Older boys… hmmm. Yes, they’re a challenge, aren’t they?! I want to inspire my Compassion boys to live Godly lives. To call them to a courageous manhood following in the footsteps of Jesus. No easy task. I do not want to waste this wonderful all-too-soon-it-will-be-over opportunity to build into them for all of eternity. How about you?
BIBLE ADVENTURE / HEROES
Daniel – what a fabulous Godly role model for our boys! Two articles, matching freebies designed exclusively for them plus free colouring pages, puzzles and more. A life of danger; adventure; no compromise; promotion = Biblical hero.
Did you know? Daniel is only one of 2 characters in the Bible (apart from Jesus) where no bad is recorded against him. Doesn’t mean he was perfect, just that it wasn’t written down, so when we get to Heaven we can’t say to him, “Oh yeah, you’re the guy who…!” :o
Who is the other? Keep thinking… I’ll put you out of your misery at the bottom of this post. :)
Warrior or Wimp ~ aka King David / King Saul (or how-to / how-not-to). Article, matching free printables plus colouring pages, puzzles and more. King David was not perfect, but a man after God’s own heart. Also designed specifically for our boys. (nope, it wasn’t either of them)
Moses and God’s Top 10 Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters and bookmarks; plus see pictures of a real burnt mountain that looks like the prime contender for where it all happened (nah uh)
Jonah Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, cartoons (this one below comes from Answers in Genesis); plus a true story of a real life 20th Century Jonah! (definitely not)
Noah and his massive ocean-liner-sized ark Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, this great cartoon (from Answers in Genesis) and creative ideas plus tons of information from scientists who take the Bible seriously. This one is a definite! (nope)
Joshua – man of courage and brave warrior who took over the leadership after Moses; free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas; and a great role model for our boys
Joseph (scroll down) a man of integrity, leadership and wisdom; God used him to save a whole nation; the other patriarchs are also in this post – Abraham (man of faith), Isaac, Jacob.
Armour of God Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters, bookmarks and creative ideas
How about a fun Bible Treasure theme specifically tailored for them?
Or tell them about The Secret of the Missing Scrolls. Another fun theme specifically tailored for our boys that put them right in the middle of the adventure.
Bible Timeline of History (cartoon from Answers in Genesis) show how the Bible dovetails into REAL history. Do our boys know that the Bible is actually THE HISTORY BOOK OF THE UNIVERSE? Regardless of how much sinful, fallible man tries to deny it. The Bible is banned in many, many countries. Why? NO ONE goes to jail for reading fairy tales… think about it!
Heaven (and how to get there) – free poster; and vital information; make sure our boys don’t leave earth without it!
DEVOTIONAL / BIBLE STUDY
FCA resources.com Bible studies, devotionals, posters, wallet cards and heaps of other free printable great resources designed by ~ and for ~ Christian athletes about courage, integrity, perseverance, etc. Fabulous for our older boys.
KHouse.org Dr Chuck Missler – Bible Study articles; incredible knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, science, prophecy, current events and history and how it all dovetails together. Your child will get excited (as I did) as they realise that the Bible is an intricate tapestry. God has carefully dictated, designed and authenticated every microscopic detail from outside our time domain. Adapt or include snippets of Bible treasure in your letters or print off a whole article. Let them know that God says what He means and means exactly what He says! God can be trusted!
My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers: pulls-no-punches daily devotional – excellent, challenging, thought provoking for older children and adults. Definitely not for the faint hearted. The most Godly person I know (whose Bible was falling apart) also used to read from this devotional every day.
Greg Laurie daily devotional – excellent, lots of fun, challenging, evangelistic, shoots straight from the hip; and thought provoking for older children and adults. I have used several of his great illustrations for my kids to help them understand more difficult Biblical concepts.
BIBLE VERSES FOR BOYS
FREE Bible Posters – lots to choose from; and two of these fabulous artists are men. Both have very different styles – one is more Photoshop; the other is photography of the great outdoors; inspirational; free printable; ready to print and go.
King James Bible Online has some great posters suitable for boys, like these: Misty waterfall Bible poster – Psalm 25:5; Footsteps on the beach Bible poster – Psalm 37:23; Sunset Bible poster – Jeremiah 33:3; free printable
Amazing Facts also has some posters suitable for boys: Knight – Hebrews 4:12; Sunlit canyon – Acts 17:30; Wood – Psalm 119:114; Sunrise over the earth (astronaut view) – John 12:46; Mountain sunrise – Psalm 121:1; Sunlit cross – 1 John 2:1-2; Bike riders sunrise – Hebrews 13:5; Sunrise reflection – 2 Corinthians 12:9; Misty ocean – Psalm 62:1-2; Sunlit clouds – John 14:27; Open Bible – Psalm 119:33; Sunset – Proverbs 4:18; Sun shining through clouds – Psalm 89:34; Tropical lake – Psalm 34:14; Clouds – Hebrews 13:8; Blades of wheat – Proverbs 1:33; Field and blue sky – Isaiah 40:28; Cloudy sunrise – Psalm 130:5; free printable
Bible Poster ~ in stylish brown trendy tones for our boys – In spite of present appearances God is in control; free printable
A ton of Bible verses – send one verse or a double sided (laminated) page at a time – a perfect companion for a Bible treasure hunt theme. Help your child get to know God and His character. Not to mention exploring some more obscure parts of the Bible. Also a great package filler. Here are just some of them:
Genesis 18:14 ~ Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Exodus 14:13 ~ Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground and you will see what the Lord will do to save you… The Lord will fight for you…
Exodus 20:2-3 ~ I am the Lord your God… Worship no God but me.
Exodus 23:2 ~ Do not follow the majority when they do wrong…
Leviticus 20:26 ~ You shall be holy and belong only to me, because I am the Lord and I am holy. I have set you apart… so that you would belong to me alone.
Numbers 23:19 ~ God is not like men, who lie; He is not a human who changes His mind; Whatever He promises, He does; He speaks and it is done.
Deuteronomy 6:5 ~ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 10:12 ~ Worship the Lord and do all that He commands. Love Him, serve Him with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 10: 17 ~ The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty and He is to be feared.
Deuteronomy 30:15,19 ~ Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death…. between God’s blessing and God’s curse… choose life.
Deuteronomy 31:8 ~ The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 32:4 ~ The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all His ways; Your God is faithful and true; He does what is right and fair.
Joshua 1:9 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.
APOLOGETICS / ARCHAEOLOGY
More and more, I am introducing apologetics into the things I do for my Compassion kids to make their faith REAL. Telling them about the Creator. Creation. Exactly who Jesus is. Why we can trust Him. Why we can trust the Bible… etc etc. That Jesus was fully God and fully man ~ a REAL historical person ~ who came to earth on a very special mission, lived, died and rose from the dead (thus proving that He was God! How many other people do you know ~ especially religious leaders ~ who have ever been raised from death?!)
The Secret of the Missing Scrolls – a fun and exciting mystery/adventure theme that I did for my kids, describing the ultimate treasure hunt to piece together and photograph thousands of fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls – God’s Word – and put them online so that everyone can see them. Written 2,000 years ago and first discovered at Qumran, on the Dead Sea in 1947, this jigsaw puzzle still continues today! These high-resolution images of 950 different manuscripts were made using special hi-tech cameras and technology first developed for NASA. They have made sections of parchment visible, that were previously indecipherable. The actual scrolls can be found here: deadseascrolls.org.il/
rzim.org Ravi Zacharias daily devotional for older children / university students / adults; apologetics (Ravi has been likened to a modern day C.S. Lewis)
How do we know the Bible is true? many people tend to go along with the popular delusion that the Bible is full of mistakes and is no longer relevant to our modern world – let’s look at the facts…
SCIENCE / CREATION
The world is overflowing with extremely hostile anti-God messages. Our kids will come across them. We need to hit them head on before they become a problem and destroy their faith. Because there are answers to all the doozy questions. And there is so much mis-information, suppression of the truth and downright blatant lies out there. As we speed into the last days before the return of Jesus, who knows what persecution they ~ and we ~ may have to suffer? If our faith is not built on solid rock, it will crumble.
eternal-productions.org 101 scientific facts written down in the Bible centuries before they were discovered; fabulous; include a snippet in each letter or print off the whole thing
creation.com is a FABULOUS site for ALL those tricky questions about God and science. Written by Ph.D. scientists who take the Bible seriously ~ all who were previously evolutionists and brainwashed with evolutionary atheistic doctrine. This site seeks to restore the authority of scripture and is one of my main information sources when I prepare my articles for kids. Parents’ Corner – homeschool resources or print off one of these free scientific tracts. ‘Evolution is not science… it is humanism in a lab coat.’
Answers in Genesis and The Institute of Creation Research (icr.org) and Creation Research are also trusted resource sites from scientists who take the Bible seriously – or if you are looking for something specific, use this Creation Search Engine to find exactly what you are looking for
adefenceofthebible.com reasons why the Bible can be trusted; written by a scientist with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry
Choose just one of the many great scientists who fully believed in God and the Bible and do a theme about their life, scientific achievements and their deep faith in God. Many of the founding fathers of modern science were Bible-believing Christians, as were many of the less well-known scientists who expanded our scientific knowledge.
Like Sir Isaac Newton, who is considered to be one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. His discoveries in mathematics and science are massive. Among them he invented calculus, the laws of motion and gravitation and also constructed the first reflecting telescope. But what many people don’t know about him is that he also wrote more than a million words of Bible commentary!
Or like Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), who was the scientist who designed the original classification system of living things. He knew that God created all living things in KINDS. God Himself said so. That’s why the classification system of living things works. There is tremendous adaptation and variation within each KIND (natural selection) of course, but he knew that if a horse-kind breeds with another horse-kind, it will still be a horse. In fact, this is one way we can tell what belonged to an original kind – whether or not they can interbreed.
Or choose one of many other great scientists from the Creation Hall of Fame web site, ‘honouring those who honoured God’s Word as literally written in Genesis’.
Or talk about the many modern scientists who have accepted the Biblical account of creation. More here.
Here are some creation articles that I have done for my kids; heaps of fun and are written from a Biblical perspective giving glory to God as Creator: Space / Universe; Tiger; Dinosaurs; Elephants; Giraffes; Bugs (he will love the exploding beetle); Frogs; Pandas; Horses, Donkeys and Zebras; Butterfly (why not? Boys can still appreciate God’s exquisite designs); Snowflakes; Polar Bear; Colugo; Birds; Woodpecker; Kangaroo or the super cool Chameleon. Not cutesy, but go scientific. I often send the same articles to both boys and girls of all ages (from about 9 or 10+ depending on the child) and just change what I send with it. More articles.
Summer / Beach / Seashells Whether it’s going surfing or going scientific, everyone loves the beach. Some of our kids may never have even seen a beach. And don’t forget to check out the photos of sand under the microscope (thanks Kathy!)
You may even like to discuss how all of our wonderful designs are just inferior copies of God’s original designs or choose something specific from the enormous (and fast growing) scientific field of biomimetics, where scientists are deliberately copying God’s incredible designs (whilst denying that they are designed and without any acknowledgement of the true copyright owner).
How about a timeline of world history showing how the Bible fits right in? We’ve got the BIG picture of world history straight from the Creator. Let’s share it with our kids.
Periodic elements table in colour for science students to help them learn it. Or a blank one for students to complete. Idea: use as basis for a fun science lapbook for older children. Or maybe you might like to tell them about the 4 brand new chemicals listed on the periodic table (January 2016).
Photos of 10 raw minerals in order of hardness (scroll down) from talc to diamond. Idea: use as basis for a fun science package
creation research.org The Creation Research Society – international team of highly acclaimed professional scientists, who are firmly committed to the Biblical history and 6 day creation;
creationmoments.com heaps of free printable (church bulletin) inserts ready to print. Help your child (and your church) stand strong against atheistic evolution – send a few copies with every letter for your child to share with family and friends.
Answers to sticky questions about God and science from Answers in Genesis; and Printable pamphlets – some are free; more free printable answers and activities for kids; or tell them about the fabulous Creation Museum giving glory to God as designer; or the real life sized Noah’s Ark theme park being built and how they have done it, preparing exhibits, etc. There is also plenty of food for thought you may like to discuss with your child from Ken Ham’s blog.
Cartoon for teens Confronting what atheism really means – Quella asks an innocent question, “Dad, where did we come from?” and receives a shocking reply; why not share it or discuss it with your Compassion kids; free printable
TRUE STORIES / RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP
What happens when a nation repents Inspire your child to pray for their country and its leadership. If they come from Uganda, congratulate him on the example his country has been to the rest of the world.
Dr Ben Carson an African-American who grew up in poverty and became a world famous doctor and an inspiring man of faith. It is a story of a boy who had to overcome huge obstacles to reach his dream; free printable
Louis Zamperini As told in the movie, Unbroken, this real life story is about an Olympic runner and World War II hero who survived a plane crash; 47 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean; 2 years in a Japanese POW camp, only to return home to find his greatest battle was yet to come… and how his broken life was transformed after a radical encounter with Jesus Christ and an unknown servant (at that time) called Billy Graham.
Inspire your child with a true story of radical obedience, like this one of a homeless man sleeping on the lawn of the church who turned out to be the new pastor of that church! :o
American evangelist Arthur Blessitt carried a huge cross for 40 years through 315 countries, walking nearly 40,000 miles (making it into the Guinness Book of records for the longest walk ever). There are interesting stories, facts, photos about carrying the cross through your / your child’s country / other special places–e.g. Antarctica, the Great Wall of China, Siberia… and a piece of that cross is now orbiting the earth in space. This free printable world map entirely made up of human faces (Biblical perspective) would be fabulous to go with it. As a side note, I recently heard Arthur Blessitt being interviewed. He said he will keep travelling and telling others about the Gospel for as long as God enables him to. He has had mega offers from mega companies to be their poster boy for the world’s longest walk ~ they all want that ~ if only he will ditch Jesus! He has refused.
Former Compassion Children ~ Where are they now? Inspire them with many real life stories of kids who have been where they are and find out what happened to them; encourage them with what they can aspire to.
GODLY CHARACTER / PURITY
ellerslie.com Ideas to inspire your child to follow in the footsteps of CT Studd: ‘We will dare to trust our God… we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable, singing aloud in our hearts.’
focusonthefamily.com pass on a blessing to your child (and to your own children and grandchildren). Sounds corny, but if you have seen the movies ‘Courageous’ and ‘Flywheel’ you will know how powerful this can be.
Resolution – from the movie ‘Courageous’. I adapted this slightly for my boys to encourage them to grow to be Godly men.
More Courageous Resources and ideas to build our boys. It is all about mentoring with intent. I want to be intentional. “It’s easier to build into boys, than fix men.”
Letters to my Sons ~ A call to following Jesus to a courageous manhood wonderful letters that a father wrote to his sons encouraging them to ‘be the man, God’s man’. You may like to use this as a guide for your own personal message.
Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood: Discussion Questions (scroll down) to discuss with your child;
Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to What It Means to Be a Man (scroll down) sample chapter from the book to discuss with your child.
More resources from ministries who share a commitment to see men step up to courageous manhood.
And in no time at all, this question is bound to come up: Okay, I’m in love… how do I tell if they’re ‘the one’? This is an article that I made for my kids and there is Bible matching poster, wallet cards and stationery; free printable
true love waits.com Sexual purity – encouraging our older boys to wait for God’s best
real talk real blokes Sexual purity and masculinity – a challenge for our older boys to be all they were created to be – for those tricky questions or if you want to have ‘the talk’.
You may like to discuss one or more of these Daily Devotionals encouraging holiness and sexual purity
Or talk about the war for our son’s purity and discuss some of the topics in the book, ‘Every Young Man’s Battle’. Every Young Man’s Battle will show you how to train your eyes and your mind, how to clean up your thought life, and how to develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today’s sexually soaked culture. As a result, you’ll experience hope–real hope–for living a strong, pure life God’s way.
Teen Q&A – current teen issues share a snippet with your child
MADE IN HIS IMAGE
Made in the image of God A simple lesson from a paper airplane. God is the creator, so being like him makes us creative too. Your child will grow up to do bigger things – like build a house; open a business, become a pastor or teacher or pilot, help other people or write a book … (some great paper airplanes in the ‘Just for Fun’ section below)
Or let them know that even before they were born, that God knew them! That He carefully designed them to be a unique person and has a special plan for their life. Add your child’s photo; free printable
Cell diagram to label and colour (pdf) Cells are NOT simple ~ that is a fairytale ~ each individual cell is a fully functional complete miniature city!
Five Senses of the Human Body – Poster (Answers in Genesis) Biblical perspective; free printable
Human Brain – mad scientist / fun facts poster (Answers in Genesis) free printable
JUST FOR FUN
traffic jam game get the red car out of the traffic jam; boys of all ages will enjoy these logical thinking puzzles using grids and cars with various difficulty levels; free printable
Origami architecture / detailed pop up cards of famous buildings from all over the world; free printable
Sport ~ Links lots of fun FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, creative ideas for kids
BOOKS / MAGAZINES
Send a few pages at a time; or just chat about a book in your letter as a kind of informal book review or ‘this is what I’ve been reading…’
Manga Comic Book Bible My kids LOVED these. Even big kids like comic books and this paraphrases the Bible story really well into 5 separate books. I have sent two so far – Mutiny and Messiah – in separate postings. The hardest part is carving up the book! A great filler for the boys when sending an article like butterflies.
Creation Magazine jam packed with great photos and articles written by Ph.D. scientists who fully believe the Bible. You can subscribe; have it sent to your place for your family; keep the 5 digital versions; then pass the magazine pages on to your Compassion child. They also sell back issues really cheaply and the information rarely dates. Jam packed with information that brings glory to God. I love these for my boys.
Religion is for Fools by Bill Medley ~ fabulous apologetics book written by a professional comedian. Lots of fun, small enough to cut up and send over multiple postings, but packed with great facts.
Cyber Quest a fabulous novel by Sigmund Brouwer. A secret committee bands together to find a hero. He is hooked up to a computer and put to sleep, where his character is tested by a series of different swashbuckling adventures through the ages. So far, none of the other candidates have survived and time is running out. Plus there seems to be an assassin. Fabulous book (also available as 6 smaller books) and probably eerily close to real life and God’s purpose for us than we can possibly imagine. That is, testing our character when it doesn’t seem to matter whether we go God’s way or not. As one of the adventures is aboard a pirate ship, this would be fabulous to go with a Bible Treasure theme.
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan ~ a timeless Christian classic full of adventure and real life lessons.
Chronicles of Narnia Another timeless Christian classic from C.S. Lewis. Just love Aslan! Who’s your favourite?*
COLOURING PAGES FOR OLDER BOYS
I actually started writing this post because I found what I think must be the mother lode of all colouring pages for older boys, but as I jotted it down, other ideas for boys tumbled over each other. As you can see, the colouring pages ended up a long way down the list! :)
Turn his photo into a colouring page like I did with this one of Moses; the tutorial even shows you how to add the cool sunnies. Moses (and his friends) loved it. :)
Bible colouring pages from The Action Bible
Tons of colouring pages for boys the mother lode of colouring pages for boys that inspired this post – cars, trucks, planes, racing, Bible, space, mining equipment, construction, sport, Olympics, motorcycles, dirt bike, farming, boats, ships, drums, guitars, pirates (perfect for a Bible treasure hunt theme), thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, trains, valentine, winter, transformers…
Male surfer catching a wave – colouring free printable
Fighter plane – colouring free printable
Jazz up your colouring pages specifically for him using his favourite colours (or sporting team colours). Add a border, a title, a Bible verse or some clip art with this easy tutorial.
max7.org Heaps of great Bible puzzles; Bible lessons and ideas for older children; some in other languages
Challenging mazes for older kids; some in different shapes.
Commuter madness maze (Dover sample)
DIY Puzzles Do a bit of research and design your own puzzle specifically suited to your child’s interests; their country; Bible treasure theme, etc. It’s actually much easier than you think. Just type in the clues and answers, then push a button!
30 great Photo fun sites to choose from for your child’s photo and your family photos, too.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Does he like sport? Cars? Rocket ships? Stars? Animals? Found a great photo (or clip art) that you know he will love? Or use his own photo. Add a Bible verse and make your own:
Bible Verse Poster (A4) or Bible Verse Card (4×6)
Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name!
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Board Game
Matching stationery with Bible verse.
And don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes.
Add a Bible verse to a free printable photo frame.
Word Cloud Generators Type in any Bible verse – e.g. whatever you do, do to the glory of God – in any language; click a button and it will do creativity for you! Or type in your child’s name; some sporting or character words about them; details about your package theme; upload a relevant shape; choose their favourite colours (or sporting team colours)…
STATIONERY FOR OLDER BOYS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Armour of God; Warrior or Wimp; Turtle; Dinosaur; Universe; Secret of the Missing Scrolls (including sample letter); Bible Treasure Theme 3 (including sample letter or blank); Daniel by Paper Gifts for Estefany; free printable
Most importantly, when you are writing to your sponsored child, don’t forget… :)
As I think of other ideas, I’ll update this post to keep everything together.
Let me know what you come up with, too.
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Answer: Joseph ~ another fabulous BIBLICAL role model ~ and idea for our boys. And that makes me think of Noah and a whole heap more! Enough! For now, anyway, or this will never get posted! :)