Kids Talk About God from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:30:38 -0800 Kids Talk About God from Creators Syndicate ebff2534b127b4e613989d41f392597b Why Is Doing What Is Right Always Best? (Part 2 of 2) for 12/01/2014 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"God likes it when we do what's right because that is another reason to go to heaven," says Colton, 6.</p> <p>Good works are never a reason anyone goes to heaven. Rather, they should be a result of trusting Jesus' work on the cross to pay for one's way to heaven. When you're the beneficiary of God's grace, you're positioned to bless others. Gratitude, not the guilt of trying to earn salvation, should motivate Christians to do good works.</p> <p>Jesus offended people when he said, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent" (John 6:29). We so much want to contribute to our salvation. It takes humility to admit that our goodness falls far short of God's righteousness.<p>Updated: Mon Dec 01, 2014</p> a491bf5fe95a444f449aa92b4425f84a Why Is Doing What is Right Always Best? (Part 1 of 2) for 11/24/2014 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"When you have a baby sister, and sometimes you trick her, then God will not like that," says Victoria, 8.</p> <p>Baby sisters seem to have radar for discovering they've been duped &#8212; at least my baby sister did. Parents also possess this same radar, as Katelyn, 8, can testify: "I was faking sick, and I got grounded for three weeks. I got in trouble with my dad, and that's bad."</p> <p>Katelyn, your life will be much more peaceful and fun if you do the right thing. Take a tip from Keeleigh, 11: "If you do right all the time, you won't get in trouble, you won't get fussed at, and you will have more fun. That means you will make God happy and have a better relationship with Him."<p>Updated: Mon Nov 24, 2014</p> 394d2f5b788897bb437125db98cd33ce Why Should We Give Thanks To God? for 11/17/2014 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Thanksgiving Day, families all over America sit down to dinner at the same time &#8212; halftime.</p> <p>"Thanksgiving has two good words," says Hollie, age 9. "They are 'thanks' and 'giving,' and that's what we need to do &#8212; thank others and be giving. Those are two things my mom taught me."</p> <p>Hollie, your mom has taught you well. Gratitude is one of the most important lessons parents can teach their children.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 17, 2014</p> 62a19bb81f52a7a0ffd8ec814fc7e5a3 Who Is a Disciple of Christ? for 11/10/2014 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"People will know that I am a follower of Jesus if I get caught doing good deeds," says Emma, 8.</p> <p>Being caught for doing good deeds?</p> <p>That isn't the way it worked at the elementary school I attended. But that's the policy instituted at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where Emma attends. When students get caught for doing something good, teachers send them to the principal's office. There they choose a prize from a treasure chest packed with all sorts of goodies.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 10, 2014</p> a077052cd9374d45457f497f1c649578 Why Has God The Father Given His Son Power Over Everything? for 11/03/2014 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Jesus deserves all the power," says Kianna, 9. "He died on the cross to save us from our sins. This is cool for me to believe in him. He created everything, so he should have power over everything. I think he totally deserves it!"</p> <p>In the Apostle John's vision of heaven, he sees angels, living creatures, elders and a host of thousands united in a song of praise to the Lord Jesus Christ: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" (Revelation 5:12). </p> <p>The praise song continues with every creature in heaven and on earth united in song: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!" (Revelation 5:13). <p>Updated: Mon Nov 03, 2014</p> 5007da2d68a4e1afd8e03e4579b18073 How Can We Make Jesus More Important In Our Lives? for 10/27/2014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We can make Jesus more important in our lives by putting Christ in the center of all we do," says Nathaniel, 8. "We do this by finding pleasure in studying God's Word, learning about him and hiding God's Word in our heart that we might not sin against him."</p> <p>The issue in all of life always comes down to this question, "Who is the center of the universe?"</p> <p>If I'm the center, then everything must revolve around me. Living the self-centered life is difficult because I can't always get everyone to conform to my plan for their lives. It's hard taking the place of God, but many try it. <p>Updated: Mon Oct 27, 2014</p> b5afd53dcdeac4bde709e9a8c266992b How Do You Know If You're Going To Heaven? for 10/17/2014 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"My grandma thinks I'm going to heaven," says Kole, 6. </p> <p>Why is it that most grandchildren can't get enough of their grandparents? </p> <p>Most grandparents are smart enough to just love on their grandkids. They leave the hard stuff like correction and discipline for the parents. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 17, 2014</p> 979ea0ae64484f53300377f909c2a95a How Can Christians Be the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World? for 10/13/2014 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"I won't call names or hit people," says Heather, 8.</p> <p>That's a start. Being the light of the world doesn't call for knocking everyone else's lights out. Jesus had something different in mind when he told his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth" and "You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:13a & 14a).</p> <p>"I could give kitties and other things," says Brian, 10. "After that, I could tell people to believe in Jesus to have eternal life."<p>Updated: Mon Oct 13, 2014</p> 884eae1aeb68a17f270f3f59a9793762 What Difference Can a Teacher Make? for 10/06/2014 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"A teacher can make a difference by giving less homework, 10 extra minutes for recess, extra field trips and five popcorn parties a day," says Sara, 10.</p> <p>If kids could vote for and serve as school board members, Sara would win easily.</p> <p>"Teachers help us learn skills for later on in life," says Rachel, 11. "I want to be a paleontologist."<p>Updated: Mon Oct 06, 2014</p> ad97451aafa554115c40159e411794e8 What Can We Learn From Suffering? for 09/29/2014 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We learn that even though something bad may happen, in the end, something good will happen," says Elizabeth, 9. "My cousin's parents got divorced, but it turned out to be kind of a good thing because she got to get a kitten."</p> <p>Well, even cat lovers will agree that a kitten is no substitute for loving, responsible parents, Elizabeth. But I'm glad this new feline friend has comforted your cousin.</p> <p>Grandma left Olivia, 7, an incredible spiritual legacy in a simple act of faith on her deathbed. "My great-grandma knew she was dying and she wanted to die with her glasses on so she could see Jesus in heaven. We put her glasses on."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 29, 2014</p> 9ede8c9dd8c41578d8b7096426a2c828 What Is the Meaning of the First Commandment, 'You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me'? for 09/22/2014 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"It means to only have one God, which is God. When we find something, we don't go gaga over it. We still pray to God and not to the new thing," says Ashley, 11.</p> <p>For a fuller understanding of "gaga," let's go to Cory, 11: "When the commandment says to have no other gods 'before Me,' it means to love something more than God."</p> <p>Lee, 8, gets specific: "You should worship God instead of your bike, Nintendo, computer or TV. You should read the Bible more."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 22, 2014</p> 2964a2ced4225975e81bf029c4fa908e Why Did Jesus Say, 'Don't Cast Your Pearls Before Swine'? for 09/15/2014 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Don't give a smoker money to buy a good meal because he will just buy more cigarettes," says Waymon, 9.</p> <p>The dangers of smoking are well documented, but I don't think Jesus had smokes in mind here. If you're puffing two packs a day, your throat and lungs may feel like fried bacon, but that's another matter.</p> <p>One of the most troubling interpretations comes from Jacob, 6: "I would never give my sister my toy." Hold on there, Jacob! If you're using this verse to justify "hogging" your toys, it won't work.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014</p> 47cba62162eb9ea175d906d22491574f What Will You Do When You See God? (Part 2) for 09/08/2014 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"When I see God, he'll make a rainbow for me," says Ally, 5. "He's gonna show me how to make one. He's gonna sit down in the grass and eat an apple with me."</p> <p>Ally's answer is more than cute. It could be insightful as well. Who knows the entire capabilities of a resurrected body or the assignments the Lord will give in his kingdom? </p> <p>We do know that Jesus suddenly appeared to his disciples in a room behind closed doors. He didn't bother to knock because he didn't need to open the door. Who's to say that Ally won't be the director of Rainbow Creations?<p>Updated: Mon Sep 08, 2014</p> 0dc59bfe5a9309e6bae77b0fbc96f64a What Will You Do When You See God? (Part 1) for 09/01/2014 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"When I see God, I will give him a big hug," says Whitney. "Then I will go say 'hi' to all the people in Bible times. Then I will ask him everything I ask my parents that they can't answer."</p> <p>Whitney, I'm sure your parents will rejoice with you.</p> <p>"I will fall down on my face and worship God," says Blain, 8. "Then I will go to see my dog in heaven. Next, I will go see my cousin."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 01, 2014</p> 1c5b1c32f866bbe38dcf61ef1bae420b What Can We Learn From Adam Naming the Animals? for 08/25/2014 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"If Adam hadn't named the animals, we wouldn't know one animal from the other. We might have cow brains for breakfast, lizard guts for lunch and dog toes for dinner," says James, 9.</p> <p>With such an active imagination, James has more going for him than cow brains.</p> <p>"If Adam didn't name the animals, he would call for an animal, and all the animals would come to him," says Cody, 8.<p>Updated: Mon Aug 25, 2014</p> 8d26e7f6b14beb152cc040535ef21e90 What Part of Creation Reminds You of God? for 08/18/2014 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"My favorite thing that God created is blueberries. God is good for making them," says Olivia, 6.</p> <p>I've never linked blueberries with the goodness of God, but why not? If you had mentioned blueberry pie a la mode, somehow the link would be clearer.</p> <p>"I think God created flowers so they could freshen the world with their beautiful smell," says Natalie, 8. "And they look very pretty in the sunlight."<p>Updated: Mon Aug 18, 2014</p> 5269e8819fd9b54c05ae647598752212 Why Did Jesus Drive the Money-Changers out of the Temple? for 08/11/2014 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We should praise God, sing and pray, and don't color on the walls, and don't sell anything," says Rachel, 5.</p> <p>Coloring on the walls always got me in trouble, too, Rachel.</p> <p>"The temple is a holy place, not a place to charge money to people who come there," says Melissa, 12. "We should not go into a holy place and charge people money because a church or temple is not a tax department."<p>Updated: Mon Aug 11, 2014</p> 043cf99e818325c262fdc6468b9691f0 What Is the Lesson of Gideon and His 300-Man Army? for 08/04/2014 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Gideon used fire because the electricity ran out. God said blow the horns and crash real big, and he would give them electricity," says Weston, 4.</p> <p>I'm sure Gideon and his band of 300 would be surprised to know they solved Israel's energy crisis in the late 11th century B.C. The problem in Gideon's day, however, was a spiritual energy crisis. God called the most unlikely man to lead a spiritual revival that began with the destruction of idols.</p> <p>Dustin, 4, has another version of a Gideon lesson: "I learned you don't have to hit or fight. You just smash the jars and show the light. Then you win!"<p>Updated: Mon Aug 04, 2014</p> a5a145919123f9541e89868ab2796244 What Can We Learn From the Walls of Jericho Falling Down? for 07/28/2014 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"They (Joshua and the Israelites) marched around the Jericho walls for days," says Meagan, 7. "On the seventh day, they blew their horns, and the walls came tumbling down, and they shouted. You can never keep God out of your house, even if you tried."</p> <p>Unfortunately, Meagan, a lot of people try. "I think God gave us the Jericho story because he wants to break down the walls of our hearts and let himself in," says Jordan, 8.</p> <p>To be honest, I've never thought of the Jericho walls in this way. Who hasn't constructed walls to keep God at a distance? Some even mock God when they feel he's circling them. As we're building our little forts to keep God out, he's smiling and waiting for the right moment to smash our "impregnable" defenses in ways that totally surprise us.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 28, 2014</p> 942199bdbc0e4a050b0df3d0a0a1c88f What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, 'Knock, and It Will Be Opened to You'? for 07/21/2014 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"I keep on asking my mom if I can play Nintendo, and she finally says yes," says Clyde, 7.</p> <p>Well, Clyde, there's no doubt you've learned that persistence pays off. Your mother knows this, too. Give your mom a break and apply that same persistence to things of God. You might be surprised at how much more rewarding it is.</p> <p>"When you are dead, you are knocking on the door to get into heaven. When you ask to come in, the door will open," says Connor, 6.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 21, 2014</p>