Sunday, December 18, 2011

Teach Your KIDS to INTERACT with God – Easy Tips

 

Hello again…this another repost from our old blog,

Please visit squidoo page http://www.squidoo.com/HisFireKids

It includes simple activation activities in an attempt to promote the PARADIGM of Children's Ministry where Christian Children & youth are ACTUALLY INTERACTING WITH GOD….

“I  personally grew up going to Sunday School ALL my life BUT it was not until I went to college that I was taught and trained to INTERACT with God, have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP  with Him, hear His voice & have FUN with God.”

Please if you have had successful times teaching kids to INTERACT with God that you’d like to share please email us.

Our new name is actually SuperNatural Kids and to email us plz contact us at ParentingTwinsandMore@gmail.com

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Children Moving in the Power of God

 

Please see this encouraging video clip of children moving in the power of God…It is called “Children Taking over the Church” as posted on XPmedia

The word says: “…and these signs shall follow those who believe…”

Well this video clip will inspire…

http://www.xpmedia.com/jDrZWwHhIjFf

Blessings

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kid Praises God Using a Shofar with Debi Gatlyn

 

In this SIDEWAYS production video…sorry…..check out the girl worshipping the Lord via a shofar….Debi Gatlyn was a guest speaker and during worship she started to blow her shofar…then this anointed girl got up and did the same=)

 

 

Kid Using Shofar

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Healing

 

******A copy of this full tool can be found under the WORKSHEETS tab on Christian-Children.com…scroll down to Healing Tools for a PRINTOUT you can use.

We used these verses many times and witnessed awesome healing. God is so faithful! To Him goes ALL the glory!

prayer

 

How do I pray if My Friend/Family Member is sick? =(

Well there are soooooo many things to say about HEALING....yes, God heals today.

How?


Well sometimes...God can heal by a slow bit-by-bit process... He can use doctors and medicine…..and HE can perform a miracle and heal ALL AT ONCE. We just have to ask…there are MANY testimonies of healing ALL at once…as well as over a short period of time.

 

God is the one who can HEAL US....In John 11:25, Jesus said.... "I am the

resurrection and the life......

 

God's WORD ACTUALLY WORKS

"..so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

 

So we can USE the WORD to pray to God for someone who is sick.....

it can be anything from a simple cold or scratch to something really serious!!!

prayer kids

 

 

PRAY THESE SCRIPTURES

Pray to God for yourself or whoever is sick everyday OUT LOUD!

When you say them you can put your name in them if you like to make them more

personal=)

1.

He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed
. 1 Peter 2:24

(because Jesus died on the cross,He PAID for us, so we can be HEALED today)

2.

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you
will be forgiven.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be
healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces
wonderful results. James 5:14-16

(pray AND tell God SORRY for sins...God says YOU HAVE POWERFUL prayers)

3.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

(This means we don’t have to be afraid)

4.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

(This scripture means God answers prayers)

5.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.2

Timothy 1:7

(we don’t have to be afraid)

6.

Jesus said, "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will

be done for you by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19

(This scripture means God answers prayers)

 

You can also look up your own scriptures here...or go to their site

Biblegateway.com

All scriptures on this page are the New Living Translation or Niw International Version from

Biblegaweway.com

WHEN God HEALS________send us a GOOD NEWS report=)

LINKS


SuperNatural Kids’ goal is to help others grow !!

 

Online Sunday School Training

DreamLab7.com
Biblical dream interpretation methods. Understand what God is saying to you through your dreams...Get your dreams interpreted on this website. Classes taught by Pastor Mary Ann Kotch are run thru SuperNatural Kids Ministries on Mondays at 11:30.
To apply or visit a class contact us @ SuperNKids@gmail.com
 
Kids in Ministry International- Becky Fisher
KIMI is a cutting edge apostolic, prophetic ministry for children and those who minister to them.
Online Sunday School lessons are intended for kids to watch
there are also tips for parents to minister to the youth around them...
http://www.xpmedia.com/channel/bfischer
 
Christian-Children.com "Hearing and Talking to God" Weekly Chat



  • Tuesdays 4:30-6pm are available on request...contact us to join us.
    SuperNKids@gmail.com
    Podcasts A ‘Lil Bit Review http://www.christian-children.com/2011/07/podcasts-for-tweens-and-teens-lil-bit.html
     Hot-Topic Youth Bible App
    30 Days With Jesus – Self Guided Online Lessons
     biblechall (2)

     

    Sunday School Curriculum

    Good News Ministries - David & Kathy Walters
    They offer a variety of power packed inexpensive illustrated (by kids) workbooks with multiple choice ? that can easily be used for Kids Church or Homeschool or Self study - (ages 7- adult)
    Kids in Ministry International- Becky Fisher
    One of the best advocates for change in today's children’s ministry methods to raise up warriors for Christ. Outstanding comprehensive Curriculum can be used at home or school.

    Kingdom Treasures International - Deborah Reed
    Deborah Reed's children's church curriculum is among the few the dare to explain to kids how to operate in their gifts. It also covers the basics very well.
    Super Church Curriculum - Mark Harper
    Particularly noteworthy in this awesome curriculum option is videos for their youth aged Sunday school students.
     

    Online Video Links:

    XPmedia.com -Patricia King's online media network featuring 100s of video clips on virtually any Christian subject you can imagine... has an awesome style that reaches many.....this site has videos on street evangelism and teaching videos on many topics...
    God.TV - This site has a mix of shows throughout the day...but is inspiring. A FUN ONE FOR KIDS TO EXPERIENCE ....God healing His people. ...God LOVES US!!!!
    SidRoth.org - See Children Passionate for God during this interview of Becky Fisher on "It's Supernatural" TV show...stirs the hearts of parents and churches to re-evaluate and redefine what true, disciple-making children's ministry really is
    YouTube.com - This link goes DIRECTLY to a clip reporting on the "Holy Spirit Breakout Week 9" at Morning Star Ministries in N.C. lots of young people being touched by God....brace yourself it's wild=)
    Streams Ministries - AWE TV has insightful and prophetic videos by John Paul Jackson - including insight on God's perspective of our current economic crisis
    TACF.ORG - While you have to register (free) for this one, Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship has videos of their sessions on Revive TV & its updated weekly....lots to offer
    Revival.com - Rodney Howard-Browne has inspiring & funny video footage of the FIRE of God healing and blessing people. PLUS there are ready made evangelism tools you can print.
    WayoftheMaster.com - Reaching Your Friends for Christ -- Online How-to Lessons, Free Evangelistic videos too    
    RobandMillie.com- Pray with Rob and Millie, watch the latest episode of "Gospel Trafficking", see photos of missions trips, submit prayer requests & listen to your choice of audio teachings
    MorningStarMinistries.org- Host of a current Holy Spirit breakout that started in their school with the youth and kids. Healings and people being touched by God.
     

    Online Bibles/Devotionals:

    • Bible Gateway - Online Bible
    • Read a FREE ILLUSTRATED BIBLE online...comic book style format in International Children's Bible (ICB) version. Very readable for kids. Several choicesfree illustrated bible
    COMPLETE COMIC BOOK OF JOHN ONLINE (click book):
     
     
  • Big Bible Town - Online childrens Bible Games - Lots of Fun
  • American Sign Language Bible - Free Chapter Online - John 3
  • Zondervan's Children's Reading Plan - Read the Bible in 6 months
  • New Christian Devotionals LooktoJesus.com
  • ichristianlife.com Get to Know God, Introductory Bible Study

  • Prayer Links:

    New Christian Tips LooktoJesus.com
    Tim Greenwood Ministries  -  tgm.org
    teenhopeline.com TEENS: If you need help or somebody to talk to 24/7/365 On-line Christian counselors
    RobandMillie.com- Pray with Rob and Millie & submit prayer requests
    God.TV Click the prayer tab to submit your prayer request
     

    Music and Stuff:

    JesusFreakHideout.com - A site with Christain album & concert reviews, blogs, contests, devotionals, lyrics, movie reviews, and the latest news and interviews with some of the top Christain artists
    jfhbanner4
    Tobymac.com
    DCTalk.com
    CeCeWinans.com
    KirkFranklin.us
    Air1.com - Tons of terrific Christian music, contests, and funny interviews. They have MIXOLOGY where you sign up to help pick the music mix.

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    ByFaithOnly - Christian music, bible studies, and inspiration, also home business opportunities, free graphics, and site promotion.

    Kids and Youth Sites



  • Big Bible Town - Online childrens Bible Games - Lots of Fun
  • yahwehworld.com -Online fun games to play - learning site
  • Goodnews.netministries.org/kid.htm
  • Ishinelive.com (from the TV show iShine Knect) - Info on great christian artists that tour together and spread the message of Christ. Listen to iShine radio. Christian tween music, videos, photos, live tour and more.
    Christian Comics – download or purchase
    drwonder.com Videos and games for kids - Resources for parents & educators- Excellent site to learn & reinforce American Sign Language (ASL)
  • (the deaf community really needs to be reached and shown the love of Jesus- the language barrier is part of the problem.
    Kids enjoy learning new languages- this site will be fun & help them learn)
    Christian Answers.net A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files
    The Adventure Bible - Beta website offers great resources for kids, parents and educators. Games, maps, illustrations, devotionals, a bible look-up, words to treasure, mini-sermons and much more
     
    Luke2:52 This fun website has games and mind boggling trivia and videos for boys. It's based on the Luke 2:52 Christian book series that are PERFECT for boys 8-13yo "Smarter, stronger,deeper, cooler"
    Teen homeschool hangout Online community for homeschooled kids
    eXhistance Phenomenal Online Site about the Basics
     

    HELP SITES

    teenhopeline.com TEENS: If you need help or somebody to talk to 24/7/365 On-line Christian counselors
    xxxchurch.com Porn addiction, sex addiction, recovery and help
    Christian Answers.net  A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files
    Life Choices.com They have fast-paced, motivational, multi-media events for middle and high-schoolers. Using videos, music, sketches, and real life experiences, the Life Choices Team deliver a transparent, applicable, and heart felt programs.
    IF YOU NEED HELP - Hotlines and Info help from Life Choices.com:
    I'm Suicidal
    Suicide Hotlines
    1-800-784-2433
    I'm Cutting
    helpguide.org
    I Have an Eating Disorder
    Remuda Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia
    I'm Pregnant
    Carenet
    1-800-395-4357

    I'm Being Sexually Abused
    Survivors and Friends

    I'm Being Physically Abused
    Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
    http://www.sandf.org/
    I Have a Drug Addiction
    The AntiDrug 1-800-788-2800
    I'm Struggling with Homosexuality
    Exodus International
    I've Had an Abortion
    Abortion Recovery
    1.800.395.HELP (1.800.395.4357)

    Missions Links:

    Traveltheroad.com Exciting Reality Videos of Real Missionaries who take the viewers all around the world
    RobandMillie.com -  Missionary Evangelists Rob and Millie have a passion to reach the world for Jesus...follow their "Gospel Trafficking" blog and video series to track them as they currently journey from Mexico to Uruguay in South America over this next year BY LAND...deaf ears have been healed and other miracles...but the secret is they also have a powerful online ministry talking to young people around the globe...
    worldvision.org - Sponsor a child, donate.
     

    Evangelism:

    There are MANY DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES to reach others. Here are some helpful sites:
    Revival.com Rodney Howard-Browne has inspiring & funny video footage of the FIRE of God healing and blessing people. PLUS there are ready made evangelism tools you can print.
    WayoftheMaster.com Reaching Your Friends for Christ the Way Jesus Did-- Online Step-by-step, How-to Lessons 
     

    Youth Sites:

    MessiahsMisfits.org
    YouthStorm.org
    TheRamp.org
     

    Youth Workers,Homeschoolers and Parents:

    ParentingTwinsandMore.com – Our family blog with tips for Parents and Leaders
    GoodNewsSports.org -Committed to helping people know and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ while providing programs that can develop a student’s physical, mental, social and emotional health. A Christ centered sports outreach. Sports Camps & VBS, Homeschool PE, All Star Sports Classes and more.
    Childrensministry.com- Check out their hilarious cmTUBE VIDEOS, free lesson enhancer ideas and fun stuff
    I Lift My Eyes Ministries-This site has a very very extensive resource listing including "CHRISTIAN CREATIVE ARTS"
    Prophetic Destiny Ministries- Roy Roden -Prophetic training youth to adults. Many online teachings thru their email loop and biweekly web classes.
    Kingdom Treasures International - Deborah Reed's children's church curriculum is among the few the dare to explain to kids how to operate in their gifts. It also covers the basics very well.
    Super Church Curriculum - Mark Harpers' Super Church curriculum is awesome for many levels...includes a video series for teens
    GrowingKids.org- This site is directed toward parents specifically interested in the Ezzos’ core curriculum, Growing Kids God’s Way.
    No Greater Joy Tips and Resources for spiritually training children
     

    Biblical Dream Interpretation:

    DreamLab7.com - Training website PLUS lots of info to help understand how God uses dreams to talk to us...common dream symbols listed and explained plus you can SUBMIT your dreams for biblical dream interpretations for a nominal fee.
    Interpretmydream.com - Training website. Learn how to understand what God is saying...site has videos, forums and monthly interpretation of your dreams - membership required with fees.
    Tehillah.org - Prophetic Dreams and Vision Center, common dream symbols explained.
     

    Renewal & Equipping Ministries

    This list is NOT exhaustive but highlights a few of the MANY churches and ministries that serve and equip those who want MORE OF GOD.....many of them offer regional and international conferences periodically.
    The Father's House(PA,USA)
    StirtheWater.com
    Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship - Partners in Harvest Churches (International)
    Neck Ministries (PA- events throughout USA)
    Streams Ministries - Institute and Bridge Churches- see the ministries tab (International locations)
    Riveroflifekpm.com

     

    Plays & Skits:

    Fools for Christ
    Christianskitscripts.com
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Fall Dance Classes Season Beginning Soon – Inspirational Project Dance Videos

     

    As summer is soon closing…Project Dance is over for the season. However, it is time for many dance studios fall dance classes to begin.

    If you are looking for inspiration…Project Dance videos are a good place to look.

    Here is a tidbit of info from Project Dance….perhaps your studio or dance team wants to look into getting involved next summer!

    Now would be the time to get started.

     

    Project Dance

    Project Dance is committed to sharing dance with the world! If you love dance visit their site to watch the full video that explains this great organization.

    From the Project Dance website:

    Project Dance was born 10 years ago out of a desire to serve the people of New York City directly after the events of September 11th and it has managed to do just that.

    Each year thousands of New Yorkers stop to watch the concert held on a temporary stage on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway.

    Although the weekend is designed to give participants the opportunity to perform and take master dance classes, Project Dance also strives to inspire dancers as artists and individuals.

    Some of the activities over the weekend focus on the intersection of faith and art….

    Our goal is to equip and encourage dancers as they seek their calling in the world of dance.

     

     

    Project Dance - Hong Kong

    Here are a few clips from the Project Dance - Hong Kong concert. I was looking primarily for young dancers:

     

    I didn’t know there was a Chinese version of Mary Mary’s Shackles…nice!

    Many kids like to take Hip-Hop class these days…here is Hong Kong Christian Hip-Hop

     

    Project Dance – London

    Again, I found a nice young dance group. Excellent!

     

     

     

    Project Dance Events 2012

    Next year’s 2012 events are on their website:

    Houston TBA

    Orlando   TBA

    New York City   April 20-22

    Nashville   TBA

    London  July 13-15

    Washington DC    TBA

    Kansas City    TBA

    Atlanta    TBA

    Sydney    October 5-7

    Hong Kong    October 12-14 

    Phoenix    TBA

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Top 20 Recommended Book List Ideas for Christian Children 8 to Teen

    Finding good clean books for children is sometimes a challenge. Many books today have adult topics in them a bit early and are difficult for tender hearts to understand or grasp.

    Here is a brief book ideas for early readers. Some of these are favorites of many children I know. They read them again and again. Many options are actually series.

    If you have suggestions please feel free to add them in the comments section. We could never read enough!
    Impossible=)

    Top 20 Recommended Book List



    1. Travels with Aunt Laura & Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 
    2. FaithGirlz!  - Sophie Series by Nancy Rue
    3. Jesus Freak by DC Talk
    4. 2:52 Bible Weird & Gross Stuff -  2:52 Book Series
    5. Under God by Toby Mac and Michael Tait
    6. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    7. Spirit of the Game Series (sports theme)
    8. American Girl Series
    9. Three Cousins Detectives Club Series
    10. The Boxcar Children Series
    11. Color Me Dark - Other Dear America Books
    12. Brio Girls Series
    13. Lily Series
    14. Christy Series
    15. Little House on the Prairie Series
    16. Extreme Teen Bible
    17. True Image Bible
    18. 2:52 Bible
    19. Faith Girls Bible
    20. The Adventure Bible
    21. Magnify Biblezines













    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Devotionals for Tweens and Teens: A Proverb A Day

     

     

    A Proverb A Day – Daily Devotional

    teens reading

    A Proverb each Day for the 31 Days of a Month is a Meaty Devotional for each day....

     

    Keep it interesting by sometimes making a game out of it...

    *A reader picks a chapter or the chapter of the day... others PICK a number for the reader to read THEIR special verse directed to them. It could be really funny sometimes when read aloud…especially when the proverb DOESN’T relate to anything and the children just giggle about it!

    *Another option is to take turns reading aloud.

    *Ask God to HIGHLIGHT a particular verse…it will seem to JUMP OUT at the readers… either write down the verse or SHARE it.

     

     

     

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Daily Medi-Crationals = Daily Devotions for Tweens and Youth


    This list was put together with youth who like to call them Medi-crations instead of meditations or devotions !!!
    They chose verses to meditate on each day...we suggest spending 5-15 min or more each day listening and writing what God shares with you....
    You can even print it out if you like...just click on the image below:


    Daily Medi-Crationals

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Akiane – Prodigy Christian Child Artist - Video Clip

    Christian children need to be encouraged to explore the arts as much as possible.
    Unfortunately the arts are often crowded out by science and technology these days.
    Here is a child artist who grew up in an atheist home. God spoke to Akiane Kramarik  through visions starting at 4 years old. She started painting at 6yo. God introduced Himself to her and taught her how to create beautiful artwork and poetry. She and her family eventually all came to know Jesus and became Christians. Akiane believes God gave her this gift to share with the world. Her work can be used to inspire children to do their best at whatever God inspires them to do.
    God truly LOVES to use children to teach ALL of us.



    Her work is truly amazing. Here is a CNN report.

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Fun Dance Videos for Kids and Youth To Enjoy

     

    This videos from a few years ago are so cute. They may inspire the dancers in your life or bring a smile as you watch these kids and youth worship God.

     

    "Freedom" @ Kids Conference -

    This was FUN!

    I actually had the privilege of watching this one in person. The behind the scenes facts were perhaps even more exciting. The kids performed this FREEDOM dance directly after someone spoke that they felt the Lord wanted them all to proclaim FREEDOM. No one knew their dance was going to be about FREEDOM! 

    The Lord tied it right in. PLUS, the flagger in the background had a huge flag that was perfect for this routine. It all flowed together…

    Its so like the Holy Spirit to coordinate things together and use kids to do so!

     

     

    ReBirth Dance Co

    Visiting the USA – Christian Hip-Hop / Lyrical Dance Group

    This group is committed & awesome!  We met them at the His Gifts & Presence New England Arts Festival  The way they combine hip-hop to traditional dance is amazing. Love it!

     

     

    Eternity Dance Center - Project Dance NYC

    "Represent in NYC!" was what the audience replied to this Maine based group after their routine. Who says Mainers can’t hip-hop?

     

     

     

     

    "Dead Serious" - Jazz

    Watch Out! They ARE serious! Cute but serious…I like the chorography in this one=)

     

     

     

     

    ReBirth Dance in USA & London - Christian Hip-Hop Dance Group

    Can't Get Enough of their Awesome Dancing..

     

     

     

    Project Dance NYC 2008 - Mix

    This yearly outdoor dance event on Broadway in NYC, Project Dance NYC, has dancers from around the world..... Project Dance which is in its 10th year is actually an international production that is touring 7 major cities around the world in 2011. They offer free all-day outdoor dance concerts and professional training in dance classes, motivational forums and networking. See their blog for details.  The dance team from Eternity Dance had the privilege of being included in their promotional video.

     

     

     

     

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men (and women) will dream dreams, your young men (and women) will see visions. Joel 2 :28

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Preschool Hearing God Exercises

     

    (These ideas are adopted from a preschool teacher)

     

    Kids can "drink" from the Spirit of God TOO....

     

    Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

    Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

     

    Photo Courtesy of Kim Mngqibisa*

     

    This is an enjoyable activity that the kiddos can do!

    God really shows them things to draw and introduces Himself to them=)

    It is a good into for preschoolers to relate to God and can be adopted for older students as well.

    ***The more often they practice listening to God, the more comfortable and easily they will be able to do it.

     

    Supplies- plain paper, markers, crayons

    I. Prayer Time

    The kids can pick a region in their world to pray for….their neighborhood, state, or country. It is also fun to have them pray for something local that they could possibly see God improve.

    Have the kiddos pray and close their eyes.

     

    II. Hearing God Activity

    “Ok kids, lets ask the Holy Spirit to give you a picture in your mind/heart that you can draw. Try to keep your eyes shut till you think you have it.”

    The teacher can silently pray to God. They can ask God that He will reveal something to the kiddos, give them a spirit of creativity & sanctify their imaginations…..whatever God puts on your heart to pray.

    “Alright, let’s draw what the Holy Spirit showed you!”

    It is remarkable what God shows kids…we like to display them and discuss them with the kids.

    _________________________

    *Photo provided by Kim Mngqibisa: littlelight.photoreflect.com

    Day 27 - 30 Days With Jesus - Jesus “The Passover Lamb” Tortured, TOOK OUR Sins & Died



    Today’s Bible Challenge Reading: Matthew 27:1-66 Jesus “The Passover Lamb” Tortured… TOOK Our Sins and Died

    In today’s lesson we can see how people get confused….

    About what God wants

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY would God allow such bad things happen to Jesus. Before Jesus was actually KILLED, He was first TORTURED quite a bit.

    Jesus so weak He could no longer carry His cross...

    Jesus was beaten severely and then expected to carry His cross...




    If you have ever seen the movie  “The Passion of the Christ”  you probably SKIPPED the beating scene where Jesus was whipped for 15min.....Just to get the point across to us viewers.( If you missed viewing The Passion, it is now airing on TBN Network or TBN.org online if you want to watch tv on your phone or computer...just go to their schedule for the next time it airs.) 
     *Or you can rent it or a less graphic movie of the life of Jesus to see what He did for YOU.



    I like to tell the kids…”Even if YOU were the ONLY PERSON on EARTH…Jesus STILL would have gone on the CROSS JUST for YOU!”

    Jesus, who was the Son of God, and had mega POWER accessible at a snap, didn’t choose to  skip the torture….

    Jesus WISHED He could skip the torture and even asked God to because, quite frankly He didn’t feel like being beaten badly…spit on, mocked,  then have nails driven into His hands…. feet hung on a wooden cross…AND face certain death! He didn’t want to do it. He cried and begged God the Father soooo hard in the Garden of Gethsemane He even SWEAT BLOOD!!! (Matthew 26:36-46)




    BUT Jesus DID it to OBEY God’s will for God’s ULTIMATE plan…the BIG PICTURE….
     Jesus obeyed His Father even though it meant certain death.

    God wanted and planned for JESUS TO SUFFER………and DIE….for US.

    It was needed for the BIG PICTURE. To help save allllllllllll mankind from going to eternal punishment in hell! Including you and I. 

    All we have to do to be saved is confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins AND accept in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. John 3:16.  Then we ask Jesus to become the “boss” of our lives and plug into friendly bible teaching churches and youth programs to help us GROW.

     It’s THAT simple!! Congrats!



     (Please contact me if you do this pray this pray…YAY… so I can help you!!!)

    The folks around Jesus… the disciples and the Jews  didn’t quite GET IT because, they wanted Jesus to be the new KING of Jerusalem so they can beat up on the evil Romans who ran things. The Jews wanted to TAKE OVER. I don’t blame them. The Romans were so cruel that they made sport of torturing Christians.

    How many times in your life have things NOT gone your way and you just didn’t get it. You asked God for help and STILL things are NOT going your way…

    Don’t get me wrong.  Things go bad for different reasons that God NEVER intended:

    -Man’s sinful tendencies many times mess things up.
    -Sometimes the devil tries to botch things up temporarily too.

    BUT SOMETIMES we get confused because God is supposed to give us what we want right? 

    Wrong!

    We are all part of a BIG PUZZLE…that fits together.


    It makes a great picture when we are all where we should be. But if a corner piece of God’s PUZZLE tries to go where the center piece should go…or some pieces go jump into water because they DON’T FEEL LIKE FITTING WHERE God wants them…the puzzle looks “jacked up”.


    Today…ask God “How or where do I fit in??? What special reason did you make ME FOR?” How can I help you God? 


    ALWAYS REMEMBER:

    YOU were born for a special purpose and plan that God has…a job JUST FOR YOU! We all fit into God’s Plan like a 6,000,000 piece puzzle that He puts together. Cool thing is…when you figure out what special talents and GIFTS GOD gave you.. and what they are for…. Life will be more of an adventure! Fun huh?


    REMEMBER: Day 28 is a rest day...you can review verses we already studied or read anywhere int he bible when you spend time with God=) If you want to try something new...Listen to some praise music as you pray...

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    30 Days With Jesus - Day 26 - Jesus Celebrates Passover with His ENEMY and Friends- John 13:1-30 and Luke 22:1-71





    Today’s Bible Reading:  Day 26 - John 13:1-30 and Luke 22:1-71 - Jesus Celebrates Passover with His ENEMY and FRIENDS Who Soon Abandon Him…
     
     
     
     
    The last supper Jesus ate with His friends…the disciples:
     
     
     


    How would YOU feel to have a meal with someone you KNOW is going to cause you to be KILLED plus other friends whom you KNOW will leave you when you need them the MOST!!!
     
    THAT’S what Jesus did…but not only that….

    FIRST, Jesus served them by washing their feet?





    WHY? Why would Jesus wash the feet of a man who was a backstabbing fink PLUS wash the feet of 11 others who didn’t bother to stick around and defend him? Luke 13:1-30
     
     
     
     
     
    WHY?
     
     
    Jesus Lived In Opposite World


    This scripture helps us better understand GOD and how Jesus did things… OPPOSITE of how the world does….Jesus was an example to us!

    Jesus showed us how to treat those who do us wrong. Bless and love on them.
     
    Awkward?
     
    It’s a simple concept that sometimes seems tricky when we try to ACTUALLY be loving =)


    Be kind and loving even when we don’t FEEL LIKE being kind and loving. THAT is how you know are living real genuine Christian life.


    Not so easy huh? If you are willing to TRY…God will help YOU! Little by little, bit by bit you will find that it will get easier to be KIND and LOVING to others…even folks who annoy you and/or hurt your feelings.
     
    NOTE:
    IF someone is physically hurting you….LOVE and FORGIVE THEM FROM A DISTANCE…that’s different! Better yet…tell someone you trust immediately to help you AND the person who is harming you. (Here is a website if you just need someone to chat with about it http://www.teenhopeline.com/) Or contact us and we will try to forward you to someone who can help you more directly…
     
    On the other hand,
    if people are simply frustrating, making you mad and generally a pain…ask God to help you CHANGE HOW YOU REACT to them….
    For the next section in Luke 22, I listened to the bible gateway audio bible…here is a link: http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/luke.22


    JESUS KNOWS ALL THINGS




    Jesus was funny because He TOLD the disciples ahead of time in Luke 22:10 (NIV)  how to get ready for Passover:

     He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
     13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

    In addition, you will see in the next section, that Jesus also told the disciples everything that they were going to do in response to the AWFUL things that were about to happen to him.


    JUST ASK GOD

    Jesus did that because God TOLD Him to…Jesus listened and talked to God who shows US all things. God loves showing His plans to us…just ASK Him !!! He can tell you too=)

    In the same way…Jesus of course KNEW who would betray Him …but chose to LOVE Judas who betrayed Him to the Pharisees who eventually had Him crucified anyway… and He chose to LOVE His best friends on earth who followed Him faithfully even though He TOLD them they would scatter and desert Him.

    He even TOLD Peter WHEN and HOW he would deny even knowing Jesus three times.


    34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” (NIV)


    Peter not only did it but then remembered that Jesus warned him in advance. Luke: 54-65


    One of my new favorite sites has a cool PODCAST that talks about Peter: Here is the clip from their website http://www.alilbit.com/podcasts/

    Go there for even more accounts that relate to our 30 Days With Jesus.

     




    FROM A LIL BIT:


    EPISODE #86
    Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith: Mark 14:27-42
    Published: 8/01/2010

    Ever make a promise you can't keep? Peter did. Check out this podcast where Jonathan and David explain Peter's promises to Jesus...as well as Peter's failure to keep them. Use this episode to learn how you can keep your promises to Jesus.








    Jesus The Overcomer


    The BIGGEST THING that stands out about John 13 and Luke 22 is that Jesus accomplished ALL of His goals in SPITE of the fact that sooooo many were against Him.

    You could tell it was excruciating for Him to submit to God’s will…verse 44 really says it best.



     39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[c
     


    Jesus CHOSE to LOVE and spoke to God His Father to help Him accomplish the goals God gave Him…through that relationship, God gave Him the wisdom and strength He needed to rise above His circumstances…YOU CAN TOO! God wants to help us trust Him so He can help us be kind and loving to each other AND rise above the everything that tries to hold us back. God want to help all of us to be OVERCOMERS saved by His grace…
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    This is Dicipling

     

    THIS VIDEO SAYS A LOT TO US ABOUT TRUE DICIPLING….

    A picture IS worth a thousand words! I spotted this great video that was featured on a resourceful site http://MinistrytoChildren.com   . Thanks also to “foursquare” on YouTube…

     

    Not saying that those things that burdened the follower of Jesus BAD....

    we need them to help things…but they cannot become the FOCUS…

    the Love of Jesus is the point!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Podcasts for TWEENS and TEENS – A Li’l Bit About US

     

    As I was poking around on http://Ministrytochildren.com I tripped over what looks like a GOLDMINE!

     

    Christian Podcasts geared to tweens and teens???

    No I’m NOT kidding!

    Please go to A Li'l Bit About Us to hear their MANY selections of podcasts. I posted a few here to get us started!!!

    These podcasts actually tie into our online Bible Study: 30 DAYS WITH JESUS

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    and will help with the last few days!

     

    FROM THEIR WEBSITE:

    A Li'l Bit

    A Li'l Bit was created by some youth workers that are all about authenticity and truth. These guys wanted to provide a weekly podcast where kids could simply hear God's word presented in a real and relevant way. Nothing crazy, nothing too hard to understand... just pure truth shared in 10 minute "easy to understand" segments. PLEASE GO TO: http://www.alilbit.com/podcasts/ for more podcast details.

    *Jonathan’s BLOGS are also helpful for tweens and teens http://blog.thesource4ym.com/

     

    EPISODE #95
    David R. Smith: Mark 16: 9-20
    Published: 06/18/2011
    In this podcast, David concludes the Gospel of Mark with a challenge to do the exact same thing the disciples of Jesus did 2,000 years ago: share our faith in the Son of God. We must be courageous, even if others aren't. Check out this episode for some encouragement in the task.

    EPISODE #94
    David R. Smith: Mark 16: 1-8
    Published: 05/26/2011
    Ahhh...the final chapter of Mark's wonderful story! Here comes the good news that we so desperately need to hear. Listen closely as David gives us a VERY specific challenge based on Mark's 2,000 year old letter. It could change lives...yours and others!

    EPISODE #93
    Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith: Mark 15: 42-47
    Published: 04/17/2011
    Jesus is dead. The disciples of Jesus have been scattered. Fear has completely overtaken the followers of Jesus. What will happen now? Join Jonathan and David as they discuss a man who risked everything to ensure Jesus had a proper burial.

    SPECIAL EPISODE
    Jonathan McKee and Alec Address Bullying
    Published: 2/12/2011
    Last weekend Jonathan and his 17-year-old son Alec got an opportunity to share with a group of 450 students about the effects of bullying. Enjoy a little bit of humor and "heart" as they share steps teenagers can take to truly make a difference in the lives of others.

    EPISODE #92
    Matt Furby: Mark 15: 33-41
    Published: 01/30/2011
    In the weightiest episode of the Book of Mark, Furby takes us through the death of God's Son, Jesus Christ. He also explains why Jesus had to die for us. This is one of THE MOST important podcast from Mark's Gospel! Don't miss it!