Saturday, October 27, 2012

10 21 2012 - Muley's Kids Message at Church

As you know, Muley gets to address the kids (as well as the whole congregation) once in a while at church and share his thoughts on things.  Biblical things, of course.  It's usually pretty fun, and funny, while getting a point across.

The most recent newsletter shows last Sunday's sermon being taught by the Mule, so check out the newsletter here for more information, but certainly here to see the photo.

Keep your eye on the site here and at Muley's Facebook page for upcoming appearances at church: that the thought comes up:  Did you know that the first appearance of SuperMule was at this church before we ever attended it?  Let us know if we should share that story.  Comment below or visit facebook.

###  Transcript of the Kids' Message ###

(First, a reading from the bible that leads to the kids' message)

Matthew 10.7 – 14

(Jesus said), “As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 

Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.  Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave.  As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.”

(Then, Muley says...)

So, ever hear that old saying that nothing is free?  I have. You know who says it all the time?  Old folks.  But, it’s true!  I mean, when you’re our age grown-ups take good care of us and give us food, shelter, clothes…but, they have to pay for it!  When you’re our age, you get stuff free, but they don’t.  That’s why they always say ‘nothing is free.’
But, there are SOME things that ARE free, and that’s what the reading was today.  Yeah, it was Jesus talking to his disciples early on in their career as…disciples.  But, Jesus gave them his blessings and his power… for FREE! …  It SORT of came with a price, though.
Let’s think about this a second.  Okay, let’s say your mom and dad put you in clothes and give you a book of knowledge.  They send you out into the world and tell you, “You can only ever have these clothes and this book of knowledge and you can share the information in this book, but you can never accept money or clothes for the knowledge you share.  All you may have are these clothes and this knowledge. You will share it for free because I give you these things now for free.”
Well, I don’t know that I’d much like hearing that. I like my toys and my clothes … when I wear them… and other stuff I have; but, I do like sharing and always share with my friends.  Jesus told his disciples you can only wear the stuff you have and share the blessings I give you to share for free, and take no money because you got it for free. 
You know what? Have you ever stopped to think?  Let’s do this now, stop and think for a second.  Okay, that’s enough.  This little mule has to stop and think about things once in a while, and I just thunk a thought.  Did you guys realize that we DO get something for free?  Every DAY we get something for free, yeah!  What do you think it is?  Anybody in the peanut gallery want to make a guess?
Every day, we receive blessings in what food we have or what clothes we have or what shelter we have, and in the way of beautiful weather, sunshine, trees and grass, friends and family!  Also, every day, we get an even greater freebie in the love that Jesus has for us.  That’s something we can count on, and something we can share with others…for free!
So, when you are out in the world at school or play, remember to share Jesus’ love.  Oh, and remember, Muley loves ya!  See you real soon!  Bye now.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thumbs Up for Lane - A Legacy Continues...

You may remember our story a few weeks about about "Thumbs Up fo Lane" Goodwin who was suffering from cancer, but a neat bandwagon started with everyone posting 'thumbs up' images to honor his own thumbs up.  After all, you have to love a kid whose quoted as saying, "NO low does chemo, I'm not going down without a fight!  Tell them to bring out the Big Guns because we are not going to shoot it, we are gonna NUKE it!" 

Sadly, news broke recently of his passing.  It's been a long fight for him since 2010, which doesn't seem that long a time but can be forever when you're dealing with cancer.  However, he faced it like a trooper and, along the way, inspired us all.

But, his story isn't ending as a foundation has recently begun being set up by his family to continue the fight against childhood cancer.  Click below to read more (on facebook).  The page shows how you can begin donating to the Lane Goodwin Foundation.

And, of course, this lends us to our own pet charity with The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis where 51 kids and their families stay (for free, I might add) while being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Those Cold Days...

You'll recall that we like doing the quick "Muley-Mini" strips, just a fast doodle of the day in the life of Muley and pals.  Today, we consider the weather and how to make it wonderful...