Is It Worth It?

childrens ministry don't be anxiousLast week I was the speaker at a Bible camp for kids ages 9-11. Next week I am speaking at the VBS at our church (where I am also the director). It’s been a pretty busy summer getting ready!! It can be all too easy to get caught up in the details when involved in events like this…I found it happening to me.

Tuesday at camp I shared the gospel with the kids and I shared my testimony. I gave the cabin leaders some material to share with their cabins (the Romans road and some questions to ask the kids about what they understand and believe about Jesus). Wednesday morning a cabin leader told me that a girl in her cabin gave her life to Jesus after chapel!

That moment I knew that all of it is worth it. One child saved makes all of it worth it.

I came home from camp and immediately jumped into all the last-minute details of VBS for our church. When I feel like it’s getting too much, I remember that girl and pray that God would continue His work in the lives of the children who come to our VBS.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:1-7

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My Week at Camp – Friday

childrens-ministry-big questionIt’s the last day of camp! Wow, the week went by so fast! This morning in chapel we are asking the BIG question, “Does God make a difference in our life?”

And the answer is a resounding “yes!”

The first big difference God makes in our life is what happens when we become Christians.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thank you, God, for making us new!

God makes us new – with new desires to love and obey Him. And God helps us to become more and more like Jesus. That is the second big difference God makes in our lives. As we change on the inside, it shows on the outside in how we act and in how we treat others.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29,31-32

I have a Winnie the Pooh pez dispenser. I love pez dispensers because they dispense sweet, delicious candy out of their mouth. With God’s help, we can be like pez dispensers and dispense sweet things out of our mouths. Instead of anger and unwholesome talk, we can dispense kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

As God changes us to become more and more like Jesus we will dispense more and more sweet things from our mouths and the way we act and the way we treat other people will become sweeter too!

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My Week at Campt – Thursday

childrens-ministry-big questionI love hide and seek! Is your favorite part the hiding or the seeking? The theme this week has been “Seek Him!” Today’s BIG question is “What does it mean to seek God?”

That is a very good question. Because of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross, we can be friends with God. Our relationship with God is restored. But we want that relationship to grow. We want to get to know God better.

Seeking God is all about building our relationship with Him. We seek God in order to love Him more and get to know Him more.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Lost and Found vs. Buried Treasure

If something is lost, we will look for it. It could be something valuable or something we could live without. We won’t look forever, though. We may eventually find it or we may not.

A buried treasure isn’t lost. Someone knows where it is, we just need directions to find it. A treasure is something valuable. If it’s really important to us, we’ll keep seeking until we find it.

God is like a buried treasure. He’s not lost. He’s given us the directions to find Him in His word.

We find out who God is and what He wants us to do by reading the Bible. Even though we can’t see God, we can seek Him and find Him in the Bible!

We can also seek God in prayer – we can talk to Him even though we can’t see Him!

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My Week at Camp – Wednesday

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Camp is half over. Today in chapel we are answering the BIG question, “Why did Jesus have to die?”

childrens-ministry-big questionThat’s a big BIG question!! To start we are going to play a game of The Price is Right! Two cabins will compete to guess the price on some very important consumer products – M&M’s, ketchup chips, double bubble, and a hot wheels car. Once they have finished I will tell them I have one more item and will show a sign that says ‘forgiveness of sin.’ How much money would it cost to buy this? The answer is that no amount of money can buy forgiveness of sin. The sign is turned over and it is revealed that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins.

Why did Jesus have to die? Because sin has to be paid for and that payment required the death of a perfect person. Jesus is that perfect person. Jesus sacrificed His life to save us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

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Tuesday Campfire – My Week at Camp

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It’s campfire tonight and I’m excited to be sharing with the kids about who Jesus is!

 BIG Question

The BIG question tonight is, “Who was Jesus anyway?” The kids and their cabin leaders are going to discover the answer as they delve into their Bibles to look up verses that tell us about Jesus.

As they share their discoveries I’m going to write them on one of two poster papers. By the end we will discover that Jesus is both God and human. Jesus is totally God and totally human at the same time! There is no one like Jesus!!

“But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin.” 1 John 3:5

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