Holding Out for God’s Hero

Almost exactly two years ago, my son and I began a nightly ritual of reading through the pages of Scripture. Well, at least a version of Scripture that was immediately-accessible to the interests and attention span of a five-year-old. “Five” has since become seven, soon to be eight.

Since that time, our reading together of The Action Bible has waxed and waned – neither of us are much for taking a legalistic approach – but I am nonetheless thrilled to report that in the intervening two years he and I have gone from Genesis all the way through Revelation at least five times, and we still look forward to starting over again. As of this writing, we are somewhere in 1 Kings; Solomon’s son Rehoboam has foolishly listened to his younger advisors and the mighty kingdom built by his grandfather David has been torn in two. (“Not good.”)

Whenever I close the book after a few chapters, I am secretly delighted to hear my son’s disappointed “Aaaaaw…” which conveys a sincere desire to continue reading. The bridge in his heart appears to have been crossed; he fully understands that Spider-Man, Batman and Obi-Wan Kenobi are in one category of hero – fictional – but when it comes to real life, Jesus is the ultimate action figure.

Since beginning our more-or-less nightly readings together, I have come to believe that The Action Bible ought to occupy a place on the bookshelf of every young boy. This version of the Bible leverages a child’s natural interest in superheroes to provide a faithful retelling of the biblical narrative, an overview-level understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.

On Wednesday of last week, many of the 450+ Kids Club 2014 volunteers filed into The Crossing auditorium to get an overview of the program which kicks off tonight, with 600+ kids participating. That adds up to well over 1,000 people swarming onto the church campus for five evenings this week. Every year, the church puts a huge amount of time, talent and treasure into this effort, all in an attempt to engage kids in Scripture.

Coincidentally enough, the theme for this week is “HERO.”

Kids Club is amazing and exhausting all at the same time. My kid loves it, and apparently a lot of other kids do, too. This year, over 600 kids, many who already have a natural love of heroes, will learn about how Jesus is the Ultimate Super Hero.

Based on my experiences with my son over the past two years, I would strongly recommend building on this week’s excitement by adding The Action Bible to your child’s bookshelf. (Coincidentally, it’s on sale right now at ChristianBook.com for $14.99.)

I suspect my son and I will be reading more of our copy this week as he comes home nightly with tales of the Ultimate Super Hero. That is, if I have the energy to read to him after the amazing, exhausting Kids Club experience.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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