2 Lessons for Kids from the US Capital Riot

By Nancy Ruth / January 14, 2021 /

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, justifications, morality, and responses. Others have done that. Here are just a few if you…

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When are you a Christian?

By Nancy Ruth / May 25, 2020 /

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 for children. Nancy Ruth takes a different approach. She believes that children can live for…

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Is there only one right way?

By Nancy Ruth / May 4, 2020 /

In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, we’ve decided to release excerpts from the as-yet-unpublished book Why Do Bad Things Happen?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 could use these lessons to talk with their kids about what is happening now. Join…

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What is “faith”?

By Nancy Ruth / June 3, 2019 /

What does “faith” mean? Is faith blind? Are faith and reason (thinking) connected or two separate things? Lately, I’ve been reading The Cross and the Crescent: Understanding the Muslim Heart and Mind by Phil Parshall. This post does not contain affiliate links, but I do recommend the book to those interested. In the first chapter,…

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What is Pharisee-ism? How do you know if it describes you?

By Nancy Ruth / May 6, 2019 /

Can you spot a modern-day Pharisee? How do you know if you are one yourself? I recently read a very interesting book by Timothy Keller called The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (not an affiliate link). I admire the way Keller speaks like a normal person, not a hyper-educated scholar. He…

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What does it mean to “love God with all your heart”?

By Nancy Ruth / November 5, 2018 /

Last week we defined worship like this: “The meaning of the word ‘worship’ is to ascribe worth to something. In other words, it means to say and act like something has worth. It means to honor something, to say it is good and deserving of special attention. More than that, to worship something means to…

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What does “worship” mean?

By Nancy Ruth / October 29, 2018 /

Worship. You hear that word thrown around a lot at church. There’s the “worship service,” the “worship center,” “worship music,” “praise and worship,” and probably a few I forgot. I get it. Worship is important. But what is worship exactly? Is it more than singing a few Christian songs? (Yes.) Are we worshiping things other…

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What does “love the world” mean?

By Nancy Ruth / March 31, 2018 /

Don’t you love it when kids discover the answers to their own questions? A second grade child recently asked me a great question: “What does ‘love the world’ mean?” Soon the class helped answer her question. Our Sunday school that week actually combined two lessons. (We were making up for a week church-wide Sunday school…

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6 Steps for Dealing with Rambunctious Children

By Nancy Ruth / April 13, 2016 /

It’s test season in public schools across America. This is the third year I’ve been an elementary school test monitor. Honestly, I love it! It gives me a great opportunity to encourage and pray for students, teachers, the schools, our state, this country, and children in general. I know there is a lot of debate…

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Ash Wednesday: You Have Dirt On Your Face

By Nancy Ruth / February 3, 2016 /

Next week is Ash Wednesday. Does your church family celebrate Ash Wednesday? Do you? Do your kids know what Ash Wednesday is? Below is an excerpt from our new family Bible study, What Does “Lamb of God” Mean? UPDATE (2/21/17): The completion of this study has been shelved for the time being. Learn about Nancy’s…

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