Good Friday remembrance will be soon upon us. Parents, this provides you with an excellent opportunity to really dig in to the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross. Here are a few questions you could ask as discussion starters:
There is very bad news for all people. We have all turned away from God and cannot fix our sinful hearts. Sin and sorrow, sickness and death, problems and pain have entered God’s good creation.
Are you using resources like the My Church Notebook as a tool for the comprehensive discipleship of your children? Do you use discipleship resources like this for all they’re worth? Are you actively looking for opportunities to seize upon even one short, simple question or statement from your child in order to “spark a great conversation”?
When teaching children the Bible, it's often tempting to look for resources that are “easy-to-use” and require very little preparation time for parents or classroom teachers. But even when using the best Bible resources available in terms of Bible content and teaching methodology, there is an essential preparation component that is often glossed over or minimized. What is it?
I was recently talking with a mother who is daily reading to her children from More Than a Story—Old Testament. She commented on how much her children were enjoying the resource, but even more so how much it is feeding her own soul. For one thing, the Old Testament reminds us that there is “nothing new under the sun” in terms of experiencing life in a fallen world.
Imagine going on a journey to discover a beautiful, dazzling, amazing treasure—a treasure like no other. It is a treasure so great, valuable, and exciting that it is beyond your wildest imagination. Upon reaching the treasure, you find that it gives you more joy and happiness than you could have ever dreamed possible! Is there really such a treasure?
Resurrection Day – Easter – is soon approaching. Along with Christmas, it’s probably one of the most beloved holidays for children. But why do children love Easter so much? Is it merely the delightful, celebratory elements that grip their attention or something much more profound and meaningful?
It is amazing to think that it has been one year since “normal” life and ministry was suddenly uprooted. For some of us, we are essentially in week 52 of a “two-week lockdown to flatten the curve.” What has it meant for those of us who are committed to the comprehensive discipleship of the next generation? Adaptability for one thing. Yet, the events of the past year have also sharpened my focus and zeal knowing that, whatever the circumstances, the end goal is still the same, and almighty God is still at work.
This past year, death has been in the headlines like no other time in recent memory. The news media is quick to point out the daily death count attributed to COVID-19…as if the tragic incidence of death is some kind of new phenomenon. The Bible, as always, provides much-needed truth and clarity for both us and our children.