The Toddler’s Bible

“Your toddler is ready to start building a delight in the Word, a hunger to learn it, a passion to read it. This is the age to begin building that delight, or hunger, or passion. Next year may too late.”
V. Gilbert Beers

I’ve got a chance to share a great new update to a great Toddler’s Bible.  V. Gilbert Beers created “The Toddler’s Bible” years ago, and we now have a brand-new edition to enjoy.  As with all Bibles of this nature, it’s so important that we read them to our toddlers and children.  It’s not meant to be something thrown into the library cabinet, and left to collect dust.  Make it work for your family!

I was able to ask Mr. Beers a question, and I’d love to share his response to that question.

“Mr. Beers. Many of us will read a bible like this out loud to our kids.  What advice would you give those reading to their children?”

Reading together with your children helps us to grow closer and  we see a bonding between us as family; but also a bonding between us and the Word of God.

 

Psalm 78:4-7 (NLT)  

 4 We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the LORD,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
6 so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles

           and obeying his commands.  

Illuminate Weekend in Nashville

This weekend I’ll be in Nashville to help make the Illuminate Volunteer Conference happen!  This is our first time in Nashville, and the numbers of people already registered is off the charts.  Every time I travel to lead a breakout at Illuminate…I leave being encouraged and inspired by the quality of Kidmin leaders in our churches across the country.  There is so much passion and energy in leaders both younger than me and older!

You can be a part of the experience by visiting Illuminate.tv  site and registering to be the first to know when all this great volunteer-friendly content become available online!  And if that’s not enough for you, then contact us and maybe we can bring it along to your city!

Growing in Love

A few years ago my wife wrote a blog post about how loving me is keen to climbing a treacherous mountain.  No offense was taken, because let’s be honest…I’m not always perfect.  I’m sure there are couples around the world today celebrating their love through various Valentine-type ways; but today I’d like to reflect on both what has been, and what will be.  I’ve been married almost 14 years to the girlfriend I had in High School.  We’ve lived in different states, different town, and many, many different houses.  We’re raising 3 of our children, and often take in additional foster kids just to “spice it up” a little.

When I look at our marriage, I think of it as the marks on the wall that track your kids height.  Years ago we were a mark way down at the floor, but through time and effort; we’ve slowly moved that mark up the wall.  The thing is that the higher we get up the wall, the larger the wall becomes!  But I know I have a lifetime to grow, expand, and learn to serve my wife more.

It’s in the spirit of that growing love that I dedicate one of the most famous poems ever written….

Sonnets from the Portuguese, XLIII || (From Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right,

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith;

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! and if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Listening to our Neighbors

I’m one of those people that is always quick to an answer a question.  I’ve often assumed that my answers are the ones everyone will like…call it pride if you want.  Over the years I’ve become slower and slower to answer a question that may be out there in the organization (or church.)  I’ve learned that most of my learning comes from listening first.  I’m continuing to learn that keeping my mouth shut for at least a little while, helps me articulate the right answer.  And there is the added bonus of listening being a prerequisite of love.

“Listening, as far as I m concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying I love you is being a receptive listener Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.”

-Fred Rogers

How great is that quote?  And as if that isn’t great enough, the Bible talks about this slow and fast things as well…

James 1:19 || “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”

INCM + Youth Specialties = Orange 2012

All week I’ve been participating in a special look at what the Orange Conference could mean for those of us ministering to the Next Generation.  This year there are some special things Orange is doing to reach out to those working in Youth and Children’s Ministry.

We are thrilled to present TWO specialty tracks sponsored by Youth Specialties and International Network of Children s Ministries! Our friends in ministry will be providing the speakers and content, so you are sure to hear a favorite from one of their conferences and some great content. We are proud to present these to anyone wishing for a two-conference-in-one experience.

As a great fan of both INCM (the host of CPC), and Youth Specialties; I love the reach that Orange is attempting to make for all of us working on the local church level.  So, what are you waiting for?  Visit www.theorangeconference.com today and register now!