SUBSCRIBER FREEBIE: How to Become an Excellent Bible Teacher

It’s the New Year! It’s time for changes. It’s time for focus. It’s time for making resolutions that never come to fruition……

Wait. What?

Excellent Bible TeacherIf you come to this blog often, then you know my main focus is on creating solid Bible content for parents and children’s leaders. Teaching the word of God is one of my greatest passions. Continue reading

The Best Bible for Teaching Kids + Giveaway!

I have loved receiving the comments, concerns, and frustrations that you all have sent. I always say that I have THE best blog readers, and I am right. From your words I can tell you deeply love the kids you teach, whether they are your own, or belong to someone else.

Best BibleI want you to be equipped to teach those children. That’s the reason why I blog. I want you to have the tools you need to feel strong in the Lord so that in His mighty power you can spread the gospel and disciple children. Continue reading

The Huge List of Free Resources for Lent and Easter for Kids

The season of Lent is upon us. Perhaps you already celebrate this with your family. As for my family, we are not Catholic, nor do we belong to a denomination that usually celebrates Lent. I also do not condone the actions of people at Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. But I do want to make the Easter Celebration just as exciting as we do Christmas. After all, Christmas would mean nothing without an empty tomb.

EasterSo this year I am finding new traditions, decorations, waiting calendars, etc., to help my family anticipate Easter. And here are some of the resources that I found. Continue reading

Dracula: The Beginning of Vampire Lore

draculaDracula was written in 1897 by Irish writer Bram Stoker. This is his major claim to fame; his other being the personal assistant of Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in London. While the book has been considered one of the first true gothic horror novels of its era, the title should go to one of its many predecessors such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which debuted roughly seventy years before. Continue reading

Are We Under the Law? or Under Grace? ~ Free Acts 15 Bible Lesson for Kids

Objectives:

  • To define the law
  • To list the events of Acts 15
  • To discuss that the results of The Jerusalem Council

Acts 15Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form, a pile of blocks labeled for different laws (I had 13 blocks and used the list of 163. Be sure the blocks are big enough to become heavy after holding them a while.), a white or red scarf

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Israel; Antioch; Jerusalem

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: The word of the Lord continued to spread. As for the Jews, they continued to stir up controversy and they attempted to persecute Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas completed their first missionary journey and stayed in Antioch.

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A Study in Scarlet: The Beginning of Sherlock Holmes and Watson

A couple of years ago, when I first watched the Robert Downey Jr. versions of the Sherlock Holmes movies, I realized that there was something amiss for me. I felt as if I had been dropped into the middle of a story that I didn’t understand. Watson was getting engaged. Holmes was irritated with Watson. Watson absolutely, positively wasn’t going to work with Holmes again, but he found himself getting sucked into yet one more case.

As much as I enjoyed the movies, I felt as if there was some larger Sherlock Holmes universe and bigger back story that I  was just seeing the tip of the iceberg on in the movies that I was watching. So I decided, around about the time that my older daughter got interested in learning more about detectives and reading mysteries to read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work on Sherlock Holmes. However, I wanted to make sure that I started from the very beginning, so I began with A Study in Scarlet.

A Study in ScarletAbout the Story

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The Parenting War

I had the opportunity to Guest Post over at This Sweet Life this week!! Enjoy!

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There are times when we parents see the enemy all around us. It does not really matter in what form the enemy appears. But you recognize it. You fear for your children, your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country.

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The Perseverance of Paul ~ Acts 14

Objectives:

  • To define perseverance
  • To list the events of the last half of Paul’s first missionary journey
  • To discuss that the gospel will be accepted by some and not by others

Acts 14Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form, pictures of Zeus and Hermes

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Israel; Antioch; Jerusalem; Iconium; Lystra; Derbe; Pisidia; Pamphylia; Perga; Attalia

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: After Peter was released from jail, Saul and Barnabas returned to Antioch with John Mark, who was a cousin of Barnabas. They were sent off on the first missionary journey. The Jews would hear the gospel first and then the gentiles, but eventually Paul stated that the Jews had rejected the gospel and that he would preach to the gentiles. When the gentiles heard this they were overjoyed! They glorified the Lord and many were saved. And the word of the Lord continued to spread. As for the Jews, they continued to stir up controversy and they attempted to persecute Paul and Barnabas.

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Great Expectations: A Book of Brokenness

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There are times when you read a book, and it grabs you and won’t let go.  Great Expectations has been that book for me. Maybe it is the unforgettable characters like Miss Havisham still dressed in her gown from her wedding day (which was years ago) and shut up in her home with all the clocks stopped at twenty minutes to nine. Maybe it is the journey of Pip as he becomes a man and realizes that all he sought after may not be the ultimate goal. Maybe it is the cautionary tales interspersed in the novel of unforgiveness, selfishness, and revenge. Whatever the reason, the plot line has fascinated me since I was a teen. I have read the book three times and more than likely will read it again in the future.

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