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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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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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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Prayers for my Godchildren (email 3/8/2012)

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Are you a godparent? What do you do for your godchild to help them as they grow in the faith? What plans do you have to guide them towards Jesus and heaven as their home? This video explains the concept and role of godparents (sponsors).

Prayers for your godchild

Created by Connie Denninger

Download a PDF of prayer ideas for godparents to pray for their godchild.
(click the image to download the PDF; the basic text is provided below)

I pray that you KNOW that
  you are a special person.
Precious, cherished and most of all—loved.
You are His child.

I pray you BELIEVE you can
  achieve your goals-
with the Lord’s help.

I pray you DARE to dive off the high board,
ride with the top down
and dance like there is no on watching—-
because He has created joy.

I pray you FIND the best in others-
choosing to focus on strengths rather
than weaknesses- because He sees good in you.

I pray you CELEBRATE what you have
each morning and are fortunate enough
to learn something new each day.
His created world is amazing.

I pray you PROMISE only what you can deliver,
then deliver more than you promise,
because He keeps His promises.

I pray you KEEP that childlike sense
of wonder alive in you.
God delights in you.

I pray you DISCOVER your creative spirit
and are never afraid to color
outside the lines-
the creator of the universe lives in newness.

I pray you TRUST with the innocence
of a baby and the wisdom of an aged sage-
for He knows all things for your good.

I pray you CHOOSE to love life with
optimism and joy-
for He has redeemed your soul.

I pray you EMBRACE the unknown
and meet each new experience with anticipation-
for He walks each step of the way with you.

I pray you have COURAGE to be yourself
and not a copy of others-
He designed only one you.

I pray you DELIGHT in the wonder of nature-
His world is new each dawn.

I pray you TREASURE your friendships
and choose friends that bring out the best in you-
and find your riches in Him.

I pray you LOVE someone so much it takes
your breath away-
He loves you and gave His Son for you.

I pray that you KNOW you are a special person.
Precious, cherished and most of all—loved.
You are His child.

I pray you REMEMBER that when you need
a place of comfort, or a heart that cares
about your happiness,
His love is ever present and wider than the universe.

Resources for further training and ideas.

The Godparent Book:  Ideas and Activities for Godparents and their Godchildren


A Word to My Sponsor:  Celebrating the Life of Your Godchild


Godparenting:  Nurturing the Next Generation


Water, Come Down!  The Day You Were Baptized.

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Create Your Own Prayer Flip Chart

Prayers for my Children – email 03/01/2012

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Praying for your children is one of the greatest responsibilities and joys of a Christian parent. Here is a simple project you can do at home to create a flip chart with 31 ideas, straight out of Scripture, for praying for your children.

Here’s what you need to do this….

Download the instructions for making the “Prayers for my Children” flip-chart by clicking here:

Prayers for my Children - prayer flip chart

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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Giving Up Something for Lent (2/23/2012)

A popular tradition during the season of Lent is to give something up in order to free oneself for more time for prayer and worship. This can be an excellent opportunity for families. Try giving something up as a family in order to concentrate on extra family time, extra prayer time, and extra time growing in your faith.

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The Skit Guys – “The Skinny on Fasting”

The “Skinny on Fasting” video  – with thoughts and questions to make it a devotion for your family.

Web Sites for further training

What is Lent?

25 ideas from teenagers on what they gave up for Lent

Mom challenges family to give up technology for 6 months

Link to Skit Guys page (more videos)

and the “Skinny on Fasting” video shown below – with thoughts and questions to make it a devotion for your family

Book from Amazon – “365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities”

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday video 02-16-2012

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday (2/16/2012)

The Season of Epiphany is coming to a close as we celebrate Mardi Gras and then Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent.  Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” – both are names for “Shrove Tuesday”  a traditional day of repentance and remembrance as one prepares for Lent.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent 40 days before Easter (46 days, but Sundays are not counted in the 40).

Family Confession

Here is an idea for a short confession and absolution for families.

(Adapted from Luther’s Small Catechism)

Confession has 2 parts – First we confess our sins, then we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness from God himself.

Start by thinking of the sins you know you have committed. Times when you were mean or hurtful. Moments of rudeness or a short temper. Times when you neglected your family and friends. Occasions when you did not love God with your whole heart, or your neighbor as yourself.

With those in mind, say “I, a poor sinner, plead guilty to all my sins. I am sorry for the things I have done, and for the things I didn’t do that I should have. I ask for forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but because of Jesus – His life and death earned it.”

Parents speak God’s forgiveness
“You are forgiven. By God’s Grace and His command I announce to you the forgiveness of all of your sins. God has taken them away from you as far as the East is from the West. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Use this or something similar to conclude your pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday.

Web Sites for Further Training

Shrove Tuesday

What is Ash Wednesday?

History of Ash Wednesday

Mardi Gras

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Worshiping with Children – Ash Wednesday

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The Community is the Content (2-9-2012)

Share Your Creative Ideas – because the Community is the Content!

When it comes to passing on the faith to our children, we could all use some creative ideas.  Sometime we are the ones who have the creative ideas!  Where do you go when you are looking for things to do with your children that will help guide them to Jesus?  Where do you go to share your successes, your trials, or your questions?

You’re here! Join the Conversation!

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You are here at our partner web page that not only archives old emails and videos, but gives voice to all the parents out there who are doing amazing things with their children.  Join the conversation!

Join the Conversation
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Our new web page is designed for you! The community is the content. The more people who visit the site and add their thoughts, ideas, questions, and stories the better the page becomes.

Will you add to the site? Will you share some stories of faith development from your home? Add comments to what other people are doing. Have a question about what to try when it comes to praying with your 2nd grader? This is the place.

Make familiesinfaith.org one of your regularly visited web pages–the one stop shop for parents who want to pass the faith on to their children.

Find it here–share from here….

You’ve probably noticed, but our site archives all of the videos and content from the families in faith emails. Need to find ideas from Advent, or the teaching about Jesus? You can find it on this site. Did you miss a video or want to watch an old one to revisit what you learned? Do you remember the topic, but not the date – you can search by topic as well.

Keep coming back to Families in Faith for all the content from the families in faith emails, to be a part of the community and add to the conversation, and to see what ideas that others are sharing as well.

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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The Miracles of Jesus (2-2-2012)


As we work to teach our children about Jesus we can use the wonder and power that come with His miracles. Jesus’ miracles prove to us that He is God, and that He loves us and is on a mission to restore His creation. Miracles still happen today – spend some time with your kids looking for God’s miracles in the world and in your life.

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord
~ C.S. Lewis

The idea of Jesus being a liar, lunatic, or Lord comes from C.S. Lewis. He does an amazing job putting forth this concept in his book “Mere Christianity”. The video below is a reading from the book on this concept.

Web Sites for Further Training

The Miracles of Jesus
– a list with Bible references of the recorded miracles of Jesus

Chronological look at Jesus’ Miracles as recorded in the 4 Gospels.

Lesson for kids
– Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine.

Childrensministry.com
– Teaching children to pray for miracles.

The Miracles of Jesus
– Map with locations of where Jesus performed the various Miracles recorded in the Gospels.

This web site is designed for Parents who are working to pass on the faith to their children.  Join in the discussion – share your ideas, and thoughts, and stories.  What’s working in your family?  Look at the other ideas posted and add comments.  This web site will grow as the community adds input… so please visit the site, and add to it!

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
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The Lord’s Prayer – Video (1-26-12)

January 26, 2012 – The Lord’s Prayer

In the sermon on the mount Jesus gives some training on prayer, then he teaches us how to pray with His model known as the Lord’s Prayer. There is much we can learn from this instruction and model for praying in our families.

Jesus redefines our Relationship with God

Abba Father

When Jesus instructs His disciples on how to pray he opens by saying “Our Father”. He uses the word Abba, which has the connotation of ‘Daddy’. It is a term of closeness – Father to Son. This is the God we have always known, but for the original disciples it redefined who God is in relationship to His people. Before Jesus, there was great fear in speaking the name of God.

Here is a short clip from Monty Python that humorously shows us the fear that went into God’s name.

But Jesus says, Daddy – We no longer live in fear of the name, but realize we are to come to God with confidence – like a son would approach his daddy.

A word about the Families in Faith Web Page.

This page will have past videos and email content, along with a forum for parents to share what’s working with you. Our community is strongest when we all share what we are doing with our kids to pass on the faith. This new web site will give you a chance to share your stories and ideas, as well as read and respond to what others are doing.  Keep watching http://www.familiesinfaith.org for more….

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Web links for further training:

The Lord’s Prayer for Children

 

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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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