Archive - July, 2013

Defining Providence

Purpose

Could you give a clear, concise definition of the providence of God? Do you think a 6th grader could? Try to fill in the blanks below:

Providence Definition - Blank

The above definition of providence is used throughout the My Purpose Will Stand curriculum. It helps students learn incrementally 1) What God’s providence is; 2) The extent of His providence; and 3) How to respond to His providence.

We asked the author, Sally Michael, a few questions about the newly-revised curriculum:

Q: Why is the providence of God such an important concept for children to learn and understand?

A: Understanding God’s providence gives a person a place of security in all the circumstances of life. If children understand everything is under God’s constant care, they have the foundation for learning that they can trust God.

Q: What is your hope for students who learn about God’s providence?

A: My hope is that children will have the understanding that nothing escapes God’s notice but everything is under His sovereign care, leading them to have the confidence that they can trust God in all circumstances.

Q: What was your main objective in revising the lessons, which were previously written for 2nd through 6th grade classes?

A: My main objective was to specifically target 6th grade students, using appropriate activities and teaching illustrations that match a 6th graders’ intellectual comprehension. In so doing, I was able to answer some critical questions about God’s providence that 6th graders would ask such as, “If God is sovereign, why pray?” and “If God is sovereign does man have real choices?”.

Learn more about My Purpose Will Stand or view curriculum samples.


By the end of 40 Lessons, the majority of students will have this helpful definition memorized:

Providence Definition - Complete

Teaching Authority to Children

Authority - Moore

Children’s ministry leaders: Here is an important reminder from Dr. Russell Moore, as you recruit, train, and prepare your staff and volunteers for the coming school year. As he shares in this short video:

You do not need, as you are looking for volunteers, to find people who are the most like the children in order to lead them. … You are not a peer with the children. You are not a buddy with the children. You are instead a leader and a teacher and you are pointing and driving them along to maturity and to recognize authority.

You asked… We answer!

QandA

This is the first in a series of new posts to answer commonly-asked questions that come in to our customer service line. If you have a question, please send it to us!

We recently introduced Holly and Annie—the friendly and helpful voices you hear when you call to place an order or ask a question. I asked Holly and Annie, “What are a lot of customers asking these days?” Here were their top hits:

Question: When can I purchase the newly revised My Purpose Will Stand curriculum?

Answer: NOW!!! You can learn more or view samples. Or find out more about our Revised Curriculum.

Question: If I am using the original version of My Purpose Will Stand, can I still purchase the newly-revised workbooks?

Answer: The content of the revised version has changed so significantly, including new lessons, and improvements to illustrations, activities and more. As a result, the original and revised workbooks are not interchangeable.

However, we are offering significant discounts for customers who are using the original version of My Purpose Will Stand. You can learn more about Upgrades or call us for more information.

Holly and Annie noted that many of their recent customer questions concern the newly-revised curriculum. Your questions may be answered in our Revised Curriculum FAQs. But if you still have a question or need more help, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877.400.1414 (9am – 3pm CST). We would love to help you!

Creative Classroom Idea: Books of the Bible Clothesline Activity

Teachers, are you looking for a fun and creative activity to help your younger elementary students learn the books of the Bible? Learning this important skill will help children become more proficient in searching for, and finding, Scripture verses in their own Bibles. Try this simple activity in your classroom.

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Teaching with the Right Emphasis

Need for God


True or false?

God loves me.
God cares for me.
God provides for me.
God hears me when I pray.

It is essential that we teach with the right emphasis. In this short video, David and Sally Michael help us to see the above statements in their proper light and learn how to focus children’s attention on the truth and place the accent on God.


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.—Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)

Tell Us Your Story

When we first began this blog, we envisioned it as an interactive tool in which to encourage one another in our respective churches and homes.  To that end, we earnestly desire for you to send us your stories so that others may benefit and learn from your experiences, resulting in thanksgiving and praise to our great Savior, who is at work in the midst of His people. (more…)

Protecting the Children in Our Care

Children and Youth Ministry Leaders:

This must-read article by Deepak Reju is posted over at The Gospel Coalition’s website: “Predators in the Pew: Protecting Against Child Abuse in Your Church.” Here are his main points:
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The Bridge Ministry: Reaching Children in the City

Ever wonder how other people and churches are implementing the Children Desiring God curriculum? The Bridge, a ministry of Southwest Church in Topeka, Kansas, included a Bible study outreach program that used Children Desiring God curriculum. This video shares how Chris Stewart and his team used Children Desiring God material in their ministry, and how families benefitted from exposure to God-centered teaching. (more…)

Thank you for calling CDG… How May I Help You?

Recently we said goodbye to our longtime customer service representative, Jim. You might be wondering, “Who is going to help me order curriculum?” Never fear! We are very pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our customer service team, Holly and Annie.

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The Cat, the Blanket, and a Big Truth

When my son Jacob was in 5th grade, he studied the curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study on the Providence of God in Sunday School. Week after week I would ask him what he was learning. Much to my frustration, his typical reply was something like, “We learned stuff about God,” or some other vague answer.

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