Those are the kinds of things God calls sin.


God has a punishment for sin... It’s to be apart from Him forever in a place of punishment, the Bible calls Hell. But God doesn't want that.


Remember, He loves you and wants you to be in Heaven with Him someday. In fact, He wants to be your Heavenly Father right now.


If I were to end the story right now- it would seem like no one is going to heaven, because God will not allow sin in Heaven and everyone has sinned!


Good news is that God made a way for the problem of sin to be taken care of: The red bead tells about that.

RED BEAD = Blood of Jesus

Jesus came to earth to take the punishment for our sins by dying on the cross.


Jesus is God's perfect Son. That means that He is God, and He became a man and lived a perfect life. He was the only person in all of history to ever live His entire life without sinning.


You would think that everyone would love someone like that, but when He grew up, wicked men took the Jesus and nailed Him to a wooden cross. This red bead reminds me that they left Him there to bleed and die.


When He died- He took the punishment for something He didn't even do. He willingly took the punishment for every sin that you and I and everyone in the world has ever done. The punishment was to die.


The Lord Jesus knew that the only way that your sin could be forgiven would be if He would die for you. Jesus died for your sins. The Bible says that "without the shedding of blood there is no [forgiveness]". (Hebrews 9:22b)


As He died, the Lord Jesus said, "It is finished." Everything that needed to be done for your sins to be taken away had been done by Him on the cross.


They buried His body. But three days later He proved that He could take away your sins and give you everlasting life by coming back to life! And without dying again, He returned to Heaven, where He is today.


Because Jesus is God's Son who died for you, you can become His child right now!

The clean bead tells how.

WHITE BEAD = Clean

We can be made clean from sin by believing in Jesus.


You remember that God loves you so much and wants to be your Heavenly Father and have you live with Him in Heaven someday. But your sin separates you from Him. That's why He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus to die on the cross for you.


The Bible says, "But as many as received Him (the Lord Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12)


That means that if you believe with all your heart that Jesus died for you and rose again and receive Him by inviting Him to come and take away your sins, He will make you a part of God's forever family.


God will become your Heavenly Father right now, and someday you will share God's home with Him in Heaven.


Have you ever believed and received the Lord Jesus so you could become God's child?

I'm not talking about whether you go to church, been baptized or if your parents are Christians.

Those things are good, but they cannot take away even one sin. He wants you to believe and receive Him.


If you believe that Jesus, God's Son died for your sins on the cross and rose again, would you tell God right now:

1. that you know you have sinned.

2. that you believe Jesus, God's Son, died for you and rose again.

3. that you are inviting Him to be your Savior and your Heavenly Father.


You could pray something like this:


Dear God,

I know that I have sinned and done wrong against you. I believe that Jesus is God's Son and that He took the punishment for all my sins by dying on the cross. I believe He came back to life again. I receive you now as my only Savior from sin. Thank you for making your child right now as you promised. In Jesus' name, amen.


If you prayed these words and meant it, God has just made you a part of His forever family! It's not because I said so, But because He promised and God never breaks His promises.


Another great promise for you is (Hebrews 13:5) "I will never leave you, nor forsake you."

Will the Lord Jesus ever leave you? He promises, "No.


“But what if you sin again? No, God says, "I will never leave you."


And Hebrews 13:6 says, "The Lord is my helper." He will give you the power to do what is right.


When you become God's child, He wants you to grow to know Him better each day.


The green bead tells you how to do that!

GREEN BEAD = GROWTH

When you become God's child, He wants you to get to know Him better.

It is important that we grow in our relationship with Jesus.


What does GREEN remind you of?

Of things that grow, like trees and grass and plants.


Sin can keep that from happening. But God promises in I 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.


That means that if you sin you need to confess (tell on yourself) to God.


"He is faithful" means He will always forgive you.


“ Just" means that God is fair to forgive you because He already punished every sin you’ve ever done when Jesus died for you on the cross.


You can get to know God better by reading and obeying His Word, the Bible. I hope you have a Bible at home that you can read.


Another thing that can help you grow in God is by talking to God in prayer.


Going to a church and Sunday school that teach from the Bible will help you know Him better too.


You can also tell others about Jesus!


In fact, If you have just become God's child right now, would you let me know? I would like to thank God for what He has just done for you.


If I am God's child and you are God's child, do you know what that means?


We are part of the same family!

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