Using Proverbs to Teach Wisdom (email 3/29/2012)


Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, and lasting. How can you teach your child wisdom–Godly wisdom?

Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, and lasting. Wisdom is common sense and good judgment. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

Wouldn’t children who discern what is true and right, who practice common sense and good judgment, and who avoid doing desperate things be wonderful?

How do you teach your children wisdom? We start with God’s word, and the book of Proverbs. Find ways to use the proverbs in your house, and create a plan for teaching your children Godly wisdom.

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www.thewisdomdeck.com (The Wisdom Deck)

The video and web site above are referenced in the training video. You can find the Wisdom Deck and all sorts of tools and ideas for using the Deck in your home.

Web Links for Further Training and Connections

Download this PDF for training on the Proverbs and teaching Biblical Wisdom to your children.

Web Site– Teaching your children Wisdom from the Word

e-book – Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs New International Version

Proverbs for Parenting - eBook

Book – What the Bible Says About Parenting: God’s Plan for Rearing Your Child

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
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Resurrection Eggs (email 3/22/2012)


Resurrection Eggs are a wonderful way to teach your children the story of the last week of Jesus’ life. Fill each egg with something to represent various parts of the story from Palm Sunday through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

How you use the eggs is up to you and your family. You can hide them and do a traditional Easter egg hunt. You can open one every day for the 12 days leading up to Easter. You can create the eggs together and talk about each element as it connects to the story.

You can download a PDF of these ideas here.

Resurrection Eggs are plastic Easter Eggs filled with simple everyday items that help tell the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through His death and Resurrection. You can use as many eggs or as few eggs as you like, depending on the depth and breadth of the story you plan to tell.

Each egg contains a simple object and a scripture verse that helps tell the story.
Families can number the eggs, then hide them like a traditional Easter Egg hunt. You can open one egg per day as you work your way through Lent. You can open all the eggs and help your children put them in order. Use your imagination and be creative…there’s no limit to how many eggs, what’s in the eggs, or how you use the eggs!

1 – Perfume sample or cotton ball with perfume on it. – Mary anoints Jesus’ feet. (John 12:3)
2 – Palm branch/leaf or a blade of grass. – Jesus’ triumphant entry. (Matthew 21:8)
3 – Bread – Last Supper and institution of Holy Communion. (Matthew 26:26)
4 – Praying Hands – Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane – (Mark 14:32)
5 – 3 Dimes – 30 pieces of silver that Jesus was sold for. (Matthew 26:14-15)
6 – Rope or string – Used to bind Jesus (Matthew 27:2)
7 – Soap – Pilate washed his hands of the matter. (Matthew 27:24)
8 – Rooster or feather – Jesus predicts that Peter will deny Him 3 times. (Matthew 26:33)
9 – Thorn – Jesus is forced to wear a crown of thorns. (John 19:2)
10 – Purple or scarlet cloth – Robe put on Jesus. (Matthew 27:28)
11 – Toothpick or twig cross – Jesus is forced to carry His own cross. (John 19:17)
12 – Dice – Soldiers cast lots for Jesus clothes. (John 19:24)
13 – Sponge with Vinegar – What Jesus was given to drink. (Matthew 27:34)
14 – Spear, or needle – Jesus was pierced in the side to confirm death. (John 19:33-34)
15 – Cloves/spices – Spices that the women were bringing to anoint Jesus body on Sunday. (Mark 16:1)
16 – Rock – A large stone was placed in front of the tomb. (John 20:1)
17 – Empty Egg – the tomb was empty! (Matthew 28:5-6)
18 – Linen fabric – Used to wrap Jesus body – was left in the tomb after Jesus rose again. (John 20:63-7)
19 – Nail – Thomas doubts and wants to see the nail marks in Jesus’ hands. (John 20:25-29)
20 – Fish – Jesus eats fish with disciples on Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:41-43)
21 – Cotton Ball – Jesus ascended into heaven in the clouds, and will return in the same way. (Acts 1:11)

Web Links for Further Training and Connections


FamilyLife®
– Creator of Resurrection Eggs®

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Please share this email with others.  You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.familiesinfaith.org 

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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The name Resurrection Eggs® is a registered trademark of FamilyLife®. While we offer helpful suggestions here on creating your own eggs to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, endorsement is not implied nor is any infringement intended. Resurrection Eggs® (the product) can be purchased directly from FamilyLife.com.

Resurrection Eggs


Watch the Video for information and ideas about “Resurrection Eggs.”  Download the PDF for all the information and scripture references.

Click here for Resurrection Eggs  PDF – includes 21 ideas for things to put into resurrection eggs along with scripture references.

The name Resurrection Eggs® is a registered trademark of FamilyLife®. While we offer helpful suggestions here on creating your own eggs to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, endorsement is not implied nor is any infringement intended. Resurrection Eggs® (the product) can be purchased directly from FamilyLife.com.

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Technology resources for growing in faith

The internet if FULL of great sites to help people of all ages grow in their faith. There are also many great apps, for those of you who use your phones more than your computer. Here’s a starter list. What sites, apps, or other resources have you found helpful for growing in faith?

Concordia Seminary free resources (via iTunes) – www.iTunes.csl.edu

Bible Gateway online Bible – www.biblegateway.com

YouVersion online Bible (also available as an app) – www.youversion.com

WGTS 91.9 radio station – www.wgts.org

Truth for Life – www.truthforlife.org

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – www.rzim.org

Answers in Genesis – www.answersingenesis.org

Proverbs 31 Ministries (aimed at women) – www.proverbs31.org

Technology resources for cyber bullying

As use of technology grows among children and teenagers, the rates of cyber bullying increase as well. Here are some websites with helpful information for parents and kids about cyber bullying. What resources have you found helpful in this area?

Cyber Bullying Research Center – www.cyberbullying.us

Stopy Bullying (US Department of Health & Human Services) – www.stopbullying.gov

National Crime Prevention Council – www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying

Prevent Cyber Bullying & Internet Harassment – www.cyberbully411.org

Technology resources for helping those in need

There are many ways we can use technology as a tool to help those in need within our families and our communities. Here is a starter list, focusing specifically on northern Virginia. What are some ways you have utilized technology to help those in need?

Scheduling meals (called Helping Hands Ministry at Prince of Peace) – www.takethemameal.com

Ecumenical Communities Helping Others (ECHO) – www.echo-inc.org

NOVACO (helping homeless victims of domestic abuse) – www.novaco.org

Volunteer Fairfax – www.volunteerfairfax.org

Technology resources for dealing with temptation and sin

This category of resources deals with temptation (especially in regard to technology), and how we deal with sin in our families and releationships. What are some resources that you have found helpful?

XXX Church – www.xxxchurch.com

Ambassadors of Reconciliation – www.hisaor.org

Net Nanny internet filter – www.netnanny.com

Technology resources for families

We’re compiling a list of helpful sites for families in a variety of categories. Here is what we have come up with so far for general family websites. Which sites would you add? Which sites have you found helpful for passing on the faith at home?

Sticky Faith – www.stickyfaith.org

Family Life – www.familylife.org

Focus on the Family – www.focusonthefamily.org

Common Sense Media – www.commonsensemedia.com

Center for Parent-Youth Understanding – www.cpyu.org

The Digital Kids Initiative – www.digitalkidsinitiative.com

Worship with Children (email 3/15/2012)


Have you ever been frustrated with your kids behavior at church?
How do you teach them about worship?

Here are some ideas for the various ages and stages of children for engaging them into the worship service of the congregation.

Share your stories and ideas for how you have helped your children engage in worship. Click the “Leave a Comment” link at the upper left of this post.

Look here for more ideas:

Faith at Home website – Check out this web resource for ideas and encouragement as you bring your children to worship – it may not be easy, but it is crucial for passing on the faith – And its Biblical!!!

Is it easy to bring our children to church on Sunday? No. Do most of us have routines or traditions that celebrate Sunday as special? Not really. Does it make a difference for our children’s faith if we do? Yes!  (read more)

This church took the welcoming challenge! This church in Canada has taken on the challenge of helping parents bring children to worship.  Explore the ideas and training they have developed over the years.

Web Links for Further Training

The Essential Role of Family in World Evangelism

Taking Your Children to Church – From Catholicmom.comMy First Hymnal from CPH
Biblical Proof that Kids Belong in Church

Book Review of Concordia Publishing House’s new book “My First Hymnal” 

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Families in Faith is a Free email resource.  We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.

Please share this email with others.  You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.familiesinfaith.org 

  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich
Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

©2012, all rights reserved

Godparents

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Are you a godparent or sponsor?  What do you do in this role to help pass the faith on?  Share what you do to connect with the godchildren in your life.

Prayers for my Godchild – Download this PDF for prayer ideas –  You can also use these prayers to create a photo album of your godchild as a gift for their confirmation.

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