advent

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Advent Journey Spirals – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are now totally on the countdown to Advent. If you haven’t read December’s edition of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine, then I suggest you get your hands on one!! Here is one of the crafts I wrote for my page in the magazine as a little taster of what you can expect… This craft explores the idea of a journey towards the birth of Jesus, echoing the journey that Mary and Joseph take to Bethlehem and our own…

Read More

Six Nativity Star Ideas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This year, the Church of England has launched a campaign called Follow the Star, which is encouraging churches and local groups to engage in star related activities in Advent and Christmas.  If you are joining in, and even if you aren’t, here are some ‘star’ ideas to help you out! Star tea light mats and Advent prayer Nativity star reflective colouring page Nativity Star craft and prayers Messy Christmas Star Ornaments Epiphany star finger print prayers Epiphany play dough mat…

Read More

No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children Pages No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children We’re getting ready for Christmas and one of the things I’m most excited about is our upcoming crib service.  It’s a new venture for our church, but it sounds as if the community are really getting behind it!  We have invited families to turn up dressed in nativity character costumes and everyone can join in the tableau that is formed during…

Read More

God Is: Peace — More Precious – Christian Article

He is the rest to a racing mind, the comfort to an anxious heart and the calm when fear tries to take control. His peace is lasting, it is trustworthy, it is true. Millennials have been labeled the most anxious generation in history. As a result, people increasingly go on a great endeavour in search of peace of mind, soul and spirit. There is a quest to feel stillness; solitude from a chaotic world. There is a very real war…

Read More

God Is: Emmanuel — More Precious – Christian Article

Jesus stepped into our mess, into our likeness, not to judge, or condemn, but to redeem, to heal, to save and to restore right-standing relationship. Emmanuel. God with us. God most-high, God most-holy, God most-wonderful came to us. In Philippians 2:6-7, we read that He added our human nature to His; still remaining God, but accepting the weaknesses, frailties and dependancies that we experience. Jesus came, to be with us. Oftentimes, I can forget the nearness of the Lord in…

Read More

God Is: Love — More Precious – Christian Article

Jesus loves you with the unfailing love of God. a love that isn’t dependent on who you are or what you’ve done, but solely on God’s character. “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us.” 1 John 4:9-10 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God, was born into this sin-ridden, hostile world as a vulnerable…

Read More

Behold, the Lamb of God: We Hope You Rest – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We’ve come to the end of our Advent Devotional for Students, but on this Christmas Eve we wanted to stop and speak directly to our Rooted audience — parents and youth ministers — about why the prophecies we’ve explored over the last three weeks mean so much to us as believers.  From the beginning, God knew exactly what He would do to cure the world’s sickness. He knew exactly who He would send; how and when it would happen; He…

Read More

New Uses for the Hymn Board – Christian Article

New Uses for the Hymn Board After yesterday’s discussion on Twitter prompted by Traci Rhoades, I thought you’d like to see what my wife did when she inherited a hymn board at the church where she now serves. For Advent it got more complicated! The second line in this board is replaced each week… …with the lines shown on the right in this picture. And the candle flames on the left……end up on the hymn board on the other side of…

Read More

Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Fifteen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

He Will Not Grow Faint or Discouraged Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights;I have put my Spirit upon him…a bruised reed he will not break,and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;he will faithfully bring forth justice.He will not grow faint or be discouragedtill he has established justice in the earth;and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spread out the earth and what comes from it,who…

Read More

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story? – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa. Quit Talking and Listen There…

Read More

Nativity & Advent: The Census of Quirinius – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata Mary and Joseph register for the census before Governor Quirinius. Byzantine mosaic c. 1315 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because…

Read More

Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Ten – Youth Ministry Christian Article

They Love Me; They Love Me Not Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be…

Read More

You’re not supposed to be here – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival. And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on…

Read More

God Is: Just — More Precious – Christian Article

For Him, justice is having a deeper and stronger relationship with Him. Justice is reconciliation. What is justice? We might think of justice as being something that is fair or morally correct, putting things right and often legally resolving issues with a judge sitting on high declaring whether things are right or wrong. However, I find that through Jesus and Advent, as the anticipation of Christmas builds and we wait in hope for the reminder of God who came to…

Read More

(Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Christmas is supposed to be a season full of peace and goodwill as we celebrate the Savior’s physical arrival into this world. So why are we often bombarded with feelings of pressure and extreme stress? We know Advent’s not supposed to be this way, but how do we change it?… The post (Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written…

Read More

Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotions for Students: Day Five – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The Only Remedy for Our Spiritual Sickness “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that bought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) It’s difficult to come to terms with the depth of our sin. The temptation is to make light of our daily struggles, and perhaps even believe the lie that we’re not actually terrible sinners, each of us in need of rescue. But…

Read More

Day 10, The Boy Jesus at the Temple – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata EPrata photo With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding (Job 12:13). Further reading The Day Jesus Went AWOL Twelve-year-old Jesus goes to the Temple The Son of God at twelve years old ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Background and Introduction, Thirty Days of Jesus Series Day 1: The Virgin shall conceive Day 2: A shoot from Jesse Day 3: God sent His Son in the fullness of time Day 4: Marry her, she will bear a Son…

Read More

How to Live the Bible — Why Christ Came – Christian Article

This is the eighty-fourth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. See Mel Lawrenz’s new book, Christmas Joy for Kids: A Devotional. ADVENT — celebrating the best thing that ever happened in the world, when Jesus, the Son of God, came…

Read More

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat, Day 5: The Babe has arrived! – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata And the Babe has arrived! A drawing my second grade student drew and gave me: Nativity, by Gari Melchers. The exhaustion of Mary, the pondering of Joseph, the light coming from the lamp, or is it the Babe? Answers in Genesis: Separating myth from biblical fact, No Room For an Inn GotQuestions:What does it mean that baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling cloths? Thirty Days of Jesus Series-Introduction/BackgroundDay 1 postDay 2 postDay 3 postDay 4 post This…

Read More

Anna, the Lord’s Precious Widow – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata #1: Zacharias: There’s no such thing as chance, even when casting lots #3: Nativity & Advent: Sacrifice of Pigeons —————————————–The Nativity story includes wonderful elements as we learn them and repeat them year after year. We truly are little children, saying to our parents, “Tell me again!” We never tire of hearing as much as we can about our Savior who left His throne, left glory, left the perfect adoration of his angels, and came to earth to serve…

Read More

Two resources for your church or family during the Advent/Christmas season – Christian Article

The Advent and Christmas seasons are just around the corner, a wonderful time of year to sing rich Christological hymns with your church and family. Here are two resources you might want to consider using this season: Hymns and Carols of Advent and Christmas Last year we published a new collection of hymns and carols for Advent and Christmas. This is simply all of the Advent/Christmas hymns included in Hymns to the Living God, published in a format convenient for…

Read More

2019 Family Advent Guide – Kids Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In the opening verses of the Gospel of Luke he writes: “Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us… It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed” (Luke 1:1-4, emphasis added). Luke wrote an orderly sequence of…

Read More

Persuasion 155 | Silent Night – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Persuasion_155.mp3 For most of us, Christmas delivers us everything but the Silent Night we sing about in that iconic carol. Our preparations for celebrating Christmas could rarely be described as heavenly peace. It’s more like earthly chaos as we race about collecting our gifts, visiting family and friends, and attending performances and parties. As we repeat the lines of Silent Night each year, it can spark waves of guilt: We know our lives—and our hearts—are not living up to this…

Read More

The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until March 19, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway. We live in a culture that is increasingly biblically illiterate. Yet within it, some passages of Scripture are still widely familiar. Take Luke 2 for instance. Perhaps thanks to Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, many people will recall the climactic moment when Linus tells the story of Jesus’ birth, quoting at…

Read More

CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018 – Christian Article

Reviewing our most-read articles each year gives us a snapshot of the cultural highs and lows from the past 365 days. Our content covers a wide array of topics—film, television, literature, media, internet, politics, music, tech, sports, celebrity culture, and more. The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak. And the articles that got our readers’ hearts beating in 2018? There are several covering the #metoo and #ChurchToo movement; a few on key cultural…

Read More