Apr 21, 2017

20 Bible Jokes Kids Will Love

Jokes are a great way to connect with kids.  Here are 20 Bible jokes you can tell kids individually or in a group setting.

Who was the shortest man in the Bible?  Nehemiah (knee-high-miah).

What time of day was Adam created?  A little before Eve.

When was medicine first mentioned in the Bible?  When God gave Moses two tablets.

What kind of car did the disciples drive?  A Honda - it says there were all in one accord.

Who was the biggest sinner in the Bible?  Moses.  He broke all 10 commandments at once,

Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?  David.  He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

When was meat first mentioned in the Bible?  When Noah took Ham into the ark.

How do we know that cars are in the New Testament?  Because Jesus was a car-painter (carpenter).

Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?  Samson.  He brought the house down.

When did they play tennis in the Bible?  When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.

How does Paul make his coffee?  Hebrews it.

Who was the smartest man in the Bible?  Abraham.  He knew a Lot.

Who was the fastest runner in the race?  Adam, because he was first in the human race.

What animal could Noah not trust?  Cheetah.

What kind of lights did Noah have on the ark?  Floodlights.

Why did Noah have to punish the chickens on the Ark?  Because they were using "fowl" language. 

What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?  Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Who was the 1st surfer in the Bible?  Paul.  In Acts, he "came ashore on a board"!.

Which Bible character had no parents?  Joshua, son of Nun.

Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark?  Because Noah was standing on the deck.

Your turn.  What other Bible jokes have you heard or read?  Share them with us in the comment section below.

Apr 20, 2017

How Does Your Church See Kids? Interruption or Important?

You've probably seen the recent newscast where Professor Robert Kelly is being interviewed live on BBC News about South Korea, when suddenly his kids enter the room and interrupt the interview.  It provided a comical moment as Robert tried to keep his composure and complete the interview successfully.

Here's the clip.

This reminded me of the story in Matthew 10, where some parents brought their children to see Jesus.  The disciples saw the children as an interruption and told the parents to take them away.  But not Jesus, He saw the children as important and stopped everything to minister to them.

Sadly, many churches seem to have a wrong view about children just as the disciples did.  They see children as an interruption rather than as important.  They might give lip service to children's ministry, but actions speak louder than words.  Their budget, building, staffing, programming and volunteers say that children are not important.  This is a mistake, because when you make children's ministry a priority in your church, you align with how Jesus sees them and usher in God's blessings upon your ministry.

In a recent seminar, Ricardo Miller and I shared how to make children's ministry a priority in your church.  It's a great resource to share with your leadership if you want to see children's ministry become important in your church.   The recording of the seminar is available at this link.

Let's see kids as Jesus did.  Important. 

Apr 19, 2017

20 Quotes from Walt Disney That Will Inspire You

Walt Disney was a visionary leader who has inspired millions of people.

Here are 20 of Walt's quotes to encourage you today.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.  But it takes people to make the dream a reality.

Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.

I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land – no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships – just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.

Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  

Too many people grow up.  That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.  They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old.  They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.  Well I won't do that.  
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.

I have been up against tough competition all my life.  I wouldn't know how to get along without it.

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

I believe in being an innovator.

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.

Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.

Togetherness, for me, means teamwork.

We're not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.

When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.  And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.

You reach a point where you don’t work for money.

A man should never neglect his family for business. 

You can great more great insight and ideas from Walt Disney in our book "If Disney Ran Your Children's Ministry."  Click here for more info.

Apr 18, 2017

3 BIG KEYS to Discipling Today's Kids

There are many different thoughts, insights and strategies for discipling kids.  You can see this reflected in the vast array of curricula and ministry models offered.

We all have the same goal in mind.  To see kids grow up to be passionate followers of Jesus.  As you plan, strategize and map out how to do this, there are 3 big keys to keep in mind if you want to be effective.

Key #1 - Remember kids are naturally focused on growing.  Kids want to grow.  They want to be taller, older, smarter, better, etc.  They measure their height.  They compare themselves to other kids and you can be sure they know who the "tallest kid in the class" is.  They can't wait to grow to be tall enough to go on the big rides at the amusement park.  They have their attention focused on growing up to be like the "big kids."  For preschoolers, they want to grow and be in lower elementary.  For lower elementary kids, they want to grow and be in upper elementary.  For upper elementary kids, they want to grow and be in middle school.  For middle school kids, they want to be in high school.

Why is growing so important to kids?  Because a big part of kids' lives is spent figuring out who they are individually.  Growing helps kids discover what they like and who they are becoming as a person.

Since growing is such a big deal to kids, showing kids how they can grow spiritually is a big key to discipling them.
  • Use "grow" terminology when you talk with kids about spiritual development.
  • Provide kids with tools they can use to grow and show them how it will benefit their spiritual growth.
  • Help kids measure and track their spiritual growth steps.  
  • Celebrate with kids when they hit spiritual growth milestones.  This is why kids love their birthday parties so much.  It is a celebration of their growth and development.  Take this type of celebration into their spiritual growth and development.
Key #2 - Help kids strengthen their relationships.  Younger kids are all about connecting with their family.  As kids grow, this shifts more to connecting with their friends.  Kids don't call it "relationships."  They call it 'being friends" with someone or "my best friend."  Though the terminology may be different for kids, the bottom line is this.  Relationships are a big deal for kids.

This being said, we must realize that discipleship doesn't just happen through acquiring knowledge or memorizing scripture.  It happens just as much through relationship.  In fact, I believe it takes the combination of both to see kids effectively discipled.
  •  Are we giving kids the opportunity to grow through relationships?  Does our programming format reflect this?  Does our room layout reflect this?
  • Are we providing kids with consistent leaders who they can build a relationship with?
  • Are we leveraging the family relationships in a kid's life to help them grow spiritually?
Key #3 - Help kids discover and use their gifts and talents.  Kids are seeking to know what their gifts and talents are.  Why?  So they can use them to stand out and be admired by others.  And through this they are also able to express themselves and build confidence.

We know a huge part of discipleship is using your gifts and talents to actively live out your faith through works and acts of service.  The Bible tells us faith without works is dead.  There is something about using your gifts and talents for the Kingdom that activates your faith and makes it come alive.  This has been proven to be true in the stats that show kids who continue in their faith after high school are the kids who are actively involved in serving.
  • Are we helping kids discover the gifts and talents God has given them?
  • Are we giving kids the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to further the Kingdom of God?
  • Are we helping build kids' spiritual confidence by showing them how God is using their life?
  • Are we challenging kids to leave their spiritual mark on the world?
Focus on these three keys and you will see the kids in your ministry become passionate followers of Jesus.