Children Are Naturals
(excerpt from “Conspiracy Of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach To Sharing The Love Of Jesus With Others”” by Steve Sjogren)
“There must be more to life than having everything!”—Maurice Sendak
Most families are under increasing time pressures. In spite of the hectic pace of life, my wife and I make it a priority to take our children out to do service projects twice a monh. We believe that they would be receiving an incomplete spiritual education if they only read Bible stories and spent time in Sunday School. Our children need to learn that getting outside the four walls of the church to interact with the lost and the poor is a normal part of the Christian life.
We take our children along on church buses which have been especially designed for ministry to the poor. We had the seats removed and replaced with racks for food and clothing so that each bus is capable of hauling one hundred fifty bags of groceries and enough clothes to outfit a small army. Once we load up, we drive to various parts of town where we can find a concentration of folks in need. Since the poor often lack transportation to reach sources of help, we remedy this by going to them! Once we arrive, we turn on some contemporary Christian music and begin to invite the neighborhood out for free food and clothes.
The church of today needs a new perspective on the role of children in ministering to the needs of others. They are capable of being used powerfully. The boy Samuel proved that he could hear God’s call, accurately discern God’s will, and even prophesy regarding the future. Too often children have been seen only as the future church, when in reality they are a vital part of the church today, whatever their age. Unless we can give these little ones a more important role in outreach we will miss the opportunity of having some of our best evangelists touch the world. For their own sake, our children need to grow up in a home built not on a theory of Christianity but on the ongoing expression of God’s love and grace to others.
(Teacher: Charles Stanley)
Trust God To Do What Only God Can Do
When you have done everything you know to do to protect your family from evil . . . when you have put into place the very best defense and offense against the devil that you know to establish . . . it is time for you to trust God to act in the lives of your family members in the way only God can act.
Trust Him to convict your loved ones of sin.
Trust Him to save and heal your family members.
Trust Him to protect and provide for your children.
Trust Him to do what only God can do in any given circumstance.
You are not the “savior” of your family members, and neither are you their “lord.” Jesus alone is Savior and Lord. Ultimately, we each must submit our life to God and follow Him out of our own volition.
I believe, however, that as you act and pray with faith, God will protect and provide, now and forever!
The Garden: Genesis 3
(As told by Karyn Henley and illustrated ny Dennas Davis)
Now Adam and Eve lived in the beautiful garden of Eden. Tasty fruit grew from many of its trees. God told Adam and Eve they could eat any fruit they wanted, except one kind. He said, “You must never eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
That evening, God walked through the garden. Adam and Eve tried to hide. God called, “Adam, where are you?” Adam said, “I am hiding. I was afraid.” Then God asked, “Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?”
Adam & Eve: Genesis 2
(as told by Karen Henley and illustrated by Dennas Davis)
(Teacher: Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network)
Pray for Protection and Victory in the Battlefields of Life
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10, 11).
A grandfather understands the nature of warfare and that our grandchildren are prime targets for the enemy who is seeking to devour them (and us). Gentlemen, we are soldiers engaged in the battlefield of war for the hearts, minds, and souls of our grandchildren. If we fail to engage in battle, then we set the enemy loose to do whatever he wants with our children and grandchildren.
Our grandchildren need grandfathers who are good soldiers—soldiers who understand they are not on vacation but at war. Men who grasp their calling, committed to fulfilling it and pleasing our Commanding Officer (Christ). Men who have learned how to endure hardship with courage and faith, and clothed themselves with the full armor of God and are engaged in fervent prayer on their grandchildren’s behalf.
Such soldier grandfathers will pray that for their grandchildren to grow strong in their walk with the Lord. They will pray for and show them the importance of the armor of God to stand firm against schemes of the devil who will tempt them to lie, to cheat, to disobey their parents, and to follow all the ways of the world. The enemy is cunning, deceptive, and powerful. He will do everything he can to distract our grandchildren from walking with the Lord and seek, instead, to gratify the sinful desires of the flesh.
Grandfathers, pray that your grandchildren will:
1. Recognize the deception of the world and resist temptation.
2. Gird themselves with the belt of truth (God’s Word) and stand firm in the truth.
3. Take up the shield of faith so that they may stand firm against and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Put on the helmet of salvation by the Holy Spirit will guard their hearts and
minds, and fill them with hope and courage to live life to the fullest in Christ Jesus, their Lord and Savior.
5. Be alert, self-controlled, and firm in faith—faith in God and the work of Christ on the Cross.
6. Persevere and endure hardship in the face of hostility and ignorance.
One final thought for grandfathers…
Men, soldiers are not supposed to fight the battle alone. They fight as a company or platoon, part of unit watching out for each other’s back. The Scriptures are clear as well that we are to fight this battle as a unit—we are the body of Christ. I urge you, therefore, to band with two, three, or more brothers who will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, and you with them, to do battle for the hearts and minds of our grandchildren (and children). A band of righteous men gathered to pray is a powerful force against our enemy.
Decide right now to ask other grandfathers to form a band of grandfathers who will pray together and develop a strategy for fighting in the power of God on the battlefield for life. Grandparent’s Day of Prayer is a perfect staging area for this purpose. Talk to a few other men in your church, neighborhood or place of work, and ask them to join you to form a Grandfather’s G@P group—a band of brothers who will do battle for the souls of the next generations. Our Commander In Chief has issued the call. Will you respond?