What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Our world is not an easy one to live in, is it? Surrounded by pain, hardship, and evil, it can seem as if peace is impossible. If God is a God of peace, why is our world still filled with such problems?
Physically being safe and having political harmony isn’t the peace God is speaking about here. When Christ refers to Himself as the Prince of Peace, He is telling us He has restored our relationship with Christ and has brought spiritual harmony. We are at peace with God.
While we were still sinful creatures, Christ died for us and restored us to a right relationship with God. Through His death we have peace with our Creator. Peace does not end there however. Through the Holy Spirit, we have peace here on earth. Through the Spirit working in our lives, we are filled with joy, love and peace.
What’s interesting is that the ‘simplest’ definition of peace – tranquility – is most often the hardest to obtain. Being at peace with God requires no work on our part, merely the accepting of Christ as our Savior. Internal peace, however, can be illusive if we are trying to achieve it on our own. How comforting to know that if we call upon the Lord, He will fill us with the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.
I love giving my kids a visual to help them remember the lessons we learn. To help them remember the Prince of Peace, making clay crowns might be in order. As it is Christmas time, we can even make them into ornaments to hang on our trees or around our home!
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium-sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir over medium heat. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool. When it’s cool, knead it on a smooth surface until smooth. Add more cornstarch if it feels sticky.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. You can use a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament so you can add ribbon later to hang it. We used a bamboo skewer. Place them in the oven for about an hour, *turning them over halfway through cooking.
Share you ornament designs with us! Email us with your images or post a comment with a link to your Instagram page. We’d love to share in the fun!