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.

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)

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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

Winning the Prize – Children’s Talk

Over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading services within my Benefice of 3 churches. On this blog, I hope over time to be able to share these talks/order of services with you, so that my teachings can be a help to you too, should you be struggling for inspiration in your services.

This first talk is from a children’s service called Lighten Up! which I led on Sunday 21st October 2012. It is called ‘Winning the Prize’ Additionally I have an opening and closing prayer that I wrote which can be used too.

Winning the Prize

When there is a contest the winners get a trophy or at the Olympics a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

I am sure you all enjoy the praise and congratulations you receive when getting your trophy or awards and afterwards when you are being cheered.

But also it is a sign for others to see that you have done something very special.

James and John asked Jesus for something very, very special because they thought they were special themselves, but they also knew that Jesus didn’t hand out awards to people.

What they wanted was to sit on his left and right in his Kingdom.

But Jesus said that it wasn’t for him to decide who could sit next to him in heaven. For the ones who will get that honour are the ones that are servants and helpers to everyone else. For those people, getting up in the morning they are full of life, and a bundle of energy, ready to do God’s will.

The Hebrew word for this is Nephesh, which literally means the breath of life, ambition or living creature.

Two weeks ago at Harvest we looked at the story of creation in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but a couple of verses later in, it says:

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:7

God had planned all along for those that are full of life, or with ambition to be his servants and it is those of us that will get to sit at his side in his Kingdom. Remember he created us:

in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

He created us all to be like him, servants to others, just like he sent Jesus to be a servant and not to be served.

God’s kingdom is not about winning prizes or honour. It is about service to others. Look at the life of Jesus! What better example of a servant is there? He came not to be served but to serve, dying on the cross so that we might have eternal life!

That is the greatest prize anyone could ever have!

Opening Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for bringing us here together today. Make us all humble and unite us through your word and prayer. We pray, Lord Jesus that you open our hearts and our ears and make us quiet and attentive to your Holy Word. May your Holy Spirit and your Word guide us and light our way.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father as we come to the end of our time together we thank you for what has been accomplished here in your church today. May the matters raised help us to move forward and cause us to advance and see growth in all areas of our lives. May we leave here recognizing that you are the God of all wisdom and you are willing to lead us forward.