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Just like the song at the beginning of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” says: “Christmas time is here…” It may be the most special time of the entire year. Let’s look a little closer into Charlie Brown’s world to see just what is truly special to us at Christmas.
Each year many parents, especially those with small children, face the dilemma of what to do with Halloween. In order to decide the best way to respond to Halloween, it's important to examine the facts alongside some biblical principles.
We are blessed to have so many different education options for our kids here in North Carolina. Here is a link to a very informative article from the Raleigh News & Observer about how home schooling is on the rise in our state.
Ready for Live Love Serve? We've got a few ways your kids can join in as you serve!
While none of us can ever become perfect fathers, we can love our children and let them know it by introducing them to someone who is perfect: our Father in heaven.
Promotion Sunday is just around the corner on 6/1, and that means we will be welcoming a new kindergarten class to Legacy Lodge Children's Church. Our team is excited and ready!
“Like the tomb, this egg is also empty and it represents the sweetest thing about Easter.”
It seems that now more than ever we are seeing movies produced based on Scripture or about God.
"Faster, higher, stronger." That is the Olympic motto. Like many of you, I am enjoying watching the Olympics with my kids. We look forward to seeing the variety of sporting events and the many countries represented. No matter the sport, all of these athletes are striving for the same goal: Olympic gold. This got me to thinking about the goals we may strive for as Christian parents.
As we are beginning 2014 I wanted to share with you all some of the things you can expect this year in Creek Kids.
The Bible tells us "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3).
Hey parents! I'm asked frequently each year how Christian parents and kids should respond to Halloween. I'm excited this year to encourage you all to gladly receive the kids that come to your doors and bless them with candy and kids Gospel tracts.
Hey parents! One of the questions I am most often asked by parents is: "How do I share God's Word with my kids?" I wanted to share with you all a few tips that may be be beneficial as you teach your kids.
Hey Creek Parents! Summer is just around the corner and it is the perfect season for vacations and family fun. It is a time of relaxation and a break from routines...well, most routines anyway. One routine to never get away from is teaching your kids about God.
On June 2nd all Kindergarten through 11th grade students are promoted to their next grade level. We also welcome our new Kindergarten class to Legacy Lodge Children’s Church and Elementary Small Groups. What an exciting day at the Creek this will be for all the kids!
Hey Parents! April is Small Group Emphasis Month here at the Creek. Small Groups are the best way to plug into life at the Creek and build lasting relationships. As we celebrate this month, I wanted to share with you all my heart on the importance of the Elementary Small Groups.
Hey parents! This month is Missions Month in Creek Kids Awana Sparks and T&T. We are excited about focusing on how kids can be a part of the great commission here in our community and around the world.
Hey Parents! I recently did something with our 3rd-4th grade girls Upward basketball team to illustrate the truth of Luke 6:43-45. We had an orange and a large clear cup. Each girl had a turn squeezing the orange with all their strength. At the end of this task, we had about a quarter cup of juice and 6 sets of sticky fingers. The only juice in the cup was orange juice. No apple juice; no grape juice; no tomato juice. Under the intense pressure of squeezing, what was inside the orange had no choice but to come out just as it was.
2012 was another blessed year in Creek Kids Elmentary Ministry. Here's looking forward to an even better year in 2013!
Merry Christmas! I pray you all have a blessed and joyous Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. This morning I came across a very interesting and timely article from Lifeway's website entitled "Giving Christmas Back To Jesus" and wanted to share it with you all.
Hey parents! I have been taken aback by how many of the Creek Kids were not only aware of the recent elections, but had strong opinions about it. This is a golden teaching opportunity for us as parents.
Hey parents! I'm often asked about good devotional books for kids, so it gives me great pleasure to recommend to you all two very good devotional books for kids.
Hey parents! Here's a link to a great article from Lifeway about honoring our kids with what we post online. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
I wanted to share with you all an article from based on a sermon by John Piper that details 5 possible hindrances to kids coming to faith in Christ.
It has been said that the foundation for parenting is marriage. There is no better way to show our children love than to express and model it to our spouse.
Our kids are blessed to live in a world full of technology we could have only dreamed of when we were their age. This can present both a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge as we seek to disciple our kids for Christ.
Here is a fantastic excerpt from "The Resolution For Men" by Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, & Randy Alcorn posted on Lifeway's website. I encourage all men to read this as we approach Father's Day.
Parents, please check out this fantastic post of an article by John Piper from Discipleland's You will be blessed!
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln
To homeschool, or not to homeschool? That may be the question you are prayerfully considering. Homeschooling can be an amazing educational option for your kids and for you as parents. But is it right for your kids and for you?
Hey parents! Please check out this great article from Lifeway's website on teaching our kids about Easter. You will be blessed!
It' "March Madness" time! The brackets are being filled out and people are getting ready to cheer on their favorite college team. While this is a time of great excitement, it can also be a time where we let our emotions and fan loyalties lead us to act in a sinful manner. This is something I refer to as "March Badness."
Do you love your children? Of course you do! A better question might be “Do your children know that you love them?” As Christian parents, we must love our children and let them know it.
Discipline is a big part of discipleship. Our kids need to know the rules and the boundaries as we help them to follow Christ.
Hey parents! I wanted to share with you a fantastic article about discerning salvation through faith in Jesus Christ of our children.
One of my favorite things to do in ministry is to get questions from kids. Most of their questions are about God, the Bible, and creation. I frequently find myself saying "That's a really good question" after most of their questions!
Like many of you, I've been following along with the amazing season and playoffs of the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow. I was blessed to have several conversations with kids this past Sunday at church about him. These conversations prompted me to share some thoughts with you all that may be helpful to you as you talk to your kids.
Happy New Year! Have you made any new year's resolutions? I've got one that I am asking all who read this blog to consider: Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Here is a thought provoking Christmas article from Pastor Mark Driscoll that I wanted to share with you all.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share the following Scripture of encouragement with you all: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward." (Psalm 127:3)
Our family loves Winnie-The-Pooh. The whimsical and wistful childlike world of Pooh and his friends is such a joy to behold. So naturally we had to watch the latest Winnie-The-Pooh movie again when it came out on DVD (yes, we all went to see it in the theatre). It is a delightful movie full of humor and fun. It also has a very good message that illustrates a famous Bible passage.
If you have children in our league, it is easy to figure out their part in Upward: learn more about God; make friends; learn more about the sport. But what part should a parent play in our Upward league?
I wanted to share with you all 2 incidents from the last couple of days regarding what is or isn't fair.
Kids come up with all sorts of ways to complete the statement "When I grow up, I want to be..." When I recently asked this question during Awana Sparks Council Time we heard from several future policemen, a future dancer, an aspiring veterinarian, and many others.
I must admit that Indiana Jones is one of my favorite film heroes of all time. He always has such a cool demeanor as he is flying by the seat of his pants from one adventure to another. Anyone or anything that gets in his way doesn’t stand a chance.
One time long ago I invited a mom and her kids to come to our Sunday night worship. She gave this very memorable response: "We can't come because I have to make lunches for the kids tomorrow." Having the mind of a Children's Pastor, I immediately envisioned a giant peanut butter & jelly sandwich that took 90 minutes to make.
From the Discipleland website, new research reveals 4 keys to raising devoted kids.