Thursday, November 12, 2009


There are things learned in Christian Life Club and other activities for youth and children which give them a "leg up" in general knowledge. Last year we studied Africa and learned about the many Free Methodist churches that are there. We had an evening of African foods in our big foyer decorated with AFrican-like decor. We learned that ginger ale is one product of Africa!

One of my children said last night,"There is still an Egypt?" I think she assumed it was only a country from which Moses led the exodus of the Jews. In our scriptural sequence about believing in Jesus, I mentioned that not everyone DOES believe in Jesus --that some people are persecuted for their faith by those who don't believe that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the grave. And I did tell them about the little 12 or 13 year old girl in Egypt who was stoned to death this past year for believing in Christ. We talked about how converting means to turn from our sin --to change--like taking a bath --or being born again as Jesus taught. And how all our sin is removed from us, as far as east is from west, buried in the deepest sea --how God DELETES those bad things from our record when we are really sorry for our sins. They all understood "delete" in this computer age.

They learn vocabulary and how to pronounce big words with which they aren't familiar in a Bible verse like our 2nd badge required verse:

23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-25 NIV

Several stumbled over "inheritance," and learned a new word and how to say it.

More importantly, they accomplish that which is mentioned in the pledge to the Bible, recited every week during the song time:
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word. I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God."

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible


mud_rake said...

Hey, if you are looking for any Christmas presents might I suggest the following book" Born Divine: The Births of Jesus & Other Sons of God

Surely there are many 'believers' on your list who could benefit from a bit of historical reality.

Maybe one of the 'kids' in your class would like to know if the crap you teach is real or delusional. [as if we didn't know, eh?]

Well, are you working on your HOMOPHOBIC rant? I'd like to read it before the weekend.

Love one another.- Jesus

Barb said...

I'm curious, Denis. Do your grandchildren go to Catholic School as your children did, and do you tell them there is no Jesus, no resurrection, no Christmas babe from God and no salvation from death?

Do you make sure they have no such "delusions" such as your sister and parents believed?

Barb said...

"At the closing of her coffin, I placed a small bag of the sand and
shells with her, to take on her eternal journey. Good memories are
contained in these small grains and perhaps it is a small glimpse of what
heaven is all about."

Denis, you wrote this about your sister's death. Do you perhaps believe in Heaven --or the ongoing consciousness of a person after death--speaking of the memories that abide for the one who has gone on? Or do you feel it's only a hopeless delusion with which we comfort ourselves?

It's a great comfort --faith that we endure for ever because of Christ.

Jeanette said...


When invited into someone else's home as a guest it is proper to be polite.

You know Barb's beliefs and you know we do not believe God has other sons. The Bible tells us Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God. The Only Son. What don't you understand about this?

There is such a thing as a sin unto death. Do not be a victim of that by denying Jesus as the Only Son of God. You are bordering on the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and then no one can or will help you, including God.

Think about it and resolve your spiritual conflicts before it's too late. You could drop dead tonight and where would your soul go? Certainly not to purgatory as there is no such thing. You have just two choices, heaven or hell.

Do yourself a favor and go on the side of Jesus. Stop trying to prove Him as just a man in history. God promises if you are saved your house (family) will also be saved.

Think about it because none of us is guaranteed any more than the heartbeat you now have or the breath you are now taking.

Jesus loved you so much He died to pay for your sins. He is the only acceptable perfect Lamb of God, worthy to become sin so you don't have to collect the wages of sin, which are spiritual death, but you will be physically alive to suffer.

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mud_rake said...

Jeanette- You still haven't said the three magic words.

I know that the phrase is so difficult for someone with so much hate inside.

Love and hate are such total opposites that one filled with hate cannot understand what love is all about.

Love one another. Go ahead, Jeanette, say it quietly to yourself. Baby steps at first. Get the three words out of your mouth [do it in the closet if you are afraid of someone hearing you].

"Love one another."

It must be hard. Let me offer one alternative. Rather than beginning with THAT phrase, why not substitute a similar-sounding phrase that is not so intimidating and hostile to your beliefs?

Thy this at first: "Dove fun mother." Again, " dove fun mother." Repeat until you are comfortable with that vacuous phrase.

After an hour or two, substitute just one word.

"Dove one mother" Practice that until it is emotionless.

A few hours after that, get the 2nd word into the phrase.

"Dove one another." This may send chills down your spine, but go for it!

"Dove one another." Repeat until the chills have subsided.

Now, for the BIG WORD.

WARNING: do not attempt this unless you are in a safe area, away from sharp objects and guns.


"Love one another." Softly, nearly inaudible.

You many choke up at first, but no pain, no gain!

Again, without any empathy in your voice, "love one another."

How does that feel? You many need to rest now. Don't overdo it at first.

Tomorrow, you can start again. It's a rehabilitation process, like having a broken leg.

Don't expect too much at first, but, given enough time, you will be able to say, "Love one another!" with empathy and emphasis.

You go girl!

Barb said...

Uh ...mudly...are you demonstrating that you "love one another?" Why should she parrot the phrase for you? She told you she'd do anything to see your salvation . What more do you want? Why are you asking her to jump through a hoop which she has already demonstrated --and which you have not? Do you think you are being clever or funny? It's not coming across like that.

Jeanette said...

Denis, Dennis, Dennnis, Denise,

Please consider me to be dead to you. I will no longer respond to your ridiculous posts and give you attention you crave.

Cute picture you have there. Is it a boy or a girl? Kind of hard to tell with the long curly locks and the age of the photo, but maybe that's as far as your intellect went.