Apr 16, 2021

20 More Knock Knock Jokes to Tell Kids

Kids love knock knock jokes. It's great way to break the ice and share a laugh with a child. Here are 20 more knock knock jokes you can use to connect with kids.

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Rabbit.

Rabbit who?

Rabbit it carefully. It's an expensive gift.


Knock knock.

Who's there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad there is no school on Saturday?


Knock knock.

Who's there?

Atch.

Atch who?

Bless you.


Knock knock.

Who's there?

Atch.

Atch who?

Bless you.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Beehive

Beehive who?

Beehive yourself or you will get into trouble.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Figs.

Figs who?

Figs the doorbell. It’s broken.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Wooden shoe

Wooden shoe who?

Wooden shoe like to hear one more joke?


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Ken

Ken who?

Ken I come in? It is raining outside.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Viper

Viper who?

Viper nose, it’s running.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Peas

Peas who?

Peas pass the butter.


Knock knock.

Who is there?

Icy

Icy who?

Icy you.


Knock knock.

Who’s there? 

Olive.

Olive who? 

Olive next door. Hi neighbor!


Knock knock.

Who’s there? 

Cereal.

Cereal who? 

Cereal pleasure to meet you!


Knock knock. 

Who’s there?

 Iran who?

 Iran all the way here!


Knock knock. 

Who’s there? 

Pecan. 

Pecan who? 

Pecan someone your own size.


Knock knock. 

Who’s there?

Lettuce. 

Lettuce who?

Lettuce in, it’s cold out here!


Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Annie.

Annie who?

Annie thing you can do, I can do too!


Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Needle.

Needle who?

Needle little help right now!


Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Mustache.

Mustache who?

I mustache you a question.


Your turn. Share some knock knock jokes you like to tell the kids in the comment section below.

And have a great weekend in kids' ministry

Apr 15, 2021

Hard, Hard, Hard Questions You Need to Answer

Did you know Brad Pitt was raised in a conservative Christian home? He attended church faithfully with his family.  

When he entered his teenage years, he started having doubts and started asking the hard questions.  

Unfortunately, no one took time to answer his questions.  As he moved into his young adult years, he began to lose faith.  Eventually, he became an agnostic.  

His story could be told countless times.  A child has doubts and starts asking the hard questions.  No one works with the child to help him or her find the answers they are searching for.  Eventually, the child walks away from the faith.  

Kids want to talk about the hard questions.  Many of them are already struggling to make sense of everything and are looking for answers.  

The temptation is to give quick answers to these questions instead of taking time to sit down with the child and finding the answers together.  We must prepare them to answer common challenges and speak intelligently about the faith.

We cannot leave kids spiritually defenseless and then just hope they will grow up to follow Jesus.
By the way, it's okay to say "I don't know."  But don't stop there. Say, "I don't know, but let's work together to find the answers."

The Bible says this in I Peter 3:15.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Our role is to equip children so they can know why they believe what they believe.  

And kids are looking for this.  Did you know that... 

  • 13% of Gen Z kids say they are atheists? 
  • 37% of Gen Z kids say you can't know for sure if God is real?
  • 58% of Gen Z kids say there is more than one way to God?
  • 46% of Gen Z kids say they need factual evidence to support their beliefs.                                                
  • 49% of Gen Z kids say the church seems to reject much of what science tells us about the world.                                                                                                                                     
  • 27% of Gen Z kids say the church is not a safe place to express doubts.                                   
  • 24% of Gen Z kids say the teaching they are exposed to is shallow.

If a child cannot defend their faith, there's a strong probability that they will walk away from their faith.

What should you do when a young person brings up the hard questions?

Don't overreact.  Many adults are caught off guard when kids ask the hard questions.  They don't know what to do and so they respond with anger, frustration or surprise. This leaves the child feeling like they have done something wrong or don't really know Jesus. 

Commend them.   Let the child know you are proud of him or her for thinking about and asking hard questions. The fact that the child is trying to understand these deeper aspects of faith is commendable. Let the child know asking the hard questions is a natural part of the faith journey. Remind them that even Jesus asked why God had forsaken Him when He was on the cross.

Help them grapple with the questions and find the answers together. This is a great discipleship opportunity to help kids dig in and find the answers for why they believe what they believe. Take their questions and grapple with them to find the answers. You want kids to find the correct answers now rather than waiting until they are sitting in a college classroom or dorm where they may get wrong answers that shake their faith. 

And think about this with me.  I believe that we should take the initiative and bring up the hard questions.  Be proactive.  We should be on the offense not just on the defense when it comes to matters of faith. 

Here are a few of the questions you can ask if you are ready to help kids find the answers. 

Why does a good God allow suffering, pain and death?

Why would God send someone to burn forever?  Isn't that too harsh?

How do we know the Bible is true?

What about someone who never heard the name of Jesus?  Will they be sent to hell?

Why did God allow evil to become part of our lives here on earth?

Why would God allow an innocent, young child to get cancer when there are drug addicts, murderers and other criminals who don't get cancer?

Again, be proactive.  Don't wait for them to bring up the questions.  Take the initiative and bring up the hard questions to them Be age-appropriate.  Some of these should be addressed when kids are grade 4 and older.

I created a teaching series that brings up the hard questions and helps kids answer those questions.  The series is called Pranksters.  You can get more info. and see sample videos, lessons, etc. at this link.

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to help kids work through the hard questions.  We must help kids understand why they believe what they believe and help them have a solid foundation that will enable them follow Jesus for a lifetime. 

Apr 14, 2021

Equipping Children to Share Their Faith

Did you know that kids can share their faith if you will equip them to do so?

We know that children are the greatest mission field in the world.  And they can also be the greatest missionaries in that field.  

So how do we equip children to share their faith?  

Here are some proven ways you can see children get excited reaching other children for Jesus.

Teach them that it is every Christian's responsibility to share their faith with others.  Share these verses with them.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."  Mark 16:15

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  Philemon 1:6

Train them how to share their faithGive them a simple, effective way they can share the Gospel.  I created a special teaching series that does just that.  It's called The Blab Lab and it teaches kids to "blab" about their faith.  Each week the kids make a special tool that they can use to share the Gospel with others. 

Here's an example.

The tools are crafts that the kids enjoy assembling.  

I have personally seen kids use the tools to share their faith in a bold way. 

A 3rd grade girl put the tool together and then took it to her public school.  The class had a "show and tell" time that day.  This brave girl that we had equipped to share her faith, stood in front of her entire class and shared the Gospel with them using the tool.  

You can also encourage kids to invite their friends to church.  Here's a simple strategy that works for this. Create invite cards that kids can pass out to their friends, family members, team mates, neighbors, etc.  At the end of your service or class, ask the kids who would be willing to take a card and use it to invite someone to church.  

Pick 2-3 kids that have their hands up.  Bring them up front.  Ask them the name of the person they are going to invite with the card.  Place the invite card in their hands and then have a short time of prayer. Ask God to anoint them and use them to bring someone to hear the Gospel.  Using this strategy, I've seen kids bring their friends to hear the Gospel the next week.  

And one week we had a lady show up for church.  Someone asked how she heard about the church?  She pulled out an invite card and said a kid who was at her crossing guard corner gave her the card and asked her to come.  

Another child invited his entire baseball team and other friends to be his guest at church. He brought 26 guests that weekend!  

Another child's father was in ICU.  The child took the tool we created that week and hung it on his dad's bed in ICU.  He then used the tool to share the Gospel with his father who was in serious condition.

Children can be bold to share their faith when you teach them that the Holy Spirit is with them.  He will do a great work in the hearts of people as the kids share their faith.

You can see more about the Blab Lab series at this link.  Lesson samples, tools the kids create, videos, a worship video and more are there for you to check out.  

Equip children to share their faith and you will be blown away by what God does in them and through them.

Apr 13, 2021

Don't Trust Anyone

I don't trust ministry leaders anymore.  I've seen too many leaders who have lived a double life.  Here are a few examples. I'm not going to name names, but do want you to understand where I am coming from.

Example one - a pastor at one of the largest churches in the country living his life as a total hypocrite.  How bad was it?  He would speak at a national conference and in between his teaching times, he would go back to his office and have sex with an underage girl.

Example two - another mega church pastor.  Very influential.  Hosted international leadership conferences.  Then it comes to light that he has been inappropriate with staff members and church members for years. 

Example three - a highly respected Christian apologist who was also a sexual predator and pervert in his spare time.

Example four - a young, nationally known pastor who was leading a church in one of the most influential cities in the world - turns out he had been having an affair for months while still trying to pastor.

Example five - an extremely gifted Christian leader who has walked away from the necessity of the Gospel and now believes and preaches that all roads lead to the same destination.

Example six - a gifted teacher of kids who decided he was a she and is now proud to be a gay, transgender woman.

Example seven - a children's ministry volunteer that I know.  Last week, his mug shot was posted on the internet.  He is being charged with soliciting a child for sex.  How old was the child?  A two-year-old who was being trafficked for sex.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Two-years-old.  How sick and perverted.

Example eight - another volunteer that I served with. Now in jail for molesting a middle school child.  It happened at a very prominent church.

Example nine - a very gifted and upcoming preacher.  Out of ministry - had an affair. 

Example ten - a female intern who was secretly a lesbian and had sex with the pastor's underage daughter.

Example eleven - a nationally known evangelical pastor in Florida with a church membership of 25,000.  Resigned due to committing adultery with numerous women.  He was also publicly accused of molesting a four-year-old child.

Example twelve - a pastor who built a great church - but at the same time he was regularly getting drunk. He was fired because of this. 

And on and on and on the list could continue. 

Now do you see why my trust in people has waned over the years?

I've seen too much happen.  Been burned by too many people I looked up to and admired.  Seems like leaders who can keep their pants zipped up are a rare commodity these days.

But something good has come as a result of the shortcomings I listed above.

I don't trust anyone.  And this causes me to run to Jesus.  The one person I can completely trust.  

Remember Proverbs 3:5-6? 

 
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

People will let you down.  People will do things that shock you.  People will shatter the trust that you have placed in them. 

You will get burned.  But at the end of the day it all comes down to this - KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS.  

Jesus is perfect.  He will never fail you.  He will never let you down.  

Hebrews reminds us of this.  Look what it says.

"We do this by KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne."

I love the words to this old hymn.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Turn your eyes to the hillside
Where justice and mercy embraced
There the Son of God gave His life for us
And our measureless debt was erased.

Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Savior ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You.

Turn your eyes to the morning
And see Christ the Lion awake
What a glorious dawn, fear of death is gone
For we carry His life in our veins.

Turn your eyes to the heavens

Our King will return for His own
Every knee will bow, every tongue will shout,
‘All glory to Jesus alone!’

Remember this - the enemy will try to use moral failures of others to discourage you.  He will try to use the shortcomings of others to leave you disheartened.  Proceed with discernment.

At the end of the day - Jesus is the only person who will not let you down.  Walk in the steadfastness of His character and love.  Keep....keep...keep your eyes on Him. 

He is the only person who is completely trustworthy.  

Don't trust anyone else.