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  1. A Dad's Legacy of Blessing and Prayer

    A Dad's Legacy of Blessing and Prayer

    My children have many wonderful and notable memories with their dad. My husband was actively involved in their lives in so many different ways. But one particular memory stands out as unique and life-giving to both dad and children—the nightly blessing and prayer time. Every night, my husband said a blessing over our children and prayed with and for them. By the time our children reached adulthood, they had received more than 5,000 blessings from their father.  ... More

  2. Guiding Children in Prayer

    Guiding Children in Prayer

    What kind of pray-ers will our children be? That is a great question to think about. If we want them to be serious about prayer, they must not only be taught but also shown how prayer is to be woven throughout everyday life. Here are some practical tips from Sally Michael to encourage your children in prayer. ... More

  3. Helping Children Delight In God’s Creation this Summer

    Helping Children Delight In God’s Creation this Summer

    When I was a child, and even into my teens, I spent most of my free time outdoors. Whether playing active games with friends, exploring the neighborhood woods, or simply lying in the grass trying to identify different shapes or figures in the clouds, we spent much of our summer disconnected from media or other electronics. Now that I am an adult, I have found I still benefit from enjoying the outdoors, as it evokes praise and admiration of God as I experience firsthand the wonders He has created. One way we can encourage our children to meditate on and give God praise for His wondrous works is to go on a "Praise Walk." How? First, read together Psalm 148. Help your children to identify all of the created things in the verse that are to give praise to God. ... More

  4. When a Little Child Prays to a Big God

    When a Little Child Prays to a Big God

    Here is a true story of how a little girl's simple faith in a big God taught her parents a big lesson.

    Does God care about a doll coat? Yes, He does. God cares about doll coats, and He cares about the faith of little girls.  ... More

  5. Talking to Children about Death—10 Basic Truths

    Talking to Children about Death—10 Basic Truths

    My six-year-old grandson had a profound question for me when his pet goldfish, Bob, died: “Grandma, why did Bob have to die?” It’s a great question. Why death? Even a six-year-old feels that something is “not right” with the world in the loss of one small fish. There is a sense of helplessness and sadness. Why death? ... More

  6. The Power of the Memorized Word for Graduates

    The Power of the Memorized Word for Graduates

    The soon-to-be graduates in our homes and churches are about to enter a new phase of life. Whether they have chosen college, trade school, the military, missions, or other full-time employment, they will encounter a variety of opportunities as they explore their God-given abilities and sharpen their focus on the future. Most will also experience life apart from the daily presence of their parents, becoming more responsible for their own everyday decisions. By God’s grace, many will enjoy tremendous spiritual growth. But make no mistake, there are serious dangers as they enter this new season of life. The world wants to capture their hearts and minds with godless philosophies and empty deceit (Colossians 2:8). Satan and his evil forces are scheming to bring about their fall (Ephesians 6:11-12). We are sending them out into a world that will literally hate them if they faithfully follow Christ and His ways (John 15:18). Will they love Jesus or the world? Will their faith flourish? Will they be able to stand firm? What will they need? ... More

  7. 15 Questions to Evaluate Your Classroom Experience

    15 Questions to Evaluate Your Classroom Experience

    The end of the school year is a good time to look back and evaluate the joys, surprises, challenges, and shortcomings of your classroom experience with children and youth. If at all possible, before your team heads out for summer vacation, set aside an hour or so to gather together and evaluate the year. Consider using the following questions as discussion starters, or email them as a survey: ... More

  8. Why Vision Matters in Discipling Children and Youth

    Why Vision Matters in Discipling Children and Youth

    Several years ago, I was hiking with my  family through a desert in 90-plus-degree weather. It was grueling, to say the least! The redeeming feature of this hike was the promise of a beautiful, shady oasis at the end—the vision of a few palm trees and water. Yet that simple vision initiated and sustained the hike, even when I wanted to give up several times along the way. It kept me from taking detours. I wanted to get to our goal as efficiently as possible! It’s amazing how having an end goal clearly in mind can sustain our spirit and efforts in a task! ... More

  9. For Us, And Our Children after Us

    For Us, And Our Children after Us

    May this prayer by David Michael shape your prayers for the next generation in this season. Blessed be Your name O LORD, for You have wondrously shown Your steadfast love to us.  How blessed are those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty! ... More

  10. The Benefits of Upgrading the Old to the New

    The Benefits of Upgrading the Old to the New

    We are so thankful for our many long-term ministry partners who have been using our curricula for years. You eagerly jumped in and began teaching our curricula even before we had fully completed our scope and sequence. Since those early days we have had time to start the process of improving our curricula—making them more teacher and student friendly. What’s the difference between the older versions and the newer revised curricula? Why upgrade the old to the new after all these years? ... More