Archive - December, 2013

Grace, Courage, and Resolve for the New Year

A new year is upon us and—no surprise—our world is in upheaval. As an example, look at the speed at which our society has turned away from a biblical understanding of gender and marriage. No matter how much we as parents and a church community try to “absorb” the societal conflicts on behalf of our children, there is no way to completely shield them from the realities in which we now live. Nor, should merely “shielding” our children be our top priority. Rather, let us strive to equip our children. We must equip them to live in a fallen world with a strong and sure hope and defense: the Gospel of Jesus. How can parents, teachers, and the church work toward this end in the coming year? Here are a few New Year resolutions to consider: (more…)

Fight the Fight of Faith in the New Year

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January 1 is a great time to commit to memorizing Scripture. Our Fighter Verses Bible Memory program is designed to help you memorize one passage of Scripture each week. These verses  focus on the character and worth of our great God, encourage believers to battle against our fleshly desires and remind believers of the hope of the Gospel. Whether you are memorizing with your church, your family or on your own, here are some resources to help you get started:

Visit FighterVerses.com for more free resources and tools for memorization!

 

Christmas That Lasts

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No matter what your Christmas celebration may have involved, and no matter whether it exceeded or fell short of your expectations, here is a powerful reminder from Pastor John MacArthur,

Christmas should be simple, not complex, very simple. Christmas should be stripped of all of its trappings so that all that is left is the simplicity of God becoming man.

That is the only element in the Christmas seasonal celebration that has in it any lasting power to effect life. There is no real strength, no real peace or comfort or hope or love or promise or confidence for the future to be found in Santa Claus. There’s no lasting value in any earthly (more…)

Jesus the Savior is Born!

All of us at Children Desiring God would like to wish you and your family a blessed day as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised Savior…


    Immanuel, God with us
    Wonderful Counselor
    Mighty God (more…)

Don’t Let Your Children Pass Over This Verse + Free Activity Page

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet…
(Matthew 1:22, ESV)

Although these words may not immediately conger up for children the vivid images of the angels, shepherds, star, wise men, manger, and little baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths in the Christmas narrative; none-the-less, these words are important to stress to our children. (more…)

God Moves Kingdoms for the Sake of His People

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Here are some words of great comfort and encouragement from Pastor John Piper:

Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5 shows); and that he so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiah’s mother and legal father were living in Nazareth; and that in order to fulfill his word and bring two little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town? (more…)

Christmas Special: Free Shipping

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Dear Children Desiring God Partners—

It is a wonderful privilege to partner with you in our shared desire that the Next Generations would set their hope in God (Psalm 78:7). The Christmas season provides a clear window to this hope…God came to earth as a man. May your hope and joy be found in our most amazing God who loved us so, that He sent His son Jesus to the world for you.

We would like to extend a Christmas gift to you…

Now, through the end of 2013, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $50 shipped within the continental US.

Do you have “extra” money remaining in your department’s resource budget? This is the perfect time to stock up on Student Workbook and Journals, invest in a new curriculum title or upgrade to the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior or My Purpose Will Stand.

Merry Christmas from the Children Desiring God Team

PLEASE NOTE: If your order qualifies for free shipping, select the FREE US Postal Service Media option during the check out process and your order will be sent out via UPS Ground. If you have any questions, call 1.877.400.1414.
This free shipping offer will be valid December 23 -31, 2013 for orders shipping within the continental US. To qualify, orders must total $50 or more before shipping. Orders will be shipped UPS Ground.

Artwork by Grace, 5th grade.

A Children’s Carol

Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven (A Children’s Carol)

Jesus, joy of the highest heaven,
Born as a little baby
Under a wondrous star.
Like us, crying he takes His first breath
Held by His mother, helpless
Close to her beating heart.
Jesus, laid in a lowly manger,
Facing a world of dangers,
Come to turn me a stranger
Into a child of God.

Jesus, King of the highest heaven
Learning to take His first steps,
That He might bring us life.
Like us, knowing our smiles and sorrows,
He showed the way to follow,
A way that is true and right.
Jesus, take away every darkness,
Steady my simple footsteps
That I might in your goodness
Live as a child of God.

 

Keith Getty and Kristyn Getty
Copyright © 2011 Gettymusic; admin by Music Services.

 

Santa, or No Santa?

You can’t avoid him. He seems to appear everywhere you go this time of year whether “in person,” on a coffee mug, lit up in front yards, or wrapped around a gift: Santa. It is assumed that all little boys and girls are expectantly waiting for Santa to come bearing special gifts just for them. So, how should Christian parents deal with this (more…)

The Real Story of Christmas

I have always enjoyed being in the Sunday school classroom during the Christmas season. It is a delight to watch the children joyfully sing familiar carols, make special nativity crafts, and listen with excited anticipation to the Christmas story—a story they know so well but still long to hear again and again. However, I wonder if we sometimes paint a “G” rated—as in glib or glossy—picture of Christmas that doesn’t (more…)

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