Jesus Stretches Me

A few weeks ago, when I did a sermon series with my congregation entitled, “That’s what I like about Jesus,” I asked my staff what they like best about Jesus. They had all sorts of interesting responses to the question:

His teaching methods were so wonderful

He is so faithful

He paid for my sins

He prepared a place for me in heaven

He knows everything about me

He tells me what I need to hear, not just what I want to hear

What I found I like about Jesus is He stretches me. I have discovered that when one gets involved with him, you need never be bored again. He calls us to do things and puts us in places that will really stretch us.

The first disciples who accepted Jesus’ call to follow him would agree with me. They found themselves being continually stretched by their master. Today’s story is just one more example. They had been sent out on a mission earlier by Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom of God, cast out evil spirits, and heal people. That had to have been a stretch. They came back very excited and unable to relax because people were just coming at them. So Jesus said they needed to get away in order to rest. So they got into a boat and went off to a deserted place.

Jesus and his disciples were somewhat like celebrities in some of the villages now. When the people saw them in the boat, they ran out to meet them. In fact, a huge crowd waited for them when they got out of the boat. The disciples were probably wondering what they were going to do. But Jesus had great compassion on them. He probably said something like, “These poor, lost souls. They are like sheep without a shepherd.” To the disciples’ surprise, He went to the crowds to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God.

At the end of the day, the disciples say to Jesus, “It is late; now send them away.” But Jesus shocked them by saying, “Give them something to eat.” The disciples looked at all the people and said, “Where would we buy all the bread for these people; It would take two hundred days’ worth of wages to feed this group.”

But Jesus pushed a little more when he asked how many loaves of bread they had. The disciples replied, “Five loaves and two fishes.” Then Jesus took the bread and fish, blessed it and broke it, and somehow distributed the food so that everyone was filled! Five thousand men were fed, besides the women and children as well. You can imagine the shocked looks on the disciples’ faces!

I can’t help but imagine a very comical scene. With a lot of worry on the disciples’ faces, they pass the food out. Soon we see those worried looks turn to shocked looks. Then, almost with this look of wonder and awe, dancing around with the people, laughing while they do it.

Jesus was, of course, showing compassion. But he was also displaying the power of the kingdom and the presence of the kingdom in this world. That was his message, and he wanted people to understand it. Jesus was that day stretching the disciples. He was teaching them what being a disciple means Ð to be a learner. First we see him stretching their compassion, the ability to see people and have a heart for them.

Notice that when Jesus gets out of the boat, the disciples pretty much disappear. Where are they? After all, they had just been empowered by Jesus a little earlier to go out and proclaim the kingdom, cast out spirits, and heal people. They had themselves been vessels of the power of the kingdom. But they seemed to be off to the side observing, maybe thinking, I’m too tired for this; I need a break. These people are intruding on my time. They should have made an appointment. Who knows what they were thinking.

But Jesus goes out into the crowds and begins to teach them. He stretched the disciples’ faith. They had what some of us might call analysis paralysis. When the disciples told Jesus to send the people away so they could get something to eat, Jesus said, “You give them something to eat!” The disciples replied, “How’s that going to happen? It would two hundred days worth of wages, and there are no grocery stores out here to even purchase the bread!”

I once heard someone say about this story that those disciples had faith in Jesus, but they did not have the faith of Jesus. They did not have the faith of Jesus in his Father’s ability to bring the power of the kingdom to work in their midst. He took their meager resources and used them to God’s glory so that many people were fed that day and amazed with his message and with the man himself, Jesus Christ. They started to learn a little bit at a time that when something is used for God’s glory, don’t be surprised at what can happen.

People today are still learning this lesson. When we follow Jesus Christ and begin to take him at his word and listen carefully to what he says to us, as he calls us to do things, and we carry that out, we find ourselves sometimes feeling very stretched. With that stretching comes some amazing moments from which come growth and maturity and excitement!

For instance, what if we took seriously Jesus’ statement to go make disciples of all nations? What if we just went out and just began to talk to people about Jesus in our regular conversations, in our network of relationships. My experience is then, that when we do that, it is a stretch.

I remember, when I knew I was called to lead people to Jesus Christ. I found myself getting into some amazing conversations with people. Jesus used those conversations and me in my weakness. Since that time I have had the joy of leading many people across the line of faith to receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Life got very exciting after I took him at this word and began to do what he told me to do.

A couple of years ago I was invited to go off to Peru in South America to do overseas missions. I wondered what God could do with somebody like me. But finally, I went. Now I can’t wait to get back, because he used me in my weakness to lead people to the Savior.

Dick and Mary, a couple in our church, felt Christ leading them to do ministry with senior citizens in retirement homes and nursing homes. Although they had no experience leading worship, putting together a service, or even play instruments, they responded to the call of Jesus and went to work. Today they impacting a lot of elderly people for the kingdom of God.

On Saturday mornings in our church, a group of about twenty-five members go into the community to serve people in Christ’s name. Some offer to clean restrooms at gas stations. Others hand out a meal and a gift to a family in our community who has suffered the death of a father. Some go to a local trailer court to give away bread. This group is nervous as they prepare themselves, but they sense the voice of Jesus calling them into the community to touch lives with the good news of God’s love. When they return for report-ins, the air is electric as they tell stories of what they did and the responses they received. That’s what I really like about Jesus Ð if you get involved with him, take him at his word and do what he says, he is anything but boring! He stretches us and he makes us come alive with new situations. The only ability Jesus needs from me is my availability.

Someone shared a story with me years ago Ð a personal testimony that I share with my congregation now and then. “At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I make it to heaven or to hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a President; I recognized his picture when I saw it. I really didn’t know him.

“But later on, when I met Christ, it seemed as life was rather like a bike ride. It was a tandem bike. I noticed that Christ was in the back, helping me pedal. I don’t know when it was, but he suggested we change places, and life has not been the same since.

“When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when Christ took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts up mountains and through rocky places at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on. Even though it looked like madness, he would say, ÔPedal!’

I worried and was anxious and asked, ÔWhere are you taking me?’ He laughed and didn’t answer. Soon I started to learn to trust him. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I would say, ÔI am scared!’, he would lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed Ð gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine, and we were off again. He would say, ÔGive the gifts away; they are extra baggage. Too much weight.’ So I did give them to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received. And still our burden was light!

“I did not trust him at first, in control of my life. I thought he would wreck it. But Jesus knows bike secrets. He knows how to make it bend and make sharp corners. He knows how to jump over high rocks. He knows how to fly through short and scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places. I am beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. When I am sure I cannot do anymore, he just smiles and tells me to pedal. Pedal!'”

I Understand

Imagine you are in a deep conversation with a friend who has lost a child in an automobile accident. She is really hurting, and you are wondering what you can say that will not only express your sympathy, but will also bring comfort.

To your surprise, you learn that the hurting person will do the talking, and, if you are wise, you will let her do it. However, our emotions play tricks on us, and we have to talk. Believing that misery loves company, you tell about your sister who lost a child too. You give all the details and tell how she grieved. However, at that moment, your hurting friend could care less about your sister’s sorrow. Right now it is her child who is dead, and that is all she can handle.

During a moment of silence in your conversation with the grieving mother, you again are tempted to speak. Here come the words: “I know how you feel.” Your motive for making this claim is good, but it is an unwise statement to make because you have not experienced what she is going through.

Well, who can bring this woman comfort?

Your answer is, Jesus can. That’s what the Bible says.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way Ð just as we have Ð yet without sinning. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:15-16).

It is back to the Scriptures, and this time we turn to the account of Jesus out in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. Let us look at those temptations.

Temptation number one. Jesus was hungry. He hadn’t eaten for forty days. In that moment, Satan tempts him by saying, “Tell this stone to become bread, and “If you are the Son of God and your Father loves you, He will see that the stone turns into bread.” Satan is asking in his subtle way, Where is your God in this hour of crisis? To the grieving mother, the devil plants this question in her mind: God could have spared your daughter. Why didn’t He?

Jesus understands what we go through in trying to answer our “why questions.” He answers the tempter by quoting God’s Word, “Man does not live by bread alone.” God’s grace over a time will heal the wounded soul.

Temptation number two. Satan takes Jesus to the highest point of the temple and says, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ÔHe will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Live recklessly; test God. See if his promises are really true. Don’t you Christians say, “We are in our Father’s hands.” ?

Jesus answered, “You shall not tempt God.”

Temptation number three. Satan took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of this world. “Fall down and worship me, and it will all be yours.” Can’t we hear Satan’s voice: Put me first! Wealth can make the difference; it can buy whatever you need. But Jesus, who understands our temptation, gives the answer from God’s Word: “Worship the Lord God and Him only.”

All others, save Jesus, have been tempted and have fallen into sin. Yet because Jesus lived the perfect life, he could atone for our sins and make us righteous before God. It is Jesus, our Savior, who can give us power to face whatever trial comes our way. He understands.

What does this biblical truth do for us?

It gives us confidence that our Lord walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. He is not going to fix everything for us, and we will have our difficult times. Listen to these words: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand under it” (I Corinthians 10:13). Does that promise not give you confidence to face life with all of its frightening experiences?

By God’s grace we can overcome. This is what God wants us to know today. This is a word from him to us. This is the word that we bring to others so that we may comfort them as we ourselves have been comforted.

He alone understands!

Out Recruiting

Twenty-five ago the well-known basketball coach, Lute Olson, spoke at our church. At that time he was the coach at the University of Iowa. After he delivered his message, Coach Olson was asked, “What is the most difficult part of your job?”

Olson replied, “Recruiting the right people for the right job.”

As we look at our text, we find Jesus out recruiting. He wanted twelve men to walk with Him for three years while he built a personal relationship with them and taught them what it was to be His disciples. One day these men would be sent out with the Gospel to the world. It appears that Jesus was rather selective in his choices.

Peter was a born leader who became the spokesman for the group. Andrew, Peter’s brother, was a zealous person who seemed to deal with the details. He knew his gifts and was happy to walk in the shadows of his brother.

John was a less aggressive leader, but more loving than Peter. If I were to have someone sitting beside me in the closing moments of my life, I would not choose Peter; I would ask for John.

Thomas was the doubter. Faith did not come that easy for Thomas, but once he was convinced that Jesus was the risen Lord, he carried the Gospel to India, according to tradition.

Philip was another caring person. He found Nathanael, who was a bit more cynical. When Philip told Nathanael that Jesus had been raised in Nazareth, he replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Then there was Judas, who never entered into a personal relationship with God. Money was his god, and his suicidal death revealed the tragedy of walking away from Jesus. We have little or no information about the rest of the group, who became the Twelve.

Luke tells us that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the announcements who his apostles were. “When morning came, he called the disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he designated apostles” (Luke 6:13.) There were many who followed Jesus as His disciples, but only thirteen apostles. Matthias replaced Judas, and Saul of Tarsus (Paul) made up the group called the Apostles.

The apostles had three characteristics:

¥ They were chosen personally by Jesus.

¥ They were eyewitnesses of Jesus.

¥ They received a special revelation of the Holy Spirit. This inspired them to write the books that are found in the New Testament.

And this is an important point: There will be no more apostles. However, there have been millions of disciples, and the numbers will continue to increase. A disciple is one who lives in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ claiming Him as Savior and Lord.

Jesus is still recruiting. No longer is it selective recruiting; He reaches out to all people. God has created us with talents to be used in our own way to help build the Church through announcing the Gospel where we live. As Andrew found Peter and Philip found Nathanael, so we are sent into the world to confront people with Christ and their need for Him.

The disciple first and foremost must live in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He trusts Christ as the One whom God has sent to this world to die for all of us who are repentant sinners. One of the most pathetic sights is to follow a person who serves as a Christian minister, but does not know Christ. It also means that time will be set aside regularly to be alone with God through studying His Word and praying.

When we receive Christ, we are His disciples. It is now to find out where God can best use us. What a calling you have if you serve as a Sunday school teacher. These little children need to hear the story of God’s love for them. Many of these little ones are sitting in homes where they never hear the story of Jesus. So it is all up to the Sunday school teacher. The congregation needs to make sure these teachers know Christ and they are willing to give the calling a top priority in their lives. This means time will be used in preparation for being the best teacher possible. They will give time to get acquainted with the child and the home from which the child comes.

I often shutter when the announcement is made two weeks before Sunday school begins a new year: “We need seven new teachers for our Sunday school this year. If you are willing to teach, please call the church office or the pastor.” What if that person who calls is not a Christian himself – where we have a non-Christian teaching our children? What if the person is not willing to prepare a Sunday school lesson for each Sunday, and so she gathers the children to play games or to talk about some interesting event that has no biblical relationship. This type of Sunday school teaching is going on in many churches. Is it too much to expect a teacher to attend one training meeting each month where the lessons to be taught to the children are discussed in depth? The Sunday school is but one place where Jesus needs His disciples at work.

If you are not a part of Christ’s team called to build the Kingdom, and you trust Christ as your Savior, He is calling you today to come and follow Him in your daily walk.

From a study of the early Church, it is evident that people became Christians through the personal witness of those who were Christians. That is still true today. We go into the working world as Jesus’ disciples. We let our lights shine and listen carefully to our coworkers’ needs. Then comes that exciting day when we can share what Christ has done in our lives. We plant the seed of God’s Word and leave the Holy Spirit to do His work. Then comes the time when we can ask our friend if they would like to invite Christ into their lives. If the answer is yes, and the commitment is made, the first step has been taken into an intimate relationship with Christ. Now the challenge comes to lead the new convert into a mature relationship with the Lord. See the possibilities in your congregation.

Let’s assume that thirty members in your congregation are called by God as his ambassadors to be instruments of the Holy Spirit in bringing one person each into the Kingdom every year. Thirty new followers of Jesus at the end of the year! Now let’s assume that this happens for ten years. This means that three hundred new believers are a part of your congregation. This is the way that congregations are built. But how sad when people who call themselves mature Christians live a lifetime and never lead one person to the Savior!

A typical member in many congregations will respond by saying, “It’s a nice thought, and it is fun to see what could happen, but you’re dreaming. This will never happen in our congregation.”

Why not? Don’t you have thirty Christians in your congregation? This is the calling of each one of us who bear the name of Christ. This is the way God has planned to build his Kingdom. You and I are a part of His plan. Offer Him your life. Through a faithful study of His Word, God will make you a star in his kingdom.

This is the word God wants every committed Christian to hear this day.

Plain Talk

David Mills, writing in Touchstone Magazine, had an article that interested me, and I share some of his thoughts with you believing they are relative to our text. He says that everything in our language has to be hyped up to get noticed. Some call this linguistic super sizing. This means that some of our greatest words are losing their power.

I quote, “This is the sort of thing that makes academic conferences so trying. One professor inevitably begins his response to another’s paper by praising this fascinating analysis and great contribution to the field and by telling everyone how intrigued they all were, even when the professor has left half the room asleep with an incomprehensible mixture of platitudes, name dropping, and irrelevant questions.

The writer goes on to say humorously, “I do not think I have been to a concert or play in years that did not end with a standing ovation. Some of them were very good, but what can one now do to recognize a truly superlative performance? I suppose you could start a new way to recognize great work by standing on your chair as you cheer or taking off your shirt and whirling it in the air above your head, but two weeks later everyone will be standing on their chairs or taking off their shirts and whirling them in the air.”

Relating these comments to the preaching of John the Baptist, how would you rate his preaching? Did he deserve a standing ovation? Was he guilty of word inflation?

I think not. He used plain talk. Two thousand years late he deserves a standing ovation for proclaiming Law and Gospel, for none have done it better.

Let’s look at John the Baptist’s preaching and let the Holy Spirit apply it to our hearts.

John the Baptist was a relative of Jesus in the flesh. Jesus’ mother Mary, was a relative of Elizabeth, who was John the Baptist’s mother. They had not grown up together, for John says, “I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ÔThe man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God (John 1:33-34).

John the Baptist had watched his father, Zechariah, perform the duties of a priest. He saw the people become slaves to their religion with all of its formality that did not set them free to live as God’s children. Their religious ceremonies with all of the laws had to be observed. One can be sure that this bothered the young man, and he wondered, “Isn’t one’s relationship with God more personal and meaningful than this?”

Our text tells us that John was living in the desert near the Dead Sea. Certainly there was nothing about his appearance or lifestyle that was appealing to the masses. Yet the masses came to hear him preach. Unlike speakers described in the introduction of this sermon, no one could misunderstand what John the Baptist was saying. When he talked about repentance, it was spelled out so clearly, they knew it meant sorrow for sin, confessing their wrongs, and turning from it. No word inflation was needed to catch the attention of the people.

I question if any in the congregation were sleeping, for he had involved all of them in the sermon.

John’s reputation as a spokesman for God grew rapidly. The text tells us that the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Scholars tell us there could have been as many as 300,000 people who heard John preach. All this happened with no advertisement except word of mouth: Have you heard the preacher in the wilderness? If you haven’t, you better get out there and listen to what he has to say.

Why did John the Baptist draw such crowds? The Bible says, “They came confessing their sins.” Day after day they tried to live by the letter of the law, but they failed. Year after year they came and offered sacrifices for their sins, but they were never assured of forgiveness. Could this preacher help them with their spiritual problems?

The Pharisees and Sadducees were part of the audience. If any of them was getting sleepy, they soon awakened when John said, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ÔWe have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children from Abraham.” These religious leaders went through the routine of confessing their sins, but there was no sign in their behavior that they were sorry for their wrongs.

But here is the best part of John the Baptist’s message: When the people were under a conviction of their sin, John brought them the Gospel. “Look, there is hope for you. Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He showed them the answer for their sin and the cleansing power of the Gospel.

The Old Testament prophets talked about the Savior who was to come. Now He stood in their midst. God was revealing himself in the person of Jesus Christ, who would restore the penitent sinner into a personal relationship with him for all eternity. Soon they would hear this Savior make statements like these:

“If you will hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31).

“I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting” (John 3:16).

These statements were not only for the Jews, but for the whole world.

John’s preaching brought forth such an ovation – not only from humans but from God himself – that his message is still proclaimed today. His words need no super sizing; they convey the message of the Gospel. People are still coming by the thousands, for they have the drawing power of the Holy Spirit, who can bring us into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an abundant and eternal life.

Think of the millions of people who hear this message every week. We marvel when we see a football stadium with more than a hundred thousand fans watching the game. But the number of people who walked into evangelistic crusades, both large and small, outnumber the sports fans. And why do they come? For many reasons: To be fed with God’s Word that we might remain spiritually strong as they live in a sick culture. They come to find answers for questions that eat at their souls, such as death, guilt, family problems, addictions. They come out of tradition – It is something our family has always done. Others, like many in John the Baptist’s audience, go through the routine to meet their spiritual obligation, which they wrongly believe will put them in good stead with God.

Whatever the reason for the masses coming to church services, let us pray that they will hear the law and gospel through which the Holy Spirit will work today, as He did in the wilderness when John stood in the pulpit. Man’s spiritual needs are the same. God’s message to satisfy these needs have not changed. Jesus is the answer for our spiritual needs.

Don’t Forget Grandma & Grandpa

The family is very important in our Christmas celebration. We make every effort to see one another sometime during the holidays. The family had an important role in that first Christmas. If you permit me to use the term grandma and grandpa loosely in this sermon, Elizabeth is the grandma, and Zechariah is the grandpa.

Elizabeth, who was a relative of Mary, had passed the childbearing age. Her husband, Zechariah, described himself as an old man. Mary, their relative, was frustrated because she was a virgin, yet pregnant. How could this be? What did it mean that her child was conceived by the Holy Spirit. This was mind boggling. She needed the support of family. So she went to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah, who lived in the hill country of Judea. There she stayed for about three months.

Zechariah was a priest. He and his wife had prayed for a child, but God had not blessed them with a family. Naturally, it was a shock when the angel announced to Zechariah that his wife was going to have a child. This child was to be named John, and he would bring many of his people (the Jews) back to the Lord. The priest was promised that John would be a delight to his parents.

This was too much for Zechariah to accept, and so he revealed his doubt when he asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this, because we are old enough to be grandparents and beyond the age of having our own child?”

The angel answered with these stern words: “And now, you will be silent and not able to speak until this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”

Zechariah gives us a good picture of grandpas. Millions of us have been blessed with grandpas who are faithful Christians, but have had their days of doubt. At times grandpa had to ask God what He was going to do. Maybe he could tell you of the Christmas when the family lost their farm, which represented their life’s savings and means of a livelihood. They had no money for gifts. Never had they been in such a financial condition. All they had was God’s promise that he would provide.

Now, in retrospect, grandpa saw God’s promise fulfilled. A neighbor hired grandpa to work for him so he could give his family the necessities of life. Later they were able to rent a farm. Finally they made a down payment on a smaller farm; they were back in business. As grandpa told the story, he emphasized how he doubted that he could ever own a farm again. Yet, what seemed impossible to grandpa, God made possible. Trust God’s promises. That is the message God has to share with you.

We need to hear grandpa’s doubt story. We need to hear him say, “There have been times in my life when I doubted God’s promises, but never once did He let me down.” Now we need to hear him say that he is trusting the promise that one day God will come and take him to his heavenly home, because Jesus is his Savior. This is a much bigger miracle than owning another farm when you were once so poor.

What Zechariah did for Mary in strengthening her faith, grandpa can do for you.

However, your grandpa might not trust Jesus Christ. He has lived through another Christmas and enjoyed having the family at home. Grandpa went to the Christmas Eve service with you, and how he sang those Christmas carols that he had learned as a boy! Yet when you returned home after the service and it was time to read the Christmas Gospel, he passed the Bible to you. “You can read the story, Mark, and offer a prayer asking God to create faith in the hearts of every family member.”

Later in the evening, grandpa takes you aside and says, “Thanks, Mark, for praying for me. You see, I love that Christmas story, but I am not sure it is true. I go to church with grandma because she is such a devout Christians and wants to think that I am too. But Mark, I am not. Can you help me? I hear many people say, ÔWe have to help people come to know Jesus as their Savior. They have their whole life ahead of them.’ That is true, but don’t forget grandpa. I have eternity before me, and I am not ready to die. Can you help me, Mark? Maybe you are just the right person God can use in my life.”

There are millions of grandpas and grandmas who do not trust Christ. You have met the Savior, and Jesus may be counting on you to be his ambassador in sharing the Gospel with older people. We generally think of parents and grandparents leading the younger members of the family to faith in Christ. Thank God that is still happening. However, we also see many younger people who have drifted away from the Lord experiencing spiritual awakenings and returning home to share their faith with parents and grandparents. God uses the family to strengthen each other in his or her walk with him.

Mary and Joseph were young. It is believed that Mary was in her teens. Zechariah and Elizabeth could have been in their fifties. They needed each other. Grandchildren, don’t forget your parents and grandparents. If they are Christians, they have many experiences with Christ to share with you. And if they don’t have any relationship with Him, and you do, don’t forget to talk to grandpa and grandma about Jesus’ love for them.

Thank God for the Christian family where each one can help the others to know Christ and grow in his or her relationship with the Savior.