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The Big Change
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian


Curly haired boy lying down with head in his hands smiling and watching a colorful butterfly

Jenny and Joey sat in the grass, watching the glass jar intently. At any moment, the butterfly should break completely out of the cocoon. It had been such a long time since they caught the caterpillar and placed it in the jar. They had taken especially good care of it and watched as it wrapped itself up inside the cocoon. Now it was finally time for the caterpillar to emerge with its brand new set of wings.

How exciting it was to watch the cocoon crack open and see the butterfly begin its struggle for its new life! Sometimes it wiggled and jiggled as it worked to become free. Other times it remained motionless as it gathered strength to try again.

animated orange and black butterfly THEN IT HAPPENED! They were able to see both wings of the lovely butterfly as it dropped completely out of the cocoon. WHAT A BIG CHANGE from the fuzzy caterpillar that had been placed in the jar so long ago!

Saul was an angry man who did not like Christians at all Saul was an angry man who did not like Christians at all. He yelled and screamed at them. He made nasty threats. He beat them and sometimes even killed them. Saul was definitely not a man anyone would want to try to befriend.

On this particular day, Saul was traveling to the city of Damascus. He wanted the leaders of the city to give him permission to hurt more Christians. As he and his friends were making their way along the dusty road, discussing what they were going to say to the leaders, and bragging about how happy they would be to receive permission to persecute the Christians . . .

SUDDENLY . . .

Saul ...from out of heaven, came the brightest light Saul had ever seen. The light surrounded Him. He tried to cover his eyes to shield the light, but it was so bright that it still hurt his eyes. He fell down on the ground trying to get away from it.

Then he heard a voice. It was unlike any voice he had ever heard, saying, "SAUL! SAUL! Why do you want to persecute me?"

Saul, not recognizing the voice, said, "Who are you?"

The answer came back, "I am Jesus."

Of course, Saul was terribly afraid. He was shaking and trembling and could hardly speak. In a weak voice he said, "Lord, what should I do?"

animated orange and black butterfly Jesus replied, "Go into the city, and someone will meet you and tell you what to do."

The friends that were with him were astonished! They didn't see the light. They didn't see a person. They only heard the voice. They didn't have a clue what was happening!

When Saul was able to get up off the ground, he uncovered his eyes but he could not see anything When Saul was able to get up off the ground, he uncovered his eyes, but he couldn't see anything. His friends had to hold his hands and lead him into the city of Damascus. The light was so bright it had blinded him. For three whole days he couldn't see anything at all.

While all of this was happening on the road outside the city of Damascus, something else was happening inside the city.

The Christians were becoming fearful because they had heard that Saul was on his way. They knew he was a cruel man that didn't like them. They knew what terrible things he had done to other Christians and they were getting quite worried.

God spoke to Ananias in a
vision There was a Christian man named Ananias who loved the Lord very much. God spoke to him in a vision, telling him to go down the street to find Saul. Now, Ananias had heard all the stories about Saul and he wasn't very fond of this plan. Ananias spoke to the Lord: "What if he hurts me? What if he even wants to KILL me? Are you sure about this, Lord?" I'm sure we all can understand Ananias' hesitation to go out and find Saul!

The Lord spoke to Ananias again, reassuring him that everything would be fine. Ananias found the house where Saul was staying and went in for a visit. While he was there, he prayed for Saul and the blindness left him. The Lord healed him so he could see again.

Saul stayed in Damascus with the Christians. He became good friends with them and learned from them. It wasn't long before Saul became a preacher teaching people about Jesus. Everyone was amazed! They couldn't believe that this was the same person that had hated them so much and wanted to kill them.

Saul became good friends with the Christians and learned from
them

WHAT A WONDERFUL CHANGE!

animated orange and black butterfly

THINK!

Does Jesus only care about good people?
What was the BIG CHANGE that happened to Saul?
Can anyone change or just some people?


A VERSE TO LEARN

"...If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature..." (2 Corinthians 5:17a).


REMEMBER

Even though people are mean, God still loves them and can help them to change.


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

****************************************************
Dear God, thank You for loving each one of us
even though we don't deserve Your love. Help us
to love others even when they are mean and do not
remember that You can change anyone.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Acts 9:1-12


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Coloring Page
Bible Heroes Paul Coloring Book
Story of Paul

18 People in the Life of Paul

What God Says Salvation
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God Loves Me Coloring Pages

God Loves You Coloring Book:
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My Bible Coloring Book
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ILLUSTRATED MEMORY VERSE

2 Corinthians 5:17


Fill in the missing words of the memory verse.

If any ___________ be in ___________ he is a new ____________
(2 ____________ 5:17).

Think of five important words in this story.

C _ _ _ _ _

D _ _ _ _ _ _ _

S _ _ _

A _ _ _ _ _ _

L _ _ _ _

Answers: Change, Damascus, Saul, Ananias, Light

Paul's Conversion - Online Activity
Saul Begins to Live for God
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Salvation Challenge Board Game
Saul Is Converted activities


Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
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Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
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Giving Thanks (online jigsaw puzzle)
Test Your Knowledge of Paul


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Build the walls of Damascus
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Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12


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4 Important Things Every Kid Should Know
Being a Christian: a Study Book for Children
God...Should I Be Baptized?
Paul's Life and Journeys
Paul: Journeys of Adventure
Plan of Salvation for Children (Bookmark)
Saul's Conversion (Arch Books)
Wonder Kids: Tell Me About Salvation
The Bible's Big Story: Salvation History for Kids
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
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Story of Jesus for Kids
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Road to Damascus Superbook DVD
What's in the Bible? Vol. 11: Acts—Spreading the Good News
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My Name Is Paul (The Donut Man)
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
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25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
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Four Important Things Every Kid Should Know
How to be born again
On the Way 3-9s Book 6: Lessons on Samson, Ruth, Samuel & Saul
Paul The Emissary DVD (Drama)
Peter & Paul DVD
Saul Is Converted curriculum & activities (Requires free PDF Reader)
The Call Children's Leader Guide: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul
801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
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Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
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The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
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God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
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Seven Laws of the Learner
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Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
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Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know




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