Monthly Archives: July 2013

  1. Defining Providence

    Could you give a clear, concise definition of the providence of God? Do you think a 6th grader could? Try to fill in the blanks below: Providence Definition - BlankThe above definition of providence is used throughout the My Purpose Will Stand curriculum. It helps students learn incrementally 1) What God's providence is; 2) The extent of His providence; and 3) How to respond to His providence. We asked the author, Sally Michael, a few questions about the newly-revised curriculum:

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  2. Teaching Authority to Children

    Children's ministry leaders: Here is an important reminder from Dr. Russell Moore, as you recruit, train, and prepare your staff and volunteers for the coming school year. As he shares in this short video:

    You do not need, as you are looking for volunteers, to find people who are the most like the children in order to lead them. ... You are not a peer with the children. You are not a buddy with the children. You are instead a leader and a teacher and you are pointing and driving them along to maturity and to recognize authority. ... More

  3. You asked... We answer!

    This is the first in a series of new posts to answer commonly-asked questions that come in to our customer service line. If you have a question, please send it to us! We recently introduced Holly and Annie—the friendly and helpful voices you hear when you call to place an order or ask a question. I asked Holly and Annie, “What are a lot of customers asking these days?” Here were their top hits:

    Question: When can I purchase the newly revised My Purpose Will Stand curriculum?

    Answer: NOW!!! You can ... More

  4. Creative Classroom Idea: Books of the Bible Clothesline Activity

    Teachers, are you looking for a fun and creative activity to help your younger elementary students learn the books of the Bible? Learning this important skill will help children become more proficient in searching for, and finding, Scripture verses in their own Bibles. Try this simple activity in your classroom. clothesline ... More

  5. Teaching with the Right Emphasis

    True or false?

    God loves me. God cares for me. God provides for me. God hears me when I pray.

    It is essential that we teach with the right emphasis. In this short video, David and Sally Michael help us to see the above statements in their proper light and learn how to focus children's attention on the truth and place the accent on God.

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he
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  6. Tell Us Your Story

    When we first began this blog, we envisioned it as an interactive tool in which to encourage one another in our respective churches and homes.  To that end, we earnestly desire for you to send us your stories so that others may benefit and learn from your experiences, resulting in thanksgiving and praise to our great Savior, who is at work in the midst of His people. ... More

  7. Protecting the Children in Our Care

    Children and Youth Ministry Leaders: This must-read article by Deepak Reju is posted over at The Gospel Coalition’s website: “Predators in the Pew: Protecting Against Child Abuse in Your Church.” Here are his main points: ... More

  8. The Bridge Ministry: Reaching Children in the City

    Ever wonder how other people and churches are implementing the Children Desiring God curriculum? The Bridge, a ministry of Southwest Church in Topeka, Kansas, included a Bible study outreach program that used Children Desiring God curriculum. This video shares how Chris Stewart and his team used Children Desiring God material in their ministry, and how families benefitted from exposure to God-centered teaching. ... More

  9. Thank you for calling CDG… How May I Help You?

    Recently we said goodbye to our longtime customer service representative, Jim. You might be wondering, "Who is going to help me order curriculum?" Never fear! We are very pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our customer service team, Holly and Annie. ... More

  10. The Cat, the Blanket, and a Big Truth

    When my son Jacob was in 5th grade, he studied the curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study on the Providence of God in Sunday School. Week after week I would ask him what he was learning. Much to my frustration, his typical reply was something like, "We learned stuff about God," or some other vague answer. ... More