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Come to Jesus

Hey, Superkid! Here we are in February already, and 2017 is ticking away. I know Jesus has some amazing plans that He wants to become reality for us. Last month we talked about that “Come to Jesus” meeting many parents feel the need to gather the family for. How did it go? I pray our message last month helped you to understand and gain from a time of correction in a different and better way. It’s easy to hear the word “correction” and want to run from it like the children of Israel did, as we learned last month. I believe the truths we talked about last month, will lead you to new places in Jesus for the rest of your life (to reread, go to kcm.org). It’s in these “new places in Jesus” that you will find amazing adventures with Him.

 

Superkid, I’m talking about a new relationship with Jesus. A relationship that is more like knowing someone as your best friend than just knowing their name or a few facts about them. Would you like to know Jesus in a new way? I hear you saying, “Yes, Commander Kellie!” (Picture me jumping up and down!)

 

The good news is, you’ve already started this journey. By being open to correction and teachable, as we talked about last month, you’ve opened the door to REAL friendship with Jesus. He said to His friends in John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (New International Version). But it isn’t just about obedience, it’s about opening your life to Him to have command over. Look at Hebrews 12. The whole chapter is about running the race or living the life God the Father intends us to. In the first part, it talks about keeping our eyes on Jesus. He is the One who fought for us to be close to the Father! And He is the One who births FAITH in us and also DEVELOPS it. Faith for what? Faith to remain, to run the race and to make it through all the obstacles we have to overcome.

 

Think of life like a race on TV, with challenges, obstacles and hurdles and you have a COACH! He is telling you what you need to know to win each phase of the race. Watch out for that pit! Duck! Lean to the right! Slow down and focus! Don’t slow down, hurry! Can you picture this? Is the coach being mean to give such direction? NO! He is simply giving DIRECTION and CORRECTION.

 

How is that different from what the Lord does for us? Back to Hebrews 12: Why did the children of Israel get so afraid when the Lord coached them on how to get away from Pharaoh and the ways of Egypt? As we discovered last month, He was not correcting them because He was displeased with them. He was DIRECTING them on how to get to the Promised Land and a new way of life.

 

Hebrews 12 describes correction as a wonderfully, loving, NORMAL function of a great Father! Why do people run from it? The alternative is a disconnected, uncaring, uninterested parent. That is NOT our Father! He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior, to pay the price for us to be God’s kids forever! Hebrews 12 says we don’t come to Mt. Sinai, a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind like the children of Israel did. We COME TO JESUS and to a gathering of God’s children, whose names are written in heaven. We come to Jesus, whose blood says, “You are forgiven!” My favorite part of this “Come to Jesus” meeting is what verses 25-29 say in The Message Bible.

 

So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

 

Jesus is doing some housecleaning in us, Superkids, because He has great things for us to do! Everything that could slow us down, hurt us or keep us from a life of freedom and victory with Him, is being swept away and burned up! No one likes to clean house but everyone likes a clean house! So even though correction isn’t always fun, and change isn’t easy, the new you will love the new way!

 

So let every Superkid say, “Bring it on, Jesus! Make me shine! And if there is anything in me or about me that You don’t like, burn it up! I am running my race and I’m going to WIN!”

 

WE WIN, SUPERKID! ♥

 
Commander Kellie

 

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NEW YEAR, NEW ATTITUDE

Happy New Year, Superkid!

 

I hope you’re excited about this year and what’s ahead of you.

 

I’m sure you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a fun New Year’s Day with your family. Hopefully, you enjoyed Christmas. One thing I know for sure, the “new” can begin to wear off of the “New Year” pretty fast. School begins and the routine kicks back in: Mom and Dad are working hard to make their New Year’s resolutions a new way of life. For me, my new ideas and decisions for a better, more organized life, home and future always ended up in a “Family Meeting.” Have you ever had those? Mom and Dad are tired of your messy room, dirty dishes in the sink, having to feed the dog, and the constant fussing amongst the kids. The list goes on.

 

Just think, as you read this they could be planning that meeting right now! You might be thinking, Hide Commander Kellie’s Corner so Mom and Dad don’t call a “COME TO JESUS” meeting! Have you ever heard it called that? Somehow, that term doesn’t make coming to Jesus sound too fun. And that’s what I want to talk to you about.

 

When the thought of correction comes, what is your first reaction? Do you want to run and hide, get angry, immediately think of excuses, or blame others? Or do you just tune the correction out and do things your own way? At some point, we’ve all had one or more of those responses. But if we really understood correction, we would LOVE it!

 

There is an instance in the Bible that shows us God’s view of correction.

 

Moses had led the Israelite’s out of Egypt into the wilderness, and they camped at Mount Sinai, where the presence of God dwelt. God told Moses He wanted to talk to His children, so Moses said, “Clean yourselves up, come and listen to God.” Think about it: They had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. Do you suppose they knew what it was to be free? How to act and think? Egyptians worshiped many gods—all of them false gods. Do you think they knew what it meant to worship the One True God? They really had never met their God! Imagine that. It makes perfect sense to me that God would call them to a place and introduce Himself as the only God they would ever need. It’s logical that they would need to know how to live as free people, worshiping one faithful God. So what did God do? He called a “COME TO ME” meeting. Sound familiar?

 

God said in Leviticus 26:1, 11-13 (New Living Translation): “Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God…. I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.”

 

Sounds good, right? Not to the children of Israel. They got so scared when they heard God’s rumbling voice that they ran from THE RULES OF THE HOUSE (the Ten Commandments). They NEEDED to know the new way to act and think to be able to enter into the new land God had promised them. After all, how could they trust God to defeat the giants in the new land if they still acted and thought like they had in Egypt—like slaves? Sadly, instead of understanding how much God was for them, they ran away from changing their thinking and their ways. They told Moses, “You talk to Him, we don’t want to.”

 

So, instead of giving the Ten Commandments directly to His kids like He desired, God gave them to Moses. NOT TOO EFFECTIVE, as we find out in the rest of the story.

 

Superkid, the same choices are before you today. God is calling YOU! What He said to the Israelite’s, He is saying to you in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NLT): “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

 

How will you respond to the voice of God, the voice of Jesus, the voice of your parents and leaders? The next time your parents call a “COME TO JESUS” meeting, think about what I’ve said. Remember: You are coming to the One who loves you, the One who knows how you should think and act so you can walk in His blessings. If your parents, or anyone else cares enough to correct you, then they LOVE you too. In a Jesus household, correction comes from the Spirit of love—Jesus Himself.

 

So don’t be afraid, defensive or angry. Just come to Jesus. It’s the best place to be. More on that next month, so stay tuned!

 

Love,

 

Commander Kellie

 

 

 

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My Christmas List

When it’s Christmastime, it’s LIST TIME!

 

My lists are many this time of year: gift list, to-do list, shopping list, packing list, menu list, decorating list. So many lists!

 

Any list begins with a need, such as the need to eat or celebrate, to clean, or to organize. Many of my lists come from a place of emptiness, like my refrigerator or the pantry. Or a Christmas tree with no gifts underneath!
It takes a good plan for the activities of the Christmas season to come together. And a good plan needs a good list.
Superkid, God our Father is the ULTIMATE Planner! He has a plan for this world and He has a plan for YOU. So, of course, there is a LIST!
There’s a perfect list for Christmas found in Psalm 92. I call it the HEART-CHECK LIST.

 

THE NEED:

We all need to do a checkup on our hearts. People can become so self-centered, they tend to focus on the annoying things that occur in a day instead of noticing the ways God loves us. Everything He does is because He loves us. The more we notice, the more grateful we are for His love and the more we worship. The more we set our minds on Him, the easier it is to enjoy being His kid! When you have a loving heavenly Father, even when hard things happen, you can relax in His love for you, knowing He will take care of you. When we have difficulty with this truth, it’s always a heart issue. So…we need a list!

 

THE LIST:

Doing a HEART CHECK is good anytime, but these to-do’s from Psalm 92:1-5, New Living Translation, will make your Christmas a joy-filled one! As you check off these five things, don’t just think about giving glory and thanks to the Father, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Give thanks and praise to those around you who give you their heart, love, time, effort and gifts.

 

Verse 1: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

Tell your heart, your soul, to take notice of the wonderful things the Lord does for you. God does favors for you and He loves you through other people every day. So take notice and say, “Thank You.” This is not about singing a song (more on that later), but BEING SPECIFIC! Tell God how great He was to help you with your grades, or to earn money so you could buy Christmas gifts. Tell your sister how great she did at her Christmas concert, or tell your dad how much it means to you that he helps you with your homework. “Mom, the Christmas tree looks great!” Saying, “You’re awesome,” is just an empty statement until you make the effort to THINK and SAY why. That kind of praise turns your heart toward that person or toward the Lord.

 

Verses 2-3: It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre.

Remind yourself every day, The Lord loves me, and think about what that means. There is nothing His love won’t help you overcome! You have His favor, and His love! Say, “My friends and family love me, too!” So, even if they correct you or get irritated with you, it’s OK. They love you! When night falls, thank the Lord for His faithfulness, and again, be specific. Say things like, “Lord, You didn’t let me down on my test today!” “Mom, Dad, you helped me today and you stuck with me. Thank you!” Ending your day like this will cause your sleep to be sweet, especially if you play soft worship music as you talk to Jesus, Mom and Dad. Good things happen in your soul while you sleep with this bedtime routine!

 

Verse 4: You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!

Be easily thrilled and easy to please with the smallest gesture or gift. Being content with what is given to you will set you up for a satisfying life ahead! Our heavenly Father delights in the smallest details of our lives. It blesses others to know we are satisfied with the things they do for us.

 

Verse 4: I sing for joy because of what you have done.

This Christmas, sing your heart out! God made our hearts and souls to be lifted with songs! Singing really changes us, so worship the Lord and sing and be happy! Don’t be too cool to join in the singing. You’ll see. It will bring joy.

 

Verse 5: O Lord, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.

Know how much you are loved. As you check your heart, you will realize how deeply and how often God thinks about you. The devil would love to convince you that you aren’t loved and no one cares about you. That’s not true, Superkid! YOU are one of the great works He talked about in verse 5. The God of the universe does think about YOU!

 

Consider this HEART CHECK with every Christmas activity, party or gift you receive. And remember the best gift of all—your heavenly Father loved you so much that He GAVE His Son to die for you. As you check off your list this Christmas, you’ll hear your heart say, “Thank You, Father, for loving me so much. I love You!” And in your heart you’ll hear Him say, “I love you, too.”

 

Have a very Merry Christmas, Superkid! ♥
 

There is nothing His love won’t help you overcome!

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Come Close

Superkids, in the U.S., we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite times of year. Perhaps Thanksgiving is the inspiration for my Corner this month, or maybe it’s just something we all need to hear. Either way, no matter where you live, being thankful is an important part of our life with God and with others.

 

You may have heard the story of the 10 lepers who were healed and how when one came back to thank Jesus, he was made whole. You may already know what whole means, “nothing missing, nothing left out and nothing broken.”

 

The awesome thing is, as I was praying about my letter to you this month, God showed me something so cool about being thankful, I have to share it!

 

Luke 17:11-19, New Living Translation, says:
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

 

It says the 10 lepers were a distance away from Jesus when they cried out to Him for help. Leprosy is contagious, so they couldn’t be near people. To obey Jesus and show themselves to the priests, they had to go in faith. They could be in trouble because the priests were the ones who could punish them or give them permission to come close to people. I’m sure when they were healed, they were so excited, they ran to see the loved ones they hadn’t been able to be near!

 

Many of us have heard about this guy (for fun let’s call him Joe) who gave thanks and was made whole, but there is more to it than saying, “Thank you.”

 

It says, he came back to Jesus! When Joe saw that he was healed, he was far off but he came all the way over to Jesus to get close to Him, shouting praises, excited about what Jesus had done for him. This is important. Many times people ask Jesus for help and He helps them. It’s easy to go your way or to say thank you in a quick moment, but taking the time to come close to Jesus, to worship Him and spend time with Him will do more than fix a problem, it will change your WHOLE life! Joe was not only healed, he was made WHOLE. That means that if he had lost his ear, fingers or some other body parts because of his disease, Jesus made his body whole and probably fixed all of his other problems too!

 

When we worship Jesus and spend time with Him, it’s like we look Him in the face. Just like it blessed Him when Joe did this, it blesses Him when we come close and really have a grateful heart. I’m sure that gratitude is nice coming from us, but what Jesus really likes is to be able to help our lives become whole, not just help us as we pass by. This kind of thankfulness doesn’t just happen, it takes our attention, thought and a decision that this is how we are going to respond to His goodness that comes to us.

 

Jesus is good to us in many ways. He blesses us through others every day! We all have people in our lives who love us and do good things for us. When someone does something good for you, thankfulness is the right heart to have, toward not only that person, but also toward Jesus. The funny thing is, when we practice gratitude with Jesus we become more grateful to others and when we are purposefully grateful to others, it is easier to be grateful to our Savior Jesus.

 

Superkid, whether it’s to Jesus, parents, family, friends or others, gratitude is more than words. It’s a heart attitude. It’s an attention thing. It’s something you do on purpose. The next time someone does something good for you, big or small, stop what you are doing, look them in the face and say, “Thank you. I am so grateful to you.”

 

Every day we have reason to stop and say thank You to our Best Friend, Jesus. Stop what you are doing and spend some time with Him, letting Him know you are thankful for your day and the good things Jesus and others did for you.

 

Thanks giving isn’t a once a year thing but an everyday lifestyle that brings life, health and peace. No matter where we live or what day it is, let’s be grateful. Grateful people are happy, blessed and successful people, and like Jesus said, faith people. Superkid, a grateful life is the best adventure you can have. It will bring you face to face with Jesus EVERY DAY! ♥

 

 

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Commander Kellie’s Corner: Something to Smile About

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I have a secret to tell you, Superkid. It’s one I learned about when I was your age: You are God’s favorite! Yes, you are and so am I! Does that sound impossible? Maybe you think God can only have one favorite and it must be Jesus. You may be like my daughter, Emily. She often asks me, “Am I your favorite kid?” To which I have to answer, “All my kids are my favorite.” Your parents have probably said the same thing to you if you have siblings. As a parent, I can absolutely confirm that it is possible to have as many favorites as you have kids! I am just an earthly parent, so how much more can our heavenly Father have many favorites! He is Love Himself and He sent His Son, Jesus, to make it possible for us all to be His favorite sons and daughters.

 

Aren’t you glad? I am FOREVER grateful to my Big Brother, Jesus, for making it possible for me to be a daughter of God. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was only a toddler. Jesus and I have been together a long time, but when I was your age, I learned about FAVOR WITH GOD and how to walk in it. I want to share a few truths with you about God’s favor.

 

            God loves me. The Bible says so, doesn’t it?

 

            “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him” (1 John 4:9, New Living Translation).

 

            “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1, NLT).

 

To even begin to receive the favor of God, you have to start by believing that He loves you.

 

            God favors me. To favor means “to like someone, to show kindness to or treat them well, to put someone ahead of another.” Even though God loves everyone, He favors His children.

 

In Numbers 6:25-26 He tells His children, “May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace” (NLT).

 

When I read this verse, I think about God smiling at me like a big yellow smiley face. In fact, every time we see a yellow smiley face, let’s let it remind us that God loves and favors us! I see those almost every day! So now I will think of God and His favor over my Superkid Cadets!

 

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            God makes things work out for me! One of my very favorite promises in the Bible is in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (NLT).

 

Superkid, I know this verse describes you! When someone lives their life for Jesus and His plan for them, they can have God as their partner, working things out for their best outcome! That is another way to say “favor”! This is a great word for us to stand on for our lives, for our future and our destiny but it isn’t just for the someday, adult, serious things! Superkid, God wants to show you His favor, NOW! He wants you to learn to walk in it every day, in fun and silly things as well as the big things. He wants to show you that you are His everyday favorite!

 

Let me tell you what happened to me a few months ago. I went with friends and family to a big amusement park. You know how that can be, midsummer, on a Friday, lots of crowds and usually long lines to ride the best rides. Usually. That morning we all prayed over our day, telling the Lord that we were His and we would do whatever He wanted us to do. We prayed over our protection and safety. Then we asked the Lord for His favor over us all. Well, knowing our wonderful heavenly Father, you can guess how the day turned out! We had the best day ever at an amusement park! The blessings were so evident and so many that I thought, Oh Lord, today has been so amazing! I want to do something for You! We all thanked Him over and over again. Through one miracle after another, we had the most amazing day, we rarely stood in line, and we rode every ride we wanted to ride. We even rode the most popular ride in the park twice! On our second time (after just a five-minute wait ) something even more wonderful happened.

 

The Lord let us bless Him back. He led us to a young man and woman who were ready to hear about Him. We told them about Jesus and that He loved them and they asked Him into their hearts, right in the middle of the amusement park! That was by far the best thing that happened all day! When God’s favor is on us, it does more than just bless us, it causes us to GLOW, to shine His light on others.

 

Superkid, I could go on about the favor of God for pages and pages! I pray this makes you want to start asking the Lord for His favor, AND that you will be hungry to know more. He will certainly show you more if you ask Him!

 

You can start by saying this today:

 

Father, thank You for loving me! I thank You for making me Your child. Today, I offer myself and my life to You. I ask You for favor with You and with others. I will shine today. I will GLOW with Your presence, and others will want to know YOU because they see YOUR FAVOR on me.

 

Superkid, you have favorite-kid status! Do something with it today! ♥

 

 
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