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My Son-in-law explains Why he teaches Children the Gospel

I have two great son-in-laws.  My daughters married excellent men and I'm grateful for both of them. My son-in-law Greg (married to Kelly) is doing his Post-Doctoral work at UW Madison Hospital.  He's not a doctor, but a researcher with a Doctorate in his area of expertise.  He also is a mentor, teacher and youth leader in his church.  He wrote this article to explain to his own church family why he teaches the kids who come to his youth group.  Greg is not a theologian or a Pastor, but he has a pastor's heart and a mind that thinks, and that is a good starting point in serving God wherever he calls us.  Here it is: Why I teach children the gospel, (Greg Barton) It is sufficient to say that everyone here would agree that we want all of the children in the church to reach their potential in life. To reach one’s potential, it will require answering the question; “ What is the reason for life ?” Christian doctrine tells us the entire reason for life is to be “ In Chris

He Cleanses Completely

He Cleanses Completely by C.H. Spurgeon (from Truth for Life Daily) The blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 "Cleanses," says the text—not " shall  cleanse." There are multitudes who think that as a dying hope they may look forward to pardon. Oh, how infinitely better to have cleansing now than to depend on the bare possibility of forgiveness when I come to die. Some imagine that a sense of pardon is an attainment only obtainable after many years of Christian experience. But forgiveness of sin is a  present  reality—a privilege for this day, a joy for this very hour. The moment a sinner trusts Jesus he is fully forgiven.  The text, being written in the present tense, also indicates  continuance ; it was "cleanses" yesterday, it is "cleanses" today, it will be "cleanses" tomorrow.  This is the way it will always be with you, Christian, until you cross the river; every hour you may come to this

Is Believer's Baptism necessary

I have been a Pastor for over 40 years but more importantly have been a committed follower of Jesus - one that I hope can be described as a disciple of Jesus - for over 47 years.  In my early days of following Christ I ran across the issue of baptism.  It was a moment of crisis because I had been baptized as an infant and now was confronted by the Scripture about believer's baptism. The Scripture reminds us that Salvation is by Grace through Faith, not of works, it is a Gift of God.  So Baptism by no means is a work of Salvation.  Yet, Baptism is introduced in Scripture by Jesus himself and along with the Lord's Supper is given to the Church as a matter of confession of faith in Jesus Christ.  Baptism - as Peter points out in his letter - does not save, but instead it makes a confession of salvation already done. Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptism as a way of identifying with the need for repentance and salvation - even though he did not need to repent, and was

Faithful to God's Message and Ways

I'm sorry for the lapse of writing...blame it on moving.  We have moved to a different place and it has taken a bit of time to get settled.  Still I've continued to teach weekly and continue to work through this series that covers the entire scope of the Bible's story. The story is rich because it is a story of God's unrelenting love.  When God the Father sent his Son into the world it was the highest form of love - Sacrifice.  Jesus walked through Israel from North to South, East to West proclaiming "the Kingdom of God is at hand...enter..." and many did.  But it was one experience in John's Gospel that highlights for me - through a narrative - what His coming was to accomplish. In John 12, the Apostle tells us that it was six days before the Passover, which means six days before Jesus would be hung on the cross, that Jesus came to Bethany where his close friends, Lazarus, Mary and Martha lived.  Mary anoints him with expensive oil which turns out