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Quick encouragement for children and youth ministry leaders! Kids' Ministry Coffee Break podcast is 5-minutes of inspiration to help you focus on what matters - sharing the love of Jesus with kids. Church ministry leaders, take a break! Kids' Ministry Coffee Break helps you connect with God and share the love of Christ with children. This podcast is powered by The Sunday School Store https://sundayschool.store and hosted by Rev. Joseph Sanford. Find more encouragement https://10bibleverses.com/ and https://sundayschool.works/ and https://youthgroupministry.com/

Kid's Ministry Coffee Break | A Few Minutes of Spiritual Refreshment for Children & Youth Ministers‪.‬ Sunday School Store

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Quick encouragement for children and youth ministry leaders! Kids' Ministry Coffee Break podcast is 5-minutes of inspiration to help you focus on what matters - sharing the love of Jesus with kids. Church ministry leaders, take a break! Kids' Ministry Coffee Break helps you connect with God and share the love of Christ with children. This podcast is powered by The Sunday School Store https://sundayschool.store and hosted by Rev. Joseph Sanford. Find more encouragement https://10bibleverses.com/ and https://sundayschool.works/ and https://youthgroupministry.com/

    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Casting Fire Upon the Earth" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 60: Fire is a good thing. Embracing the work of fire in our own lives leads us to life--and we can lead others too.

    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Casting Fire Upon the Earth" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 60: Fire is a good thing. Embracing the work of fire in our own lives leads us to life--and we can lead others too.

    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Casting Fire Upon the Earth" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 60: Fire is a good thing. Embracing the work of fire in our own lives leads us to life--and we can lead others too.

    Jesus says he didn’t come to bring peace, but fire.

    What a line!!

    Start your next sermon or meeting out with that line.

    Fire is such an interesting image used in Scripture time and again.

    We often first go to the image of fire as a bad thing, but there’s so much more going on.

    In Malachi 3, among other places, we get this image of the refiner’s fire.

    Fire is used to heat up metals.

    When the metal heats up to the right temperature, the impurities of the metal rise to the top and can be scooped off so that what remains is a pure version of the metal. You discard the impurities and move on with the metal.

    John the Baptist talks about fire when giving the image of separating the wheat from the chaff. The winnowing fork is used to toss the picked grain into the air so that the breeze will blow away the lighter chaff and allow the grain to fall back to the ground. You do this enough, and you will only have grain at your feet. You then gather the chaff and burn it, because it has no use. You have purified the harvest and discarded what didn’t belong.

    Jesus is going to baptize us with fire, John the Baptist says.

    Not to burn or punish us, but to purify us.

    To sort out what doesn’t belong in our hearts and lives and remove it…forever.

    To refine us back into what we were always meant to be.

    Fire…is a blessing.

    It might not feel like it in the moment though, right!?

    Nothing peaceful about being tossed into the air with a winnowing fork or blazing a fire to melt down a metal.

    We all crave to be purified and refined.

    God craves to purify and refine us.

    Jesus didn’t come to bring peace, but to bring refinement to the whole world through the church.

    So…where do you recognize The Holy Spirit bringing fire into your own life?

    Where is God working to remove impurities in your heart, mind, and being?

    It may hurt, but let us praise God for loving us enough to do this work.

    As ministers, you are called to be a vessel through which Jesus brings the wonderful work of fire to the lives of others…

    to help them sort out what doesn’t belong.

    It’s a tough calling,

    it’s easy to get impatient,

    it’s easy to feel overwhelmed,

    but your ministry is bringing the fire of God into people’s lives.

    It may not always look like it…and people may not always like the way it feels,

    but keep prayerfully serving, friends.

    keep your eyes open and look for where we see signs of the change in our own lives and the lives of others.

    And lift up the things you come to see with great praise to God.

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

    • 5 min
    "LUKE 12:49-56 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 59: Through multiple readings we let the passage read us and speak to our hearts. Devote yourself to the scripture and the Holy Spirit will speak.

    "LUKE 12:49-56 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 59: Through multiple readings we let the passage read us and speak to our hearts. Devote yourself to the scripture and the Holy Spirit will speak.

    "LUKE 12:49-56 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 59: Through multiple readings we let the passage read us and speak to our hearts. Devote yourself to the scripture and the Holy Spirit will speak.

    Reading 1: just listen

    “I came to cast fire upon the earth. How I wish that it was already ablaze! I have a baptism I must experience. How I am distressed until it’s completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, I have come instead to bring division. From now on, a household of five will be divided—three against two and two against three. Father will square off against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

    Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud forming in the west, you immediately say, ‘It’s going to rain.’ And indeed it does. And when a south wind blows, you say, ‘A heat wave is coming.’ And it does. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret conditions on earth and in the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret the present time?

    Reading 2: which phrase or words are sticking out to you?

    Reading 3: how is the Holy Spirit calling you to respond through this word or phrase?

    Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

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    • 5 min
    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Giving You the Kingdom" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 58: We are invited into the Reign of God to see everything through a different perspective & to live an entirely different way.

    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Giving You the Kingdom" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 58: We are invited into the Reign of God to see everything through a different perspective & to live an entirely different way.

    "LUKE 12 REFLECTION - Giving You the Kingdom" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 58: We are invited into the Reign of God to see everything through a different perspective & to live an entirely different way.

    First a true story:

    There was a remote village that was a closed society. This village, as the story goes, was in the rain forest in South America.

    They were close enough to civilization that they had local government money. They used this money to buy and trade and live in their village.

    One day, thieves came and stole most of the money from the village treasury.

    The people of the village spent time discerning what they should do in response. What they did was make their own money. They no longer used government-issued money. The reason was that they only did business with each other and no thief would come and steal something that was worthless beyond their borders.

    Ingenius!

    We wrestle with money in our lives.

    Our society is all about money.

    We use money language to talk about everything in life.

    We put great value on saving and spending time with loved ones.

    We invest energy into our calling.

    We all have to plan for retirement and other normal things.

    We are vested into the government-issued money of our day. And that’s okay! The disciples were, too.

    What Jesus is inviting us into is something counter-cultural.

    The Kingdom of God is a new way to understand all of reality.

    We can gain, save, and give all the money we can and still participate fully in the Kingdom of God.

    But the way we do all of life will change when we accept the Kingdom life Jesus offers us here and now.

    The way I talk about the Kingdom of God is to refer to it as the Reign of God. The word of Kingdom is better understood as the Reign or Rule of God.

    When God is in charge of our lives in every way, we are living into the Kingdom. It’s a different way to do everything and see everyone and even see ourselves.

    But…we can’t have it both ways.

    We have to choose to let go of our whole life and our family traditions (and sometimes family values) and be willing to let people walk away from relationship with us because they are too committed to another Reign and Rule in their life.

    To be a disciple, we must choose the Kingdom over everything else.

    May this invitation bring you peace…because, when you live by the Reign of God’s will and way, everything changes for the way of Life as Jesus Christ defines it. Is there any better way??

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

    https://sundayschool.store/collections/on-sale

    • 5 min
    "LUKE 12:32-30 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 57: Jesus stresses the importance of paying attention to where you devote yourself in life. Be alert and be ready to encounter Jesus.

    "LUKE 12:32-30 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 57: Jesus stresses the importance of paying attention to where you devote yourself in life. Be alert and be ready to encounter Jesus.

    "LUKE 12:32-30 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 57: Jesus stresses the importance of paying attention to where you devote yourself in life.  Be alert and be ready to encounter Jesus.

    Reading 1: just listen

    Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.

    Be dressed for service and keep your lamps lit. Be like people waiting for their master to come home from a wedding celebration, who can immediately open the door for him when he arrives and knocks on the door. Happy are those servants whom the master finds waiting up when he arrives. I assure you that, when he arrives, he will dress himself to serve, seat them at the table as honored guests, and wait on them. Happy are those whom he finds alert, even if he comes at midnight or just before dawn. But know this, if the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he wouldn’t have allowed his home to be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Human One is coming at a time when you don’t expect him.

    Reading 2: which phrase or words are sticking out to you?

    Reading 3: how is the Holy Spirit calling you to respond through this word or phrase?

    Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

    https://sundayschool.store/collections/single-lesson-plans

    • 6 min
    "LUKE 12:16-21 REFLECTION" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 56: We have the opportunity each and every day to invest ourselves (heart, soul, and being). Let's invest wisely and grow rich toward God.

    "LUKE 12:16-21 REFLECTION" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 56: We have the opportunity each and every day to invest ourselves (heart, soul, and being). Let's invest wisely and grow rich toward God.

    "Luke 12:16-21 REFLECTION" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 56: We have the opportunity each and every day to invest ourselves (heart, soul, and being).  Let's invest wisely and grow rich toward God.

    We have the opportunity to invest ourselves today. In what…or to whom will we invest?

    We are ministers who have given our lives to God in a unique way. This doesn’t mean we aren’t human beings who are attracted to the many wonderful offerings of the world.

    We all like houses, cars, toys, and a variety of stuff.

    Stuff is not inherently bad.

    Money is not bad.

    Love of money is, but not money itself.

    This parable offers us insight into the wrong way to invest ourselves.

    So…how will you invest yourself today? In you? In others? In God?

    May you invest wisely and be rich toward God.

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

    https://sundayschool.store/products/treasure-in-heaven-lesson

    • 5 min
    "LUKE 12:16-21 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 55: The parable of the rich man invites us into a soul-search concerning how we focus on our material wealth and ideas of work.

    "LUKE 12:16-21 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 55: The parable of the rich man invites us into a soul-search concerning how we focus on our material wealth and ideas of work.

    "Luke 12:16-21 READING" Kids Ministry Coffee Break 55: The parable of the rich man invites us into a soul-search concerning how we focus on our material wealth and ideas of work.

    Reading 1: just listen

    Then Jesus told them a parable: “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest! Then he thought, Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That’s where I’ll store all my grain and goods. I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?’ This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren’t rich toward God.”

    Reading 2: which phrase or words are sticking out to you?

    Reading 3: how is the Holy Spirit calling you to respond through this word or phrase?

    Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ

    Message brought to you by Rev. Joseph Sanford of Sanford Curriculum (Student ministry resources available on The Sunday School Store written by he and Lauren Sanford).

    Music by The Muse Maker

    https://sundayschool.store/products/treasure-in-heaven-lesson

    • 5 min

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