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Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages

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Parents have the unique responsibility and awesome privilege of shepherding their children spiritually. We want to help churches equip parents to bring truth to bear on the daily life experiences they share
as a family. It is in these daily experiences that the Word can be tried
and found true.

To that end, we include Growing in Faith Together (GIFT): Parent and Child Resource Pages with all our curriculum, to help parents in this important calling. GIFT pages have been written to help parents interact with their children about what they are learning in class. These pages help parents discuss truths that their child is learning in class and help the child apply these truths in daily life, in the hope that their son or daughter will grow in spiritual understanding and in faith.

Some of the benefits of the newly-revised GIFT pages are:

  • They are now available in a convenient spiral-bound version, which can be provided to parents at the beginning of the year. This saves administrative time for church staff and/or teachers.
  • Stories of God’s providence provided for each lesson can be read aloud and discussed as a family. These can serve as a supplement to your family’s regular devotion times.
  • As You Walk by the Way exercises are designed to prompt deep discussions, encouraging parents and their children to engage in spiritual conversations as a part of normal everyday life.

Spiral-bound GIFT pages can be ordered in sets of 10. Note: These pages are also available on the the DVD that is included in the Classroom Kit and can be e-mailed to parents or printed and distributed each week.

The Generations in Worship

Watching and Listening

Here is an excellent message by Pastor Bud Burk (Pastor for Child & Youth Discipleship, Bethlehem Baptist Church) for everyone in the church, especially parents and pastors regarding children being present with their parents in the corporate worship service. A few excerpts for your encouragement…  (more…)

God’s Providence + Friday Contest

***This contest is now closed. Charity and Amy were our winners. Thanks to everyone for participating!***


Aggie Hurst, the inspiring story of a girl without a home, One Witness
Yesterday’s blog post informed you of our revised and enhanced curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study for Children on God’s Providence (available in our webstore later this month).  Here is a sampling of one of the new stories included in the GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) pages. It is a great story of God’s providence to share with your children and students. 

David and Svea Flood left Sweden in 1921 to serve as missionaries in a remote area of the Belgian Congo. Along with another young missionary couple, the Ericksons, the Floods were prohibited from entering the village by the chief of the tribe. Consequently, they bought food from a young boy who Svea led to the Lord. (more…)

Aiming Children Toward God-Esteem

The following are some important and challenging words by John Piper from a sermon titled “Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory.  (more…)

Seeing and Pursuing True Greatness

True greatness is all around us. The question is do we see it? - C. J. Mahaney
“Awesome!” That’s a word I often hear used by many of the young people I meet and teach. But the word is often being used to describe something that really isn’t awesome, great, or amazing…at least not in the biblical sense of the word. The fact is, our culture is at work instructing and shaping our children’s view of “greatness”, especially personal greatness. Unless we intentionally teach our children to know and recognize true greatness, they may miss the many evidences of it in the “ordinary” lives of God’s people. (more…)

Reflections on Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the USA. For many, it is simply a day off, the start of the summer vacation season, or a day to start on the long-awaited garden. But for me, this “holiday” took on a whole new meaning three years ago. Memorial Day 2010 was a time to say goodbye to our son before he left for Afghanistan where he would be serving with the Army for a year. (more…)

The Impact of the Holiness of God in Our Children’s and Youth Ministries

Thoughtfully consider these words from Dr. Bruce Ware:

First, because of God’s transcendent otherness, his independence from all things created, his self-sufficient existence in the joyous and blessed fellowship of the Triune Persons, his fullness of perfections and infinite completeness within himself alone—because of this, he simply does not need these people whom he has created, to whom he has pledged his undying and faithful commitment to their everlasting well-being.  (more…)

Keeping the Throne Room in View

The following are some reflections on a “throne” perspective of ministry from Pastor David Michael:

What Isaiah saw [Isaiah 6:1-4] was surreal for him, and how much more for us. What Isaiah saw was so far outside his experience, and it is even more outside of our experience. It is difficult for us to connect to this scene. The Lord, high and lifted up—a royal robe with a train…Six-winged seraphim. Powerful voices shaking the thresholds, and filling the house with smoke burning coals, tongs. That’s nothing like what I’ve experienced. Even in the describing of it, it doesn’t come close to the reality. It’s like looking at a snapshot of the Grand Canyon. The snapshot doesn’t give justice to the view. Being there is incredible. (more…)

Raising Children Who Set Their Hope in…

So what’s the missing word here?

themselves?

dad and mom?

their financial stability?

their scholastic achievement? (more…)

“The _______ of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;”

Most of us are familiar with these words from Psalm 111:10 and know that the missing word is “fear.”  But what comes to mind when we read “The fear of the LORD”? Or think about Psalm 96:9 where the psalmist says “Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” (ESV)

Fear the Lord and tremble before Him.  Are we teaching our children and youth these truths? Are we rightly defining what these truths mean and why they are important? (more…)

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