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Tunstall Apo Children Sunday pm 14th Sept. 2008

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Place: Tunstall Apo.               Date: Sunday pm 14th Sept. 2008.

H - Hearing
A – All.
R – Repentance.
V – Visiting.
E – Everyone.
S – Sharing.
T – Telling.

Theme: Jesus calls us to bring in the harvest.
Object: A basket of fruit or vegetables.
Scripture: “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” Luke 10:2 (NIV).
 An old farmer sat on the steps of his small shack chewing on a piece of straw. He was approached by a passing stranger who was looking for a cool drink of water. Wishing to start a conversation with the farmer, the stranger asked, “How is your potato crop coming this year?”“I do not have one,” replied the farmer.“Did not you plant any?” asked the stranger.“Nope,” said the farmer, “I was afraid potato rot would get it.”“Well,” asked the stranger, “how is your corn?”“Did not plant any corn either,” replied the farmer, “I was afraid there was not going to be any rain.”“If you did not plant any potatoes or corn, what did you plant?’ asked the man.“Nothing,” said the farmer. “I just played it safe!”Well, I guess if you do not plant anything, it makes the harvest a lot easier.In our Bible reading today, Jesus sent out people to bring in the harvest. The harvest Jesus was talking about was not fruit or vegetables. He was sending out workers to bring people into the kingdom of God. He said that there were many souls who were ready to be harvested, but there were not enough workers. One reason it was hard to find workers was that it was very difficult work. Jesus warned that the workers in his kingdom would often be treated very unkindly.Jesus is still looking for people who will work for him and bring people into his kingdom. That is what the church is supposed to do. It will not always be easy. In fact, it will be hard. Many people in the church are like the farmer in our story -- they are “just playing it safe.” It has been said that eight out of ten church members have never invited anyone to church and that nine out of ten church members have never won anyone to Christ.How about you? Are you willing to work for Jesus and invite people to come to church? Will you go and tell people about Jesus' love and that he died on the cross so that they could have everlasting life? There are many souls who are need to be brought into God's kingdom, but there just aren't enough workers.Prayer: Father, we want to be faithful workers telling others about Jesus and his love. Amen. 

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