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Pastor Karl, Thanks so much for coming to our church! My 3 kids absolutely loved the show and got such a kick out of you! I can't tell you how you touched my heart at the teacher training on Saturday morning. My husband and I pray constantly for God's strength and widow as we parent an especially spirited, creative and energetic 11-year old boy. He loves Jesus and wants to do the right thing, but as you said, seems to find it impossible to keep such a "larger than life" personality bottled up in a little boy body. Your story gave me suc hope and encouragement. Thanks again and may God bless your beautiful family and ministry.
- Steph H.
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Title: Crouching Sin, Hidden Temptation
Author/Source: Karl Bastian
Topic: Cain and Abel
Summary: The story of Cain and Abel is usually used as a lesson on the proper gifts to give to God, however, there is not much in the text to explain why God was more pleased with Abel’s gift than Cain’s – we just see that Abel did what was right. Whether it was because Abel’s was ‘first fruits’ and Cain’s was ‘left overs’ – or whether Cain was supposed to also offer an animal is not clear. What is clear is that Cain failed, he messed up, or perhaps even made a mistake. (though not likely) Kids fail a lot. They mess up. They make mistakes. Sometimes it is on purpose, often it is by mistake. The important thing for kids to learn is that while failure is a part of life, how we RESPOND when we fail is very important. We have a choice, we can learn from our mistake, or make a bigger mistake. We can attack or learn. Cain chose to attack. We need to learn to say, “I’m sorry” and learn from the failure.

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