Jo-Jo-Jo-Jonah

This one is kind of fun for the kids. It’s the Old Testament story of Jonah to the tune of “Lola” by the Kinks, or “Yoda” from Weird Al Yankovich if you grew up in my generation. Enjoy!

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Our God Is An Awesome God

Here’s a modern version of the song “Awesome God” for kids. This one might be a good fit for your Children’s Ministry. Enjoy!

Rockin’ Kids Music

No more of those boring kids songs. Come enjoy these remakes of classic kids song with a classic rock feel. Enjoy it with your kids:

Best Devotional Book for Kids

Growing With JesusI don’t recommend things lightly on this blog, but I was at my local Lifeway store last night looking through the Children’s Devotional section, and I was reminded of the best such book I have ever read with my kids.  The name of the book is Growing With Jesus by Andy Holmes.  I found the book quite by accident.  I ordered it from one of those fund raisers that comes home from school with the kids without ever having seen the inside.  That is a bit of a scary prospect when it comes to any so called “Christian Literature” especially of the Kid’s variety because you never know what you’re going to get!

Fortunately, this book did not disappoint, and I comend it to any parent or Children’s Ministry worker to read with their kids.  From Devotion #1 – “You’re God’s Special Project” to Devotion #100 – “Jesus is Coming Back,” this book affirms, eddifies, teaches and challenges kids and the adults reading with them.  Each devotional offer a Bible Verse, Thoughts to Grow On which explores the verse, Today which offers the kids actions they can take today related to the devotional, and My Amazing World which gives the kids an interesting factoid.  Each devotional is two pages and includes illustrations which keep the kids interest.  For example, my kids were constantly looking for the devotionals with the pictures from the front cover!  Last time we read through this book, my kids were 6 and 4.  We are starting in again this week, they are now 8, 6 and almost 2.  They love the book, and the devotions spark even deeper conversations.   As a parent I love that they love the book, and I find myself learning from it as well.

Blog Patrol (June 23, 2009)

police-fish Welcome to a special post-Father’s Day installment of the Blog Patrol! In honor of Father’s Day, all articles linked in this week’s blog patrol have to do with parenting, kids and Children’s Ministry.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Growing Up Without Dad

  • Keith M. Jowers offers this moving personal testimony about growing up without a Dad.

Tuesday (June 16, 2009)

How Fatherhood Is Changing

  • John Fuller offers a link to a Voice of America report on the changing views of fatherhood in America.

Family Time vs. Computer Time???

  • This article from CM Buzz looks at the growing trend of computer time being used to replace what was formerly family time and the negative impact of that trend.

Fathers, Your Attitude Should Be Like Christ’s

  • This article from John Younts reminds fathers that their attitude in parenting should mirror that of Christ.

Helping Kids Use Their Powers For Good

  • This article examines how to draw the best out of each child based on the unique gifts God has given him.

Leading a child to faith

  • Kenny Conley starts a new series on leading a child to faith with some background information.

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Parenting By The Book

In honor of Father’s Day, Tim Hawkins offers some insights on parenting. I love the line, “God gave me this song.” To all you fellow fathers out there, enjoy your Father’s Day and remember to honor our father in heaven.

Ch. 19 – Teenagers: Training Procedures – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 19 – Teenagers: Training Procedures.”

Tripp introduces this chapter as follows:

“I remember thinking that if keeping my children in line depended on me outwitting them, I might fail.  I am now persuaded that raising teenagers is not a matter of out-maneuvering them.  It is much more exciting and satisfying than that.”

Instead, raising teenagers is about internalizing the gospel.  This is the process of them embracing the Christian faith you have been teaching them as their own.  As a parent, our wish for our teenagers is that they develop their own identities as children of God.  The internalization of the gospel in teenagers requires the Holy Spirit in the same way that it does for all believers young and old.

Tripp reminds us that there is no promise to be found in the Bible that our kids will come to faith in Jesus Christ.  Our hope is not in a promise that our kids will come to faith but in the gospel itself which turns sinners to Christ.  Our role as parents during this vital time is to seek to influence them in the internalization of the gospel.

As children become teens, they become more acutely aware of their own sin.  They are also faced with the realization that not everyone believes the same things they have been taught.  As parents, Tripp says our task “is to shepherd and nurture his interaction with the gospel.”

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