Sep 09

Taking risks

I recently wrote a blog post from a thought from AquaChurch 2.0 on being a risk-taker and realizing that we must get out of the boat.

Yesterday I received an email from cmconnect with the following thought:

Hole Diggers and Risk Takers
by Roger Fields

“Some play it safe and dig holes; some take risks and try to make a difference. The salient point from Jesus’ parable of the talents is that those who play it safe do so because they believe God is a “hard man.”

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I KNEW YOU TO BE A HARD MAN, (Matt 25:24 NKJV)

Risk takers know that God is a good Father who looks for ways to bless His people. Hole diggers expect God to berate them.? I believe most children’s pastors are risk takers who know God is on their side. This web site gives us a way to hang out with other risk takers.”

I look further at Matthew 25:24 and read that verse, it says: “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.” (NKJV)

This verse challenges us to be risk-takers and go where we have not been and do things that we have not done. Life is hard. Things are hard. But how will we know we can be successful in risky tasks or even succeed at all if we don’t get out of the boat and go for it? Don’t dig a hole and bury your risky adventures. Throw them out in the water in front like an anchor and pull yourself forward.

Sep 06

Child development

Here’s an excellent thought from AquaChurch 2.0: (page 306)…

The first four years are absolutely as critical to spiritual and moral devleopment as they are to social and intellectual development. A child’s spirituality begins before it is born. Churches that help parents understand and address a child’s “learning windows” from the womb onward will lead the way. If working parents can expect nursery-care centers to stimulate their child’s intellectual development from day one through a variety of stimuli, why are our churches lagging behind in offering children sounds, images, and touches to stimulate their spiritual imaginations as well?

I currently teach preschoolers ages 3-5 in an early childhood center that recently opened only 3 months ago. Parents and their children are visiting and touring everyday to investigate the school. They’re interested in our programs, our routines, our activities, and our curriculum. They’re looking for those activities that stimulate children’s intellectual development and encourage them to explore activities and learning centers.

The preschool and children’s ministries in our churches need to offer activities and curricula to stimulate children’s spiritual development as well as the spiritual development of parents. After all, education (including Christian education) begins in the home.

Our family center buildings with rock-climbing walls, water parks, and bowling alleys are great ways to open the doors for children and their families, but our churches need to provide them with spiritual nourishment as well. We need to provide stimulating sounds, images, and touches with lessons straight from the Bible.

Sep 06

Not 21st Century TV

The days of Mr. Rogers educational television show are numbered. According to this article, the children’s show will soon be taken off the air.

And what a shame! I grew up watching Mr. Rogers. It’s a fantastic educational show for children in which they learn academics and morals. With low ratings and no support, the show will soon be removed from program schedules. It’s not a 21st Century show in this Google world.

Sep 05

The voice of “Peanuts”

The man who gave voices to many of the “Peanuts” characters recently passed away. Read this article.

Sep 04

Life Lessons

In AquaChurch 2.0, Len Sweet gives us lessons called “All I Ever Needed to Know I learned from Noah” (page 242).

1. Be prepared. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

2. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY BIG.

3. Don’t listen to critics. Do what has to be done.

4. Build on high ground.

5. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

6. Two heads are better than one.

7. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.

8. If you can’t fight or flee, float.

9. Take care of your animals as if they are the last ones on earth.

10. Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.

11. When the doo-doo gets deep, don’t complain. SHOVEL.

12. Stay below deck during the storm.

13. Remember: The ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals.

14. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.

15. Woodpeckers on the INSIDE are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.

16. Don’t miss the boat.

17. No matter how bleak it looks, there’s always a rainbow on the other side.

Sep 03

Live life on the edge

I’m continuing my reading of Len Sweet’s AquaChurch 2.0.

We need to live life on the edge; live on the edge as Jesus did. “The action is on the edge, not the center” (page 170). When we move away from the edge, we are moving away from Jesus. He is on the edges, in the margins, and beyond the boxes.

We should live on the edge, take adventures, have experiences, get out of the comfort zones, challenge our minds, do things that may be uncomfortable for us because things are different, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary. Living on the edge shows great faith in Jesus as well … like the scene in “Indiana Jones” where he walks to the edge, there seems to be no way across, he takes one step that looks like it is in mid-air but a bridge pops up and stretches all the way for him to walk across.

Faith is walking to the edge and taking one more step. Are you living and walking on the edge where the action is?

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