Valuing Instruction Is Mission Critical

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

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By Jim Dempsey, Ph.D.

Let’s face it. Your child has an agenda different from yours. When you tell them to clean up so that you can get to school on time, it may be important to you but that does not mean your child sees any value in it. And when your children don’t value your command, they resist obeying it. Understanding this simple concept helps you to empathize with them. It’s hard to set aside your agenda just because someone else wants you to. Just as adults want to fulfill their agendas, kids do too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurturing a Child’s Development

by DiscipleLand Staff Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31, NIV).

How Kids Think
The adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true! Similarly, “All play and no work makes Jill a lazy girl.” Some children receive an overdose of sports, TV, school, video games, or even church. Few kids experience the energizing vitality that takes place when their minds, hearts, and bodies are stretched and balanced to reach their full potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Character Traits Kids Can Develop

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Discipleship, Family, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad” (Matthew 12:33).

How Kids Think
Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. As a result, qualities such as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce those basic values. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stopping “Anger” in its Tracks

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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All of us get angry at times. Learning how to help children manage their anger is important. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical article that can bring peace at home and at church. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Raising Godly Children, Sunday School Lessons, What Kids Need

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One day, Jesus healed 10 men who were sick with a horrible disease called leprosy (Luke 17:12-19). Only one of the men took time to thank Jesus for healing him. How do you think Jesus felt about this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Object Lessons that Reveal Jesus’ Identity

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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(John 14:6, 20:29-31; Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

How Kids Think

Children ask, “Is Jesus Christ real?” Some adults honor Jesus as an important historical figure, some worship Him as God, still others reject Jesus and use His name with contempt or indifference. Many children are confused about the Lord’s true identity and don’t know Him as Savior. Kids need guidance and opportunities to learn about Jesus, His purpose on the earth, and how they can know Him personally today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emotional Dynamite

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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Some of the ways teachers and parents relate to children work against emotional closeness. Be careful not to undermine your own efforts with actions that close your child’s heart. In the following article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four examples of things to avoid: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Help a Grieving Child

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

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In this article, Dr. Kim Pond studies grief in children 6 to 12 and makes suggestions for the church’s response to a child’s loss of a significant loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pray from Your H-E-A-R-T

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16, NIV).

How Kids Think

Kids wonder, “Will God really answer my prayers?” Some children think that God is too big or too busy to hear their requests. Others feel awkward or unworthy to speak with Him. Still others stop praying after a request is not granted. Children need to see examples of persistent prayer, hear testimonies about God’s answers, and to realize that God may respond with “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” With proper guidance and modeling, children can learn to pray boldly from a heart of faith. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Find Rest in a Busy World

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Leadership, Parenting

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Transformational Rest For Educators

By Marla Campbell

In this article, Marla Campbell from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University looks at the impact of Sabbath and rest on ministers and parents—urging ministers to model this vital spiritual intimacy with God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Start in the Heart

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He said to “guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, reminds us that the heart is shaped by what you think about all day long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Discipline is NOT Optional

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“The rod and reproof give wisdom, 
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked increase, transgression increases, 
but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart” (Proverbs 29:15-17 ESV).

How Kids Think

Kids protest, “Why are you punishing me?“ Children can see only that correction results in a rebuke, spanking, or loss of privileges. They cannot yet appreciate the long-term value of learning an important lesson that molds, strengthens, and perfects their character. Read the rest of this entry »

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