God's Kingdom through a Child's Eyes - John Van Sloten

January 10, 2010

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPart 1 of a two week series on growing young. What exactly did Jesus mean when he said we needed to be like children?

"I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom.”
Jesus in Matthew 18:2-4, MSG

“We begin with the capacity to learn more effectively and more flexibly about our environment than any other species. This knowledge lets us imagine new environments, even radically new environments…”
University of California psychology professor Alison Gopnik The Philosophical Baby. Page 8

“By the time they are two or three children quite characteristically spend much of their waking hours in a world of imaginary creatures, possible universes, and assumed identities. Walk into any daycare center and you will be surrounded by small princesses and superheroes in overalls who politely serve you nonexistent tea and warn you away from nonexistent monsters.”
Alison Gopnik The Philosophical Baby. Page 29

“At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” Jesus in Matthew 11:25, MSG

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January 15, 2010
HI John, it's your old friend Gilbert from Ontario. I've written a serman, or short message that I hope to share some day. And it's on this very topic. I have a few stories and examples that would tie in with your topic.

My best one: If you ask a group of children, about 3 years old, how many can sing, dance and draw. Most of them will put up their hands to each question. If you ask a group of adults how many can sing, dance and draw. Only a few will put up their hands. So at what point did we forget or loose the skill to sing, dance and draw? Or did we loose something else much more important. I'd say we grew old while we where growing up.
Gilbert VandenHeuvel

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