Monthly Archives: June 2015

  1. Good Summer Read for Older Children

    Big Truths Can you guess what famous theologian said the following?

    Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

    For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like…

    That our idea of God correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us. Who was it? A. W. Tozer in his classic work, ... More

  2. Start Filling the Mind with Truth

    ID-10015142 In his seminar, ”Teaching Children to Know and Love God by Knowing and Loving Theology,” Dr. Bruce Ware explains the importance of understanding the “progression of truth” as we teach our children. He lays out the progression as follows:

    Head → Heart→ Hands→ Habitat

    or another way of stating it…

    Knowing → Loving → Living →Transforming Why start with the “head”? Why not jump right to their heart? Dr. Ware explains,

    The mind’s understanding (knowing the truth) is necessary for the heart’s engagement with that truth (loving the truth). Knowing the truth provides ... More

  3. An Inside Look at Application - Faithful to All His Promises, Revised

    Children Desiring God Blog // An Inside Look at Application: Faithful to All His Promises Revised When teaching Sunday school, there are two main pillars to the class time: teaching and application. Application is an essential step to apply truths from the Bible lesson to a child’s everyday life. The Small Group Application section of each lesson provides small group leaders with specific questions to discuss with the children in their group. These questions help children understand and clarify what they heard in the lesson and lead them towards three responses:

    • The Head: What the children know and understand.
    • The Heart: What the children feel, such as emotions, desires and convictions.
    • The Hands: What action the children will take, such as a response, commitment, etc.
    One of the major updates we made to the revised version of Faithful to All His Promises, was to rework the application section. The questions were expanded and finessed to equip small group leaders with material that is age appropriate, integrated with workbook activities and targeted towards the heart. Here is a sample application section from Faithful to All His Promises, along with the matching workbook pages so you can take a look inside the curriculum and see the changes!

    Lesson 7 Promise: God Will Forgive You

    Main Ideas:

    • If we confess our sins, God will forgive us.
    • When God forgives sin, He blots

    Small Group Application

    ... More

  4. A Good Summer Read for Young Children

    ID-10063642 My grandchildren love their Bible story time before bed. Favorites include, Read-Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindvall, and The Beginners Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories by Karyn Henley (we prefer the out-of-print 1989 version). Recently, as a gift, they received a copy of Kenneth Taylor’s book, Everything A Child Should Know About God. It is akin to a young child’s version of a systematic theology and is a great book for children 3-6 years old. It’s divided ... More

  5. Now Available: Faithful to All His Promises, Revised

    Children Desiring God Blog // Now Available: Faithful to All His Promises, Revised It's finally here! After over a year of hard work from the entire Children Desiring God team, we are excited to announce that Faithful to All His Promises, Revised, is officially released! If you are new to this curriculum, Faithful to All His Promises is a Sunday school curriculum targeted toward 2nd grade children that helps them learn what God has promised believers and unbelievers and teaches them to trust God to always keep His promises. We do not deserve these promises, but they are priceless gifts God has given us. Our prayer is that when children find themselves experiencing troubles—both everyday battles of faith and the very hard battles of life—they will turn to the promises of God and trust that He is working to fulfill His precious promises. If you have been teaching Faithful to All His Promises already, you will love the enhancements we have made to the curriculum. Here are a couple of our favorite updates to the revised curriculum: ... More

  6. A Father’s Means to Reach the Heart

    ID-10058014 I loved these simple, yet wise words from author and father Richard Phillips, posted at Ligonier Ministries, “4 Ways to Reach a Child’s Heart”:

    This is my simple agenda to ensure I am actively and intimately involved in the lives of my children: Read, Pray, Work, Play. I must read God’s Word to and with my children regularly. We must bear each others’ burdens in prayer and worship the Lord together at His throne of grace. My children need my positive, encouraging involvement in their work (and they need an invitation into some of mine). And we need to bind our hearts with laughter and joy in shared play, both one-on-one and as a complete family. This all requires time, for time is the currency with which I purchase the right to say, “My son, my daughter, give ... More

  7. Biblical Gender Identity

    RGGD LE Cover One of the most earth-shaking events in modern culture has been the shift in the understanding of gender. The topic is unavoidable. Therefore, the crucial question becomes: What and who will shape the understanding of our children and our students? More than 10 years ago, Albert Mohler sent out this call to the church: The fault lines of controversy in contemporary Christianity range across a vast terrain of issues, but none seems quite so volatile as the question of gender. As Christians have been thinking and rethinking these issues in recent years, a clear pattern of divergence has appeared. At stake in this debate is something more important than the question of gender, for this controversy reaches the deepest questions of Christian identity and biblical authority. For too long, those who hold ... More

  8. Don’t Give Them a Snake

    ID-100282308 Here is a really timely admonition from Russell Moore:

    Jesus described the Fatherhood of God by noting that no one, not even an evil person, would give his son a serpent when he asked for a fish (Matt. 7:10). Why not? It’s because natural affection propels a father to seek to protect his child from something harmful.

    Sadly, though, we see a culture, even among Christians all too often, that is willing to give a child a serpent, as long as he really wants it. After all, all his friends have access to venomous reptiles and we don’t want him to feel different. Plus, we think he’s trustworthy as a snake-charmer. What is the “snake” Russell Moore has in mind here? Something that is the hands of many children at ... More

  9. Church: Help Parents in Their Calling

    ID-100275765 How can the church effectively and practically come alongside parents and assist and equip them to better fulfill their calling as described in Deuteronomy 6:4-7?

    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 when you lie down, and when you rise. One place to start would be to consider two excellent, free resources, seminars by Pastor David Michael. Partnering with Parents—What does it mean to partner with parents as we minister to children and youth? This ... More

  10. Parents: Pass the Baton

    ID-10062663 My daughter and son-in-law are expecting the arrival of twins—a boy and girl—any day now. Adding to this joyful duo of babies are two siblings, both under 4 years old. For sure, the next few years are going to be crazy, busy! Just feeding, clothing, diapering, getting them all down for bed, etc. is going to take a lot of time and effort. As important it will be for their parents to take care of all these basic needs, even more important will be parenting with a greater goal…

    Christians parent with one eye on eternity. Their children will live forever. This is a staggering thought…Therefore, the Christian does not parent for this life only. The believing parent labors to prepare each child for the day of judgment. The stakes are inexpressibly high…   ... More