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John Arise | Kids: Episode 04


(bouncy piano music) – Hey, I’m MJ. – And I’m Sean. And today we’re going to
be talking about something that we all need, and
that is good friends. – Absolutely. My life would be boring
without good friends. Sean, question for you. Have you ever been surprised
by a friendship that you didn’t see coming or
become friends with somebody that was completely different than you? – Yeah, for sure. There’s a group of people
that I though were super cool and they all got along really well. And I never thought
that they would want to consider me a friend but
shortly after meeting them, we all got along, we hit it
off and we’ve been friends ever since. – That’s so cool. Today we are going to be
talking about a friend that is with us forever and ever. Let’s check out today’s God story. (lighthearted guitar music) – Why did the banana go to the doctor? Because he wasn’t peeling well. (upbeat music) Hey everyone, Karmyn here. When I was in grade three,
we had a new friend move into our neighbourhood and joined our class. And I have to be honest, I
wasn’t really excited about this. But then I remembered that
we’re really supposed to be kind to people. So, I didn’t really want
to but I invited her to play with me at recess on that
first day of school for her. And you know what? She ended up being my best friend. In today’s God story, we are
going to learn about a new friend that Jesus talks about
and learn about how important this new friend is for us today. And a little spoiler in today’s big idea, Jesus had just been
having a conversation with his disciples about what
God, the Father, is like and the way to heaven. And then, he says this. That’s so cool! God, the Father, was going
to give another friend to the disciples. I imagined the disciples
minds were racing. Who would this friend be that
would be with them forever? Before we find out who this
friend is, another important part that Jesus says is
that if we love him, we are to obey his commands. Well, what are the commands
that Jesus gave us? They all boil down to these two. Love God and love others. But I know, you’re still
wondering who that friend is. Let’s find out. Ah! The friend is the Holy Spirit
and we know him because that’s God’s presence with us. And Jesus says that we know
him because he is with us but soon he will be in us. The disciples may or may
not realise it but soon the Holy Spirit will come to
be with them when Jesus goes to be with God, the
Father in heaven and the Holy Spirit will come and be inside them. Well then, Jesus says
he doesn’t want to leave his disciples like kids without parents. That he is going to be with them. But then he says that the
world won’t see him and this is his way of saying he is going to die. Then Jesus said, I must admit, it sounds a
little confusing to me and maybe it does to you too. But when I tried to map it
out, it’s something like this. Jesus is in his Father and we
are in Jesus and Jesus is in us as the Holy Spirit. That’s His spirit. So to clarify, when we say
God, we are referring to the Father, the son, that’s
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all together. We say that God is three in one
and we are connected because the Holy Spirit is in all
who are Christ followers. Jesus goes on to tell his
disciples that when we keep his commands to love God
and to love each other, it shows that we love him. The Father loves those who love Jesus and Jesus loves us too. And he says he will show
himself to those who love him. That’s a lot of love. And then Judas spoke up. No, not the Judas that betrayed Jesus. This is a different Judas. And he asked Jesus, “Why don’t
you plan to show yourself “to the world?” And so Jesus answered him
that anyone who loves him will obey his teaching and
God will be with him and that anyone does not love Jesus
will not obey his teaching. And then Jesus says this. Listen in, it’s so good! I think this is really cool. Jesus was teaching and
saying that this friend, the Holy Spirit, was going to
come and teach the disciples and then the rest of us. And remind us of all the
things that Jesus taught. And we see that the Holy
Spirit lives inside everyone who follows Jesus. All Christ followers. Isn’t that amazing? And then Jesus said,
“I leave you my peace. “My peace I give to you. “You don’t need to be troubled or afraid.” So the disciples, the
followers of Jesus, get to have his peace because of the Holy Spirit. They have the peace of Jesus. And then Jesus tell them
that he’s going away. We know that he goes away
to die, rise again and then ascend into heaven. Jesus says he’s telling
them about this now so that when it does happen, they’ll
understand and believe that he really is who he says he is. God, Lord, the Messiah. Jesus is giving his disciples and us a really important message. For them, the Holy Spirit is
coming and for us, as Christ followers, the Holy
Spirit lives inside of us. Jesus promised this friend
and we have this friend. We’re not alone. The Holy Spirit lives
in all Christ followers. Well friends, it’s always
so fun to be with you! I can’t wait to hang out again next week. (upbeat music) – Turn to the person next to you. – And answer the following
questions before the time runs out. (lighthearted guitar music) (upbeat music) (clock ticking) (alarm blaring) (clock ticking) (alarm blaring) (clock ticking) (alarm blaring) (clock ticking) (alarm blaring) (alarm ringing) – It’s amazing to think that
we are literally never alone. That the Holy Spirit lives
inside us and is always with us. – Totally. And what more can you
ask for from a friend. The Holy Spirit came to help
us, to guide us and to remind us of what Jesus taught us. – Yeah, and the Holy Spirit prompts us in different ways. And life can be super
exciting when we respond to those prompts. Let’s watch Wehun’s story
to see what the Holy Spirit did in his life. (upbeat pop music) – I grew up as a cultural
Buddhist but mainly an Atheist and quite honestly
I didn’t want anything to do with the church. In fact, I was pretty
much against anything Christian related. (upbeat pop music) So when I went to school,
all I wanted to do was you know, get a job, make a lot of money. I loved cars, I loved working
out so, you know, I wanted to just really get jacked, all right. But also just to do
whatever I wanted, alright. Travel the world, I love travelling The interesting thing is I
got all those things, right. I got to have a great job and
I got to make a lot of money. But I felt really empty afterwards. (calm piano music) So, I met my girlfriend,
Louisa and she was really into this church thing. She was really gentle about
it and she said, “Look, “you probably have a lot of
questions and I don’t have “all the answers.” And I said, “That’s interesting,
that’s the first time I “talked to a Christian that
said you can ask questions.” So, I started to go to a
few different churches. I didn’t get any answers really. In fact, I think I made a lot
of pastors pretty upset with the questions I was asking. But then we went to a church
called The Meeting House and at The Meeting House, then
I was able to, you know, ask a lot of questions and they
didn’t have all the answers but at least they were open
to having the questions. And what I found really
interesting and what really got me, the first sermon, was
that God hates religion. I go, “Whoa, that’s different” Alright. And at first I was taking it
back but then they unpacked and said, “No, it’s not about the
law, it’s not about systems. “It’s actually about a
relationship with Jesus and the “creator of the universe wanting
a relationship with you.” And I said, “Whoa, God wants
a relationship with me and “it’s not about just rituals? “Well that’s really interesting.” And then from that, my heart
started getting to open up and I was able to ask a lot
of questions but run up that ramp of reason before I
made the leap of faith. – Oh! – Louisa and I got married. We had kids. (laughing) I have a friend who has a
children’s home in Malawi. And they have 150 kids that’s
part of the children’s home and one of the big issues in
Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world,
is there’s no jobs there. So these kids have all grown up. They are now young adults
but they come back and live a life of extreme poverty. So God tapped us on the
shoulder and said, “Look man, “could you go and create
jobs over there in Malawi?” And I said, “I have no idea
what you’re talking about.” But you know, we have to
make the leap of faith and we started saying, “Sure, let’s go.” (dramatic drum music) Louisa, myself and
Grace, we all picked up. We went to Malawi and said,
“Could we bring jobs from “over here in North America,
over there and teach people “computer skills? “Teach them data entry and
give them jobs that would “actually give them hope and a future.” And that’s what we’ve done
now and now we have over 50 to 100 people employed there in Malawi. And it’s changing lives massively. I remember sitting in a hut,
in the chief’s house, with all these chickens and goats
around and I had this laptop. I’m showing this young adult,
she was 18 but you know, unemployed and I said, “Hey,
have you seen one of these?” She goes, “What’s that?” I go, “It’s a computer.” She goes, “Yeah, I’ve
seen one in a picture.” I go, “Have you touched
one of these before?” She goes, “No, I’ve never touched one.” So I said, “Okay well,
this is how it works. “You’re going to type like this.” And I can see her and she
starts typing like this. And over 15 minutes she
gets faster and faster. I go, “This is gonna work.” – At first I wasn’t working. I was just staying in the community. But once I started working
it like I’m independent, I’m living by myself, I’m
able to support myself and sometimes even I can
help my younger sisters. Yeah, that’s the impact. (upbeat flute music)
– Like when I was living in the village, life was hard. So the moment I started my
new job here, data entry, I was paid. So I just arrived last week,
staying in this new house. Yeah. (drumming music) – The impact that Malawi’s
had on our family and how God’s impacted us has been huge. Our daughter, Grace came with
us and she was able to see first hand, the extreme
poverty there but also the joy that the people had. (dramatic orchestral music) Even living in extreme poverty. And subsequently, Grace has
said that she really wants to be a missionary now
and wants to serve God with everything. – One of my dreams is
to build an orphanage in Africa and to also build
a well there because in some countries like Africa,
they get massive droughts and they’re not allowed
to have enough water. (dramatic orchestral music) I just think it’s important
for people to know the word of God and to know and love him. – All the work in Malawi
but also just being a Christian, what that means
to me and what I’ve seen is this, you have to let God permeate you and you have to say yes to God. God is going to work through you. I still love working out. I still love cars and
things that are fast. I also love my job and I
love, you know, working hard and being successful. But when the Holy Spirit is
inside of you, everything that you do is now for God. When you do stuff that you
love it’s actually going to be for God and also to help other people. So, how are making other people better? How are you really taking
God’s love and sharing it and also just being the best
version of yourself possible? For God’s glory. And that’s what’s so exciting
about the Holy Spirit living inside of you, it
makes everyone better. (lighthearted guitar music) (bouncy piano music) – Wehun’s life changed
from living from self to fully living for God. By listening and following
the prompts he received from the Holy Spirit. His life, his family’s life
and lives of many others all around the world but
specifically in Malawi, changed for the better. – And Wehuns is loving
every moment of his new and exciting life. Let’s break into small groups
and discuss what this means. (bouncy piano music)

Jean Kelley

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