Jesus is God’s son. In the very beginning, God’s son was called “The Word of God.” We’re told in John (1:3 NLT) “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” This means under God’s direction, his son created the entire universe including the first humans, Adam and Eve. For more on this story, watch this short video designed for children.
Praying is a very special privilege. When we speak to the Creator of the universe, we should show deep respect. Many Christians pray before meals, when they wake in the morning or before bedtime. However, we can pray anywhere at any time. Even if you pray silently in your mind, God can still hear you! Have your kids watch this short video to learn more about how to pray.
Loving our enemies is probably one of the most difficult concepts that Jesus gave to his followers, however he is probably one of the GREATEST examples of truly living what he spoke. How did he show his love for those who cursed him and eventually killed him?
We live in a time of great contradiction. There are voices that shout, rant and insist for all in our society to embrace and accept everyone no matter what their choices in life are and no matter what their actions in life may be. Their message in many ways is framed as one of love – love for those who are opposite, love for those who are different. Then there are those like myself who say that while I am willing to accept and love people regardless of their choices, I will not embrace anything I believe is not moral or righteous. I will love the person but not the action. For this I have been called a "hater" by those who preach that you should embrace those who are different than you. Jesus told us to love our enemies, but what exactly does that mean? Am I not loving enough? Do I need to change?
We all know that Jesus taught us to forgive. If your brother trespasses against you seven times in a day, Jesus says to forgive. Okay, while this may be difficult, we can see its value and strive to live up to that standard. But, but what about when someone commits a horrible crime – what about when someone guns down in cold blood, innocent God fearing people in church – at a Bible study? Is the same lesson of forgiveness relevant? Do the teachings of Jesus include forgiving those who are simply and purely evil in their actions?