Why Teach Children?

By Dennis Farris We have in our grasp the power to shape the future.  We have the ability to provoke change, to bring about something greater than we can ever imagine.  We see the possibilities everyday; we see the potential shape of the future when we walk out our front doors, when we get out of our cars, when we're driving down the road.  It is something small, something seemingly insignificant, yet something of great value, of great importance. You may be thinking something along the lines of “opportunities to serve people” or “opportunit...

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Seeing God’s Hand in Creation

By Ron and Sherry Yeater Quillford made his way along the hedge on his regular search for food. The stillness of the night was broken by a squeaky hinge on the screen door. Quillford stopped in his tracks and listened. Sure enough, he heard the approach of Barky who was out for his final night run. Barky quickly searched the yard and found Quillford’s scent near the hedge. Barky had tried to catch him before but this time he felt that he was really close. Yes, there he was! Just one quick bite and then…ooowww, yelp, yelp, whine. Quillford had heard him coming ...

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S.O.A.P.ing: An Easy Way to Teach Children How to Study the Bible

By Ladonna Andreu Do you apply soap when you take a bath or shower? Sure you do. But why?  It seems logical, to many, that the answer is: Soap makes you clean because it takes away the dirt you pick up all throughout the day. But do you know that many campers believe that swimming in the lake makes them clean? Yes, they are in the water for a LONG time AND they use a towel to dry off.  So, why isn’t this acceptable? “It is one thing to simply read God’s Word.  But what happens when you slow down and really read it? Words can start ‘bubbling...

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4 Ways to Control a Classroom

By Dr. Mark Redka 4 Ways to Control a Classroom When I was 17, I was asked to teach the 5th grade boys’ Sunday School class. I was handed a lesson manual but got no instruction.   I’m not sure what happened to the last teacher but, after a week or two, I suspected either a nervous breakdown or the boys had killed him off.  I tried everything to gain control but it was a battle every week. That continued even when I taught Junior Church while in Bible school. “Okay Billy, take your chair and sit in the hallway.”  Billy was once again ...

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