Nancy Ruth

Author and former children’s minister with a passion to equip kids to live boldly for Christ.

ABC Attributes of a Child of God

The following is copied with permission from the August 2021 “From the Pastor” section of the Zion Lutheran Church Newsletter.

Who are You?

This month many of you will be starting school again, and one of the first things you… Continue reading

Love Your Neighbor

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Most Christians are familiar with the Great Commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 says this:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and… Continue reading

People don’t care how much you know…

Have you heard this old adage? “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s true.

Think back for a minute. Who was your favorite teacher in school? Why were they your favorite? Did… Continue reading

Can we really make ourselves better?

Each January, the air is full of hope. “This year will be better,” we tell ourselves. We set goals, make resolutions, and vow to be better. Is all this effort worth it? Can we really make ourselves better?

The answer… Continue reading

2 Lessons for Kids from the US Capital Riot

If you haven’t heard, the U.S. Capital Building was stormed last week for the first time since the War of 1812.

This whole thing upsets me so much that I’m not going to go into much of the whys, wherefores,… Continue reading

Star of Bethlehem

If you’re a stargazer or an educator, you probably know that tonight (Dec. 21, 2020) is a rare planetary alignment. Articles like this one suggest it may be the “Star of Bethlehem.” Is that true? Let’s talk about it.

Planetary… Continue reading

When are you a Christian?

What makes you a Christian? It’s not the things you do or labels you wear. You’re a Christian when you trust in Jesus as your Savior. Children’s sermons are often object lessons done more for the benefit if adults than… Continue reading

Is there only one right way?

In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, we’ve decided to release excerpts from the as-yet-unpublished book Why Do Bad Things Happen? A Devotional for Busy Families. This book will not be released until later this year, but we felt families… Continue reading

Socially-Distant Egg Hunt for Kids

Are you stuck inside for quarantine or self-isolation? Are the kids driving you nuts? Are you trying to figure out how to still make Easter (Resurrection Sunday) special? Try this socially-distant egg hunt. It includes actions to do along with… Continue reading

Bible Book Memory Tricks for Kids: 1 Chron. – 2 Sam.

Looking for a fun way to memorize the books of the Bible? Here are some silly tricks to remember the books of OT History.

Our kids’ Bible book memory plan uses repetition and visual memory techniques that are crazy enough… Continue reading



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