As we focus on our mission of “knowing God and making Him known” – on ensuring that He is central to all aspects of our learning – I share with you insights provided by our director, who has graciously provided a spiritual application for each science experiment (from Janice VanCleave’s 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments – affiliate link) for Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Weeks 13-18. I post the full list here for those who may want to use it in their own homes or classes. [This post was originally written in January 2012 and updated in January 2015.]
Week 13: Experiment #86 – Where Did it Go? (A Cup of Alcohol on Water)
Just like alcohol fills the empty pockets in the water, God fills the empty pockets in your life. When you are full of the Spirit, there is LESS of you! Your life with God will be fuller than you can imagine when you add Him in your life!
Week 14: Experiment #88 – Tug of War (A Drop of Alcohol on Water)
Did you notice that when the alcohol touched the water, the two liquids separated immediately? This reminds me of what happens when a person comes to know Jesus Christ. When the Lord is your God and He lives with you and walks with you, then you will be separate from the world. Like water running away from the alcohol, you will want to run away from worthless things.
…For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-17
Week 15: Experiment #91 – Magic Solution (Floating or Sinking Egg)
This experiment makes me think about what God uses in our lives to hold us up. Sometimes we go through tough times, we might feel like the sinking egg. Have any of you felt sad or down before? When you feel like that, think about the floating egg. God has a special solution to add to your life which will hold you up. The Bible says that His divine power has given us everything we need. He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is steadfast on Him. (Isaiah 26:3). God’s truth and His promises are way stronger and more trustworthy (more dense) than the cloudy wisdom of the world! Add God’s Word to your life and you will be lifted up. (James 4:10)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4
Week 16: Experiment #93 – Bubbler (Make a CO2 Gas Bubble)
Do you ever feel pressured or anxious? Even though we may feel pressure from every side, we have the strength of Jesus in us. When we respond to tough situations with the strength of Christ in us (Philippians 4:13), we are making Jesus known to the world around us!
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
Week 17: Experiment #99 – Starch Test
Just like you can test something for starch, you can test yourself to see if you have eternal life. The things we tested either had starch or they didn’t.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:12-13
Do you know if you have eternal life? If you have Jesus, you have eternal life!
Week 18: Experiment #105 – Growing Salt Crystals
Sometimes in this world you will be hard-pressed and even crushed. But don’t worry because God uses all of the hard times in our lives to produce something beautiful. Just like these salts turned into long, beautiful crystals when the water evaporated, your life will be even more beautiful when you have been through hard times. Remember, God is always working to make you like Jesus.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Almost all the credit for this post goes to Angela Hunter, CC Director in Hartsville, TN in 2012 (and now a CC director in Pennsylvania!). Thank you Angela! You are such a blessing to all who know you!