Not only has the end of 2020 arrived, but as the Apostle Peter asserted in his first letter that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7). His letter ends with the exhortation for us to “stand firm in it.” Nothing motivates us more at Truth78 than the hope and earnest prayer that our children will be standing firm in “the true grace of God" (1 Peter 5:12) as we anticipate the end of all things.
In our Side by Side event a few weeks ago, we asked our ministry partners to reflect on what motivates, challenges, and encourages them in their efforts to disciple their children. Jon Bloom, Co-Founder and Board Chair of Desiring God, shared how God uses family discipleship as a means of grace in children, including His use of imperfect fathers.
This year, in particular, Christmas carols are a source of renewed wonder and hope—'light'—in an especially dreary and weary world. Use the opportunity of singing carols to point your children to the incomparable grandeur of redemptive history, which finds it’s perfect fulfillment in the Person and work of Christ.
The Fighter Verses Study will help guide you through key Scripture passages, arming you with tools to strengthen your faith in Christ and equipping you to fight the fight of faith in 2021. Based on the verses in Set One of the Fighter Verses Bible memory program, the study can be used as a family devotional, small group discussion, or personal study. Thought-provoking questions throughout each lesson will spur you on to dig deeper into Scripture as you support and encourage one another through the battles of life.
"It’s a privilege to teach God’s Word," share Sunday School teachers Bruce and Paige Osborne, "and the Truth78 curriculum helps us to do that." See video of the Osbornes sharing about this privilege and the benefit of using Truth78 curriculum.
Let’s not miss the opportunities we have through our traditions in this special season of the year to "Let light shine out of darkness," and give to our children, relatives, friends, and neighbors “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).
Around the world, there is a huge need for solid biblical teaching that points the next generation to the glorious character and works of God, so that they might “set their hope in God” and walk in His ways.
In our recent Side by Side ministry event, K.S. Singh, chief translation consultant for Truth78, shared about a theological famine affecting children around the world and the hunger for biblically-accurate resources.
"News spread throughout Judea that this was a special child, and the people wondered who he would be," Sally Michael writes in this excerpt from the forthcoming New Testament volume of More Than a Story. "For the hand of the Lord was with him. But long ago, God had already let His people know about this child through the words of the prophets Malachi and Isaiah. His father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and foretold or prophesied about God’s purpose using some of the words of these prophets."
Though little children may not fully understand the meaning of Scripture verses, God works through His Word. When you encourage your child to memorize Scripture, you are giving eternal truths that gradually will become more fully understood. See four top reasons to encourage children to memorize Scripture along with details on new Foundation Verses resources.
In the heart of every Christian grandmother is the desire for her grandchildren to know Jesus as their Savior. This was my heart's desire nine years ago when I wrote the text to Jesus Is Most Special. It didn’t start out as text for a children’s book about the birth of Christ. It was simply the expression of one grandmother’s heart that her granddaughter would know of God’s love in sending the Savior.