I love middle school ministry – love it.  One of the reasons I love it – Bible stories.  I love telling Bible stories.  My kids love hearing Bible stories.  We can do club talks on Bible characters all year long.  Sometimes they know the stories, sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes the point is obvious, and sometimes God surprises me with the lessons we learn.  Always, the stories are relevant.

We’ve had an atheist in our middle school club this year.  All year.  And some of you are scoffing a little and saying, “How can a kid define himself as an atheist in middle school – isn’t that a bit young?”  This kid has been a pretty thoughtful atheist.  He knows his positions, isn’t afraid to state them, and defends them well. 

We had an agreement at the beginning of the year – we won’t try to push you into believing anything you don’t want to believe, you let us talk about what we’re talking about, and we can hang out at club and have fun together.  We’ve each kept to our side of the deal.

So today, unsolicited, our middle school atheist says that he thinks he believes in God now – with all the stuff God has done, well, maybe He’s real.

Bible stories.  Lots of Bible stories.  Funny ones.  Profound ones.  Thoughtful ones.  Difficult ones.  And God through every single one – God teaching, God doing miracles, God protecting, God challenging, God at work in people’s lives.  The Word of God has begun to make sense to this kid.  I love Bible stories.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:8-11

by Aretta Zitta

Aretta serves in Vilseck/Grafenwoehr.  Aretta leads a team of staff and volunteers in providing a community focused ministry to Army dependents. 

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