Joanna Jespersen: Throwing Stones


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Joanna Jespersen: Throwing Stones (John 8:2-11)

Joanna Jespersen, minister to children and families at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas, directs children’s attention to kindness. She refers to the common saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” In reality, unkind words can hurt deeply.

When a group of men threatened to stone a woman caught in sexual sin, Jesus’ response to them caused them to drop their stones. Jespersen guides children to turn actual rocks into blessings rather than something to throw at someone.

This children’s devotion was shared online during August 2020, for the children’s ministry of Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas.

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