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How to make the gospel kid-friendly.

Updated on August 18, 2015
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Dana Tate is a licensed Evangelist under the leadership of "God's Temple of Deliverance Inc, located in Compton, Ca.

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. 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.

Psalm 127:3

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's bibles.

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.

Children should have their own colorful illustrated bibles.

How many of you feel that encouraging children to talk to God is important?

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Pegcole17- How correct you are. Taking God from our schools seemed to have breed a generation of children who have no values. As I read the bible and the proverb- "Train thy children in which the way they shall go and when they are old they will not depart from it" (proverb 22:6) It explains how children must be trained with the word embedded in their heart. They are expected to go their on way but if they have the word as their foundation they can always get back on track. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      How true. It seems like the removal of God from our schools has taken its toll on the development of ethics and values in children. I remember each morning in public school when we had the Pledge of Allegiance and a short reading of one scripture to start our day. We also sang a song of thanks before our lunch break. Lacking those guiding principles, the morals have slipped into disrespectful behavior in the young.

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      chocolate 4 years ago

      The problem is people don't place a lot of value on anything anymore. Children are growing up spoiled, ungrateful, and with a sense of entitlement. They have no deep understanding of what their ancestors went through to make life easier for them. But their just children they can't be blamed it's up to the parents to teach them these morals and teach them the responsibility of passing on those morals to the next generation. Good point!

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      Harriett 4 years ago

      This reminds me of when I was a child and scared to go to sleep. I just swore monsters were in my closet too ! Very cute.

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you for voting.

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I felt the same way. That's why when I seen the picture of the kid, this poem came into my heart..thank you for commenting.

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      nidllee 4 years ago

      Teaching children to pray is very important.

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      Rachael Platten 4 years ago

      This is reminiscent of my own childhood. I remember hiding under the sheets holding onto a stuffed animal praying for the "evil" to pass. I would eventually calm down with the help of God and fall asleep.

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      Dana Tate 5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you for your generous comment. The poem was inspired by the cute kid holding the teddy bear and my mind wandered to a time when life was so simple.

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      Tirralan Watkins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Dana, what a sincere poem. If only we had as much faith as a child. Our faith would be stronger and we would depend on God a lot more more, have less stress, etc. Very nice.

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      sharon Winters 5 years ago

      Dana this is so cute, I just love your poetry they're always so heartfelt and full of meaning. Can't help thinking I was tricked by the cute kid and sweet poem by your message, but nevertheless, it must be said a lot of what is wron with the world does have to do with parents no training their children

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      Dana Tate 5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Loretta i just wanted to share something beautiful that touched my heart. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for commenting.

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      loretta brackett 5 years ago

      I feel it is very important to train children in the ways of the lord. the kid is adorable and the poem was cute !! good job.