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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thu, 23/11/2017 - 13:00

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness to the Lord for so many blessings, both small and large. We are thankful for family, friends and home, but most importantly for the truth found in the Gospel.

We are also so thankful for each and every one of you, our partners in ministry. Thank you for joining us in the mission to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. Thank you for joining us in prayer that parents and churches will continue to partner together to instruct the mind, engage the heart and nurture the faith of our children so that millions in every generation will set their hope in God.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Children Desiring God Team!

David, Sally, Jill, Brian, Terry, Holly, Lori, Suzy, Karen, Nicole and Rachel

 

 

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Orienting Our Parenting Priorities

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Orienting Our Parenting Priorities

As parents, we want many things to be true of our children as they grow and mature. For example, we want our children to be loving, respectful, caring, productive, motivated, resilient, happy, and more. All are good things and worthwhile goals. All require some measure of our time and attention as we instruct and train our children toward these goals. But consider these words from 3 John 4:

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

This simple statement can serve to orient all of our parenting. It directs us to what is most important: More than anything else, our children need to know, embrace, and walk in the truth—the truth of God. The truth revealed in His Word has the power to make them wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ—the truth that all-satisfying and everlasting joy is found in Him alone, the truth that saving faith will be evidenced by a life that submits to the Savior and walks in His ways, the truth that we are to live all of life for the glory of God!

What a wonderful privilege and sacred responsibility God has entrusted to us! If we, as parents, are to pursue this God-glorifying vision for our children, we must make sure to carefully prioritize and maximize our children’s spiritual instruction. While there is an important role for the wider body of Christ (the church) in biblical instruction, parents have the primary responsibility and the greatest opportunity to influence their children’s spiritual development. (See Deuteronomy 6:4-9.)

One thing that often hinders parents in this regard is the pressure of competing demands on our time and energy. These are valid concerns. But consider for a moment these thoughts from Pastor Chap Bettis in his book, The Disciple-Making Parent: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ:

“Where does discipling my child fit with the other priorities?” Surrounding us are parents making superhuman sacrifices for their children’s soccer practice, hockey practice (5 a.m. ice time?), academic progress, and music lessons (two instruments at the same time?). We can be tempted to follow them. While we may give lip service to discipling our children, the reality comes when we start prioritizing activities.

Children Desiring God Blog // Orienting Our Parenting PrioritiesThe apostle John expressed his heart for his spiritual children when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). Here lies the crux of the matter: The first battleground of family discipleship is not my child’s heart—it is my heart. Each parent must decide whether he is more concerned that his child be accepted into Heaven, or “Harvard.” We all have “Harvards”—those worldly successes we desire for our children, but the question remains, “Which is most important to me?” Each parent must finish the sentence “I have no greater joy than…”

I would emphasize here that the challenge of priorities is often not the good versus the bad, rather, the good versus the better. Given a finite amount of time, energy, and money, what will you choose?

(copyright © 2016, page 17)

God's Word

As parents, our first priority must be our desire for our children’s spiritual development. Then we can order our time and energies accordingly. One way to do this is to establish a regular time of formal biblical instruction in the home through regular family devotions. Did you know that Children Desiring God in partnership with P&R Publishing has eight titles that are ideal for family devotions?

The Making HIM Known series was written to give parents an opportunity to present solid truth to their children, and to encourage real-life application of the truth. The books include devotions, activities, follow-up questions, and application.

 

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The Focus of Your Classroom

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // The Focus of Your Classroom

There are a variety of wonderfully exciting and visually appealing resources designed for the Sunday school classroom these days—high-tech digital media being just one example. There is no denying that these types of teaching tools have a special draw for children. But we must be extremely careful. As more than one pastor has cautioned the church: “What you win them with, is what you win them to.”

Recently we received an encouraging note from a teacher, Yvonne, who is using the Jesus, What a Savior curriculum in her classroom. Here is what she said:

I appreciate the well thought-out lessons and the illustrations of the concepts. I like the simple, clear, and direct ways that the writer of the curriculum teaches and explains the Word. It is nourishing to me personally, and the children understand what is taught in the lessons. The lessons reach their hearts, and they are able to explain the attributes, definitions, and conceptual ideas to me. I appreciate the doctrinal depth of the curriculum at their cognitive level.

I also find that the children have not heard God described in such an elevated, supreme way before—where one delights in the many facets of His beauty, strength, and power. It does make the classroom more worshipful as we all focus on Him alone. The children do not seem to get bored, but are interested in a God who is so unique and personal. It is very different from teaching/hearing Bible stories where God is in the background somewhere, and they are bored because they’ve heard the stories already.

What a beautiful description of the goal and focus of our classrooms. If we are to “win” our children to God, what must we win them “with”? God alone! Yes, there is a place for visually appealing and child-friendly “hands-on” engagement in our teaching. But, in the end, everything we do, and how we do it should focus our students’ attention on the revelation of the triune God communicated in Scripture. They need the Scriptures clearly presented and explained. They need to see the amazing message of the Gospel of Jesus given for their salvation. When all is said and done, “high energy” music won’t win them to God. Excellent videos won’t win them to God. Fun activities won’t win them to God. They need the Bible!

…from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:15

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.—Romans 10:17

At Children Desiring God, we are committed to making God the main focus of each and every lesson by unfolding the Scriptures for children. Though each curriculum in our scope and sequence differs somewhat based on age and particular focus, all of our Sunday School, Midweek Bible, and Intergenerational curricula share the following distinctions.

  • A Big Vision of God—Our curricula aims to acquaint children with the incomparable majesty of the triune God by digging deep into His divine character as revealed throughout Scripture. We believe that children should be taught the beauty and grandeur of His manifold perfections. In completing our scope and sequence, children will have learned and explored, with increasing depth, more than 20 distinct attributes of God.
  • The Centrality of God in All Things—Every lesson in every curriculum aims to magnify the triune God above all—His name, fame, honor, and glory. We believe that children will find their greatest joy when they esteem God most. Therefore, the lessons use language, illustrations, and applications that point children toward God-adoration. Furthermore, the curricula challenge children to see that every aspect of life is to fall under centrality of God and His sovereign rule.
  • Doctrinal Depth, Accuracy, and Clarity—We believe deep biblical truths and doctrines can and should be taught to children. Doing so requires teaching truths in an accurate, clear, yet child-friendly manner. To that end, every lesson in our curricula is carefully reviewed by a highly qualified and experienced theological editor.
  • Faithfulness to the Gospel—The central message of the Bible culminates in the Person and work of Jesus—the Gospel—in which He brings sinners near to God. The Gospel is simple yet amazingly profound, freely offered yet extremely costly, and should be communicated as such. We believe this is best done by repeatedly drawing attention to essential Gospel truths found throughout Scripture: God is the sovereign Creator and Ruler, God is holy, man is sinful, God is just, God is merciful, Jesus is holy and righteous, Jesus died to save sinners, etc. Every lesson presents one or more of these essential truths, and every curriculum, as a whole, clearly and explicitly presents the Gospel to children.
  • Interactive Engagement with Scripture—Using an age-appropriate, step-by-step approach, the lesson format trains students to interact with the text using proper Bible study methods. This process begins in earnest in first grade, and increases in depth and rigor as children age and mature. Furthermore, we incorporate an interactive teaching style, carefully laid out for teachers. This serves to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills aimed at a deeper understanding of the things of God and the ability to rightly apply the Word of God.
  • Age-Appropriate Visuals and Illustrations that Enhance the Learning Experience—Key truths are often more easily grasped and better understood when explained in conjunction with concrete visuals and illustrations. Our curricula offer numerous color visuals and suggested illustrations to enhance the learning process. In so doing, children are provided with opportunities to be actively involved in the lesson. These visuals and illustrations are age-appropriate, yet also treat the subject matter in an honoring manner.
  • Personal Application That Encourages a Proper Response in the Mind, Heart, and Will—Each lesson in our curricula ends by encouraging children to personally embrace and apply the truths learned. Through carefully constructed questions, we offer adult leaders practical, specific suggestions to challenge the children in their faith and spiritual walk. Our goal is to encourage genuine faith that is increasingly evidenced by love for God and spiritual fruit and good works. We also offer questions that specifically challenge unbelievers to consider the truths of Scripture.
  • Maximizing Classroom Time with Biblical Teaching and Spiritual Discussion—We believe that time in the classroom should be structured to emphasize biblical teaching and application. However, depending on the age group and time availability, additional hands-on activities may be warranted. Therefore, each lesson suggests further optional activities for the classroom. They have been developed to either reinforce lesson themes or introduce some other valuable faith-building endeavor: missions, Bible skills, Bible memory, etc.

 

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Fighter Verses App: Now Available in French and German

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // The Fighter Verses App: Now Available in French and German

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the Fighter Verses App to include multiple languages. We added Spanish in 2012, French in 2016, and German in 2017.

Having the Fighter Verses App in Spanish, French, and German might be really important to you if…

  1. Your heart language is Spanish, French, or German.
  2. You are studying one or more of these languages and want to learn Bible verses or practice your fluency in these languages.
  3. You know missionaries working in countries where they speak these languages and can benefit from the app.
  4. You are going on a short-term mission trip to a place where one of these languages is spoken.
  5. You have friends or relatives whose heart language or mother tongue is one of these languages.

We have also expanded our English version to include the New King James Bible translation. With the My Verses function, you may add verses from any version available on BibleGateway.com.

Fighter Verses is a Bible memory program for churches, families, and individuals that focuses on three Bible themes:

  1. The character and worth of our great God
  2. Battling against our fleshly desires
  3. The power and hope of the Gospel work of Jesus

The Fighter Verses App and Fighter Verses Blog are tools to help believers memorize God’s Word to fight the fight of faith. These handy tools help many not only memorize verses using quizzes and review reminders, but also increase their understanding and application of these important verses and provide encouragement for spiritual life.

Please pray with us that many will be helped by the Fighter Verses App in these new languages, and even more languages in the future! Let us know in the comments below what languages you would like to see the app be translated to.

Note: To share with friends who speak other languages, read more about Fighter Verses in Spanish and French (and coming soon in German)!

 

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What Will the Next Generations Stand Upon?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // What Will the Next Generations Stand Upon?

Imagine your children 20 years from now. What do you want them to “stand upon” and have full confidence in? What will provide the only unshakable bedrock for them in the midst of the world’s changing norms and values? What will they hold fast to as they are bombarded with more and more information in our digital age? How will they be able to discern truth from error in a world of competing ideas and beliefs?

In the past few weeks, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has been highlighted and celebrated. We would do well to pass on to our children and students the importance of this historic event. The very essence of the Gospel was at stake as Luther and the other reformers reaffirmed the eternal truths of Scripture. One of these truths was the importance of the authority of Scripture alone. For Luther, it was truly a matter of life or death. Here is an excerpt from an article titled, “Here We Stand” by Albert Mohler:

Martin Luther’s great moment of theological clarification came at the climax of a command performance. Facing the threat of martyrdom and execution, Luther appeared on trial at the Diet of Worms before the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Asked on what authority he dared to defy the Pope and the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, Luther famously replied:

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason—for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves—I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen.”

To those words were added: “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me.”

…That moment of exquisite clarification came when Luther had nowhere to stand but on the authority of Scripture alone. Standing on biblical authority would not have been controversial, but the addition of that little sola changed everything. There is an infinite chasm between the authority of Scripture and the authority of Scripture alone.

(www.albertmohler.com)

At present, our children are not facing trial before the Roman Catholic Church. But they are going to be called upon to take a stand, in one form or another, before the world, if they are true followers of Jesus. They will be pressured to compromise the authority of Scripture alone in order to accommodate a variety of other ideas and beliefs. Twenty years from now—and throughout their lives—do you want your children, like Luther, to whole-heartedly declare, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise”? Do you long for your children to stand on the authority of Scripture alone, no matter what the situation or what the earthly cost?

We cannot bring about these grace-dependent, Spirit-empowered convictions in our children. But we can and must teach, train, and equip our children toward that end. For example, our children must be…

  • well acquainted with Scripture, both the majestic breadth and depth of the entire Bible.
  • given reasons to confidently trust in the authority, necessity, sufficiency, and clarity of Scripture.
  • taught to righty study and interpret Scripture with increasing depth and vigor.
  • encouraged and earnestly implored to submit their lives to Scripture—submitting their lives to the Author of Scripture through faith in Jesus Christ, which then is lived out in growing obedience to Scripture.
  • shown that Scripture speaks with final authority into every facet of life and gives answers to all of life’s most important questions.
  • taught that knowing, honoring, trusting, loving, and obeying Scripture is absolutely necessary for their lasting joy!

Children Desiring God Blog // God's WordInterested in a resource to help you on this sacred journey with your children? Consider using this child-friendly devotional with your elementary age children:

In this full-color, 128-page, illustrated book, God’s Word, Sally Michael explores how the Word came to us, what it tells us about its Author, what it tells us about ourselves, and why it is the most special book ever written. After children learn about the Bible and how to read it, God’s Word takes them a step further and teaches them to be doers of what they read. Give your children a firm, early foundation on the truth and introduce them to God’s Word!

 

 

 

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God-Glorifying Books for Gift Giving

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 23:21

Children Desiring God Blog // God-Glorifying Books for Gift Giving

Do you enjoy giving encouraging, God-glorifying books to your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews? Have you been searching for a meaningful gift to encourage families over the upcoming holidays, or to show appreciation to your volunteers? Do you like to give books to children for class promotions or milestones they’ve reached?

If you love to give valuable resources to encourage the faith of the next generation there is a new bulk-pricing option for the Making HIM Known series and Jesus is Most Special. Individual books are also available below list price. The devotional books correlate to various Children Desiring God Sunday School or Midweek Bible curricula, and Jesus is Most Special involves children in telling the Christmas story.

Here are some ideas for giving these books:

  • Encourage parents to use the family devotionals as supplements or follow up to the curriculum taught on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. For example, give God’s Names to children after they finish How Majestic is Your Name or during that year so the whole family can share in what’s being learned.
  • Reinforce the truths from the Jesus, What a Savior! curriculum by giving each child a copy of God’s Gospel as an end-of-the-year gift.
  • Include a link to the book page in a newsletter for parents at the start of the school year, or near the end as part of a summer reading list.
  • Before Christmas, order Jesus is Most Special and give it to your church families or volunteers, or even as a gift during an evangelistic or neighborhood Christmas Tea.
  • Provide God’s Battle or God’s Word during your Fighter Verses Bible Memory Kick-Off to encourage families to be in the Word.
  • Use these books as a reward or incentive if children memorize a certain number of curriculum verses or Fighter Verses.
  • Families who worked through The Fighter Verses Study could continue their family time by using the devotional books.
  • Use these books as gifts for neighbors during summer block parties or National Night Out.
  • Offer God’s Design as part of a class to help parents talk with their children about purity and biblical manhood and womanhood.
  • At the end of a Backyard Bible Club or Vacation Bible School, you could send home a devotional book for each family. For example, God’s Wisdom would be a great gift after studying Wisdom Calls Aloud or God’s Gospel after studying The Call of God.

Discount (case) pricing is available for the Making HIM Known series, as well as for Jesus is Most Special. Quantities range from 50 to 64 books per case. For more information, or to order a case, contact us at 877-400-1414, or info@childrendesiringGod.org.

 

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Our Children have a Worldview—What will it be?

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 12:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Our Children Have a Worldview - What Will it Be?

We live in an increasingly postmodern world in which truth is no longer valued to the degree it once was. More often than not, people understand “truth” to be relative and self-defined, meaning that each person defines truth in a way that seems best to him or her. Furthermore, the acceptance of “absolute truth” has become a thing of the past—an old notion that is considered to be the source of intolerance and arrogance. Every day we are bombarded by a secular worldview, which is militant to absolute truth. Standing against this tide of postmodernism is the Truth of God—objective, absolute, universal, unchanging, and made knowable through God’s Word, the Bible. And that truth is not only necessary for salvation; it is also relevant for every aspect of life.

In her book Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey recalls the following quote from the late Francis Schaeffer:

Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital “T.” Truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality—the intellectual holding of total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth.

Nancy then goes on to comment:

Children Desiring God Blog // Our Children Have a Worldview - What Will it Be?Genuine worldview thinking is far more than a mental strategy or a new spin on current events. At the core, it is a deepening of our spiritual character and the character of our lives. It begins with the submission of our minds to the Lord of the universe—a willingness to be taught by Him. The driving force in worldview studies should be a commitment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind (see Luke 10:27).

That’s why the crucial condition for intellectual growth is spiritual growth, asking God for the grace to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). God is not just the Savior of souls, He is also the Lord of creation. One way we acknowledge His Lordship is by interpreting every aspect of creation in light of His truth. God’s Word becomes a set of glasses offering a new perspective on all our thoughts and actions.

(Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, © 2005)

As parents and teachers, we sometimes tend to focus almost exclusively on things of a “religious” nature, and not on those “earthier” things—things like sports, friends, school, entertainment, the environment, politics, or… Halloween.  Are we training and encouraging our children to see and interpret those realities within the framework of biblical truth?

A biblical worldview sees and interprets all of life through the truth of Scripture.

Building Blocks

Here are a few essentials building blocks for helping our children develop a biblical worldview in every aspect of life:

Teach our children…

  • that God is the source of all truth and that His Word, the Bible, is truth.
    Proverbs 30:5, Isaiah 40:8; 45:19, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16
  • a biblical understanding of God’s nature and character. 
    Isaiah 44:24; 45:7; 46:9-11, Romans 11:33-36, 1 Timothy 6:15-16
  • that Biblical truth is relevant to everything in life. 
    Colossians 1:15-19, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • to evaluate all things through the truth of Scripture: biblical discernment.
    Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 5:14
  • the enlightening and transforming truth of the Gospel.
    John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  • that biblical worldview is meant to point them to true, lasting joy. 
    Psalm 16:11; 19:7-11; 119:24, 43, Proverbs 22:17-18, Jeremiah 15:16, John 8:31-32
  • to boldly proclaim God’s truth in a spirit of humility. 
    Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 2:1-5
  • to expect opposition and to be prepared to stand firm. 
    Matthew 5:11, John 15:18, Philippians 2:15, Ephesians 6:10-18

For further explanation of each point with some practical examples, you can download the “Helping Children Develop a Biblical Worldview” seminar handout.

 

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What About Halloween?

Mon, 30/10/2017 - 12:00

Children Desiring God Blog // What About Halloween?

Halloween is fast upon us. In the United States, the celebration of Halloween now rivals Christmas in the amount of money spent per household. As a child, I was one of the many excited, costumed children who went through the neighborhood collecting a sack full of candy…I’m not so sure my parents were so excited to have their four kids return home with a year’s worth of sugar! But when I became a parent, my husband and I made a major shift in how we view Halloween. We started asking questions like: “How should we view Halloween from a biblical perspective? Are there any practices we should refrain from? Are there ways in which our participation could be a light in a dark world?

I found this article, “Christians and Halloween”  by Travis Allen (posted at Grace to You) to be very informative, thoughtful, and balanced. It would be a great resource to pass on to every family in your church. Here are Mr. Allen’s concluding remarks:

Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?

The entire article is well worth the read!

Children Desiring God Blog // What About Halloween?

 

 

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Spiritual Parenting

Wed, 25/10/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Spiritual Parenting - Pursuing the Greater Joy

One of my favorite sermons by Pastor David Michael is titled, “Spiritual Parenting: Pursuing the Greater Joy.” I whole-heartedly believe that it will be a blessing and encouragement to every Christian parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, mentor, teacher, small group leader, children’s and youth minister—every believer.

 

 

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God’s Holiness in the Classroom

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // God's Holiness in the Classroom

What might happen in our classrooms if we took these words by David Wells to heart:

Until we recognize afresh the centrality of God’s holiness, until it once again enters into the innermost fibers of evangelical faith, our virtue will lack seriousness, our belief will lack poignancy, our practice will lack moral pungency, our worship will lack joyful seriousness, our preaching [and teaching] will lack the mordancy of grace, and the church will be just one more special interest pleading for hearing in a world of competing enterprises.

 (God In the Wasteland,
© 1994, page 145)

The centrality of God’s holiness…Does it enter into the innermost fibers of our classrooms? If so, how? First of all, we need to define God’s holiness. Here is a helpful summary:

…the word signifies everything about God that sets Him apart from us and makes Him an object of awe, adoration, and dread to us. It covers all aspects of His transcendent greatness and moral perfection, and is characteristic of all His attributes, pointing to the “God-ness” of God at every point. The core of this truth, however, is God’s purity that cannot tolerate any form of sin (Hab. 1:13), and calls sinners to constant self-abasement in His presence (Is. 6:5).

(from The Reformation Study Bible,
Ligonier Ministries © 2005, page 168) 

In the Classroom

There are many ways of helping children understand God’s holiness, and then give His holiness prominence in our classrooms. For example, do we…

  • prioritize the time spent actually teaching God’s holy Word?
  • choose songs and hymns that encourage “joyful seriousness”?
  • help children to see the greatness of God by introducing His many attributes and expanding the depth of their understanding of these as the children grow and mature?
  • challenge them to understand the plight of their sin in light of God’s holiness?
  • stress the need for personal holiness in the life of every believer?
An Example for Teachers

This illustration can be used with younger elementary aged children to help them understand God’s holiness and see how it applies to our lives:

Place a large glass gem (from a craft store) or beautiful cut glass object on a tray containing many dirty, ugly rocks. Display the plate and have the children quietly observe the items on the plate for a moment.

Q: Is there any item that doesn’t seem to belong with the other items? [the gem] Why doesn’t it belong with the other items? [It’s clean and sparkles, is beautiful, etc.]

(Remove the glass gem or object and hold it up.)

  • God’s holiness is something like the gem. God is perfect in every way. He is “pure.”

(Hold up the glass object and look through it, noting that it is perfectly clear, without any dirt.)

  • Because God is holy, He is completely separate from any sin (the dirty items).
  • Isaiah realized that his sin separated him from a holy God.

God is holy. He is like nothing else. He is perfect and is separate from sin.

Because God is holy, we are to respond to Him in the right way.

Q: For example, pretend that this gem was a real diamond and was worth lots and lots and lots of money. Would you toss it in a pile of rocks out in your backyard? Why not?

Q: Because God is holy, and is much, much, much more special than any diamond, how should we act toward Him? [Allow the children to respond, and/or lead them in thinking about the following questions.]

Q: Should you treat the BibleGod’s Holy Wordas if it is just another book, or toss it around and play with it?

Q: Should you act silly or goofy in church during the worship service?

Q: Should you act as if your sin is no big deal? 

  • Because God is holy, we should treat Him and His Word with great respect and honor.
  • He deserves our worship. We should be in “awe” of Him more than anything else.
  • Because God is holy, we should tremble before Him and have a healthy kind of fear of Him: He is great, and we are small and weak.
  • Because God is holy, He will not tolerate our sin. We must have our sin forgiven through trusting in Jesus in order to be accepted by a holy God.

 

 

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Helping Children See the Glory of God

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Helping Children See the Glory of God

Ponder the words of the psalmist for a minute,

One generation shall commend your works to another,
        and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
        and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
        and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
        and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:4-7 ESV

Now consider these words from Tedd and Margy Tripp,

Idols of the heart lose their grip on the soul when they are replaced by greater, more pleasing delights. Your children are hard-wired for delights that last, not for the moment, but for a lifetime and for eternity.

Because your children are uniquely designed to worship God, one of your most important callings is to display the glory of God. Your job is to help your children see the dazzling excellence of God. Children will never have right thoughts about themselves until they have right thoughts about God.

(Instructing a Child’s Heart, copyright © 2008, page 97)

How can you practically do this? First, it is helpful to provide children with a definition of God’s glory. For example, God’s glory is when He shows His greatness and worth. Here are a few examples of discussion questions to use with your child.

Parent-Child Discussion Questions God’s Glorious Deeds

Can you give me some examples of God’s glorious works and deeds? What things has God done that we should be amazed by?

Seeing God’s Glory

Read and discuss Psalm 19:1-4a. Carefully observe some objects and/or pictures from nature. How does God show us His glory through what He has made? How do these things show you how great God is?

Praising God

Read Psalm 145:1-6. When God shows us His greatness and worth (His glory), how should we act toward Him? What does this psalm say? What can you do this week to praise God when you have seen that He is glorious? How could you tell someone about a glorious thing that God has done? How could you study a wondrous work of God?

Responding to God’s Glory

Read Romans 1:20a. Everything God created shows His greatness and worth—His glory. Each one of us was created to show the greatness and worth of God. How do you think a person would do this? How could you show or demonstrate that God is more special and valuable and amazing than anything else?

The Glory of Jesus

Read and talk about some of the following: 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 2:8-11; Colossians 1:15; and Hebrews 1:3.

 

 

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Join Us for the Leading With Love Parenting Event

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God // Leading with Love Parenting Event

Raising children in the fear and admonition of the Lord is a noble and supremely challenging task. Children Desiring God is excited to join Crossings Ministries in coming alongside you with resources and encouragement to help you in your parenting endeavors! We want to show you how to stay centered on the Gospel and equip you to use God’s word to teach, instruct, discipline, and encourage your children as they learn to navigate the culture and face the challenges of growing up.

Join us at one of the two special Leading with Love events on November 4 in Hardin, Ky. or on November 11 in Louisville, Ky. You will hear from featured speakers Chap Bettis, author and director of The Apollos Project; Randy Stinson, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and our own co-founder, David Michael. Breakout session speakers will also include Children Desiring God author and co-founder Sally Michael who will be discussing disciple-making with mothers.

Be sure to use the code ‘CDG‘ to receive 20% off when you register. Or, if you have adopted children or are currently doing foster care, Crossings is inviting you to attend entirely for free—use the code ‘CARE‘. Registration closes one week before the event.

Children Desiring God // Leading with Love Parenting Event

 

 

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Giving Children a Great Vision of God and His Word

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 13:00

 

Children Desiring God Blog // Giving Children a Vision of God and His Word

For some, an initial review of our curriculum and resources might evoke the following:

Why use curricula that is so doctrinally weighty for children?

Why such serious and challenging Bible teaching for young minds and hearts?

 Here are two short videos from Ligonier Ministries that succinctly clarify what is at stake:

Do You Have an Inadequate Understanding of God?” by John MacArthur

Don’t Ever Be Cavalier About the Truth of God” by R.C. Sproul

That is why Children Desiring God is committed to developing resources that present our children and students with a great vision and understanding of God, and a serious study of His Word.

  • Children Desiring God Blog // Giving Children a Vision of God and His WordOur curricula aims to acquaint children with the incomparable majesty of the triune God by digging deep into His divine character as revealed throughout Scripture. We believe that children should be taught the beauty and grandeur of His manifold perfections. In completing our scope and sequence, children will have learned and explored, with increasing depth, more than 20 distinct attributes of God.
  • Every lesson in every curriculum aims to magnify the triune God above all—His name, fame, honor, and glory. We believe children will find their greatest joy when they esteem God most. Therefore, the lessons use language, illustrations, and applications that point children toward God-adoration. Furthermore, the curricula challenge children to see that every aspect of life is to fall under centrality of God and His sovereign rule.
  • We believe deep biblical truths and doctrines can and should be taught to children. Doing so requires teaching truths in an accurate, clear, yet child-friendly manner. To that end, every lesson in our curriculum is carefully reviewed by a highly qualified and experienced theological editor.
  • We believe that if children are to embrace and live out the Gospel, they must have a right knowledge of God and His purposes, as revealed in His inerrant and authoritative Word. Therefore, children must be taught to properly study and interpret God’s Word. Using an age-appropriate, step-by-step approach, the lesson format trains students to interact with the text using proper Bible study methods. This process begins in earnest in first grade, and increases in depth and rigor as children age and mature. Furthermore, we incorporate an interactive teaching style, carefully laid out for teachers, that serves to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills aimed at a deeper understanding of the things of God and the ability to rightly apply the Word of God.

Learn more about our curriculum distinctions.

 

 

 

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