3 Resources to Encourage Your Students to Read the Bible at Home

For many years, I’ve heard that it was impractical to expect children to read the Bible at home. The comment is usually followed by they’re too young to understand what they read. Yet I’ve never seen an objection like that to secular books. Why does the world encourage our students and children while we try to hold them back? While children who have not yet learned to read may have difficulty and will need the Bible read to them, there is no reason children with reading skills are introduced to the Bible as reading material. Here’s some resources to help you do that:

Fire Bible For Kids

There is nothing like it… The first ever study Bible with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit written specifically for kids.. Each Book of the Fire Bible for Kids includes an introduction Section, Study Notes, and Engaging Graphics.  This is the Bible for Children that you need for your kids and this Christ centered bible for children will increase your kids devotional life.  The Bible comes with a Concordance, Glossary, Theme Finders®, Full Color Maps and Illustrations. This New King James Version will help today’s kids become tomorrow’s Church.

  • Draws kids into the Word.
  • Builds family values and combats secular ideals.
  • Teaches how to apply biblical truths for daily living.
  • Illustrated with beautifully multicolored pages.
  • Spirit Lead Kids Bible

The Bible App for Kids

Help your kids fall in love with God’s Word with this free Bible app for children with reading plans from YouVersion.

 

NIV Adventure Bible

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Ready for Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the Adventure Bible — now in full color throughout! Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God. Recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids!

Does Your Children’s Ministry Need a Consultation?

One resource Revival Fire for Kids provides is a children’s ministry consultation.  A children’s ministry consultation is when we come to your church, give you a worker training day, evaluate your children’s ministry’s needs, assist in a plan of action, and provide resources and advice.

How do you know if your children’s ministry could benefit from a children’s ministry consultation? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, then a children’s ministry consultation could provide the help you need.

My children’s ministry is in such a mess, I don’t even know where to start or what to do?

I know there are problem areas that need fixed, but I honestly don’t know how to fix them?

My children’s ministry seems to have hit a wall. I’m not sure why it’s not effective any more?

I know what needs to be done to make my children’s ministry effective, but I need a plan of action to get me there?

I know what needs done and how to get it there, but my pastor and congregation doesn’t understand. My pastor would listen to “an expert” from outside.

My children’s ministry is doing well, but I know it could do better. I’m not sure what needs to be done to improve it.

If you can relate to any of these, a children’s ministry consultation would help. Here’s some of the things your children’s ministry will receive with a consultation:

  • Complete evaluation of your children’s ministry
  • Free Church Children’s Ministry Handbook on CD Rom
  • Goal and Vision Statement Planning Sessions
  • Problem Solving Sessions
  • Calendar and Program Planning
  • Teacher and Worker Training Session
  • Strategies to get your where you want to be
  • Children’s Church Session
  • Free Curriculum and Resources
  • Any other organizational help needed

If you would like more information on booking a children’s ministry consultation, contact me at revivalfire4kids@att.net.

Adventures in Prayer Map

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An international prayer ministry, Every Home for Christ, has Adventures in Prayer maps for children. These maps are absolutely free and include steps and a schedule for children to pray for every nation on Earth within one month. What a great way to teach children about prayer and about missions. You can order children’s prayer maps here.

Adventures in Prayer (targeted for ages 5-12)

Features an easy step-by-step system to help a child understand the important aspects of daily prayer. The map also features an easy-to-follow numbered world map identifying all 228 nations of the world, photos of children from other regions of the world and even a survival challenge.

Let the Children Pray by Esther Ilnisky

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How God’s Young Intercessors are Changing the World

by Esther Ilnisky

Description:

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…  to silence the foe and the avenger” – {Psalm 8:2} Praying children not only get God’s ear, they get results!  Better yet, praying children become praying adults.  In “Let the Children Pray”, Esther teaches you how your children can be released to pray with purpose and power.  Your children can be equipped and released to join the growing army of young warriors who are helping to change both generations and nations. God’s response to the children’s prayers (remarkable testimonies included) confirm a new generation of mighty prayer warriors in our homes and churches – a virtually untapped resource for such a time as this!

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Most churches have children occupied in the back room when corporate church prayer meeting take place as if they’re too young to pray. But children can be taught to be intercessors. What’s more, in the Bible, children were always included in prayer meetings. Children’s prayers are powerful. That’s why I loved what Esther Ilnisky wrote in this book. She teaches how we can equip and release our children to pray. All children’s pastors should read it.

Acronyms For Children’s Ministry

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Here’s a few acronyms that work great for children’s ministry. None of these are mine. I’ve just picked them up from other people along the way.

WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

FROG – Fully Rely On God

God loves FAT People – Faithful, Available, Teachable

ROCK – Righteous, Outrageous, Christian Kids

TRUTH – Totally Righteous & United Through Him

HOT – Holy, Obedient Teaching

DOG – Dependant on God

ACTS Prayer – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication

PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens

PRAY – Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield

BIBLE – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

SWAT – Spiritual Warfare Advanced Training

CIA – Christians In Action, Christ Is Alive

GPS – Getting People Saved

COPS – Christians Obediently Preaching Salvation

Leave a comment if you know of any I forgot.

Why Does the Genesis Account of Creation Matter?

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Today, Janice D. Green is our guest blogger. Janice recently wrote a children’s book on creation called THE CREATION. Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a free copy.

What difference does it make if God created the earth or not? Why should we care?

A man named Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution in 1859, and scientists began to buy into his theory so that today it is taught as fact in many schools. People who bought into this theory were emboldened by it to believe and convince others that there is no God, and that the Genesis account of creation is simply the accumulation of fireside tales.

I would like to challenge these people’s thinking. There is too much logic and scientific thought embedded in the Genesis account to believe that cave men sat around campfires and thought it up. Even up to the day of Columbus people thought the world was flat and the sun moved around the earth.

Let us consider the sequence of the Genesis account:

Pre-day 1: God created the heavens and the earth. Though it was without form it included the waters and the substance that became the land. (I have separated this from the first day only to emphasize an often overlooked part of creation. In the Jewish tradition a day begins at sundown making this a part of the first day.)

Day 1: God created light and defined it as day. He separated the light from the darkness and called the darkness night. This marks the beginning of measurable time as we know it.

Day 2: God separated the waters and made our sky (atmosphere). All life must breathe and must have water.

Day 3: God brought the land up out of the waters and created vegetation with seeds. Only plants can create energy from light, water, and minerals from the soil. Plants are the most basic ingredient in the food chain. Without them animals could not exist.

Day 4: God created the sun, moon and heavenly bodies. This is essential to the creation of seasons that are necessary for maintaining the plants. People tolerate and/or enjoy seasons, but plants are dependent on them.

Day 5: God created the birds and the sea creatures.

Day 6: God created the animals that live on land. When everything else was ready, God created people. They were the most highly developed of all, and God created them in his own image.

Day 7: Then God rested for one day setting an example for us to follow.

Consider the beauty and the intricate design that we see in all of nature. From the grandest planets, mountains, and sunsets to the tiniest flower, butterfly wing, and grain of pollen under a microscope there is beauty and order that defies the idea that it all happened by chance. Romans 1:20 tells us, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (NIV)

Scientists have not disproved God. To do that they would have had to have gone to everyplace that exists with instruments capable of detecting him. Scientists can only declare what they do not know about God.

When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden he gave them the opportunity to choose to follow his plan or to go their own way. They chose the path of disobedience. We are given the same chance. To choose to believe in the Creator or to live in rebellion going our own way.

If we choose to acknowledge that we are made in God’s image, we will value ourselves and serve God and mankind. If we believe we are accidents with no plan, we see ourselves as animals with limited value for ourselves or others.

All eternal matters boil down to choices we make based on our relationship to the One True Living God.

Janice D. Green 
God’s Word is sweeter than honey from the comb. (Psalm 19:10)
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Featured Resource: 100 Prayers God Loves To Hear

100 Prayers God Loves To Hear

100 Praise Songs

Created by Stephen Elkins

Book Description:

In 100 Prayers, 100 Praise Songs, best-selling author Stephen Elkins brings an exciting and educational way for children to learn about prayer by teaching them 100 prayers to pray to God and providing 100 songs to sing Him praises.

God loves to hear from His children and this book will help kids feel comfortable talking to God and singing praise to Him. Prayers include classic prayers such as “Now I Lay Me;” Biblical prayers such as “The Lord’s Prayer;” topical prayers such as how to pray when I am afraid or what to pray when I am thankful; and prayers from famous believers. Familiar Bible verses tell of God’s promises and encourage little ones to talk to Him every day. This is a great resource to help kids memorize 100 Bible verses. Includes two CDs with 100 new praise songs written and recorded by Grammy-nominated producer, Stephen Elkins.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥

This is a great prayer book to teach preschoolers how to pray. It not only has the common mealtime and bedtime prayers, but prayers for every situation. I highly recommend it for children five and under. It also has two CDs included with 100 praise songs. These CDs disappointed me. They’re outdated and bland and remind me of preschool praise music of the 1960’s and 70’s. If you’re buying this for the prayers, it’s well worth it, but skip the songs.

10 Favorite Children’s Church Worship Songs

Here’s my 10 favorite children’s church worship songs in no particular order.

All I Wanna Do  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 2)

You Are My King  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 3)

My Heart Your Home  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 3)

Your Love Is Deep  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 4)

I Surrender  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

Your Name  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

Mighty To Save  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

Offering  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

Live To Worship  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

My Savior My God  (Made 2 Praise Vol 12)

10 Favorite Children’s Church Praise Song

Here are my 10 favorite fast moving praise songs in no particular order. Beside them are the DVDs they come from and the link to order that DVD.

All Day  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

Shout  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

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No Other Name  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

I’m Not Ashamed  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 12)

Promises  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 10)

Majestic  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

You Never Let God  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 8)

Tell The World  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 7)

Cry Of My Heart  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 2)

My Best Friend  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 2)

Friday I’ll list my 10 favorite worship songs for children’s church.

10 Favorite Children’s Church Activity Songs

Listed below are my 10 favorite activity songs and the DVD they’re from in no particular order. There are links where you can buy them from my website store. All of these songs come from Uncle Charlie’s Made 2 Praise Series. You can order any Made 2 Praise DVD here. In my opinion, they are the best Children’s Church music on the market. That’s why I make them available at my site. Later in the week, I’ll list my 10 favorite praise songs and my 10 favorite worship songs for children’s church.

10 Favorite Activity Songs:

 

Deep Down Boogie  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 10)

Leaning Song  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

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Two By Two  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

Jesus Is A River Of Life  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 9)

I’ve Got The Joy (Made 2 Praise Vol. 12)

Bonkers (Made 2 Praise Vol. 11)

Inside My Heart  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 8)

Spin  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 8)

One Way Jesus  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 7)

 Joy  (Made 2 Praise Vol. 6)