Monthly Archives: November 2014

  1. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Children Desiring God family! We hope and pray that you will have a lovely day with your family and friends celebrating the many ways God has blessed you this year.

    We continue to give thanks for the Lord's grace to us, and for your continued support and prayers as we labor to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generations may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only one who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

    (Leaf image courtesy of Stuart Miles at ... More

  2. A Song of Thanksgiving A beautiful hymn of thanksgiving – for today, tomorrow, and any day!

    My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace And gave me life again; Who crushed my curse of sinfulness And clothed me in His light And wrote His law of righteousness With pow'r upon my heart.

    My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who walks beside; Who floods my weaknesses with strength And causes fears to fly; Whose ev'ry promise is enough For ev'ry step I take, Sustaining me with arms of love And crowning me with grace.

    My heart is filled with thankfulness To him who reigns above, Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose ev'ry thought is love. For ev'ry day I have on earth ... More

  3. What is Christian Gratitude?

    ID-10077952 Some words from John Piper:

    Grace begins when one person is full and another is empty. One person is a have and the other a have-not. One is rich; the other is poor. Then grace comes into action as the emptiness of one is filled up by the fullness of the other. What we do not have is supplied by what he has. Our poverty is replaced by his wealth. And all that not because we deserve it, but because Jesus is gracious. His riches are free. Therefore, gratitude wells up in the hearts of those who "receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness" (Romans 5:17). This gratitude to Christ, which marks all true believers (Romans 1:21 ... More

  4. Protecting Children from Affluenza

    ID-10054872 Before millions of people have let their Thanksgiving meal settle, the race will be on to “shop-‘til-you-drop.” And along with it there may lurk dangerous disease, one that would love to infect your children: “affluenza.” Here is Randy Alcorn’s description:

    An alarming number of children from Christian homes grow up grasping for every item they can lay their hands on. Children raised in such an atmosphere—which includes most children in America—are afflicted with a killer disease called “affluenza.”

    Consider the typical American Christmas. When the annual obstacle course through crowded malls culminates on the Big Day, what’s the fruit? We find a trail of shredded wrapping paper and a pile of broken, abandoned, and unappreciated toys. Far from being filled with a spirit of thankfulness for all that Christmas means, the children are grabby, crabby, picky, sullen, and ungrateful—precisely because they’ve been given so much.

    We love our children. So do their grandfathers and grandmothers, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. All of us seem to think that love is measured by giving things. We say it isn’t so, but we go right on acting as if it were. Our children aren’t battery operated. Their deepest needs are spiritual, mental, and emotional, and these needs cannot be met by flashing lights and doll houses. This sometimes dawns on us, but we soon forget. Another Christmas, and again we immerse our children in things. In doing so, we mentor them in a perspective on life directly at odds with the Scriptures we seek to teach them at home and in church. ... More

  5. Three Great Gospel Resources—Part 3

    CHGOEPThe past two blog posts were designed to familiarize you with two wonderful resources for equipping parents and teachers in the all-important and joyful mission of communicating the Gospel to the next generation. William Farley’s, Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting and Art Murphy’s, The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Salvation for your Child definitely fit the bill in assisting us toward ... More

  6. Three Great Gospel Resources—Part 2

    Faith of a ChildYesterday, I stated that parents and teachers have no greater responsibility and privilege than to pass the Gospel on to our children. The first recommended resource for equipping us to do just that is William Farley’s book Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. Today, I’d like to highlight the second resource, The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Salvation for your Child  ... More

  7. Three Great Gospel Resources—Part 1

    Gospel-Powered ParentingSomeday our children will stand before King Jesus and hear Him say one of the following:

    "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 25:34b)

    “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."  (Matthew 25:41b) We have no greater responsibility and privilege than to pass the Gospel on to our children. It is the only means of salvation. If our children are to inherit the kingdom, they must embrace the Gospel and trust in Jesus. Therefore, we must give the greatest care to present the true essence of the Gospel. This week, I want to highlight and strongly recommend three resources—one per day—that I believe should be in the hands of every parent and teacher for better equipping us to communicate the Gospel. ... More

  8. What Our Children Need to Know about God’s Wrath

    ID-1007128There is an important post over on the Desiring God website by Joseph Scheumann: “Five Truths About the Wrath of God.” I appreciate his very thoughtful and “balanced” approach—putting to rest some very common misconceptions. I think this article would help every parent, teacher, and older student. Here is how he begins:

    The doctrine of the wrath of God has fallen on hard times. In today’s world, any concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiments. It’s too disconcerting, too intolerant.

    We live in a day where we have set ourselves as the judge and God’s character is on trial. “How can hell be just?” “Why would God command the Israelites to ... More

  9. Biblical Literacy for Preschoolers

    ID-100275763The title might seem a misnomer…“literacy” for children who are non-readers??? Well, let’s start with a definition of what I mean by biblical literacy:

    Biblical literacy is the ability to rightly read and understand the Bible, using the proper tools of study, thereby becoming well acquainted with the Bible's character (innate qualities) and content. Obviously the vast majority of preschoolers cannot read, but they can become increasingly acquainted with the Bible’s character and content. Here are some tips for teaching biblical literacy to preschoolers:

    • Use the Bible as you teach, even if you are not reading directly from the text—have your Bible open to the corresponding text. Show the children that the story is from the Bible by pointing to the text that you are going to read.
    •  Look for opportunities to read directly from the text—even if it is only one verse from the story. When you do this, emphasize that you are reading from the Bible,

    "I am going to read from the Bible now. This is what God says..."

      •  Expand and continually review key biblical themes—repetition encourages memorization.
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  10. Reflecting the Beauty of the Church to our Children

    ID-100140773 The world is very quick to point out the failings and imperfections of Jesus’ Bride, the Church. As parents, we must be very careful to give our children a picture of the church that is grounded in biblical truth, the beauty of Christ, joyful community, and yes, sometimes painful reality. But let’s be diligent to make sure we focus on the first three, and not simply the last. Here are some thoughts to consider from Tedd and Margy Tripp:

    The family of God gets the reputation we live out in our homes. Children are prepared for their experience of the church family by their experience in our own families…Our experience of those sensory family relationships gives meaning to spiritual relationships.We must train our children to think of the church as their spiritual ... More