Posts Tagged "Love"

The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (November 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

Starting tomorrow, December 1, 2009, we will be launching A Christmas Carol Advent through December 25. Therefore, we are breaking with tradition and giving you The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol for November on a Monday and on the last day of the month. Anything pressing and important published in the blogging world today will be included in next month’s installment. I hope you enjoy this installment of the Chidlren’s Ministry Blog Patrol and Next month’s a href=”Http://waynestocks.com/2009/11/26/a-christmas-carol-advent/”>A Christmas Carol Advent.

The NEW AND IMPROVED Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol seems to have been a success. I hope that you will find this month’s equally as useful. There are a lot of people out there dedicated to Children and Children’s Ministry publishing great and useful stuff on the internet. This is my attempt to try to compile some of the best of that information into one place for your perusal.

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The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (August 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

Last month’s unveiling of the NEW AND IMPROVED Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol seems to have been a success. I hope that you will find this month’s equally as useful. There are a lot of people out there dedicated to Children and Children’s Ministry publishing great and useful stuff on the internet. This is my attempt to try to compile some of the best of that information into one place for your perusal.

With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this month:

Blog Series

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Going Dark – The Recap!

DarkSo, I’m done with my “Go Dark” week.  “It’s finally over,” or “is it over already?”  I guess it depends on your perspective.  Either way, I’m all plugged back in now. I’ve been through about 300 e-mails, and I’ve caught back up on facebook and twitter. It’s amazing how little time it actually took to check in on the important things. It makes me wonder why I waste so much time on it. I did notice tonight that I have so many articles waiting in Google Reader that it doesn’t give me the actual number – just says 1000+. My best estimate is around 1,500. I’m thinking I may need to reduce the number of my subscriptions.

In case you didn’t read my article (Http://waynestocks.com/2009/07/13/im-going-dark-join-the-challenge/), I decided to turn off all my electronic gadgets for a week (except during work and for work).  I started last Saturday at midnight and finished this morning at midnight.

As I said in my original article, I am not adverse to technology.  It is a wonderful tool and offers limitless possibility.  The problem seems to be when, instead of using technology, we allow it to master us.   When technology starts to dictate that which I do and that which I do not do, that’s a problem.  When technology robs me of time with my God and with my family, that’s a problem.  When checking facebook or looking at the stats for my blog becomes an obsession, that’s a problem!  I’m not sure I was at that point, but I decided to do this little experiment to make sure that I was still in control rather than the technology being in control.  So, the plan was it would all go off for a week, and we would see what happened.

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I’m Going Dark! (Join the Challenge!)

DarkI was driving home this weekend from dropping my eight-year old son off at horse camp.  My wife had a baby shower to go to, and she had the other kids with her.  So, it was just me and my thoughts.  I started to reflect on all the electronic gadgets that we fill our time up with every day.  We have TVs in every room, DVD players, IPods, Computers, the Internet, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Newsreaders, Radios.  The list goes on and on.

Now, I am not opposed to technology.  I rather enjoy it!  Sometime though, I wonder if I am letting it consume me to the detriment of other more important things in my life.  To me, those things that may be suffering are my relationship and quiet time with God including time in his word, my relationship with my wife, my relationship with my kids, and my other reading.

So, I made a decision.  It is something I have been thinking about for a little over a year, and I think it’s finally time to do it.  Starting this coming Saturday at 12:00, I am eliminating electronics from life (mostly).  In essence, this is an exercise in self-control.

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The Blog Patrol (May 5, 2009)

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“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.

Wednesday (April 29, 2009)

Living a Life of Prayer

  • Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.

Does God Love Everyone?

  • This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.

#532. Arguing about why bad things happen to good people.

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.

Your Child’s Profession of Faith

  • This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.

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