"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. ”
Brain research tells us that a child who has never known love, cannot love. Likewise, faith cannot be taught, it has to be "caught." In order for a child to have faith, he or she must see that faith modeled. Modeling faith includes both words and actions. Children must hear faith stories and see how faith impacts their lives. Children must see faith in action.
This book by Marjorie Suchocki provides teachers and parents with the appropriate words to talk about God and about Jesus in language that the children (and adults) can easily understand:
• God is the Creator.
• God is with us in good times and bad times.
• God's presence is spiritual and we see God though the effects that God has on the world.
• God transforms us and because of this transformation, we can be agents of transformation in others.
• God wants us to be in relationship and we do this through prayer.
• Through the Bible we discover who God is and how God wants us to live.
• We see God through Jesus.
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