"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. ”
Now early readers can enjoy an interactive Berenstain Bear book to discover nature The Berenstain Bears: God Bless the Animals, the newest addition to the Berenstain Bears Living Lights line, is a lift-the-flap book for children ages 2-5 about God's many woodland creatures and the habitats he's given them. When Papa Bear takes the Bear family on a nature walk, they meet their animal neighbors in the woodlands near the tree house. Features of the Bear Country landscape like bushes, stumps, rocks, and lily pads are flaps that lift to reveal a skunk nestled in a hollow stump, an owl and its chicks in a hollow tree, a duck and ducklings behind a patch of cattails, and many other animals in their natural homes.
The whole family will enjoy The Berenstain Bears: God Bless the Animals--parents and grandparents for its teaching of Christian values and reading skills, and children for its fun lift-the-flap feature and colorful illustrations of God's creation.