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10 Commandments – teaching kids

If you are teaching the 10 Commandments to kids we’ve put together 10 fun and creative ideas that can be used with your own kids or in a Sunday School or Children’s Church setting.

First why teach children the Ten Commandments is one question we hear.  The answer at least for me is simple.  God gave them to us as a basis to live our lives and he commanded us to put His word into our hearts and minds.  We learn to letters so we can read.  We learn numbers so we can learn and understand math.  Without the fundamentals we never can exceed.

The Ten Commandments are the foundation that can have a huge impact on our lives.

10 Commandments Teach children

Here is a quick list of the 10 Commandments

  1. You shall have no other Gods before me
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy
  5. Honor your father and mother
  6. You shall not murder
  7. You shall not commit adultery
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  10. You shall not covet

We normally list Memory Cross resources last, but I’ve decided to list them first here.  Memory Cross has a number of origami cards that teach children the 10 Commandments.  Each card has four panels that make a never ending loop.  We have created cards for younger kids – 10 commandments that which allow them to use their creativity  and cards for older children that just list the Ten Commandments.  The video below shows how they fold.

 

Ministry-to-Children is always one of my favorite places to start when looking for free Sunday School lessons.  Tony and his group continue to churn out great content.  It’s all on the web with free downloads so if you are preparing a Sunday School lesson but running late you can almost find something there related to the topic you are teaching children.

This lesson on the 10 Commandments is designed for kids ages 5 through 11 and includes a lesson plan, craft activities, and scripture memory plan.  – Visit Ministry-To-Children for more information.

The next resource is a fun video created to help children learn the 10 Commandments.  If you don’t have internet access at church you can download the video to your computer by click on this link.  Your browser might give you a warning depending on your security settings but the link and webpage are safe.  It will give you an option to download the video below.

 

An article by Karen Jones does not teach the 10 Commandments but has some good ideas about keeping God’s love in mind when talking to children.  Here is an excerpt.  The full article can be found by click on this link.

  • God gave us the Ten Commandments because He loves us.
  • The Ten Commandments are not a kill-joy but a joy-maximizer.
  • Sin is a kill-joy.
  • The Ten Commandments show us what God is like.
  • We are not able to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly.
  • The Ten Commandments show us our sin and need for a Savior.
  • Jesus kept the Ten Commandments perfectly on our behalf.
  • The obedience God requires of us is the obedience of faith.

If you are looking for craft ideas check out Bible Story Printables.  Valerie has over 20 different hands on ideas that you can use with children.

bible story printables

 

Finally here is a another video that I thought did a good job teaching children the 10 Commandments.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=F219MJNU

If you have a favorite way to teach children the 10 Commandments or have comments on the ones we’ve listed, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

 

 

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Why don’t churches care about evangelism anymore in America

Evangelism is not dead, but is it dying in America?  Busyness in America is killing Christianity.

Seems like everyone is maxed out.  Families are maxed out with moms and dads working more hours than ever before.  From 1979 to 2007 the average number of hours worked in America increased by 4.5 weeks per year!  Why churches don't care bout evangelismEvery spare moment of kid’s lives are tied up doing something.  Even if they are not in sports or after school activities text messages, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram can easily fill every minute.

We’re loosing relationships everywhere and sitting down having a conversation is becoming a dying art.  And our relationship with God?  Alive, vibrant, life changing or relagated to a few exhausted minutes before we fall asleep?

We fill our lives up with so many things that in the end do not matter and neglect the things that really do.

What does our crazy busy schedules and lack of close relationships have to do with evangelism and our church?  Jesus gave the church this mission:  Go into all the world and make disciples.  The church is made up of individuals and families and when they are breaking down or too busy to spend time with Jesus then the church becomes ….. lukewarm.

Jesus gave this warning to the church in Laodicia  “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold or hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So because you are luck ware – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say I am rich, I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

So what is the answer?  What has God called us to do?

Paul says in Philippians 3:  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

God called us to do three things:

  1. Love God with our whole heart soul and mind
  2. Love people
  3. Go into all the world and make disciples

These are the things that matter.  When your life is over and you stand before God it won’t matter the size of your house or how important your job was.  It won’t matter how much money you accumulated or how many toys you had.  What will matter is how much you loved God and people, and responded to His calling.

Evangelism is dying because we are dying.  Dying from focusing on things that don’t really matter and forgetting the things that do.

Here is a few “radical” ideas to revive you and your church.

  • Turn off the TV.  Better yet, sell it and give the money to the poor.
  • Spend more time praying, reading the Bible or other book that encourages you to grow in your relationship with Jesus. God says:  “be still and know that I am God.”  The creator of the world wants to be your friend but it is up to you to take the steps.
  • Spend no more than 15 minutes a day personal time on Facebook, text messages, Instagram, Twitter or other social media.  Instead develop a deeper relationship with the people who are close to you.  Don’t be on the phone when you are with your friends.  Turn on the airplane mode.  You’ll probably find 80% of the messages were unnecessary noise.
  • Take walks and talk with God.  Your body and soul will appreciate it.  Ask God what he wants you to do with your new found time.
  • Sell your house or downsize.  Take the money you save and invest it in things that will matter eternally.
  • Read Dave Ramsey’s book, Total Money Makeover and become debt free.  Now you’ll be totally free to respond whenever and wherever  God calls you.

Why churches don’t care about evangelism anymore?

Do you see that the church in America does not care about evangelism because we are the church and we’ve gotten to busy.  Our lives are not being transformed by the power of God but merely dusted by his shadow.  God wants us to experience an amazing life.

Jesus said: I have come so that you may have life, life in its fullest measure.  Don’t waste your life.  Live it walking in close relationship with God and live it to its fullest measure.

 

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Noah Bible Story and Crafts for Kids

Teaching kids about the story of Noah?  We’ve put together the best stories and crafts for kids on the web that will make the story of Noah come alive.

You don’t have to go far in the Bible to find the story of Noah.  Genesis 6:9 through 9:28 tells the entire story of Noah.  Here is the short version:  From the time of Adam and Eve to Noah humans had become evil and did not follow God.  Reminds me a lot of modern day America but at least we’re not down to one true follower.  During Noah’s time he and his family were the only people on earth who honored God so God decided to end human life sparing only Noah and his family.

God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world by sending a great flood and gave him the instructions to build a big boat.  How they ever got it built without power tools is a miracle all by itself.  It took Noah a long time to build the ark, estimates range from 50 to 75 years.  During that time people had to think Noah had lost his mind but finally the ark was built and animals loaded.

Then it rained and rained which covered the entire earth, even the tops of mountains.  Finally it stopped raining and the waters went down and the ark came to rest on a mountain.  After more time life came back and everyone left the boat.  As a final sign God put a rainbow in the sky promising not to destroy the earth by water again.

Most children in church learn this story before the 5th grade either in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School or in Children’s Church.

Noah Crafts and Bible Stories for Kids

Danielle’s Place has a number of crafts that teach children about Noah.  Carolyn’s site is a membership site so you’ll have to join or you can download each craft that you find interesting for around $2.00 each.  noahs-ark-paper-plate-craft-for-kids

Here is one of the crafts on her site:  Using different size paper plates, scissors, markers and craft paper kids can make their own Noah’s Ark.

Other crafts on Danielle’s Place include:  Noah’s Ark Rainbow Paper Plate Craft, Noah’s Ark craft stick or popsicle stick Bible craft printable, Lift the flap Noah’s Ark and rainbow craft, Noah’s Ark match game and God keeps His promises.

Memory Cross has created a card that helps children learn this Bible story.  It has four panels that fold to make an endless loop.  The image below shows the four panels and the video shows how it works.  You can order a free sample.  Just ask for the story of Noah when ordering your sample pack.  Use the code “new” and if you live in the United States we’ll even pick up the freight.

Noah Crafts for kids

First School Pre-School activities has a number of projects that are easy to do which will help children learn the story of Noah.  They include:

Artistic Hands of Faith has created some of the nicest activities to teach children about Noah.  The lesson has a variety of questions and craft activities for kids as young as 2.Noah Crafts

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Kid’s Sunday School Place has created 5 lessons about Noah.  Below is a summary.  Click this link to see all the lessons.

  • Lesson 1 – Noah Obeys God

    In this lesson, the children learn about Noah and the ark he built according to God’s instructions. The children also learn that it is very important to obey God in all things.

  • Lesson 2 – Noah’s Big Job

    Children learn that we should all listen to God and obey Him. They will also learn that God has some very important jobs for each of us to do.

  • Lesson 3 – The Great Flood

    In this lesson the children learn about the great flood and how God kept Noah and the animals safe and dry.

  • Lesson 4 – God’s Rainbow Covenant

    Through this lesson, children learn about God’s everlasting covenant with Noah and the earth.

  • Lesson 5 – Noah Listened

    This lesson will review the past four lessons on Noah and reinforce the importance of listening to God and being obedient to Him.

Teach Children their ABCs with Noah

If you have younger children who are learning their letters this Noah based flash card set teaches children their letters .

If you are looking for information about tracts for children visit our store.

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What I’ve learned from the death of my mom

“Lessons Well-Learned”

4 Lessons I Learned When My Mother Passed Away

I am not a mother’s girl but as Mother’s day is once again approaching, I definitely miss her so much. She passed after fighting What I learned from the death of my momwith cancer.  When you lose your mom, you also lose a piece in you. That is why it is so important that you celebrate her life while she is still with you.

Moms are special. Their love is incomparable. Their sacrifices are deep. They may drive us nuts at times but they will always be our number one supporter and source of encourager and though we know deep in our hearts that we always value and love them, most of the time our actions speak otherwise.  We need to take every opportunity that we have to let our mothers know that we love them.

Beyond flowery words and extra special gifts for this Mother’s Day, I am giving you lessons that I gained after I lost my own mother.  I hope that you will think about them before you run out of time.

Obedience

In Ephesians 6:1, it clearly commands children to “obey” our parents for this is the right thing in the eyes of the Lord. But most of the time our obedience is half-hearted obedience and delayed obedience. Unfortunately, half-hearted obedience and delayed obedience is still disobedience. If you truly want to let your mom know that you truly love her, obey her words. Our best interest is always at their heart.

Respect

If we learn to obey our mom, we will also eventually learn to respect them. Respect is one of the utmost honors that we can give our parents especially our mother. Maybe there are times that our decisions don’t match hers or her life’s principles don’t fit with ours, but still we have to give her our respect.  After all the pains and labors she has to be through just to bring us up to this world, she sure is worthy of our respect.

 Trust

We tend to disobey and disrespect our parents especially our mom because we don’t trust her.   As children living in the new generation, we tend to think highly of ourselves as if we know everything and that we don’t need our mother’s advices. Wrong! Maybe they were born in a different generation but lessons from life experiences never fail and I strongly believe that God never made a mistake of giving us the mom we have.  We had been given to them as their children because God trust them. Shouldn’t we do the same thing?

Time

Time, I believe is the most valuable thing we can give to our mother if we want them to feel that we truly love them. Time is gold. This may be an old saying but it is sure true. Once a time is wasted, it can never be recovered, it is gone forever and all that is left will be regrets. Life is short and our mothers will not be there for us forever. Let us give her our attention, let us give her our time, enjoy life with her, celebrate life with her and most of all celebrate her life.

Obedience. Respect. Trust. Time. These are the four important lessons that I learned from the death of my own mom. Sure, I have always been called a good daughter but deep inside I know I have a lot of shortcomings when it comes to my mother. Yes I was obedient but I usually obeyed after a period of time.  I respected my mom but I was also hard headed at times.  I trusted her but there are times that I did my own thing. I lived with her in our house but I didn’t spend much time with her. I didn’t get to create many wonderful and memorable moments with her and as much as I want to dwell on a lot of regrets in my life I know it will just do me no good at all.

So today, as we are celebrating Mother’s Day, I am passing to you these lessons. And I will also be passing these lessons to my children hoping that someday I won’t be singing this song from the movie Enchanted:

“It’s not enough to take the one you love for granted
You must remind her, or she’ll be inclined to say…
“How do I know he loves me?”

May you have a blast of pure joy and unforgettable moments with your mom this Mother’s Day and may Mother’s Day be an everyday experience for your Mom from now on.

What are the most important things you learn from your Mom? Care to share? Comment it down. We would love to hear it from you.

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Mother’s Day ideas and crafts

8 Ways of Making Mother’s Day Extra Special

Mother’s Day is already around the corner and what a better way to make our dearly beloved Moms to let them feel how they are truly love is to make this day extra special for them. Afar from beautiful bouquet of flowers, lavish gifts and luxury dates, wMother's Day idease have collected some ideas that we find extra special to make your Mom’s day extra special as well plus we made a free printable (wall décor and bookmarker) for you to add more touch of love on your gift for your mother.

 

*Surprise Decor

Mothers love to decorate so why not let us start her day with colorful decorations of paper garland pack with surprising gifts of assorted sweets inside the box. This amazing idea from Lexy of Properblog.com is surely a wonderful idea to let your mom start her day. I’m sure your mom’s morning will truly be a joy to behold.

*Blooming Monogram

Let your mother once again feel the lady in her by giving her this totally chick piece of decoration. This entirely beautiful mothers day blooming monogrammonogram by lulus.com can truly awakened the true feminine side of your mom. You can sneak up and put it up on her wall the night before Mother’s day for an additional touch of surprise.

 

*DIY Cards

Cards are classic gift. But this gift can be way cooler if you make it by yourself. This flower pop up cards by diyjoy.com will surelyMothers day DIY Cards be a hit for your mom as you have specially made it for her. It will showcase your creativity making it extra special for your mom. If you want a more unique and amazing cards for your mom, feel free to check our arrays of Mother’s Day Cards by Memory Cross.

*DIY Tote

If you are into sewing, this easy to sew tote bag by Whitney on elmstreetlife.com will surely be a perfect gift for your mom. Casual but elegant. I’m sure your mom will love this one.Mothers day DIY totes

 

 

*Pampering Treat

Who doesn’t want to be pampered? More than anyone, our Moms deserve all the pampering in this world but they are too busy mothers day pamperingfor that. So on this day; give her a pack of real pampering treat that will remind her that she also deserves a break. You can have your list from this Spa basket by Jessica from mom4real.com.

*Succulent

We all know that moms love flowers, but how about giving her something that she could enjoy year-round and that’s low maintenance. Check this inspiring succulent and cactus gardens from apartmenttherapy.com.Mother's Day Succulent

 

*Prayer Box

What better gift you can give to your mom than a daily dose of prayers. I believe it always work wonders. But how about giving her a prayer box where she can write down all her prayer request and we can help her pray for those. Check this Prayer Boxsuper easy DIY from A Traveler’s Dream.

 

* Fair Trade Jewelries

If you really want to indulge into another classic gift for your mom, check out our fair trade collections. They are products (jewelries, handbags, baskets, etc.) that are handmade with love and care from local artisans around the world. EveryFair trade jewelry purchase you made will make a difference on the life of these artists and their family. So as you give your mom a gift, you are also giving other persons a chance to live a good life.

 

Here is the link to the free printable.

*Home is Where Mom is

*She is blessed beyond measure

 

Which one from the above you would most likely for your dearest Mom? Would you mind sharing it with us? We would love to hear how you make Mother’s day for your mom extra special.

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Gospel Tracts for Kids

Finding Gospel tracts written for kids that they enjoy and will keep can be a challenge.

Memory Cross noticed the lack of tracts written for kids and has created a number of Gospel tracts designed especially for children, who find the endless loop design fascinating.  The tracts are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Romanian and a wordless version.

The image and video below show how each card folds.

Gospel Tracts for kids

Most of the Gospel tracts for kids are printed in black and white which makes them a good craft activity, allowing children to color in or decorate the cards with stickers.  The tracts are bi-linguel in Spanish/English, Haitian Creole/English and Romanian/English which makes it easier to work with children on a mission trip.

Each card is printed on 100 lb. uncoated cover that is made from recycled paper and measure 6 inches square, which is a good size for kids to handle.

There are tracts designed for mission trips which present the Gospel and tracts for use as a local outreach and with events like Halloween.  Some of the tracts that are available include:

There are also cards that are used to teach children Bible stories such as the 10 Commandments, the birth of Moses, the first Passover, creation story, God frees Peter from prison, God’s love doodling cards also available in French and Spanish along with many others.

The Memory Cross design is different from anything else currently on the market.  Sometimes it is hard to grasp how effective the design is so we offer a free sample pack.  Normally we ask that you pay for shipping but if you put int he code “new” in the discount code we’ll even pick up the shipping.  (offer only good in the United States).

 


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What does God want from me?

I’ve been thinking about the question what does God want from me lately so I decided to write down my thoughts along with what other people have said.  I’m getting close to 60 and God is still leading me but here is what I’ve learned over the years.

What does God want from me

What does God want from me?

First God wants us to have a relationship with Him.  He does not want us to be separated from Him, not in this life nor in the next.  He loves us so much that he  sent His son to take our punishment.  All he asks is that we accept His gift and it is free.

For those people who accept His gift he calls us to do more.  First he calls us to love Him and love others.  Matthew 22: 36-40 says: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In the Old Testament we are told:  This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8.

What does it mean to love God?  When I think of that question I think about what it means to love anyone.  If you love someone you’ll want to spend time with them.  Their interests will become your interest.  Their life will become your life.

The State Farm ad is a great example of how love can influence our life.

Our love for God must have the same influence on our life.  If we love God we’ll spend time with Him and I don’t mean five minutes before we fall asleep at night.  It won’t be an obligation, it will be something we crave, something we are excited about.  Just like our relationships influence our life when we spend time with Him our life will change and we’ll see our relationships with people start to change also.

1 John 4:20 says: If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

Those are the guiding principles that he expects every person who believes in Him to follow.  The next question related to what does God want from me is what does He want me to do with my life?

This would be specific questions like to marry or not marry, who to marry, what school to go to, what type of job to take, etc.  The answer to this question will be different for every person.

For the question about work I believe that you should look for something that you are passionate about.  You can serve God in almost any job so look for something you enjoy doing.  The Bible tells us to stay out of debt which will free you to serve God in ways you cannot do when you have debt to service every month.

Finally look at what you are doing in relationship to eternity.  It is easy to get focused on things of this world but God wants us to look at life from the perspective of eternity.  I’ve included a few videos that help answer the question what does God want from me.  I hope you will enjoy them.

 

The final verse comes from Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Let us focus on Jesus and love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul.  Life is short, don’t waste it.  Another related post can be found here.

Comments?  Put them in the comments box.

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Romanian Gospel Tracts

Romanian Gospel tracts for children now available

Memory Cross has a new Romanian Gospel tract for children that is written in Romanian and English.  It is based on verses from the book of Romans and is designed to walk kids through God’s plan of salvation.  The card is written in English and Romanian to create a way for  people going on a mission trip to communicate the Gospel with the children of Romania.

The image shows what each panel looks like.

Romanian Gospel Tracts

The Romanian Memory Cross card consists of four panels that make a never ending loop.  The unique design encourages children to keep the card and continue to read it after the mission trip is over, helping to instill Gods message into their hearts and minds.

The Romanian Gospel tracts pack easily in a suite case and can be used as a craft activity.  The video below shows how the card folds.

Memory Cross also makes Gospel tracts in the following languages:  Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and a wordless version.  There is an option to to translate any existing tract, Bible story card or Scripture memory card into any language.

Memory Cross makes a variety of cards using this same unique design.  They teach children Bible stories, help them memorize Scripture and share the Gospel and have been used domestically and taken all over the world on mission trips.

Organizations such as The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and LifeWay have used this design to cards that engage children and adults.

 


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How to teach children that God loves them

How do you teach children that God loves them so that they really understand and respond to His love?

 If you live in America you probably know people who say they love God but whose lives do not reflect his teachings.  That’s not what I want for my kids, grandkids and children I teach at church.  I want them to be a passionate follower of Jesus, someone who really understands how much God loves them and responds by giving their heart, mind and soul to Jesus, someone who is on fire.
Teach children that God loves them

 

There are so many opportunities to teach children that God loves them depending their ages or whether they are your kids, friends of your children or you teach them.

 

Today I’m going to be writing about helping kids learn that God loves them in a Sunday School setting.  There are videos and ideas that you can use with your own kids at home so don’t leave!  No matter how you arrived on this page if you have kids or are teaching children be open to God’s leading, opportunities will come your way.  We can reach children through words and actions.  If you are a parent, model Christ’s love in your life.  None of us are perfect but if we live a life that has been changed because of a relationship with Jesus that we are passionate about, our kids will pick up on that.

 

With your own children teach them God’s Word and help them memorize Scripture.  There are many helpful tools and we’ve put together some of them in recent blog posts.  God changes lives.  We only help plant and water the seed.

 

I’m teaching Sunday School to 5th graders and we’re going to be talking about how do we know God loves us, which is why I decided to write this article.  I want to help them understand that God loves them, and learn what God wants from us.

 

One of my favorite books is Crazy Love by Francis Chan and he says “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”  Success needs to be measured looking at eternity, not simply by our 76 years we might spend here on earth.

 

I want to open up our conversation with the first half of the video below and then ask how do they know that God loves them, then show the 2nd half.

 

Next I’ll ask them if they know any scriptures that talk about how much Jesus loves me.  Here are 8 verses that talk about how much God loves us.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …

Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Here are a couple other videos that will help children learn about how much God loves them.

 

I am not showing the video below but including it because I mentioned Francis Chan’s book above plus in this sermon he talks about our purpose in life which for me is to love God and love others.  That should be our overall mission in life.

I’ll be closing the lesson asking if they’ve experienced God’s love in their life or want to know God in a personal way and then saying a prayer.

I usually have something the kids can take home to remind them of the lesson.  This time I’ll either be giving them the ABCs of salvation or a card with 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.  

Love to hear your thoughts and comments.  God wants people who are passionately in love with him and who prove it with their lives.  Final quote from the book Crazy Love:  “Leftovers are not merely inadequate; from God’s point of view, they’re evil.  Let’s stop calling it “a busy schedule” or “bills” or “forgetfulness.”  It’s called evil.  According to God, we are here to love.  Not much else really matters.

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What does God want from me?

What does God want of me?  I’ve struggled with that question most of my life.  I wish I’d known at 20 what I know at 59 so I decided to write down what I’ve learned.  Maybe you’re 20 and wondering the same question.  If you’re 100 and know the answer then be sure to post in the comment section.

What Does God Want from Me?

First I want to mention what God does not care about.  I think it helps focus our mind on what is really important.

  • How big our house is
  • How nice a car we drive
  • How much money is in our bank account
  • How close we can park to the front door at the grocery store
  • How impressive our job is
  • How good looking our spouse is

After I finished the list I realized that is not totally true.  God does care about those things, but His perspective is not the same as ours so I’ve modified the list:

  • God does care how big your house is.  Smaller is probably better.  A paid off house is better than one you do not own.  Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8.  With the extra cash you can feed poor children who don’t have the ability to feed themselves, sponsor children who are orphans or do any number of other projects that change the world.  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
  • God does not care whether we drive a 68 VW bug or a Tesla Model X.  You could make the argument that God gave us the responsibility to take care of the earth and that the Tesla is more earth responsible but I think he would rather have us walk.
  • Unless we are handicapped and someone who is not has taken the handicapped parking space God is not concerned with where we park our car.   God does not care whether you are parked next to the front door or you have to walk for 5 minutes to reach the front door.  I used to hear pastors and others say they prayed about a parking space and God always made one available.  If that is true then pray about something that is more important, like children in your community who will go to bed hungry.
  • God does not care how impressive your title is but he does want you to serve him through your work and he does want you to do your best.  I’ve worked for a number of people and owned my own businesses.  Personally I’ve found that owning my own business gives me more opportunities to serve him, but that is me.  Work needs to be put in perspective.  God commands us to work but he does not command that it take over our life.  Paul says “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
  • God does not care how good looking our spouse is.  We are commanded to take care of our bodies.  1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  When you are young your body is probably in good shape even if you don’t do the best at taking care of it.  The older you get the more you appreciate your health.  It is harder to serve God when you have spent years abusing his temple.

So what does God want of me and you?  Here is my list.  

  • First he wants us to have a relationship with him which only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  God wanted this relationship so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  There are four steps to this journey.  Click here to find out more.
  • Next he wants you to love Him with all your heart, soul and mind.  No longer will any of the things that matter to the world matter to you.  You’ll want to spend lots of time with God and as you do God will change your life.  God will transform you into a new person.
  • Finally he wants you to love others.  Jesus’  last commandment given to his disciples was:  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” –  John 13:34.

That’s it.  Your list becomes really short.  Love God and love others.  Put God first, others second and become passions about following him.  Spend time with him and you’ll find your life transformed.

Finally I’ll leave you a video to watch.  Christian Hosoi had everything the world offered yet he found it meaningless.  Don’t wonder through life.  Make your life count.  Find passion, follow Jesus.

 

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