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Can Kid's Praise Jesus?

Today's Scripture:    “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ ?”  Matthew 21: 16

Main Point: Kids can and should praise and worship Jesus.

1. Snacks

2. Greet & Seat

3. Prayer (Let someone else pray)

4. Offering

5. Birthdays
6. Music
A. #65 Mary And Joseph's Theme
B. #51  I'm a Believer

7. Praise break! We will take a 20 second break to scream praises to Jesus. Then we'll take 20 seconds to get on our knees and quietly worship.
8. Tex and Elder Everett come up. PS010900a
9. Music
# 43  Make a Joyful Noise.

10. VIPs dismissed.

11. MrsEEK! does object lesson. Picture and Bus stop.

 12.MrGene goes over the verse.

13. Puppet skit PS010900b

14. MrGene comes back out and talks about more ways to worship and praise.

15. Prayer.

16. Word game if we have time.
Bible study for February 27 - March 5, 2000

This week's Scripture:    “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ ?”  Matthew 21: 16

Main Point: Kids can and should praise and worship Jesus.

This scripture comes from a great chapter in the Bible. In Matthew 21 Jesus is a huge hero. He's bigger than Hulk Hogan, Brittany Spears and Pikachu all rolled into one. He rolled into town on a borrowed donkey. People lined the streets throwing their coats and branches of trees on the road so that the donkey's feet wouldn't have to touch the ground! The people were all shouting how great Jesus was. I imagine that if he were coming into town today everyone would be yelling " go Jesus, wooop, wooop, go Jesus."

 Then he went to church where there were guys selling animals for sacrifices. Jesus kicked them all out! That made the preachers of the day mad. Then sick people came up to Jesus. Since he hadn't broken a good sweat throwing out the selling guys, he healed all the blind and crippled. Of course the kids thought this was cool. They started yelling "Hosanna to the Son of David!" That was the same as saying he was the next great Jewish king. Well now, this really ticked off the preachers and elders. Kids weren't supposed to talk in church, much less get loud, about anything, much less this guy who was creating a disturbance and costing them money.

When they started telling the kids to hush, Jesus got onto them. He even knocked their socks by doing something they didn't expect...
He quoted Psalms 8:2! Yep, he said  “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ ?” That shut them up for a short time. But they thought they won. You see, 5 days later they hung Jesus on a cross and killed him. We'll get to that in later lessons.

What about this "ordained praise" stuff? There are a couple of definitions for ordain. Made holy, decreed by God, that kind of thing. Basically God wants us to, and makes a kid's praise of him special. Would you be one of the guys in that church yelling for Jesus, or would you have been in the parking lot trading Pokemon cards? When you are in church you need to sing, praise, and worship like the adults do. God expects you to. Your praise for him is special. Feel foolish? Practice at home. I do it while I'm driving. Take what I call a "praise break." Take 10 seconds and scream to the top of your lungs stuff like "I love you Jesus!"  After you get used to it, it's fun! You'll enjoy it and God loves it!

This weeks prayer

Lord Jesus,
Please help me to remember to praise you every day. I do love you and want to be closer to you. Help create in me a desire to be like one of those kids in that church that were yelling praises to you.
Puppet Skit

NewLifeKids PS01-09-00b

Tex - Tim               Elder Everett - Curtis

Elder:  Tex, where are you, young man?

Tex comes up

Tex:    Right cheer, pardner. I was givin’ Alpo a good rub down.

Elder:  You say you were climbing the Alps?

Tex:    No, I was rubbing down my horse, Alpo.

Elder:  Well, why didn't you say so? What did you think about all that praise
           shouting the kids were doing a while ago?

Tex:    I thought it was purty awesome, even if it did sound like a bunch of
          coyotes that backed into a fire.

Elder:   It was awful loud.

Tex:    Yessir, but I guess those young cowpokes need that sometime.

Elder:   Yeah, but I think it was a little too loud.

Tex:     Well, some times we need to praise loud and sometimes we need to
            worship as quiet as a mouse at a cat convention.

Elder:   I don't know anything about house inventions, but I know that
            sometimes we need quiet worship times. Some of my best worship
            time is on my knees praying really quiet like.

Tex:     Yeah howdy. But I've heard you give a yell or two to God.

Elder:    I haven't ever had a yellow tutu!

Tex:      I said a yell or two! Turn up your hearing aid!

Elder:    OK, you don't have to shout.

Tex:   Sometimes I shout to God, and I always have to shout to you. You're
         more deaf than a lizard wearing a duct tape hat.

Elder: I don't know about that, but I think you're right about that shouting to
         the Lord thing.

Tex:   That thar King David did it.

Elder:  I guess if it was good enough for David, it's good enough for me.

Tex:    Me and Alpo, too. You, know, I love the Lord more than a duck
           loves water. I don't think there's a bad way to praise him.

Elder:  What did you say about a duckless waiter?

Tex:    I wish you would get a new hearing aid. Never mind, I just said I love

Elder:  Me too. I guess I love my wife Gladys more than anything except
          God. And we love to worship and praise God together.

Tex:    Well lets go find Gladys and we'll all praise God together.

Elder:   I’ll find Gladys, but I don't know what you mean about God feathers.

They both leave.       

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