March Madness Reading Wand & Bookmark – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Instructions: Draw a basketball on one end of the stick.  Add lines to indicate bouncing. Place the bubble sticker over the ball. Kids can use the stick as a reading wand.  When they are ready to stop reading it also makes a great bookmark. Optional: Help kids to add a favorite Bible verse or decorate the stick with their team’s colors. Bible Books Championship Bracket This Bible Books Championship Bracket Chart can be printed on 11 x 17 paper…

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Meet me in a few? An ongoing relationship with books. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Brokenhearted. Brain fogged. Exhausted. Anxious. Mid 2014 I found myself in a place I had never been before. I was suffering from severe depression. I had swerved into unknown territory. It was scary and I was embarrassed. How did this happen? I kept working, writing, traveling, trying to be present at home with my family. But there wasn’t room for much else. Seasons like these can last for months and sometimes even years. I wondered when my mind would be…

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My Big, Fat Book List! – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata I love to read. But as much as I love it, my fleshly sinful nature will rear up to divert me from any wholesome activity, even one I love. My eyes tire more quickly too as I’ve gotten older so I struggle against the pull to just watch TV. I motivate myself to maintain this important habit in a number of ways. One of them is doing Tim Challies’ Christian Reading Challenge for 2020. He sets out…

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My 2020 Reading Aspirations – Christian Article

I’m thinking about what I want to read in 2020. Below you’ll find some of my reading aspirations for next year. 1. To read the entire Bible. Before seminary, I often used a Bible reading plan for my personal devotions. This was helpful. Once starting seminary, however, I felt like the Bible reading plan was hurting more than helping (because I was so overwhelmed with everything else I had to read) and so I decided to ditch it. I came…

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10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Should Read – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Reading. Most of us have every intention to read more, but few of us actually read much. But reading is one of the easiest and best ways to grow ourselves. And as leaders, we have a responsibility to grow ourselves in order to lead well. Statistics show that reading by leaders is in decline. In fact, the lack of reading on the leadership level has declined to the point that some might consider it a crisis. Michael Hyatt, in his article…

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Meet me in a few? An ongoing relationship with books. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Brokenhearted. Brain fogged. Exhausted. Anxious. Mid 2014 I found myself in a place I had never been before. I was suffering from severe depression. I had swerved into unknown territory. It was scary and I was embarrassed. How did this happen? I kept working, writing, traveling, trying to be present at home with my family. But there wasn’t room for much else. Seasons like these can last for months and sometimes even years. I wondered when my mind would be…

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A Perfect Movie: The Enduring Legacy of The Princess Bride – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. In a recent Variety article detailing the life and legacy of television writer/producer Norman Lear, a passing reference suggested that one of the most beloved films of the 1980s might be getting a remake. “Very famous people… want to redo The Princess Bride,” Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra told Variety. In an era of retellings, reimaginings, remakes, and recycled ideas,…

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How to Read and Understand a Difficult Book – Christian Article

I’ve spent the past couple of years reading difficult books. Most of them have been rigorously academic. They can be tough to read, but if you learn how to read them well, there’s gold on the other side. But why read a difficult book? Why Read Difficult Books The goal is to read hard books that are profitable. Just because a book is written by an academic who uses a lot of big words doesn’t mean that it’s good. You…

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eleven Writers Writing – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Every year, I set a reading goal. Twenty-eighteen was no different. I find that by doing this,…

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Mothers, Make Time for Yourselves…Read a Book – Christian Article

Consider this: Parents are called by God to disciple their children. Luke’s gospel tells us,  “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). This is true of character, but this is also true of habits and loves. Consider this: Mothers bear the image of God, marred in the fall, and are commanded to continually put on the mind of Christ. This means spending time in the Word of…

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