May 5, 2021

Gen Z YouTube Star Comes Out of the Closet

Seems like a day doesn't go by without someone "coming out of the closet."

And now Gen Z kids that come out of the closet are trending younger and younger .

We could name a lot of reasons why this is happening.  But the bottom line is this.  

Those behind the gay agenda want to make sure that the next generation not only accepts the LGBTQ community, but also approves of same sex relationships and believes it is a good and viable option for the next generation. 

One of the latest Gen Z stars to come out is JoJo Siwa.

Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". 

Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, "It's JoJo Siwa".  She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.  

Here is a video where she talks about coming out of the closet.  It is videos like this that can cause the next generation to be drawn away from the clear teaching of God's Word and follow a path that doesn't line up with God's will.

As you watch this video, you will hear her talk about how the LGBTQ community is targeting preteens. Their agenda is to see the next generation to not just accept the lifestyle but to celebrate it.  

Be reminded of the battle you are in for the heart and soul of the next generation. We must come alongside parents and equip them to navigate the ungodly culture we find ourselves living in.  We are called to be a light shining in the darkness...pointing people to Jesus.  He is the love people are looking for to fill the void in their life.

May 4, 2021

2-Year-Old Abducted from Church Nursery

This past Sunday, a woman abducted a 2-year-old from the nursery in a church.

The little boy's name is Noah Trout and the church where this happened is Riverview Baptist Church.   

According to police,  the child was in extreme danger.  The kidnapper was a lady named Nancy Fridler.  

Thankfully, investigators were able to locate the child in time so he was not harmed.

The lady took the little boy from one of the nursery rooms at the church and then left with him.

As I was reading about this incident, it caused me to ask the following questions. 

Did the child have a name tag on that matched his' parents? 

Why didn't they stop the kidnapper from leaving?

Why weren't the doors of the classroom locked?

Were the volunteers trained properly in what to do in these situations?

Why didn't the church immediately issue an amber alert?

Had the volunteer team grown lackadaisical about safety and secure?  Even saying, "That would never happen here?"

Was access to the children's ministry area shut down during service?

Were there 2 leaders in the room with the child?  

Each of these precautions work together to keep kids safe while they are in your care.  It is crucial that all churches, no matter the size,  establish policies and procedures to protect children.

Yes. it could happen at your church.  We must be prepared.  The enemy is come to steal, kill and destroy.  And that includes the children and families in our ministries. 

That's why we must build a strong wall of protection around the children in our ministries and say, "Nope...you are not getting them.  Not on my watch!"

If your ministry and volunteers need additional training for this, here is a great resource.  It's a safety and security training for churches and other organizations.  It's an excellent resource that includes information and strategies from top leaders in safety and security for the church.  

The cost is only $14.99.  Once you access it, you can play it on demand and download it for future use. You can access it at this link.

These teaching sessions are great for individual staff training and for all of your volunteers as well.  One of the top priorities of our ministries must be safety and security.  Don't neglect this area of your ministry. There's too much that can happen and you must be prepared.  


 

 



May 3, 2021

Children Are the Best Way to Reach Unchurched Parents

Our goal as children's ministry leaders, should be seeing entire families come to Christ.

And I believe the best way to see parents come to Christ is through their children. 

Think about how many times in Scripture you see parents connect with Jesus for one reason...their children were in need. 

The same still happens today. God works through children to reach their entire family.  I have seen this happen hundreds of times.  

No matter how far away a father is from God, when you do something nice for his children, you have his attention. 

And no matter how far away a mother is from God, when you impact the lives of her children, you will impact her as well.

Here are a few ways you can reach unchurched parents through their children.  

Intentional Milestones.  Milestones are key moments in a child's spiritual journey when you have their parents' attention.  These include...

  • Parent & Children Dedication
  • Bible presentation
  • Faith commitment
  • Baptism
  • Graduation to middle school

I have seen hundreds of parents come to Christ through these milestones and you can as well.  You can get more information and purchase the milestones at this link.

Kids praying for their parents.  Be intentional about having kids pray for their unchurched parents.  I believe God will answer these prayers.  I could share personal story after story of how God has used children to reach their parents. 

Kids performing for their parents (and other family members).  Unchurched parents will come to see their children perform.  Here's an example.  If you are doing VBS, make the last evening a family event.  Have fun things for families to do together.  Games.  Crafts.  Food.  Have the kids come up front and sing one or more of the songs they have learned at VBS.  Have the kids quote a Bible verse they have learned that week. 

Then share the Gospel in a very creative way.  Invite kids and parents who raise their hands for salvation to a class where you clearly share the Gospel.  Here's more information about this class.  If you will get them into this environment, you will see kids and parents come to Christ.

Kids sharing what they learned at church.  Encourage kids to go home and share with their parents what they learned that day. This can be done online or through a typical take home paper.  There is power in the Gospel, even when a child is sharing it.  

Remember to always be thinking about kids' parents.  How can you connect with them?  How can you share the Gospel with them?  How can you see them come to Christ? 

Get to know parents.  It's more effective when you build relationships with unchurched parents.  People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Also meditate on this...

When you reach a child you change a life.  When you reach parents, you change the entire family.

I love the story of the jailer coming to Christ.  Remember what happened?  There was an earthquake that broke the chains of Paul and Silas and set them free.  And it didn't stop there.  Look what happened next. The story is found in Acts 16.

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

Did you see that?  The entire family came to Christ.  

My prayer for you and your ministry is that God will give you favor with the unchurched kids and parents in your community.  That He will open doors to see them come to Christ.  That entire families will be reached, their journeys redirected to the straight and narrow.  

It is to this end that we pray, share and invest in families.

Apr 29, 2021

Millionaire Kids

When I was a kid, I enjoyed reading Richie Rich comic books and watching movies and television shows about him.

It was about a kid who had more money than He knew what to do with.  His parents were extremely wealthy and so Richie had an endless supply of money available. 

I sometimes thought about how cool it would be to have that much money available. 

Although Richie Rich was a fictional character at the time, his story could happen in today's culture and commerce flow.  

And it has happened and is happening now.  Kids are becoming millionaires thanks to an online company called "YouTube."  Unless you have been hibernating over the last few decades, you know about YouTube.

An example of kids becoming millionaires through YouTube is Ryan Kaji.  Ryan is the world's highest paid YouTube star.  Not only is he bringing in millions of dollars through YouTube, but his themed products are also being sold at Walmart, Target and other retailers.  His YouTube channel, Ryan's World, has 27.5 million subscribers.  These connections helped make him a millionaire before he could even count his age in double digits.

His YouTube show is a mix of cute, educational family-friendly themes like a make-your-own Playdough tutorial, DIY science experiments and playtime with his twin sisters.   This helps promote some 5,000 Ryan-themed products that generate more than $200 million at retail annually. 

Kaji’s cut makes up more than half of the $29.5 million payday that put him at the top of the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid YouTube Stars. Yes...and at 9 years of age he is making $30 million for toy reviews and generating over $200 million in annual retail sales.  

As I think about the success this 9-year-old is having in the world of business, it reminds me to never discount what a child, even before the age of 10, can do when people believe in him or her and give them a chance to use their talents.  

It's time we started giving kids the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.  Kids can serve now.  Kids can make a difference now.  Kids can make significant impact now.  Kids can change the world now.  

Kids just need someone to believe in them and the talents God has given them.  They don't have to wait until they are adults to make a difference, they can make a difference now.  

You may have some "spiritual millionaires" sitting in your class or group or living in your house.  Will you give them an opportunity to change the world?