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In The Name Of Being Macho – by Alfred (a short story for kids)

Once upon a time, in a place called New York there lived a little kid named Llyod. He loved Christian comic books much more than the average kid. He loved to read them and collect them. His private collection was becoming a bit of a legend all by itself.

Llyods big brother, Bernard who was 19 years old mocked Llyod that he was 14 and still reading comic books. He told him that he should have out grown them when he turned 13, and hes only being a sissy and freak to not let go of reading comics.

Comics are not for the Alpha male, Llyod, Bernard would always tell his brother.

Llyod wanted to be tough and live up to his big brothers standards but he just didnt know if he could let go of reading Christian comics. His love for Christian comic books ran deep: ocean deep.

Llyod found himself regularly arguing and asking questions to Bernard as to what makes a cool thing like Christian comics suddenly become uncool not because of the quality of the comics getting poorer but because you got a little older.

One day, their Mum walked in on their argument. After hearing both sides out, their Mum told Llyod that he shouldnt listen to his brother. That everybody has the right to do or be whatever they wanted to be as far as it wasnt hurting anyone else or themselves or was an act of disobedience against God. She told him that its best hes true to himself and that things generally end badly for those who deny themselves the privilege of being themselves just to please others. She said that Jesus would want him to keep reading comics because Jesus wouldnt want him to trade his happiness for what he taught an alpha male should be.

The days that followed were full of Bernard making fun of Llyod for reading comics and deciding to be a sissy forever, until it was just too much for Llyod to bear and so he decided to give up comic books despite how bad it hurt inside.

Bernard insisted he helped Llyod throw away the comics. He had never offered to help Llyod with anything before. Why this and Why now? Llyod wondered.

Bernard said he just wanted to make sure the comics got thrown away. Ok! That made perfect sense. But when Llyod wanted to follow Bernard to go throw away the comics, Bernard refused and said it was best he went alone. Llyod couldnt see a reason why but he just let it slide.

Years later when they had both grown up and they were both married with children, Llyod along with his wife and two kids paid a surprise visit to Bernards home for Bernards first sons high school graduation party, and he was shocked beyond words when he found Bernard re-reading his stack of old Christian comics that he said hed help Llyod throw away. Plus, he had a large stack of very new ones too. Regret filled Lloyd’s heart. If only he had known he would have listened to Mum. He could have been true to himself. His brother had only wanted the comics for himself.


I’m Only Eating All This Now Because I Don’t Know If I Would Eat In The Evening – by Alfred (a short story for kids)

Once upon a time there lived a little Christian girl named Cindy. She loved the Lord with all her heart and loved her Mum and Dad too.

Cindy wanted to be a child actor and she made her Mum take her to audition for roles. Her Mum was very supportive because she was an actress too but she wanted her daughter to start staring earlier than she started starring in movies. She wanted to give her daughter the early opportunity that she wished she had. She could relate with her daughter’s dreams now because they were similar to her dreams when she was her age.

Cindy’s Dad was also very supportive. He also was in the movie business too but he was not an actor.

Since Cindy and her Mum were Christians they could not accept any and any role. Cindy’s Mum had to read the script inside out because Hollywood is sometimes heartless and would cast kids in the most inappropriate and evil roles imaginable; not caring about what damage they are doing psychologically to the actor or to their audience.

Even though Cindy wanted to star in a Christian movie, Cindy’s best bet was to star in a “Family Friendly” movie; because Hollywood hates to talk about Jesus unless they are using his name as a curse word.

Cindy’s Mum finally struck gold. She found the best script she could possibly get. It was very family friendly even though it had a scene that was a little disturbing, her daughter’s character would not be in that particular scene.

Cindy auditioned for the role and she won. She was very happy. She had gotten her first big role in a major motion picture film.

Cindy, her Mum and her Dad went out to celebrate.

Cindy’s Mum became her official manger even though she was still an actress herself and had her own manager.

Shooting schedules where hectic and Cindy often times didn’t know when she would be eating. She went from having fixed times for breakfast, lunch and dinner to having lunch at dinner time and sometimes even having breakfast at dinner time.

Her new world was really taking a toll on her and sometimes because of confused, mixed up and unknown times for her next meal; Cindy often found herself hungry during takes.

To make matters worse, since Hollywood is skinny – crazy; Cindy’s character was supposed to be skinny.

Now that won’t have been a problem if Cindy had a fixed and regulated eating schedule but sadly she didn’t and since her Mum wasn’t always there because she had her own acting roles herself; she didn’t observe every little thing that Cindy was struggling with because of her new life even though she observed some things and helped her daughter out with the things she needed help in knowing.

One day, another little girl on the set was in Cindy’s dressing room. They had come to be friends even though Cindy knew the girl was not a Christian. The girl’s name was Jessica.

Cindy complained to Jessica about her problems with the impromptu shooting times and her forever changing meal times.

Jessica told Cindy that she is going to give her some advise as a friend on how she herself handles it but she must promise not to tell anybody even her Mum.

Cindy promised.

Jessica told Cindy that she should always eat two meals or three meals ahead and skip the meals she added to her “2 in 1″ meal when the time for that meal comes. In other words, in the morning she should also eat her afternoon food if she is not sure that she would be free in the afternoon, then when afternoon comes if she happens to be free she should not eat that afternoon because she already ate her afternoon food along with her morning food. That way even if she not free in the afternoon she would not feel it.

It sounded wise to Cindy. She thanked Jessica over and over again for sharing with her; her precious show – biz success secret.

Cindy didn’t tell her Mum about it. She started practicing what she had learnt from Jessica.

The lady that Cindy’s Mum told to watch over Cindy when she was not around saw what Cindy was doing and cautioned her about it but Cindy didn’t listen to her since she was not an actress. After all, what did she know about show – biz? Cindy was only bothered that she had not practiced her show – biz success secret secretly enough, and somebody had found out.

Cindy became more secretive about her new eating methods so that nobody else would be able to know her precious show – biz success secret which she had learned from her very good friend, Jessica.

Cindy often found herself still eating her afternoon food even when she ate her morning and afternoon food in the morning.

Cindy didn’t notice that she was now faced with a new struggle that stood the risk of making her fat, as opposed to her old struggle that only stood the risk of leaving her hungry a little longer than normal; until Cindy could not fit into her costumes one day.

The director was furious. The costumes were expensive. They could not start sewing new costumes to fit her added weight with the budget they had.

The director, like the rest of Hollywood was skinny – crazy so to him; a movie with a female lead actor any short of skinny wasn’t good even though it was a family friendly movie.

The director started thinking of a solution while Cindy was trying to lose weight, still eating with her new eating formula that Jessica had given her.

No matter what Cindy did, she kept gaining weight until a fitness trainer was assigned to her and found out about her strange eating formula.

Before Cindy could begin to properly loose weight, some of the studio heads where already angry with the delay in the shooting and so they took advantage of a clause in her contract that would have almost needed a magnifying glass to see to kick Cindy off the set. Cindy’s eyes opened when Jessica laughed at Cindy and told her that they had given her her former role.

Cindy now learnt a real success – secret: that we should be cautious about making friends or receiving advise from people; especially when we find ourselves in environments where the people are notorious for being ungodly.


Injections Freak Me Out – by Alfred (a short story for kids)

Once upon a time there lived a little Christian girl named Nancy. She was also a Tomboy and she loved to play soccer with her friends everyday after school. Her Mum allowed her to play outside after school as long as she finished her homework first and also finished the little shores she had to do around the house. She loved playing more than anything and she loathed injections more than anything.

One day, after Nancy’s Mum had brought her back from school, Nancy’s Mum told Nancy that should would be coming back a bit late so she and her twin sister Becky should be good. She (Mum) would be going to a missionary doctor’s house to discuss some church matters with him as she was one of the key coordinators of the church’s affairs.

That day, after Nancy finished her homework and her shores she was about to rush out with her ball to play soccer but it started to pour down rain.

Nancy was ballistic. She couldn’t believe it. Just when she was about to have some more fun it just started to rain.

Nancy’s Mum never allowed Nancy to play out in the rain so Nancy knew what the rain beginning to fall meant to her opportunity to play. But wait, there was something different this time. It was that her Mum wasn’t around. Even though she knew that if her Mum was around she wouldn’t have let her go out to play in the rain, Nancy still stepped out into the rain.

Nancy’s twin sister, Becky pulled Nancy back into the house. A little argument followed which was followed by Becky saying, “don’t say I didn’t warn you”, and Nancy saying, “you are not Mum. I can do whatever I want.”

Nancy tried to get the other girls who played soccer with her to get out of their house and play with her but they all taught that she was crazy for wanting to play in the rain.

Nancy was angry with them and a bit disappointed. If they didn’t want to have fun she would still have fun. She decided to go back inside the house and bring out her and her sister’s basketball ball so she would shoot hoops under the rain in their backyard. She had always been a strong willed person.

Becky just relaxed and watched her sister from inside the house like someone who was watching a cartoon.

5 hours later, Nancy was lying in bed sick.

Becky walked over to her sister and said, “I told you so.”

Nancy was too sick to have the strength to argue. She however began to softly plead with Becky that she shouldn’t mention that she is sick to Mum because she just knew that Mum would take her to the hospital and they would give her an injection and nothing freaked her out in the world more than injections.

Becky told Nancy that she couldn’t be serious because Mum would still find out by herself that she’s sick when she sees her, even if nobody says anything.

Nancy still begged Becky to keep quiet. She told her that she had a plan to keep Mum from finding out anything is worth doing if it would keep her from taking an injection.

Late that evening, after their Mum arrived Nancy pretended to be already asleep and already tucked up in bed while Becky welcomed Mum into the house.

When their Mum entered the twins room to check up on Nancy, Becky distracted Mum to prevent her from getting close and kissing Nancy Good Night because then she would feel her temperature and know that Nancy was sick.

Somehow the plan worked and it looked as if Nancy would get away with going to sleep sick.

Later that night after everyone one in the house had retired to bed, Becky told Nancy that she didn’t think it was a good idea for her to go to bed sick that she had a really bad feeling about it.

Nancy told Becky that she knew what she was doing. We told her everything would be alright.

A few hours later, Nancy was now shivering in bed, the sickness had grown worse. Nancy forced herself to endure, anything was better than injections. She tried to force herself to sleep but woke up five minutes later feeling a whole lot worse. At his point it became clear to Nancy that if she didn’t get help soon she wouldn’t make it to the next morning.
Nancy woke up her sister to wake up her Mum and tell her what’s going on.

Nancy’s Mum quickly rushed Nancy to the hospital with Becky accompanying them. And as you would guess Nancy was given an injection. It was then that Nancy realized that injections like most things in life (example hard work) may not be pleasant or the most fun thing in the world to do but at the end of the day it is the result that it brings that makes it worth while.

Don’t be afraid of injections or anything else you know is good for you but is not pleasant to do. The result it would bring should be what would steer you on.


Love Is The Answer – by Alfred (a short story for kids)

Once upon a time in a land far far away there lived two kings. One’s name was Duncan while the other one’s name was Victor.

King Duncan was the King of the people of Tish and King Victor was the King of the people of Ling.

The two Kings were at war and had been fighting for years. No one seemed to be winning the battle but lives were lost on both sides everyday.

King Victor had gotten very old and it was clear that he would soon be leaving the land of the living. He was already too old to be leading his people much less leading them in times of war, and it was also clear that he would have to appoint a new ruler to sit on the throne soon.

King Victor had six sons. Which of his sons is he going to pick; was the question on everyone’s mind in his castle but no one ever spoke about it out in the open. But in any case everyone knew in their minds that King Victor was going to choose his first son, the brave Prince Casper. He was handsome, strong and well read. He already had a record of successfully leading a few major battles. If any one was fit for the throne it was him.

The faithful day for King Victor to choose a successor finally came and he had ordered for everyone in the kingdom to be gathered.

To every one’s surprise, King Victor choose his youngest son to be his successor.

His youngest son, Prince Placid was a gentle and quiet soul. He had never gone to war ever in his life and he read books that at the time was strange to people in the land of far far away. One of such books is the bible.

No one could believe that the King had chosen Prince Placid; but the King’s decision was the King’s decision and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

Days later, King Victor died and Prince Placid became King Placid.

The first thing King Placid’s advisers wanted to know was how be planned to continue and also win the war against King Duncan who had withstood his father and his army for so many years.

King Placid simply answered, “With peace and love.”

They taught he must have flipped but no one dared speak because he was the King.
King Placid’s first act was to order the soldiers to dress in non-battle gear and then march to King Duncan’s land carrying all sorts of foods and yummy treats to give to the people of Tish (King Duncan’s kingdom). King’s Placid told them that he is doing this because the bible tells us that we should love every one for God loves everyone. And that the people of King Duncan’s kingdom have suffered just as much as the people of his kingdom because of the war.

King’s Placid’s people taught he was crazy and extremely unworthy to be King but there was nothing they could do, he was their King so they had to carry out his orders.

When the people of King Duncan’s kingdom saw their enemies bringing them food that they really needed, they were surprised. They taught it was some kind of trick so they asked the soldiers of King Placid who were bringing the food to taste it first so that they could be certain that it is not poisoned. Minutes later, the soldiers of King Placid where eating happily with the people of King Duncan’s kingdom.

When King Duncan heard of this he was outraged. He did not care about the fact that his enemies had brought his people food. He was just furious because his people and King Placid’s people had sat down together and eaten together.

King Duncan immediately got his soldiers together and ordered them to attack King Placid’s kingdom.

When news of this reached King Placid, his advisers where thinking that surely King Placid would surely be regretting his earlier decision right now.

However, to their surprise King Placid gave an order that none of the soldiers of the army that is about to attack them was to be hurt. Now his advisers taught that he had definitely flipped but what could they do, he was the King.

King Placid then added that his soldiers should build an impenetrable wall of fire between the approaching soldiers of King Duncan and his own people.The fire was to be so hot and so thick that none of the enemy soldiers would dare think of running through it.

It was done as King Placid had said, and so it was impossible for King Duncan’s soldiers to cross through to harm King Placid’s people. King Duncan’s people also observed that none of King Placid’s people where interested in hurting them. After they got tired of trying in vain they had to return to their land. King Duncan was angry when he received the news that his people could do nothing. He just sat in his chair and fumed.

Meanwhile, back in the land of Ling, King Placid gathered his soldiers to together. The advisers wondered what it would be this time.

King Placid told and his soldiers to carry more free food to King Duncan’s people. They weren’t to wear their solider’s uniform and they should allow any civilians that wanted to go with them to go with them but carrying food for King Duncan’s people too.

King Duncan’s people where shocked to see King Placid’s people coming with food. They couldn’t understand it. Away minutes later they where all eating together like one people – they were all eating together like no such thing as a war existed between them.

When King Duncan heard of this he was so furious that he matched out there and ordered that every one from King Placid’s kingdom present should be killed.

Surprisingly, King Duncan’s own people protested against him. They said that all he wants is war war war. They said that he’s only thinking about himself and not them, his people. They told King Duncan that the new king of Ling, King Placid doesn’t wan’t war and quite frankly they are glad that at least one king is tired of the war. The war had taken up a lot of their resources and is the major reason while many of them lack food. Besides they added, they had just made new friends with some of the people of King Placid’s kingdom that were present and they had to admit that peacefully eating together sure makes them wish they would do it forever and not have to return to the reality that they should be at war in the morning.

“WHAT???”, King Duncan cried. “THIS IS TREASON. There would be war. There is a war and There would always be a war until we win. But in the mean time all you traitors must die along with the people of King Placid whom you call your new best friends.”

King Duncan had ordered that his own people who wanted the war to end peacefully to be killed.

Well, lets just say that a few hours after that, King Duncan was beaten and chased away from his own kingdom by his own people. The people of the former King Duncan joined the people of King Placid and they became one people. Thus, the war was over. All because King Placid choose to follow the way of the bible and follow the way of peace in-spite of how irrational it looked at times, he had not only ended a war but he had also gained a kingdom. Thanks be to Jesus.


Lord, I Need Your Help My Daddy Fell Into A Coma – by Alfred (a short story for kids)

Once upon a time there lived a rough teenage boy named Collin. He didn’t believe in God and he loathed any attempt by anyone to tell him about God, especially attempts made by his father.

Collin’s Dad kept trying and trying to bring his son to Christ but his son just won’t let go of his hatred for God. He was extremely mad at God. He was mad at his Dad too because his Dad only showed up in his life a year after his Mum died and he had had to live on the rough and merciless streets since her death.

Collin’s Dad came saying he had just become a Christian and he wants to make amends and that he now realizes what a mistake it was for him to walk out on Collin and his mother.

No matter what Collin’s Dad did for Collin to get him to forgive him and also to accept Christ, it only seemed to make Collin hate God more. Even though he now lived in a large house with his Dad he continually did what he had always done, but this time he did it in rebellion.
He ran with the wrong crowd and he soon joins a gang.

His Dad finds out weeks later and is devastated.

In anger, he tracks down the secret location where the gang has meetings and bursts into one of their meetings and in anger started shouting at them and told them to stay away from his son.

Collin’s Dad ends up getting severely stabbed by the gang members. Collin tried to stop them but all his efforts to protect his Dad where in vain. When one of them stabbed Collin too, Collin’s eyes started to clear up a little and he could now see who his real friends where. His real friends were definitely not the gang members around him. All he had was family and his last family relative – his Dad lay at his feet fighting for his life totally covered in stab wounds all because of him.

Collin announced in anger that he was going to retire from the gang right there and then and as the gang members stepped forward to beat him because according to the rules their is no such thing as out, Collin flicked on a lighter and threw it into nearby gallon of a highly flammable fuel. He had set fire on the gang’s secret hide out. In the commotion, Collin escaped, partially carrying his wounded father who was using what was left of this strength to help his son help him get away.

Hours later, Collin’s Dad was lying in a hospital in a coma. Collin has nothing else to do but to call on God.

He tries to recall everything his Dad had ever told him about God. He was also under major pressure because he knows that for turning away from the gang the gang would have revenge by getting at him to kill him and his dad also.

Collin prays and prays. The praying that his father did that he detested was now what he did or at least was trying to do. He needed a miracle.

Collin ran to a church and told the pastor everything. The pastor counseled him, lead him to Christ and went to the hospital with him to pray for his father. The Pastor also used his influence to get the police to protect Collin and his Dad.
The pastor put Collin in a program for recovering gang members and by the time Collin was out of the months long program, his Dad had woken up from the coma.

Collin rushed to his father’s side with tears in his eyes. He threw his arms around him and said’ “Father, I’m sorry for everything. I have been a fool. I know you are sorry you left me and Mum. I forgive you for that. I know you love me. Now I ask that you forgive me for the many times I’ve turned down your love since you returned.”

Tears were now flowing down Collin’s Dad’s cheeks like the perfect picture of a spring in the mountains of paradise.
“I do son. I love you more than you can ever imagine.”

This is so much like God’s love for us. God loves us so much that in-spite of our many transgressions he still loves us. Even when you do not love him, he still loves you and when you are ready to come to him, he rushes out with open arms to accept you into his kingdom. God loves us all. God is love.