Funstuf

By Janet Fawcett Higginson


New Testament Personalities

Each person described below is mentioned in the New Testament.

  1. 1.

    I lived in the desert. Locusts and honey were my food. I held the Aaronic Priesthood. When it was time for Jesus to be baptized, He came to me. Who am I? (See Matt. 3:1–2, 13–17.)

  2. 2.

    In the Old Testament I was known as Noah. In the New Testament I appeared to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Who am I? (See Luke 1:1–19, 26–33.)

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    I was a carpenter. An angel appeared to me to tell me that Mary, my wife, was to be the mother of Jesus. Who am I? (See Matt. 1:18–21; Matt. 13:53–55; Mark 6:3.)

  4. 4.

    I was a Pharisee and a ruler among the Jews. I came to visit Jesus at night. I knew that he was a great teacher and that He came from God. I asked him how a man could be born again. Who am I? (See John 3:1–13.)

Answers:

(1) John the Baptist, (2) Gabriel (see also “Gabriel” in the Bible Dictionary), (3) Joseph, (4) Nicodemus.

Zebedee’s Family Tree

Zebedee was the father of James and John, two of Jesus’ Apostles. To see how many Zebedees appear in this puzzle, circle the name forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally.

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A Ruler of the Jews

All words in this puzzle can be found in John 3:1–13.

Across

  1. 1.

    “There was a man of the Pharisees, named ________.”

  2. 4.

    “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it ___________.”

  3. 6.

    “So is every one that is born of ___________ Spirit.”

  4. 7.

    “That _________ is born of the flesh is flesh.”

  5. 9.

    “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the __________ of God.”

  6. 10.

    “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be ___________ again.”

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    “No man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be _______ him.”

  8. 13.

    “No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he ________ came down from heaven.”

Down

  1. 1.

    “The same came to Jesus by _________.”

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    “Except a _______ be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

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    “Nicodemus _______ unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?”

  4. 5.

    “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, _________ can these things be?”

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    “Thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it __________.”

  6. 9.

    “Rabbi, we ________ that thou art a teacher come from God.”

  7. 11.

    “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest ________ these things?”

Answers:

Across—(1) Nicodemus, (4) goeth, (6) the, (7) which, (9) kingdom, (10) born, (12) with, (13) that. Down—(1) night, (2) man, (3) saith, (5) how, (8) cometh, (9) know, (11) not.

Hidden-Square Bird

Mount the bird on lightweight cardboard, then cut apart on the solid lines.

Rearrange the pieces to make a square.

Answer:

February Spoke Puzzle

Write the answers to the clues in the correspondingly numbered spoke of the wheel. Then start with the word in spokes number 1 and copy down every third word. Go around the wheel three times. If your answers are correct, you will learn something about George Washington.

Spoke Puzzle
  1. 1.

    Not hers but _______.

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    A narrow break in a board

  3. 3.

    One can only do ___ much.

  4. 4.

    Found at the ends of the arms

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    Pecans, almonds, etc.

  6. 6.

    Opposite of weak

  7. 7.

    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln __________ born in February.

  8. 8.

    Not closed

  9. 9.

    A little of this and a little of _________.

  10. 10.

    Past tense of say

  11. 11.

    Eggs mixed _________ cheese and ham make a good omelet.

  12. 12.

    That man

  13. 13.

    ____ and fro

  14. 14.

    Not us, but_________

  15. 15.

    Rhymes with would and should

  16. 16.

    Second and fifth letters of the alphabet

Answers:

(1) his, (2) crack, (3) so, (4) hands, (5) nuts, (6) strong, (7) were, (8) open, (9) that, (10) said, (11) with, (12) he, (13) to, (14) them, (15) could, (16) be. His hands were said to be so strong that he could crack nuts open with them.

Flower Hearts

How many hearts can you find hiding in this flower?

Flower Hearts

Answer:

11

Lost

Help this Laplander find his lost reindeer.

Maze

Words to the Wise

Philosophers over the centuries have depended on words to express their ideas. Use the secret code to discover which language each of these philosophers used.

  1. 1.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson __ __ __ __ __ __ __

  2. 2.

    Gottfried Leibniz __ __ __ __ __ __

  3. 3.

    Emanuel Swedenborg __ __ __ __ __ __ __

  4. 4.

    Aristotle __ __ __ __ __

  5. 5.

    Baruch Spinoza __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) English, (2) German, (3) Swedish, (4) Greek, (5) Dutch.