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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Teach Kids to be Honest

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children

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Sometimes kids will hold their hand behind their back and cross their fingers before telling a lie. They think that this protects them from the consequences of lying. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following article about teaching kids to tell the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 “BE’s” of Effective Leadership

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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Ron Edmondson provides the following seven principles that will help you make the most of your ministry.
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One of the chief goals of this blog is to encourage better leadership. In this post, I’m including the term management. I believe the two are different functions, but both are vital to a healthy organization. Whether you lead or manage a large or small organization — or church — there are principles for being effective. 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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Raising Responsible Kids

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

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We all want our kids to act responsibly. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following discipleship tip you can use to teach children responsibility. 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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Train Children Now (they’ll thank you later)

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, 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, NKJV).

The Situation

Kids sometimes wonder, “Where does this path lead?“ They are looking for clear direction and honest answers. Many parents feel inadequate, so they leave academic and social training to the school and spiritual training to the church—or to chance. As a result, many children “grow up too fast,” having to navigate life’s choices without leadership or direction. They wander aimlessly—and often choose precipitous courses. 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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