Monday, July 27, 2015

Satan's Statue and the Target on Children

Image result for images of a targetI live in Michigan and our news has been covering the presentation of a one-ton statue of Satan at a Satanist temple in Detroit. It may not have made the news where you live, but it has received a fair amount of coverage where I live. This statue is rather large and while, to me, it is disturbing to think anyone would want to make a statue of Satan, the most disturbing feature of this statue is how it has two young children on either side of "Satan" looking at him lovingly. More than disturbing. This is just evil and vile.

Regardless of the message the makers of this statue are trying to communicate (and they actually had long lines of people who traveled specifically to see this statue at its opening), they have sadly identified (perhaps without even realizing it) how children are truly a main "target" of Satan. If he can get children to turn away from God, not even necessarily turn specifically to him, but just away from God, then he has a higher chance of keeping them.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don't Miss the Mark!

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I love children's ministry; I've served happily in it for 44 years! I believe children's ministry is important and it matters; every church should be focused on what they want to accomplish in and with their children's ministry and have a real plan to do so.

But, I am becoming more and more convinced we are missing the mark in our children's ministries. We put all our "eggs in one basket" - and invest all our budget for children in children's ministry. And, while this may seem like it makes sense, when we do this, we are missing the mark.

No matter how effective your children's ministry is; and we certainly want it to be extremely effective, it will never have the lasting impact on children their family can have. It is for this reason I absolutely believe any truly effective and focused children's ministry, absolutely must have a truly effective and focused family ministry AND grandparenting ministry.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Please Follow My Book Blog!

A couple days ago I shared with you how my book, It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren: and Other Important Facts for Grandparents and Parents, Too!, is now available both as an Amazon/Kindle ebook and as a print book from Amazon (It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren: and Other Important Facts for Grandparents and Parents, Too! - Kindle version link. It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren: and Other Important Facts for Grandparents and Parents, too! - Print version on Amazon link.)

I also reminded you about my giveaway on August 1, 2015 - you still have time to enter! Check this link for the details!

Today I want to invite you to follow my blog for my book. At first, I was not sure what I would possibly write about on the book blog, but I think it might be a really fun place where we could all share our, "sweet grandchild/child stories"! I'd really love to have you share your ideas for passing on a heritage of faith as well!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Be the One Who Helps Stop Child Trafficking

Image result for images for child traffickingEarlier this week CNN showed a special on Child Trafficking in the USA; yes, in the USA. If you are like me, you picture this horrific crime taking place in other places around the world; not here in the USA. But, this evil does take place here; in our own "backyards".

The special was shocking and heartbreaking, but it taught me something important. The majority of children here in the USA who end up being trafficked start as children who begin relationships with evil traffickers because they listen to them. These people know if they build a relationship with children who are feeling alone, neglected and like they have no one in their lives who will even listen to them, they will be able to get these children to a place where they will do what they are told; even allow their bodies to be used by evil people.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

INCM Dispatch Box #2 - MOVE

MOVE"What does healthy KidMin look like?" AWANA asked hundreds of pastors this question and the answers led them to create "MOVE" . . . a book which provides nine conversations designed to help you build your children's ministry. With MOVE you will consider, examine and discover where your church stands with in following nine areas . . . 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren - The Print Version is Available & I'm Giving Two Digital Versions Away!

I am very happy to say, It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren: and Other Important Facts for Grandparents and Parents, too! is available on Kindle and as a print version on Amazon! This book is my book - I'm the author, and yes, the three adorable boys on the cover are my three, sweet boys! 

Today I wanted to let you know it is available as a print version on Amazon and remind you of my giveaway of two digital versions - and let you know I'll be giving away two print versions in September!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Science, the Bible & Fun - Resource for Families & I'm Giving Two Away!

Don't forget, in just ten days I'm giving away two Science, the Bible & Fun! If we are serious about equipping grandparents in our churches to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren, we need to help them find resources they can use. Science, the Bible & Fun! is a resource written especially for this purpose (and it is one parents could use at home with their children, too!)

You will find information along with free sample lessons at this link! You will also be able to see the scope and sequence for the first year and order it - through the end of July you'll save $3 as it is just $13 for 52 weeks of activities to use with your grandchildren/children to pass on a heritage of faith!

And, on August 1, 2015 I am giving away two copies of 
Science, the Bible & Fun! If you are over the age of 18 and you'd like to be in the drawing for Science, the Bible & Fun!,  please comment below to let me know a Bible character you'd like to learn more about - the first year introduces children to Noah, Jehoshaphat, Josiah, Daniel, Caleb, John, Abraham, Judges, Elisha, Paul and more!

INCM Dispatch Box #2 - HomeFront Magazine

Serving in Children's Ministry is not particularly "boring". Not only do you work with some of the least-boring people on the face of the earth (children), but there is always something to be focused and working on! 

In all our focus on children, it can be easy to lose focus on another important aspect of Children's Ministry . . . ministry to the family. For our children's ministries to be the most effective as possible, we need to be supporting, encouraging and equipping parents to help families be strong places where children grow in their walk with God. Which is why I am so happy to see an issue of HomeFront in Dispatch Box #2 as it is a resource which will help you do exactly this!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Strength to Care - Read it and Give it to Families in Your Ministry

In most instances, when a child is born to a family in our ministries, we all rejoice and celebrate. However; occasionally, when a child is born, a family is thrown into the stress, fear and overwhelming uncertainty which comes when the child has serious medical issues. Yes, these families love their children and yes there is joy, but when their child is in the NICU and being sent to have surgeries the focus is on something very different than joy and celebrating. What do you do when this happens to a family in your ministry?

Clearly, there are many things for you to "do" . . . pray, be there physically for the family, help with child care needs for any other children they may have, provide for meals, house cleaning, help with transportation needs, sit with them, see to other physical needs, pray and the list goes on. 

But, along with these things, there is another thing you can do . . . give them a copy of the new book; Strength to Care: Reflections for Parents of Children with Complex Medical and Special Needs. This book was written by a friend from my church; a husband and dad who, along with his dear wife, have been blessed with five children - three lovely daughters and two sons. This family understands first-hand what it means to be thrown into the chaos which follows the birth of a child with serious physical needs because this has happened to them two times with the births of their sons.

In Strength to Care: Reflections for Parents of Children with Complex Medical and Special Needs, Kevin Troupe shares their experiences and how they grew closer to God and learned what it means to trust Him through the births and day-today living of life with special needs sons. And while this book is sure to encourage and give hope to families who find themselves in similar situations, it will challenge us all to stop living our lives as if we are in charge - because we clearly are not - and to instead make the choice to trust God and rely on His strength for our own lives and to care for others.

INCM Dispatch Box #2 - INCM Dispatch Vol. 2

For the past couple days I have been writing about some of the resources you'll find in the new INCM Dispatch Box #2 - today I want to write about another resource . . . the INCM Dispatch Vol. 2. Along with holding a variety of resources you will actually use, each Dispatch box includes a, "mini-magazine"; the Dispatch Volume - in this case, Volume 2.

Inside each Dispatch Volume, you'll find information about the other resources in the box along with ideas for getting the most out of these resources. In Dispatch Volume 2 you'll find . . .