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Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2018


Since I'm just a Really Big Kid, I will talk to you like I'm a

kid just like you.

All of us kids want to be 'great'. We want to be better than

all the other kids. I want to hit the baseball better and run

faster and make better grades. Whatever I am doing, I

want to be better than the other kids. Most kids want to

be great at sports and school and art and music. Wanting

to be excellent at what we do is a good thing. It's good for

us kids to want to be great at whatever we are doing. The

challenge is that none of us are better at everything we do

than all the other kids. So, what do we do?

Yes, Jesus expects us to try and be excellent at everything we do, but He really doesn't care if we are better than the

other kids. He just wants us to be the best we can be. You see, Jesus is more concerned about being great forever. This

means He wants us to be great in Heaven after we die. God doesn't care if we are better than the other kids here on

earth. In fact, in Luke 18:14 Jesus tells us that those kids who brag on themselves will be small in His sight, but God will

honor the kids who are shy or modest about their accomplishments. He will consider them to be Great Kids! Jesus

wants us to help other kids and other people. He calls it 'serving' them. When we help other kids and other people and

serve their needs, God will honor us as Great Kids! Jesus considers helping and serving kids and other people to be the

same as serving Him.

Here is my definition of Great Kids: "Great Kids help, serve, and lead other people by showing them and teaching

them to live like Jesus wants us to."

In Matthew 16:27, Jesus tells us that He is coming back for us. When Jesus does come back, He will judge us all for how

well we served Him by helping and serving kids and other people. God expects Great Kids to be leaders for our families,

our communities, and our schools. As we grow up, God wants us to teach

the next leaders about Him so that people will live like God wants them to

and our world will be a nicer place for everybody.

A. Because He didn’t

want any advice

on how to do it.

A. A little before Eve.

Moses spent many years teaching Joshua to be the next leader of the nation

of Israel. Moses was a great leader and he taught Joshua well. In Joshua

24:31 the Bible tells us that the people of Israel served God while Joshua

was alive. Joshua was a very good military leader and the one God selected

for His people at that time, but he failed to teach and raise up a Godly

leader for the people of Israel after he died. Joshua lived to be 110 years old.

Do you know what happened to the people of Israel after Joshua died?

Judges 2:10-15 tells us that the people stopped loving God and didn't live

like He wanted them to. God became very angry with the people of Israel

and He punished them and the people suffered a lot because they did not

obey God.

It is important for Great Kids to live like God wants us to and to teach

other kids and other people how to live like God expects. If we can do this,

then God will be happy with us and the world will be a nicer place.

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Great Kids and Great Dreams

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Today, I got to pick up my grandniece, Nikolette, from school. Nikolette and her mom live with my brother,

Bill, not far from where we live. Bill had jury duty today and Nikolette's mom was just starting a new job and

they asked me to pick her up from school. I was happy to help because Nikolette, now 13, is really growing into

a young lady and I enjoy talking with her. Besides, my brother had helped me quite a bit in the past.

When Nikolette got into the car, I could tell that she was upset about something. I asked her if she wanted to

talk about it and after a minute or two she said, "Some kids were picking on my friend during PE because her

shoes had holes in them."

Then I asked her to tell me what happened. "I ran over and told them

to leave her alone or I

was going to report them for bullying." "That is good

Nikolette! Did they leave her alone?" "Yes." "So", I asked,

"what is the problem now?" It seemed that

Nikolette was about to

cry when she said, "My

friend told me that

her dad lost his job

because of hurricane

Harvey and now they

don't have money for

food and clothes." "How

do you feel about

that?" "Sad", she said.

"How can you help

her?" "Well, I'm going to

pray for her." and

then her face lit up as she

said, "You know

what uncle Mike, we've been

waiting to have a

garage sale. I will talk to

mom and see if

we can donate the money to

her family!" I said, "That's a great idea

Nikolette! Who else

can you get to help with the

garage sale?" "I know, I'll get my

friends from school to donate

things and all the money can go to my friend!"

Nikolette was excited and many

of her friends donated things for the garage sale. It was a big

success and they were able to

really help her friend's family!

(Remember that this was a Great Dream and didn't really happen, but it could happen with Great Kids like you!)


"Father God thank You for our blessings. Teach us to be Great Kids with Great Dreams. Teach us to help kids

and other people. Father God we pray for all those we know who


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have problems in life and we ask You to bring them close to You

and show them Your love. We love You and thank You for loving

us and answering our prayers. In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!"



This is an excerpt from Michael Bianchi’s upcoming book,

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