What the Bible Really Says About Sex – By Pastor Mark Driscoll.
Children becoming “addicted” to computers – I don’t know if this is really “news,” but it is a good reminder to keep an eye on how much “screen time” kids have.
10 Ways to Show Kids You Care (from the January 3, 2012 edition of “The Weekly Word published by the Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association)
- Play with them.
- Stay with them when they’re afraid.
- Give them space when they need it.
- Show up at their concerts, games and events.
- Display their artwork in yourhome.
- Tell them how much you like being with them.
- Build something together.
- Keep the promises you make.
- Do what they like to do.
- Be sincere.
Russian Christmas Story – This story was forwarded to me by Linda Bartlett who received it from LFL friend Bob Morrison.
In 1994, two Christians were invited to teach children who had been abandoned, abused and left in the care of a government-run orphanage in Russia. Christmas was near, so the visitors told the traditional story to some 100 boys and girls. Throughout the story, the children and staff sat in amazement. Some sat on the edges of their stools trying to grasp every word. When the story was finished, the children were given materials and invited to make a model of the manger.
When the teachers walked around to see if the children needed any help, one of them reached Misha, a small boy about 6 years old, and were startled to see not one, but two babies in his model of the manger. The teachers asked the child why. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at his completed manger scene, Misha began to repeat the story very seriously. For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the events accurately–until he came to the part where Mary put Jesus in the manger. Then he said:
When Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and no papa, so I don’t have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn’t because I didn’t have a gift to give him like everyone else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, “If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?” And Jesus told me., “If you keep me warm, that would be the best gift anyone ever gave me.” So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and told me I could stay with him–always.
As Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropping to the table, his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him–someone who would stay with him always.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?” He called a child, set the child in front of them and said, “I tell you this: unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Whoever becomes like this child, they will become greatest in the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4).