The Season of Love
This issue should invite readers to ponder how God’s lavish acts of love toward us call us to our own lavish acts of love.Order Now See Inside
An Advent wreath has four candles (usually three purple ones and a pink one that is lit on the third Sunday) in a circle. A taller, white candle, the Christ candle, goes in the middle. You can buy an Advent wreath or make your own. You could use these devotions with your family or ask your Sunday school teacher about using them in your class.
First Sunday of Advent
Light the first candle
One: Today we begin our Advent journey of waiting and listening.
All: As we wait for the coming of Jesus into our lives again, we listen to God. more
12/02/2013 at 10:22 am
* Where did you see God’s love today?
* How did you show God’s love to someone today?
* What can we do as a family to show love to our neighbors? Our community? Our church? Our world?
* Is it ever hard to remember that Christmas is for celebrating Jesus’ birth? What makes it hard? What helps us remember? What else can we do to remind ourselves?
12/01/2013 at 02:15 am
As we enter the Advent season, many of us find ourselves poised (or braced) for what feels like a headlong rush toward Christmas. And as much as we may love many of the traditions of the season (even the secular ones), we also find ourselves longing for more meaning, more focus on Christ, more connection with those we love. more
12/01/2013 at 01:00 am
Before you begin, prepare a table with a candle and objects or pictures that remind you of the things you are especially thankful for this year.
Read Psalm 98:4-9 and James 1:17-18, 22-25.
One: We enjoy God’s blessings every day of the year.
All: And we thank God every day. more
11/06/2013 at 11:44 am
8 Great Steps Toward Living More Simply
1. Before you buy something, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”
2. Spend time outside and appreciate God’s great creation: free entertainment!
3. Go through your toys. Choose some you might be ready to donate and share with someone else. more
10/31/2013 at 02:01 pm
* What made you feel most thankful today?
* What do you think it means to live simply? Do you think our family should try to live more simply? What are some things we could do if we want to live more simply?
* If you decided to give away some of the things you own, what would you give away?
* Do you ever feel like you (or we as a family) are too busy? What could we do to make our schedule more simple?
* What’s one thing you feel like you had more time to do?
10/31/2013 at 01:55 pm
Here are some fun ways for your family to learn more about everyday heroes.
*Watch a DVD together and talk about ways different characters were heroic in the story. Who are the heroes in this story? In what ways do they act as heroes? Would they consider themselves as heroes? Your parents can help decide what film is best for your family. Here are some suggestions: more
09/30/2013 at 09:16 am
* Who do you consider a hero? Why is that person a hero to you?
* Can you think of anyone who looks up to you? How does that affect the things you do?
* Who are some heroes you remember from the Bible? Why were they heroes?
* Who are some heroes in your family (your town? your church?)?
09/30/2013 at 09:01 am
Peer pressure is one of the constants in children’s lives, and it seems to affect them at younger and younger ages. It can influence what they wear, what they listen to, what they watch, and, more seriously, whether they develop healthy habits and attitudes. While peer pressure is not always negative—children can influence one another to do good things as well as bad—this issue should help children to develop a strong sense of themselves as children of God, who are always and unconditionally loved by their Creator, even though they may seem different from the crowd. It should also help children identify ways they can resist temptations when being pressured by peers and ways to recognize when they themselves may be exerting unhealthy peer pressure.
09/01/2013 at 09:44 am