"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. ”
“ A long time ago, God made the world.”
So begins God’ s great story, as related here in 365 Bible Stories for Young Hearts. These brief Bible stories cover important events and truths from the Old and New Testaments, together revealing God’ s whole redemptive plan. They are written in straightforward, lively language that little ones can understand and are accompanied by beautiful, full-color illustrations.
These Bible stories are presented in a devotional format that allows you to share one story with your children each day for a whole year. You only need to set aside a few minutes daily to read and discuss these stories together. You’ ll see how their eyes light up each time they learn something new about their Creator. You’ ll share in their wonder at how awesome God is. And you’ ll play an important role in preparing them for a lifetime of studying God’ s Word.Plants foundational Christian truths in the hearts of children Uses vocabulary that young children can understand Covers important events and truths from the Old and New Testaments Makes it easy to integrate devotions into your family’ s daily routine Helps you instill devotional habits in your children at a young age Gives your children a head start on lifelong Bible learning