Archive - April, 2013

April 19th Contest Winners

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

Please Pray

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?


Raising Children Who Set Their Hope in…

So what’s the missing word here?


dad and mom?

their financial stability?

their scholastic achievement? (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…)

The “Garden” of a Child’s Mind

In his excellent book Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting, William Farley offers these thoughtful and challenging insights that every parent and teacher should consider:

I have heard many fathers say, “I teach, but my teaching is informal. I teach when we are fishing. I teach when we are in the car or at the ball game.” Bible teaching should be informal, but we shouldn’t use this as an excuse to ignore formal teaching. Some fear formal, structured teaching. If I make my children sit down to rigid, formal instruction, they will reject the faith. (more…)

The Importance of Application in Teaching

A must read for every parent and teacher is Tedd and Margy Tripp’s book, Instructing a Child’s Heart. I wish that my husband and I had had this book in our “tool-belt” when our children were young. But even now as I teach in Sunday school, this book has been a valuable resource in shaping how I teach – especially in understanding the importance of looking for opportunities to apply biblical truth to everyday life.

Children need instruction to apply Scripture to issues of authority, obedience, conflict resolution, and God-given roles in relationships. Everyday life affords scores of opportunities to connect Scripture to life – from lost book-bags to broken friendships and poor test grades. Scores of training opportunities evaporate without notice as we hurry through our days thinking that devotional time with our children is enough. Our responses to the circumstances and crises of everyday life make our theology real. (2008, page 28)

The surest way to teach children to apply God’s truth to life’s circumstances is to model it for them. Parenting that exhibits a vital relationship with God in all the joys and storms of life is irresistible to children and young people. Conversely, the surest way to harden our children’s hearts to God and his ways is “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5) (Page 29)

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.


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…)

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.
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