May 2015

Family Challenges

This issue is to show
children that faith is part of our everyday lives, and the ways faith equips us to face the challenges we face each day.

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5 Guidelines for iKids and their use of Smartphones and Tablets

As the use of smartphones and tablets increases among the iKids, those children and youth born since 2000, a number of new studies have focused on the unintended consequences of the overuse of these devices. Children are not miniature adults, but are in key phases of spiritual, physical, and mental development that defines who they will become as adults.

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05/11/2015 at 07:22 am

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About this Issue

May 2015—Family Challenges

Family is the basic community in which faith is lived out and passed on, and each year our May issue focuses on some aspect of family life. This year we look at some of the challenges faced by families. One of our overall goals in Pockets is to show children that faith is part of our everyday lives, so we particularly hope to help our readers see the ways faith equips us to face the challenges we face each day.;

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04/30/2015 at 09:08 am

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5 Ways To Spread Hope

by Karen M. Leet

 

Because we know that God loves us, we have hope even when terrible things are happening. Here are a few ideas for spreading hope to others: more

04/01/2015 at 01:20 pm

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Easter: The Light of the World

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And told us about God’s great love for us.

One: Jesus came and walked among us

All: And taught and healed.

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03/31/2015 at 01:30 pm

Where in God’s World is Poland?

Fascinating Facts about Poland

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This central European country is home to about 38 million people.

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03/31/2015 at 01:19 pm

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About This Issue

April 2015—Hope                                                                                               

Economic turmoil, terrorism, war, natural disasters—as we are inundated with these and other accounts and images of suffering, it is easy to feel despair. Yet the message of Easter, of the Resurrection, is hope! Our faith in God and our decision to follow the risen Christ call us to live with hope. And it is out of hope that we are able to respond to the needs of our neighbors—next door and around the world. This issue looks at how the good news of Jesus’ resurrection turns our eyes from despair to hope and how we can respond to seemingly hopeless situations with the confidence of children of God.

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03/31/2015 at 01:17 pm

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A Lenten Litany

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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.

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O God, we confess that sometimes we have let other things be more important than you are to us. Forgive us, God. more

02/27/2015 at 02:48 pm

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Fascinating Facts about Israel

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This country on the Mediterranean Sea is slightly larger than New Jersey. Though it’s a small country, Israel includes everything from mountains to desert to beaches.

Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is considered holy by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. more

02/27/2015 at 02:48 pm

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Using March 2015 in Groups

Though Pockets is primarily a resource for children’s personal use, the magazine can be used in groups as supplemental Sunday-school material or with weeknight groups or Pockets clubs. Here are suggestions for using the March issue, on the theme Prayer in weekly segments. more

02/27/2015 at 02:47 pm

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The List: 7 Ways to Listen to God

by Karen M. Leet

How do you spend your prayer time? Talking to God about what’s going on in your life and what you’re feeling? Asking for help for yourself and your friends and family? Awesome! God wants to hear from us about all those things. But sometimes we forget that prayer also means learning to listen to God. God doesn’t usually shout at us, though. Here are some ways we might learn to listen to God. more

02/27/2015 at 02:41 pm

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