Archive - July, 2014

“Jesus is in there.”

Jesus with children from JWS

A while back, our grandson was over our house and noticed a Bible (The ESV Children’s Bible) on our coffee table. So I picked it up and asked him, “David, what is this?” “The Bible,” he quickly replied. And then he added, “Jesus is in there.”

A 2-year-old mind…The Bible = Jesus is in there.

Now there are many ways that I could have clarified his statement—adding all sorts of nuances and such. And I think that I did respond by saying something like, “Yes, David. The Bible is God’s Word, and it tells us about Jesus.” But, for now, I’m happy that when he sees a Bible he knows that, “Jesus is in there.”

(Visual from Jesus, What a Savior!, copyright 2013)


Helping Children Understand that God is Eternal

Sometimes when I sit and really ponder what it means that God is eternal, it simply blows my mind! Yet it is such as essential truth and the implications for our lives are far-reaching. Here is a sample of how parents and teachers could help their children understand this important concept.

Read together:

Psalm 90:2—Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Show your child a rock then make comments such as: (more…)

Sowing and Reaping

Have you ever used this verse in your parenting in order to warn your child?

 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7 ESV)

Here are some helpful words from Tedd and Margy Tripp that I wish I had read and thought about years ago BEFORE I simply “dished out” Galatians 6:7 to my children. (more…)

A Blessing from Psalm 112

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This is one of my favorite blessings that my children heard literally hundreds of times as my husband blessed them every night at bedtime. Are there children in your life who would benefit from this blessing prayed over them this week, or even hundreds of times in the coming year?

May you be a man/woman who fears the Lord;

May you find great delight in the Lord’s commands.

May your children be mighty in the land.

Even to the next generation,

may you and your children be blessed.

May you find your wealth and your riches in God.

May you endure in righteousness forever.

Even in darkness may the light dawn for you.

May you be a gracious, compassionate

and righteous man/woman.

May you never be shaken. And may your name, [full name],

be remembered by the Lord forever. Amen!


 (From A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children by David Michael)


Entertainment Aliens


The older I get and the more I have seen and experienced, the more I appreciate the wisdom of these words:

…I want to invite all Christians to join me in this pursuit of greater purity of heart and mind. In our day, when entertainment media is virtually the lingua franca [common language] of the world, this is an invitation to be an alien. And I believe with all my heart that what the world needs is radically bold, sacrificially loving, God-besotted, “freaks” and aliens. In other words, I am inviting you to say no to the world for the sake of the world. (more…)

COMING SOON: How Majestic Is Your Name – Revised

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the upcoming release of the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name. This 40-week Sunday school curriculum is designed to teach fifth grade students about the names of God and what His names reveal about His character. We are working hard to finalize all of the final details of the curriculum and are looking forward to it being available in mid to late August.

The revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name features many exciting upgrades to help you equip your teachers, engage the students in your class and impact the families at your church.

  • New and rewritten lessons: Three new lessons were added so the curriculum now has our standard 40 lessons. Original lessons have been refreshed and targeted specifically for fifth and sixth grade students.
  • All-new, original visuals: The Visuals Packet has been completely redesigned with original illustrations, photography and designs in full color. Visuals will be available in print and for electronic display.
  • Redesigned Student Notebook: The Student Notebook has been redesigned with activities specifically created for fifth grade students.
  • Enhanced parent resource: Our Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages has been expanded with more information for parents and students to grow together. This resource will also be available on our new GIFT App for iPhone and iPad.

Learn More about How Majestic is Your Name:
Read the curriculum Scope & Sequence.
Order a FREE electronic sample of the first five lessons.
Learn more about our Revised Curriculum and Upgrade Options.

How will I know when How Majestic Is Your Name is available?
As soon as the curriculum is available, we will send out an email to our customers. You can also watch our Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and sneak peeks of the curriculum!

What should I do if I want to teach the revised curriculum but our Sunday school program is starting before it will be released?
We are very sorry for the inconvenience and are working on having it available for you as soon as possible. If you are interested in purchasing the revised version of How Majestic Is Your Name but will need the material before it is released, log in or create a customer account and visit the curriculum page to order a free electronic sample. The sample includes all of the resources for the first five lessons to get your class started.

If you have any further questions about How Majestic Is Your Name, please contact customer service at 877.400.1414 or



Play Dates and Bible Lesson Dates

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Every mother knows about scheduling “play dates” for young children. My 3-year-old grandson, David, always looks forward to his play dates with his favorite neighborhood friend, Ava. But this summer my daughter Sarah and Ava’s mom decided to go beyond simply planning play dates for their children. Now they also schedule weekly Bible lesson dates. What a great idea—spending time with your neighborhood friends learning about God together! It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, formal event. It can be as simple as reading and acting out a Bible story together, singing a simple worship song, memorizing a verse together, etc.

My daughter and her friend chose to use our preschool curriculum He Established a Testimony. My hope and pray for them is that, over time, these “Bible lesson dates” will yield a treasure far beyond the joy of their play dates.

A Profession by Pressure?


Here are some sobering words from John Leuzarder and, unfortunately, we have probably all seen examples of the “sorrow to everyone involved.”

Having our children embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior based on a clear knowledge of the Gospel is the most important concern of a Christian parent. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14). But, we must at the same time recognize that in our zealousness to see our children saved we can subtly pressure them into making a decision to follow Christ in order to please us, rather than God who knows the heart. The consequences of a profession of faith made under pressure, and not from a sincere heart can be serious and in time can bring confusion and sorrow to everyone involved.

(The Gospel for Children: A Simple, Yet Complete Guide to Help Parents Teach Their Children the Gospel of Jesus Christ, copyright©2002, page 37)

(Image courtesy of Arztsamui/

Head, Heart, Hands, and Habitat

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At our 2013 National Conference, Dr. Bruce Ware presented an excellent seminar titled “Teaching Children to Know and Love God by Knowing and Loving Theology.” In that seminar, he emphasized teaching biblical truth in a manner that focuses on a progression of head, heart, hands, and habitat. Here is a summary of what he means by that: (more…)

How to Talk about So-Called Same-Sex Marriage with Your Children


I ran across an article by Dr. Russell Moore recently. He writes about a topic many of us would have never imagined needing to address in our lifetime. But now, as more and more states have legalized same-sex “marriage,” it has become unavoidable. Dr. Moore gives this thoughtful advice to parents: (more…)

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