"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Hermie learns the importance of offering forgiveness and discovers how incredible God's grace really is.
There is a lot of excitement in the garden as all the bugs prepare for the harvest festival. Hermie has promised to help Wormie but then forgets. Luckily, Wormie is quick to forgive Hermie. But later when Hermie is the one who is disappointed, will he be able to forgive too? God gently reminds Hermie that God continues to forgive us when we make mistakes, and it's important that we do the same for others.
The third title in the Hermie & Friends(R) Level 2 Reader series, this book is perfect for beginning readers who need to build their confidence and still enjoy fun illustrations. Plus, parents are pleased to know that the story reflects the concepts taught in Jesus' parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18) and teaches young readers about God's grace and forgiving others.