Archive - January, 2014

Teaching the Seven “A”s of Confession

In yesterday’s post we highlighted the importance of modeling redemption in our homes, which included the necessity of admitting to and confessing sin. Peacemaker Ministries has a guide called the “Seven A’s of Confession” that can help both parents and children alike to better understand and practice biblical confession with one another. From their website: (more…)

Modeling Redemption in the Home

Have your children ever played the “blame game” when confronted with some kind of wrong attitude? Have they ever tried to deny the obvious, even when caught in the act? Have they ever come up with some “whopper stories” to explain away why they didn’t do what you told them to do? Did they learn any of those creative evasion tactics from us? Here are some good thoughts from Paul Tripp about the importance of creating a “redemptive community” in the home, (more…)

A New Year and New Opportunities

The new year is a time of looking forward and planning—planning for the rest of the school year, planning for which activities and sports our children will participate in, planning our finances, planning to remodel the kitchen, planning that long awaited vacation…on and on. But there is something that often gets missed in these plans. (more…)

A Bible and a Bible Reading Plan for Your Children

ESV Childrens Bible

Many years ago, the people at Crossway books decided to publish a children’s version of their ESV Bible. We felt very privileged when they asked us to give them a “wish list” of what we would like to see included in this new addition. It was a great experience for Sally and I to help them develop many of the resources included in the Children’s Bible and we are so pleased with the final product. This is our #1 recommended Bible for children and classrooms. Here is the publisher’s description:

Every child should have a Bible to call their own. The ESV Children’s Bible is a great choice, combining the reliability and beauty of the full ESV Bible text with more than 200 pages of full-color illustrations of Bible events and people that appear right where the Bible stories occur in the text. It is ideal for pre-readers, who enjoy the vibrant color illustrations, and early readers who want to have a “real” Bible to use and carry with them.

In the back of this Bible is an 80-page “Bible Study Helps” section designed for young children, complete with Bible charts and lists, the plan of salvation, important verses for growing as a young Christian, God’s Promises, tips for reading the Bible and learning to pray, key verses to memorize, and a dictionary of Bible words.

The ESV Children’s Bible is a colorful and complete Bible that kids love!

    • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
    • Larger 10.5-point type
    • 1,632 pages
    • Words of Christ in red
    • Full-color illustrations throughout
    • Introductions to each Bible book
    • Dictionary
    • Bible-reading plan for kids
    • Color charts and diagrams of biblical themes

Notice that the list includes a Bible-reading plan for children. We designed this to encourage children to read through selected portions of both Old and New Testaments. The plan gives options for younger readers and older readers, as well as check-off boxes to mark progress.

So as we head into the new year, with many of us incorporating a Bible reading plan into our schedules, don’t forget the children. The Bible-reading plan in the ESV Children’s Bible is a great resource for encouraging our children in the life-giving habit of daily Bible reading.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart,… (Jeremiah 15:16, ESV)


Winner: Jesus, What a Savior Giveaway

JWS Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cara G. from Wisconsin on winning the Jesus, What a Savior! giveaway!  The fabulous prize includes a Jesus, What a Savior! Teacher’s Kit and 5 Student Workbooks.

My favorite curriculum is The ABCs of God! —Cara

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. It was wonderful to see your comments pour in and to read about what curricula you love.

If you would like to learn more about our revised Jesus, What a Savior! curriculum, click here.

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