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  • KID'S WEEK Pt.5

    1 posts, 1 voices, 373 views, started Jun 12, 2009

    Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 by Denise Richardson


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      Kid’s Week, Pt. 5

      Matt. 19:13 Some children were brought to Jesus so he could lay his hands
      on them and pray for them. The disciples told them not to bother him. But
      Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom
      of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

      Kids need understanding. I think one of the mistakes that the church makes
      sometimes is that we expect youth to be what many of us are pretending to
      be! Many times we feel that since they are into negative things, we should put
      them on the
      alter and have them tarry all night, when we don’t even do that!
      We must give youth room to be youth. That doesn’t mean give them sin
      or allow worldly influences, but we can’t expect them to behave as we do. Many
      adults are fronting and behaving differently at church than at home anyway, and
      can be very discouraging to young people. Don’t teach hypocrisy. Don’t try to
      make the
      youth or your kids act like something they are not. The thing I have
      learned about youth while traveling the country is that they will be true to
      whatever they feel and believe. They will praise God and worship him for
      real, if He’s real in the members. They won’t fake unless they are apart of
      fakeness! So, the best thing to do is to be real with them. Listen to what
      they are saying. You can learn a lot about youth just by listening to them.
      Then, remember where you were when you were that age. Remember you? Don’t
      forget because that is your connection with them. Also, don’t hide your past
      from them.

      I remember when my father died, I was distressed about my ministry and hurt
      by God, I felt. So I asked God a question. I said, “Lord, if there is a key
      to reaching youth, then I want to know it. I know it’s not giving them
      certain music, because that has failed. I know it’s not giving them club
      dances in the church, because that has failed. I know it’s not giving them a
      bunch of fun activities and stuff in the church, because that has failed. What
      is it Lord, I asked. What is the key?” God told me the answer. He said,
      “Your past is the key!” God said that if youth see where I am now, and hear
      where I was, then that gives them hope for being where I am. But if I
      pretend I was always this way, and they have messed up, then they feel they
      can never have what I have!” I was blown away! And I have seen thousands of
      youth saved through just my testimony! So don’t neglect being real with
      them. What happened to you is happening again. And if you came through it,
      they can too!

      Suggested Reading: Matt. 19:13, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16, Matt. 18:14


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