Public Testimony (A)

Published April 20, 2016 by humanlign

Activity:

This Sunday we asked our children (4 to 9 years old) to write down what they would say if they were famous and a reporter asked them – “Do you believe in God?” Here are their unedited responses:

  • Yes! I believe in God. I think he is the best God in the world.
  • I love God!
  • Yes, I pray everyday.
  • I believe in God. God lives in Heaven. His father’s name is Jesus.
  • I do believe in God and sometimes I go to the church with my family. If I was famous I will go to church every week. I do believe in Jesus.
  • I have always been Catholic and I’m inspired by what God did. He created me and I am always thankful for that. He always reminds me to stay positive and forgive people.
  • I love God and Jesus.
  • I think Jesus is a forgiver and is very kind to sacrifice his life for us to live. Jesus is very helpful and thoughtful. He thinks of others before he does things.
  • I do believe in God. He gave us our lives. So we need to pay him back. Right?
  • I believe in God. I feel like I’m around him wherever I go. I love God very much.
  • I believe in God and I go to church every Sunday to learn more about him. I try to help others understand the bible.
  • I believe in God the father and Jesus Christ.
  • Yes I do believe in God. Whenever I have a problem I pray to him and he helps me find a solution to the problem. I have no problem about how other people think.
  • Yes I do believe in God. I love God! God saves a lot of people. He helps a lot of people from danger.
  • I believe in God. I think of him as a good person and somebody who can help me when I need help.
  • I am very grateful for God’s gift of popularity and I will use it for good causes.
  • I do believe in God.
  • Yes I believe in God, I pray to him.
  • I will always be grateful for God’s everlasting love.
  • I believe in God and the father. I always dream and pray.
  • I like God. I pray in church. I believe in God and I like it. I feel sorry for God to be put on the cross.
  • I think that God forgives people for their sins.
  • I think that God  is famous.

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Discussion before the Activity:

The first people to talk about Jesus and spread the word of Jesus lived when Jesus lived. They knew Jesus and were taught by Jesus. The people they preached to could go see Jesus if they didn’t believe the disciples.

When Jesus died, people couldn’t see Jesus for themselves anymore. They had to believe what the disciples were telling them. The had to have faith.

Jesus asks all who believe in him to profess their faith and tell others about God.

But how many of us actually do that? When was the last time you told someone you believe in God?

Here are quotes from famous people who were asked about their belief in God:

Justin Bieber tells the Associated Press:

“Hollywood is… a scary place. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bad things, but there’s also a lot of good things. I’m able to live my dream, I’m able to do a lot of good things…”

“I’m a Christian, I believe in God… As soon as I start forgetting, I’ve got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I’m here.”

Selena Gomez Seventeen Magazine interview:

“Of course, my passion for God and my family won’t change, so hopefully I won’t change who I am.”

Miley Cyrus has been pretty open about her Christianity–she brings up God’s plan in interviews with the media, quoted the Bible on Oprah and thanked “my Lord and savior Jesus Christ” at an awards show. But many people think her Jesus talk doesn’t match her walk.

Mel Gibson, ” When you look at the reasons why Christ came, why he was crucified–he died for all mankind, he suffered for all mankind. So that, really, anybody that transgresses needs to look at their own part or their own culpability. It’s time to get back to a basic message, the message that was given… He forgave as he was tortured and killed.”

“There’s only one king … and that’s Jesus Christ.” – Elvis Presley

Mr. Fred Rogers, TV Show Creator (“Mister Roger’s Neighborhood”). “I can’t imagine more surprising places for God to appear than a manger or a cross. Yet all through his life and resurrection, Jesus demonstrates the power of showing and sharing God’s love. Every time I write a script or a song or walk into the studio, I pray ‘Let every word that is heard be Thine.’ That’s really all that matters.”

“The good news is Jesus is coming back. The bad news is he’s really pissed off.” — Bob Hope

Sir Cliff Richards, British Rock Star (holds more hits than Beatles and Rolling Stones combined). [Commenting on his singing the Lord’s Prayer to the tune of Auld Lang Syne] “It’s 2000 years since Jesus was born and here we are on the eve of the Millennium singing lyrics that He gave to His disciples. The song won’t offend anybody. It’s just a really good positive thought for the future: ‘Please give us food… please keep us from evil… please help us to be forgiving as we want others to forgive us.’ It has all the great positive factors that everybody would desire for the new millennium.”

“For me, we all need to be Jesus in our time.” – Madonna

Vincent van Gogh, European Artist. ” It is a very good thing that you read the Bible… The Bible is Christ, for the Old Testament leads up to this culminating point… Christ alone… has affirmed as a principal certainty, eternal life, the infinity of time, the nothingness of death, the necessity and the raison d’être of serenity and devotion. He lived serenely, as a greater artist than all other artists, despising marble and clay as well as color, working in living flesh. That is to say, this matchless artist… made neither statues nor pictures nor books; he loudly proclaimed that he made… living men, immortals.”

Chuck Norris, Martial Artist and Actor (first non-Asian to receive eighth-degree Black Belt Grand Master). ” Real men do live for Christ. It is important to make your peace with Christ while the opportunity exists. Life is so fragile that you never know when it’s going to be over. It could be over in the blink of an eye, and then it’s too late to accept God’s gift of salvation.”

Don King,  Boxing Promoter. “Irrespective and irregardless to whatever [Evander Holyfield’s] skills and talent are in the boxing ring, his heart is right with God, and that’s what’s first and foremost. I have come this far by faith, trusting in [God’s] holy Word, leaning on Him, and He’s never failed me yet. How does our success come about? Just look up and ask for Jesus Christ, the matchless Lamb, the Prince of Peace… and you will find the answer.”

Billy Graham, Preacher and Evangelist. ” I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, they are members of the Body of Christ….That is what God is doing today. He is calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, the Buddhist world, the Christian world or the non-believing world. They are members of the body of Christ because they have been called by God.”

Mother Theresa, Nobel Prize Winner, Charity Worker, and Diplomat. “Christ, who being rich became poor and emptied Himself to work out our redemption, calls us: to share in His poverty so that we might become rich through His poverty; to bear witness to the true face of Jesus – poor; humble, and friend of sinners, the weak and the despised.”

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.  “As God’s only Son, Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we may live. His actions and His words remind us that service to others is central to our lives and that sacrifice and unconditional love must guide us and inspire us to lead lives of compassion, mercy, and justice.”

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia. “Why did Christ come into the world? To liberate people from sickness, troubles, from death. In its essence, Christmas is a holiday of hope.”

Fidel Castro, Leader of Cuba.  “To betray the poor is to betray Christ.”

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