A La Carte (9.29.16)

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Why Every Parent Should Embrace Their Inability: “…Because changing your children is a burden that we could never bear, God bore that burden for us by sending his Son to be the author of lasting personal change. The burden that caused his death liberates us parents and gives new life to our children. Now that’s good news! So our job is simple; it’s not to create change, but to be humble and willing instruments of change in the hands of the one and only author of change…”

Four Ways to Discuss the 2016 Election with Your Kids: “…Your children should see that while you respect the office of president, it isn’t ultimate. They should see that your greatest hope for one of them isn’t that he or she would be president of the United States. It’s that he or she would be a ruler of the universe as a joint-heir of Christ Jesus, sharing in his inheritance, reconciled by the blood of his cross…”

Starting a Family Devotion Time: Some good and practical steps to kickstart an investment in God’s Word as a family.

Parents, Follow This North Star: “Christian parenting is disciple-making, and obeying Christ’s commission should orient all we do as parents. We educate our children not ultimately to ensure they find a high-paying job, but to form them as followers of Jesus. We discipline them not so they’ll make us happy, but so they’ll serve Christ as adults. We prepare them for judgment day as well as for graduation day.”

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Weekly Tools for Parents (9.26.16)

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Each week, on Monday morning, we’ll be posting: a) a PDF of our weekly children’s bulletin from the preceding Sunday, b) a recap of the previous Sunday’s lesson for our children’s classes, and c) & d) the previous week’s handouts for the Lost & Found and The Bridge memorization project .

Our hope is that parents can use these to follow-up on the sermon that the family heard the day before, review with their children the Sunday School lesson also taught the previous day, and to help your child memorize the Scripture Verse and Big Idea Truth from Lost & Found and The Bridge from the previous Wednesday.

Here are this week’s tools:

A. Children’s Bulletin from September 25th 

B. Review of Children’s Classes from September 25th

C. Memorization Project for Lost & Found from September 21st

D. Memorization Project for The Bridge from September 21st

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Weekly Tools for Parents (9.19.16)

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Each week, on Monday morning, we’ll be posting: a) a PDF of our weekly children’s bulletin from the preceding Sunday, b) a recap of the previous Sunday’s lesson for our children’s classes, and c) & d) the previous week’s handouts for the Lost & Found and The Bridge memorization project .

Our hope is that parents can use these to follow-up on the sermon that the family heard the day before, review with their children the Sunday School lesson also taught the previous day, and to help your child memorize the Scripture Verse and Big Idea Truth from Lost & Found and The Bridge from the previous Wednesday.

Here are this week’s tools:

A. Children’s Bulletin from September 18th 

B. Review of Children’s Classes from September 18th

C. Memorization Project for Lost & Found from September 14th

D. Memorization Project for The Bridge from September 14th

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A La Carte (9.22.16)

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Great articles from around the web!

Give it All, Just Not for Your Kids: “… If you want to give really good, eternally significant gifts to your children, become poor in spirit, take up your cross, walk in freedom from sin, and be willing to do whatever Jesus asks of you in this life. He will undoubtedly ask you to love unselfishly with a long-suffering heart and a desire to do what is best for those in your care. He will ask you to provide for your little flock, nurture their hearts, and give them grace that points to the Redeemer…”

Dad Enough to Sing: Dads, this article is money

Every Woman’s Call to Work: “The everyday lives of Christian women will not all look the same. Yet our hearts will be united more deeply than any exclusive gathering of women who work, or stay at home, or work from home, or any other category, because of our clinging together to Christ.”

Stop Acting Immutable: “When we apply the terms always or never to other people, we speak an untruth. Human beings don’t always or never anything. We just aren’t that consistent. We frequently, we fairly regularly, we often or habitually, but we don’t always or never. As finite and mutable creatures, we cannot lay claim to these terms, either as pejoratives or as praise. They can only truly be spoken of God.”

Seven Principles for Angry Parents Disciplining Angry Children: “How do we discipline exasperating kids without in turn exasperating them unnecessarily?”

Four Questions Parents Should Ask of Extracurricular Activities: “The good news is that God does not leave us alone in these challenging decisions. The Lord promises that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).”

Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go: “…the parents’ intentional moral and religious shaping early on will have a permanent effect on their child for good. …the rest of [Proverbs] makes clear that the power of the youth’s future depends not only on the parents’ guidance but also very much on the choices he or she makes.”

Three Ways to Help Your Kids Say Sorry and Mean It: “As a parent my job, indeed my desire, must surely be to steer my children away from worldly sorrow which is superficial and ultimately powerless, and to seek instead to passionately, persistently point them towards the only power that can transform their hearts and bring about true, godly sorrow—the grace of God that is found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

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Weekly Tools for Parents (9.12.16)

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Each week, on Monday morning, we’ll be posting: a) a PDF of our weekly children’s bulletin from the preceding Sunday, b) a recap of the previous Sunday’s lesson for our children’s classes, and c) & d) the previous week’s handouts for the Lost & Found and The Bridge memorization project .

Our hope is that parents can use these to follow-up on the sermon that the family heard the day before, review with their children the Sunday School lesson also taught the previous day, and to help your child memorize the Scripture Verse and Big Idea Truth from Lost & Found and The Bridge from the previous Wednesday.

Here are this week’s tools:

A. Children’s Bulletin from September 11th 

B. Review of Children’s Classes from September 11th

C. Memorization Project for Lost & Found from September 7th

D. Memorization Project for The Bridge from September 7th

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Weekly Tools for Parents (9.6.16)

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Each week, on Monday morning (or Tuesday mornings during holiday weekends!), we’ll be posting: a) a PDF of our weekly children’s bulletin from the preceding Sunday and b) a recap of the previous Sunday’s lesson for our children’s classes.

Our hope is that parents can use these to follow-up on the sermon that the family heard the day before and review with their children the Sunday School lesson also taught the previous day.

Here are this week’s tools:

A. Children’s Bulletin from September 4th 

B. Review of Children’s Classes from September 4th

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A La Carte (9.1.16)

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This week’s articles are here!

Why Man and Woman Are Not Equal: this is excellent

Discipline That Connects With Our Children’s Hearts: “Disciplining our kids is usually the most frustrating, confusing part of parenting. …well-intentioned efforts often miss kids’ hearts as parents struggle to figure out, “What is ‘biblical discipline,’ and how do I do it?””

A Back to School Prayer: if you’re not sure what to pray, check out this list with verses to go along with the request

On Empty Nests, Christian Mommy Guilt, and Misplaced Identity: “The Christian mom doesn’t love Jesus instead of loving her children; she loves Jesus by loving her children.”

 

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