I don’t want to take away from your own experience with the Scripture I recommended in the last blog entry. And, please, don’t worry if all you can manage is to gather your family around you and read the verses suggested, talk about them and pray. God’s promise to meet with you stands firm.
On Thursdays, I’ll just offer a much shorter entry with something simply to read for encouragement. Today, I’d like to share an email I received from a dear friend, Anne, who is doing a remarkable ministry with children of her neighborhood. These are kids who, for the most part, don’t attend church.
Dear Bible Club friends;
We started with Old Testament prophets. God loves to prove that he knows what he is doing by telling people ahead of time what he is going to do. We also learned that Jesus gave up his life; no man took it from him. After retelling His passion, I read to the kids something Noah, our grandson in Nicaragua, wrote. After reading his beautiful statement of faith I asked the kids who believed it to stand up. Instantly all of them stood up. God is touching their hearts.
I was especially happy for Oscar. I have spent many hours in his home getting to know his family. After Bible Club two months ago he made a point of telling me “You know, there are other gods!” When I asked him about it, he said that his teacher told him about them, and he started to list some ancient Greek and Roman gods. I guess it made me mad because children lack critical thinking skills until after they are 12, and he is in the second grade! After the first Easter lesson he ran up to me and said, “Now I get it! Jesus is the God of the whole universe.” I looked at him and said, “God showed that to you.”
My husband has been teaching me about sin. It is not the bad things we do. We do bad things because of our sin nature. Our sin is that we choose something over God, instead of God to meet our needs. When I was 18, I was so ashamed. I just could not live the Christian life. Later yielding to the Holy Spirit and falling in love with Jesus proved a Bible verse I didn’’t know existed, “….because Christ’s love controls us now. Since we believe that Christ died for all of us, we should also believe that we have died to the old life we used to live. 15 He died for all so that all who live—having received eternal life from him—might live no longer for themselves, to please themselves, but to spend their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again for them. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Thank you for praying; some of last year’s kids are this year’s leaders.
Praise God! Jesus still meets with us – with Anne and her children – with the same words, “Don’t be afraid…” (Matt. 28:10)
He has risen! Jesus has risen, indeed!