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What is DOCTRINE?

Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Six Ways to Persevere Through the Sluggish Times in Ministry

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind – where you really aren’t “in to” what you’re doing and you feel like you rather be doing just about anything else.  What do you do when those times correspond to your time in ministry. I wrote this...

A New Definition of Family

If we are going to effectively work with and understand kids today, we have to understand what a family is. Family, after all, is a defining characteristic for all us - some for the better and some for the worse. It seems like an...

Photos: 2021-02-20 Basketball (at Harvest Prep)

    Today was kind of a bittersweet day as Lyndsey finished up her high school basketball career. While losing 48-36 in the is not the way she would have wanted to finish, she led her team in scoring again this afternoon with 13 points and well over 10 rebounds...

Photos: 2021-02-12 Basketball (at Heath)

  After two games getting cancelled earlier this week for "Covid concerns," the Lady Vikings finished up their regular season on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the Heath Bulldogs. The Vikings came up short with Heath prevailing 50-24. Lyndsey Stocks 16 of the teams 24...

#12 – Get Fired Up! (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

I really ought to start this out this installment with a disclaimer – today’s post is in reaction to a pet peeve of mine.  That pet peeve is that I can stand to listen to monotone, uninspired, unemotional presentations of God’s Word.  Now, don’t get me wrong – every second of every teaching does not need to be over the top gut wrenching emotion (we’ll save that for the televangelists).  But, we’re teaching about God.  We are talking about the creator of everything in the universe.  We imparting the knowledge of him he came to earth to save us from our sins.  We are proclaiming the good news of our God who died for us and rose on the third day to conquer death and save of from our sins – not because we deserve it, but because he loves.  In the face of that kind of love, how can you help but be excited?  Furthermore, how will kids ever get excited about God if we are not excited when we teach them?  So, get fired up about GOD and then impart that fire in the kids you are teaching!

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