Category Archives: Children’s Ministry

Parenting is Serious Business

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Many times we seem to discover the last place that the words of our mouth or the meditations of our heart are acceptable in the Lord’s sight is when we are within the walls of our own home. Usually we find that the vilest of our words and actions are acted out right here in this place that should be a refuge and a place of safety from the groaning fallen world.

I remember the day well that I KNEW some things needed to change in me… in me… not my kids… IN ME.

I saw a replay of the epiphany that I had as I watched my girls interact one day with their younger cousin. My teenager was patiently and kindly explaining to my niece how to do something… and my youngest turned around and got up and came to sit in my lap with tears in her eyes and said, “Mommy it hurts my feelings to watch her tell somebody else to do something, because she is always nice to them and she tells me in a mean voice

Here’s the thing… Do your kids sit and watch you treat other people’s kids better than you treat them?

Here’s the other thing… If you can hold it together for other people’s kids… guess what… you have just proven that you can hold it together for your own.

Too often our attitudes and actions are matter of habits that need to be changed. In changing habits you have to have a starting point and you have to have accountability. The National Center of Biblical Parenting has tons of material to equip you with both. They have books and programs too offer you tools for successful parenting from birth to hey, it’s time you got a job 😉

Their latest release is *The Family Toolbox for Preteens and Teens

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne MIller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As they work through the lessons with their parents, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools such as:

• How to focus on the heart instead of just behavior
• The cues you give that tell your children when you mean business
• Practical ways to remove conflict from the problems of family life
• How to end correction times with impact
• A tool for maximizing heart change in the correction process
• The value of teaching kids to accept no as an answer
• Ways to reduce anger episodes in children

What I loved about this material is that it is something that you work through with your kids. This is not you trying to incorporate some new parenting skills incognito with your kids. In this material you sit down with your family and say, Okay, some things need to change around here… with me and with you. So we are going to start this study as a family and work through this thing together. We are going to discuss what the parents are doing and what the kids are doing and we are going to see what we can learn so that our home is a place of peace and mutual respect.

*FT New Release

As the parent you want to watch the videos and work through the parent page first. This will help you to be prepared when you sit down to go through the videos with your kids and dialogue with them through the discussion questions.

Believe it or not, even if our kids whine about starting this, they will love doing this with you. It shows them that you care. It shows them that you are trying. It shows them that you want to see them succeed in life. Make sure that you give them the freedom to answer honestly. Examine your own self as you work through this with them and be willing to admit and address your own shortcomings… don’t just point out theirs.

This Family Toolbox study will take you less than 30 minutes a day… it’s well worth the time investment. You could make it dinner time convo. Set up the laptop at the dinner table or make it a pizza night in front of the tv in the family room… just do it. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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*Find more parenting tools here: NCBP

Family Toolbox Giveaway

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Earlier in the Spring I shared a giveaway for the National Center of Biblical Parenting‘s Family Toolbox here: How’s It Going With That Teen. Well, today I am offering an opportunity to win it again! I have shared more than once how impressed I am with the NCBP material… so let’s just jump right on in to this so you can enter to win 🙂

The Family Toolbox is a DVD/video-driven program that brings parents and teens together for constructive dialogue around significant issues of discipleship. Conversation is sparked by engaging video clips. Sixteen Life Success Principles are communicated through eight lessons that give parents and teens biblically-based, practical topics for discussion. The format grabs teens and gets them interacting.

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.
Family Toolbox Giveaway

I am excited to be joining with the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP) to bring you a wonderful giveaway to celebrate the release of the Family Toolbox.

The giveaway includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card + a bundle of biblical parenting resources from NCBP, including:

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step.

Cultivating Responsibility: Parenting Wisdom for Ages 9-12 Years

The later elementary age years are among the greatest times to build responsibility in children. Heart transformation takes place when parents use other tools than behavior modification. Sometimes though, bad attitudes, disrespect, and a lack of cooperation can muddy the waters. You’ll want to learn from the experts how best to navigate these years. Your children are making significant developmental leaps in their cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Understanding how best to help children through these years is essential.

Family Heart Moments

The Family Heart Moments book is a treasure. Over 70 inspirational true stories from parents who are eager to connect with their children’s hearts. The heart is a special place in the life of a child. You don’t want to miss it. This book will give you practical ideas for touching your kids in the deepest place.

Family Time Activity for Teens

Teenagers are in an exciting time of life. They’re learning a lot about themselves and the world, and they need lots of spiritual guidance. The activities and applications in this book are designed specifically for teens. The object lessons and games are captivating and the biblical lessons are timeless. Walking Billboards, Fear Factor, and Gender Differences, are just a few of the titles. Nineteen lessons are included, all unique and powerful. Make Family Time a regular part of your family’s spiritual growth.

Learning About Sex: Love, Sex, and God

In a natural, conversational style, this book answers tough questions that help teens separate sex and love facts from myths. Straight facts on dating, marriage, sex, and sexually transmitted diseases are presented here.

Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids

It affects the way people think, the way they act, and the way they treat others around them. Honor motivates parents to treat children differently. It gives children more constructive ways to interact with their parents. It helps siblings develop tolerance and patience. Honor builds incredibly strong bonds that, in turn, benefit all members of the family. This book shows you in practical ways and shows how honor can transform your family.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open internationally to those age 18 and older.

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Also, please join us for The Family Toolbox Facebook Party on Thursday, October 16, 8-10PM ET where there will be even more great prizes, an opportunity to ask your parenting questions, and lots of fun and fellowship! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the Facebook party!

RSVP for the Party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/876232019055940/

Family Toolbox Facebook Party

Preschool Catechisms With Proofs (PDF Download)

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Here is the PDF download of the Preschool Catechisms with Proofs

I put this together from an internet search into catechisms for kids. I could not find a kid friendly current language of catechisms that also had proofs, so I compiled my own.

This is a whole year of catechisms. There are 52 catechisms in this PDF download. I would recommend exploring deeper into each catechism throughout the whole week. For example, when the week 2 catechism is:

2nd Week

Question: What else did God make?

Answer: God made all things.

Read Acts 17:25; Colossians 1:16; Psalm 33:6-7

Have your child memorize the catechism, but also spend the week digging deeper into Genesis 1-2.

Also please note that these are not built around a denominational persuasion. They are catechisms based on the foundation of the common Christian confession that Jesus is Lord and the only way to salvation.

May these be a blessing within your home!

Click here to get your free download: Preschool Catechism with Proofs

Here is the official ebook:

Romans Study For Kids (Romans 16:1-27)

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The very last post for the Romans Study For Kids!

Today we begin digging into our last chapter in the book of Romans. I pray that you have learned a lot about yourself, about the church, and about Jesus as you have  worked through this study.

We are going to do the first part of Romans 16 a little different. Are you ready?

In Romans 16:1-16 Paul mentions a lot of names. These are all people that Paul asks the church in Rome to greet and to allow to come into their homes and worship God with them.

As you read through Romans 16:1-16 printed below, your instructions is to underline or circle all the adjectives that Paul uses to describe the people he mentions.

Romans 16:1-16

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea;

2 that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,

4 who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;

5 also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.

6 Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.

7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.

9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

10 Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.

11 Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.

12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord.

13 Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.

14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them.

15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

THINK ABOUT IT…

If your name was added to this chapter what would you want Paul to say about you?

Would you want to be known as a choice boy or girl in the Lord?

Would you want to be known as a hard worker for the Lord?

Would you want to be known as an outstanding servant of Christ?

I know I do!

Take a moment now and spend some time with God and ask Him how He sees you. First of all do you have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to be the Lord over your life?

That’s enough for today! Tomorrow we finish 🙂

Romans 16:17-27

17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

21 Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

22 I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord.

23 Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother.

24 [The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]

Read Romans 16:17. How does this verse begin?

Now I  __ __ __ __  you

THINK ABOUT IT…

Does it sound like Paul has something very important to tell the church in Rome?

Yes, he does!

Paul is giving the church in a Rome a warning. He is telling them what they need to be on the look out for in order to keep growing in the fullness of God. This warning is still important for us today.

Read Romans 16:17. What does Paul tell the church in Rome that they need to keep their on? Circle all that apply.

those who cause dissensions

those who eat weird food

those who cause hindrances

those who teach them wrong things about God

those wear different kind of clothes

According to Romans 16:17 what is the church in Rome to do when they see people doing what Paul has warned them about?

__ __ __ __    __ __ __ __  from them

Read Romans 16:18. Why does the church need to turn away from them? Answer true (T) or false (F).

___ they are slaves to their own appetites

___ they are slaves to Jesus Christ

___ they use their smooth speech to preach the gospel

___ they use their smooth speech to deceive hearts

THINK ABOUT IT…

We have to be very careful who we listen to and learn from. There are lots of people who have the ability to draw a crowd because they can say things in a way that gets people’s attention.

Think about what happened to Eve in the garden in Genesis 3:1-6. The serpent was able to deceive Eve by his crafty words. He was able to catch her alone and off guard and tricked her into believing a lie instead of believing God.

Read Romans 16:19. What does Paul want the church in Rome to be?

__ __ __ __ in what is good

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ in what is evil

One of the lies that the devil will tell you is that you have to know all about evil in order to know what is really good. He still tries to trick us into thinking that just knowing God’s way is not enough. That’s why it is so important for you to do what you are doing right now. Keep learning more and more about God and His Word.

Read Romans 16:20 and answer the following questions.

How is God described in this verse?

the God of __ __ __ __ __

What is God going to do to Satan?

__ __ __ __ __ him

Now here is the really awesome part. Read Romans 16:20 again. Under who’s feet is God going to crush Satan? Draw a picture showing your answer.

Under whose feet will God crush Satan?

How cool is that!

Read Romans 16:21-23 very carefully. Who is writing this letter for Paul?

Timothy       Gaius       Jason      Tertius 

Read Romans 16:24. What does Paul want to be with the church in Rome and with all those who are saved?

the __ __ __ __ __ of the Lord Jesus Christ

We are about to conclude our study through the book of Romans. Read the last three verses below and let’s answer some questions together!

Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,

26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;

27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

In Romans 16:25, who is the one that is able to establish you?

__ __ __

To be established by God whose preaching do we need to listen to? Circle your answer.

Buddah         Muhammed        Jesus      President Obama

What secret had been kept by God but was revealed to us when Jesus came? Answer true (T) or false (F).

___ God only wanted to save the Jews

___ God only wanted to save the Gentiles

___ God sent His Son to save all who would believe

___ God wanted one church full of both Jew and Gentile ___ God never intended to save anybody

Read Romans 16:26. To who did God want His plan of salvation known?

all the __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Read Romans 16:27. Who gets the glory for anyone who is saved through Jesus Christ?

__ __ __

That’s right God does!

Well you did it! You have completed your study through the book of Romans. Look at all you have learned! I am so very proud of you… and I know that digging into God’s word and seeking His truth makes God smile too!

Get the Romans Study For Kids in a downloadable PDF form here: Romans Study For Kids Part 1 – Part 5

Romans Study For Kids (Romans 15:22-33)

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This post will complete Romans 15… Once again this study is written to coincide with the NASB translation.

Look at Romans 15:22. How does this verse begin?

__ __ __   this   __ __ __ __ __ __

This is another important phrase in the Scriptures. The phrase “for this reason” is just like saying “therefore” or “this is why”. Remember when we see these phrases we need to look at what comes before the phrase to find what the reason is or what the therefore is there for.

Read Romans 15:22. Why had Paul been prevented from coming to see the church in Rome? Answer true (T) or false (F).

___   Paul didn’t like them

___   Paul didn’t think they would listen to him

___   Paul had to first preach where no one knew Jesus

___   Paul didn’t want to build on another’s foundation

___   Paul was afraid to come to Rome

Read Romans 15:23. How long had Paul wanted to come to the church in Rome? Circle your answer.

a couple of days     a few weeks     for many years

Read Romans 15:24-25. Where did Paul have to go and serve the saints before he could go to Rome?

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __      

Read Romans 15:26. Why did Paul have to go to Jerusalem first? Answer true (T) or false (F)

___ he liked the people in the church in Jerusalem them better than in Rome

___ the church in Macedonia and Achaia had sent a gift with Paul to help the poor in the church in Jerusalem

___ that was the shortest route to get to Rome

Read Romans 15:27. Who made up the church in Macedonia and Achaia? Circle your answer.

Jews              Gentiles           Jew and Gentiles

Read Romans 15:28. Where was Paul going after he delivered the contribution to the poor in the church in Jerusalem?

S_ __ __ __ __

Read Romans 15:28 again. Did Paul plan to stop by Rome on his way to Spain? Circle your answer.

Yes         No         I don’t know

Read Romans 15:29. Whose blessing did Paul want to come to Rome with?

__ __ __ __ __      __ __ __ __ __ __

Read Romans 15:30. What did Paul ask the church in Rome to do for him?

__ __ __ __

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Read Romans 15:31. What specific prayer request did Paul have for them?

that he would be __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Read Romans 15:32-33. How did Paul want to come to Rome?

in __ __ __  by the __ __ __ __ of __ __ __

THINK ABOUT IT…

As much as Paul wanted to visit the church in Rome he would not go unless God had sent him. He knew that he had to obey God.

Paul also knew that even if he could not come to Rome yet, he could pray for them and they could pray for him.

Paul was a missionary. Do you know any missionaries that you can pray for?

Do you know of any places left on the earth that have not heard the gospel and learned about Jesus?

Go this website http://www.unreached.org/ and learn about places where the gospel has not been preached and pray that God would send someone like Paul to tell them about Jesus.

That’s enough for today. Tomorrow we will finish our study in the book of Romans! I am so excited that you are still here learning and growing in God.

 

Romans Study For Kids (Romans 14:13-23)

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We continue in our Romans Study For Kids as we finish up Romans 14. Reminder, this study is written with the New American Standard Bible translation.

 

Read Romans 14:13. With what word does this verse begin?

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Now remember when we see a “therefore” we need to ask what the “therefore” is there for. The “therefore” in Romans 14:13 is the closing of what Paul was teaching us in verse 1 through verse 12. 

Read Romans 14:13 again. Had the church been judging one another? 

Yes            No           I don’t know

What word Romans 14:13 gives us a clue that this was something that they were doing?

__ __ __ __ __ __ __

To not do something “anymore” means we had to have already been doing it.

In Romans 14:13 we have another key word. Do you remember the word from the Finding Nemo video? 

__ __ __

What does Paul instruct us to do instead of judging or despising one another?

tripping

          

Yes! That’s right! Not to put a stumbling a block in another Christian’s way. God does not want us to judge or despise one another and he does not want us to cause another believer to sin against their own conscience.

Read Romans 14:14. What is Paul convinced of in Christ Jesus?

__ __ __ __ __ __ __   is unclean in itself

Read Romans 14:14 again. We have that very important word again. What makes something that is clean in Christ, become unclean to a Christian? 

if he __ __ __ __ __ __ it is unclean, then to him it is

Read Romans 14:15-17. If you hurt another Christian over what food they eat or what holiday’s they celebrate or what genre of music they listen to are you walking according to love?

Yes          No         I don’t know

Type this link in your URL search bar and watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuEJ_NQzFaU

That was a clip from one of the songs from the Disney movie Let It Shine. Right after this girl stops singing the song, the Pastor gets up to preach about how wrong rap music is and he humiliates the young girl who is indeed a famous rap artist and singer. He then learns that his son writes rap songs and he is very angry about it.

Later in the movie he takes the time to actually read the lyrics and he apologizes to both the girl and his son. He almost destroyed the work of God over something that God does not call a sin. 

Read Romans 14:15 again. What command does Paul give us in this verse.

Do __ __ __  destroy with __ __ __ __ food him for whom __ __ __ __ __ __  died.

Read Romans 14:16. If something is not called a sin by God should we call it evil?

Yes          No         I don’t know

Read Romans 14:17. Cross out the things that this verse says are not the kingdom of God and circle the the things that this verse says is the kingdom of God.

joy      eating      righteousness      drinking     peace   

Read Romans 14:18-19. If we serve Christ in righteousness, peace, and joy according to what God says is right and we do not destroy one another over things that God does not call sin what does this verse say we will be?

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __    to  God

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __   by men

What are we to pursue according to Romans 14:19.

the things that make for __ __ __ __ __

Read Romans 14:19-20. What are we to do in order to be pleasing to God and walk according to love? Circle your answer.

build one another up         

tear down the work of God for the sake of food

Read Romans 14:21. If we are spending time with someone who believes something is evil even if we don’t believe it, should we try to get them to do it in order to prove it’s not evil?

Yes              No            I don’t know

THINK ABOUT IT…

Let’s say you have a friend over to play. Let’s say you and the friend go inside to watch a movie or a tv show and that friend tells you they are not allowed to watch a show that you watch all the time. Your parents see nothing wrong with this particular show, but their parents do. Should you tell the friend that their parents are crazy and their is nothing wrong with that show and turn it on anyway. Or should you simply say, okay, and find something that you both are allowed to watch?

What should you do in order to walk according to love?

Read Romans 14:21 again. Are we ever to be the reason why one of our brothers or sisters in Christ stumbles?

Yes          No         I don’t know

Read Romans 14:22. Who does this verse say is happy?

someone who does not __ __ __ __ __ __ __ himself in what He approves.

Read Romans 14:23. What do we learn is sin from this verse?

anything that is not from __ __ __ __ __

THINK ABOUT IT…

Let’s reverse the rolls with the example used just a moment ago. Let’s say that you are over at a friend’s house and they want to watch a tv show that you are not allowed to watch. Let’s say that this is a tv show that almost all the kids at school get to watch, it’s even on the  Disney channel, but you have been told by your parents that you are not to watch it. If you keep silent and watch this program knowing in your heart that it is wrong for you to watch it… does this make your heart happy?

I bet it doesn’t.

If you are not watching this program in the faith that it is okay to watch, you are condemning yourself and sinning against your own conscience because you are doing something that you believe is wrong. 

This is what Paul means in Romans 14:22, “The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God.”

Have you been guilty of making a friend feel bad for watching something that you are not allowed to watch or have you made yourself feel bad for watching something you know you are not supposed to watch? 

If you have, talk to God about that… and your parents.

That’s enough for today! Tomorrow we dig into Romans 15.

 

Anchored

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I am sitting here watching the Blind Side with my youngest daughter and looking across the room at the sign she brought home from the last day of camp that reads, “our purpose we will find when deep friendship with God is yours and mine” This was the day one truth of the week long camp that my youngest attended.

I started out this week at camp with a sprained ankle and I ended it with a migraine. I bailed on clean up as I went to the vehicle to find a quiet place and close my eyes and try to keep from throwing up as I waited on the Motrin I got from the camp nurse to kick in. I usually spend camp jumping up and dancing and playing the games with the kids, along with helping the other leaders to make lunches and getting the snacks out… but this year I spent it sticking to lunches and snacks and slowly walking around and sitting. However, I still got my hugs, my high fives, my waves, and my big smiles.

Working with these kids does two things…  

One: it reminds me of how much I LOVE these kids and how much I love teaching them the Word of God and just flat out talking with them. I adore hearing Hey, Miss Nicole while two dirty arms wrap around me and one sweaty face buries in my side… and before I can get turned around here comes another and then before you know it, kids whom you have never met, have watched these others receive genuine affection from you, and so they come running up and taking their turn hoping to receive some for themselves… and I am thrilled to give it.

Two: it reminds me of how frustrating it is to know the lack of priority the majority of our churches put on reaching the kids in our community and serving them within the walls of our church. In the majority of churches this is the least paid staff member and usually the least time and effort has been put into choosing them. The majority of churches see this as problem that needs to be dealt with instead of a vital part of the ministry of the church that will be laying the foundations of the worldview of the ones who will in less than 20 years be their own leaders in the church and community. 

When I began as the Children’s Director at Shiloh, I also started working with a team of children’s ministry leaders and for the past several years our summer undertaking has been this Winshape Camp. This was actually the last Winshape camp that I will attend as the Children’s Ministry Director at Shiloh Baptist. I have to admit that not only has Winshape been great for the kids in our community, but having the opportunity to serve in the Children’s Ministry Exchange has been a blessing in itself. I have been honored to work with some of the most genuine and sincere ministry leaders that I have ever met. None trying to push their own agenda, all just seeking the best for the sake of the children in our community. I am thankful that in my resignation from Shiloh, they didn’t make me resign from the Children’s Ministry Exchange.

We are also working on beginning the ministry of FP Kids in our local schools. This is a ministry that will allow us to take the Word of God into the schools once a week in the early morning before school officially starts. We already have the high school program established in several of our local schools… however we want to begin equipping them earlier than high school and even earlier than junior high. FP Kids is set up to reach older elementary kids. 

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If you are in the Morgan County area and you want FP Kids at your elementary school let us know! Larry Franks is the Children’s Pastor at Decatur Baptist, the current President of the Children’s Ministry Exchange. and he is the contact for Morgan County’s First Priority clubs. However, don’t just contact wanting FPKids to come, but contact ready to be a part of this ministry.

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We need parents and teachers to step up and get involved because you will be able to not just share the love of Christ twenty minutes once a week, but you will be setting the stage to be a witness for the gospel, salt and light in the life of these kids, every day of the week for years to come. You will be the one dropping off and picking up every day. You will be the ones at the sporting events, working the concession stands, attending the robotics competitions… cheering these kids on in life.

I sit and I listen to these kids stories and if we who are in the church, we who are grounded in the faith, anchored in the hope of Christ, don’t make an effort to grab hold of these kids… I have no doubt that we will stand ashamed before our Savior one day.

We live in a day like one that has never been before. The majority of the kids in our schools have no security, no foundation, no authority, no safe place. They are neglected or abused at home, labeled at school, and kicked out of the church because they offend others by their mere existence and/or behavior.

Just yesterday I talked with a woman who works specifically with abused kids. Her and her husband were brought two boys, ages 7 and 11, from lower Alabama who were found living in a house with no front door, no glass in the windows, and no food in the fridge except some ketchup. Their mother was strung out on drugs and of course dad was no where to be found. These kids came to live with this family. The woman was telling the boys about going to church, and she asked if the boys had ever been, the youngest said, “Oh yeh, we went once and Bubba cussed out the preacher so they kicked us out and wouldn’t let us come back

Kicked out. Two kids who desperately needed to know safety, security, and unconditional love… kicked out because they showed they were desperate sinners in need of a Savior. Two kids who desperately needed someone to throw an anchor of hope in their hearts and grab on to them and let their friendship sink deep in their souls so that they could see the grace and mercy and love of Christ and see that He is love and life and their future and hope. That there is someone who wouldn’t kick them out, abandon them, or despise them…

But it’s so much easier to just ignore them, or kick them out, or shield your own from them, rather than to try and reach, teach, and love them. It’s so much easier to live out our “Christianity” in the safety of our own determined conditions than to step out and actually apply our Sunday morning truths and walk in the power of the Spirit and extend grace and the gospel to the unknown in the great unknown.

I actually had a teacher tell me once that they like the idea of being a missionary in the schools, but they couldn’t share their faith in the school or they would lose their job. Yep, eternal souls verses your monthly paycheck… decisions, decisions.

Like I said in an earlier post… I have spent the last several years with my mouth dropped open and my mind saying, “What? Really?!?!?

Behold, the rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood. They have treated father and mother lightly within you. The alien they have oppressed in your midst; the fatherless and the widow they have wronged in you. You have despised My holy things and profaned My sabbaths.

Ezekiel 22:6-8

Romans Study For Kids (Romans 14:1-12)

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Here is the study guide for Romans 14:1-9…

Remember this study is written to go along with the NASB translation.

 

Today we begin digging into Romans 14. In this chapter Paul goes back and begins teaching us again about how we are to treat other believers. In Romans 12:1-13 Paul began teaching us how we are to live out our faith with each other and then in Romans 12:14 – 13:14 he showed us how we are to practice our Christianity before everyone every where. Now here in Romans 14 he brings us back to how we are to treat each other in the church. The church, being the body of Christ.  

Read Romans 14:1 and answer the questions below.

Who are we to accept?

the one who is __ __ __ __  in __ __ __ __ __

What are we NOT to do with the one who is weak in faith?

pass judgment on his __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Is being weak in faith a sin?

Yes              No              I don’t know

Does this verse sound like it is talking about sin?

Yes               No              I don’t know

THINK ABOUT IT…

What makes an opinion and what makes a sin? The word for “opinion” used in Romans 14:1 in the Greek means a thought, inward reasoning; the reasoning of those who think themselves to be wise. 

What is your favorite color?

Why is it your favorite color? 

What about brushing your teeth? Do you like brushing your teeth?

Do your parents tell you what has to be your favorite color or do they let you pick it? I bet they let you pick it. It doesn’t matter whether your favorite color is pink or green. That is your opinion and you are free to choose it.

What about brushing your teeth? Do your parents tell you that you have to brush your teeth or do they just let you choose whether or not you do? Brushing your teeth is probably an instruction or command that is given to you by your parents and if you do not obey, there are consequences. These consequences can come from your parents, but there are also natural consequences that come from disobeying this… like cavities.

There are things that God allows His children to have different opinions on and if that opinion is different from ours it doesn’t mean they are sinning. It just means they might be weaker than us in their faith or stronger than us in their faith. This is what Romans 14 is all about.

Let’s keep digging!

Read Romans 14:2 We are about to compare and contrast two different types of believers. Look at the pictures below. Which picture best shows who Romans 14:2 says is weak in faith? Circle it.

Romans 14 popyeye Rom 14 garfield eating   

So does this mean that we don’t have to eat our veggies!

Unfortunately, no. That’s not what Paul is talking about. This is where historical context comes in.

Paul is writing this letter to the church in Rome, and remember we have already learned that this church was filled with both Jewish believers and Gentile believers. Jewish believers were raised under the Law of God and Jewish traditions. Gentiles were raised making sacrifices to false gods. Many times Jewish people would only eat vegetables because they were afraid they would eat meat that had been sacrificed to an idol. 

When these Jews and Gentiles became believers some were strong in their new freedom in Christ, others were not. 

Read Romans 14:3. If we are the one who eats what are we not to do?

regard with __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ the one who does not eat

The word contempt here means to make of no account, to despise utterly. If you have access to internet type this  in the url bar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xrw0gbnNuU

Did you see that look on Daffy’s face? 

Rom 14 daffy despise

                         

He’s decided that Bugs Bunny is of no value to him and is of no account. He is regarding him with contempt. If we are not careful we will look at other believers who are weaker than us in the same way. 

Now how does this relate today?

We are going to divide some things into three different categories. I am going to make a list and I want you to decide whether it is Biblical, unbiblical,  or non-biblical. 

(B) Biblical means that God has told us that it is okay. 

(U) Unbiblical means that God has told us it is sin. 

(N) Non-biblical means that God doesn’t tell us what we have to believe about it.

Let’s begin.

____     Wearing blue jeans to church

____     Using drums in Sunday morning worship

____     The color of the carpet in the Sanctuary

____     Jesus is not the only way to be saved

____     Teaching the Bible to children

____     Only some of us are born sinners

____     Telling lies to keep from hurting feelings

____     Honoring our parents

Now let’s take it a step farther. If you marked a statement as Biblical or Unbiblical look up the Bible verse that proves it and write it to the side of the statement.

Good job! 

Read Romans 14:3 again. We have learned that the one who does eat is not to regard with contempt the one does not eat, but what is the one who does not eat NOT supposed to do.

__ __ __ __ __ the one who eats

What does it mean to judge someone? Let’s say you are the person who believes it is wrong to wear blue jeans to church. If you believed it was wrong how should you respond to the person who comes to church in blue jeans?

Should you respond like the picture below? Circle your answer.

Romans 14 judgeYes               No

Read Romans 14:3 one more time. Does God accept the one who eats and the one who does not eat? 

Yes            No      

Does God accept the one who wears blue jeans and the one who doesn’t?

                               Yes             No

If God accepts them, then should we?

Romans 14 accept one another

Yes             No 

                    

Read Romans 14:4. If you believe in Jesus are you God’s servant? 

Yes             No

If someone else believes in Jesus are they God’s servant?

Yes             No

According to Romans 14:4 who is the only person who is allowed to judge God’s servant?

___ ___ ___ 

Read Romans 14:5. Look at the pictures below. Shout it out if you know what days the pictures represent.

Romans 14 special days Romans 14 special days 2 Romans 14 special days 1

                     

If you were to ask 20 different people how they felt about these days you would probably get several different opinions about them. Each person would probably be fully convinced that their opinion was the right one. 

Read Romans 14:6. Regardless of how we feel about the day or how we choose to celebrate it or not celebrate what should be our reason behind it?

we do it for the __ __ __ __ 

and we give __ __ __ __ __ __  to  __ __ __

Read Romans 14:7. According to this verse how many of us lives for ourselves or dies for ourselves? Circle your answer.

not one of us        some of us         all of us

Read Romans 14:8. If we live or if we die, who is it for?

the  __ __ __ __

Read Romans 14:9. Why did Christ die and live again? 

so that He might be __ __ __ __ both of the __ __ __ __ and of the __ __ __ __ __ __  

THINK ABOUT IT…

We all come to Jesus at different times and from different backgrounds. Some kids grow up in homes where they go to church and their parents are teaching them the Bible at home just like yours, but some kids have never been to church and their parents do not even know about Jesus. They may even believe wrong things about him, worship a different god, or may believe that there is no God at all.

Some kids grow up in churches where it is wrong to wear make-up and for girls to wear pants and some kids grow up in churches where drums and other musical instruments are not allowed. However God does not want us to look down on others who have more rules and He doesn’t want us to judge others who have less rules.

Jesus died for both and Jesus lives for both and both love Jesus and doing what they truly believe will please Him. What matters most is that Jesus is their Lord. 

If He is their Lord and He is our Lord then that makes us family and on the same team. If God doesn’t call it a sin, then we shouldn’t either. It is simply an opinion.  

Read Romans 14:10. Paul asks us two questions. What verse does he remind us of again with these two questions. Circle your answer.

Romans 14:6       Romans 13:10        Romans 14:3

 

According to Romans 14:10 who will stand before the judgment seat of Christ?

__ __  will  ___ __ __

 

Look up and read the following verses:

Romans 2:16 

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 

1 Corinthians 4:5 

2 Corinthians 5:10

What are these verses teaching us about?

the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __  seat of  __ __ __ __ __ __

 

Now look and read Revelation 20:11-15. Is this verse talking about the judgment seat of Christ?

Yes            No          I don’t know

 

No, it’s not! These are two different judgments. All believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and our work for Jesus will be graded. This is why it does matter how you live as a believer. This life is like a test, and you are going to be graded. I want you to pass the test and so does God! That’s why He gave us all the answers in the Bible and even gave us real life examples to study and learn from. He wants us all to make A+++!

The second judgment is known as the Great White Throne judgment. This judgment is only for those who never believed in Jesus. This is the judgment where people who would choose to believe the lie instead of the truth are sent to the lake of fire. We do not want any one to face this judgment and neither does God. That’s why He sent Jesus and that’s why He wants us to tell others that He sent Jesus. 

Read Romans 14:11. How many knees will bow and how many tongues will give praise to God?

everybody’s       nobody’s       only those who believe

 

Read Romans 14:12. Who all will give an account of themselves to God?

__ __ __ __   __ __ __ of  __ __

 

That’s right. Each one of us will give an account of ourselves to God. We will either be found believers and go stand before the judgement seat of Christ and get graded or our names will not be found in the book of life and we will be found guilty of sin and sent to the lake of fire… but even those who go to the lake of fire will bow their knee before God and praise Him as God.

That’s enough for today! Tomorrow we will start digging again 🙂

 

 

Romans Study For Kids (Romans 13:1-14)

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Today we will begin digging into Romans 13. In Romans 12 we were taught how we should respond to other Christians and also how we are to respond to those who are not Christians, even those who are mean to us just because we believe in Jesus. 

Now as we begin Romans 13 we are going to learn how God wants us to respond to the law of the land we are living in. This would include our school teachers, policemen, our Mayor, our Governor, all the way up to our President. This would include any place we went that had a list of rules or laws that were posted for us to follow.

Let’s begin!

Read Romans 13:1. How does this verse begin? Circle your answer.

Every person    Some persons   Few persons   No persons

According to Romans 13:1 who is in charge of establishing all authority everywhere for every person?

__ __ __

Does that mean that God chooses who leads what countries? Including the United States?

Yes        No         I Don’t Know

Look up and read Daniel 2:20-21. Who did Daniel learn removed and established kings?

__ __ __ 

That’s right! God does. In the Old Testament and in the New Testament, God is the One who decides who rules and when they rule. He is in control of the leaders of countries and He is in control of the leaders in your state, county, and city. He is even in control of the leaders in your school, church, and home.

Read Romans 13:2. If you resist the authority over you, who are you really against? Circle your answer.

no one       the Principal      your Dad        God

According to Romans 13:2 when you oppose the authority that God has put over you, who receives the condemnation, who gets in trouble? Draw a picture in the box below of your answer.

Read Romans 13:3-4 out loud. 

If you have access to a computer type this link in the URL bar and watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqGrcTDUAe8

As you watched the video who was the authority over the driver of the car? Circle all that apply.

the kid cops    the stop sign    the passenger    God

That’s right! The kid cops, the stop sign, and God were all in authority over the driver of that car. 

Read Romans 13:3-4 again. Decide whether the statements below are True (T) of False (F).

____  Rulers make those with good behavior afraid.

____  If you do evil then the rulers will like you.

____  Authority is a minister of God for our good.

____  Authority is meant to punish those who do evil.

____  If you do good you have no reason to fear rulers.

____  You are supposed to be afraid of authority.

THINK ABOUT IT…

If the driver of the car had obeyed the stop sign and the law of the land would he have gotten a ticket? Would he have been pulled over? What did the driver do after he was pulled over? 

That’s right! He lied to the kid cops! He showed he knew the right thing to do by lying. He was not ignorant of the law, he just didn’t want to obey it. 

What could have happened had the driver continued in this evil behavior? 

That’s right! He could have caused a wreck that killed him, his passenger, or someone else. 

So was the authority(God, the kid cops, the stop sign)  over the driver that gave him the ticket there for the drivers good? Yes, the authority was there for the good of the driver and the good of everyone else. As long as a driver is obeying the signs and the laws then they have no reason to be afraid that the kid cops will pull them over and give them a ticket.

Read Romans 13:5. We are to submit to authority so that we will not be punished for disobeying and also for another reason. What is it? 

Use the verse to fill in the blanks with your answer.

for  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __’  sake 

THINK ABOUT IT…

We learned about our conscience when we were studying in Romans 2. How does it make you feel when you know you are doing something that is against the rules? 

Are you doing it in freedom or fear? 

When you have disobeyed your parents do you want to be around them or do you try to stay away from them.

How do you think this compares with God? When we choose to disobey God’s Word do we want to come to church and spend time with Him reading the Bible or do we want to stay away from church and our Bibles? 

Read Romans 13:6. Have you ever heard your parents talk about paying taxes? 

Yes         No         I don’t know

Read Romans 13:6 again. What does this verse say about the rulers over us?

they are  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __  of  __ __ __ 

How do these rulers, these servants of God, get the funds they need to rule? Ask your parents how our mayors, governors, firemen, policemen, and even our teachers get paid. 

That’s right. Taxes.

Read Romans 13:7. In this verse we are given pretty clear instructions to pay what we owe. Even if we don’t think we should owe it. Use the verse to fill in the blanks.

__ __ __ to whom __ __ __ is due

__ __ __ __ __ __ to whom __ __ __ __ __ __

__ __ __ __ to whom __ __ __ __

__ __ __ __ __ to whom __ __ __ __ __

Look up and read Matthew 22:15-22. What did Jesus have to say about paying taxes, even to a bad ruler? Answer True (T) or False (F) to the statements below.

___ If the ruler is mean we do not have to pay taxes

___ Give to the ruler what belongs to the ruler

___ Give to God what belongs to God

___ God doesn’t care if you pay your taxes

Read Romans 13:8. As a Christian what is the only thing we are to owe anyone?

__ __ __ __

Do we honor God by honoring the laws of our land?

Yes            No          I don’t know

Yes, we honor God when we honor the laws of our land. We show ourselves to be believers when we pay our taxes and respect the authority that is in place over us. That does not mean we have to agree with all the laws or the rulers, it just means we trust that God has allowed them to rule for a reason. We may not understand it, but that is okay. As long as the rulers are not asking us to commit a sin against what God has commanded in His Word we are to obey them. 

Read Romans 13:8 again. What is the one thing we can do to make sure we keep the law of God and the law of our land? Circle your answer.

go to law school       love our neighbor      stay home

Read Romans 13:9. What did God give us so that we would know how to love our neighbor?

The  Ten  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Look up and read Exodus 20:1-17. 

The first four commandments teach us how to love God. The next six commandments teach us how to love one another.

Look up and read Matthew 19:16-19. Is this list of commandments given by Jesus similar to what you read in Romans 13:9?

Yes             No           I don’t know

Read Romans 13:10. How is love the fulfillment of the law?

Love does no  __ __ __ __ __  to a neighbor

You might be wondering right now… Who is my neighbor? Well Jesus has our answer for that question too!

Look up and read Luke 10:25-37.

If you have access to the internet type this into the URL search bar and watch one more kid cop video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yziMNt1rBk4


Was the Litterer showing love to his neighbors or was he doing wrong to his neighbors? 

What would he have done differently had he been choosing to love his neighbor?

THINK ABOUT IT…  

Are there things that you need to be doing doing differently? 

Do you honor your parents? 

Do you respect your teachers at school? 

Are you kind to the other kids in class?

Do you take things from others that don’t belong to you?

If you can answer yes to questions like these, then spend some time with Jesus right now and talk to Him about it. 

Read Romans 13:11-13. Why is it so important that we do the things that God has told us to do? Circle all that apply.

Jesus is coming again and we want to be ready

Each day that passes means Jesus is closer

The night is almost gone and the day is near

We don’t know what will happen tomorrow so we need to tell others about Jesus today.

If Jesus lives inside of us we should show Him to others by what we do on the outside.

Read Romans 13:14. Who are we to put on?

__ __ __ __ __ 

How do we put on Jesus? Look up and read Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:12.

THINK ABOUT IT…

When we are saved it is like we have taken off dirty clothes that we have worn playing in the mud. We lay those dirty muddy clothes to the side and most likely are sprayed down with the water hose outside and then get into a shower and are bathed clean. Now after we are all clean do we bend down and climb back into those dirty muddy clothes?

No, we put on a new clean set of clothes. Now do those clothes just jump on you?

No, we have to slide our arms and legs in them. We are part of the putting on of those clothes. Just like that, we are supposed to be a part of purposely putting on Jesus. We put Him on by sliding our arms into his and our legs into His and being His hands and feet. Living our lives in and through Him. 

Close your eyes now and picture yourself climbing into Him and putting Jesus on.

How would this change the choices you make? How would this change the games you play? The movies you watch? The music you listen to? The way you treat others?

Read Romans 13:14 again. What are we not to make any provisions for?

the  __ __ __ __ __

Go back and read Romans 8:3-9 and Galatians 5:19-21. Why do we not want to make provision for our flesh? 

the flesh is hostile to  __ __ __

those who practice the things of the flesh will not inherit the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ of __ __ __

Remember that everything that we are learning in Romans 12 – 16 is hooked up to that big engine of what we learned in Romans 1 – 11. 

God does not ask of us what He does not enable us to do. If God has commanded it, we can accomplish it in Him. 

Look up and read Philippians 4:13. This is another good verse to memorize. Get an index card and write this verse on it and keep it with you. Maybe even see if your mom will write it on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker so you can see it every day.

Now what are some things that you know that Jesus has asked you to do and you keep telling Him that you can’t? 

Are you talking back to your parents or teachers? 

Are you in a habit of saying mean things to others?

Do you lie about things you have done wrong or blame others for it?

Talk to Jesus about these things and to your parents and ask Jesus to help you do the right things… I promise you He will help!

 

 

Romans Study For Kids (PDF Download)

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Here are the downloadable pdf files for the Romans Study For Kids Part One, Two, Three, Four and Five.

These cover the entire book of Romans verse by verse, precept upon precept.

Please excuse any typo’s and/or misspelled words. I honestly have not went back through these and edited them.

May these be a blessing for your family!

Romans Study for Kids Part One

Romans Study For Kids Part Two

Romans Study For Kids Part Three

Romans Study For Kids Part Four

Romans Study For Kids Part Five

 

It is finished 🙂