by Jeff Strite

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The Wonder of Jesus Accepting Us (2 of 5)
Series: The Wonder Of It All
Jeff Strite
Mark 10:13-16

OPEN: In my files I ran across these nuggets of wisdom from little children:

Patrick, age 10 - "Never trust a dog to watch your food."
Hannah, age 9 - "When your dad is mad and asks you, ’Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer."
Taylia, age 11 - "When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair."
Andrew, age 9 - "A puppy always has bad breath -- even after eating a Tic-Tac."
Lauren, age 9 - "Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick."
Alyesha, 13 - "When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone."
Joel, age 10 - "Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat."
But my favorite was from Eileen, age 8 who said: "Never try to baptize a cat."

I love kids. I’ve always loved kids. In fact, one of my greatest pleasures in ministry has been when I’ve been allowed to teach young children.
• They’re eager to learn.
• They trust their teachers.
• They like to play and color and do crafts.
• And they’re just a lot of FUN to be around.
Even when the kids are unruly and I have to yell at them a little to get them under control… they’re still fun to be around.

So, I’ve always found it a little bizarre that these disciples would get so upset about parents bringing their little children to Jesus. Why on earth would this upset them?
In Mark 10:13 we read “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.”

Why would these disciples not want these kids to be around Jesus?

And as I pondered this, it occurred to me that the disciples were simply exercising a principle that many trendy churches are embracing nowadays called “targeting” their audience. “Targeting” an audience is the practice of fine tuning your ministry to reach a select group of people.

• For example I visited one denomination’s website who counseled thei ...

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