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Issue #30 - August 29, 2009              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus


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Money From Kids
2) The Living Bible
3) Revenue From Sunday School Children
4) Revenue From Sunday School Children
5) Five Christian Pumpkins

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1) Money from Kids

For Sunita,
Sunita, Regarding the discomfort with collecting a Sunday school offering I think you should look at it as a teachable moment. It is a way to teach the children to be givers, not just receivers. It is also, depending on the ages, a great opportunity to teach about tithing. Children are never too young to learn to save money and make wise investments and if they are taught early on that investing in the Kingdom of God is the most important and beneficial investment they can ever make, you will have life-long givers to the cause of Jesus Christ. Look up any scripture where the children of Israel gave of their gold and silver and whatever else they had of value to the building of the temple, or the creating of the tabernacle and all the instruments, and utensils used therein. Any scripture that talks about giving. If you can teach a person to give financially as a child, you enable them to be less stingy as an adult. It is generosity and the spirit of giving that can be fostered through an offering program. It is a good thing. You can trust me, or better, just pray about it from an open mind thinking about the long-term effects. God blesses those who give what they can, even the old widow woman who gave two mites (?) from a humble heart was more the servant that Jesus wanted. Its not how much, its how much comes from the heart. God will bless you for instilling in the hearts of the young the importance of giving to the kingdom of God. 

Kari Lynn


2) The Living Bible

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.

Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.
All eyes are focused on him.. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget."

Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!

3) Revenue From Sunday School Children


First, don't think of it as revenue. There are plenty of scriptures about giving, and this means our money as well as everything else. I believe that when you teach children to give, you are teaching them a concept that will bless them all their lives ("give and it shall be given unto you...."). If you do not teach them to give, you are cheating them out of a blessing.


Revenue From Sunday School Children

Dear Sunita
The same teaching that goes out in church is what I use in Sunday school. For me it is important that a child must learn to give. In our Sunday school we have a bible outreach each year and every Sunday the kids know that the money they bring to Sunday school is to help buy bibles for those in need. So they not just give money but they do missionary work at the same time. If you want to know more you can go to the Children's Ministry Resource Bible Page 1110 where there is a teaching on Learning to Give.

5) Five Christian Pumpkins

Five Christian Pumpkins sitting on a gate. 
The first one said, “Isn’t Jesus great!” 
The second one said, “He loves us, this we know!” 
The third one said, “For the Bible tells us so!” 
The fourth one said, “He takes away our sin!” 
The fifth one said, “His Spirit lives within!” 
Rolling away, 
They glowed so bright. 
And shared with others their Gospel light!

Copyright 2009 Barbara Kraft 

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