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Ten Commandments for Tots

Commandments Children Humor

Contributed By: Dickey Turner | Date Posted: 2015-02-22

Scripture: Exodus 20:12 ; Deuteronomy 5:16

Author: Dickey Turner
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ILLUSTRATION

In teaching the kids the ten commandments I looked for an easy way for them to be memorized. When it came to the 5th commandment, "Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged ...." We taught it, "Love Mom and Dad, and you'll live longer!"  Alana, about 5 years old, recently learned her 5th commandment and while out with Mom saw a 2-4 year old girl in the store throw a temper tantrum. Alana tugs on her mom's sleeve, pointing out the little girl and says, "She isn't going to live very long!"

APPLICATION

Find a creative way to teach God's commandments to your children and they will take them everywhere they go.

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Kid Cops Are Stars of Local Holiday Safety Commercials

Christmas Salvation Children

Source: "Police use kids in creative holiday safety ads" by Jennifer Sukhraj, posted HLN News, 11/28/14

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: Isaiah 11:6 ; Luke 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Boca Raton, FL, police want consumers to protect themselves and their belongings this Christmas. Lock your valuables in the trunk of your car, out of sight of would-be robbers. Don't leave house doors or window ajar with gifts clearly visible within.

But getting the public's attention in the past has proven really challenging. Not so this Christmas!

The city's public safety commercials for the 2014 holiday season are sure to catch your attention. Pint sized police officers in "Power Wheels" police cruisers chase down pint sized thieves lifting Christmas packages from unlocked consumers' vehicles, then bungle little burglars trying to make off with families' Christmas gifts through an open kitchen window or door.

Kid cops and bite-sized burglars--well, kids have a way of grabbing our attention. The commercials have proven to be a "cute" medium for a serious message. "The reaction has been amazing," a Boca Raton police spokesman told WPBF.

It's not the first time Boca police have used kids in their public safety commercials. They tried it last Halloween and got an equally good response.

Click the link to source above to watch a clip of the commercials.

APPLICATION

The Christmas message is compelling on every level. At the center of that message is a manger which cradles a tiny babe. What a way for God to grab our attention! But don't be fooled by the "cuteness" or "quaintness" of the imagery. The child in that manger has a serious message to communicate to the whole world. As the God of the Universe, He condescended to bring heaven to earth and peace between God and man.

To avoid the robbers and thieves who would steal your peace and leave you spiritually bankrupt this holiday season, listen to the message of the baby in the manger.

"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them" (Isaiah 11:6).

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:14).

When Does Sin Begin?

Sin Nature Children Parenting

Contributed By: Woodie Turner | Date Posted: 2014-01-03

Scripture: Dueteronomy 11:19 ; Proverbs 22:6

Author: Woodie Turner
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ILLUSTRATION

I once heard a conference speaker explain how babies were innocent, sinless and that we should all be like babies. I was a youth minister at the time, young and inexperienced, but even then I knew that something was wrong what he was saying.

Today I have 4 children ages 6 and under, and let me be the first to tell you that children are not born innocent. I have never explained to any of my children how to lie and yet they are all experts. I did not show them how to steal or be selfish and somehow they know anyway. I didn't teach them to lash out violently in their anger and yet I'm breaking up fights daily. They are born with a sin nature!

APPLICATION

You will, however, have to teach your children to tell the truth, to treat each other kindly, to be selfless and giving, to share, to think of others first, to be grateful. These lessons you must teach them but how to sin... they already know that!

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Boy Scouts of America Sending Mixed Messages

Hypocrisy Sexuality Children

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Better Way To Fight Abortion

Children Cultural Trends Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-31

Scripture: Psalms 139:13

Author: Bryan Chapell
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Pint-sized Hackers

Children Cultural Trends Parenting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-11

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Stay At Home Dads

Fatherhood Children Men's Concerns

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Her First Word Was Still Daddy

Fatherhood Children Influence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-12

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

Author: Helen Brown
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Daring Dad Dives for Drowning Toddler

Fatherhood Heroism Children

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2012-06-12

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4

Author: JOE KEMP, JILL COLVIN AND RICH SCHAPIRO
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Childlike vs Childish Faith

Faith Maturity Children

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-01

Scripture: Matthew 18:3

Author: Frederick Buechner
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