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Making a Safety Vest | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

1. Remove bag handles and turn upside down. 2. Arm Opening: Cut across just below the folded bottom 3. Cut along the support strap to remove. 5. Reveal the side folds. 6. Cut outside folds and remove. 7. Neck Opening: Cut a two-inch strap on both sides. 8. Cut the middle part in half, between the straps. 9. Cut a middle slit opening on the front. 10. Cut a “V” shape on the front. (both L & R sides) 11.…

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Notes on Christianity Today’s Impeachment Editorial – Christian Article

This is a two-part essay. The first concerns several of the weaker responses to Mark Galli’s recent editorial at Christianity Today calling for President Trump’s impeachment. The latter concerns two of the better critiques and, in particular, one argumentative thread helpfully introduced by Andrew Walker that I want to pull on a bit harder. Christianity Today and Its Critics Embed from Getty Images You’ve probably heard the story of the time Carl F. H. Henry, a founder and editor of…

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Cement Truck with Bonus Props – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This large colorful prop is perfect for a construction theme. The cement truck is eight feet long and over four feet tall. Its simple to stick on a construction foam panel and cut out with a sharp blade. The additional portion on the top can be connected with tape along the back seam. Use a chair to prop up the cement truck one piece of tape will secure it in place. This is a great colorful prop without tracing and…

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Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,And….what we lovingly call “Listicles” What is a listicle? A “listicle” is an article that…

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The Contraception Guidebook: Options and Risks for Christian Couple – Christian Article

Biographical Sketch of the Author Until the time of his death on July 13, 2013, William R. Cutrer was an active pro-life advocate and served as both a professor and a staff physician at Southern Seminary. As the C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry, Cutrer taught courses in the areas of ministry, medical ethics, marriage and family and personal discipleship. He also served as the director of the Gheens Center for Family Ministry. Prior to his work at Southern,…

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Dealing with a Failing Student Leadership Program – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Guest Contributor January 3, 2020 Youth ministry a strange and beautiful animal, isn’t it?  It’s built upon the incredible hope of reaching a generation and creating lifelong disciple-makers. Youth ministry requires vision and action, but it also requires risk, vulnerability, and sometimes failure. I’ve been a student pastor for nearly 19 years now. I have seen extreme growth and extreme decline over these years at different churches. Back in 2013 I took the position of student pastor at a church…

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Feed the Snowman | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Supplies:    Clear plastic container (an empty peanut butter jar would would great!)  Wiggly eyes  One orange pompom for nose, several black or brown pom pom for mouth  Glue gun  Cotton balls   Small tongs (make sure they’re easy to bend so little fingers can use them)    Prepare: Decorate the clear plastic container with eyes, nose and mouth like a snowman, using the eyes, pompoms and glue gun.  You’re done!  Instructions: This is great to help two and three-year-olds with their fine motor skills. Show them how…

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Our Favorite Devotions for Youth – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin December 6, 2019 We compiled some of our favorite devotions for youth because we believe that spending time in God’s word everyday will transform students’ attitude, behavior, and their treatment towards other people. Daily devotions are about habits and vision. We want to develop habits in our students that will make them fully devoted followers of Christ. Through studying God’s word daily, students will develop the habit of listening to his voice and they will also begin…

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How to Spot Red Flags in Prospective Volunteers – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Thankfully, it’s not often that someone walks into the youth office with a desire to do damage. Unfortunately, we often miss red flags in volunteers who have a great desire to do good, but end up causing harm. We’re going to tackle some common misconceptions about youth ministry volunteers and then discuss how to say no to the wrong people so that we can say yes to the right people. *One note: By “wrong” people for the job, I am…

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Punched Plate Lacing | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies:  Sturdy paper plates  Christmas die cuts and die cut machine  Hole punch  Yarn/scissors/tape  Small pom poms for ornaments (optional)  Marker (to write bible verse)  Glue  Prepare Use the die-cut machine, being careful to center the die cut on the plate. Using the hole punch, punch holes around the design, leaving enough margin for the edges to remain strong.  Cut yarn in 24” segments and wrap one end with a piece of tape so that it will be easy to push…

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The 12 Days of Christmas: St John the Evangelist – Christian Article

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies…

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Royal Presents – Christian Article

The off’rings of the Eastern kings of old Unto our lord were incense, myrrh and gold; Incense because a God; gold as a king; And myrrh as to a dying man they bring. Instead of incense (Blessed Lord) if we Can send a sigh or fervent prayer to thee, Instead of myrrh if we can […] This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by David de Bruyn Read Full Article

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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…

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I Shall Not Diminish | More Than Cake – Christian Article

“God does not lead His children around hardship,but leads them straight through hardship.But He leads!And amidst the hardship,He is nearer to them than ever before.”—Otto Dibelius Psalm 23YHWH is my Shepherd, I shall not diminish.He makes me repose in lush pastures; he leads me beside refreshing waters.He restores my whole being; He guides me along right paths for His name’s sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of death’s shadow, I will fear no evil: forYou are with me; Your…

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Classroom Management, Part 4 | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends. Welcome to Mr. Mark’s Classroom. My name is Mark Jones. I am excited to share with you another great tip about classroom management today, because I’ve got several of my own teachers who are really trying to make a great classroom even better. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement with some things to do. The first tip today that I want to tell you is, boys and girls need choices. They need choices. Here’s what happened. This…

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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…

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Christmas Card Ornaments | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Christmas cards Circle punch or die cut (or trace the circle and cut with scissors) Elmer’s glue or Tacky glue Yarn Prepare: Cut circles out of Christmas cards with a die cut or punch. If you don’t have access to these tools, just trace a circle on a card and cut out with scissors. Ensure all of the circles are the same size. Four circles are needed for each ornament.  Cut yarn into eight-inch strands. Instructions: Look at your…

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Raising the Bar for Family Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Jesse Criss December 10, 2019 Speaking from my experience Before I ask a question, I want to preface what I’m about to say with the fact that I have probably been where you are right now. I started my journey in youth ministry nineteen years ago in a small church with a dozen students. Over the years I have worked in all kinds of churches with all of kinds students and every group combination you can think of. Over…

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Fathers, love your family through family fun and worship – CBMW – Christian Article

Fathers, love your family through family fun and worship As a father of five, it is easy for me to get discouraged about my personal failings as a dad. I don’t spend enough time with my children; I don’t spend enough time with my wife; I lose my patience too often; I am not encouraging enough. I could go on. I pray often that God would help me to change in these areas, and I am working toward improvement daily…

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Baby Yoda Explains Christian Denominations – Christian Article

Contributions from Jake Meador, Jon Askonas, Chris Krycho, Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and John Shelton. Credit to Twitter users Jake Raabe and Woke Space Jesuit for some joke ideas. Weird Baptist Twitter: Do not violate Baby Yoda’s soul freedom by baptizing him prior to his reaching the age of reason. Southern Baptist: Baptism is but a symbol, though an important one. Rather than being an outward and ordinary means of the force, or a seal and pledge of Jedi prophecies…

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Why Is Advent So Dark? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Parishes love to do things differently in the season of Advent. Liturgy committees try to change up the scene beyond just the colors and decor. It’s a way to try to change our view from the familiar and jar us into considering Who is coming at Christmas. One way I’ve seen a changeup in recent years is the dimming of the lights before Mass to suggest a more reflective, reverent tone when you enter the church. It makes sense with…

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A parable of moral change on alcohol – Christian Article

Wine is a Mocker, by Jan Steen Increasingly, evangelical Christians are abandoning abstentionist and prohibitionist positions on alcohol. This is true among many conservative Baptist churches. It is increasingly common for pastors to lead their churches to take a more moderationist position with respect alcohol. Back in 1981, John Piper led Bethlehem Baptist Church to change its church covenant with respect to beverage alcohol. The church covenant Piper inherited read, We engage . . . to abstain from the sale…

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Books of the Bible Turkey Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Supplies: Large Paper Sack Two small lunch-size paper bags White Mauvalous tape Stapler Markers Scrap paper in two colors Books of the Bible cards Make It: Fold the top of the large bag down about the three inches inside the bag. Write “Stuff the Turkey” in the center of the bag. Gently fold in the top front corners of the bag toward the center of…

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Rethinking How We Plan – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m a planner, an organizer, a structurer-of-schedules, and a tweaker-of-timelines. I live by to-do lists and daily plans. And, yes, I’m that person who will write something on the to-do list after I have done it just to feel more accomplished. As a high school teacher, my classes are busy from bell to bell. And goodness knows that for all of the craziness that youth ministry entails, these schedules and timelines and organization are important (otherwise, we still wouldn’t have…

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