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Mark 10:14 

Let the children come to me. 

Jesus declares that all children big and small are allowed to cone to him. No mater what their outside appers. Our Father seeks our inside. When we say yes he changes us from inside out. A new podcast is posted. An interview with a mother about special needs and how the father’s heart impacted her. Click the link. 

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  • We had a great time teaching a two-week class for the children at our church. We talked about the seven feasts of the Lord that He commanded Israel to celebrate as He brought them out of slavery in Egypt. It was great seeing how much fun the kids had learning about them. As well as about how they were pointing to Jesus who He is and what He would do at His coming. However it wasn’t just the kids that we’re getting a revelation of God it was even parents which was awesome. We would share after each class with parents what we taught the kids. One of the most memorable was when I was sharing with a parent about Pentecost. He didn’t know that Moses received the law at Mount Sinai on Pentecost and that years later when the greater deliver Jesus came that His disciples would receive the giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

          We asked Holy Spirit to come

With the kids one of my favorite days was doing Passover. We had turned the entire gym into a Passover event so when they came into the gym and they had to pick out the paper Lambs that we had cut out. They needed to pick ones that didn’t have spots. They would proceed to the kitchen station we had set up that had lots of different foods that were bread like.  The kids had to remove all the yeast or leavened bread from the house. Then they took their lamb to the butcher shop where they would get a paintbrush with red paint. We had door post set up made from cardboard for them to paint. After they were finished painting their doors we had gold jewels and small little plastic animals scattered all over the the floor in the middle of the gym.  They got to go around picking it all up and putting it in their bags. Which represented the plundering of Egypt as they left. Once that was complete we had a wall of blankets set up with row dividers and it represented the sea. They all stood at the edge and said then God parted the sea. We pulled the blanket back which allowed them to walk between all the blankets to the other side. At the other side of the sea they had a celebration singing and dancing with tambourines.

The kids learned how Jesus death broke the chains of sin and darkness. Jesus sets us free. He was the perfect sacrifice. 

                Kids braking the chains 



It was a great class that was fun and interactive for the kids full of revelation of who Jesus is. This is just two small parts of all the things that happened during the two weeks. we are looking forward to doing it again next year.

My 6 year old has a testimony i had no idea. We were in a setting where adult we’re sharing how they came to know Christ and when we got home she stated she was too shy to tell hers in front of this group but would love to tell me her Testimony. I was blown away that she knew of a testimony and had one. She told of the time she said yes to Christ at 3 years old.  But this lead to me thinking how often do we ask or teach our children how to witness Christ. Even at such an early age. The Bible tell us to come child like. Children are so bold so start now tell them your testimony so they too will “have a testimony about Jesus.

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Malachi 4: 5-6

Behold I send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord to turn the hearts of fathers to the children and children to the father’s lest I come and strike the land with a curse.

Prayer or having an intimate relationship with the Lord where you’re sharing your heart with God and seeking to know his heart is such an important part of ministry. It’s from that place that our ministry was birthed and it’s from that place that our ministry continues. How do we engage our children so that they want to pray and have this relationship with God? I can say for me I’ve taken my children with me to my prayer meetings since they were infants. As well as praying with them before bed and sometimes during the day. There have been times at some meetings where others have seemed distracted or displeased that my child was there. Some meetings  they would melt down  and I would have to leave the meeting early.  Other meetings  they would sit at my feet  coloring. But the fruit of allowing my children to experience my relationship with God has been worth any uncomfortable moment where they were the only infant or toddler at a prayer meeting.

I remember when my oldest was 4 and she came to me telling me that she had a prayer meeting upstairs with her sister. She told me that they were praying for Israel and that they were praying for the fatherless children in Israel. She also told me that she was praying for bad people who want to hurt children that they would know God is real. She had combined two prayer meetings that I took her to. One where we pray for Israel, one where we pray for the fatherless, and it was fun to her. I can say out of all the prayer meetings I take her to the one that I am especially thankful for is the Malachi prayer meeting. It’s a prayer meeting where we have worship and Families come together with their children. Some of the families are families that have adopted or are fostering. The prayer Focus is praying for the fatherless. It’s a prayer meeting that makes praying fun for kids and gets them involved in fun interactive ways. There’s musical instruments for them to pick up and play with as well as items for them to dance with. There’s even a microphone for kids or adults to pray on and Lead everyone in prayer. What I really enjoy about it is that they get to play and be kids as they engage in worship. And when it’s time to pray they want to pray. It’s a prayer meeting I can bring all of my children to without having any expectations of them being still or quiet. 

So I want to encourage you allow your kids to experience your relationship that you have with God. In your personal time and in group settings. The things God has put in my kids hearts from allowing them to occasionally join me has been so powerful and encouraging.

So New Years is here. It’s a time for you to set aside goals and/or resolutions. As the new year approaches I like to look back at the old year. At all the good, bad, and ugly.  I take time to reflect on things that I liked and somethings that I didn’t like. Then I set a goal for things that I want to change in the upcoming year. 

Overall 2016 was a good year for me. I entered our second year of ministry and I fully stepped in the role of a youth pastor. We saw endless blessing physically and spiritually. We also had a new baby. I also experienced some bad things that tested my faith and trust in God. I lost a nephew that was like a brother to me. This was the hardest part of my year. I fought though the unknown of if he knew God. We grew up together but we also grew apart. But I witnessed 20+ please get introduced to God at his funeral. And I said to myself if this was his will to use his life to save others then so be it. Now as his birthday approaches im thankful for his life and the time we shared. I can’t leave out the ugly. Worst than loss for me is darkness. There was a breif part of the year I sat in darkness. Having the feeling of was God there? Did he hear me? Does he care? This was breif but real. Some of this time had to do with my nephew, my children and healing, our finances, and ministry. I don’t think anyone likes the feeling of talking into space. I will tell you each time I felt darkness. I felt his hand pull me out. You are not just talking into space even if you feel that way. He is there he hears you. Our history is his story. 

Reflecting back on theses things help prepare me for the year to come. I’ll set goals based on where I came from and where I’m going. My biggest goal each year is to build a stronger deeper relationship with God. I want to search out the unknown and gain new revelation of who he is. Really how I reach this is my choice. I’ll spend more time in my word. I’ll pray more (send time with God). I’ll live out a bilbical lifestyle before man. I’ll teach my children what it looks like to be Holy. But I also know I’m not perfect and I’ll fail. But God will be there to hold my hand and pull me out. 

So take this time as the year ends. To set goals and think about how you’re going to reach them but leave room for error. There are 365 days use each one as if God was going to return the next day. 

Tell me what are some of your goals. How can I pray for you to help you reach them. 

Also our church is hosting our yearly end of year conference. One thing is happening right now downtown Kansas City. You can join us there or on web. https://watch.ihopkc.org/

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

This is what I been repeating all day over and over. The Word Became Flesh. The Word Became Flesh.

Elohim came off his throne in heaven and became flesh to dwell among us. The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords,  the ruler of all things, my God, the Creator of all things dwells among us. This is so powerful to me. The question is asked, why would a King do such a thing?? Love that is why. When sin entered the world God had a plan. The plan was to send Jesus who the there in the beginning, he was the word that was spoken, that created all things. Make him flesh, give him a humble birth, let him die on a cross (a perfect man died a sinners death). Our King born in a manger to a virgin and carpenter. The savior that was to die and save us from sin. He was laying there with all power even as a infant. He could of came as rich powerful man but no a humble birth he chose. Just like he choose to give up his throne and chose to give up his life. For love, for you, for me, for life so that we could be with him forever. So this is why we celebrate for no other reason, not for gifts not for lights, not for trees,not for you and me but for him. He was the word made flesh.

At the time is was scary for many people. So many did not understand. How could this be? Harold was so scared he had the baby boys 2 and under killed in Bethlehem. A savior was coming and would take his throne. There was nothing he could do. 

Matthew 2:18
A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.

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When Moses was born, the babies were being killed. When Jesus was born the babies were being killed, now million if babies are being killed taken right from the womb. When there is a deliver the babies are being killed. This is the time for Christ return. He’s coming, are you ready? So as we celebrate his birth we look forward to his return.