When I was little, I went to a Christian daycare center. It was a really cool place in the San Fernando Valley on 14 acres of land. Is that even possible? In Los Angeles? Anyway, the daycare picked my sister and I up from the local elementary school 5 blocks away, and watched us until my mom could pick us up at 6pm.
In the summer it was even better, because it became an all-day program, complete with an Olympic-sized pool with 2 diving boards and a slide, an amusement park sized slide (the kind you have to walk up 200 stairs and ride down on a square of carpet), ponies, and basketball courts. The summer theme was covered wagon days (they actually had one, too!), so in addition to learning bible verses and studying about Jesus, our daily activities included making candles and yarn dolls, churning butter, bobbing for apples, kick the can, etc. It was a blast. And if it was your birthday, you got your very own banana split!
OK, I am getting a bit off subject, but thinking back, I cannot believe how fun we had it at that camp! I wish more camps would do that nowadays.....I guess the 80's had their good points.
So, anyway, one of the teachers there took a liking to my sister and I, and asked my mom if she could take us to bible school on Sundays for awhile. She picked us up at our house and took us to Grace Community Church. I don't remember much about the bible class itself, but I definitely remember attending. I must have been about 8, my sister 5.
Fast forward to present day, a friend turned me on to a great pastor and teacher, John MacArthur. Turns out, he is the pastor of the church that the sweet teacher took my sister and I to, back in the day!
I listen to his sermons via podcast everyday in my car, and sometimes listen to KKLA when he is on in the morning (6:30am), since I have 45 minutes during my commute each way. I love how he speaks the truth and teaches directly from the Bible. He even spends the time to study and interpret the words in the Bible to accurately teach the intended meaning, even if it differs from present day translation.
gty.org, and you can search the website by bible book or sermon topic.
He is one of my favorites to listen to and read....who are your favorites? I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments section.
Disclosure: What, are you really reading this? I don't have to have a disclosure on this because it's my own goofy giveaway! Take that, disclosure police!