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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!

 

 

Now Available: God’s Wisdom + Giveaway

God's Wisdom Cover_blogEvery day children are confronted with the call of wisdom and the call of foolishness. Which call will they answer?

God’s Wisdom, a newly released book by Sally Michael, uses the words of Proverbs to explore these two paths. As parents guide their children through this book, they will discover the joys of wisdom and discern the destruction of foolishness.

Each person starts out on the path of foolishness because we are born with foolishness in our hearts. Only God can incline a child’s heart toward the path of wisdom—and he can use your example and diligent instruction to do it.

Sally Michael seamlessly weaves New Testament and Old Testament stories together to teach biblical wisdom in a way that is clear, fun, and engaging for children. Her compelling word pictures and analogies make difficult concepts easier to grasp.
—Marty Machowski, Pastor, Author of Long Story Short and The Gospel Story Bible

Once again, Sally Michael has used her fervent love for Christ and her keen understanding of the Scriptures to help parents and children. . . . I’m very excited to put this book into the hands of parents.
—Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

God’s Wisdom is a full-color, illustrated book that includes 26 chapters with application questions and activity suggestions. The stories are written to elementary aged children. This is the fourth book in the Making Him Known series, which also includes God’s Names, God’s Promises, and God’s Wisdom.

To learn more about God’s Wisdom, read the first chapter or take a look at the table of contents. If you want to help children find the path of wisdom, order a copy now.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of God’s Wisdom, Children Desiring God is giving two winners a signed copy of God’s Wisdom. Use the widget below to enter!

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3 Resources for Singing Scripture

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This week, we have been discussing the importance and value of singing the Gospel with children on our Lullaby Theology blog series. The other day I was playing with a friend who is six, and several times she broke out into song. It was not the latest animated movie theme song she was belting though, it was her memory verse set to song and her favorite hymn. This was an encouragement and challenge to me to incorporate more content-rich music into my life.

For some of you reading this, music comes naturally, and it is easy for you to find hymns and worship songs to teach children, but some of you may be like me—I need help. Here are three Children Desiring God resources that will help you and your children start singing the Gospel.

Let the Little Children Sing

Scripture SonglistThis Scripture Songbook helps children hide God’s Word in their hearts through song. Let the Little Children Sing contains 90 Scripture songs for use in Sunday School classes, children’s choirs and at home. Lyrics, sheet music and a piano accompaniment CD are included. Click here for song samples and to order the book.

Fighter Verses Songs 

FESE5-front-webFighter Verses Songs CDs coordinate with our Bible memory program. The song lyrics are word-for-word Bible passages, and the musical styles vary between folk, jazz, pop, doo-wop, choral and more. Sets 1 and 3 feature verses about fixing our hearts on the character and worth of God, battling the desires of our flesh and rejoicing in the work of Christ in the Gospel. The Extended Set 5 goes through the entire Sermon on the Mount. CDs can be ordered here or the songs can be downloaded from iTunes.

Leading Children in God-Centered Worship

Pam Grano, who has been leading worship in Sunday school classes for years, led a seminar on worship at our national conference last year. She reviews what Scripture says about worshipping “in spirit and in truth,” involving both a child’s heart and head in worship, structuring and planning age-appropriate worship times, using instruments and movement, selecting songs and more. You can listen to the audio and download the notes here.

 

 

Winner: Jesus, What a Savior Giveaway

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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.

Fight the Fight of Faith in the New Year

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January 1 is a great time to commit to memorizing Scripture. Our Fighter Verses Bible Memory program is designed to help you memorize one passage of Scripture each week. These verses  focus on the character and worth of our great God, encourage believers to battle against our fleshly desires and remind believers of the hope of the Gospel. Whether you are memorizing with your church, your family or on your own, here are some resources to help you get started:

Visit FighterVerses.com for more free resources and tools for memorization!

 

Christmas Special: Free Shipping

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Dear Children Desiring God Partners—

It is a wonderful privilege to partner with you in our shared desire that the Next Generations would set their hope in God (Psalm 78:7). The Christmas season provides a clear window to this hope…God came to earth as a man. May your hope and joy be found in our most amazing God who loved us so, that He sent His son Jesus to the world for you.

We would like to extend a Christmas gift to you…

Now, through the end of 2013, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $50 shipped within the continental US.

Do you have “extra” money remaining in your department’s resource budget? This is the perfect time to stock up on Student Workbook and Journals, invest in a new curriculum title or upgrade to the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior or My Purpose Will Stand.

Merry Christmas from the Children Desiring God Team

PLEASE NOTE: If your order qualifies for free shipping, select the FREE US Postal Service Media option during the check out process and your order will be sent out via UPS Ground. If you have any questions, call 1.877.400.1414.
This free shipping offer will be valid December 23 -31, 2013 for orders shipping within the continental US. To qualify, orders must total $50 or more before shipping. Orders will be shipped UPS Ground.

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Free Christmas Lesson

12-13 Blog Post 300During the month of December, it is easy to get pulled in a million different directions…school programs, shopping, parties, decorating the tree, traveling, visiting family, wrapping gifts, building snowmen…but it can be difficult to find time to focus on the true reason for Christmas.

Our challenge for your family is to set aside an hour in the next two weeks to learn about the miraculous event of Jesus the Savior being born. In most Christmas stories, the focus is always on the tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Children relate well to that vision of God as a small, touchable and knowable baby Jesus. But, it is not the end of God’s revelation of His Son. Baby Jesus will grow up into a Man, the perfect Son of God, and His obedience will lead Him to a most painful, undeserved death on the cross.

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.—Matthew 1:21

To help you and you family focus on the bigger picture of Christmas, Children Desiring God is giving you a free copy of “Jesus the Savior is Born” which is a lesson in our revised version of Jesus, What a Savior. This lesson focuses on three main ideas:

  • God loves His people and desires to save them from their sin.
  • God was faithful to send Jesus as the promised Savior.
  • God reveals His greatness to humble people.

The free lesson can be downloaded as a PDF here: Jesus the Savior is Born. We pray it will be a blessing as you and your family celebrate our Savior this Christmas.

This free lesson includes the Lesson Material, Lesson Visuals, Student Workbook, Optional Activities and Growing in Faith Together pages. You may print out or make copies of this lesson for use in you home, church or school. Enjoy!

 

 

All New Visuals for Jesus, What a Savior! + Giveaway

 

Last month, Children Desiring God released the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior! This 40-week curriculum teaches kindergarten students about redemption. One of the main elements of our curriculum revision is a complete redesign of the Visuals Packet. Teachers use the visuals in this resource during the lesson to capture students’ attention, visualize Bible stories, and emphasize key points of the lesson.

The vibrant, full-color visuals include a variety of original Bible story images, photographs and illustrations. The Visuals Packet is available either as a pre-printed resource or as a printable PDF file on the Resources DVD in the Teacher’s Kit. To learn more about the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior!, view a sample of the lessons.

 

Jesus, What a Savior! Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of Jesus, What a Savior!, we are giving away a free Teacher’s Kit and 5 Students Workbooks! Be sure to enter our contest by the end of December!

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Please note: This is a continuation of the giveaway started on December 2. Don’t worry, if you entered this giveaway on our previous blog post, your entries are already included.

 

GIVEAWAY: Jesus, What a Savior!

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce our biggest giveaway of the year to celebrate the release of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! curriculum. You have a chance to win a free Teacher’s Kit and 5 Student Workbooks.

Jesus, What a Savior is a 40 week Sunday School curriculum written to teach kindergarten students about redemption. Take a look at the curriculum sample or learn more about it here.

Be sure to enter to win by the end of December using the tool below.
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Happy Thanksgiving from Children Desiring God!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Children Desiring God family! We hope you enjoy a special day with your family and friends celebrating ways God has blessed you this year.

We are thankful for God’s grace to us in the past year and for your support and prayers as we 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.

 

 

 

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