2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Six Ways to Persevere Through the Sluggish Times in Ministry

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind – where you really aren’t “in to” what you’re doing and you feel like you rather be doing just about anything else.  What do you do when those times correspond to your time in ministry. I wrote this...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIV)

The following is a little craft I threw together back in 2010 for my wife to use with her kids in her Wednesday night Awana Cubbies class (ages 3 and 4).  To this day, it remains one of the most popular posts ever on this site.

The verse for the week was John 3:16, so I made a cross with pictures they could color before constructing the craft.  You can click on the picture below or this link for a pdf version of the craft.

Cross Craft



  1. Pat

    I really like this craft and plan to use it for our religion classes. I’ll need to make 160 of these boxes forms and cut them out for the little ones, but I think it will be worth he effort. God bless you for sharing this craft with us unartistic craft people.

  2. Dana

    Thank you so much for this. I am doing John 3:16 with our youth group on Saturday. I needed a craft that was quick and painless and your craft popped up in my search. Thank you so much this is so helpful and sums everything up perfectly.

  3. Hannah

    Thank you so much for being the source of blessing for many young parents and Bible teachers for little ones! May God bless your house church abundantly!

  4. Vickie Jones

    Thanks, I’m a Cubbie Director and just googled John 3:16 crafts and found this, I have enough time before I start back to school (46 year old college student) t get these copied and cut out before AWANA starts down here.

  5. James Steer

    Thanks, but the link seems to be broken…

    • jill pena

      Yes, it is. Any way to fix it?

      • Wayne

        All fixed. Sorry, I think it broke in the upgrade!

  6. Arlene De Boer

    Thank you, Wayne for sharing! Lord bless you and your family!

  7. imee

    Thank you for sharing. I will use this for the kids in the village outreach. God bless you and your ministry!

  8. Lourdes

    Thank you, was looking for a art craft to do with my summer school children in Mexico, and you came up first. Thank you God bless you and your family