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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Sunday, February 06, 2005

They did it!

William and Beth are part of the new Pathfinder club at Triadelphia SDA. Their first really major event as a club was a Bible Bowl competition this weekend.

The format is this: A passage of Scripture is chosen and announced several months in advance. Each participating club studies, and sends a team of six contestants and one runner. 90 questions are displayed and read aloud. Each team writes their answer (within 10 seconds, typically) on a sheet of paper, which is then handed to a local judge. The answer is then displayed and read, and the judge awards the appropriate number of points. Most questions are worth 1 point, but a few questions have a list or phrase as the answer, and each list item or word in the answer is usually worth 1 point. If the team's answer is judged to be incorrect, the team may send their runner with their answer card to the supervisory event judge, who affirms or overturns the local judge's decision.

Teams scoring within 10 percent of the leading team's score are permitted to continue to the next round.

Most of our Pathfinders were inexperienced with this type of competition, but they received expert tutelage from one of the church members whose children are members of a nearby club. (That club has developed a reputation as the club to beat in these events, and they certainly proved their worth this weekend.) This year's passage of Scripture is the book of Acts. William covered the first five chapters, and Beth studied as a general stand-in and acted as the team's runner. Our team had been studying since November, and their hard work paid off. Out of 120 possible points, the leading team earned 107 points, living up to their reputation. Our team earned 102 points, giving them the opportunity to participate in the next round, which will be February 26.

Good work, kids!


Blogger Beth said...

Thank you!

3:13 PM  

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