Archive - February, 2014

Lullaby Theology 201: Singing the Grace of Personal Holiness

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In the lower elementary Sunday school class at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I remember learning three hymns: How Great Thou Art, To God Be the Glory, and
Trust and Obey
. It was a safe assumption that one of those songs would show up in our classroom worship every week amid other songs that have since disappeared from my memory. It’s a worship trio that covers a lot of ground: who God is, what He has done, and how it should change our lives as we respond to it. In that classroom, we weren’t all saved, and we didn’t understand everything we were singing, but the teachers were stamping in our hearts and minds a rhythm of grace—saved by grace, living in faith, changing by grace and faith. (more…)

Centering Youth on the Word

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In his article, “Some Advice for Youth Ministers” (posted at The Gospel Coalition), Dave Hinkley offers some good advice regarding priorities we set in youth ministry. Although originally posted in 2010, his advice is still timely. Here is an excerpt: (more…)

Teaching from Life

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One of the things that have changed in my teaching over the years is the time I spend in preparation—I spend more time preparing. Preparing by…

  • Reading through the lesson, looking up the Scriptures, meditating on the key themes, and praying that God would work in my own heart.
  • Thinking through how I will engage the students in meaningful ways throughout the lesson.
  • Gathering and preparing all necessary visuals.

But in the past, there was something that I often missed in my preparation that I now spend more time doing…

  • Thinking through real-life experiences in which God really “drove home” a particular biblical truth.

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Will Our Children “Drip” Bible?

I have seen this video clip by Pastor David Michael numerous times, but it still stirs my heart every time.

Bible-saturated children from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

Male and Female He Created Them

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Nine years ago, Dr. Albert Mohler wrote an article, “A Call for Courage on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.” His words were prophetic.

The fault lines of controversy in contemporary Christianity range across a vast terrain of issues, but none seems quite so volatile as the question of gender. As Christians have been thinking and rethinking these issues in recent years, a clear pattern of divergence has appeared. At stake in this debate is something more important than the question of gender, for this controversy reaches the deepest questions of Christian identity and biblical authority. (more…)

Defining God’s Love + An Illustration

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God is love. Maybe more than any other statement this has been used to identify God’s basic essence. But if we consider God’s love apart from the totality of God’s nature, our understanding of God will be dangerously skewed. So what does God mean when He says that He is love? Pastor John Piper offers a helpful definition: (more…)

A Sense of Urgency in Our Ministry to Children and Youth

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While preparing a seminar on presenting the Gospel to children, I was re-reading William Farley’s book, God-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. This quote really hit home as I think about the priorities we set and the time given to them in both our homes and classrooms. (more…)

Communicating to Children the Self-Sufficiency of God

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Children intuitively know that they need many things in order to exist. So it is relatively easy to teach them that it is God who ultimately provides for these needs. What’s more difficult to communicate to them is the self-sufficiency of God—that He needs absolutely nothing! He alone existed from all eternity, fully complete in Himself. (more…)

Join us at IMPACT: The Next Generation!

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This school year, Children Desiring God is traveling across the country to meet you at our IMPACT regional conferences. These weekends are a time of vision casting, worship, encouragement, and training for pastors, children’s ministry leaders and volunteers, parents, and anyone who cares about the next generation. Join us at one of these three upcoming events to learn how you can impact you family and children’s ministry!

February 7-8  •  Rochester, New York

There is still time to join us this weekend at Journey Christian Church in Rochester, New York. Registration will be available onsite and click here for conference details.

March 21-22  •  Austin, Texas

Registration is now open for our conference at High Point Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the conference details and 8 seminar choices. Register now to receive the early bird discount!

May 2-3  •  Los Angeles, California

Our final event this spring will be at Grace Evangelical Church in the L.A. area. Stay tuned for more conference details and registration information!

 

 

Shepherding the Little Lambs

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Some good words from Pastor Art Murphy about leading children to Christ,

Even if a child says all of the right things, he may not be ready to accept Christ. Even if he is very anxious (or impatient) to become a Christian, this does not guarantee that he is ready. On the other hand, he may find it difficult to express himself but have real conviction in his heart. A child who has never experienced salvation does not know what to expect and should not be abandoned while making this decision. He needs you to help him. Though you cannot make his decision for him, he does need your guidance with this… (more…)

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