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Daily Bread (Reach Out To The Young)

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November 19, 2005

Reach Out To The Young


Read:
Mark 10:13-16


[Jesus] took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. —Mark 10:16


Bible In One Year: Acts 15:1-18:11

Darmeisha didn't like the neighbor woman Suzanne, but she still knocked at her door frequently. She was an unhappy 8-year-old who seemed to enjoy mocking people. Most of their conversations ended with Suzanne telling her that she needed to go home.

Suzanne didn't like Darmeisha, but she knew the little girl had reasons for her attitude—living in poverty, having no father in her life, and being neglected by her mother. So Suzanne asked the Lord to help her love Darmeisha. She began greeting her with a smile and showing an interest in her life. Darmeisha gradually warmed up to her and they became friends.

The girl is 13 now, and they are having a Bible study together. They talk about what it means to follow Jesus, because Darmeisha has given her life to Him.

Jesus took time for children. He was "greatly displeased" when the disciples wanted to keep the little ones away from Him, and He said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them" (Mark 10:13-14). He even said that we all must receive His kingdom as children do (v.15).

A 2004 Barna survey showed that 85 percent of Christians began their relationship with Jesus before age 14. So take time for the children. Reach out to the young. —Anne Cetas


To those who are teaching the gospel,
With love in their hearts for its truth,
Comes the gentle reminder from heaven,
"Forget not the children and youth." —Anon.

Strong faith is often found in the heart of a child.
 
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shortlady said:
November 19, 2005

Reach Out To The Young


Read:
Mark 10:13-16


[Jesus] took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. —Mark 10:16


Bible In One Year: Acts 15:1-18:11

Darmeisha didn't like the neighbor woman Suzanne, but she still knocked at her door frequently. She was an unhappy 8-year-old who seemed to enjoy mocking people. Most of their conversations ended with Suzanne telling her that she needed to go home.

Suzanne didn't like Darmeisha, but she knew the little girl had reasons for her attitude—living in poverty, having no father in her life, and being neglected by her mother. So Suzanne asked the Lord to help her love Darmeisha. She began greeting her with a smile and showing an interest in her life. Darmeisha gradually warmed up to her and they became friends.

The girl is 13 now, and they are having a Bible study together. They talk about what it means to follow Jesus, because Darmeisha has given her life to Him.

Jesus took time for children. He was "greatly displeased" when the disciples wanted to keep the little ones away from Him, and He said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them" (Mark 10:13-14). He even said that we all must receive His kingdom as children do (v.15).

A 2004 Barna survey showed that 85 percent of Christians began their relationship with Jesus before age 14. So take time for the children. Reach out to the young. —Anne Cetas


To those who are teaching the gospel,
With love in their hearts for its truth,
Comes the gentle reminder from heaven,
"Forget not the children and youth." —Anon.

Strong faith is often found in the heart of a child.
Hi Shortlady,
Thanks for the wonderful report about that young girl and her neighbor.

I'm 69 years old. I've been a re-born Christian for 22+ years and what a blessing it has been! I find that God has trained me in the Scriptures so that I can be a Barnabas (an encourager) to younger adults. It developed slowly without me even realizing it and I now have spiritual "children" whom I love and who love me.

I guess my experience shows the validity of the words of St. Francis of Assisi:
"Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary."


SLE
 

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