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God’s Battle Now Available

The Christian life is no Disney adventure. It’s a dangerous journey to the Celestial City and we spend much of it fighting for faith and for the faith. Our children need to learn early on what the battle is all about, what it’s like to fight, and how to survive. Sally Michael’s book is itself a weapon for the war, because it equips us to equip our children for the fight of their lives.—Jon Bloom, President, Desiring God

Sally Michael’s new full-color, illustrated book, God’s Battle uses the Gospel message to introduce children to the state of their hearts, and then awakens them to the many battlegrounds that surround us—both from our own sinful hearts and from the enemy’s attacks. She encourages children to be fighters, giving them a biblical battle strategy to depend on God, resist the enemy, and stand strong! Each chapter includes personal application and activities.

 

God’s Battle was written to read with elementary-age children and has 26 chapters, each about four pages long. Each chapter concludes with suggested application questions and family activities. This book is perfect for use during family devotions times.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the Children Desiring God family! We hope and pray that you will have a lovely day with your family and friends celebrating the many ways God has blessed you this year.

We continue to give thanks for the Lord’s grace to us, and for your continued support and prayers as we labor to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generations may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only one who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

(Leaf image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

Importance of Application + New Discount

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Applying truths of the Bible lesson to children’s everyday life is essential—and can be the most challenging aspect of classroom training. Understanding the value of application time will help the small group application leader properly prepare, lead, and engage students in life response to the Word of God.

To assist small group application leaders in preparing for their important classroom role, it is helpful to provide them with their own copy of the Leader’s Guide (or Teacher’s Guide). This gives them the opportunity to study the lessons for themselves and understand how the truths taught in the lesson are relevant to their own lives before asking students to think through their heart and attitude response to God’s Word.

To make it more economical for churches and groups to equip small group applications leaders, Children Desiring God now offers Leader’s Guides (or Teacher’s Guides) for preschool through youth curricula in 5 Packs at a discounted price. This discount is available on all Sunday school and midweek curricula for both print editions and electronic downloads. (more…)

Fathers, are you blessing your children?

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The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)

Fathers, do you and other men in your church regularly speak blessings over your children? Do you wish that you did, but perhaps need some help getting started? (more…)

Share Jesus with the Next Generation this Summer

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As summer quickly approaches, your church may be looking for resources to use in child outreach and evangelism, whether it be through a Backyard Bible Club or Vacation Bible School setting. Children Desiring God has 4 titles to offer, each focusing on a different theme, while presenting the Gospel clearly and accurately to children in K-6th grade.

Here are some things to know about our BYBC/VBS materials as you consider your needs: (more…)

Thoughts from a new mom-to-be…

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Corn chips next to my bedstand. Almonds in-between calls at work, and egg sandwiches for breakfast. I’m just 4 weeks pregnant, but it seems like my body has already determined what it wants to eat at any given time during the day! This is all a brand-new experience for me as a first-time mom. Some people have asked me how I feel knowing that there is a new life being knit together inside of me. I can think of one word in particular: peace. (more…)

A Vision of the Great Work of Mothering + Free Downloadable Resource

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The following is an excerpt from the Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generations booklet by Sally Michael, which is being offered this week as a free downloadable resource from Children Desiring God. As we approach another Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 11, it is our hope and prayer that this free resource might bless and encourage you and the mothers in your life. Information on how to access this free download follows the excerpt. (more…)

The Great Work of Mothering

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Mothering is a great work; a God-given opportunity to influence the next generations to put their trust in God. Do we see it as such? Do we awake each day with the anticipation of the opportunity God has given us to impart the words of life, to nurture budding seeds of faith, to lead our little ones to the Savior?

The Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generations booklet will challenge you to look on your mothering with a biblical perspective, to seize the opportunities God gives you each day to encourage faith in you children, and to rely on Him as your Sin-bearer and Enabler to do the great work He has called you to do.

(Photo courtesy of Phanlop88 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

Nov. 8th “Friday Contest” Winner

Congratulations to Deb, the winner of our Nov. 8th Friday Contest! Check back this Friday for our next contest.

Lullaby Theology 101: Singing the Whole Counsel of God

By Sarah House

At two years old, David is finding his singing voice. From the backseat he warbles about “The Wheels of the Bus,” and in the bathtub he chirps out “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider.” But yesterday I found him on our bed, thumbing through daddy’s Bible, singing “Jesus Loves Me.” We got out the ESV Bible my parents gave David when he was born and sat on the bed, looking at the pictures and singing the songs he had learned about God. One of those songs was Praise Him, Praise Him, All Ye Little Children:

Praise Him, praise Him, all ye little children,
God is love, God is love;
Praise Him, praise Him, all ye little children,
God is love, God is love.

I’ve sung this many times around a circle of unruly toddlers and over crying babies in the nursery. When David was born, I started singing it to him at home as he sat in his chair and watched me cook, wash dishes, and fold laundry. Singing truth is a great way to redeem the “mundane” time, putting into practice the commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-7 with children while getting ordinary things done. Rhythm and simple melody make truths easier to learn and brings cheerfulness to otherwise boring chores (really boring chores if you’re only three months old and can only sit and watch).

However, as I worked and sang through my small repertoire of baby praise songs, I began to notice what a small picture of God I was painting for David. There is no doubt that God is love, and that it is important for the smallest and most vulnerable people to know that—but God has many other attributes as well. Having spent six years teaching The ABCs of God  to first grade students at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, I could think of at least 35 other words about God…Almighty, Creator, Faithful, Holy, Jealous, Righteous, Merciful, Wrath, Patient, Sovereign, Wise, Incomprehensible (my students’ favorite word), to name only a few. These are also truths David needs to know.

I started to list all of the one-syllable, simple adjectives describing God that I could substitute for “love” in the song: good, wise, just, kind, strong, big, near, great, king, etc. I began to add more verses to Praise Him, Praise Him All Ye Little Children. Even though the song grew much longer, the view of God became much bigger and grander. And that is just what a little child needs…

  • He needs a God who is good—who always is good, does good, and gives good things like fields full of dandelions, little sisters, puppy kisses, and even medicine and flu vaccines.
  • He needs a God who is wise—to send rain to water the grass at the park, to make rules about obeying mommy and daddy, to make it dark for nighttime.
  • He needs a God who is strong—who never grows tired or crabby, who cannot be stopped from doing His purposes, who can carry His children through all of life, even when earthly daddies can’t.
  • He needs a God who is big—bigger than anything he is afraid of (the dark, owls, mommy leaving, etc.) and bigger than himself, a God who is the boss of everyone, including toddlers.
  • He needs a God who is near—who is everywhere all the time, even in the middle of the night when parents are sleeping.
  • He even needs a God who is just—who is the standard of right and wrong, who judges and disciplines rightly.
  • He needs a God who is great—a hero who never fails, never grows boring, and really deserves to be worshiped and followed.

We love to sing about the love of God to children because we so want them to experience His love, to know His tender care, and to see His smile of favor. God is love, and that’s a good place to start, but we can’t stop there because the Bible doesn’t stop there. What toddlers don’t need is another warm and fuzzy “god bear” to cuddle for comfort. They need God. When fears, confusion, and rebellion come as threatening storms into his world, David needs the Lion-Lamb God of the Bible, who not only quiets His children with His love, but who vanquishes enemies with a mighty hand. If we truly want our children to truly praise God for His love, we must place His love within the whole counsel of God, including big words that toddlers may not fully understand for a while.

It will be a long time before David can read all the words the Bible uses to describe God, but until then he can learn to sing them and say them. The words he learns now will prepare his brain and his heart for deeper teaching when he is older. But even now, his little ears are listening, and his young mind can understand more than we imagine. So we sing, and pray that he will come to love and trust the God all those important words are about.

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