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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

Advent Nativity – Week 1, Angels

This olive wood nativity set was hand carved in Bethlehem. Roger and Mary Bailey purchased it on their first trip to the Holy Land in 1999.

This year my second-grade Sunday school co-teacher and I wanted to do something a… Continue reading

“The church is full of hypocrites!”

“The church is full of hypocrites!” How would you answer someone (or yourself) in the face of this objection? The same objection may be voiced a number of ways. “I like Jesus, just not the church. It’s full of hypocrites.”… Continue reading

Event Evaluation

Easter celebrations are behind us and summer planning is in full swing. Many of these events happen yearly (like vacations, field trips, Vacation Bible School, camp, etc.). This post explains how to save yourself a lot of trouble the next… Continue reading

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

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

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

Fun Makes It Stick

How can you make your lesson fun? Kids and fun go together like peanut butter and jelly (or peas and carrots if you’re allergic to peanuts). If you want to connect with kids, you’ve got to play a little.… Continue reading

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