Archive - April, 2013

March 29 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our March 29 drawing. Kenny, Sherrie, Jeffrey, Andrew, and Jessica will be receiving a copy of Helping Children to Understand the Gospel. Make sure to check in this coming Friday for our next contest!

Why Our Kids Need Big Truths

Watch this inspiring testimony of how the teaching of big biblical truths prepared a family to stand strong in faith amid profound suffering:

The Watters’ Story

Also, you might want to take a closer look at the curriculum they were using—My Purpose Will Stand: A Study for Children on the Providence of God.

The Parent-Church Partnership

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Many years ago at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, John Piper presented a sermon series titled “Education for Exultation.” In one particular sermon he focused on Psalm 145:4,

One generation shall praise your works to another, And shall declare your mighty acts.

In the sermon he stated the following important reminder,

Foundational to all our ministry to children and young people is that God’s ordinary way of shaping children into radically committed, risk-taking, countercultural, wise, thinking, loving, mature, world Christians is through parents who teach and model a God-centered, Bible-saturated worldview to their children. Why do we start with that conviction? Because Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up….”

The Biblical pattern is for parents, especially fathers, not to relinquish their role as the primary teachers and shapers of their children’s mind and heart – not even to the church. The Biblical pattern is for parents to impart to their children a God-centered, Bible-saturated vision for all of life.

But his next point was the important role that the church plays in partnering with parents. He then gives 5 practical reasons:

1) Some children don’t have believing parents;

2) some single parent homes are so stressed and overworked that they need all the help they can get;

3) there is a whole range of competencies in moms and dads that may need supplementing in the world the way it is (if not the way it should be);

4) even the best home-teaching will benefit from reinforcement in a corporate setting; and

5) some aspects of God’s character may be caught better in a larger corporate setting than at home.

These are important words to keep in mind. Let’s not partake of the “Home vs. Church Wars.” Parents, let’s acknowledge and humbly accept the equipping power of the church. Church, let’s proclaim and affirm the primary role of parents, and then do all we can to assist them.

Friday Contest 4/5/13

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Comment on this blog post with a short testimony of how you have seen God’s good design through disability in your church. Or, suggest a meaningful way in which churches can better minister to families with special needs. We will select 3 entries to receive Krista Horning’s inspiring book, Just the Way I am: God’s Good Design in Disability. (more…)

Do you see God’s GOOD design in children with special needs?

Imagine a new child coming in to your 4th grade Sunday school class. He has a motorized wheelchair. He cannot speak intelligible words. His eyes, when open, seem to wander aimlessly. But every once and a while he seems to focus on a face or a sound. He smiles. Sometimes he lets out an excited “Ha, ha!”

Are you ready and willing to welcome him?

Are the other students in the class ready to welcome him? (more…)

A Father’s Blessing

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One of the most significant and defining events in our children’s lives occurred every night at bedtime. My husband would take Sarah and Jacob aside and have a time of prayer with them. At the end of the prayer time, he would lay a hand on each bowed head and pray a “blessing” over them. Throughout the years, on good days and bad days, each day ended with a tired father calling out to God to bless his children. It was amazing to see how that blessing time served to calm troubled hearts and reconcile broken relationships. The impact on both father and children is immeasurable. Our children treasured that special time with their dad.

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Sunday Morning Liberators—Encouragement for the Front Lines

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Ever feel weary going into the classroom on Sunday mornings?

Ever feel like the “good” stuff is happening down the hall in the adult classrooms?

Ever feel like your ministry to children is seen as glorified babysitting by some?

Do you and others on your ministry team need some encouragement this week? (more…)

“Why Did God Put the Tree in the Garden in the First Place?” Contest Winners

As the question above from a 3rd grader demonstrates, teaching children can really keep you on your “theological toes.” Children can come up with the most basic yet profound questions—questions that theologians have thought about and wrestled with for years. As teachers we need to be prepared to thoughtfully and truthfully answer our student’s questions with age-appropriate language and concepts. That is no easy task, especially when the question isn’t specifically addressed in Scripture. So how did some of our readers answer the contest question? Here are some excerpts showing the scope of the answers: (more…)

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On the Road with CDG

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This week Children Desiring God hits the road for two major events. First stop is The Cincinnati Homeschool Convention (April 4-6). David and Sally Michael will be presenting two workshops:

  • A Vision for Growing a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting Generation
  • Teaching the Bible to Spread the Supremacy of God in All Things (more…)
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