Dear Dayspring Family,

My grandmother grew up on a ranch in West Texas.  She was daughter to Christian parents who taught their children the Bible and had them in Sunday School and church on a regular basis.  Through these influences, the Holy Spirit began to convict her of her sin and need to be saved when only nine years old.  When she made known her desire to the leadership of her church, they informed her that she was too young to be saved.  They told her that she needed to be at least twelve before she could really understand the Gospel and believe.  She went home greatly saddened, and as a result, spent the next three years in dread of going to hell were she to die before being able to be saved..

Now I cannot help but wonder if Jesus would have responded to my grandmother’s church leaders as He did to His disciples in an incident involving children in Luke 18:15-17.   This is what happened.

“Now they were bringing even infants to [Jesus] that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Clearly, Jesus’ own disciples thought the children brought to him were not worth His time.  But Jesus thought differently.  Now whether all of these young ones were old enough to comprehend the Gospel yet, it is not clear.  But Jesus did make it clear that children can have a simple faith in Him - the kind that is necessary for anyone who desires to become part of the kingdom of God.

Listen to what Pastor J. C. Ryle said in his commentary on this text:

“The souls of young children are evidently precious in God’s sight.  Both here and elsewhere there is plain proof that Christ cares for them no less than for grown-up people. The souls of young children are capable of receiving grace.  They are born in sin, and without grace cannot be saved.  There is nothing, either in the Bible or experience, to make us think that they cannot receive the Holy Ghost, and be justified...The minds of young children are not unequal to receiving religious impressions.  The readiness with which their minds receive the doctrines of the Gospel, and their consciences respond to them, is a matter of fact well known to all who have anything to do with teaching.”

At Dayspring, we believe this.  That is why Vacation Bible School is one of the annual ministries of our church.  We believe even children need to be saved - and can be saved.  And we believe that VBS is a great way to reach children - as well as their families with the Gospel.

This summer’s VBS is set for the week of June 17-21, and as your pastor, I would encourage any who are able to volunteer.  Whatever your gifts or abilities, your service would be a great encouragement to the kids who come, and might well be used by God to bring some of them to saving faith in Christ.  What a great way to serve the LORD this summer!

Pastor Dave





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The Scottish Sleuths are on their way! Our two favorite sleuths will be solving more puzzles during VBS on Monday-Friday, June 17-21. Please take some information sheets from the table in the sanctuary and invite your friends and neighbors to join us in digging into God's mysteries!

VBS Final Planning Meeting - All workers please attend this final meeting 5-6 pm on Sunday, June 2, as we coordinate the fast-approaching VBS. Not signed up? You are welcome to help! See Mary Ellen for details.


Shoebox Preparations - There are many things that we can do now to get ready to pack our OCC shoeboxes later in the year, ranging from taking tags off items purchased to making craft items to put into the boxes. Join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 7-9 pm at Mary Ellen Strickland's home.

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