“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 »
“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 »
Your Nursery—A Strategic Ministry
The nursery—it is a place of Cheerios, diapers, hugs, play, music, and simple truths about God. Though many nursery workers view this time as merely “childcare,” others envision the nursery as a critical-care ministry. Babies and toddlers have the ability to observe faith in relationship with others, learn simple truths about God, establish relational connections, and respond to a safe, peaceful atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV).
How Kids Think
Children wonder, “What difference does obeying God make?” Some kids are discouraged about trying to please God. They have lost interest in spiritual matters and are not motivated to be involved. Instead, they focus on their own interests and let the world guide them. Without encouragement, reminders, and continual opportunities that help focus their hearts towards God, children live for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
In this article, John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates writes about the rediscovery of intergenerational ministry and how it affects faith that sticks for a lifetime.
Christian congregations across the United States are rediscovering the importance of intergenerational faith formation and relationship building and making it a defining characteristic of their community life. This rediscovery comes at a time when research is finding the enduring importance of intergenerational relationships in the church community upon the faith life and church involvement of young adults. It also comes at a time when churches are questioning their over reliance on age-specific programming to the detriment of intergenerational relationships and experiences in the faith community. This article focuses on the blessings and benefits of being intentionally intergenerational and provides strategies and examples for strengthening intergenerational practices in faith formation. Read the rest of this entry »
(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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
“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).
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 »
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 »