• Jon Forrest

Jesus loves kids

Updated: May 17, 2018

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Jesus Loves Kids!


A tired stay-at-home mom opened the front door of her home to find the preacher from the church, who said, "I’m collecting donations for the new children’s home we’re building. Just asking you to give what you can.""Absolutely," said the tired woman. "I’ll give you two boys, two girls, or one of each."


A minister was visiting one of his members. The lady of the house was trying to impress him about how devout she was by pointing out the large Bible on the bookshelf and talking in a very reverential way of it as "the Word of God". Her young son interrupted the conversation, "Well, if that’s God’s book, we better send it back to him because we never read it!"


Jesus loved children. He broke religious tradition by inviting them to come to him when most rabbis of the time had no time for them. When Jesus’ disciples tried to turn the children away Jesus was irritated by their actions and told them to not keep them away. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (see Mark 10:13-15)


At First Christian Church we take children’s ministry seriously.

We believe that they should be taught the Word of God and given opportunities to share their faith with others. I am excited about the Bible Bunch kids’ presentation that will be given this Sunday in our morning service.


They have been working since January on a children’s musical that they have transformed into a puppet musical titled, “Danny and the Shacks.” It’s a cute, funny and powerful presentation of the message given in the first 6 chapters of Daniel. We will get a unique take on the courage of Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Kids connect with them because they were young men who had been taken captive from their homeland in Israel and transplanted into the house of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. They were under tremendous pressure to reject their faith in God and fit in to their new pagan environment. Every Christ follower experiences that pressure, including children and teens.


Don’t expect everything to be perfect, but it will be fun and inspiring. Many thanks to directors, Cheryl Forrest, Tiffany Forrest and Andrew Forrest for leading these youngsters. We also thank Jim Hileman and Josh McVey for their work on the puppet stage and we also appreciate the undying support of the parents for getting the children to rehearsals and working with them at home.


Looking forward to a blessing,

Jon

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