We read in the Psalms, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalms 127:3 Psalms 127:3See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
American King James Version×). Do we fully appreciate the wonderful blessing of having children in our congregations? The word translated “heritage” can mean “inheritance.” This inheritance is a gift given to us from God, according to His will.
God takes it very seriously, how we treat children. When Jesus’ disciples asked who is the greatest in the Kingdom, Jesus replied, “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4 Matthew 18:4Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
American King James Version×). In Mark’s Gospel account, when the disciples tried to stop people from bringing children to Christ, it is stated, “when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased…” (Mark 10:14 Mark 10:14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
American King James Version×). The word for greatly displeased can be translated, “indignant.” Jesus became indignant toward those that would forbid children to come to Him!
Again, do we appreciate what a blessing it is to have children, teens and young adults in our congregations? Having children is part of God’s plan to bring “many sons to glory.” From the moment God created man and woman and placed them in the garden of Eden, God told them to become one flesh (Genesis 2:24 Genesis 2:24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
American King James Version×) and to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:38 Genesis 1:38
American King James Version×). Having children is part of God’s plan to grow His family! What an awesome responsibility God has placed squarely on the shoulders of parents (Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Deuteronomy 6:1-9  Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it:  That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.  Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you, in the land that flows with milk and honey.  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:  And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart:  And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.  And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates.
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Next week, from Nov. 7–9, will be the 24th camp team conference for the United Youth Camps program. This year, for the first time in our history, we have invited all of the pre-teen camp directors to attend the meetings. We are striving to more closely integrate the efforts and achievements of the pre-teen camps to those of the teen camps, while still giving the pre-teen camps the flexibility to maintain programs that meet the needs of the younger ages.
The goal of the United Youth Camps program is to support the parents, not supplant the parents. Our camp programs focus on reinforcing the principles of God’s way of life, so our children recognize that they are not “alone” as they grow up “different” from the world around them. We believe our children have a special relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ and all that we endeavor to accomplish within the UYC program is aimed at helping our children see God’s plan for them.
Please pray for the wisdom and discernment of everyone involved in the upcoming camp team conference so that the decisions reached will support parents as they rear godly offspring (Malachi 2:15 Malachi 2:15And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
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