How to make the gospel kid-friendly.
Sometimes in order to see God you need the faith of a child
I'm lying in my bed
Staring in the dark
I can't fall asleep
There are monster's in my closet!
I'm only four years old
But mom says I'm too old
To sleep with her at night
Then she went and bought a night-light !
I looked outside my window
And up at the dark sky
I told all this to God
I know He saw my side
The next day I came home
There lying on my bed
Was a cute- little brown,
Fuzzy-wuzzy- teddy bear
I slept all through the night
And the next night after that
My teddy kept those monsters
From climbing in my bed!
Before I go to sleep,
I look up at the stars,
I squeeze my teddy tightly
And I say...
Thank you... God
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Thing's sure have changed; America once rooted in strong family values and budding with prosperity has become a place where people are homeless, hungry and job opportunities are few.
Although Jesus has said "The poor will always be among you" I wonder if the careless attitudes we possess today plays a role in the slow destruction of a country once blessed.
Regardless of your religion, or if you're religious at all, it's hard to deny what our eyes can see which is, a decline in the respect we have for elders and our fellow human beings. When I spoke to people about God, some non-believers would ask. "How can there be a God when there is so much misery in the world?"
How can people keep asking this question? God created free-thinking, free-willed, intelligent human beings, not to mention there are millions of us in this world. So...is God expected to come down from heaven to help us, or can we learn to help ourselves and each other?
When I was a child I would stare at my fingers and toes and wonder about this God who knew how to make us just right. As I got older, God wasn't always in my thoughts, but when things got rough I knew exactly who to call. I know for a fact, that the mustard seed of faith I received as a kid was instrumental in guiding me through the roughest periods in my life.
Behold children are a heritage from the lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Children belong to God. They belong to us in a secondary sense, but God has entrusted their care and upbringing to us through His plan and Divine purpose. A plan which includes blessings and prosperity. Although children seem to be born smarter and more advanced than the previous generation, it is our wisdom along with their gifts that bring the world to the next level. Children do not have the wisdom to make sound judgements, create laws, or fight for justice they must be taught and guided in the right direction.
We are now in perilous times. We live in a world where technology is better and faster, people are smarter but the hearts are growing colder, morals are being sacrificed, and it's easier to turn a blind eye than stand up for what's right. But what goes around comes back around meaning, these same children who came to bring the world to the next level will also be in charge of our well being, our social security, our health care, our housing, if they are not taught to value human beings and the things of God over material possessions and the things of the world its easy to see how there will be a time when the world will be full of evil and eventually full of God's wrath.
Help children create their own songs and poems to learn the gospel.
The captain of the ship...
The captain of the ship...
we're joined at the hip...
But He's the captain of the ship...
On planes flying high...
Through oceans deep and wide...
Through the storm...
Through the midst...
He's the captain of the ship...
As a disciple for Christ, one of the challenges I faced was finding ways to keep children excited for the gospel. With video games and computers, the competition is fierce. However, you can still find ways to keep children excited about the gospel, you just have to find interesting ways of doing it.
I decided to help kids create their own silly,funny, rhyming-songs about Jesus, The example above is one of the many songs I wrote (with the help of children) for my church. Being a poet made it easy for me to find words that rhyme, however, you don't need to be a poet or song writer you only need to find cute little words that rhyme. Encourage children to help create songs or poems by helping you to find words that rhyme. Not only will the art be more meaningful for them but seeds are being planted to teach them the gospel of Jesus.
Why it's so important to teach your children Gods human nature.
Even children reared in church or some sort of religious background can grow up to be rebellious. The bible says we will all eat the fruit of our own way and raising your children with religious beliefs will not guarantee they will always do the right thing in life.
When you raise your children in the ways of the Lord, even if they fall off and go their own way, knowing that they have a loving, heavenly father who is full of grace and forgiveness, will let them know they always have a place to turn. Parents can not always be there for their children. Friends and family cannot always save them, but the Lord can, and if they know Him they will always find their way home when things get rough.
Remember the prodigal son?
The story of the prodigal son is about a boy who wanted to receive his inheritance and go his own away in life. After the boy squandered his inheritance, he came back home, begging his father's forgiveness. The story of the prodigal son is much like us who go our own way, but once we get stuck call on our heavenly father. And just as the boy's loving father welcomed his son back with open arms, so will our heavenly father when we trust him.
Children should have their own colorful, illustrated-bibles. Not only are they designed to familiarize kids with the scriptures. But the beautiful, colorful, kid-friendly pictures, can help kids visualize the scriptures from past to present. It gives them an understanding how the events from the past are no different than the events that happened in the world today.