Friday, November 17, 2017

THANK YOU!

I recently received a beautiful card in the mail. It was a "Thank You" card sent to me from a friend that I had given a gift. It really made me feel good that they took the time to go and buy a card and send it to me to say "Thank You." It also made me feel good that they were appreciative of the gift that I had given to them. Sometimes people forget to say "Thank You" when someone does something nice for them.

In chapter 17, Luke tells of  a day when Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem when he met ten men who were afflicted with the terrible disease of leprosy. When they saw Jesus, they called out to him, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

Jesus, moved with compassion, said to them,  “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were healed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, stopped and went back praising God with a loud voice.  He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

Jesus said to him, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except you?"

God does so much for us! Every day he provides everything we need; food, clothing, and a place to live. The greatest gift he has given us is that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Do we ever forget to say, "Thank You?" Let's stop right now and say "Thank You" and ask God to help us remember to thank Him every day.

Dear Lord, you give us everything we need and much more besides, but we often forget to say "Thank You." We thank you now and ask you to help us to remember to give thanks every day for all the gifts you give us. Most of all, we give thanks for the gift of eternal life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A New Social Media Editor for Sermons4Kids

Effective October 1, 2017, Ami Watson became the Social Media Editor for Sermons4Kids . You have probably already noticed the improvement in the quality and frequency of our posts on Facebook and Twitter. I thought it was about time I introduced her and told you a little bit about her.

Ami lives in Tennessee and is a wife and mom of a twelve-year-old son. For the past five years she has been a Children's Church Pastor in her home church, so she knows first-hand the type of  things that will be helpful to you in your ministry to children. She is also a second grade teacher at Alldardt Elementary School and is in her thirteenth year of teaching, so, she has a lot of experience communicating with the children.

Ami is actually no stranger to the Sermons4Kids ministry. She has created and shared with us twenty-two PowerPoint presentations to go with some of our lessons. They are available on the Sermons4Kids website for your download and use. These presentations are a good example of the creativity Ami brings to our ministry.

Ami looks forward to interacting with you on Facebook. So, if you aren't already a follower, visit our Facebook page today and get to know her better.

Welcome, Ami. We are happy to have you on board and we look forward to the contribution you will make to the Sermons4Kids ministry.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When the Storms of Life Are Raging

Over the past several weeks, natural disasters have brought devastation to various parts of our country. First it was Hurricane Harvey bringing destruction to the Texas Coast. Then it was Irma hitting the Florida Keys and the coastal areas of Florida. As these storms brought their destruction, a large area of Montana is being ravaged by wildfires. These disasters have brought with them loss of homes and natural resources, destruction of property, and even loss of life. William Long, administrator of FEMA, predicted that the recovery from Harvey would take many years before we returned to normal. Federal and state agencies, community groups, non-profit relief agencies, and many others have joined together to reach out to those in need.

It is important that we ask ourselves, "As Christians, what is our response to these disasters and how do we reach out to those in need?" Here are some practical ways that we can help.

PRAYER — As followers of Christ, we need to fix our eyes on the God who promises his presence in the storms of life. We must, as individuals, and in concert with fellow believers, pray for the victims of these disasters.

GIVE — We can help both the relief workers and the victims by providing clothing, blankets, and food. Donations of money can be applied where they are needed most, but choose your channel for giving carefully. Make certain that your donation will go to those who need it rather than to an organization will use the funds for personal use.

VOLUNTEER — Some of us might be in a position to volunteer to work for organizations such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Many churches are sending ministry groups to help by fixing damaged drywall, flooring, roofs, and clearing debris.

One thing we must remember, this is not a short-term problem. These storms have produced major damage and we must be prepared to be involved long-term.

Heavenly Father, you are present with those who suffer from these natural disasters. We pray that those affected may feel your healing presence. You are in the hands of those who reach out to help those in need. We pray for those first responders in their courageous work. Help us to be faithful to pray for those who are suffering. Help us also to reach out in any way we can to help relieve their suffering. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.