January 2016

Priorities

This issue might touch on include use of time, care of our bodies, attention to important relationships, and, of course, nurturing our spiritual lives.

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About the January/February 2016 issue

The new year offers a good opportunity to evaluate what is really important. What does the way we live say about what we truly value? What may be getting crowded out? How does what we see and hear in the world around us confuse our priorities? These may seem like adult questions, but advertising has invaded practically every area of our lives and continually tells us what is important. Popular culture inundates us with images that we’re told we should aspire to. Children are at least as susceptible to these influences as we are! How can we help children understand that God’s priorities are different than the world’s priorities? more

01/25/2016 at 02:37 pm

Lent/Easter prayer calendar

 

Lent/Easter prayer calendar

Lent is the six-week period before Easter when we get ready to celebrate Christ’s resurrection by looking carefully at our lives and making changes that can help us get closer to God. Lent begins this year on February 10 and continues until Easter. This calendar has ideas of people to pray for, scriptures to memorize, and activities for Lent and the first few days of the Easter season.

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01/25/2016 at 02:21 pm

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A Lenten Litany

Leader: Lent is a special time for prayer, for reading our Bibles, and for looking at our lives to see if there is anything we do that is not pleasing to God. So let us tell God about the things that we need God to forgive us for.
All: O God, we confess that sometimes we have let other things be more important than you are to us. Forgive us, God. more

01/25/2016 at 01:26 pm

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What’s Important?

One: Many people in the Bible had to decide what was the most important thing.

All: Some made good decisions, and some made bad decisions.

One: Like Adam and Eve,

All: who ate fruit from the tree that God had said not to eat from. more

01/01/2016 at 07:55 am

Where in God’s World is Honduras?

Fascinating Facts about Honduras

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This central American country is home to about 7 million people. The land includes coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, rainforest, and lots of mountains. more

01/01/2016 at 07:40 am

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Recipe on Page 21

 

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We’ve discovered that an ingredient was left off of the pumpkin bread recipe in our November issue. Here’s the corrected recipe. We apologize for any inconvenience!

This recipe will make two loaves of pumpkin bread or 24 muffins, so there’s plenty to share! This uses canned pumpkin; but if you have fresh cooked pumpkin, that would be delicious. more

11/06/2015 at 01:19 pm

Where in God’s World is Estonia?

Fascinating Facts about Estonia

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This northern European country is about the same size as New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined. Only about 1.3 million people live here, and almost half the land is wooded.

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09/30/2015 at 02:02 pm

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating Facts about Colombia

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This country located in the northwest coast of South America is home to about 45 million people. It’s the only South American country with coasts on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Colombia is named after the explorer Christopher Columbus.

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08/28/2015 at 01:17 pm

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Vacation Time

Summer is vacation time for many families, so it’s a good time to pray for those who are traveling. This litany would be appropriate to do before the family departs on a vacation or when friends or loved ones are traveling. Begin by having someone read this passage from Psalm 139:7-12: more

06/26/2015 at 07:25 am

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The List

8 Awesome Ways To Explore Creation

by Karen M. Leet

God created an amazing world for us! Here are some ideas for ways you can explore, protect, and learn more about it. After you read these, come up with your own list of other ideas! more

06/03/2015 at 11:24 am

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