≡ Menu
≡ Categories

Human-Battleship-Youth-Game

Having a good youth game up your sleeves is always handy. One of the favorites we do often is “Human Battleship”. It’s a fun take on the classic board-game “Battleship” and is great for small to mid size groups, and can even be tailored to work for large groups.

Youth Game Name: Human Battleship

Items Required: Light Ball (for Missiles), Objects to divide room into 2 sides and keep from viewing of each other.

Optional Items: Masking Tape (or some other marker) to set boundaries.

Number of Players: 6+ for most fun

Instructions for “Human Battleship” Youth Group Game:

Setup:

PVC Room Divider TemplateGet your play area ready for “Human Battleship” by dividing the space into two sections. It is best if the objects used to divide the room are tall enough to keep the sides from viewing each other. We use 2 PVC room dividers that we threw together. See the image for a template of it. I’ve seen other groups stack chairs and bunch them together. If you need to get creative, do so. As long as the two sides can’t see each other, and they can toss a ball over to the other side, you are good to go.

You’ll also need at least 1 light ball to use as a missile. We use two Water Soaker Footballs as they are lightweight and difficult to cause damage or injury with, yet dense enough to be thrown a good distance. We also put a little masking tape around it to be able to be tossed a little further with ease.

Optionally you can use masking tape (or some other kind of marker) to set boundaries in the shape of a tennis court.

Rules:

  • Divide into two teams. Have each team take a side and explain the rules of the game.
  • At the start of every round, all players must pick a position on their side to place themselves (the Human battleship). They do so by sitting down on their butt or laying down on their back. The choice is yours. The catch is they must stay in that location the entire round, or until sunk.
  • Once each player has picked their position, the round begins. Give one side the missile(s) to start, and they choose a player(s) to “fire” over the divider into “enemy territory”. If the missile hits an enemy target, that player is “sunk” and must move to the sidelines. Once missiles are fired from one team, the other team goes next. Repeat until one team is the victor of that round. Play as many rounds as you wish.
  • One variation we do to keep the “sunk” players involved is let them give “verbal commands” to direct their teammates to hit enemy targets. This also helps speed the game along. We don’t let players catch the ball to prevent themselves being sunk. We also usually play “direct hit” only, so if the ball bounces, or ricochets, into a player, it doesn’t sink them. But that is your choice.
{ 0 comments }


3-things-we-need-to-surrender-to-GodSurrender is a very profound thing. In the culture we live in, surrender is taught as a four-letter word, so don’t be surprised if you feel something inside  you squirming when I say that we need to surrender God. Being surrounded by the message “everything is about YOU” , the idea of lifting up your hands, and dropping everything is probably the last thing you want to do.

But when we follow Jesus, I think we have no other option but to surrender to him. In fact, when following Jesus, he will lead us into a life of surrender. I think this is kind of the point that Paul is making in his letter to the Galatians; Paul says:

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

When it comes to surrendering to Him, I believe there are 3 things we need to surrender to God:

{ 1 comment }

Image, Take-Heart-I-Have-Overcome-The-World-John-16-33“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Corporate downsizing. Rebellious teenagers. Paying the Bills. Devastating illness. Maintaining Cars. Life is full of it’s share of troubles. There are times when we are so overwhelmed, we struggle to make it through the day.

Facing Troubles is Normal

Difficulty, and troubles shouldn’t come as a surprise to students of Bible. In fact, in John 16:33, Jesus said “In this world you will have problems”. Now if we stop there, it doesn’t sound like a very optimistic outlook on life. But one of the most encouraging statements directly follows. Jesus continues, “But take heart! I have overcome the world”.

How much courage does it give you when someone has overcome a difficulty you are facing? And not only that, but they promise to help you through it? Think of a child standing at the edge a pool with her mom waiting in the water below with open arms. The child’s faith in her mom, knowing she has overcome the water, is what gives her the courage to jump in.

We will have problems. We will have struggles. But take Heart, Jesus has overcome the world! If He is for us, honestly, who can stand against us? Trusting in Jesus is key; key to not simply survive our troubles, but to thrive in the midst of them.

Evaluate your current struggles from the perspective of the child with great faith in her mom. Trust in Jesus, our Savior. What have you got to lose?

{ 1 comment }

A-God-Who-Gives-and-Takes-Away-Love-of-Discipline-Hebrews-12-5-6

Have you ever witnessed a child behave in an unrestrained manner? What I’m talking about are those moments when we see a child creating chaos, or throwing an uncontrollable fit in the grocery store. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I ask myself is ‘where is their parent’? Being a parent myself, I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of people asking themselves the same thing in regard to us and our children, but the point I’m trying to make is that our instincts in moments like this reveal a powerful truth we all know; children need guidance. If a child were to be left to make all the decisions of their life, most wouldn’t go to school, eat healthy, go to bed when they should, share, clean up their messes, be patient when they want something…and the list goes on. Children need guidance, rules, and discipline; without it, their lives would be complete messes. A loving parent disciplines their child, corrects them, sets rules for them, and gives them guidance.

Why is it then that so many of us struggle with the idea that God would care about our behavior? Or that God disciplines his children? I have heard the argument that if God were a loving God, he would not ‘give and take away’. But I believe it is the exact opposite.

The Love of Discipline

Wouldn’t a loving parent take away something their child wants if it is for their protection? Like candy if they have had too much sweets, or a dangerous object they have gotten their hands on. Or even taking away something good to teach them a consequence to some behavior or action.

The recipients of the letter we now call the book of Hebrews seemed to struggle with discipline from God.

The author writes:

… have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

Hebrews 12:5-6

Just as discipline (done properly) is a sign of love from a parent, so it is with God toward us; his children. The rules he set for us to follow, the consequences of our actions, certain things that are taken away from us; these are not the result of some killjoy in the sky, or over-controlling God. Rather they are the result of a God who loves us and desires what is BEST for us.

It’s no wonder many of our lives are marked by hurt, pain, and complete messiness. We are like children wanting to make our own rules and live by our decisions alone, yet much like children, we lack the understanding to comprehend the messes these desires will land us in.

The author of Hebrews continues:

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.  Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Hebrews 12:7-11

We may never fully grasp the “why’s” for God’s rules and standards, but I promise you, as our creator and father, he knows best.  Yes, our God is a God who “gives and takes away”. But his discipline is another display of his perfect Love for us. May we learn to embrace his guidance, his correction, his discipline, so that we may grow into the people he designed us to be.

{ 2 comments }

Your Love Awakens is a fantastic upbeat praise song by Phil Wickham. With a catchy lead hook, and deep lyrics, this song is a great choice for any contemporary church service. During the first time I introduced this song to our Youth Group, the kids joined along like we had been singing it for months. It is one of their favorites to this day.

Lyrics and Chords to Your Love Awakens by Phil Wickham

Song: Your Love Awakens
Writers: Chris Quilala & Phil Wickham
Original Key: B

CAPO 4
Intro:      G///              C/// 
(Lead Part: B-A-B-D-B  G  A | B-A-B-D-B  E  D   (Repeat)

Verse 1
G
  There were walls between us, by the cross you came and 
C
  Broke them down, you broke them down
G
  There were chains around us, by your grace we are no
  C 
 Longer bound, no longer bound

Pre-Chorus
Em                                             (Em)
  You called me out of the grave, you called me into the light
C                                C (Ring Out) 
  You called my name and then my heart came alive

Chorus 1
G                          C
     Your love is greater,   Your love is stronger
  Em                      D       C
     Your love awakens, awakens, awakens me
G                          C          
     Your love is greater,   Your love is stronger
  Em                      D       C
     Your love awakens, awakens, awakens me  

Verse 2
G                                             
Feel the darkness shaking, all the dead are coming
   C
Back to life, back to life
     G
Hear the song awaken, all creation singing 
C
'We're alive, cause you're alive'

[Chorus 1]

Bridge
(G)      C   			 G         
     And what a love we've found, death can't hold us down
Em                  D                                     
    We shout it out: 'We're alive cause you're alive'
         C   			 G         
     And what a love we've found, death can't hold us down
Em                  D                                     
    We shout it out: 'We're alive cause you're alive'
        C   			 G         
     And what a love we've found, death can't hold us down
Em                  D                                     (G)
    We shout it out: 'We're alive cause you're alive'

Chorus 2 (Muted)
G - muted                         G - muted          
     Your love is greater,   Your love is stronger
  C - muted                       C - muted
     Your love awakens, awakens, awakens me
G - muted                         G - muted          
     Your love is greater,   Your love is stronger
  C - muted                       C - muted
     Your love awakens, awakens, awakens me

[Chorus 1]

[Intro/Outro]


{ 0 comments }

Image of Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen - Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen.”

Hebrews 11:1

What is Faith? It’s a funny thing isn’t it? The verse above explains it perfectly. It is a confidence in the hope we have, but it isn’t certainty. Certainty requires no faith. No matter how much evidence we look at for the existence of God (and believe me, the evidence is overwhelming!), we still have to have even a little faith that he exists. No matter how much evidence we look at for the resurrection of Jesus, we still have to have faith that He died and rose again.

{ 0 comments }

Image, Youth, Group, Game - Rock Paper, Go

You can never have too many fun games up your sleeves for youth. This one is “Rock, Paper, …GO!”. It’s a fun variation of the classic “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, and a great go to game for almost any youth group size.

Youth Game Name: Rock, Paper, …GO!

Materials Required: None, unless you want a prize for the winner.

Recommended Number of Players: 6+ for most fun!

Instructions for “Rock, Paper, …GO!” Youth Group Game:

  1. Have everybody stand facing a partner; easiest if you split the room in half with masking tape. If you have an odd number of students, you can have one leader jump in and play.

 

  1. Explain that Players on one side of the room are player A and players on the other side of the room are Player B.

 

  1. Explain that everybody will have a choice of two moves: either a “Rock” or “Paper” (NO SCISSORS).

 

  1. Ask another leader to stand facing you so that you can give an example of the possible outcomes of each round:

 

  • Show the students that if you and your opponent both do “ROCK”‘s, or if you both do “Paper” it creates a match.
  • Show the students that if you do a “ROCK” and your opponent does “PAPER”, it doesn’t match. And vise versa.

 

  1. Player A gets a point every time they match their partner. Player B gets a point every time they don’t match their partner. The first person to get to three points wins that round.

 

  1. To play, it is just like “ROCK PAPER SCISSORS”, but instead it is “ROCK, PAPER…GO”. Players reveal their hand on “GO”.

 

  1. After everybody understands the game, let the students play and have all the winning partners remain standing while the losing partners have a seat.

 

  1. Have the students who are still standing (the winning partners) now get new partners and start the process over again.

 

  1. Continue this until you have one winner.
{ 0 comments }

What A Beautiful Name is a powerful song written by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood, and originally performed by Hillsong Worship. This song moves me every time I listen to in, and it is long overdue to be posted, with chords and lyrics, as song of the week!

Lyrics and Chords to What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship

Song: What a Beautiful Name
Artists: Hillsong Worship | Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood
Key: D

Verse 1
D  
You were the Word at the beginning
         G       Bm        A
One with God the Lord Most High
Bm               A/C#     D  
Your hidden glory in creation
      G         Bm      A
Now revealed in You our Christ

     Chorus 1   
                              D
     What a beautiful Name it is
                              A
     What a beautiful Name it is
                 Bm    A         G
     The Name of Jesus Christ my King
                              D/F#
     What a beautiful Name it is
                          A 
     Nothing compares to this
                              Bm
     What a beautiful Name it is
          A       G
     The Name of Jesus


Verse 2
D   
You didn’t want heaven without us
         G           Bm     A
So Jesus You brought heaven down
Bm                    A/C#       D 
My sin was great Your love was greater
           G   Bm      A
What could separate us now?


     Chorus 2 
                              D
     What a wonderful Name it is
                              A
     What a wonderful Name it is
                 Bm    A         G
     The Name of Jesus Christ my King
                              D/F# 
     What a wonderful Name it is
                          A 
     Nothing compares to this
                              Bm
     What a wonderful Name it is
          A       G
     The Name of Jesus


Instrumental
G /// | A /// | Bm /// | F#m /// 2x
G /// | A /// | Bm /// | A //

Bridge 1 
                G 
Death could not hold You
                A 
The veil tore before You
                Bm               F#m
You silence the boast of sin and grave
                G 
The heavens are roaring
                   A
the praise of Your glory
            Bm             A
For You are raised to life again

Bridge 2
            G 
You have no rival
            A 
You have no equal
           Bm           F#m
Now and forever God You reign
             G
Yours is the kingdom
             A
Yours is the glory
             Bm             A
Yours is the Name above all Names


     Chorus 3
                             D
     What a powerful Name it is
                             A
     What a powerful Name it is
                 Bm    A         G
     The Name of Jesus Christ my King
                             D/F#
     What a powerful Name it is
                        A
     Nothing can stand against
                             Bm
     What a powerful Name it is
          A       G
     The Name of Jesus

[BR 2]

[CHORUS 3]

Tag
                        Bm
What a powerful Name it is
    A       G
The Name of Jesus
                        Bm
What a powerful Name it is
    A       G
The Name of Jesus

{ 0 comments }

the-opposite-of-faith-is-not-doubt-but-certainty-anne-lamott

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty” – Anne Lamott

We need to stop treating doubt  like it is the enemy of faith. Questions need to be asked by us to make faith our own. Doubt is not deadly to faith, but silence is.

Pretending that we have to be certain about everything prevents us from asking those tough questions. But it is those tough questions that get answered that eventually turns those doubts into the strongest anchors to our faith.

Instead of pretending to be certain about everything, let us encourage questions. And when you don’t know the answer, one of the best responses you can give is “I don’t know, but lets find out together”.

{ 1 comment }

lead-me-to-the-rock-that-is-higher-than-i-psalm612

Fear, pain, loss, and the unknown can be overwhelming. There are times I feel like the world is crashing in on all sides; like there is no route of escape. Our natural response in those circumstances is to shut down, to close ourselves off. In these moments, these pivotal circumstances, we tend to do one of two things: draw closer to God, or pull away from Him. While I’m in the midst of this emotional storm, I’m reminded of David. When he was literally being hunted down by king Saul, he leveraged his emotions to draw near to God.

Whatever your trail, whatever your circumstances, leverage them to draw you closer to God, because He cares for you.

May you be encouraged by the prayer and cry of David:

“Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.”
-Psalm 61:1-4

{ 1 comment }

Copyright © 2015 Living For Jesus

LIVING FOR JESUS
×