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The end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner.

Who do you think will win in the final soccer match of the FIFA World Cup?
Will it be Spain or Netherlands that takes home the 2010 soccer World Cup title?

I heard the cephalopod (Paul the Octopus) correctly picked Spain to reach the World Cup final. Apparently the little sucker has been issued with death threats after the Germans were beaten 1-0 in the most recent soccer match. There have been calls from the Germans for him to be “thrown to the sharks” and to be the guest of honor at a paella dinner with himself being the main course. They even aired anti-octopus songs in Berlin. It’s getting so bad that Spain’s Prime Minister, Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero, joked on a radio show: “I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a protective team.”

It’s quite amazing how Soccer / Football fans can get so worked up over a sport but that has been true since the Roman times. In fact the Bible has many references to sports. We still love our sports. And the 2010 FIFA World Cup is no different.

While I don’t know what I think about this “mystic” mollusk predicting the football matches, I do know that World Cup Football is on the minds of viewers all around the world as we approach the final football match.

Appropriately, one of my Creative Youth Ideas subscribers sent me a great little Youth Bible Study centered around football (or soccer) as us Americans call it.

–> Soccer Bible Study for Youth

I thought it was too good to keep it to myself and he has graciously granted permission for it to be placed on my Creative Youth Ideas website.

It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the world cup football fever and use it as an opportunity to share Christ with your youth.

As Christians we don’t need an octopus to tell us the future. The Bible has already told us what the future holds and how we can be on the winning side in the great game of life.

So here is the Bible study using Football (soccer) as a theme. Click on the link below to download the student and the teacher’s guides. (Thanks to Trevor Lineham at Foxton Bible Camp in New Zealand for his gracious generosity)

–> Soccer Bible Study for Youth

Have a great weekend!

With YOUth On My Heart,



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