Posts Tagged "Faith"

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Wonder by Randy Isola

imageWelcome back to my continuing series of posts related to the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry in which I am reviewing various of the chapters from the book.  Randy Isola chose the word “Wonder” as his description of what matters now.

He begins by reminding us of the sense of wonder that the disciples has about Jesus,

I believe one of the most compelling questions in Scripture is the disciples’ asking about Jesus, “What kind of man is this?” After a glimpse of his power, the disciples were driven to discover the answer. Our churches should instill that wonder in children and propel them to a lifelong adventure of finding out the truth behind that question.

I think it is easy to lose that wonder that most of us felt at the moment of our salvation.  In most relationships, you have to work to keep the relationship fresh.  In our relationship with Jesus Christ, we must never lose sight of the awe we felt the first time we really grasped the fact that Jesus Christ died for our sins.  That is the wonder that we should be working to instill in kids – a wonder that will persist and grow as their relationship with Christ grows.

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Blog Patrol (June 30, 2009)

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BIG NEWS ABOUT THE BLOG PATROL

The Blog Patrol is now three months old, and I have had a great time putting together every week. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found a lot of great blogs out there, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. So…I’m changing it up.  The truth is, this one weekly entry takes up a large chunk of my time. That time is starting to take away from my priorities in life…my God, my family and my ministry to kids. So, I’ve decided, at least temporarily to change things. Going forward, The Blog Patrol will be a monthly series rather than weekly. I can’t promise how soon after the end of each month I will get it out, but I am going to do my best. Also, over the last several months, The Blog Patrol has become increasingly focus on the issues of children’s ministry, kids and parenting. Without intending it, my love and God’s will for my life has had a significant impact on this series. So, I’ve decided for the time being I will be limited the monthly Blog Patrol to articles related primarily to those three topics. I still follow a lot of other non-Children’s Ministry related blogs, and if I see something particularly appealing, I will be sure to pass that along. So, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the last weekly installment of the Blog Patrol. By the way, if you have any feedback about the change in format, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!

Since last week was dedicated to articles about parenting, kids, and children’s ministry in honor of Father’s Day, there are a lot of stragglers this week. I tried to limit it to the “best of the best!”

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

How Much Of What We Believe Is From The Bible?

  • This articles asks the pressing question, are there doctrines you hold fast to that are not actually in the Bible. May favorite is, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked – it’s not in there!

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

  • Bruce Ashford’s series on reading continues with this article with tips for getting the most out of what you choose to read.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

  • I didn’t want to leave you hanging on this series. In this installment, Bruce Ashford looks at other benefits of reading.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

  • In this article subtitled “12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness,” John Piper looks at warning signs that your desire is turning into covetous idolatry.

8 Traits of Effective Church Leaders

  • Thomas Rainer looks at 8 qualities that are necessary to be an effective leader in a church.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 5): Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

  • In this final post in his Disciplined Reading Series, Bruce Ashford addersses some of the questions he received while writing this series.

On Disciplined Reading

  • I love a bulleted summary, and Between Two Worlds offers this bulleted summary of the points raised by Bruce Ashford in his series on reading that we’ve been following here on the Blog Patrol!

Ohio: The state of tightrope walkers and acrobats

  • Being from Ohio, I felt morally bound to add this article to The Blog Patrol. I’d love to meet the collective genius that came up with this tourism plan! 

How much do you matter?

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, Kenny looks at 11 reasons you matter if you work in Children’s Ministry.

Twitter thought

  • In this short post, David Wakerly offers a unique twist on how to think of Children’s Ministry.

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I believe…What I Believe About Faith

I BelieveIt is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  Accordingly, faith seemed like the next logical topic for the I believe series.  So, without further ado, here is what I believe about faith:

What Is Faith?

Where Does Faith Come From?

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Blog Patrol (June 16, 2009)

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Welcome to “the traffic is a little bit lighter these days because everyone is on vacation” edition of The Blog Patrol. O.K. That actually has nothing to do with this weeks edition of The Blog Patrol but was just a random observation I made driving home on Monday. That said, enjoy the articles this week. There are a bunch of really thought provoking articles included.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

As The Leader

  • This article offers some critical guidelines for leaders in Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (June 9, 2009)

GIVE IT AWAY

  • Rob Bradbury looks at the scientific evidence that giving is better than receiving.

#556. Asking our kids to be a mini Jesus.

  • This post reminds us that kids, while they can deepen our faith, are not always “a walking, talking daily reminder of Jesus.”

Two Facts About Spiritual Warfare

  • In this first part of a two part series, Perry Noble looks at the fact that the enemy will always come after the leader and looks at ways to prepare for those attacks.

10 Reminders re: Gospel Faithfulness

  • Tony Reinke looks at 10 reminders about the gospel gleaned from Galatians 1:6-10

The Gift of Prophecy – How To Test It

  • Adrian Warnock looks at 7 questions to test the gift of prophecy.

Question: Is Evangelism Child Abuse?

  • Michael Spencer asks the question of whether or not evangelizing teens amounts to child abuse.

Sacrificing Children–to Sports, Not Molech

  • Owen Strachan offers this warning to parents about children and sports. This one is definitely worth reading for any parents.

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Blog Patrol (May 19, 2009)

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Welcome to “The Blog Patrol” where every week we bring you the best of the blogs related to Christianity in general with just a little emphasis on Children’s Ministry.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 2-3

  • I just found this blog this week, so the stragglers includes several older posts. This one offers practical ideas for teaching 2 and 3 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 4-5

  • Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 1 and 2

  • This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.

Plant a seed…Grow a Volunteer

  • This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.

Tuesday (May 12, 2009)

Four Points Of Attack – Your Motives

  • Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: What Is Your Church’s Policy About Baptizing Children?

Building Faith Skills in Kids (5 of 5)

  • In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.

#69 Saving Seats at Church

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this is actually an older post revisited, but I liked #7 in the list so much that I decided to include it in this week’s Blog Patrol.

Preaching the Sermon on the Mount from Memory

  • In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.

Complaining: A Rejection of God

  • From Charlie Wallace, this article on complaining starts “Ironically, parents complain that one of the areas of parenting that is most frustrating to them is when their children complain.”

Moore: “The Devil Votes Christian Values”

  • From Between Two Worlds, this is a transcription of a sermon preached by Dr. Russell Moore in which he looks at how the Devil tries to usurp the power of the Gospel. I have not read the transcript but listened to the sermon several weeks ago. It is well worth a read and a listen!

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