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It is a scene relished by the modern artist. Dali or Picasso would have made good work of it. Imagine an overloaded dinner table positioned directly in front of one's foes. There it is, evidence that the contradiction is still at work -- banqueting in bad company. It has been now a few years since my best friend turned on me. He did it first with subtlety, then with an open slash of malice. His bitings dug deeply, not only into my flesh but that of my family as well.
"Take Your Choice"
Jesus manifests His presence in a special way when two or more of His disciples meet to pray. The promise is "that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:19-20). In order for the promise to be realized, however, several conditions are laid down.
Followers of Jesus have been given different names over the centuries. At first, they were called "Christians," which means "Christ ones" (Acts 11:26). The commonest word for these committed to Jesus is disciple, which means a learner. In his epistle, Paul addressed the Christians as saints, those set apart for God. They are also called believers, beloved, or children of God. Each of these names describes a distinctive characteristic of the lives of those who follow Christ. In our text, John suggests another name for Christians: overcomers. A Christian is one who overcomes.
This children's sermon invites kids to think about being Good Samaritans" just like the man in Jesus story and offers them a practical way to always be prepared to do so.
The ministry to which we are called is the preaching of "the glorious gospel of Christ" (4:4). As evangelists, teachers, pastors, and laymen, we must be divinely motivated, if our ministry is to be effective. Paul proceeds to outline the threefold motivation of our ministry, the first being HOPE, which he defines as and "eternal weight of glory."
A measuring stick and a watch are the focal points for this children's sermon, which invites kids to think about how their own lives will be measured.