When I Was a Boy in Fourth Grade

Psalm 119:163I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Matthew 12:34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Stephanie Hovind was riding in the van with Grandpa one day. She saw the green button on the dash and it reminded her of the time they had pushed it before. It made them go back to visit Grandpa when he was a boy her age. Now that she was in fourth grade she wondered what Grandpa was like in fourth grade.

“Hey, Grandpa, some of the boys in my class say bad words and then laugh about it. I don’t think it makes Jesus very happy. Did kids do that when you were in fourth grade?”

“Oh, Steph! You wouldn’t believe me if I just told you. I think I would need to show you how it was in my school. Would you like to push the button again and go back to visit me when I was in fourth grade?”

“I’d love to go, Grandpa!” she said excitedly.

“OK, but remember, we can’t tell him who we really are. He will never understand you are his granddaughter from the future. We will just tell him we are visiting from Florida. Can you handle that?” laughed Grandpa.

“I sure can,” said Steph. “Let’s go visit your school.”

“I know just the time when we need to visit, too. You won’t believe it but this really happened. Buckle up, hang on and push the button please.”

Steph held tight to Grandpa’s arm and pushed the green button and POOOOOF! Before she could even blink they were in East Peoria, Illinois at Pleasant Hill Grade School standing in the hall way. Just then the bell rang for the kids to go out to recess and about thirty kids came out of the fourth grade class room all excited to go play. The last boy out was walking kind of slow and looking sad. He had short blond hair. He didn’t follow the other kids out to play. Instead he walked to the principal’s office, walked inside, and sat in a chair by the wall.

“Grandpa? Is that you?” whispered Stephanie.

“Yep! That’s me,” sighed Grandpa. “Let’s go talk with him for a minute. You can ask him why he is here.”

“They walked in the office and sat in the other chairs beside young Kent and Steph said, “Excuse me young man. You look sort of sad. Why aren’t you out at recess with the rest of the class?”

“Oh, hi,” said Kent in a sad voice. “My name is Kent. I’ve been coming into this office every recess for two weeks now. They say I wrote a note with lots of curse words in it calling my teacher lots of bad names and put it in her car window during recess. I denied it but they won’t let me go out for recess until I confess to writing the bad note.”

Just then the school principal came in and sat at his desk. He looked pretty mean! He had a hook instead of a right hand because his hand got cut off when he was younger. He also had one eye that was blind. Instead of a black spot in the middle it was white! He was big too! Kent held very still. The sign on the desk said, “Mr. George Bunell~Principal.”

Mr. Bunell leaned over the desk and handed a note to Kent along with his book where Kent had practiced his penmanship. “Now listen here, Kent Hovind,” he said in a voice that even scared Stephanie, “You’ve been coming in here every recess for two weeks now. I have asked you every time if you wrote this note and you say no. Look at this note and then look at your penmanship book. The handwriting is exactly the same. Your teacher said she saw you go over to her car and throw something in the window during recess the day she found this note in her car. I think you wrote this note and I think you are lying to me. Did you write this note?”

Young Kent looked at the note and the book and said, “No sir. I did not write this note.” Steph couldn’t believe it! Even Steph could tell he was lying about it but he was stubborn! He would NOT admit he had written the note!

Just then the phone rang and Mr. Bunell answered it. He had just started talking and was leaning w-a-a-a-a-a-y back in his big wooden chair to put his feet up on his desk when c-r-a-a-a-c-k! The chair broke into a hundred pieces and Mr. Bunell fell to the floor! Kent was s-o-o-o-o-o scared by the noise of the chair breaking and seeing Mr. Runell fall down! Mr. Bunell jumped up off the floor, slammed his hook down on the desk with a loud bang, looked right at Kent, and yelled, “DID YOU WRITE THAT NOTE?!?!”

Kent burst into tears and said, “Yes! I wrote that note and I am s-o-o-o-o-o sorry!

Mr. Bunell said, “Would you like me to tell your teacher?”

“No, sir,” said Kent as he wiped the tears away. “I would like to tell her.”

Mr. Bunell pushed a button on the intercom and called the fourth grade classroom. Pretty soon, a tall, stern-looking teacher came in the office.

“Mrs. Albright, Kent would like to tell you something,” nodded Mr. Bunell in Kent’s direction.

Mrs. Albright sat down in one of the chairs and looked at Kent. “I’m sorry Mrs. Albright. I did write that note and throw it in your car window and I’ve been lying about it for two weeks. Please forgive me.”

Mrs. Albright gave him a big hug and said, “I do forgive you, Kent. Thank you for being honest with me. I want you to remember this lesson for the rest of your life and never lie to your teacher again. Do you promise to try to do that?”

“Yes, Mrs. Albright. I never want to lie again to anyone!” sobbed young Kent.

“Alright then. You may go outside and play now.”

Kent went out the door and Steph and Grandpa followed him. “Wow!” said Steph. “When that chair exploded I almost wet my pants!”

“Me, too,” said Kent. “I’m sure glad that’s over! I’ve been in that office t-o-o-o-o-o long! I’m ready to go out for recess! It feels good to finally admit the truth. I should have done that right away.”

“What did the note say?” asked Steph.

“Well, all the boys say bad words so I just wrote them all down and called my teacher all the bad words. I don’t even know what most of them mean but I wrote them anyway. That was pretty stupid wasn’t it?”

“Hang on, Steph,” said Grandpa. “Time is up. We are headed back.” Just then POOOOF! They were back in the van again.

“Wow, Grandpa!” said Steph. “Did you really do that?”

“I am sorry to tell you that I did, Steph. I didn’t know Jesus back then. I didn’t get saved until I was sixteen years old. That was seven years later. I sure wish someone would have led me to Jesus when I was younger. It sure would have saved me a lot of trouble!”

Steph was really quiet for a few minutes. Then she said, “Grandpa? I’m sure glad I know Jesus already. I read His Word and try to obey Him as best as I can.”

“I know that, Granddaughter, and that makes me s-o-o-o-o-o proud! Maybe some of the boys in your class don’t know Jesus and that’s why they say the bad words? Maybe you can tell them about Jesus during recess or after school. You could always give them one of the Creation DVD’s to watch. At the end of every DVD it tells people how to be saved. The Bible says in Matthew 12:34-36 that what is in person’s heart is what comes out of their mouth. Those boys don’t just need to stop saying bad words. They need a new heart. Only Jesus can do that!”

“That’s a great idea, Grandpa! I’ll try that tomorrow.”

And THAT is a true story!
THE END

8 Comments

  1. Heather Wijcik November 2, 2011 5:00 am Reply

    Such a cute story. You are a very gifted story teller. Thanks for sharing this one on your blog with us. I hope you are well. We pray for you and the ministry you have often.

  2. Dorinda Vance November 9, 2011 6:35 pm Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful story. I teach young children and love to find relevant teachable stories to share with them. Your life continues to encourage, edify and challenge us. We’ll continue to pray for you and join you in praying for other believers incarcerated for Christ. Blessings, Dorinda

  3. Genevievefortruth November 9, 2011 10:24 pm Reply

    This story brings me to tears. I am so glad I found your blog. Your Creation tapes have been such a blessing to my husband and I, as we were brought up in the public school system in the Illinois suburbs. We especially like the Hovind theory, and are starting to use it as a tool to speak to family members about Christ. Bless you. I would like to know, and am curious if you like Ron Paul for president. Bless you. B&G Ferrantino

  4. Jeriah miller November 10, 2011 2:48 am Reply

    Wow! Thats an amazing story!

  5. John November 11, 2011 1:33 am Reply

    Hello Mr. HOVIND. it is great to hear you are doing well. I have to say I am glad Jesus is in charge of your life because I know all things will work out for your good. I love listening to you teach and miss it very much. Please stay strong and be encouraged. I pray for you when I think about you and I know soon you will be with your family again. God bless and I am looking forward to celebrating your release soon. Thanks for the Blog. :-}

    Your brother in Christ.
    John Caldwell

  6. Brian Martell November 29, 2011 4:51 am Reply

    Great story, My wife & I were trying to find some information about you and your wife, and came across this story. We sooooo appreciate your creation ministry. You have helped us read the Word with more understanding than we ever had before listening
    to your series on creation.We had two different copies of vhs
    one of which we placed in the local library. We now have the 2006 DVD set. We have copied about 400 tapes and dvd’s and sent them all over the country. I now have a small rock and gem shop and
    do rock and gem shows which gives me great opportunities to share
    The Lord and Creation DVD’S with others.
    Love and Prayers In Christ
    Brian and Peggy Martell

  7. Becky December 13, 2011 10:43 am Reply

    Hi Dr. Hovind,
    My friend said a quote the other day that reminds me of this story. “Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.” I’m praying for you. My husband and I recently started showing your videos along with some ICR and others in our home to whoever will come. We eat dinner and then watch a video. A few come each week.
    It’s funny how you can feel like someone who doesn’t know you is part of your family. You are. You’re family is. We have enjoyed “getting to know” Eric through his videos too. God is good. We will keep praying and signing whatever needs to be signed to help get you out of there if that’s God’s will.
    Thank you for helping me understand how incredibly loving God is to show us HIS truths. Jesus is LORD!

  8. Alan February 16, 2012 2:23 am Reply

    Dr. Hovind
    I first saw you on a cable access channel while living in new jersey. It must have been 11 years ago or so(sorry for not writing sooner). I was a staunch evolutionists and an avid drug user(probably part of the reason I couldn’t see the truth). I probably watched your show for 20 minutes before I realized that you were presenting evidence contrary to evolutionary teaching. That was definitely a first for me. You woke me up and forced me to look at the evidence. Which believe me wasn’t easy having an iq of 135 and I thought I was smarter than most. The bottom line is I’m now born again, baptized in the holy spirit happily married with 4 kids and three years ago preached my first sermon(on creation vs evolution why it matters). If your interested I can send it to you. I’m just writing you to say thank you for making a difference in my life. I owe you. If there is anything you need me to do just name it. I hope this note finds you well. Yours in Christ.

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