Posted by: everynation | March 8, 2007

The Power in the Point

by Paolo Punzalan

punzalans1.jpgEvery week in Kids Ministry, we give the children a take-home truth. In preschool and kinder, we call it the Bible Point. In Kids Church, it’s called the Power Point. It’s simply a one-point lesson taken from the Bible that we teach the children to “take home” in their hearts with them when they leave after the service.

Mon, one of our teachers, told me a story that emphasized how powerful a simple Power Point can be. One of his students, a nine-year-old boy named Justin Nathan, attended his grandfather’s funeral. His grandfather, a colonel in the Philippine Army, and his grandfather’s brother were both killed in an ambush. During the wake, the late colonel’s boss, a general, came in to pay his last respects. (Justin’s grandfather was the general’s personal security aide for many years.)

The normally stoic general became very emotional during his visit and started banging his fists on the coffin, promising payback for the injustice that was done to his friend.

At the height of emotion with everyone shouting “Injustice!” around the coffin, Justin stood from his seat, faced the general and spoke. Addressing the honorable general, he said, “Sir, may I say something? When you catch the bad guy who killed my grandfather, please don’t hurt him, just put him in jail. Don’t take revenge. I learned that the Bible says, ‘Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.’ Don’t get even, get God.”

After everyone heard this, you could hear a pin drop in the room. God’s truth had just been revealed.

“Don’t get even, get God” was our Power Point the previous month.

We sometimes wonder if any of our teaching makes it to the hearts of our kids. This story answers the question with a big YES, followed by an exclamation point! We can never underestimate the power of God’s Word. A seemingly simple Bible lesson became a powerful truth that brought peace to an emotional circumstance.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Paolo Punzalan overseas more than 700 Kid’s Church volunteers every Sunday at Victory-Fort Bonifacio and is the author of “All About the Next Generation.”

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Responses

  1. Paolo, that was a tremendous testimony. Please don’t stop with this blog because we need a lot more of this. Thanks

  2. paolo – i thank God for the impact you and your great team of vols have had on my sons and on 1000s of kids over the years. you have piles of rewards in heaven. thanks for the reminder that i need to “get God” today.

  3. Hi ps paolo, this is super testimony! I’ll share this blog with the sunday school volunteers in SG :)

  4. wow! very encouraging ps paolo! Never underestimate the power of the Word of God.


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