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A Reminder about the God’s Gospel Giveway…

GodsGospel_CoverIf you’d like to enter our drawing for one of two copies of God’s Gospel, please remember that the deadline is Friday, March 11. We will draw two names at random and announce the winners on Monday, March 15. To enter, please post your comment to the article titled “Helping Children Understand What Happened at the Cross + Free Giveaway.”

CDG is Hiring!

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Are you a graphic designer with a passion for reaching the next generations for Jesus?

Children Desiring God is accepting applications for a full-time graphic designer to join our Resource Development team. Our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. To that end, we aim to fuel spiritual desire by producing God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting resources for children, youth, and their parents.

The graphic designer’s responsibilities will include layout and graphic design of visual resources for both print and electronic publishing, and some work on promotional materials and other tasks related to CDG Team activities as needed. This person should have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, art and design, or a related field, and experience in graphic design and publishing, especially using Adobe Creative Suite software.

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact CDG Executive Director Brian Eaton at info@childrendesiringGod.org.

Hide God’s Word in Your Heart this Year

Happy New Year!

The new year is a great time to start a new Scripture memory program. Fighter Verses exists to help equip and encourage believers to fight the fight of faith through Scripture memory. We pray these resources will help you in your efforts to memorize in the coming year.

  • Children Desiring God is offering all printed Fighter VersesFighter Verses-ExtendedFoundation Verses, and Song CDs at a 10% discount through January 18, 2015. Use code FV2015 when you check out to receive the discount. (Note: The discount does not apply to our 10-packs, since those are already available at a reduced price.)
  • The Fighter Verse App is available for $2.99 for iPhone® and iPad®Android®, and Kindle®. The Fighter Verse App provides a weekly passage of Scripture to memorize (1 passage/week for 5 years), review tools, quizzes, Foundation Verses for preschool children (with pictures to quiz pre-readers), an “add your own verse” feature, several Bible versions to choose from, and more. We pray that this tool would help many believers fight the fight of faith through memorizing God’s Word. Read more about Fighter Verse App features.
  • Not a techie sort of person? Make your own verse cards instead. Just copy and paste the references for the verses you want to print and the Verse Card Maker will create flash cards that you can print with the reference on one side and the verse or passage on the other.
  • Ask your small group or some friends to join you in your efforts to memorize Scripture. Being held accountable is a great way to ensure you will accomplish your memorization goalsnot just start strong in January and taper off later in the year.
  • Read an article on how to memorize to help yourself succeed. Make a plan for when and how you will memorize, and what you will do to review verses on a regular basis.
  • If you struggle to memorize, songs are a great way to do it (just think of all the advertising jingles you learned without even trying!). The songs are on the website each week as a free download. Song CDs are available for sale on Children Desiring God as well as amazon and digital downloads are available on iTunes.
  • If you are interested in promoting Bible memory at your church, be sure to read this article on church-wide Bible memory (view as PDF). There are many helpful suggestions to make a church-wide memory program successful. (If you are promoting Fighter Verses at your church feel free to use these posters: Poster 1 / Poster 2)
  • Visit The Verses Project for more songs and beautiful, verse-inspired artwork for your smart phone.
  • And last, we leave you with this exhortation from John Piper and we ask you to join us in memorizing God’s Word in the year ahead:

If My Words Abide in You, Excerpt

The Gift of Scripture Memory

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nine Fighter Verses…Actually, this year you and your loved ones can learn more than 50 Scripture passages together with help from the Fighter Verses Scripture memory app for mobile devices. The Fighter Verses app is being featured as the ninth of 10 key apps to help you follow Jesus more faithfully this Advent and in the year to come on the Reformapp.net website.

Click here for more information on the Fighter Verses app, and go to Reformapp.net to see the other nine apps being featured this year.

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…)

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