Children’s Sunday Sermon
March 6, 2011
Good morning girls and boys. What is light? Yes, of course light is what allows us to see — without it we would be in total darkness. How do the scientists explain to us what light is? Can anyone here tell me what travels 186,000 miles per second? You guessed it. The answer is light! The rays of light that begin at the glowing yellow ball we call the sun are travelling at 186,000 miles per second! That’s awesome. Someone has described light as a form of energy that stimulates certain nerves in our eyes that cause us to see. So light, the thing that allows us to see is a sort of invisible energy that turns on our eyes. Wow!
Boys and girls in our Bibles we have read that Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” Jesus was sent by God to live among us here on earth to shine His special light of goodness on all of us.
Boys and girls can you remember back a few years ago when you were afraid to sleep alone at night in the dark? I know, it can be scary when we feel all alone in the darkness. And your parents probably put a little “night light” in your room or in the hallway so you could see. With that little night light you knew that you weren’t all alone and that your parents were right there in the next room. That little night light was always there to help you remember that someone was there with you, always close by.
Well boys and girls it is kind of the same thing with God. We are never alone. He is always right there next to us shining His powerful bright light of love into our lives. When things seem dark in our lives, God is there to light up our way.
In our Bibles in the Book of Genesis we learn that in the beginning everything was covered in darkness. And then we learn that the very first thing God did was create light. “Let there be light,” we read in our Bible. “And God said that the light was good.”
Boys and girls if you look in a mirror you see light reflected from the silver colored glass and that’s how you are able to brush your teeth and comb your hair without poking yourself in the eye! The light in the mirror is a reflection of you. And just like that light in the mirror, you can be a reflection of the wonderful Light of Jesus. You can reflect all of the wonderful lessons that he has given us in our Bibles. And the only way to reflect the beautiful loving light of Jesus is in the way you live. And when you live the lessons that Jesus has taught us then you will be showing everyone that you are one of the bright and shining examples of someone who reflects the light of Jesus.
Children’s Sunday Sermon
March 13, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. Did you ever see any of the the old “Bugs Bunny” cartoons? In almost every episode, the character called “Daffy Duck” tries to trick Bugs the rabbit into going someplace or doing something that would be harmful to him. We know rabbits love carrots and “Daffy” would put a carrot on a stick and get Bugs to run after it without caring about where it was taking him. And this always got him into trouble. In these scenes, Bugs is being tempted by the carrot to do something he shouldn’t be doing. And this is a reminder of what happens to us very often. Not “Daffy Duck” but the devil himself is always trying to trick us or tempt us into doing something we shouldn’t. He doesn’t use a carrot or a stick to tempt us, but he does use all kinds of other tricks. But whatever trick he uses, his purpose is always the same. He wants to get us to do something that God doesn’t want us to do. He wants us to lie or cheat or disobey. He wants us to be selfish and unkind. He wants us to be hurtful rather than loving toward other persons. “Do what I ask,” he whispers in our ears, “and you will be more popular. Do what I ask and I’ll see that you get all the goodies. Be good only to yourself and forget all those others and you’ll be a real winner.”
Actually, when the devil tempted Jesus, he said, “Forget about God and worship me and I’ll give you everything in the world.” Jesus, of course said “No!” to the devil. “God alone did I worship.” He told the devil. “So you can keep all your goodies!”
There are two things you can do when the devil tries to tempt you to do something bad. You can say “No” to the devil and you can say “Yes” to God. “Yes God, I will do as You ask. Yes, God I will be the kind of loving person you want me to be!”
Children’s Sunday Sermon
March 20, 2011
Boys and girls, I think you all know a little something about mystery stories. Sometimes these stories are called “Whodunits?” It’s a short way of saying that somebody did something but we don’t know who. As such stories go on, we are given clues about who that somebody might be. A clue puts your mind to work on the problem, and the more clues you get, the closer you get to solving the mystery.
In life, there is some mystery for all of us. The perfect example, of course is God. Who is this God who created the Universe? Who is this God who created me? We ask these questions and we look for clues. And the best clue of all comes from the Lord Jesus. He begins by telling us that God is Love. Then comes the clue: If you want to get the best idea of what the God of Love really means, you must try to imitate God. He loves us so much that He wants us to share in His life of love forever, and He wants us to share this Good News with others.
When you share in this way, when you love others in this way, you get a glimpse — kind of a little peek — into he mystery of what God’s life is like. And it will give you joy. It will make you happy. And you will have a clue to what Heaven is like. Because, in Heaven. you will have no further need of clues. In heaven, the Mystery of God in no longer a Mystery. In Heaven you will see God in all His glory!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
March 27, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. Can anyone name some of the things that are necessary for all human beings to live? That’s right, we all need air to breathe and food to eat. What else? Of course, we all need water to live. Did you know that the human body contains more than 70% water? Isn’t that amazing? You see, all of the tiny little cells in our bodies are made up mostly of water. And that’s why water is so important for us to live. Do you know what scientists look for first, when they explore distant planets? That’s right. They look to see if there is any water there, because if there is, then there might be living things present, like plant life — and that would be an amazing discovery! You see boys and girls water is a necessary building block for all living creatures. Without water there can be no life.
Boys and girls today we read in our Bibles that Jesus said, “Anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty anymore. The water I give will turn to a spring inside, welling up to eternal life” (John 14:4). What do you suppose Jesus meant when He said this? Do you think He was talking about giving someone a cup of water to drink? We know that Jesus did give food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty but He is talking about something far more important here. When Jesus talks about the water building up inside like a spring, He is talking about the Love of God being inside of us. And He said the water inside will build up to eternal life. And eternal life means to be with God, always. So now you know boys and girls just how important water is for all living creatures. But even more important, as loyal followers of Jesus we need to keep filling ourselves up with the Love of God. Now let’s all show God that we have been drinking from the spring of His living water by doing the good works that He expects of us!