Pointing Children to God
I’m Kathy Koch of Celebrate Kids here in Fort Worth, and I want to talk with you about how God made us good. I think God is good and God is a good Creator. And if children, teens, or adults don’t know that, then it doesn’t matter to them that they’re created in His image.
That’s how my friend, Dr. Kathy Koch began her presentation at last year’s Wilberforce Weekend event. In a remarkable talk, which many attendees identified as the highlight of the conference, Koch talked about something incredibly elusive in this cultural moment: a settled identity.
In Psalm 139, verses 13 and 14 declare that we have been formed by God in our inward parts. It says in Psalm 139:13 that Father God knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Knitting is a precise skill; the knitter knows before starting what he is making, or he’d better not start. Otherwise he’d have a mittens-scarf-hat-afghan sweater thing.
The size of the stitch and the needle, the color of the yarn, and the design of the creation is known before the knitter begins.
For years, Dr. Kathy Koch has taught the truth about God’s design of human beings, especially how to help children grasp who they are. Tomorrow, she joins the Lighthouse Voices Series to speak about how parents, educators, and mentors can secure the hearts of children for God. The Lighthouse Voices Series is sponsored by Focus on the Family and the Colson Center. If you live in the Holland, Michigan area, please join us in person. If not, please join us online for the live stream.
Childhood matters. In our culture, children are too often the victims of adults pursuing their own happiness. If children are to experience their full potential, they must learn to see themselves as the image bearers they are. How can we point children to God? How can we help them understand who they are when there are so many competing voices? How can we help them emerge as adults, stewarding their gifts and talents for the glory of God? How can they grow up to be who God created them to be?
Tomorrow night, Dr. Kathy will share three essential beliefs and three communication approaches that can help us secure our children’s hearts for God. You’ll appreciate her upbeat instruction, her practical and realistic ideas, and her tremendous speaking ability.
The verse that revolutionized my understanding of God’s creative intent is the end of Psalm 139:14 where David writes on behalf of God: My soul knows very well that I am a wonderful work of the creative intent of God. A fearfully and wonderfully creation made in His image.
Dr. Kathy Koch is founder and president of Celebrate Kids, and is one of the best speakers I have ever heard. She is practical, relevant, and gives a results-oriented approach that’s grounded in a Christian worldview. She helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone caring for kids do so in a way that’s engaging and honoring of the image bearers that children are.
Dr. Kathy’s presentation in our Lighthouse Voices series will guide us to secure children’s hearts. Her talk will be practical, powerful, and impactful.
I hope you’ll register to attend, either in person or through the live stream, tomorrow, Tuesday April 19, at 5:45pm for those in the Holland Michigan area, and at 7pm for the livestream.
To register visit www.colsoncenter.org/events
Publication date: April 18, 2022
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