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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
Make it for them, not you.
Unchurched people want to celebrate Christmas, and you can help them. It can be tempting to run a low-key Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service to get a bit of peace and quiet from the seasonal stress. But this is your biggest evangelistic opportunity of the year. Besides, if you design your services with the community in mind, your members will love it too. Especially if their friends come and it changes their lives! Demonstrate God's generosity by going all-out for your visitors this Christmas.
This means making it super friendly to newcomers. Have a clear order of service, explain why you're doing things and when, tell them when to sit down and when to stand up. Perhaps you could even have some recognisable music playing when they arrive and go crazy on decorations to make it feel extra special.Give them something to read
With all the demands on our attention at Christmas, it's unlikely your guests will be able to recall everything that was said or sung during your outreach service. But they may persevere with a very short book about the gospel that they began reading when all the Morcambe and Wise repeats started coming on.
Rescuing Christmas is designed to be given out during your Christmas outreach. It takes the reader on a journey to find a joy that continues through the ups and downs of life—and beyond. Make it extra special by putting a bow around it and give it to them for free.Give their kids something to do
I know from my own experience of visiting friends' churches that keeping your kids occupied when they don't have their friends and familiar surroundings can demand most of your attention. A few giant colouring posters dotted around the building will keep them entertained during the service and help them make new friends. Or print off and hand out dozens of our free Where's Waddle activity. Play an online version of Where's Waddle now to see what it's like. When their kids are suitably occupied, the parents will have your full attention. Don't forget to provide some colouring pencils too!Make them feel welcome
It might seem pretty obvious now, but when your church members are all bouncing with the excitement of Christmas we can easily lose sight of the new family who have just sheepishly stepped through the front door. So brief your members before the day and make sure someone greets them within the first 30 seconds they arrive. Give them some good coffee, finish with mulled wine, shower them with mince pies and deck the hall with boughs and holly.
Channel 4 broadcast a documentary about Muslim marriages this week, highlighting the fact that many Muslim women are unaware that their Islamic marriages are not legally valid under British law. This leaves them without legal rights if their husband dies or if their marriage breaks down.
Carys Moseley shows how the Church of England’s anti-bullying guidelines are unloving because they deliberately do not say that all human beings are created male and female. Given that they aim to influence collective worship in schools, and that the Church of England often allows its theology to be shaped by worship, the aim seems to be to influence theology. The guidelines state that disclosing a pupil’s sexual orientation or gender identity to their parents without consent is a breach of confidentiality.
Discussed was a wide range of topics of mutual interest touched on at the meeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Statement from the bishop and standing committee on the next phase of its legal appeal issued on 21 Nov 2017
Tim Dieppe writes about the challenge of Islam in the UK, asking how the church should respond. He reviews the increasing influence of Islam, discusses some perspective on the beliefs of Muslims, and then outlines some ways that the church can and should be responding. This article was originally published in the Affinity Social Issues Bulletin for November 2017.
We love our families and that's a good thing. But how do we know when our family is becoming an idol?
Steve Hoppe, author of Sipping Saltwater, gives three lifestyle patterns that might indicate you're worshipping family.
How do you know if you're worshipping your family?
- You're not worshipping God because of your family: you're skipping church and not spending time with God
- You're not investing in community because you think that your family is your community
- You indulge your children and allow your spouse to sin in order to please them and keep peace
Sound familiar? Steve Hoppe's book, Sipping Saltwater, enables readers to identify their own idols and explains how to quench their thirst with Jesus’ living water—the only drink that will ever truly satisfy us both now and for eternity.
[M]y trust in the honour and spiritual integrity of the [Provincial House of Bishops] is irrevocably broken
On the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day (20th November), Church leaders in Ireland have added their voices to those calling for an end to all paramilitary attacks in Northern Ireland.
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.
The 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?
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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.