Christian novelist, Walter Wangerin, tells of an incident from his own life: from his
experience as a parent. The Wangerins were going through a difficult time with their son,
Matthew, who was on the threshold of adolescence. He seemed to be rebelling against
every value the family held dear. On more than one occasion, the boy had been caught
stealing comic books from a local store. With the latest incident, Walter was in despair.
Feeling he'd run out of every other alternative, he resorted to a technique he'd not used
with his son for years: He gave him a spanking.
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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”(v. 26)
Hello dear children,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.
But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.