Monthly Archives: November 2016

  1. Why Should Children Memorize Scripture?

    Why Should Children Memorize Scripture

    Here are four top reasons to encourage children to memorize Scripture:

    1. Children have amazing memories.

    Children memorize easily. In fact, they often memorize effortlessly. Since memorization is so easy for them, they are memorizing constantly. They will memorize either what the world has to offer them or what we have to offer them. Why not take advantage of this God-given gift for the benefit of our children’s spiritual growth? This “window of opportunity” is open for about twelve years. After age twelve, memorization is harder — unless a child has been trained in the habit of memorization.

    2. What is learned in childhood is often retained for a lifetime.

    It is so much harder for adults to memorize Scripture than children. We often feel handicapped because we do not have more Scripture memorized. For many adults, the verses they know well (those which come to mind as an automatic response) are verses learned in childhood. So seize the moment! ... More

  2. What Happened to Their "Faith"?

    What Happened to Their "Faith"? The older I get, the more I have seen this and wept. Sadly, too many of the students I once taught 15 and even 20 years ago have abandoned any pretense of the Christian faith. The great majority of these students grew up with godly Christian parents. What’s a parent to do? What’s the church to do? Last week Tim Challies had an important post, “Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith."

    Few things are sadder to witness than people who once professed faith leaving it all behind. This is especially true when those people were raised in Christian homes by God-fearing parents. These children were given every opportunity to put their faith i ... More

  3. 8 Practical Ideas for a Purposeful Thanksgiving

    8 Practical Ideas for a Purposeful Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow and many of you have probably spent hours cleaning your home for company, preparing the perfect turkey, planning a dozen side dishes, setting a beautiful table or traveling across country to grandma and grandpa’s house. But, have you spent any time planning how your family is going to worship God during your Thanksgiving day.

    Here are eight practical ideas requiring little to no preparation to help your family have a purposeful holiday as you thank God for the blessings he has given you.

    1. Anticipated Thanksgivings

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  4. Are You Prepared to Fight the Fight of Faith?

    Fight the Fight of Faith

    My main reason for memorizing Scripture is not to teach anybody anything but to fight unbelief in my life. To fight discouragement in my life. To handle the sorrows that come across my life.

    The devil is constantly shooting at me to be discouraged about myself, my family, my church, and the world. And the only way I know to fight back is with truths from God that counter that.

    —John Piper, Desiring God

    Those of us w ... More

  5. They Need More than a Cheerleader

    They Need More Than a Cheerleader Melissa Kruger wrote this article for her sisters in Christ, but it also hit home to me as a teacher, parent, and grandparent. The same tendency to reduce Jesus to the role of spiritual cheerleader in ministries and resources aimed at women can easily, and oh so subtly, begin to pervade our children’s Sunday school classrooms and our parenting. Please, please read the entire article, “Sisters, Jesus Is Not Your Cheerleader” in order to properly understand what she is saying and what she is not saying. As you read this excerpt from th ... More

  6. They Will Worship

    51r089y1dml-_sx330_bo1204203200_Here is a great reminder from Tedd Tripp:

    Parenting is not just providing good input. It is not just creating a constructive home atmosphere and positive interaction between a child and his parent. There is another dimension. The child is interacting with the living God. He is either worshiping and serving and growing in understanding of the implications of who God is or he is seeking to make sense of life without a relationship with God.

    If he is living as a fool who says in his heart there is no God, he doesn’t cease to be a worshipper—he simply worships what is not God. Part of the parent’s task is to shepherd him as a creature who worships, pointing him to the One who alone is w ... More

  7. The Holy Weight of Teaching Divine Truths

    [caption id="attachment_7569" align="alignright" width="165"]744px-constitution_of_the_united_states_page_1 The United States Constitution, ratified on June 21, 1788[/caption] Years ago my family visited the National Archives. There, in the main rotunda, housed under heavy glass and dim lights, you can view the United States Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—documents that changed the course of history. We approached these documents with a sense of somber reflection, understanding something of the lofty ideals and great sacrifices behind the words. However, that somber reflection was rudely interrupted by a group of junior high students joking with their friends, running and goofing around, totally oblivious to the documents they had supposedly come to see. Appare ... More

  8. Supporting Missionary Kids from the Classroom: Practical Tips for Connecting

    Supporting Missionary Kids from the Classroom: Practical Tips for Connecting

    Read Part 1 - Brothers, Pray for Us

    Has your Sunday school class decided to support missionary kids from your church who are in the same grade? Here are some practical tips for connecting with and supporting your church’s missionaries.

    Build Relationships

    Whether you break out pens and paper, or become virtual pen pals, help the students in you class build relationships with the missionary kids through writing notes. ... More

  9. Supporting Missionary Kids from the Classroom: Brothers, Pray for Us

    Supporting Missionary Kids from the Classroom: Brothers, Pray for Us

    What is a missionary? Where do they live? What are they doing in a different country? Are their kids like me? Why do we need to pray for missionaries?

    Can the children in your Sunday school classes answer these questions?

    For many children, it is hard to understand the world outside their city, let alone in a different country. As teachers and parents, we have the opportunity to instill a passion in our children to spread the Gospel to others in their everyday life and to over 1200 unreached people groups around the world. As the church, we have the honor of sending and supporting missionaries along with their childr ... More

  10. Teach the Bible and Pray for Faith

    Teach the Bible and Pray for Faith Charles Spurgeon shared these words for Sunday school teachers and parents:

    The Holy Scriptures must be made the means of your salvation through faith. Know the Bible, read the Bible, search the Bible, and yet that alone will not save you. What did our Lord Himself say? “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me; and you will not come unto Me that you might have life.” If you come not to Jesus, you will miss eternal life. Searching the Scriptures is able to make you wise unto salvation “through faith which is in Christ Jesus,” but not without that faith. Pray, you Sunday school teachers, that you may see this faith worked in the children whom you teach. What a blessed groundwo
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