We Need to Provide Encouragement

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Volume No. 2018   Issue No. 13   Date: April 18, 2018

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

 

I am convinced that children who do not have CHEERLEADING PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS and CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS in the home and in the church will have a difficult time succeeding no matter what the makeup of their families may be. They need all the encouragement we can give them.

 

We need to love our children in a tangible way, by what we say, by putting our arms around them and hugging them, by letting them know they are really loved. As someone said, “Learn them, love them, lick them (that is spank them when needed), laugh with them, and hug them.”

 

In Mark 10:13-16 we read: “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. (14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (15) Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (16) And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Notice who rebuked the adults for bringing the children to Jesus? It was the disciples. Notice the Lord’s response.

 

He said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not." The word "suffer" means "permit them." "Don't turn them away from coming to me."

 

What are we going to do with the children? We had better begin to build a ministry of encouragement for our children. We need to become SPIRITUAL CHEERLEADERS for them. We need to build some healthy, Godly attitudes into their lives.

 

We need to provide encouragement to love one another in the home as well as in the church.

We need to provide encouragement to engage in holy Christian living SEVEN days a week in the home as well as in the church.

We need to provide encouragement to listen to godly music in the home as well as in the church.

We need to provide encouragement to have old-time family devotions, where the Bible is read, scriptures are memorized, and the children hear the prayers and feel the results of the prayers of their parents.

We need to provide encouragement to put the Word of God into their lives. That is done by teaching them the truth, then showing them how to stand up for Jesus unashamedly in this hostile world.

We need to provide encouragement by maintaining our stance as an old-fashioned, Bible Believing, sin hating, world separating, soul-winning, fundamental Baptist church reaching out in love to our people, especially our youth ministry.

We need to provide encouragement by making sin exceedingly sinful, where we neither wink at it nor condone it.

 

Please remember also that our children, your children, need CHEERLEADERS! Godly cheerleaders who will reach out to them, even though you don’t think they have a chance. Let me ask parents, grandparents, and children’s workers about this week. “To what child are you going to become an encouraging Cheerleader?

In His Amazing Grace,

 Pastor David Miklas

 

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