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The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (December 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

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. As you might suspect, there were a lot, and I mean A LOT, of articles about Christmas this past month. I tried to limit the number in the Blog Patrol (seeing as how you won’t read it until January), but there were a couple I could not resist including.

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I’ve decided I like the “must read” feature, so I am going to stick with it for now. As I’ve said before, I think they’re all must-reads, but for the best-of-the best, I’ve added this little graphic to the right of the title. If you’re running low on time, make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

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New Year's Resolutions

Every year millions of people all around the world ring in the New Year with resolutions.  We vow to start doing this or stop doing that, and everything seems right with the world for about a week – maybe two.  Then, inevitably, something goes wrong with our resolutions and we revert back to our old habits and ways and give no more thought to our resolutions until next year roles around.  So this year, rather than make more resolutions, I thought I would offer up a New Year’s prayer.  Acknowledging that, in myself, I am not capable of keeping resolutions, but with God all things are possible, here are my resolutions/prayers for the coming year:

Dear God, please help me…

  • …to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and constant in prayer.
  • …to shine your light to a darkened world.
  • …to remember in all situations that I am your child.
  • …to serve you as an ambassador in this world.
  • …to recognize that I am chosen by you.
  • …to teach my children your word and about you that they may know all that you have done for me.
  • …to live every day to bring glory to your name.
  • …to model you to the kids you have entrusted to me both in my home and at church.
  • …to never lose sight of my spiritual journey with you.
  • …to make the time to spend with you each day in your Word and in prayer.
  • …to turn to you in times of trouble.
  • …to praise you in times of excess.
  • …to be the husband that you intended me to be to my wife.
  • …to teach your word in such a way that little ears would hear and little hearts would understand.
  • …to be bold in proclaiming you to others.
  • …to love you with all my heart, all my mind, all my strength and all my soul!
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Dad in the Middle – The Year in Review

In a couple of days, I intend to post on some New Year’s Resolutions and look forward to the coming year, but today I thought it made sense to look back at the past.  Specifically, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the past year of this blog.  As any of you who read these posts have probably surmised, I am a list person, and will get to some lists of best and most popular in a little bit.  Before we do that though, I want to take just a bit to reflect.

It has been an exciting year for me here at Dad in the Middle.  I started this blog back in the Summer of 2008 with a series on the Biblical Definition of Love.  Not many people read it back then – which was OK.  I mainly started the blog because I like to write out what I am studying, and I decided a blog might be an interesting way to do that and if a dozen people or so read it or got anything out those posts, that would have been fine!  I continued along that way for a while and even wrote about a few other things.  I took a couple of month break from writing anything at the beginning of the year, and the first post was not until February 21 when I posted I’m sorry…an open letter to my family and friends a combination of confession and testimony.  After another month of two or three posts, something happened towards the end of March.  I started to feel more and more called to try to use this blog more for the glory of God and less as my personal note taking site.

On March 29, I summarized an interesting Nightline Debate on the topic of “Is Satan Real?” After that, the posts became more and more frequent.  On April 7 I started The Blog Patrol which has morphed several times during the year and become a popular feature on the sight.  It is now a monthly feature called The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.  Over the course of the year, my focus has also shifted from general issues related to Christianity to a greater focus on issues related to Children’s Ministry.

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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.

CheckItOut

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The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (September 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

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.

CheckItOut

I’ve added a new feature this month to accentuate those articles which I feel are “must reads.” Well, frankly, I think they’re all must-reads, but for the best-of-the best, I’ve added this graphic to the right of the title. If you’re running low on time, make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

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