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The Gospel: Don’t Run Aimlessly (week 14)

Youth Pastor Matt Guldi
Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The Gospel: Don’t Run Aimlessly (week 14)

Mark 9:33-37 (ESV)

33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

About halfway through a spaghetti dinner my 3-year-old daughter asked what the green stuff on the pasta was. When I told her it was parsley, she threw up her hands and said, “Well, I’ve never had it before, and now. My life. Is ruined.”

My 7-year-old was convinced she could speak Spanish thanks to Dora. One day at a Mexican restaurant the waitress said “Gracias!” and with all the conviction in the world my daughter responded “Piñata!”

I’m a preschool teacher, and the other day a little girl was standing next to me and stroking my eyebrow with her finger. When I asked what she was doing she said, “I’m your eyebrow petter.”

We bought a water “mister” for our backyard. My son asked “What do you call it if it’s a girl?”

One day my daughter leaned in and said to me, “Don’t worry mommy, I love you and would never kill you.”

I used to teach pre-schoolers. One day I was sitting on the floor with a 3-year-old squatting next to me. She’s talking and talking and suddenly she just falls over. She gets up, looks at me, and says “That wasn’t supposed to happen.”

Putting my son to bed one night he stroked my face, looked at me lovingly, and whispered in my ear that I was a “stupid dog”.

Matthew 18:1-4 (ESV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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