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3-14-2016 Herding Children

“Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24 NKJV). “Riches” and power (“crown”) can leave as quickly as they came, but “flocks” and “herds” are renewable resources. In the next three verses (Proverbs 27:25-27NKJV), Solomon shows that by feeding them, in return, they provide clothing, milk, and goats sold to buy more land. These animals deserve proper care and feeding because they can provide much in return. Isn’t it tragic that some are more “diligent” in caring for their animals than they are their children? They never seem to realize how much children can provide in return for their diligence. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#children, #flocks, #fruit-of-the-womb, #herds

When Jesus dealt with 12 angry men

Jesus faced his own version of 12 angry men one time. And the kicker is, the angry men were his own disciples!

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)

I don’t know exactly what made the disciples feel so miffed, but one thing that I know for sure was that the only person more unhappy than the twelve was the one who desired to receive the children.

God forbid that God’s own people would set up roadblocks in the path that leads to God’s kingdom. And God forbid even more that the roadblocks come in the form of spiritual baby-gates that hinder a child from coming to the arms that were spread out on a cross for them.

Jesus indeed faced his own version of 12 angry men, but the verdict of the case could not have been clearer.

#challenges-of-discipleship, #children, #jesus

Explaining in vivid detail

I ran across this story on the Internet:

Today, when I went to pick-up my daughter from preschool she was sitting on the ground in the corner of the after-care area with three blind students. All of them had smiles on their faces. The after-care instructor told me my daughter has been spending time with these three students every afternoon this week, answering questions and explaining to them in vivid detail what different objects, people and animals look like.

The story, which I assume to be true, reminded me a bit of what the people of God do for those who are spiritually blind.

#children, #mission, #stories

Out of the mouth of babes

Last night, as we were taxiing home some kids from VBS, I asked about the topics that were studied since each kid had gone to a different class.

The oldest said that they had studied how God cleanses us through the blood of Jesus, which was illustrated with a dirty cup and some cleanser.

The middle-aged girl of the three, and the sister to the oldest girl who came along for the ride, said that they had studied how God was the Creator of the Earth.

The youngest girl, who happened to be my three-year-old daughter, didn’t say anything after the other two had finished talking, so my wife decided to prod her a little and asked what she had learned, to which, in the simplest but obvious implication that her mother must had not listened very well in class, she replied, “You were there.”

#children, #humor, #sincerity

Video clip worth watching

You may have already seen this video as it begins to make its major rounds in the media and on the Internet, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s one worth watching.

There are so many spiritual applications that could be made in connection to this “caught-on-camera-moment” that most people should be able to immediately think of a few points and scriptures. On top of that, a video like this can pull at the heart-strings of any parent worth his or her salt. And taking the reality of the moment for what’s it worth is something that shouldn’t be missed – that being how wonderful the little, and often taken for granted, blessings of life really are.

 

#blessings, #children, #video

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6-10-2015 Real “Child Abuse”

Jesus Christ said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 NKJV). When children were brought to Jesus “He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:16 NKJV). If “child abuse” is doing something wrong to children, then what about parents who abuse their child’s heart and soul by setting bad examples of: drug & alcohol abuse, disregarding marriage with their dating and divorce, smoking and spitting tobacco, filthy language, and immoral television programs and movies? If “child neglect” is not doing what is right to children, then what about parents who keep their children from Jesus Christ and His Christian followers? “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#child-abuse, #child-neglect, #children, #parents, #youth

Little eyes are watching and little ears are listening

I was pulling out left-overs from the fridge when I spotted a bowl with green beans in it. It reminded me of when Art, our son, was a little-bitty boy standing on the pew beside me in worship at Cedar Grove, Andalusia, AL. His Daddy was preaching and said, “Jesus is the Bread of Life.” Art picked right up with it and said loudly, …”And green beeaaannns.” Isn’t it amazing how seeing things can bring back such fond memories from long ago? Just a reminder that little eyes are watching, and little ears are listening.

#children