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.
The older I get, the more I have seen this and wept – young adults, raised by godly Christian parents and who grew up in vibrant churches – simply walk away from Jesus. Some of these wayward children do so in dramatic overt rebellion, rejecting any semblance of the Christian faith. But others still display an outward appearance of godliness yet have no true love for Jesus. In either case, it’s tragic. What’s a parent to do? What’s the church to do?
One of the most important decisions a church makes regarding children’s ministry is what curricula to use for Sunday school and other mid-week programs. There are so many options available! What criteria should your decision be based upon? What is most fundamental and critically important?
God is love. Maybe more than any other statement this has been used to identify God's basic essence. But if we consider God's love apart from the totality of God's nature, our understanding of God will be dangerously skewed. So what does God mean when He says that He is love?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, when we minister to the next generations, we are dealing with the most weighty truths in the universe. We are preparing them to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords! May this reality cause our hearts to go about our task more diligently, earnestly, and prayerfully so that, by God’s grace, the children in our care will come to know, honor, and treasure God, setting their hope in Christ alone, so that they will live as faithful disciples for the glory of God!... More
In one sentence Romans 1:21 summarizes and explains so much of the world in which we live. It answers a myriad of difficult and confusing questions regarding why people act as they do apart from Christ. See how you explain the meaning of this must-know verse with a concrete illustration.... More
While instruction in the Scriptures can and should happen in a church setting, it can never replace the humble, face-to-face context of loving relationships in the home. It is in this relationship of trust and love that head knowledge becomes heart knowledge. Anyone can share information with a child, but when a child learns something from a trusted and loved person, the child is more likely to embrace that knowledge as truth—especially if that truth is demonstrated in everyday life as it is modeled by trusted mentors.... More
There is a difference between reading with children and reading to children. Reading to children is when an adult reads and children listen; but reading with children is experiencing the story, the words, and the ideas together. It is an interactive exchange that takes place as the adult and the children discover meaning, wonder at the marvelous, mourn over the heartaches, ponder the incomprehensible, and rejoice in the beautiful together. Reading with children requires engaging your mind and heart in the text, letting your emotions overflow as you read together.... More