Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 5

This is week 5 of Puzzling Puzzles! Today, you have a Directional Cryptogrid, Quick Quiz, Quotedrop and a Rokudoku to complete. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all that weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting. There are 2 categories; Adults and Under 18’s.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com – scans/photos of sheets or typed answers permitted – or return to Alex at Church on a Sunday.

Good luck! 🙂 The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (24th September 2017)

Rokudoku

Here is a Rokudoku (Mini-Sudoku). Find the verses below in your Bibles then fill the grid with the respective number of that verse using the coordinates for each answer. This gives you your starting Rokudoku grid, which you then complete as normal. Each 3×2 box must contain the numbers 1-6. Additionally, each number may only appear once in any horizontal or vertical line.

For:  EH
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:__)

For: BJ, DH
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:__)

For: AL, BI
He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:__)

For: DK, EJ
‘After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God’ (Revelation 19:__)

For: EI
If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. (Leviticus 2:__)

For: CK, FG
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:__)

Quick Quiz

  1. What was the title of this morning’s talk?
  2. List 3 of the good deeds that were shown in the video.
  3. What was the Bible verse that was mentioned from the Book of Proverbs?
  4. Which major Prophet book from the Old Testament is the Valley of Dry Bones vision found in?

 

Directional Cryptogrid

Quotedrop

Below is an empty grid (except for punctuation), and above it a line of letters for each column of the grid. The letters in each column are not in the order they drop down into the grid. Drop the letters into their correct grid positions in their respective lines to spell out the Bible verse.

TIP: Start by placing the letters in columns that only have 1-2 letters and then work on words that are short in length.

Hi Everyone!

Hi all,

Welcome to my blog! My name is Alex, and this is going to be my area where I can blog about what happens in my daily life and at the same time making it interesting to read and be full of helpful advice for all of you.

Something I care greatly about is my faith, and how my faith affects my daily life and also those around me. I am a Christian and nothing pleases me more than sharing Jesus with others. Hopefully by leading a Christian life I can lead them to Jesus so that they too will realize the price He paid for us by dying on the cross and rising again in glory.

Much of my blog will be about my Christian faith, my ministry and youth work within our local churches and how all of these effect my daily life. I aim to post my thoughts on the scriptures that I am currently reflecting on, talks and activities for use with services and lots of other things too.

Away from my Christian faith, I am an avid Motorsport fan, so I will also be talking about that a fair bit too.

Anyway enough from me for now. I look forward to sharing my life with you in the future.

Many blessings,

Alex

Originally posted 2016-09-20 15:42:55.

Philippians 4:13

‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me’
Philippians 4:13 

By now you are most probably wanting to know why I have chosen this piece of scripture for the tag line of this blog.

I should at this point stress that it does not mean what the average person would think. Most people would read that and think that God would bless whatever I choose to do in life and I will therefore be successful at it. However, the true meaning is this: God gives believers the strength to do whatever he asks them to do.

To truly understand you need to put this into context with the previous verse:

 ‘I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’
Philippians 4:12-13 

Paul learnt that doing everything through Christ Jesus, he could be content in everything no matter what the outcome. It is not what you achieve in life that is important, it is about how you do things.

Being content with everything in life no matter what the outcome is going to be, would be wonderful and something that I should always strive to achieve. That is the promise of the scriptures and the reason why for this blog Philippians 4:13 is so true. I need to be content with however successful or not this blog is and also it should echo my day to day life.

There are many other examples in the scripture where this understanding can be further strengthened. Isaiah 40:29-31, Ephesians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 to name but a few. I will endeavour to look at these scriptures in greater depth in the future.

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Originally posted 2017-05-17 12:20:54.

Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 4

Week 4 of Puzzling Puzzles contains a wordsearch, crossword and a quick quiz. The first to submit the correct answers to all of the weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting (Adult and Child).

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (17th September 2017) – Good luck!

Wordsearch

Today, the 3rd September, marks the feast day of Saint Gregory the Great (Pope Saint Gregory I) in the Church of England calendar. Gregory was Pope of the Catholic Church between 3rd September 590 to his death on the 12th March 604. Gregory is the patron saint of students, and teachers – very apt given the new school year is just about to begin – as well as musicians and singers.

Can you find the 21 words relating to Gregory, his life and ministries in the below wordsearch?

Quick Quiz

  1. What has been the name of our current sermon series?
  2. What is today’s sermon title?
  3. Can you name each of the other individual sermon titles? (1 point per answer)
  4. We didn’t look at this one but what does Jehovah El Roi translate to?
  5. What about Jehovah Yireh?
  6. What is the Hebrew for ‘the Lord our righteousness’?

Crossword

Here is a crossword grid.
Answer the clues to get the word for the corresponding position in the grid. The numbers in red brackets tell you how many letters the answer is split into as 1 answer might have two words, for example an 8-letter answer might be split 4,4. To get you started, the first answer has been provided as an example. Just place it in the grid in the correct position and off you go! 🙂

Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 3

This is the 3rd edition of Puzzling Puzzles. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all of the weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (10th September 2017)

This week’s puzzles are a Polygon Puzzle and Scrabble. Good luck! 🙂

Polygon Puzzle

Below is a nonagon with 10 letters inside. Write down as many words with 4 or more letters. All words must include the centre letter and you can only use each letter once. There is one 10 letter word. A clue has been provided for what it could be.

Each valid word is worth a number of points. 4 letters = 4 points. A bonus 50 points can be awarded if you can give which Book, Chapter and Verse that the clue is alluding to.

Scrabble

Using the letter tiles given, make a word that forms part of everyday English. Words that are not allowed include pronouns (words always capitalised), abbreviations, acronyms, prefixes, suffixes, and words requiring a hyphen or apostrophe.

Each letter tile may only be used once. Blank tiles can be used as any letter, but have a value of zero.

SCORING: Add up the values on each tile used in your word, multiplying the value of any tile that falls on a letter bonus. Word bonuses are applied to the entire word after adding the scores of the letters together. This is in addition to any other letter or word bonuses. You may find a dictionary useful. You can place your word anywhere along the rack to get the best points possible. 7-LETTER BONUS: If you use all seven tiles in your word add an extra 50 points after applying all other bonuses.

See what you can make for your highest score. Each set has a word that utilizes all the letters and is connected to our bible reading today. (Judges 6: 1-24)

Rolled French Toast – Recipe: Desserts / Puddings

This evening I decided to attempt some cooking which by my standards went rather well.

I successfully attempted to make some Rolled French Toasts to have as a pudding and here is the recipe below.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
12 slices bread (medium thickness maximum!)
Cream cheese
Small sliced strawberries (16 pieces to each large strawberry)
4 eggs
1½ tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Neatly cut off the crusts of each slice of bread so that they remain as close to a rectangle as possible. Then roll out each slice with a rolling pin so it is as thin as can be.

On the bottom third of the slice of bread, spread the cream cheese and lay on top some strawberries. Roll up the slice as tight as possible and put a little bit more cream cheese on the end so that the end of the bread stays pressed against the roll. Repeat for each slice of bread.

Mix together with a small whisk or fork the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Once thoroughly mixed together, dip the rolls into the mixture. Then fry in a liberally buttered skillet, turning frequently until all sides are golden brown.

Serve hot with whatever topping you choose. In my case vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis.

Happy eating! 😊

Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 2

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Puzzling Puzzles. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all of that weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (3rd September 2017)

This week you again have two puzzles to ponder – a Word Search and a Sudoku.

Good luck! J

Wordsearch
Can you find the 17 words or phrases relating to our current sermon series on the Names of God?
Words can be in any direction, forward or backwards!

All Sufficient One     Banner     El Shaddai     Exodus     Genesis
Healer     Is Present     Jehovah     Judges     Lord My
Names of God     Nissi     Peace     Rapha
Shalom     Shammah     The Lord Our

 

H G B D E A D E G S R S J K D R
I S S I N H L S L E I E N O F E
E E Z K O P Q O N S H S G Y U L
I V C H T A P N R O H F E D W A
S V Z A N R A C V D O A V N P E
P Z P F E B C A T S M R D E E H
R Z G Z I P H C E Z B Y J D Q G
E I I A C T G M A L A Z O D A L
S O L B I H A J H V D Q G T J I
E J H I F N H A M M A H S J T E
N E E Y F J X H X U A B U M J X
T L L O U T H E L O R D O U R O
Y U O C S S L X I K G J M W P D
V S H A L O M H B E K M G U L U
Q B N W L A P H S R J H I Q R S
E Q X M A X B I L Y L Q B G C L

Sudoku

Find the verses below in your Bibles then fill the corresponding grid with the respective numbers found in each verse. Each 3×3 box must contain the numbers 1-9 with each number only appearing once in any horizontal or vertical lines.

For AJ, HM, BN, FP:

How many weeks passed in which Daniel ate no meat, after his vision of a man?
(Daniel 10:3-5)

For BK, EL, HN, CO, GQ, AR:
How many days per year did Israel’s daughter lament Jephthah’s daughter?  (Judges 11:40)

For CL, GN, IP, AQ, ER
How many choice sheep were prepared for Governor Nehemiah each day? (Nehemiah 5:18)

For EJ, HQ, DR:
What number times 10 was the age of Sarah when she was told she would bare Isaac? (Genesis 17:15-17)

For EK, IM, CP, GR:
How many men did Joseph’s ten brothers say fathered them? (Genesis 42:11)

For IK, EN
How many warriors did the Danites send to spy out the land of Laish? (Judges 18:2)

For FK, AN, IP:
What are the number of verses in this Psalm? (Psalm 61)

For GJ, CM, IN, DO, EQ, HR:
How many seals are on the book to be opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah?
(Revelation 5:5)

For GK, DM, CN, EP, BR:
When the Son of man is revealed, how many women will be grinding when one is taken?  (Luke 17:30, 35)

  A B C D E F G H I
J                  
K                  
L                  
M                  
N                  
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Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 1

Welcome to this first edition of Puzzling Puzzles.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or wait for the answers to be provided in a fortnights time. (27th August 2017)

This week you have two puzzles to ponder – a cryptogram and a sudoku.

Good luck!

Cryptogram

Unscramble the letters to identify a verse from the Bible. Fill out the grid and find where the verse is in the Bible!

(Note: Not every letter is utilized in this cryptogram; and for this first one I have saved you time by giving you the letters not used!)

XIFH    VRQVU    XVW    HLHFCB-HLHF    BFVQW    SOZ    CIF    OSQZ    VTTFVQFZ    CS    ILU    VHZ    WVLZ    ‘L    VU    MSZ    VOULMICB;    XVOY    RFDSQF    UF    DVLCIDJOOB    VHZ    RF    ROVUFOFWW.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
 —-       —-     —-        —-    
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 —-    —-                    
Book:                                     Chapter:                       Verse:
Version: New International Version Anglicised (NIVUK)

Sudoku

Find the verses below in the Bible then fill the corresponding grid with the respective numbers found in each verse. Each 3×3 box must contain the numbers 1-9 with each number only appearing once in any horizontal or vertical lines.

For DJ, GK, BL, IM, HP, FR:
Josiah was _ years old when he became king.  (2 Kings 22:1)
For FN, AP:
The 10 commandments were written on _ tables of stone. (Deuteronomy 9:11)
For HK, DN, BO, EQ:
What number plus 3 equals the number of Jesus’ apostles?
(Matthew 10:2)
For AM, IQ:
The number of times Paul was whipped with 39 lashes. (2 Corinthians 11:24)
For EK, CM, GN, DO, FQ:
The age of Joash when he began to reign over the kingdom of Judah.
(2 Chronicles 24:1)
For AK, IL, FM, CN, GO, DP, BQ:
The number of verses in this Psalm.
(Psalm 23)
For CK, HM, GQ:
The number of languages spoken before the building of the tower of Babel.
(Genesis 11:1)
For BK, FL, AO, CQ:
The number of sons Issachar had.  (1 Chronicles 7:1)
For GJ, DK, IO, HQ, CR
Noah had _ sons. (Genesis 6:10)

A B C D E F G H I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R

Cryptogram – Number 1

I would like to have some fun and games on here whilst sharing my life but at the same time helping people to learn their bibles. So I am going to post regular puzzles to do. Here is the first in a series of cryptograms. Enjoy!

OXB    ZXI    HX    EXCAI    QDA    PXBEI    QDVQ   DA   ZVCA   DLH   XMA   VMI    XMEN    HXM,    QDVQ    PDXACAB    YAELACAH    LM    DLF    HDVEE    MXQ    UABLHD    YGQ    DVCA    AQABMVE    ELOA

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
                         
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
                         
 
Book:                                     Chapter:                       Verse:
Version: New International Version Anglicised (NIVUK)

Blog in the Light – A story behind the name

Some people have been asking why I chose the name ‘Blog in the Light’ for this site. Well, like with most things, there is a story behind it, and this is it.

When I grew up, I frequently sung the song ‘The Spirit lives to set us free’ which has line in the chorus; ‘walk in the light’.

It was never one of my favourite songs or hymns but it was one that was sung often in school assemblies and children’s services because it was simple, catchy and very easy to learn. But despite this over the years I have found that the lyrics meant more and more to me.

‘Walk in the light, walk in the light, walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord.’

As time progressed, and I grew in my faith as a Christian, I began to really understand what everything meant, and I realised that God our Father sent his only Son, Jesus, down to earth to die upon a cross and took away with him all our sins. This gives us the opportunity to lead Godly lives if we so choose, and to walk in the light of Christ as he had originally intended.

Without knowing God, there would be no light in my life. In John 14:6 Jesus said:

‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
John 14:6

Jesus IS the way, and IS the truth, and IS the life. Without Him, there would be no light and no way I would ever be able to meet him in Heaven. I am thankful that I have opened myself up to His light, so that I can walk in the light of Christ, or in the case of here, blog in the light of Christ. Hopefully I will be able to give you a glimpse as to what life is like knowing the one true Father and hopefully lead you on your journey into knowing Jesus, as Lord and Saviour as you begin walking down the path in the light of Christ.

My prayer for all you readers is for you to come to know Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and if you have already made a commitment, then I would love for you to have a better understanding as to what this means, so below is a prayer that you can say.

Lord God, I’m sorry for ignoring You and doing things my way in darkness without Your Light. Thank you, Jesus, that You came and took the punishment for my sin. Thank you that you gave your life for me so that I can live a life walking in Your Light. Please forgive me and help me now as I decide to live only for You. Amen.