Friday, October 22, 2010

The Sweet Gospel Message

For Vacation Bible School this summer,
I decided even the candy treats
had to proclaim the glories of the Lord.

It only takes one verse to convict the heart of sin
and lead them to salvation.

We just have to get those verses into their hands
and their houses,
so maybe it can enter into their hearts.

I send goodie bags home each day of VBS with a Gospel tract,
a small gift for attending,
an invitation for the next day to pass out to a friend,
and a candy treat.

These are the extra candy gifts I used during VBS
we'll be passing out next weekend.

We don't participate in Halloween as a family,
except to pass out tracts and candy to the neighborhood kids.

I have made a practice of making little baggies ahead of time
with a few pieces of candy
and an attractive Gospel tract.

I also pass out chocolate and
a Gospel booklet called
to the mommies.

All templates were from Microsoft Word.
They're so easy to use!

(click on any picture to enlarge)

This was actually a template to label garden plants.
(don't know how they think the paper will
survive outside in a garden, but whatever)

Under New choose
then Labels,
then Other Labels,
then Herb Garden Plant Markers.
Insert verse. 
I used Genesis 24:26.

I love making these little gifts!

Wrapping box after box of Nerds can be challenging,
tying tiny bows can drive you crazy,
but they sweetly illustrate the Gospel verse,

I glue the box on the card.
I didn't use a template,
just a Word document, where I kept cutting and pasting
2 Timothy 3:15 over and over.

I punch a hole in the corner and tie
two Smarties on with curling ribbon.

This is a business card from Word templates.
I just added Ephesians 3:19, punched the holes,
and slid the suckers through.

I was grasping at straws,
 and used the comparison of candy fillled with chocolate
to being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Other years, I have typed up this little paragraph
and filled celophane gift bags with the paper
and individually wrapped types of candy listed.


 RED HOTS – Hell is real. Hell is forever. Hell is the punishment you deserve for your sins. The hardships and sufferings on earth are nothing compared to the eternal suffering in Hell. Revelation 20:15, says, “and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 LIFE SAVER – there is nothing you can do to save yourself from an eternity in Hell. Christ alone can save you from your sins. John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”

 SMARTIES – Make the smart decision. Accept the Lord’s free gift of salvation. 2 Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

 NOW NOT LATER - II Corinthians 6:2b “Behold NOW is the day of salvation!”

Yea, His Words are sweeter than candy.

Psalms 119:103
How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I would love to hear any ideas you have for making sweet Gospel messages!


  1. Aaron and I just talked about ordering some tracts for Halloween but when I saw this I changed my mind. I like that last idea with the smarties, redhots and such way better!! All of that is generally pretty cheap and those verses are perfect. Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas!!

  2. I like the idea, but worry about the Red Hots message. There is no hope given. So the first part is good, but don't leave them stranded in Hell, add the message of salvation through faith in Jesus!

  3. Lora, so glad you brought that up your concern. I realized I wasn't too clear about describing the last Gospel idea, and I didn't have a picture to clarify.

    The final group under THINK ABOUT IT all go in the same bag, so you have hell, then salvation, then the decision, to be made now, each with their own candy.

    But, you are so right, Hell without salvation isn't hopeful or helpful. Thanks for pointing out the need for clarification.


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