Fish Fry: Breakfast With Jesus Changes Our Focus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I am intrigued with stories from Everest and other great expeditions that seem to defy human ability and logic. The tragic stories always involve someone getting so focused on the summit or the next camp that they lose sight of their key metrics, whether that be a certain time limit, the way their body is responding abnormally, or the quick shift in weather patterns. Life finds some through a rescue mission. Death finds the others. For those that live, we…

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Simple Suggestions to Challenge Young Christians Toward Spiritual Maturity – Christian Article

As a youth bi-vocational youth pastor, I quickly learned the difference between teaching and training, especially when it comes to preparing the next generation of Christians to grow in their confidence and spiritual maturity. While teaching provides an opportunity to learn truth, training directs this effort toward a tangible challenge. Boxers and athletes train, for example, because they know a calendared fight or sporting event is just around the corner. We train when we prepare for a calendared challenge. While…

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Rooted’s Most Read 2019: Dear Parent of a High School Senior – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Happy New Year! Over the course of the next eight days we will be counting down the eight most-read articles from 2019. We hope you enjoy reviewing the posts that resonated with our readers; for a list of the top fifteen check out our newsletter here.  The weird thing is now I’m exactly where I want to be. I’ve got my dream job at Cornell, and I’m still just thinking about my old pals. Only now they’re the ones I made…

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Point Kids to the Gospel Through Great Books – Christian Article

One morning, while strolling through Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien described Christianity to C. S. Lewis as the “true myth.” Christ, Tolkien explained, is the full revelation of God; all other great stories merely echo that truth. Lewis later credited this discussion with Tolkien as instrumental to his Christian conversion. A century later, the wisdom of that dialogue resurfaced in my personal life, though in humbler circumstances. I didn’t walk with scholars among halls of erudition. Instead, I sat at…

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The Big Lie – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 We have heard it preached from the pulpit for years. “If you are a good parent and train up your kids in the Christian faith they will not leave the faith.” I’ve preached it from the pulpit and chances are that you have too.  The problem is this doesn’t work. Many children of good Christian parents choose to leave the…

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Teenager, Teens, Parenting – Christian Article

Tweet How can you raise teens in a troubled, evil world? The Bible shows us how. Family as a Resource Many people believe that raising teens is any much harder today than ever. If not, it sure seems so. Today, teens go through temptations worse than you and I had so what are parents to do in raising teenagers in an evil world? Whatever your opinion is, here are some ways to help parents raise their teens in a world…

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20 Great Parenting Quotes ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.  -Franklin D. Roosevelt Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first. -Matthew Jacobson The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.  -Peggy O’Mara Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.–James Baldwin Your children are the greatest…

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Did You Know? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Yesterday, I picked up my granddaughter, Andi, from school.  On the ride home she kept talking about “additions,” and how we need to start a new addition at Christmas.  Believe me, I had no idea what she was talking about, and so I started asking her questions to clarify.  Finally, I realized she was saying TRADITIONS.  I began to talk about the traditions we do already.  One tradition that many families participate in is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. A…

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Waiting Together | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:14) The Season of Advent has long been a central beat of the church calendar helping people stay in rhythm with the Holy Spirit throughout each and every year of their lives. A lot of other songs play too. There are a lot…

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My Top 5 Parenting Failures – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

You may not think very highly of me after reading this blog, but I’m willing to take the risk. It’s hard to talk about failure, but it might help someone and it’s therapeutic for me. Bottom line, even if it doesn’t help you it will help me. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished by…

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Family Fun Devotion Army Men: Faith in Action – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Posted By: Ron Ron Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. He has over 19 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional on Amazon. Don’t hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way. Latest posts by Ron (see all) About the Author…

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What Your To-Do List Can’t Accomplish – Christian Article

The Good News for Every Day Jonathan Edwards used to pray and ask that God would “stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” This prayer has become my own heart’s request, too. When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood. In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing…

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How About Making Memories Instead of Using All Your Money on Presents – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As parents, we want to give our kids great gifts at Christmas. We get their wish lists and get as much as our budget allows. But what if we focused on making memories instead of tons of gifts? Christmas comes and we give our kids the gifts.  They are excited at first, but as a few months pass by, they grow bored with the present and it sits on a shelf or at the bottom of their toy box. Giving…

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From How to Who: Unscrambling the Parent Discipleship Paradox – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the greatest ways we can help the kids in our ministries is by helping their parents be better disciplers. But perhaps we usually do that the wrong way: by focusing on tools and techniques rather than on the parents’ own relationship with Christ. In this blog post we use Deut. 6:4-9 as the template showing our greater need to focus on “who” than “how.” I’m convinced that most of our parents know that they are the primary disciplers…

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Practicing Gratitude | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”― Brother David Steindl-Rast C.S. Lewis writes, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” Wouldn’t we all like to have more joy in our lives?  Or how about more joy in the lives of our children and family?   According to verifiable data and research, there is a clear pathway to more joy. Author Brené Brown often talks and…

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I Was Wrong About 6th Grade – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I feel like I’ve been training for 6th grade since my daughter was born. I’ve researched, studied, witnessed middle school through the eyes of parents and students in our youth ministries. I’ve been hoarding a stack of ideas, stockpiling what I’ve learned for the inevitable day our first born would walk through the halls of middle school.  I was multi-tasking, getting ready, preparing myself for our own kids journey to adulthood. Secretly I poured my life into books and other peoples…

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ADVENT WITH AN ELF – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws our family closer and it was a lot of fun moving the elf, causing mischief, and even texting the kids as “Christmas Tree” our elf. What I learned…

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What to Do When Your Child Has Thoughts of Suicide – Youth Ministry Christian Article

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is not something anyone wants to think about, much less become familiar with. I have spoken often with despondent parents whose worst nightmare has become reality—their child has expressed thoughts of suicide. They are terrified, and no one they know talks about it. And when it happens to us as parents, we often have no idea what to do. Because we’re scared in the moment, our decision-making is clouded. Caring for your child if they…

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Is Amazon Bringing Back The Holiday Catalog? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last week, I received in the mail, at my home, a catalog from Amazon.  It included stickers and a special page for kids to write down what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes, Amazon has brought back the “Holiday Catalog.” If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that receiving gifts is a lot of fun. When Christmas rolls around, usually Mom and Dad will ask their kids what kind of gifts they would like for Christmas.…

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Prayer PACT : a 30 day prayer journal for kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Posted By: Ron Ron Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. He has over 19 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional on Amazon. Don’t hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way. Latest posts by Ron (see all) About the Author…

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10 Important Times You Should Be Praying With Your Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It is so important to pray for your child.  Pray for your child when he or she is sick.  Pray for your child when he or she is facing a hard situation.  Pray for your child when he or she is faced with temptation.  This is so, so important. Yes, we should pray FOR our child, but you should also be praying WITH your child. Here are 10 crucial times you should be praying WITH your child. A faith commitment…

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12 Vital Reasons Each Of Us Should Be Part Of A Church – Christian Article

Do you really need to be involved in a church? Can’t believers just worship Jesus on their own? Why do we need to be involved in “organized religion?” It seems like a growing trend that many Christians don’t believe they need to be part of a church.  Yes, we can and should worship and love Jesus individually. But we should also worship, pursue and love him with others. In fact, it is essential and vital to our spiritual lives and…

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Mercy and Grace: What Kids Need to Know – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children love fairness—but the Lord’s grace and mercy are certainly not based on “fairness.” As you help your children grasp God’s mercy and live out God’s grace, their lives will never be the same. How Kids Think Kids sometimes wonder, “Do I deserve this?” They feel wronged after receiving “unjust” or “unfair” treatment. On the other hand, children have trouble processing special favor that is clearly not deserved. God’s Wisdom When a child learns to appreciate both God’s mercy and…

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Unlocking Secrets of the Teenage Brain – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach   Does it ever feel like your adolescent isn’t thinking, doesn’t know how to act around your friends, is always arguing or takes too many risks? Do you ever feel like they are pushing you away or wonder if they really do hate you? Why is it when teenage youth are not with friends that they are absorbed in their phones?   As parents, we are often left feeling confused and at a loss when it comes to…

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How to teach kids about Prayer – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you want to teach your kids about prayer, it would help to answer the question: What is Prayer? How would you answer that question? Many people would answer by saying prayer is asking God for something- maybe money, maybe help. But prayer is so much more than asking. A very simple way to think about prayer is: Communicating with God Talking to God Listening to God Teach Kids about Prayer with a Prayer Pact That’s it! Prayer is that…

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