okay, this children's sermon was almost too long, but the length can always be adjusted by the number of examples used.
I asked the kids how they were doing and if they were ready for school - answers were as I expected the day before school starts. Then I asked if over the summer if any of them had gone to Wal-mart, Riverside or Sharp Shopper - to which they answered yes of course. Then the hard question - how do those doors work? The answers were interesting, but I finally explained that they use to have these black rug like things that when you stepped on them the door opened. So what opened those doors? We did - by stepping forward and stepping on the black rug or by breaking the motion detector. So YOU stepping forward was what made it work.
Now do you know that God has a whole warehouse of miracles just waiting to have happen? So what is he waiting for? Well let's look at some of his past miracles.
We talked about David & Goliath and how David had to say "I'll fight the giant" before God went to work.
We talked about Noah and how Noah had to say yes I will build the ark - God gave the blueprints.
Jesus feeding 5,000 - the boy gave his 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread and God went to work, but the boy had to step forward first.
But that was all a long time ago, so are miracles happening now? Well when Gary went to Jamaica, it poured at the place where they were staying but where they were working it wasn't raining and they could get the house built. See the mission team had stepped forward and said yes and God was doing the rest.
(I continued with several examples of current miracles from within our church)
So why don't we see miracles happening more often, because people aren't stepping out or stepping forward and saying yes to what God wants them to do.
So with this new school year, I hope that you will decide to step out for Jesus and say "yes" to what God wants you to do. I made foot shaped bookmarks from funfoam and wrote on them "Have you stepped out today?"
A verse to go with this was Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."