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.
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.
Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine—one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world’s distractions. Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.
Give Your Child the World features inspiring stories, practical suggestions, and carefully curated reading lists of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.
Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.
Praise for the first edition
"Based on solid research and years of insightful observation, Hurt offers a deep and penetrating look into the contemporary adolescent experience that will serve us well as we work to have a prophetic, preventive, and redemptive influence on the world of today's youth culture."--Walt Mueller, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
"A daring yet hopeful glance into the underworld of teen promiscuity, self-mutilation, and suicide. . . . A groundbreaking resource for parents, youth ministers, and counselors."--ForeWord
"Clark's classic book [is] highly recommended by youth workers and educators who write about teenage stress. It is foundational reading that provides valuable insight into the hurting hearts of young people."--YouthWorker Journal
"Clark has been stepping inside the world of teenagers for many years. This book is a unique invitation for us to join him in their world. When we finish this journey, we will care more about kids and understand who they are and the challenges they face."--Denny Rydberg, Young Life
"Drawing together research from many others along with his fresh exploration into the world beneath, Clark paints a compelling picture of adolescent life. . . . This book is a must-read for anyone who has any contact with adolescents."--Journal of Youth Ministry
Key Features: Features 16 Old Testament and 20 New Testament lessons; Provides 30- to 45-minute experiential lessons that teach children how to use the Bible; Each lesson accommodates the needs of various learning styles; Each lesson highlights a specific desired result (for example, students will discover and retell the creation story day by day); Each lesson includes a lesson focus, a Scripture text, a section listing materials needed, various learning activities, discussion questions related to the Bible topics being “discovered,” and a closing prayer.
Key Benefits: Teachers will be enabled to teach children aged 8–10 basic Bible skills through interactive Bible lessons that stimulate creativity and critical thinking; Teachers will find practical help and guidance in how children can gain a working knowledge of the structure of the Bible, the organization of the books of the Bible, and the significance of the Bible to Christians; Can be used with any Bible translation.
As they work their way through the Bible, the Waltons examine seven elements in each story: focus, theme, application, place in the Bible, interpretational issues, historical and cultural background, and age-group appropriateness. The Bible Story Handbook includes introductory articles on why we teach the Bible, right and wrong ways to use the Bible, and ends with a two-year teaching plan. Every parent and Sunday school teacher will find this unique resource to be invaluable in teaching children to know and love God.
“The Talk.” It’s one of the most daunting prospects parents face. Communicating the richness of Catholic teaching on sexuality in a faithful and effective way can be an overwhelming responsibility. But does it have to be so?
In this thoroughly revised version of Beyond the Birds and the Bees, Greg and Lisa Popcak empower you with the tools needed to move well beyond “the Talk” by offering a comprehensive guide to raising sexually whole and holy children. Using the riches of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, the Popcaks help you safely navigate your children from infancy through the teenage years and beyond.
This book answers the questions parents may have, including:What lessons must my children learn at each stage to develop a healthy Christian sexuality?How can I have age-appropriate conversations about sensitive issues with my children?How can I teach my children what it takes to be a true Catholic man or woman?How can I help my children have healthy, Christian dating relationships? …and much more
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.
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.
Through humorous stories and practical biblical wisdom, Patrick Quinn and Ken Roach show how well-meaning parents can ruin their children’s lives in seven easy steps (wrath, greed, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, and pride). Quinn and Roach then offer a fresh counter-approach—laying a seven-fold foundation for lasting significance so parents can help rescue their children’s heart ... and future.
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.
Hints for Teachers
Games to Be Played With the Children
Lesson I. Sin: What It Is
Lesson III. Sin: Of Believers and Unbelievers
Lesson IV. Sin: What God Does With Our Sins
Lesson IX. The Believer’s Two Natures
Lesson XII. The Believer’s Two Natures
Lesson XIII. Faith and Works
Lesson XIV. Faith and Works
Lesson XV. Faith and Works
Lesson XVI. Faith and Works
Lesson XVII. Eternal Life
Lesson XVIII. Eternal Life
Lesson XIX. Eternal Life
Lesson XX. Eternal Life
Test Questions—Course One
Lesson I. Christ Our Deliverer
Lesson II. Christ Our Deliverer
Lesson III. Christ Our Deliverer
Lesson IV. Christ Our Deliverer Section Study on John 14:1-15
Lesson V. The Shepherd Work of Christ
Lesson VI. The Shepherd Work of Christ
Lesson VII. The Shepherd Work of Christ
Lesson VIII. The Shepherd Work of Christ Section Study of John 10:12-18
Lesson IX. Acceptable Prayer
Lesson X. Acceptable Prayer
Lesson XI. Acceptable Prayer
Lesson XII. Acceptable Prayer
Lesson XIII. Practical Christianity
Lesson XIV. Practical Christianity
Lesson XV. Practical Christianity
Lesson XVI. Practical Christianity
Lesson XVII. Second Coming of Christ
Lesson XVIII. Second Coming of Christ
Lesson XIX. Second Coming of Christ
Lesson XX. Second Coming of Christ
Test Questions—Course Two
Lesson I. The Bible God’s Revelation
Lesson II. The Bible Inspiration
Lesson III. The Bible
Lesson IV. The Bible
Lesson V. Freedom
Lesson VI. Freedom
Lesson VII. Freedom
Lesson VIII. Freedom
Lesson IX. Salvation and Rewards
Lesson X. Salvation and Rewards
Lesson XI. Salvation and Rewards
Lesson XII. Salvation and Rewards
Lesson XIII. Things to Come
Lesson XIV. Things to Come
Lesson XV. Things to Come
Lesson XVI. Things to Come
Lesson XVII. Satan
Lesson XVIII. Satan
Lesson XIX. Satan
Lesson XX. Satan
Text Questions—Course Three
Lesson I. Believers and Unbelievers
Lesson II. Believers and Unbelievers the Contrast in Relation to Family
Lesson III. Believers and Unbelievers
Lesson IV. Believers and Unbelievers
Lesson VI. Full Assurance
Lesson VII. Full Assurance
Lesson VIII. Full Assurance
Lesson IX. Standing and State or Position and Condition
Lesson X. Standing and State
Lesson XI. Standing and State
Lesson XII. Standing and State
Lesson XIII. Man
Lesson XIV. Man
Lesson XV. Man
Lesson XVI. Man
Lesson XVII. God Tests Man
Lesson XVIII. God Tests Man
Lesson XIX. God Tests Juan
Lesson XX. God Tests Man
Test Questions—Course Four
Inside you’ll find:Background on the writer of each bookJesus Connection for every book in the BibleWord definitions to help you understand the Bible’s meaningLists of important people so you know who to watch for as you read.Illustrations, timelines, and maps that show when and where key events took placeSummaries for each book that reveal how each part fits with the “big picture”Info on archeological discoveries and life in Bible times that gives insights on the world of the Bible
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
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.
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!
If you watch the stars at night, you will see how they change. This speaks to the enormity and intricacy of design in the universe. While the stars appear timeless, they instead reflect an all–powerful Creator who speaks of them in the Bible. Many ancient pagan cultures taught that the changing stars caused the seasons to change, but unlike these pagan teachings, the Book of Job gives credit to God for both changing stars and seasons (Job 38:31-33). When Job looked at Orion, he saw about what we see today, even though he may have lived as much as 4,000 years ago.
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
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
For many churches teacher training is a once-a year event, or even a budget casualty. 32 Ways to Become a Great Sunday School Teacher uses self-study sessions to help teachers design individualized programs that assist them in learning how to teach. New teachers will learn the basics of teaching (how faith develops; the ages and stages of learning); veterans will find ways to enrich their prayer lives and incorporate different teaching styles in a lesson.
A sampler of topics: How to Study a Bible Passage; Multiple Intelligence Learning; Death, Illness, Other Crises; Using Questions in Teaching; The Gospels; Prayer in the Classroom; The Sacraments; Symbols of Christianity
The Ocean Book will teach you about:Giant squid and other "monsters" of the seas Centuries of ocean exploration Hydrothermal vents The ingredients that make up the ocean Harnessing the ocean's energy Icebergs Coral reefs Ships, submarines, and other ocean vessels The major ocean currents El Nino, whirlpools, and hurricanes Harvesting the oceans' resources Whales, dolphins, fish, and other sea creatures
Learning about the oceans and their hidden contents can be exciting and rewarding. The abundance and diversity of life, the wealth of resources, and the simple mysteries there have intrigued explorers and scientist for centuries. A better understanding of our oceans ensures careful conservation of their grandeur and beauty for future generations, and leads to a deeper respect for the delicate balance of life on planet Earth.
In The Archaeology Book you will unearth:How archaeologists know what life was like in the past Why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can Some of the difficulties in dating ancient artifacts How the brilliance of ancient cultures demonstrates God's creation History of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, and Egyptians The early development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery The numerous archaeological finds that confirm biblical history Why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital breakthrough
Filled with vivid full-color photos, detailed drawings, and maps, you will have access to some of the greatest biblical mysteries ever uncovered. With the enhanced educational format of this book and the unique color-coded, multi-age design, it allows the ease of teaching the fundamentals of archaeology through complex insights to three distinct grade levels.
Free downloadable study guide at www.masterbooks.org
This play, cast in a nature setting, involves a family (two parents and three children), an angel, and eleven youth, each representing a different variety of tree. The presentation includes the singing of Christmas carols and the decorating of a Christmas tree.
Willard Rabert, the former pastor of Good Shepherd UCC, has written and performed many biblical monologues in costume. Wanda Reda is a preschool teacher and Sunday school teacher of many years experience, and Lisa Sensinger is a student whose interests include writing and reading.
"Lord, give me amnesia so I will forget that person!"
If you’ve prayed this prayer, you’re not alone. You’ve cried buckets of tears but the heartache just won’t go away.
If you plan to lock yourself in your room, bring this book with you. When you finally come out of your room, you will see that there is still hope for you. Not because you will get back together with your ex, but because you will learn of one who truly loves you.
To those who have yet to experience being heartbroken, this book is for you too! Learn from the experience of others that you might avoid their pitfalls.
Based on this popular series by Adam Hamilton, 24 Hours That Changed the World For Youth offers an age-appropriate perspectve on the fnal day in Jesus' life on earth.
But while we may plan for their success, we can overlook a vital part of their personal development: Nurturing and encouraging a solid foundation of faith.
It can be easy to assume our children are growing spiritually in church youth groups and programs. Yet it's vital that we take an active role in guiding them in their relationship with Jesus.
The life of Joseph offers parents a Biblical standard for building children of character. Drawing from his story, this book will help you do just that. Inside you'll find a unique guide for creating a personalized plan for your child's spiritual growth, from preschool through high school. This practical guide will help your child:Acquire wisdom from the Bible Understand God's grace Gain a sense of destiny and purpose Develop a life-perspective based on God's perfect plan
The result: Children and teenagers who know, love, and serve the Lord.
So invest in their spiritual development. And create a legacy of faith that will last a lifetime.
Emphasizing God's plan for marriage and his prohibition of sex outside of marriage, the ebook presents sobering statistics on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and offers sensible information that helps people make an educated decision about their lives.
A Basic Abstinence Education Program for Churches, Sunday School Classes, and Youth Groups
Although many public school students receive sex education in school, Christians have a distinct view of the sacredness of sex that is usually not presented in a classroom setting. This Why Wait Pamphlet is a very basic abstinence education overview from a Christian stance that presents a Christian viewpoint on human sexuality in a simple 1-2 hour discussion. Many churches divide the students by gender to discuss these topics once a year, often in April or May, when public school address the issue, but it can be used any time.
The reality is that many students today have experienced sexual contact already. Some have been taken advantage of. Others were pressured or coerced. Some have simply been naive. This grace-filled pamphlet also helps those who want to be assured of God's constant love and good plan no matter what they have experienced. It is never too late to treat yourself with respect and expect others to do the same.
Abstinence Education from a Christian Point of View
Teens and single adults ask themselves, Why Wait? Why does God care if I have sex? Everyone else is doing it. In fact, these many people are often surprised to discover that God does have very good reasons for us to wait for sex until marriage. The pamphlet presents 12 of God's compelling reasons to wait, but also provides ideas for those who have not, as well as an encouraging section on "second-time virginity."
Abstinence Education: Medical Facts
The ebook also offers "Quick Facts from Medical Science." For instance—
Did you know that:• STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) cost $8.4 billion each year to treat in the United States alone?
• Two-thirds of people with STDs are less than 25 years old?
God's Design: Sacredness of Sexuality Within Marriage
God's design for sexuality limits it to marriage. While that view might seem extreme these days, his plan is a wise one, allowing time for true love and tenderness to grow and have its appropriate place in life. Sexuality can be misused and abused. It belongs to mature people who are committed to one another through marriage.
24 Reasons to Practice Abstinence Before Marriage
• 12 Biblical reasons to wait, with verses of Scripture that inspire and encourage
• 12 health and emotional reasons, including issues of pregnancy, STDs and personal regret
• Nine ideas for "keeping out of trouble," such as
• Group dating
• Staying away from places where "making out" is encouraged
Biblical Reasons for Abstinence Before Marriage
3 Examples from the Why Wait Pamphlet
• Having sex with a person creates a kind of "oneness" that God intended for marriage only (1 Cor. 6:16). This oneness is not just physical; it is emotional and spiritual, too. God created sensuality in a loving marriage to build intimacy and trust, and to bond the couple.
• To test the commitment of the other person. Some people promise marriage just to get sex, and then they back out of their commitment. Many people have sex with people they would never marry (Proverbs 5:3-12).
• The Bible says we should run away from sexually immoral situations (1 Cor. 6:18). When you feel yourself being tempted, get away!
Health & Emotional Reasons for Abstinence Before Marriage
3 Examples from the Why Wait Pamphlet
• To avoid death by fatal sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS, which cause more than 18,000 deaths annually.
• To increase your chance of a happy, lasting marriage. People who have sex before marriage and those who live with their partners before marriage have a greater chance of getting divorced.
• To maintain healthier dating relationships. Many couples have reported that having sex ruined their relationship. They stopped getting to know each other and focused on sex instead.
Sources for the Medical Information in this Abstinence Education Booklet
All of the medical information on this pamphlet is from nationally known health organizations or researchers, such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the National Institutes for Health, the Kaiser Family Foundations, and Johns Hopkins Medical School.