Entertainment Aliens

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The older I get and the more I have seen and experienced, the more I appreciate the wisdom of these words:

…I want to invite all Christians to join me in this pursuit of greater purity of heart and mind. In our day, when entertainment media is virtually the lingua franca [common language] of the world, this is an invitation to be an alien. And I believe with all my heart that what the world needs is radically bold, sacrificially loving, God-besotted, “freaks” and aliens. In other words, I am inviting you to say no to the world for the sake of the world. Continue Reading…

COMING SOON: How Majestic Is Your Name – Revised

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the upcoming release of the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name. This 40-week Sunday school curriculum is designed to teach fifth grade students about the names of God and what His names reveal about His character. We are working hard to finalize all of the final details of the curriculum and are looking forward to it being available in mid to late August.

The revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name features many exciting upgrades to help you equip your teachers, engage the students in your class and impact the families at your church.

  • New and rewritten lessons: Three new lessons were added so the curriculum now has our standard 40 lessons. Original lessons have been refreshed and targeted specifically for fifth and sixth grade students.
  • All-new, original visuals: The Visuals Packet has been completely redesigned with original illustrations, photography and designs in full color. Visuals will be available in print and for electronic display.
  • Redesigned Student Notebook: The Student Notebook has been redesigned with activities specifically created for fifth grade students.
  • Enhanced parent resource: Our Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages has been expanded with more information for parents and students to grow together. This resource will also be available on our new GIFT App for iPhone and iPad.


Learn More about How Majestic is Your Name:
Read the curriculum Scope & Sequence.
Order a FREE electronic sample of the first five lessons.
Learn more about our Revised Curriculum and Upgrade Options.


Questions?
How will I know when How Majestic Is Your Name is available?
As soon as the curriculum is available, we will send out an email to our customers. You can also watch our Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and sneak peeks of the curriculum!

What should I do if I want to teach the revised curriculum but our Sunday school program is starting before it will be released?
We are very sorry for the inconvenience and are working on having it available for you as soon as possible. If you are interested in purchasing the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name but will need the material before it is released, log in or create a customer account and visit the curriculum page to order a free electronic sample. The sample includes all of the resources for the first five lessons to get your class started.

If you have any further questions about How Majestic Is Your Name, please contact customer service at 877.400.1414 or info@childrendesiringgod.org.

 

 

Play Dates and Bible Lesson Dates

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Every mother knows about scheduling “play dates” for young children. My 3-year-old grandson, David, always looks forward to his play dates with his favorite neighborhood friend, Ava. But this summer my daughter Sarah and Ava’s mom decided to go beyond simply planning play dates for their children. Now they also schedule weekly Bible lesson dates. What a great idea—spending time with your neighborhood friends learning about God together! It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, formal event. It can be as simple as reading and acting out a Bible story together, singing a simple worship song, memorizing a verse together, etc.

My daughter and her friend chose to use our preschool curriculum He Established a Testimony. My hope and pray for them is that, over time, these “Bible lesson dates” will yield a treasure far beyond the joy of their play dates.

A Profession by Pressure?

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Here are some sobering words from John Leuzarder and, unfortunately, we have probably all seen examples of the “sorrow to everyone involved.”

Having our children embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior based on a clear knowledge of the Gospel is the most important concern of a Christian parent. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14). But, we must at the same time recognize that in our zealousness to see our children saved we can subtly pressure them into making a decision to follow Christ in order to please us, rather than God who knows the heart. The consequences of a profession of faith made under pressure, and not from a sincere heart can be serious and in time can bring confusion and sorrow to everyone involved.

(The Gospel for Children: A Simple, Yet Complete Guide to Help Parents Teach Their Children the Gospel of Jesus Christ, copyright©2002, page 37)

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Head, Heart, Hands, and Habitat

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At our 2013 National Conference, Dr. Bruce Ware presented an excellent seminar titled “Teaching Children to Know and Love God by Knowing and Loving Theology.” In that seminar, he emphasized teaching biblical truth in a manner that focuses on a progression of head, heart, hands, and habitat. Here is a summary of what he means by that: Continue Reading…

How to Talk about So-Called Same-Sex Marriage with Your Children

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I ran across an article by Dr. Russell Moore recently. He writes about a topic many of us would have never imagined needing to address in our lifetime. But now, as more and more states have legalized same-sex “marriage,” it has become unavoidable. Dr. Moore gives this thoughtful advice to parents: Continue Reading…

Teaching with Eternity in Mind

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As a Sunday school teacher of young children, it’s often easy to fall into the “insignificant” trap where you’re tempted to see your time spent teaching 6- and 7-year-olds as something less than spectacular. Something merely ordinary and insignificant. But consider these words from William Farley. Although written specifically for parents, I have taken the privilege of personalizing his words for teachers in brackets:

Christians parent [teach] with one eye on eternity. Their children [students] will live forever. This is a staggering thought. We cannot imagine “forever.” Nevertheless, the destiny of our children [students] either will be love that surpasses knowledge, joy inexpressible and full of glory, coupled with peace that passes understanding, or it will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. There is no middle ground. Therefore, the Christian does not parent [teach] for this life only. The believing parent [teacher] labors to prepare each child for the day of judgment. The stakes are inexpressibly high.

 (Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. Copyright©2009, page 41.)

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Moving Youth toward Adulthood

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Years ago, Dr. Albert Mohler wrote about a disturbing trend among young people:

The transition to adulthood used to be one of the main goals of the young. Adulthood was seen to be a status worth achieving and was understood to be a set of responsibilities worth fulfilling. At least, that’s the way it used to be. Now, an entire generation seems to be finding itself locked in the grip of eternal youth, unwilling or unable to grow up.

(What If There Are No Adults? at AlbertMohler.com)

As parents and teachers, are we in any way—even inadvertently—participating in this trend? Or, are we encouraging our young people to heed this call expressed by John Piper: Continue Reading…

Promises for Parents

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You may be familiar with our resource Praying for the Next Generation, written to encourage us to pray for the spiritual welfare of our children and grandchildren. Last week, Pastor Kevin DeYoung posted a great article about the necessity of parents praying for…themselves. Here is his introduction:

You probably have a book mark somewhere with promises to pray for your children. You probably have good kid verses on your refrigerator about obedience and kindness and sharing with others. You probably have a few standby verses you share with the little ones when they start to get defiant and lippy. All good.

But do you have any verses for yourself?

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Are We Intent On Imparting the Gospel?

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Here are some great questions from Pastor David Michael:

Are we as intent on imparting the Gospel to our children as helping them with their math homework…or getting them to sports meets or music lessons? Does Sunday school or soccer take priority in our homes? Do we push them toward the world, or toward the Word? Do we take more pleasure or put more effort in our children’s achievements, or their spiritual development?
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