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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

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SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
Bible Studies, Community Celebrations and the Privilege of Children

Matthew 19:13-15 - Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

 

Today I was blessed to be able to spend time with children.  The morning began at Gray School leading an FCA devotional and it ended with being at Sulphur Springs School and a community event called “Snowed in”.  As I looked around at both places I couldn’t help but notice the smiles and the joy on the faces of the children.  They were two very different settings, one was in a classroom with a time of looking at the Bible together, the other was a fun community outreach event with games and food.  Both were about the kids.

 

When I got home I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ words, “let the little children come to me…….for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  Jesus loved children.  He blessed them, He spent time with them, He made sure they knew they were loved, and ultimately He died on a cross for them.  That is nothing short of amazing, especially in that culture.  That culture (the Middle East 2000 years ago) viewed children as nothing more than property.  It was radically different than our world today.

 

Our world today is very “kid friendly”.  Our world today has children’s music, children’s movies, places where children can go play and all of that.  Jesus’ culture however had none of that as children were basically viewed as property.  Jesus as He often did went against the grain of culture.  Jesus took time with the children.  His disciples said no.  Basically, don’t bother Jesus with something as small as children, but Jesus took time for them.  Why? Because He wanted them to know that they were loved, that they were cared about and that they were important to God.  

 

Today we must have the heart of Jesus.  We can watch kids movies, we can listen to kids music, we can structure our weekends around our kids ballgames or other events.  There is definitely nothing wrong with any of those things but most importantly we must show kids that they are loved.  We must let them know that they are valuable.  We must let them know that they matter to God, in fact that they matter so much that Jesus died on a cross to save them.  That is our calling, that is our challenge, that is our privilege.  

 

A popular Christian song from a few years ago passionately said, “people need the Lord”, and that is 100% true.  Children are people, so children need to Lord.  We adults need to do everything we can to make sure that the next generation knows about Jesus.  Again it is our calling, our challenge and our privilege.  

 

I enjoyed this morning tremendously and I enjoyed this evening immensely, but in between was my favorite part of the day, I got to spend some time with my children.  They are all 3 extremely different, smart, sensitive, rambunctious, sometimes wild, one is autistic, but even though they are different the calling is the same - I am to lead them to Jesus and teach them about Him.  That is my calling, my challenge, and my privilege and if you took the time to read this it is yours too.  Take time to love a child towards Jesus this week.  It really is a privilege.