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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Biblical Mad Libs

I am re-reading parts of SEARCHING FOR GOD KNOWS WHAT by Don Miller (because I need reminded of some Truths he brings up) and it inspired me to create this: Biblical Mad Libs. Feel free to print this off and fill the blanks in manually.

1. Your name

2. Your best friend's name

3. Name of respected member of your church

4. Name of respected member of your affiliated political party

5. Someone whose lifestyle and/or beliefs you disagree with (i.e. a pro-choice activist, peacemonger, warmonger, gay activist, member of rival political party, etc.)

6. Automobile type

7. City of birth

8. Favorite place to travel to

9. Type of ointment (i.e. Neosporin)

On one occasion ___(1)___ stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," ___(1)___ asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

___(1)___ answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

But ___(1)___ wanted to justify him(/her)self, so ___(1)___ asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

In reply Jesus said: "___(2)___ was going down from ___(7)___to___(8)___, when he/she fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him/her of his/her clothes, beat him/her and went away, leaving him/her half dead. ___(3)___ happened to be going down the same road, and when he/she saw ___(2)___, he/she passed by on the other side. So too, ___(4)___, when he/she came to the place and saw___(2)___, passed by on the other side. But ___(5)___, as he/she traveled, came where ___(2)___ was; and when ___(5)___saw___(2)___, he/she took pity on him/her. ___(5)___went to him/her and bandaged his/her wounds, pouring on ___(9)___. Then ___(5)___put ___(2)___ in his/her own___(6)___, took him/her to an inn and took care of him/her. The next day ___(5)___took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after___(2)___,' he/she said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to ___(2)___ who fell into the hands of robbers?"

___(1)___ replied, "The one who had mercy on ___(2)___."
Jesus told___(1)___, "Go and do likewise."

The End.

P.S. Sorry if you're uncomfortable taking out words of the Bible and putting in new ones. I can see how that seems a little -- uhh -- heretical. BUT, the story doesn't lose its truthfulness this way, now does it?

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