Teaching Ten Year Olds By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy Oct - Dec 1978

The Training Union Teacher for the 10 year olds was unable to teach for about three months and our pastor asked me to take over her class until she could return. 

I had about 15 10 year olds in my class.  They were all nice and polite except for two very unruly boys.  They were a challenge and I didn't think they ever heard anything I said.

Many times we finished our class a little early and I would teach them how to recognize a cult and avoid ever becoming a member.  One of the things that I taught them was that the Bible was the final authority.  If someone said something was in the Bible, they should read before and after so they would know if the person was taking something out of context to prove their point or not. 

About the middle of December I was supposed to teach that it was a sin to gamble.  I read the whole lesson in the teachers book and in the student's book.  There were no scriptures referred to in the book.  I got out my concordance and looked up gambling, casting lots and every other way I could think of that could pass for gambling.  The only thing I found was that the disciples cast lots to see who would replace Judas.

I called our pastor and asked him where in the Bible did it say it was a sin to gamble.  He said there was nothing in the Bible specifically.  It was implied by not neglecting your family and other things that people would blow their money on and not take care of their families. 

I explained what I had taught the children about one of the ways to recognize a cult.  I also explained that they understood exactly what I meant and they would want scripture to back up what I was saying.  Our pastor told me to skip that lesson and teach them something else.  I taught them the doctrine of salvation.

We had to go out of town the Sunday that the children's regular teacher returned to the Training Union Class.  When we returned, our pastor called and said the two boys that were driving me crazy had came down the isle on Sunday night and accepted Jesus.  They told him it was because of something that I had said.  Praise the Lord in spite of their antics they were listening. 

God is so good.

Mat 4:3-11 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'" Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.  Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

2 Cor 11:3-4 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted; you may well put up with it!

Mat 7:15-18 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

Col 2:20-23 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations; "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Picture of my daughter in center of Elementary School class 1978 by Fran Meservy

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