CALL TO WORSHIP:
(Based on Psalm 96)
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; bless his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
For great is the Lord!
He is worthy of our praise!
Awaiting Text ( reminder to Stewart!!!)
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: Ascribe to the Lord glory and honour.
Come and worship the Lord in holy splendour.
People: To the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.
MEDITATION: How to study the Bible. Kevin
What does the book say?
What do we hold in our hands when we read the holy Scriptures? Is it just words of wisdom, of love, or of conduct. Maybe it's just another book. Is it relevant for us today?
What exactly is this book?
Today I would like to Touch on a few significant elements concerning, the Bible.
(A) it's important in the life of the believer.
(B) Why and how we should study it
(C) What effect does it have on the life of a believer when we read it, or when we don't.
No 1 Rule,,,has 4 Parts with one binding agent.
1 what does it say?
2 what does it mean?
3 what does it mean for me?
4 how can I make it meaningful to others?
And binding agent is,,, context, context, context!
Here are a few scripture vs concerning the Scriptures.
1 Ps 119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
2 Ps 119:11. Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against the.
3 Heb 4:12. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edge sword piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, a both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
4 2 Tim 3:16-17. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and, for training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
5 1 Pet 1:25. "But the word of the Lord endures forever".And this is the word which was preached to you.
6 2 Pet 1:20-21. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
7 Jn 14:23-24. Jesus answered and said to him, "if anyone loves Me he will keep my word, andMy Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear Is not Mine, but the
Father Who sent me.
8 2 Tim 1:13. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
9 2 Tim 2:15. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a Workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately dividing the word of truth.
And finally, our Lord Jesus, the Christ. Is the Living Word!
(A) Lk 4:21.... And he began to say to them, "today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
(B) Jn 1:1-5.... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
To conclude, 1st Peter chapter 3 verse 15
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence,
Call to Worship (From Psalm 103 - responsively)
Bless the LORD, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, my soul;
and do not forget all his gifts,
Who pardons all your sins
and heals all your ills,
Who redeems your life from the pit,
and crowns you with mercy and compassion,
Who fills your days with good things
so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Bless the LORD, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!
God of Amazement and Wonder, you have been preparing the way for us throughout time. You sent people like the prophet Joel and the apostle Peter to guide our spiritual journey. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes confused but often in awe, we watch the everyday miracles experienced all around us. All things are possible with you, O God. We trust that this offering will foster the miracles and the possibilities that you have in store
for this church community. We await with hearts already filled in amazement and wonder at your ways. Come Holy Spirit, come! Amen.
Luke 23 38-43
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
(In my last retreat at Manresa, we were given these words to chant:
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.)
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Acts 2 1-4, 14-16
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
14…Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
And 500 years earlier from
Joel 2 28-30, 32
The Day of the Lord
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
And on that day, 3000 were baptized.
Lord, we are in your presence. You have kept your promise to be with us through all our days. We need no flames, no wind, no gift of tongues to remind us that without you, we are like dust in the wind. We are like ashes after the fire. We are wordless in the wonder of your holy gifts. We remember by all your works that our souls will never die, that all we have to do is to call on you. Lord, we are not worthy to come under your roof. Speak but the word, and our soul will be saved. Amen.
The Soul of Man Never Dies
Those of us who have stated “I believe,” instinctively know that when we break the bonds of this earth, we pass on to another domain. This domain - whatever we choose to call it - heaven, the other side, eternal reward, and so on - we can pretty well conclude, is beyond physical description. And I think that’s the way it should be. I would be suspicious of any physical description that claims to be factual. After all, we can’t see our soul, we can’t even describe it. Why should we be able to describe the soul’s final abode?
But yet, we do have tantalizing hints that our soul is there, that heaven is there. Let’s just not get too dogmatic about it. The soul makes its presence known in unexpected ways. In the deepest pit of utter despair, the soul will still receive whispers from God. And it will pass them on. Just when we think all is lost, that there is nothing beyond, that there is, after all, only what our senses tell us, just when we think that, we are surprised by God. And we become aware that, the soul of man never dies.
Approximately 1986 years ago, but who’s counting, a man named Yeshua was put to death like a common criminal by the Roman authorities. That he wasn’t a thief or a murderer, or anything else, didn’t seem to matter to the religious and political power elite. He was deemed to be a threat to the empire and its minions, the religious leaders in Jerusalem.
As he was hanging on the cross, the one thief who hanged with him had sudden inspiration. He asked Jesus to take him into his kingdom, and Jesus acknowledged him and accepted him. He told him that on that same day he will join him in Paradise. How could he make that promise and fulfill it after the crucifixion? Because the soul of man never dies.
So, that was the end of that, right? I mean, the man is dead, what more can he do to upset the Pax Romana, the peace of Rome? His followers went underground or had scattered. The people stopped agitating. And despite the darkness and earthquake that damaged the temple after he died, the movement died with him. And yet? And yet? The soul of man never dies.
The disciples kept meeting periodically, but they were afraid. The didn’t know what to do without their leader, Yeshua. Perhaps they felt deserted. Perhaps they couldn’t quite believe the promises they had been given by their Lord, that he would never desert them. They were, after all, practical men, fishermen, tradesmen, tax collectors for the most part, but still unwilling to let go of their dream.
It was with all this in mind that on the day of Pentecost, which is from the Greek meaning the 50th day, 50 days after Christ’s death, that some kind of miracle happened. The bible says tongues of flame appeared over the heads of the disciples, they felt a rush of wind, they spoke in tongues.
Well, whatever happened that day, it resulted in the greatest miracle the world had ever experienced. 11 apostles and 100 or so disciples cast off all fear and began to spread the good news, that Yeshua, Jesus Christ is alive and with us to this day, because the soul of man never dies. Many of these disciples became martyrs. Their numbers multiplied and multiplied until, by sheer weight and strength of spirit, the Roman Empire succumbed to their message, that the soul of man never dies.
In the Holocaust, 6 million of God’s chosen people were murdered by Hitler and his Nazi Party. Entire villages, entire families, entire histories of a harmless people were reduced to ashes, were sent ignominiously to their deaths.
What did not, however, die was hope. What did not die was faith. What did not die was love. What did not die was the soul of man. The Holocaust exemplified the enormous extreme of evil that humans can inflict on each other. Yet, Israel exists. Hitler and his killers do not.
As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks put it, “Jewish faith is not about believing the world to be other than it is. It is not about ignoring the evil, the darkness and the pain. It is about courage, endurance and the capacity to hold fast to ideals even when they are ignored by others.” The soul of man never dies.
We all know the story of Saul, who persecuted early Christians everywhere he found them. When, very suddenly one day on the road to Damascus, he was struck blind, and he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul went into a deep depression, and his only sustenance became the power of prayer. You might say, Saul had been travelling the wrong road for a long time. But his soul refused to keep taking him that way. In the Acts of the Apostles, Act 9, we find Ananias visiting Saul - or Paul - and he says to him: “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
And we know the rest as the history of how much of the early church was formed. Even though Saul had a mandate from Rome to persecute Christians, God through the Holy Spirit, set him on the right path. God communicated to his soul which would not die.
In 1964, my step-brother, Attila, visited us in Montreal. He had not seen his father, my step-father, since we had left Hungary, 15 years earlier. Attila was raised by his mother in a communist country. Communism did not tolerate religion or religious pursuits. Communism was an atheistic philosophy. And my step-brother succumbed to that teaching. When I asked him what his thoughts were about God, he shrugged it off. He said he only believed what he could experience through his five senses, “What else is there?” he asked. I suggested there is imagination and there is spirit, or soul. He did not find my words persuasive, so I let it be. He was my brother. And we were both young, in our twenties.
In 2007, over 40 years later, we visited my step-brother in Budapest. He was now the Dean of Geography of the University of Miskolc, a city in northern Hungary. His huge office was like a mock-up of Indiana Jones, complete with exotic souvenirs of his geographic travels, complete with an ancient, real human skull.
Well, Attila took us on a tour of Budapest, including places I remembered from childhood. St. Stephen’s cathedral which included the mummified hand of the saint-king, was foremost on our places to visit. As we walked past the huge bronzed doors and entered the magnificent sanctuary, I noticed my brother touched the marble bowl that contained the holy water, crossed himself, and genuflected. This man who had never received any religious training in childhood, finally acknowledged his creator. The soul
of man never dies.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Special Music #1 -
The Soul of Man Never Dies.
(Stewart, Norm, Rob)
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And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may God give you His peace in your going out and in your coming in, in your lying down and in your rising up, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in your tears… Until you come to stand before Jesus in that day in which there is no sunset and no dawning. Amen.
CALL TO WORSHIP: ONE: Love one another.
ALL: This is The Way of Christ.
ONE: Serve one another.
ALL: This is The Way of Christ.
ONE: Live in peace with one another. ALL: This is The Way of Christ.
ONE: Seek justice for one another. ALL: This is The Way of Christ.
ONE: We are called to walk, speak and live all our lives with the love of Jesus.
ALL: Come, let us follow The Way, let us love one another, and let us worship Christ our Saviour.
PRAYER & THE LORD'S PRAYER: Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I
am with you always, to the close of the age. Through Your most dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who, after His most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all His apostles, and in their sight ascended up into heaven to prepare a place for us. Heave is where He is, and there we might also ascend, and reign with Him in glory.
Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, ascended to the throne of heaven that He might rule over all things as Lord. Keep the church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole of creation to worship at His feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Now, as Jesus taught His disciples, let us pray together: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom, Thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise (#265 — vs. 1, 2 & 5)
What Does A Stay-At-Home Mom Do All Day?
What does a stay-at-home mother do all day?
MOM -- (enters wearing pajamas, robe and slippers, reading book,
carrying a box of chocolates, sits)
DAD -- (from off stage) Honey, I'm home! (shouts) What on earth
happened. Honey! Are you alright.
MOM -- (without looking) I'm in the bedroom. (eats a piece of
DAD -- (enters wearing business suit, carrying suit jacket and
briefcase) Honey! Are you alright?!
MOM -- (without looking) Yes. I'm fine.
DAD -- You're still in your pajamas. Are you sick?
MOM -- (turns page) No. I feel fine.
DAD -- What happened around here?
MOM -- Nothing. It was just an average day.
DAD -- An average day?! How can you say it was an average day?!
Look at this house!
MOM -- I already looked at it.
DAD -- And you think THIS is NORMAL?!
MOM -- What I said was that this was an average day.
DAD -- How can you say this was an average day, when the entire
house looks like an explosion?!
MOM -- This is a really good magazine. Have you ever read these magazines?
DAD -- I think you've snapped a twig! There are dirty dishes
from two meals all over the kitchen.
MOM -- FOUR meals. The kids have two snacks every day.
DAD -- You don't think it's a bit unusual that every dish in the
cupboard is dirty?!
MOM -- I let the kids make their own meals today. They tend to
use a lot of dishes when they cook for themselves.
DAD -- And what was that WAD of wet clothes doing on the laundry
MOM -- The kids wanted to help with the laundry, but they lost
DAD -- This is really weird!
MOM -- (distracted with magazine) Huh? What was that, dear?
DAD -- None of the beds are made. There are dirty clothes strewn
all over the floors. There's a mess in the bathroom....
MOM -- Oh, that. I let the kids give the dog his bath.
DAD -- Do you know what the kids are doing now?
MOM -- Last I checked on them, they were making mud pies.
DAD -- Well, they're now using the mud pies as weapons.
MOM -- You might want to tell them to clean up for dinner.
DAD -- What dinner?! There's nothing on the stove or in the
MOM -- I'm sure you'll find something.
DAD -- There's nothing to find! The refrigerator and cupboards
look like Old Mother Hubbard! What's going on here?! What are
you up to?
MOM -- Actually, I'm not up to anything.
DAD -- You're up to SOMEthing! I know it!
MOM -- I'm just answering your question.
DAD -- What question?
MOM -- You asked me what I do all day.
DAD -- Yes, and you couldn't tell me.
MOM -- Does THIS answer your question?
DAD -- (looks around) I think I owe you an apology.
MOM -- An apology?
DAD -- Yes, I've always thought that I was the only one in this
family who works for a living. But, as a matter of fact, I
wouldn't dare to trade jobs with you, regardless of salary.
MOM -- Why, thank you for your acknowledgement.
DAD -- Now, can we please eat dinner?!
MOM -- (reading) Sure. Let me know when it's ready.
DAD -- (exiting) Oh, you're going to play THAT game, huh? Well,
I'll just order delivery pizza.
MOM -- Sounds good to me.
DAD -- (reenters) I can't find the phone number. Can you call?
MOM -- (exits with Dad) Sure. You can count on me!
©2013 Bob Snook.
Offertory Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have provided us with a family, friends, a home and food to eat for each day. As You have been generous to us, we offer You these gifts as symbols of our utmost gratitude for Your kindness. Bless us, Father, with continues blessings. Forever in Your glory, Lord, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen
Up, Up and away
Scripture: When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:50-53 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:8-9
.I do not love balloons. But a lot of people do. The only kind of balloon I can live with is this kind with helium.
There are so many things you can do with balloons. Some people can make balloons into various shapes. That is fun to watch! There are also a lot of different games you can play with balloons. You can tie them around your ankle and play "Stomp the Balloon" or you can fill them with water and have a water balloon fight.
One of the most enjoyable things one can do with a balloon is to fill it with helium. I am sure you know that when filled with helium, a balloon floats in the air. If you don't want it to get away from you, it is a good idea to hold on tight or tie it around your wrist. But it is also quite enjoyable when it does float away from you. It is fun to stand and watch as the balloon floats higher and higher into the heavens until it totally disappears. The only way to experience that is to be willing to let it go.
When Jesus was ready to return to heaven, he took his disciples aside to make sure that they understood everything that had happened to him. He explained why it was important for him to be crucified and to be raised from the dead to fulfill what the Scriptures had said about him. He also told them that he was going to return to his Father in heaven, and that the Holy Spirit would come to be with them.
At first, the disciples were sad that Jesus would be leaving them, but then the Bible tells us that Jesus opened their minds so they would understand. Then, an amazing thing happened. The Bible tells us that Jesus lifted his hands and blessed his disciples. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. (Release your balloon and watch it float to the ceiling.)
I don't know how all of this looked, but in my imagination I can see the disciples standing and watching as Jesus ascended higher and higher until he disappeared from view. Were the disciples sad? No way! The Bible tells us that when Jesus had ascended into heaven, the disciples worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
There they stayed continually in the temple, praising God_
We are here today for the very same purpose. We have come into the temple to worship him with great Joy!
Dear Father, we thank you for sending Jesus, your only Son, to die for our sin. We know that he has risen from the dead and has returned to heaven. Bless us today as we worship him with great joy! Amen.
MEDITATION: A Praying Mother
Let us pray: Lord God, we pray for mothers everywhere. Like Samuel's mother, may they have wisdom to know how to protect their children and keep them from harm. Like Naomi, may they be able to turn hard situations into good. Like Lois and Eunice, may they be ready to share the love of Christ with their children.
We thank You, Lord, for all the other examples of faithful mothers in Scripture, like Sarah and Elizabeth. We are mindful this day of all these women, and especially Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who had the courage to say yes to Your calling. In all that mothers give to others, may they have the joy of knowing that they, too, are children, held in the love and care of God. Bless them on this special day.
Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah. The other wife, Peninnah, had several children, but Hannah was barren. Despite the fact that she couldn't have children, her husband was very devoted to her, and Hannah remained the favourite. Peninnah was jealous and set out to make Hannah's life miserable. Every day she said to Hannah; "You are childless, Hannah, and therefore you're worthless."
What hurtful words, but Hannah did nothing to retaliate. She prayed to God and wept. She must have cried many tears knowing that she would never nurture or love a child of her own. This pain of hers would go on for many years.
Each year the family travelled from their home in Ramah to the temple at Shiloh. And every year Hannah watched other parents celebrating with their children. She was left to the side as her husband, Elkanah, offered sacrifices and gave gifts to his children and their mother, Peninnah. All Hannah could do was to silently grieve alone. She was suffering depression, she couldn't eat and she was emotionally drained.
Elkanah tried to console her, as any good husband would do. But, like most men, he spoke before really thinking about what he was saying. He said to Hannah, "Why get so upset over no children? You have me, and that's better than having ten sons!" Can you imagine ladies?
If my husband said something like that to me under the same circumstances, I'm not sure how good a Christian I would be at that moment. But I do understand what Elkanah was trying to do. Being a good husband, he wanted his wife to be happy — happy wife, happy life. Let's face it, it's more pleasant and fun to be around a happy person. But despite the well-meaning effort of her husband, Hannah remained depressed. She desperately wanted a son of her own. worship God, and that little boy, Samuel, knew how to worship God, because he had learned how from his mother. If you want your children to learn how to worship, then you must worship with them. Include them in the church service, in Bible study and meal-time prayers.
Remember Jesus' parable about the men who built homes, one upon the sand and the others upon the rock. A storm came and destroyed the one built on the sand, but the homes on the rock stood strong. Jesus was teaching us to build our life on the rock, which Hannah did by being an example of worship.
Hannah had three more sons and two daughters, but she never lost her devotion to Samuel. Hannah continued to pray, in good times as well as bad, and she continued to worship. She appreciated the many gifts God had given her and she thanked Him every day.
This wonderful woman can teach us how to be a good mother, or father, for that fact. Hannah teaches us to make a commitment to lead our children to serve God — to be a model and example to our children. Our relationship with God through Christ fuels our trust, commitment and life.
As you leave today, ask yourself these four questions:
- Can you trust God with your children? You can if you trust God with your life -Can you lead your children to serve God? You can if you serve God
- Can you lead your children to worship God? You can if you worship God
- Can you lead your children to become great men and women of God, people God can use to spread His Word? You can if you have built your life upon the rock and have a real relationship with Christ.
Hannah's story offers us many things that we can do today. She turned to God in prayer during her time of need. She praised and thanked Him when He answered he prayer. She kept her commitment to the Lord, even though it must have been extremely difficult for her. God blessed her beyond what she had asked.
Hannah's story has been an inspiration to women who have struggled. Her attitude of prayer and dependence on the Lord is a powerful example for us today. She is a real role model. Hannah's love for her son bore fruit. The Bible says, "As Samuel grew, the Lord was with him and people listened carefully to his advice." A mother couldn't ask for a better tribute to her son. And this is the only one of its kind in the whole Bible.
So Hannah, on this Mother's Day, we salute you. Through your trust in God, you caused wonderful things to happen. You have shown us how to do the same. Thank you, Hannah, for touching our hearts and setting such a wonderful example for us today.
I--Children of the Kingdom.
LORETTA LAROCHE motivation speaker suggest everyone might put on RED CLOWN NOSES when sitting down to eat. Just look at each other and laugh—talk will be silly, just like children. O to be a child again!!
I wonder how many have said the same --
O TO BE A CHILD AGAIN!!!
In Matthew’s scripture reading this morning,
Jesus is telling us we must become like a
LITTLE CHILD to enter the Kingdom of God.
I thought this morning we might take a look at
Jesus teaching and try to understand see why we
must become like a child.
Did you notice the disciples were having trouble getting his
message, remember, they were fighting over who would
have the best seat in the Kingdom. Jesus said to them
“let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for such
belongs the Kingdom of God.” In saying that Jesus laid out
the requirements for receiving and living in the Kingdom.
Mark phases it like this
“Truly...whosoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
I wonder if Jesus had trouble finding adults to use as examples?
DO YOU REMEMBER NICODEMUS?
-What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
-We read in the scripture Jesus said “You must be
How can I be born again, I’m an old man?
Jesus didn’t back down, ......”truly, truly I say to you
unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom!”
-Well to me it seems Jesus is telling us we must somehow be reborn into our SECOND CHILDHOOD if we hope to get into the Kingdom of god.
Do you see the dilemma? We all know people who
appear to be in their second childhood. My wife Sharon,
often thinks I’m in my 2nd. childhood. ( ie. scooter)
-If a person is becoming senile. We would say he/she is living in their second childhood. We would express it tenderly and with affection.
-Or, an elderly widower who is running after a woman 30
years his junior! We’d say the old codger has reverted back
to his second childhood.
-When we say Second Childhood we usually are referring to
something a person had no control. It just happens
because of the loss of some of our faculties.
-But Jesus is saying Receiving and Living in the Kingdom
Is-- living in our Second Childhood by “Deliberate Choice.”
-It is deliberately taking on the characteristics of Children.
It might be a good idea to look at the many
QUALITIES we find in children-JOY,--CURIOSITY--
I’m sure you could think of others, there are three additional qualities I would like to share with you, this morning.
----the capacity to wonder.
---capable of spontaneity.
FIRST IS-- CHILDLIKE TRUSTING FAITH;
So, Firstly I think we must have childlike FAITH. I’ll try to give an example..“Rafting on the St.Lawrence River”
(AGE 10-CROSS 3 MAIN BLVD--RAFT--STRING)
Mother followed us, saw what we were doing .
She was beyond herself with fear for our lives! I was
spanked and grounded. Funny mom didn’t have the
same Faith in the rafts as we did. So, it seems adults
don’t have the same interpretation of faith as children.
As kids, we had a trusting faith in that raft, but as
adults, we have developed a more practical faith
“kind of prove it, then I will trust it. We are more
suspicious and guarded!”
But Jesus is clear in His words, ”Let the children come
to me for such belongs the Kingdom.”
We all remember the comic strip “Dennis The Menace” and
the Wilsons Dennis’s next door neighbour. Well Mrs. Wilson is talking to Denis...
-Mr. Wilson was just like you, Dennis when He was young.
-got dirty, had fights, stole cookies and broke things.
-Dennis repeats this to his friend who says, “Gee he sounds
like -a regular guy! I WONDER WHERE HE WENT WRONG.!!
That’s what Jesus might ask us, “where did we go
That’s what he said to his disciples, “Hey fellows, you
got it all wrong.”..arguing about the best seats in the
Kingdom. You’ve missed the point, of what I’ve been
teaching, you need the trusting FAITH of a child.
-Faith to enter the Kingdom is childlike, because children
have the capacity to TRUST.
I remember one summer......Billy’s Cows.(fishing with Tyler) the cows were curious and lined the river banks watching us.
It’s amazing when I think how huge a cow must seem to a little kid.
When it was time to go home, he took my hand and we walked right into the group of cows. WE said “AHA” to the cows. The cows moved out the way. He TRUSTED ME, that I would protect him.
What a great feeling you have when someone trusts you!
So we see that children have the “trusting faith” that we adults need in order to live the Kingdom.
Having the capacity to WONDER have you noticed, children are curious and want answers, often they are satisfied with the simplest of explanations. Like --
What makes leaves turn red and gold?
--a little fellow named Jack Frost paints them.
When does he paint them?
--before you get up in the morning.
They see the world as music and poetry, a world of wonder.
The books they enjoy are a clue Harry Potter--wizard of oz-
Dr. Seuss; a land where rabbits talk, robots have real
hearts and Grinches steal Christmas.
We would be poor without their vision, and Jesus said we
need their ability to wonder to enter the Kingdom.
Sharon and I were delivering MEALS ON WHEELS one day with our grandson Tyler. He was intrigued by the various appliances of old age. all the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. At one house I saw him staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for his questions, he merely turned to me and whispered, “The tooth fairy will never believe this!”
So children have that wonderful capacity to wonder, but they also have SPONTANEITY-- Another quality we need to live as children of God.
Jesus always seemed to live in the moment,
Jesus had no home, no wife. How about his meals?
Jesus lived each moment knowing or hoping he would be looked after by his followers.
Jesus had no planned speeches, no idea he would be healing a blind person or preaching to the crowds or feeding the masses or debating with the Pharisees.
And he never knew where or when he would be breaking bread with friends, tax collectors and the poor—everything was spontaneous.
This poem expresses the same feeling of spontaneity that Jesus experienced in his life.
She came in to the kitchen,
Where we were drinking tea.
Nearly four, she banged the door
and said “can God see me?”
Her farther lowered his cup and smiled,
his eyes caught mine.
He said yes of course, God sees you
all day and when you’re in bed.
She fingered her skipping rope
handle dangling on the floor,
Then slowly wound it “round her hands”
and walked back out the door.
Then down the garden path she ran,
her small black boots light tripping.
We saw her face light up with JOY,
“LOOK GOD,” she cried “I’M SKIPPING.”
It’s a great day when we come to that point feeling
so good about ourselves we spontaneously let God know.
Hi God thanks for the beautiful day!!
Gee God, I really felt your presence today, thank-you!!
Many of us have done so little leaping in Faith, Jesus is saying we need to recover the childlike capacity and to put more TRUST--WONDER and SPONTANEITY in our lives!
Jesus said “Whosoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter,”
Jesus calls us into our Second Childhood. Are we ready?