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Prayer Walking the Zoo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

We can change our families and change the world simply by teaching our children to associate prayer with animals while visiting the zoo. I’ll share a few examples to get you started. LIONS: They’re my favorite because of two great Bible stories we can share with our kids. David had the courage to stand against Goliath because he remembered protecting his sheep from a lion and a bear (1 Sam. 17). And God protected Daniel when he was forced into a lions’ den because he refused to stop praying to Him. They also remind us that satan, our enemy, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8-9), but that the righteous are bold as lions (Prov. 28:1). Pause at the cages and discuss these stories and how lions can be a visual reminder...

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Philip and the Ethiopian Object Storytelling & Crossword Puzzle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

(based on Acts 8:25-40) Supplies: Large bag or basket with the following items: Angel Road map Crown and coins Toy wagon Paper Dove Running shoe/sneaker Small Bible Toy sheet Cross Heart Water Party Hat (write rejoice on hat) Philip was an early believer in the church. Using these objects will help tell what happened with Philip and the Ethiopian. Explain that for every story part, there’s an object to hold up. Enjoy this and then make up your own Bible story object lessons. The early church chose Philip to be a deacon. After that Philip’s life took off in new directions. Philip became a great preacher, amazing even his friend, Simon, with signs and miracles that took place wherever Philip went. Many people listened to Philip and believed in Jesus. Wow! Now it was Philip’s turn to be amazed....

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Overwhelmed by the Overload

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Exhausted mothers are huddling together, sharing the tension that’s causing their families to snap. Parents and children are overwhelmed by the overload of activities as they rush from school, through homework, to other activities such as soccer and ballet. They’re racing to the finish line, eager to get through this season of the year. But it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime season of life. So relax. Take a deep breath. Pray with me, Thy will be done. Jesus taught us to pray this way, and it’s crucial that we teach our children as well. But for our family to succeed before God and man, let’s put first things first. In the same message from Matthew 6 where Christ gave us The Lord’s Prayer, He told us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things...

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Game Time

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Working at my desk, I have a good view of the pecan trees in the front yard. This morning four cardinals played together. They went from tree to tree chasing each other. Occasionally one pecked at the one closest to it. Another time, one flew to a different tree as if hiding and taunting the others to come find it. However, it wasn’t long before it rejoined the others. I watched their little game and smiled. This could have easily been four children playing together. And, I think there were lessons for all of us in watching not only what they were doing but also how they played. Doing things with others is always fun. One bird could have just sat in a tree and then flown from one to the other. But adding friends made it more fun...

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Hooray for God’s Brown Earth!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s spring and the time of year when seeds are planted, grass turns green, and plants sprout and bloom. God created the earth and made it a place where plants grow to supply food for us. So much grows up from the soil. Take a closer look at dirt and you’ll make lots of discoveries. In Numbers 13:20, God told Moses to check the land and discover if the soil is good or poor. Why do farmers need good soil? How does fertilizer make soil richer? See what’s in your soil. Dump dirt into a jar about 1/3 full. Add water to fill 2/3 of jar. Stir well. Let it sit one hour. Study the layers formed. Stones fall to the bottom. Sand also goes to the bottom. Silt is next with clay on top of the silt. Then...

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Power in a Plastic Egg

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Break open your words, let light shine out… Psalm 119:130 MSG Just as many will hide Easter eggs for children this year, the Bible speaks of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). So this year I’m sending my children and spiritual children on a treasure hunt—treasure that will change their lives, and as it is properly applied, will change the lives of countless others. Want to join me? You’ll need a Bible, plastic eggs, small candies, colorful paper, and a pen. You can use your favorite Scriptures or download the document on my website. Instead of traditional Easter references, I’m using personal application verses that will help them focus on how they can live for Christ and influence others. For younger children, print or write out a complete verse. For older children, write the reference and have...

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