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April 26th Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ellen our April 26 contest winner. Enjoy your free copy of Starr Meade’s Starr Meade’s Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book.

April 19th Contest Winners

The winners of the April 19th contest are: (more…)

Friday Contest 4/26/13

Read today’s post, “Teaching Children the Whole Counsel of God,” and then leave us a comment. We will enter all comments into a drawing and select one to receive a copy of Starr Meade’s Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book. (more…)

Teaching Children the Whole Counsel of God

A few years ago, we took some time to evaluate the scope and sequence of our curriculum in light of the “big picture.” In other words, we wanted to see if we were including the “whole counsel of God” in our teaching. We made some interesting and helpful discoveries along the way. But our first challenge was understanding what Paul meant in Acts 20:27 where he states:

for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

We found these words by D. A. Carson, as included in Preach The Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughesand cited on The Gospel Coalition website to be very helpful: (more…)

April 12th Contest Winners

Congratulations to Jen Shouer and Samuel Varner, our April 12th contest winners! We will be emailing you both so that we can send you a free copy of Bud Burk’s booklet on prayer, Utter Dependency on God, Through Prayer.

 

Friday Contest 4/19/13

Read today’s post “True Saving Faith – When is a Child Ready?” and leave us a comment.

We will choose two entries to receive Art Murphy’s The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for Your Child.

  • Topic: Comment on this morning’s blog post, ““True Saving Faith – When is a Child Ready?
  • Deadline: Wednesday April 24th, at 11:59pm
  • Prize: One of two copies of The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for Your Child
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, April 29th.

True Saving Faith—When is a Child Ready?

Back during Holy Week, we highlighted the message of the Cross and the glorious Gospel of Jesus . We also noted CDG’s resource Helping Children to Understand the Gospel. In this booklet, we outline 10 essential Gospel truths we believe children should be taught. But it’s also crucial to recognize a child’s spiritual readiness to actually embrace true, saving faith. Is there any way that we as parents and teachers can discern whether or not our children are genuinely understanding and embracing the Gospel, and not merely acknowledging the facts? In his excellent book The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for Your Child, Art Murphy says the following: (more…)

Contest Winners from April 5th

Here are testimonies from our Friday April 5 contest regarding seeing God’s good design in children (and adults) with disabilities. May God be pleased to multiply these kinds of testimonies in our churches for His glory and our joy!

Ben – I have seen the incredible work of a man in our church who is much slower mentally, but his heart is so in line with loving Jesus. His acts of kinds, his involvement in helping the kids at VBS, his willingness to volunteer in so many areas, his eagerness to make it to Wednesday night Bible study, etc.; he is a huge inspiration to others.

Kimberly – There’s a young man in our church family who, because of prenatal complications, has some learning disabilities and speech difficulties. His heart for God, though, seems so much purer than many others. He has a love for Christ that was shown in his participating in two international missions trips. His passion for worship is demonstrated in his singing in our choir. He has a pure devotion to God, a raw and humble vulnerability, and a soft heart ready and willing to get any wrongs right. His witness is impactful to all with whom he interacts.

Alice – We are a very small church. Since two separate young people with autism began attending a short while ago, I have often wondered how we would be able to meet their needs. But time and again, I have been struck with the intense privilege we have to love on these two through our acceptance of their own unique wirings. I have been impressed with everyone’s willingness to accept them into our family and the families have been blessed by our desire to support their children.

Kendra – Since embarking on our own journey with an autistic child, we have been struck with two prevalent realities. In every waiting room we see families struggling in sadness and despair of the challenges they face, without hope of a God who is there, who exists, who has purpose in His design. Secondly, we encounter persistent, unrelenting narcissism within ‘support groups’ that encourage the right to mourn for a child parents thought they ought to have, of a life they think they deserved to have, of goodness indebted to them as they imagined. Proverbs 11:25 – “A generous man will prosper. He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” We need church ministry to exhort and encourage the call to serve others in our similar situations, to entrust ourselves to our Creator, and to joyfully find peace in remembering how He knows our daily needs.

Thank you so much Ben, Kimberly, Alice, and Kendra for sharing these inspiring thoughts. It is our joy to send you each a copy of Krista Horning’s book, Just the Way I am: God’s Good Design in Disability.

Friday Contest 4/12/13

After reading today’s post “Have You Prayed?,” share with us a testimony of how prayer has transformed the environment in your classroom, or offer us some practical tips in encouraging prayer in the classroom. Submission deadline is Wednesday April 17. We will highlight 3 submissions on April 22, and each of those will receive Pastor Bud Burk’s new booklet on prayer in children’s ministry entitled, Utter Dependency on God, Through Prayer.

  • Topic: Comment on this blog post with a short testimony of how prayer has transformed the environment in your classroom, or offer us some practical tips in encouraging prayer in the classroom.
  • Deadline: Wednesday April 17th, at 11:59pm
  • Prize: One of three copies of Utter Dependency on God, Through Prayer
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, April 22nd.

Have You Prayed?

Are you ready for this coming Sunday? Is your lesson prepared? Have you chosen the worship songs? Is the Bible memory activity ready to go? Do you have that substitute small group leader lined up? But more importantly, have you prayed? Are you praying?

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
(John 15:4-5 ESV) (more…)

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