Posts Tagged "Scripture Memorization"

#4 – The Adventurers Bible for Early Readers (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #4It’s about time we had a Bible in our top ten list, and this certainly won’t be the last one we see in this list of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  The NIrV Advernturer Bible for Early Readers contains the complete text of The New International Reader’s translation recommended for younger children.  The NIV translation is one of the best selling translations of the Bible ever, and the NIrV is the NIV slightly modified to make it easier for children to read and understand.  As explained in the NIrV for kids to understand:

“We used the words of the NIV when we could.  When the NIV words were long, we used words that were shorter.  We wanted to use words that are easy to understand.  We explained words that might be hard to understand in a dictionary at the back of the Bible.  We also made the NIV sentences much shorter.”

This is the version of the Bible I use for teaching my kindergarten and first grade room at church.  Although I personally prefer other versions of the Bible (you’ll see at least one of those later in this list), this is a great translation for kids – especially younger kids.  The shorter sentences make “repeat after me” much easier for the kids to follow.  Although the NIV and NIrV are phrase-for-phrase translations, they do remain as faithful to the original text as possible.  The Adventurers Bible explains it this way for kids to understand:

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#5 – The Memory Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #5I found this book when my son (who is now eight) was four years old.  This book is great for helping kids to memorize scripture.  Each of the 52 chapters is built around one memory verse.  Each chapter includes “Thinkin’ Today” with some kid friendly thoughts on the verse, a “Bible Story” related to the verse, and a section called “for me today” which applies the verse to the child’s life.  The book is beautifully illustrated to keep kids’ attentions.

That said, I think the best feature of this book is the two compact discs which come with it.  For each of the 52 chapters, the CDs contain the complete audio of the text in the books narrated by Kirk Cameron (who does a great job by the way).  In addition, for each memory verse there is an original song to help kids remember the verses.  My son still sings some of these songs four years later when he reads them in his Bible.  As an adult, I enjoyed the songs as well.  By the way, the book includes the complete text of the song lyrics to help you sing along.  The CDs can be used to reinforce what you’ve already read to your child or to allow them to enjoy the book on their own time.

At one point, my son and I were reading about five chapters a week, as well as reviewing prior verses.  By the time we were done, he could recite all 52 memory verses, many of which he still retains today!  This is an invaluable tool for helping kids to write God’s word on their hearts.

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Update…Children Desiring God 2009 National Conference

Several weeks ago, I posted a summary of the 2009 Children Desiring God 2009 National Conference: Oh Glorious God based on blog posts from people who attended the event.  That post can be found here!

Children Desiring God has now posted the audio from plenary speakers at that event on their website here. You can listen to or download the following sessions:

These are definately worth listening to!  The Children Desiring God website currently says that the audio from the break out sessions will be posted soon.  Once those are available, I will let you know.

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Children Desiring God – A Summary of the 2009 National Conference

It seems like everybody and their brother was at the Orange Conference this week, and I have enjoyed reading the tweets, blogs and more from people there this week.  It turns out their is another Children’s Ministry conference going on this week.  Children Desiring God 2009 National Conference: Oh Glorious God is also going on this weekend.  Jared Kennedy over at SojournKids.com is doing a great job blogging the various sessions.  Some of the speakers include John Piper, Paul David Tripp, Bruce Ware and David Michael.  I’m not all that familiar with Mr. Michael, but I have read the other three, and given what i have read, I imagine this must be a great event.  Since this conference seems to be getting less attention in the blogosphere, I thought I would provide a summary of some of the key points from Mr. Kennedy’s blog posts as well as John Piper’s. My point here is just to provide some interesting insights from what has been written thus far about the conference.  Here’s what has been going on in a bullet point format.

UPDATE (05/20/09): Children Desiring God has now posted the audio from plenary speakers at that event on their website here. You can listen to or download the following sessions:

These are definately worth listening to!  The Children Desiring God website currently says that the audio from the break out sessions will be posted soon.  Once those are available, I will let you know.

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The Blog Patrol (April 14, 2009)

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Here is the second installment of our new weekly feature – The Blog Patrol.  In the Blog Patrol, I include some of the best blog posts from the prior week from the blogs that I monitor. We’ll see how it works out, and if it’s worth continuing. The first week’s entry seemed to be a hit.  On that note, welcome to the second weekly installment of “The Blog Patrol.”

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!

Why is the Lord’s Supper so Rare?

  • Russel Moore has a look at why celebrating the Lord’s Supper is such a rare occurrence in some churches today.

Children and Bibles

  • This post looks at the value of having kids bring their Bibles to church.  This is something that has been weighing on me very heavily recently – how do we find age appropriate ways to familiarize young children with the Bible?

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