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

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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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Prayers for My Children

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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.

Download this PDF for instructions and the prayers to use in your project.  Watch the video for instructions.

Prayers for My Children

Adapted from an original design by Bob Hostetler by the Prince of Peace Design Team- This project created by Connie Denninger

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The Beatitudes (1-12-2012)

Families in Faith – 1-12-12 The Beatitudes

This weeks video starts down the path of learning about the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and how we can and should teach our children about Him. We learn today about the Beatitudes – a seemingly backwards list of people who will be blessed. Find ways you can teach your children about this list of expectations and blessings for those who follow Jesus.

Biblewise.com

From Biblewise.com comes the following teaching on the beatitudes.

(The following texts and ideas are based on the King James version of the Bible and “The Message” by Eugene H. Peterson.)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

When your spirits are low, when you feel at the end of your rope, shut out self-pity and listen to God for good ideas, instead. Putting your personal plans aside in favor of God’s plan brings you a refreshing heaven-like result, right now.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Sometimes we feel sad because of a bad experience, a poor test grade, a failure in a sports event. At the time, such things may seem so important. But at that very moment, you are comforted by God’s unconditional love for you. Find this comfort in your ability to try again, correct a mistake, rejoice in another’s victory.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Don’t knock meekness – it can mean self-knowledge, understanding who you are and what you can do. And with that understanding, you can realize you already have an inheritance of everything you need as God’s intelligent, talented, joyful heir.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Your appetite should be for spirituality, for living a Christ-based life, rather than for a wish-list of material stuff. Your reward is a life over-flowing with all the good you can use.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Those who are merciful care about others – their needs, their hopes. And in reaching out, you will find your own good dreams fulfilled.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Today, “pure in heart” means purity of mind and body – freedom from impure debasing thoughts and activities, sometimes attractive to young people. When you get your inside world right, you will see God’s hand at work in your outside world.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

You can be an example to others on how to be cooperative, non-combatant, even-tempered. Rather than putting fighting or competition first, you will be surrounded by equally talented and loving family members – all part of God’s eternal family.

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven….Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you….Rejoice…for great is your reward I heaven.”

Commitment to God is sometimes not appreciated – even scoffed at, but don’t let this deter you. Lies about you, bullying, and put-downs show that others are uncomfortable with their mean ways. But you are in good company – Jesus and those who preceded him and followed him were treated the same way. Be happy you have chosen the very best way and you will find that others will follow you! Your reward is not put off to some future heaven; enjoy heaven right here and now!

Don’t postpone the blessings! Your discussion with your family is highly important in making these teachings come alive.

Web sites for further training

Wikipedia article on the Beatitudes

What the Beatitudes Teach

Other Web Sites for Christian Parents 

Christian Iphone apps – A nice compilation of iphone/ipad apps

Christian Answers – A Web site for answers to common questions

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

Teaching the Nativity (12-15-2011)

Getting the true Nativity story straight from the Bible.
Then looking into the major characters for a little background information.

Web sites about the Nativity

The Truth about the Nativity

The Shepherds and Sheep

A complete accurate look at the Nativity through a Question and Answer format

Family Traditions

Many family traditions grow out of the Advent and Christmas season. From advent wreaths, to decorating the Christmas tree. From holiday lights to advent calendars.

Develop the tradition of telling the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus. This will help get through the misconceptions and additions in the story of the birth of Jesus. On Christmas eve, gather the family around the Christmas tree, and have someone read the 3 Bible passages that tell us the story. From Matthew chapter 1, and Luke chapter 2 you get the story of Mary and Joseph and the Shepherds. In Matthew chapter 2 you get the story of the Magi.

You can do this is a quiet reading, with the lights low, and perhaps the candles from the advent wreath all lit. Or you can make a production out of it, having your kids dress up like the various characters and you be the narrator.

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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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Shema – Remind Yourself (11-23-2011)

Mezuzah

A Mezuzah is part of Jewish tradition connecting with the Shema. In a very literal sense when the Shema passage tells families to “Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9) the Mezuzah fulfilled this command.

Traditionally the Mezuzah was designed to contain a small scroll. Written on the scroll were the words of the Shema Israel. These were put on the door frames on houses. Sometimes they would be put on every door frame within the house accept for bathrooms and closets (too small to be considered a room).

I like Mezuzahs just for the visual reminder that they provide. You can put one on the inside or outside of your house as a daily reminder every time we leave or return home that our job today is to teach our children about Jesus. You don’t even need the scroll on the inside, since you don’t take the scroll out and read it. The decorative Mezuzah is enough to remind us that Jesus should be a part of our day.

You can buy a Mezuzah online or if you are so inclined make your own.

Here are some links for purchasing a Mezuzah online.
Shopping Links for Mezuzahs
Amazon – Mezuzah

Here are some links on further teachings about Mezuzahs.
Wikipedia article on Mezuzahs
Jewish teachings on Mezuzah

How to remind yourself in the 21st Century

Families today have many ways they remind themselves of important dates, information, and activities. Think about what you use in your daily life to help remember stuff.
1 – Smart phones – with calendars, text reminders, and updates
2 – Post It notes – little yellow pieces of paper that stick to anything – we use them for all kinds of reminders
3 – Family Calendars – keeping the family organized through scheduling
4 – Text messages and emails – we often send each other texts and emails to remember things
5 – Signs and Art around the house – Do you have Christian art or symbols hanging in your home? Where could you place such ‘art’ in order for it to remind you of your parental duty?This task that God has given parents to pass on the faith is so important that God tells us to remind ourselves. To use whatever means necessary to make sure we don’t forget, or miss opportunities to teach our children about Him.Think about ways you can create reminders in your life. Teaching your children about God is the most important thing you will ever do – Don’t forget! Remind yourself everyday to share the Gospel with your kids, leading them towards Jesus and heaven as their home.

Articles for extra training and encouragement

The importance of Intergenerational Relationships (stickyfaith)
Silence is NOT Golden – Why we need to talk about our faith at Home (stickyfaith)
Parents can help over scheduled (stressed) teens
Conversations with your kids about Internet safety

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152
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What to do with all this stuff (email 10-20-2011)


We can model generosity for our children. We can trust God for Him to provide for all our needs.

The Rich Family In Church

By Eddie Ogan

I’ll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy was 12, and my older sister Darlene was 16. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was to do without many things. My dad had died five years before, leaving Mom with seven school kids to raise and no money.

By 1946 my older sisters were married and my brothers had left home. A month before Easter the pastor of our church announced that a special Easter offering would be taken to help a poor family. He asked everyone to save and give sacrificially.

When we got home we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month. This would allow us to save $20 of our grocery money for the offering. When we thought that if we kept our electric lights turned out as much as possible and didn’t listen to the radio, we’d save money on that month’s electric bill. Darlene got as many house and yard cleaning jobs as possible and both of us babysat for everyone we could. For 15 cents we could buy enough cotton loops to make three pot holders to sell for $1.

We made $20 on potholders. That month was one of the best of our lives.

Every day we counted the money to see how much we had saved. At night we’d sit in the dark and talk about how the poor family was going to enjoy having the money the church would give them. We had about 80 people in church, so we figured that whatever money we had to give the offering would be 20 times that much. After all, every Sunday the pastor had reminded everyone to save for the sacrificial offering.

The day before Easter, Ocy and I walked to the grocery store and got the manager to give us three crisp $20 bills and one $10 bill for all our change.

We ran all the way home to show Mom and Darlene. We had never had so much money before.

That night we were so excited we could hardly sleep. We didn’t care that we wouldn’t have new clothes for Easter; we had $70 for the sacrificial offering.

We could hardly wait to get to church! On Sunday morning rain was pouring. We didn’t own an umbrella, and the church was over a mile form our home, but it didn’t seem to matter how wet we got. Darlene had cardboard in her shoes to fill the holes. The cardboard came apart, and her feet got wet.

But we sat in church proudly. I heard some teenagers talking about the Smith girls having on their old dresses. I looked at them in their new clothes and I felt rich.

When the sacrificial offering was taken, we were sitting in the second row from the front. Mom put in the $10 bill and each of us kids put in a $20.

As we walked home after church, we sang all the way. At lunch Mom had a surprise for us. She had bought a dozen eggs and we had boiled Easter eggs with our fried potatoes! Late that afternoon the minister drove up in his car. Mom went to the door, talked with him for a moment, and then came back with an envelope in her hand. We asked what it was but she didn’t say a word. She opened the envelope and out fell a bunch of money. There were three crisp $20 bills, one $10 bill and 17 $1 bills.

Mom put the money back in the envelope. We didn’t talk, just sat there and stared at the floor. We had gone from feeling like millionaires to feeling like poor white trash. We kids had such a happy life that we felt sorry for anyone who didn’t have our Mom and Dad for parents and a house full of brothers and sisters and other kids visiting constantly. We thought it was fun to share silverware and see whether we got the spoon or the fork that night.

We had two knives that we passed around to whoever needed them. I knew we didn’t have a lot of things that other people had, but I’d never thought we were poor.

That Easter day I found out we were. The minister had brought us the money for the poor family, so we must be poor. I didn’t like being poor. I looked at my dress and worn out shoes and felt so ashamed – I didn’t even want to go back to church. Everyone there probably already knew we were the poor family!

I thought about school. I was in the 9th grade and at the top of my class of over 100 students I wondered if the kids at school knew that we were poor. I decided that I could quit school since I had finished 8th grade. That was all the law required at the time. We sat in silence for a long time. Then it got dark, and we went to bed.

All that week, we girls went to school and came home and no one talked much. Finally on Saturday, Mom asked us what we wanted to do with the money. What did poor people do with money? We didn’t know. We’d never known we were poor.

We didn’t want to go to church on Sunday, but Mom said we had to. Although it was a sunny day, we didn’t talk on the way. Mom started to sing, but no one joined in and she only sang one verse.

At church we had a missionary speaker. He talked about how churches in Africa made buildings out of sun-dried bricks, but they needed money to buy roofs. he said $100 would put a roof on a church. the minister said, “Can’t we all sacrifice to help these poor people?” We looked at each other and smiled for the first time in a week.

Mom reached into her purse and pulled out the envelope. She passed it to Darlene. Darlene gave it to me, and I handed it to Ocy. Ocy put it in the offering.

When the offering was counted, the minister announced that it was a little over $100. The missionary was excited. He hadn’t expected such a large offering from our small church. He said, “You must have some rich people in this church.”

Suddenly it struck us. We had given $87 of that “little over $100.”

We were the rich family in the church! Hadn’t the missionary said so? From that day on I’ve never been poor again. I’ve always remembered how rich I am because I have Jesus!

Web links for further training and connections

5 steps for teaching sharing

Teaching the Art of Sharing

7 ways to teach your children generosity

Ideas for Families

1 – Pick out unused or seldom used toys and choose a charity to donate them to.

2 – Think about the holidays coming up and ways you can practice sharing and donating. What about Halloween candy and people who have none?
Or those in your community who will not have Turkey at Thanksgiving
Adopt a family at Christmas or
Pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child

3 – Develop a plan for teaching your children about Tithing. Its easier to make this a regular part of your life when you make very little money. Then as they grow up and get jobs the habit will be in place.

4 – Talk about ways in which your family can sacrifice something in order to give to those in need. Like give up a meal together, and give the money you would have spent to charity. Use that meal time to pray together and talk about Christian giving.

5 – Sponsor a child through such organizations like World Vision, or Compassion International.

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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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