Parents: Are you cheering for your kids’ first or last name?

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Parents, better than anyone, can see the unique differences between their kids. Born in the same house, attending the same schools, raised by the same parents; yet there is a completely different personality with each child! And two or three … Continued

Summer Church Camp Still Works

Summer is coming and that brings opportunity for church camp!  Summer is still the best opportunity for kids and students to experience this great tool for growing deeper in faith. One of these days there may be another way to … Continued

Three Negative Messages You Send When You’re Late

How is it that some people are never late and others always are? How can an issue always arise that creates the conditions for being late? There may a few good reasons, but overall, the leader sends some certain messages … Continued

Parents: Don’t Expect Perfection

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I recently read a book called 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. This list was great! Here are few of them: They Don’t Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility, They Don’t Make Their Child The Center Of The Universe, They … Continued

Parents: Make Church A Priority

Though I’ve never been one for the “back to school, back to church mentality,” there are some natural seasons to refresh the priority of having your family in worship. September and January are two examples of these seasons. Christian parents/homes … Continued

The First Step For Self Discipline In Teenagers

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Self Discipline is the key to happiness. – Snooze, The Lost Art Of Sleep I’m not sure I agree it is the only key to happiness, but it’s a great thought. It also may be counter-intuitive to us, especially those in … Continued

Four Ways To Teach Your Kids To Be Content

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Parents play a big role in helping their kids learn contentment. We live in a marketing-saturated nation and much of it is aimed at kids. The desire for the next thing is quietly planted in their hearts and minds they … Continued

The Importance of Scripture Memory in Children’s Ministry

I heard a story about a young mother who skeptically examined a new educational toy. “Isn’t it rather complicated for a small boy?” she asked the sales clerk. “It’s designed to adjust the child to live in today’s world, ma’am,” … Continued

Regrets Of The Dying

I remember once talking to my grandma about how quickly time passes by. It seemed like when I was a kid, every day felt long. As I got older, weeks felt like days – it was passing by quickly. Soon … Continued

Where have you failed lately?

I recently read a story of a woman who recalled dinner times when she was younger. Regularly, her dad would ask the kids, “Where have you failed this week?” The question prompted some conversation but more importantly set a tone … Continued

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