In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.
Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande's years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries will strengthen readers' confidence as they stand in the gap as peacemakers.
Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God's Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him.
Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.
The Bible says we love God because he first loved us. So if we are not primarily teaching our kids about God’s love for us in Christ, we may miss our opportunity to capture their hearts. But what does it look like to teach a gospel-centered lesson?
Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years’ experience. With a simple framework and lots of real-life examples, Klumpenhower’s book helps teachers to identify and communicate the heart of the gospel to each child in each lesson.
Conventional wisdom says, “Make class more fun!” Or just, “Make it easier!” But Show Them Jesus challenges the culture of low-stakes, low-expectations teaching and invites teachers to do nothing less than teach and treasure the good news of Jesus in every lesson.
Show Them Jesus’s how-to approach will complement and enrich existing lessons or teaching materials and is appropriate for teachers of children and teens in any setting.
In Dr. Ross Campbell’s groundbreaking book, he explains the emotional needs of a child and provides you with skills that will help your child feel truly loved and accepted. Using eye contact, affirmation, and spiritual nurturing, you’ll learn to really love your child no matter what the circumstances. The practical applications in How to Really Love Your Child have already helped over 2 million parents around the world show love to their children in a way that can be received and returned, again and again.
make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers
of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity
while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and
professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to
come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested
in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from
non-believers who have experienced coming-out to less-than-supportive
family or friends. Whether you're new to disbelief and looking for the
cleanest possible break from your former faith or you're a lifelong
atheist who wants to establish a sense of community with like-minded
people, this guide provides useful resources including: tips for
handling potential conflicts with believers, the author's answers to
some of the most frequently asked questions on behalf of believers, and
numerous references to support groups, services, and advocacy
organizations dedicated to non-theists. From dealing with grief from a
secular perspective to handling potential clashes in religious
worldviews between significant others, this book offers multiple
perspectives from non-religious individuals who have generously shared
their experiences to help those atheists who may find themselves in
Speaking from their experience with children's ministry in a range of Protestant traditions, the authors draw on the Bible, history, and psychology to lay good foundations for such ministry. Discussing the specific content and contexts of faith formation, they also offer wise and practical advice on putting together effective ministries. Rather than focusing on innovative ways to use technology, Children Matter emphasizes relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome all children as valued participants in the people of God.
It only takes a few minutes every day to discover the God who loves you. He knows you and wants the very best for you. These pages are filled with fun devotions and stories along with powerful scriptures for boys just like you. This cool book will help you find the road to an exciting power-packed life with God!
As Malphurs explains, The act of leadership is fundamentally the act of articulating first a ministry mission statement and then pursuing it. Therefore, the purpose of this book is to help you as leaders develop and articulate a definitive, well thought-out mission statement for your ministry.
Teaching children how to make friends and creating a sense of community are two key factors in building a strong Christian education program. Many children resist coming to Sunday school and children’s ministry events because they do not know the other children; they live in different communities and attend different schools. Here are 101 opportunities to help children make friends at church – and keep them coming!
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In Full Tilt you'll find page after page of wild and wacky games that middle-schoolers will just love playing. And while they're laughing and acting out, they'll also be learning God's Word, because every game in Full Tilt is based on Scripture. With themes for lessons, teacher tips, and Bible references, you've got an awesome youth ministry tool in hand!
YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was launched on World Youth Day, 2011. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What's more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)How Catholics are to live (moral life)How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)
The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the "go-to" place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith. Illustrated.
Did you know that a feather and a lump of lead will fall at the same rate in a vacuum? Learn about the history of physics from Aristotle to Galileo to Isaac Newton to the latest advances. Discover how the laws of motion and gravity affect everything from the normal activities of everyday life to launching rockets into space. Learn about the effects of inertia firsthand during fun and informative experiments.
Exploring the World of Physicsis a great tool for students of all ages who want to have a deeper understanding of the important and interesting ways that physics affects our lives and is complete with illustrations, chapter questions, and an index.
As Stewart makes chillingly clear, the rapidly expanding network of Good News Clubs represents just one of a range of initiatives intended to insert religious values into public schools. Although they often appear to be spontaneous, local events, they are in fact organized and funded at a national level. Taken together, they represent a new strategy of the Religious Right in its long-running aim to "take back America," undermining our public education system and secular democracy itself.
WORLD OF LIFE AS GOD
The field of biology focuses on living things, from the smallest microscopic protozoa to the largest mammal. In this book you will read and explore the life of plants, insects, spiders and other arachnids, life in water, reptiles, birds, and mammals, highlighting God's amazing creatio. You will learn about the following and so much more:How does biological classification give each different type of plant or animal a unique name? In what ways are seeds spread around the world? What food does the body use for long-term storage of energy? How did biologists learn how the stomach digested food? What plant gave George de Mestral the idea for Velcro?
For most of history, biologists used the visible appearance of plants or animals to classify them. They grouped plants or animals with similar-looking features into families. Starting in the 1990s, biologists have extracted DNA and RNA from cells as a guide to how plants or animals should be grouped. Like visual structures, these reveal the underlying design or creation.
The newest book in our Exploring series, Exploring the World of Biology is a fascinating look at life - from the smallest proteins and spores, to the complex life systems of humans and animals.
The High School years can be the most exciting - yet overwhelming - years of your life! Inside this book, you'll find all the tools and advice you'll need to help make these years easier. If you are already in High School, or planning to go soon - YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
You'll find out:
* What you can do now to prepare for your first year of High School
* Key steps you can take to ensure you settle into the High School routine
* How to make new friends, deal with bullies, and get along with your teachers
* All the organizational tools and tips you'll need to ensure success in High School
* How to tackle that stressful word: Homework!
* Why it's so important to take care of yourself during High School, and tips on coping with stress
* ... and much, much more!
While textbooks are an essential tool for catechists to present the teachings of the Catholic Church in a clear and accurate manner, Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox gives you the framework to guide your students toward personal transformation. By using Catholic rituals, prayers, and the Liturgy of the Word, Paprocki provides suggestions on how to get catechesis to resemble Mass more than class.
Reading a textbook can help children know about God, and Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox helps them know God personally as they prayerfully become lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
Also available in Spanish! Más allá de la caja de herramientas del catequista
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them
when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down,
and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:7 NKJV).
Around the Year in Children’s Church is filled with fifty-two active, hands-on programs. Each featuring a simple Christian message related to the season of the church year or a particular holiday; a Bible verse; a story; a prayer; a time for sharing; a snack; and a musical activity, a craft, or a game. The programs are structured to last from thirty-five to forty minutes. An additional activity is included for those who want to extend Children’s Church to a full hour. Supplies and set-up are kept to a minimum, and the easy-to-use format makes it just right for today’s busy teacher.
Each lesson features high-energy, age-appropriate activities to keep little ones engaged and learning about God. New playtime activities, snack ideas, finger plays and rhymes, "Itty Bitty" Bible facts, and engaging puppet and take-home reproducibles are included to be used as needed to fill out each lesson.
Each lesson is designed for flexibility. One lesson could be completed in one hour or could be stretched out over a longer period of time, depending on the activities you choose. Remember, preschoolers love and learn from lots of repetition. Each lesson is designed for grouping flexibility and personal teaching preferences. It's a Snap! lessons contain ideas for large group, small group, individuals, or activity stations to suit your classroom needs.Click here to download a corrected page 26 for It's A Snap.
In And the Winner Is... children discover bible heroes who show godly values and run their races to win a heavenly prize. Kids learn that no one can win the race alone—they all need Jesus to run across the finish line ahead of them.
Scripture-based lesson topics include:Tell Him—Winners talk with God The Leader—Winners follow God's lead God's Authority—Winners submit to God's authority How May I Help?—Winners serve God and others Tell the Truth—Winners tell the truth
Here, teens will encounter clear answers to questions such as:
● How can we believe in a God we cannot see?
● Is the Catholic faith the only true religion?
● Did the miracles in the Bible really happen?
● Why are we punished by Adam and Eve’s sin?
Though written for teens, this book is perfect for Catholics and non-Catholics of all ages who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Authors Matthew Pinto and Jason Evert have a gift for providing clear, theologically precise explanations in contemporary language, drawing on examples from everyday experience.
Designed as a guided discovery, Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens introduces high school students to books of the Bible by integrating the biblical text with insightful questions to help youth discern what Scripture means for their lives today. The series provides students with a clear explanation of Biblical text, opportunities for prayer, and a means to enter into conversation with God.A Guided Discovery of the Bible
The Bible invites us to explore God's word and reflect on how we might respond to it. To do this, we need guidance and the right tools for discovery. The Six Weeks with the Bible series of Bible discussion guides offers both in a concise six-week format. Whether focusing on a specific biblical book or exploring a theme that runs throughout the Bible, these practical guides in this series provide meaningful insights that explain Scripture while helping readers make connections to their own lives. Each guide• is faithful to Church teaching and is guided by sound biblical scholarship
• presents the insights of Church fathers and saints
• includes questions for discussion and reflection
• delivers information in a reader-friendly format
• gives suggestions for prayer that help readers respond to God's word
• appeals to beginners as well as to advanced students of the Bible
By reading Scripture, reflecting on its deeper meanings, and incorporating it into our daily life, we can grow not only in our understanding of God's word, but also in our relationship with God.
A biblical perspective of healing and the use of medicine provides the best foundation for treating diseases and injury. In Exploring the World of Medicine, author John Hudson Tiner reveals the spectacular discoveries that started with men and women who used their abilities to better mankind and give glory to God.
The fascinating history of medicine comes alive in this book, providing students with a healthy dose of facts, mini-biographies, and vintage illustrations. Includes chapter tests and index.
The problem is complex: parents who themselves did not receive early spiritual training leave their children's training to the church. Yet the church often focuses on older children. The answer is for churches to come alongside parents to provide them biblical worldview training, parenting information, and counseling that will equip them to help their children become the spiritually mature church of tomorrow. This helpful and hopeful book unpacks just how to develop this kind of dynamic church/parent relationship and includes profiles of churches that are effectively ministering to children and winning the war for their hearts and minds.
It Starts at Home upholds marriage and family as the proving ground for lasting success. It helps recalibrate a leader’s priorities by asking them to evaluate their leadership where it counts most. Experienced leaders, speakers, and pastors Kurt Bruner and Steve Stroope provide a clear purpose, an effective strategy, and a simple plan for couples, parents, grandparents, and church leaders in this movement toward intentionality in the home. (120 Day Assessment, Plan & Ideas included.) It isn't too late.
This book speaks to the heart and to the head. Teachers and pastors will find inspiration and information, reminding them that God calls us to include all children, no matter the challenge. In addition, the book includes wonderfully practical elements with many ideas that can be easily integrated into any classroom. By combining philosophy and strategies, this book will equip the typical church volunteer teacher to meet the needs of all the children in her classroom.
• Communicate unconditional love
• Handle teenage anger … and your own
• Deal with adolescent depression
• Establish loving communication even when your teen shuts down
• Help your teenager grow spiritually
As you learn to love your teen in ways he or she can receive, you’ll be amazed at the joy the teenage years can bring.
"Why do you cry? I've formed you this way."
There is a new creation in the Artist's studio! It's a young clay boy, curious about life. One day, he goes exploring and finds a beautiful stained glass window. This makes him wonder: why isn't the Artist making him as beautiful as the stained glass window? He refuses to cooperate until the Artist explains himself.
Based on the Biblical story of the Potter and the clay, this parable will help children and even young adults see that they were created with a purpose. It will also encourage them to trust their Maker to form them into the people He created them to be.
"Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." (Isaiah 64:8)
We are to engage in what is called the synthetic study of the Bible, which means, as we use the term, the study of the Bible as a whole, and each book of the Bible as a whole, and as seen in its relation to the other books. The word "synthesis" has the opposite meaning "analysis." When we analyze a subject we take it apart and consider it in its various elements, but when we synthesize it we put it together and consider it as a whole, which is what we are now about to do in a certain sense with the Word of God's.
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy ... starting now!
These thirteen Bible FunStuff lessons require minimal prep time and provide maximum flexibility. Each can be customized to last as long as you need: fill an hour or stretch the lesson over several days. Either way, there are plenty of age-appropriate, creative ideas designed especially for kindergartners and first graders, including finger-plays and rhymes, high-energy playtime activities, "Pint Size" Bible facts, Scripture memory, take-home reproducibles, even snack ideas.
Dive In! works well with any size group or situation: large groups, small gatherings, activity stations, even family time, or individuals. Flexibility is the key-teach the way you want, while keeping kids engaged and focused on God. If you're on tap to teach early elementary this week, don't worry--just Dive In!