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Too young to get baptized?

January 29, 2008

What is the right age for a child to understand the truth about salvation?  It is a concept that even adults can struggle with.  Recently our family was discussing in the book of Mark when John The Baptist baptized Jesus.  Our 5-year old wanted to know more about what being baptized means.  We believe in baptism by immersion so we explained to him how that is done.  He was less than thrilled to learn what it involves.  He is a worrier and frets over things at times.  Since then he has been asking questions about baptism.  He has never questioned that someday he will choose to be baptized.  We have told him he does not  need to think about it too much until he is a little older.  I do believe, however, that he has a fairly good grasp of God’s grace and forgiveness and the price Christ paid on the cross for our sins. 

On a funny note, yesterday he found his swimming goggles while we were cleaning up around the house.  He looked at them for a while and seemed to be thinking about something.    Then he said, “Mommy, when I go baptizing, can I wear my goggles?”.  It seems he felt that it would help alleviate his fears of going under the water if he could wear his goggles.  🙂

Bedside Baptist

January 27, 2008

I missed church today with a sick child, so I went to Bedside Baptist (got my sermon on tv) today and listened to Dr. Charles Stanley.  The sermon today was on the Holy Spirit.  This is one I needed to hear, not that I do not need to hear most sermons.  I went to a support group for homeschooling moms recently and listened to an inspiring testimony from a mom who spoke of how she relies totally on the Holy Spirit in everything, including finances.   Since that evening, my thoughts have been centered around what is it that is missing in my life that I do not hear the Spirit like she does.  Is it that I am not listening?  Is there too much noise in my life that I cannot hear HIM?  Am I just too independent to want to lean on HIM?  I believe it is a combination of all the above and then some.   If you read this and you have thoughts about why a person does or does not hear the Holy Spirit, I would love to hear your comments.