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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Is There Not a Cause?"

VBS"And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?" 1 Samuel 17:29

"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep..." Acts 13:36

 

 


Children of today are no different than children of past generations.  Children are children no matter what.  They are impressionable.  Like wet concrete, whatever falls on them is going to leave its mark.  Children are perceptive.  They are always watching and learning.  Even the most disruptive child is paying attention.  Yes, in fact, that child has learned that he can disrupt and misbehave and he won’t be punished.  He has learned how far he can go in his behavior before action is taken.  So, it is vital that parents, teachers, and those who are close to children purposely live a life that can leave a mark for Jesus Christ in their lives.

I am reminded of this truth during Vacation Bible School.  I watch closely to see how the children are responding to the message of VBS.  Every character, every action, and every detail drives home a spiritual truth that the children perceive.  It is our goal that the children learn the truth of God's Word that good always triumphs over evil eventually, and that prayer and the Bible are the answer to all of life's trials.  It is our desire that the Gospel is presented clearly to the lost boys and girls, and that the saved children are grounded stronger in faith.  The truths that are taught this week will leave an impression on each child's life.  So pray with us that Jesus Christ will be seen in all that we do.

I realize what children face today.  They are children, but they live in the world we have created for them, and it is very different from what it was a generation ago.  Consider this:  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported that 30 years ago, the greatest fears of grade school children were:

  1. Animals
  2. Being in a dark room
  3. High places
  4. Strangers
  5. Loud noises

 

Today, children are afraid of the following:

  1. Divorce
  2. Nuclear war
  3. Cancer
  4. Pollution
  5. Being kidnapped

 

We have a great responsibility to reach this young generation for Jesus Christ, and to help them overcome the struggles of this sin-sick world.  How can you help?

  1. Pray every day.
  2. Live a Christ-like life.
  3. Give faithfully tithes and offerings.
  4. Get involved with the outreach programs of the church.
  5. Volunteer for ministry in the church.

 

Let's be committed to reaching this generation for Jesus, while they are yet impressionable and perceptive!  "Is there not a cause?"


 



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Previous devotions

"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012



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Words of Truth - July 10, 2013