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This Thursday begins CDG’s National Conference, “The Splendor of Holiness.” As you can imagine, the final days before a conference can be quite hectic for everyone involved. There are a myriad of details. And what better place to take all these cares than to our gracious heavenly Father, who is good and sovereign over all! Would you please join us in asking God to do the following this week?

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10 Reasons to Come to Minneapolis May 2-4

As you may already know, CDG is hosting our biannual National Conference soon. You may be thinking that it’s too late to register (it’s not). Or you might be thinking that it’s only for people who use our curriculum (it’s not—the plenary sessions and most seminars are not curriculum-specific). Or, you might simply feel that this type of conference is not your “cup of tea.” Before you decide, you may want to read these comments from attendees at the last conference in 2011: (more…)

Looking for Opportunities to Help Nurture Your Youth?

In his book, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, Paul David Tripp challenges us to look at the teen years in a new way, (more…)

What should we teach children about the holiness of God?

This is a big topic! Thankfully Dr. Ware distills the essence of the issue using the following quote from A. W. Tozer as a jumping off point:

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

—A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Dr. Ware continues by saying,

That is true for us and for the next generation that we minister to and train – that we get God rightly. … We have to continually point the next generation to the revelation of God Himself, to see from Scripture just who He is.

What should we teach children about the holiness of God? from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

How can parents and teachers encourage holiness without teaching legalism?

In this video, Dr. Bruce A. Ware helps us distinguish the difference between holiness and legalism as we teach and train our children.

The video includes this nugget, which gets to the heart of the matter:

The difference is this: Holiness is a life lived out of a sense of joy and authenticity, that living faithfully and obediently is the good life – is the life of joy and blessing. Whereas legalism is a kind of dutiful adherence to laws that my heart is not engaged in.

The Lord, Our God, is Holy

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Bruce A. Ware as one of the keynote speakers at our National Conference in May. This video includes a preview of his plenary session, The Lord, Our God, is Holy: The Revelation Of The Holiness Of God.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Ware’s insights and applications on this important topic!

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

2013 National Conference

The moment could not have been scripted any better. It began with one worship leader and a Sunday school class of 35 first graders. She wanted to teach them a song. But before teaching them the music, she wanted to introduce them to some big words in the song—profound words like “holy,” “almighty,” “merciful,” and “Trinity.” The children listened intently as Mrs. Grano simply but carefully explained the meaning of these words, and then they watched as she demonstrated hand motions for each word. But suddenly, Mrs. Grano’s voice was joined by another—a very soft, almost inaudible humming. Mrs. Grano stopped and listened. She asked the little voice to continue humming, and soon the other children joined in. But it wasn’t mere humming. The children were humming a familiar tune, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” And so, without further comment or instruction, a room full of first graders sang out in seriously reverent voices the first verse of that great hymn. And every adult in that room was moved, including me. What a wonderful testament of what God may be pleased to do in our Sunday schools and homes when big truths are taught to young hearts.

Oh, that these words from Jerry Bridges may come true,

In our day we must begin to recover a sense of awe and profound reverence for God. We must begin to view Him once again in the infinite majesty that alone belongs to Him who is the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the entire universe. (The Practice of Godliness, 1983, page 21.)

So, as people who minister to children, let’s stir one another up to present big truths about God to the children under our care. Let us consider how to give them “Isaiah 6” moments in which they get a glimpse of the holiness, splendor, and majesty of God. Yes, we want our classrooms to be filled with smiles and gladness, but let’s also remember that we need to provide moments of reverent awe and–dare I say it–trembling!

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! (Psalm 96:9 ESV)

Children Desiring God would love to partner with you in this great endeavor. Please join us for our upcoming national conference May 2-4 in Minneapolis where we will focus on The Splendor of Holiness. Watch this personal invitation from Pastor David Michael:

2013 National Conference Invitation with David Michael from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

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