Nancy Ruth

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

Commercialism & Worldview

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you don’t live in the States, I encourage your family to take some time to thank God for all He’s given and done for you in the past year.… Continue reading

SNEAK PEEK – Waiting for Christmas: Weekly Family Advent Devotionals

You may have seen us advertising the new Family Advent Readings designed for use in “Big Church.” Today we’re getting a sneak peek at the new Advent Family Devotional which will be available next week.

Waiting for Christmas: Weekly Family… Continue reading

The Thankfulness Game

Does your family like candy corn? How about other small fall treats? You can use these treats to teach kids thankfulness.

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:26 (NIV)

Here’s how the game… Continue reading

4 Strategies for Teaching Your First Elementary Sunday School Class

Serving by example is the best way to teach children and youth to think of others and serve. One of the best places to serve is in your local church. You might even see if a teenager from your family… Continue reading

An Unexpected Encounter with God

Do you sometimes feel like you’re giving all you have but don’t seem to make any measurable progress? I do.

This is why I chose to study the account of Jesus walking on water. It’s true that this was a… Continue reading

Faith in the Face of Harvey

Hurricane Harvey 2017 (AP photo)

Why do bad things happen? How should we pray in the face of tragedy?

If you haven’t heard, Hurricane Harvey has been wrecking destruction on the Gulf Coast. My sister and her family live in… Continue reading

Resources for Teachers

I’m a big proponent of life-long learning. I know I don’t know everything and I’ve heard senior adults say the same thing about themselves. It’s Scriptural too.

Ephesians 4:14-16 (ESV)

14 so that we may no longer be… Continue reading

What to Expect This Summer

What are some fun ways you can keep kids thinking about spiritual matters this summer? We have some ideas.

Hello, everybody!

Are you glad summer is here? Part of me says “YES!” while part of me says “Already?!” I know… Continue reading

Plan More Than You Think You’ll Need

How do you avoid facing the “Uh-oh! Now what?” situation? Plan ahead, come prepared, and have backup activities.

This question applies to family Bible study leaders, Children’s Ministers, homeschool moms and dads, Sunday school teachers, AWANA leaders, church… Continue reading

So what? Why does it matter?

So what? Why does what you’re teaching matter? Kids ask this question all the time. All teachers need to consider the answer when they prepare to teach. This includes VBS teachers, family Bible study leaders, Children’s Ministers, homeschool moms and… Continue reading

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