7 Things to Show Parents You Care – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Veteran Children’s Pastor Barney Kinard provides seven practical keys that will help you improve your serve. Please share with your team.__ We all talk about partnering with parents, but what does that look like for the teacher? How is it that teachers can partner with the parents of the children in their class? It is quite easy to concentrate on the lesson preparation and class management each week while ignoring any meaningful involvement with the parents. Here are seven things…

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Glad Dad Day – Train Up The Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In I Chronicles 29:19 King David prayed for his son, “And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build a palace, for which I have made provision. Then in 1 Kings 5:3-5 Solomon begins the task of building the temple, “You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars…

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6 Ways to Help Your Kids Love Reading the Bible – Christian Article

Growing Good Habits What could be more important than teaching your kids to read the Bible? What better habit would you want them to have? But it’s hard to do. Bad habits are like weeds. You have to do nothing to cultivate them. Good habits, like growing flowers or plants, need time, care, and attention. With time, care, and attention, we can help our kids cultivate the habit that will keep them close to God, keep them believing the gospel…

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

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding adventures you will go in life. And parenting is not something you ever stop doing.  Yes, your role will change as your child grows and matures, but you will always be a part of your child’s journey – even when they are adults. Whether you are a brand new parent or you have kids who are grown up, you will always play an important part in your child’s life.…

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Halloween tracts for kids – PastorRonBrooks – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Halloween is coming, and whether you celebrate or not, there will be thousands of kids dressed in their costumes headed door to door asking for ‘treats’. What other holiday has people coming to your door? That makes Halloween a great opportunity to share the gospel in a creative way. You don’t even have to leave your house! So why not make the most of it and hand out some Halloween tracts for kids? Is there anything better than candy? Well,…

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Start Saving for College Today – Christian Article

Adults, can we have a conversation? Less than 5 percent of Americans have college savings accounts, and those who do are far wealthier than average. How Paying for College Is Changing Middle-Class Life, Caitlin ZaloomSource How in the world are Kristen and I unicorns because we saved for college? Look, we are pretty cool, but we just aren’t that particularly responsible people. We shouldn’t fit into the top 5% of people in any category. If you know us in person…

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The Four Seasons of Parenting – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach It was a cool fall morning in Northern Missouri and we were visiting my oldest daughter who was away for her freshman year of college.  (It seems like just yesterday I had her nestled in my arms feeling the warmth of her breath on my face.) My wife and our four kids all sat huddled together around an oak table sipping coffee and hot chocolate while the warmth of the nearby fire seeped into our cold bodies. …

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8 Ways to Shape Your Family Spiritually – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here are 8 ways to shape your family spiritually that echo: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and…

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Dealing with racism in ministry: Bernice King from #OC19 – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Posted By: Ron Orange Conference 2019 was an incredible experience. The speakers were great, and included a surprise guest I was not expecting. Bernice King (daughter of Dr Martin Luther King Jr) joined Reggie Joiner and some others in a panel discussion. Their topic? Dealing with the issue of racism in ministry. Here are the notes that I took during that session. Race is important. Racism exists. But having difficult, real discussions will help all parties involved. Thoughts from Bernice…

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Crossing the Checkpoints for Life’s Race – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Back in 2013, the highly-respected late Jerry Vogel wrote about a few of the spiritual mile markers to be celebrated in families’ lives (post). As many of us are planning for a new ministry year with kids transitioning to new classes, this seems like a good time to…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 11–14, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Stand with the Heart In Stand with the Heart, Dr. Kathy Koch teaches proven strategies for training a child’s heart and parenting in a way that honors God. Kock doesn’t offer…

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Help! My Teenager Won’t Open Up to Me – Christian Article

This article is part of the Help! series. The Sound of Silence “How was your day?” I ask my teenage daughter after school. “Fine.” She responds. “Anything interesting or noteworthy to report?” “Nope.” Silence. I know Proverbs says the heart is like deep waters (Prov. 20:5), but surely there are more than single syllable grunts inside her. How can I draw out thoughts and feelings? I want to become a woman of understanding, but my teenager is not doing much…

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Why Your Parents’ Limitations Aren’t Limiting – Christian Article

What Are Limits and Why Don’t You Love Them? Limitations, by definition, are restrictions; they will follow you through your teen years and into adulthood. Your alarm clock limits the amount of sleep you get each morning. Your pantry offers a limited supply of breakfast items. After breakfast you have a limited amount of time to put your dishes in the sink before your mom reminds you. You are limited, and in many ways you are used to limits. You…

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When your best isn’t good enough – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

When your best is not good enough Anything worth doing is worth doing to the best of your ability. But what do you do when your best isn’t good enough? Several years ago around Halloween time we were looking for some places to take our daughter for trick-or-treating. There were lots of churches in the area doing a trunk-or-treat or Fall Festival, so we decided to take her to a few. As we were driving, we saw a small community…

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A Classic Devotional Adapted Just for Kids – Christian Article

Marketing manager for Bible Gateway. Parents, are you looking for a devotional you can read with your children? Whether you have their attention at the dinner table or just before bed, the free weekly email Streams in the Desert for Kids is a classic devotional (and a Bible Gateway favorite) that you’ll want to sit them down for each weekend. Brimming with inspiring stories, sports info, scientific facts, and timeless wisdom, this year-long devotional shares all the amazing… This is…

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What if I Enjoy Work More Than My Family? – Christian Article

I recently had a young man reach out to me with an honest question. These words might sound alarming coming from a dad, but at their core is a secret struggle some men really battle. Is it okay if I find more enjoyment and satisfaction in my job than with my family? I discovered that he was a software engineer who works out of his home. He has two little ones and is in the early stages of parenting. I…

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The Amazing Calling of Motherhood – Christian Article

By Trillia Newbell The other morning I woke up while my children were still sleeping and began to pray. I started thinking about my identity. Who am I? As I settled into my prayer time, I began to rejoice at the thought that I am a mother. It is part of who I am. To my children, it is my name: Mom. The modern mom doesn’t always like to be identified as a mother. We have names and identities of…

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Glorious Good News That Changes Everything – Christian Article

God is sovereign. When I learned this bedrock truth of Christianity it transformed my life. And remembering and meditating on this truth has brought me hope and comfort through many trials, large and small, for decades. What Does Is Mean That God Is Sovereign? The sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that God is infinite, eternal, and above all things. He created all things, rules and is in absolute control of all things. He knows every thought, word and…

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method – Christian Article

Some parents embark on the great task of raising a child already convinced of a particular parenting method. They’ve done the research, read the books, scoured the forums, and have made up their minds. Other parents embark on the great task of raising a child without having put any substantial thought into methodology. They haven’t completed the hours of research, haven’t read the books, haven’t scoured the forums, and basically intend to learn as they go. What’s remarkable to me…

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The Contagion of Mass Violence

Despite what these nuns may think, the gun issue in the United States is no laughing matter. School shootings have now been with us for a generation; two decades. Or so some news media would have us think, preferring to use the Columbine (Littleton) event as a game changer. In fact, a look at the School Shootings List on Wikipedia shows that incidents so classified go back to the 1800s. A close look at the list shows that Columbine had…

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Now that college admissions season is over – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); College admissions season is officially over until October.  Having gone through it for the first time I can confirm a few things:  The college admissions system is broken from top to bottom.  There’s no silver bullet or obvious solution for fixing it on the horizon. It’s way more complex than it should be. It’s way more competitive than it should be.  That complexity and competition is the perfect recipe for cheating.  Outside observers decry…

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Justice is a Funny Thing – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Watching Megan go through the college admissions process has been really hard. On the one hand, I fully get why we have quotas and the need for diversity. I support it. If I were an elected official I’d vote for affirmative action in college admissions every time. Why? Because achievement isn’t just a personal accomplishment it’s also the result of a system that benefits some more than others. As a result, to make things…

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When Disciplining Kids Doesn’t Seem to Make a Difference – Christian Article

My sin doesn’t die easily. Right now, I’m fighting a particular one that seems especially persistent. I might see victory in it for a few months, but then something happens, I let my guard down, and I like feel I’ve taken 10 steps backward in sanctification. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. It’s discouraging. My young kids also have sin issues that don’t seem to be going anywhere. Like me, they have good days and bad days. But unlike me, they don’t…

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College Admissions Process Reflection – Adam McLane – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Sign-up to get new posts delivered to your inbox. Yesterday, our eldest child received the last of her college admission decisions. She was with a friend and after she sent us texts to update and react to the decision the next thing she sent us was, “It’s over!” Amen. Hallelujah.  This process is technically from October to March 31st, but in actuality it started probably a year earlier. So getting this phase of it…

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