What Every Child Needs To Grow

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Encouragement, Parenting, What Kids Need

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“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT)

The Situation
All too often kids hear statements such as, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. Those words tear down a child’s confidence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity and fear. Unfortunately, they believe many of the negative messages they hear! Read the rest of this entry »

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Kids need this biblical diet

by DiscipleLand Staff Biblical literacy, Discipleship, What Kids Need

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Before facing Goliath, David carefully selected five smooth stones. It is time for churches to address a giant problem—

My grandfather was quite a character. Born in 1906, he spent his entire life on the same Midwest farm. In fact, he died in the same room in which he was born! Grandpa went to his grave firmly convinced that the earth was flat. He told me that if the earth were round, “people on the other side would fall off.” When I tried to explain that gravity exerts an invisible force that holds objects to the earth’s surface, he laughed at my logic. He was in complete denial. Read the rest of this entry »

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How bonsai trees reflect ministry

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipline, Parenting, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV).

Caring for a bonsai requires time and patience. Nurturing children takes no less effort. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, helps us learn how to train children in godliness. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Jesus said about children

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Lead a Child to Jesus, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV).

How Kids Think
Some people say, “Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they should be given an opportunity to respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, those kids miss out on the privilege of receiving new life and enjoying Jesus’ companionship during the difficult challenges before them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dealing with the stresses of today’s ministry: Part 2

by DiscipleLand Staff Family, Ministry Stress, Teaching Tips

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In this practical article by James T. Flynn, you will discover four keys to experiencing a lifetime of fruitful ministry.

Ministerial formation’s goal is for ministers and their families to experience a lifetime of fruitful service. When formation does not take into account forces of deformation commonly experienced in ministry, the result is malformation that leads to failure under stress with devastating consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting kids to own their choices

by DiscipleLand Staff Responsibility

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Children need to learn to make good choices. How do we help them make good choices AND take ownership of their decisions? Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical tips. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t neglect your first ministry

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Ministry Team

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The Apostle Paul gave Timothy the qualifications of the pastor/overseer. We discover that family should be the first priority of ministry. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:5).

Firewall: Health Essentials for Ministers and Their Families, Part 1
Excerpts from CEJ Article: Series 3,Vol. 6, No. 2
By James T. Flynn, Regent University

“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

Summary of the Article
Ministerial formation’s goal is for ministers and their families to experience a lifetime of fruitful service. When formation does not take into account forces of deformation commonly experienced in ministry, the result is malformation that leads to failure under stress with devastating consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teaching kids about the Holy Spirit

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Holy Spirit, What Kids Need

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“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13, NASB). See also Galatians 5:16; John 16:13.

How Kids Think

Children often feel overwhelmed by their problems and the choices that loom before them. They struggle with the tug-of-war in their heart: their conscience directs them to do what is right, but evil entices them to do the opposite. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

by DiscipleLand Staff Ministry Team, Volunteers

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In this article by Greg Baird, you’ll learn five practical ways you can have a great children’s ministry team.

We all need a great team in order to have an effective children’s or family ministry. It might be your staff if you serve in a larger church. It might be a team of volunteers. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whatever your team looks like, there are certain things all of us can do to help them be a great team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Help children make wise choices today

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, provides three foundational keys that will help children grow in Christ-likeness.

What qualities does God want us to develop in our children? No need to guess. Scripture tells us specifically: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These three requirements are a basis for evaluating our children’s character development: Read the rest of this entry »

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Passing faith on to your kids today

by DiscipleLand Staff Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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We all want our children to become devoted followers of Jesus – kids who live in Christ, live like Christ, and live for Christ. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four foundational keys that will help you pass on faith to your kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Response to Bible Stories

by DiscipleLand Staff Bible Storytelling, Discipleship, Teaching Tips

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“What meanings do children make of the Bible stories presented in Sunday school?”

Intro
A few summers ago I taught the Bible lessons at an academic enrichment camp for educationally disadvantaged children that was sponsored by my church. Every day I presented a new installment from the story of Joseph. On the morning after I had narrated the episode about Joseph’s resolute resistance to the temptations of Potiphar’s wife, a young girl came up to me and predicted with a smile and supreme confidence how she expected the story would turn out: “I think those two gonna get together.” This incident prompted me to consider how children actually experience the Bible stories that they read and hear in church and other Christian educational settings. Read the rest of this entry »

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