Sharing Jesus With Your Children (Dr. James Dobson Family Institute)

* Nothing is more important than your children’s salvation. Instruct them early. This is shared from Dr. Dobson’s website. Source and author information at the end of the article.
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We should start teaching the fundamentals of the faith to children as soon as they can talk. My parents followed that plan. The first word I learned to spell was J-E-S-U-S. When I forgot it, my mother patiently taught it to me again. She told me He was my friend, and that He loved me.

The basics go from there to an understanding of who God is, what He accomplished in Christ, and what He expects us to do. This teaching must begin very early in childhood and continue as the years roll by. The most effective teaching tool is the modeling provided by the parents at home.

Many parents have asked for practical help with the spiritual training of their children. I have turned to two experts, Robert and (the late) Bobbie Wolgemuth, who have worked extensively with boys and girls. Bobbie especially was a “guru” with little people. In their book, How To Lead Your Child To Christ, they share some ideas, stories, and explanations to help moms and dads teach basic Christian concepts at home.

Creating a spiritual climate in your home that can help nurture your child’s faith is your most important assignment. Here are some strategies that can help ensure that your child will be ready to accept God’s gift of grace when the time is right.
Bibles for Everyone

If you’ve not already done so, consider buying a Bible for everyone in your family, including the youngest children. Before you tuck your children into bed at night, read from their Bible. If they’re old enough, encourage them to read along. God promises that His Word will provide a lifetime of light for your children’s path… a cure for their lifelong struggle with sin.

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You…Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps. 119: 9-11, 105 NKJV)

The path to obedience is paved with God’s Word.

Memorizing Scripture

One way to help pass on your spiritual legacy to your children is to help them memorize important Scripture verses. Their brains are like wet cement, and the verses they learn will be pressed on their hearts forever.

An easy way to help them memorize a passage is to write a version out on an index card and then look for chances to repeat it, phrase by phrase, to your kids. Riding in the car on the way to school or sitting around the breakfast table are perfect chances for you to work on your verse together. You can even turn the process into a game. A great verse to start with is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV).

When kids are struggling with doubt or temptation, the Holy Spirit can use His own words, which they’ve memorized, to strengthen their faith and resolve.

Teach Them to Pray

Bringing your children into God’s presence through prayer is an unspeakable privilege. Teaching them to pray also gives you the opportunity to show them another way to honor the Lord.

Mealtimes and bedtimes are ideal times for prayer. By your own example, teach your child how to speak words of affirmation and gratitude to God. The younger your child, the more likely he is to thank God for unusual things, like the frog in the creek or a new box of breakfast cereal. That’s okay—the older he gets, the more meaningful these thank-yous will become.

Also, teach your child to learn to ask forgiveness for specific actions. By confessing his own sin, your child will begin to understand the truth of a loving heavenly Father’s forgiveness.

Then invite your child to bring his requests to the God of the universe, who is listening carefully. Like his list of thank-yous, he may have a long list of everyday requests (“Bless the garbage man, bless my Hot Wheels and Rescue Heroes, please help my T-ball team win tomorrow…”). Again, it’s okay. Your child is learning to trust God to meet his needs.

Finally, help your child close the prayer by thanking God once more. The best way for your child to learn how to pray is for them to hear you pray with them and for them. Let them hear you speak words of adoration and worship, confess your sins, make specific requests, and then thank Him again for listening and answering.
Table Talk

So much of passing along your legacy to your children will be found in the ordinary moments… such as engaging in conversation around the dinner table. One way to initiate good conversation is to ask two questions: “What was the happiest thing that happened today?” and “Did you have any sad moments today?” This always evokes interesting family talk. This is a good way to get the kids involved in the discussion.

Another way of focusing family talk with your kids is to ask them, “Did the Lord say anything special to you today?” This is a great idea. Help your children learn to keep their eyes and ears tuned for God’s activity in their lives during the day, anticipating the time they could give a report to their family at dinner.

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🌴 PALM SUNDAY Bible Lesson [Print & Teach]

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Hi!

 

We just posted a printable Palm Sunday lesson to kick off Holy Week: 

 

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Use this simple 60-minute lesson at church or home with the kids- no need to get supplies!

Just print, teach, and dig deeper into Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

 

Enjoy,

Mary-Kate

⏳ 60-Minute EASTER Challenge for Kids

Hi

 

Don’t let Jesus take a backseat to the Bunny this Easter.

 

Go print out the Easter Escape Room and put your kids to a challenge!

 

There are 4 Printable Easter “Mysteries” for kids to solve in 60 minutes or less (all related to the arrest, trial, crucifixion, & resurrection of Christ).

 

You can print it out here.

 

Happy Escaping,

Mary-Kate

Don’t miss this opportunity to get another exciting download from teachsundayschool.com. This awesome activity is for ages 8-15 and provides hours of fun, with a “Christ-centered” message!

An inexpensive download for all to enjoy this Easter!

Patti McDonald

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Christmas Newsletter 2021 Joe McDonald Ministry

Christmas Newsletter 2021

Dear Readers and Friends of the McDonald Family:

Our Ministry January Newsletter will be out soon and many news items about Christmas 2021 will be featured there, with pictures, of course, however, I wanted to post our December Newsletter ICYMI!

As “Professional Mom,” preparing for Christmas was a true joy this year. In addition to having several children and grands nearby to “help” with decorating and enjoy the food and goodies, we had a fun Christmas holiday, with the usual caroling/hayride and multiple combined breakfast and dinner opportunities.

During December we had the blessing of being in three local parades (as mentioned in the letter) and attended Christmas Eve service as a family at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Our tradition of Christmas Eve at Nanny’s was moved to Christmas Evening to accommodate our out-of-towners, and I think it will stick as our party time from now on.

Enjoy our newsletter and Family News (page 2) and share some of your Christmas traditions in the comments!

Blessings for an awesome 2022!

Patti

🌟 No-Prep 60-Minute NEW YEARS Bible Lesson

Here’s a great way to start the New Year! Another great Bible Lesson, with lots of useable materials for less than $5.00! Download it today! Professional Mom

 

Hi!

 

Give kids a spiritual boost heading into 2022!

 

You can print out our New Years Lesson Plan here:

 

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/newyearslesson/

 

January gives us a moment to pause and recommit to what’s truly important in our lives- our goals, our faith, our family, our friends.

 

This turn-key lesson kit will take just 60 minutes to teach, but it will jumpstart a child’s mindset as they look forward on the next 365 days.

 

Happy New Year!

Mary-Kate

🎄Printable Nativity Ornaments

Don’t miss this very affordable download from teachsundayschool.com! The kiddies are home for the holidays and need some fun things to do! Check it out! Professional Mom

Hi!

Check out these adorable 3-D printable
ornaments
:

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/nativityornaments/

It’s a complete Nativity Scene for the
Christmas tree!

Print out the templates here. (pictures of
the finished ornaments are posted too)

Enjoy!
Mary-Kate

🎁 10 “Print & Gift” Christmas Crafts for Kids

Another gem from teachsundayschool.com! More downloadable crafts to help keep Christ in Christmas!

Hi!

Help kids learn that Christmas is just as much about
giving as it as about getting this year!

We’ve come up with 10 Christ-Centered Christmas Crafts
for Kids to Gift to those they love!

Use them with your own kids to create gifts for
loved ones (Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts,
Cousins, Teachers, Bus Drivers, Postal Carriers,
etc.)

Use them at church to help kids wrap up a
special something for Mom & Dad this year that
will be a keepsake for years to come.

You can print out all the craft templates &
see pictures of the finished products here:

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/printandgift/

Merry Christmas!
Mary-Kate

🦃 10 Christ-Centered Thanksgiving Crafts [PRINTABLE]

Mary-Kate from  teachsundayschool.com shared another download for your Thanksgiving holiday fun!

Hi!

 

Need a fun activity to keep the kids busy today?

 

We just posted 10 printable Thanksgiving craft projects on the website:

 

https://teachsundayschool.com/i/thanksgiving/

 

I’m particularly in love with all the Scriptures of Thanksgiving Pumpkins & the Turkey Tickets.

Grab the templates here.

 

Enjoy!

Mary-Kate

 

Who is God?

From Pure in Heart Stories, a Literary Magazine for Kids,  created and edited by Veronica McDonald and her daughter, Mia McDonald, with special feedback from her husband Joe McDonald. Click the link above for more of this awesome children’s literary journal.

Who is God?

Do you have questions about who God is? You’re not alone. All of us at one time or another have wondered about the mysteries of our existence.

Here is what the Bible tells us about God:

God is real. He created the universe, the Earth, and everything in it (including you). He is the creator of life. As your creator and designer, He knows you, your mind, and your heart. He knows everything about you. He loves you (He is love), and He wants a relationship with you.

Here’s the problem: there is distance between us and God. This separation exists because, whether we know it or not, we choose our own way of living instead of God’s way. This is called sin. Sin is choosing to say, think, or do things that are against God’s will. Everyone sins, without exception, and it keeps us from getting close to a good, pure, and perfect God. We cannot get rid of our sinfulness by our own efforts – not by trying to be a good person or performing good deeds. But sin must be acknowledged and dealt with in order for a relationship with God to begin.

So, in order to restore the broken relationship with humanity, the Author wrote Himself into His own story…

God came into His own creation, and lived as a man. As a human, He helped us to know His character and showed us how to live. He shared in our humanity, but never sinned. After teaching people about the ways of God, He allowed Himself to be falsely accused by religious leaders and arrested by Roman soldiers, then brutally executed. He did this to make Himself a sacrifice, so that all of the sin of humanity (past, present, and future) could be placed on His shoulders and be punished once and for all.

After He died, He came back from the dead three days later. This miracle proved that He had power over life and death, and confirmed the truth of all His teachings. He told us that whoever trusts Him will be given life – real life – and will one day live with Him forever in a paradise untainted by the sin that corrupts our world. He made a relationship possible again. His human name is Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew). Many people often refer to Jesus as their “savior” because He literally saves us from the dire consequences of sin – which are destruction, death, and separation from the love and goodness of God.

If you want to know the God who loves you, there’s nothing you have to do. You don’t have to go to church first and you don’t have to start making promises to be a good person. Just come to Him as you are, imperfections and all. Talk to Him, wherever you are. While you’re talking, recognize who He is. Ask Him for His forgiveness for your sins. Ask Him to take your life and make it new. And because He loves you, and because He is good, He will do just that.

Bible References:

  • “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
  • “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
  • “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
  • “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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