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Revised and Enhanced Curriculum from Children Desiring God

Children Desiring God's new CEP Curriculum

Children Desiring God is in the process of revising and updating our Sunday School curriculum. This is more than just a “new look.” After 15 years of curriculum publishing, our mission and vision have not changed. We still exist 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.

But in our passion to see the next generations delight in Him, we’ve been working to improve the ways we equip teachers, engage students, and impact families. (more…)

On the Road with CDG – Update

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We shared previously about homeschool events where David & Sally Michael would be presenting the vision for God-centered ministry to children and parents. This week is our last event of the homeschool conference season:

David and Sally Michael will be presenting two workshops:

  • Friday, June 14, 11:45 am—Teaching the Bible to Spread the Supremacy of God in All Things
  • Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am—A Vision for Growing a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting Generation

If you are in the area, or planning to be at this event, we invite you to attend these seminars and to visit the Children Desiring God exhibit for a free informational DVD. The CDG team would love to meet with you and answer any questions you may have!

John Piper—Be Holy, for I am Holy: Delighting in the Holiness of God

John Piper shared this message at the Children Desiring God 2013 National Conference.

You can also read the transcript of Pastor John’s message.

Fighter Verses – A Resource for Bible Memory

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Most of you probably familiar with Fighter Verses – the Bible memory program developed for churches and families. Bethlehem Baptist Church has been using this resource since 1997 as a church-wide Bible memory program.

The plan is designed to memorize one passage per week for five years, which adds up to over 500 verses! The verses are strategically chosen to focus on the character and worth of our great God, battling against our fleshly desires, and the hope of the Gospel.

For those of you who are tech savvy, a phone app is available for iPhone®/iPad®, Android® and Kindle®. In line with John Piper’s exhortation about smartphones, this is one app to wield in fighting fire with fire.

Learn more about Bible memory at FighterVerses.com, where you can find the memory verse for the week, along with Bible memory helps, review tools, downloadable resources, songs, audio, and tips for launching a church-wide memory program.

Ideas creativas para aprender los libros de la Biblia

En un post anterior explicamos algunos ideas para enseñar los libros de la Biblia en su salón de clases. Esas actividades son muy bueno para los niños de 6 a 10 años de edad.

Tendedero

tendedero

Decargue la plantilla (PDF) e imprima para sí mismo

  1. Imprima la plantilla en papel 11″ x 17″
  2. Recorte en las líneas de puntos
  3. Doble en la línea verde

Tiendas

tiendas

Decargue la plantilla (PDF) e imprima para sí mismo

  1. Imprima la plantilla en papel 8.5″ x 11″ (puede usar un color de papel diferente para cada “grupo” de libros para distinguir entre los profetas, los evangelios, las cartas, etc.)
  2. Recorte en las líneas continuas
  3. Doble cada uno en la línea punteada

Palitos

Puede usar palitos de helados o depresores de lengua

palitos

Decargue la plantilla (PDF) e imprima para sí mismo

On the Move

CDG Move

After 14 years of sharing office space with our brothers and sisters at Desiring God, we are on the move. We have been so blessed over the years to share facilities, office supplies, staff lunches, morning devotions and much more!

It will be bittersweet to venture out on our own, but we are excited about what God has planned for the future of Children Desiring God!

Jim & Knight

While we move, our helpful customer service team will still be available to assist with any needs you may have. However, we will only blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next few weeks as we pack, unpack and get settled in our new space.

Blessing His Children

Earlier Jill highlighted the resource, A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children. Here is a short video of Gary Steward (David & Sally’s son-in-law) blessing his two daughters before bedtime:

You can win a free copy of the booklet that inspired these blessings by entering today’s contest!

Friday Contest–5/24/13

***This contest is now closed. Laurel was our winner. Thanks to everyone for participating!***


Read today’s post “Is This Book on Your Shelf?” and leave a comment on that post. We will draw one name to receive a free copy of Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training by Lou Priolo.

May 10 Contest Winners

Friends,

Sorry these are a bit later than normal, but here are the contest winners from May 10:

Angela S. and Cora!

We will be emailing you two shortly in order to get you your prize, a copy of Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generations.

Thanks!

 

Encouraging Your Ministry Team

Most of the great transforming work in our lives happens in the routine, the regular rhythms of life.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him,” (1 John 5:1). A leader who loves Jesus will look for ways to express love to his team. It is his joy to do so. This is a Spirit-filled leader who is being transformed into the image of God. God is supreme in love, and His children are becoming like Him, like His Son. In short, they love to love others in Jesus’ name.

An excellent way for a leader to express love to a team is to point out evidences of grace in them. He looks for God among his people, what I like to call “God sightings.” It is his joy to train his eyes to look for God. How does he do this?

First, he becomes familiar with passages of Scripture such as Galatians 5:22-23 on the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit, when seen in the lives of others, is evidence that God is on the move. For example, if a Sunday school teacher is seen to be patient with a disobedient child, the leader has just witnessed a work of God in a teacher. He has seen an evidence of grace. But just witnessing an evidence of grace in another person is incomplete. It must be spoken of. The second step is to bring this person’s attention to it by stating the truth, such as “I saw the Spirit at work in your heart today, sister. You were patient with that child as you were teaching. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. I saw God in you today. Be encouraged.”

What I have found is that when I speak of evidences of grace, people do not default to the regular rhythms of life. They think I am referring to something really big, like going on a mission’s trip to a hard place for example. Now, that is special to be sure, but it is also special to see God carefully and often slowly transform a heart from struggling with patience to becoming patient. Most of the great transforming work in our lives happens in the routine, the regular rhythms of life.

How do I start? Ask God for eyes to see hearts in the process of transformation. Look for God; look for grace; look for signs of life that are expressed in character. Then, tell people what you see, but do this with the spotlight on God. Remember, every perfect and good gift is from above (Ephesians 1:3; James 1:17).

A final note: A leader who has lost a measure of joy in the ministry might benefit by doubling up his effort to find God among his people, then pointing Him out to them. A steady diet of this service is bound to revive his joy. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge–” (1 Corinthians 1:4-5).

Looking for God among His people with you,

Bud Burk

(Bud Burk is Pastor for Child & Youth Discipleship at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown Campus. He is also the author of Utter Dependency on God, Through Prayer, and co-author of Helping Children to Understand the Gospel.)

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