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When is Kid’s Day?

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I remember as a child taking note of all the special days for the adults. There are the holidays that they get off work, but even more important to me as a kid were the holidays that allowed the parents to get gifts. There’s grandparents day and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

One day I remember asking, “When is Kid’s Day?”

My mom was quick to let me know that every day was Kid’s Day. I was constantly getting snacks and prizes and having everyone focused on me and what I was doing.

Every day IS Kid’s Day, right?

We focus on our children in all areas of life. We support them in their schooling. We attend their sports activities and ooh and aah over their accomplishments in other areas of life. We encourage their friendships and work to help them to choose wisely. How about their relationship with God?

Churches all over the place are spending more and more energy and resources on children’s programs. They understand that parents are looking to train their children well in the knowledge of the truth of God’s word. These things are good and signs of a healthy church. It is right for us to focus on not just our past or our present but especially on our future.

What people all over are finding, however, is that children – once they graduate high school – are leaving the faith at an alarming rate. These kids were taken to all the bible classes. They did all the activities, but yet they leave anyway.

There are a few things we can do to keep that from happening with our children.

First: Parents, you need to step up your game. Statistics are showing that your children won’t be as involved as you. Especially at the college level. While your children are young you need to be modeling a passion for the Word of God and His church. Otherwise your children will see through the classes you forced them to attend and notice that you didn’t emphasize it in your life and only attended to do your duty. This is not appealing to them. That may not be your motivation for attending, but they see what you do more than what you say. If you are a Sunday Morning Only attendee, then chances are your kids will be non-attendees. It’s time to get involved in a meaningful relationship with your church and the members therein in order to provide the community needed to grow spiritually healthy.

Second: Parents, you need to be teaching your children. Church attendance won’t teach your children. Bible classes, while they help, are often thin on the meatier parts that your kids are hungry for. They need to know that you study the scripture. They need to learn from you. They need to see that their understanding of the scripture is important to you. And they need to see the scripture without all the sunshine and rainbows that we sometimes put in it. The scriptures portray reality and how to live in that reality. Don’t sterilize it to protect your kids. Teach them the honest truth.

Third: As a family spend meaningful time with other Christians in your congregation. One of the reasons that teens leave when they get to the college age is that they have no connections with anyone other than the kids their age. This makes the transition awkward at best and helps to influence them to leave. Invite your older children to spend time with you and your adult church friends. Participate in classes where many ages are present so they can see how to interact among the generations.

Lastly: Don’t wait until they are in Jr. High or High School to expect them to participate and pay attention during worship services. If they can talk, then they can learn to sing. This is a process, and the timing is different for everyone, but I often see older elementary age children playing video games and coloring during worship services. They are old enough to listen, but you are showing them that it is not important for them to do so. Train them. They are ready.

Parents, we have a great responsibility to our children. You may be doing these things already. If so, great! If you aren’t, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just make a decision to change today. As we change so will our kids. Let’s stop the exodus. Let’s begin a spiritual renewal in our children.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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There is a book to which the best sellers on the New York Times list can never compare. It is the best seller of all time. No book has ever come close. But it is seldom read.

That’s right. It’s the bible.

Many of us have them on our shelves. Most of us have more than one copy. We have them in different fonts and translations. We have children’s versions for our kids. We have them in the pews of our churches. But they function more like dust-gatherers than tools for growth.

This March, on the History channel, a new mini-series is showing on Sunday evenings. It is titled “The Bible”. It will be shown in five episodes, two hours long each. I’m pretty excited about it.

Being able to read the bible is wonderful. Being able to see it is amazing. The first episode has already been aired at the writing of this article, and it was wonderful. Did it include everything I would have included if I had made the show? No! But I didn’t make the show. Is it a great conversation piece for those who are less exposed to what the bible says? Yes!

We need to be people of the word. The people who were considered as noble people in the New Testament, the Bereans, were considered as such because they searched the scriptures to verify the truth.

We Christians claim to know the truth, but many of us can’t even name the 66 books of the bible. How familiar are you to the stories therein? If I asked you what the book of Zephaniah was about, would you know? Do you take what the preachers say at face value, or do you search the scripture to verify their truth claims?

I encourage everyone who hears me teach to verify what I teach. I want to be held accountable to the word of God. It’s not my word I claim to teach, it’s His, and I want to be true to it.

This week, I want to encourage you to get in the word. If you’re watching “The Bible” read the scriptures that coincide with the stories and see what else they didn’t have time to put in their series. There is so much more.

If you’d like to see the series but don’t want to watch it alone or don’t have cable or dish, then you’re welcome to come watch it with us at the Aztec church of Christ. Whatever you do, be in the Word – God’s Word.

I’d love to pray for you and talk to you more about the saving message of Jesus found in the bible. If you’d like to talk, feel free to call me at the office at 505-334-6626 or email me at mrjdobbs@gmail.com. Blessings be yours as you dive into the greatest story ever told.


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