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Helping children become disciples of Christ

There is nothing parents can do that is more important than helping children become disciples of Christ and there are a lot of people who will have a hand in achieving this goal.  Parents are the most influential, especially in the early years along with Sunday School teachers and if your child goes to a Christian school, teachers.

Helping children become disciples of Christ

 

Other influences include:

  • Youth group counselors can play a major role in helping children become disciples of Christ during middle and early high school years
  • Friends.  It may be hard to control who they select as friends but parents can exert an influence which will pay off.  Your kids are more than likely to end up looking like their friends rather than their friends looking like them.
  • Music can have a profound influence on children as they grow up.  Encourage them to listen to music that is positive and uplifting.  Christian music is available in all types of styles now so encourage kids to find a style that they like.
  • God.  Look for opportunities for God to influence kid’s lives.  Only he has the power to make a permanent change in their lives.  God can work in a variety of ways so pray for your child daily and open up your eyes to opportunities.  Mission trips where kids get to see what life is like in other countries can have a profound influence on their life.  Reading their Bible, praying, serving the needy locally and attending a Christian concert can all influence their life.
  • Encourage your children to memorize Scripture.  This is easier to start when they are young but it is still possible even if kids are now teens.  At Memory Cross we have developed a fun way to help children put God’s Word into their heart.  Click this link for more information.

  • Parents.  I know I said it before but the way you live your life and the passion you have for following Jesus, kids will see and respond to that.  Read your Bible every day, pray all the time, and spend time with your kids.  If you are having a hard time reading your Bible install the Bible App on your phone and listen to God’s word on your commute to work or when you are working around the house or working out.  It make a difference, try it.
  • Sunday School teachers – If you teach Sunday School, don’t look at it as a job but a tremendous opportunity to help make disciples.  You have one hour a week to teach them what it means to become a disciple of Christ.  Don’t waste this opportunity.

If you don’t think you can make a difference in a child’s life watch the video.  If you are struggling with kids who have not turned their life over to God and who are living out of control our prayers are with you.  I’ve been there and I know that it is not easy.  Don’t stop praying and exposing them to God influences.  Find people who can support you and pray that God will work in your child’s life.  Ask others to pray for you and your children.

Helping children become disciples of Christ is by far the most important thing we can give to our children so don’t give up.

If you have resources or comments that you’d like to share, please post them in the comment section.

 

6 Scriptural Prayers for Expecting Moms and Dads

By: Floranilla Rosquita-Aragones

You’re expecting! Your Pregnancy Test is positive! You’re Pregnant! And you’re all excited.  Every pregnancy creates excitement for every expecting mom and dad and even the rest of the expecting family. There is always joy packaged in every pregnancy announcements especially for those first time parents.6 scriptural prayers for expecting mom and dads

Everyone is busy with all the baby showers, doctors’ appointments, laboratories schedules, ultrasounds results and buying baby’s essentials that make the pregnancy journey more exciting. But all of these are just focused on the baby’s physical growth and development. Let us remember that the baby inside the womb is progressing more than that. Just as she or he is growing inside you, so their spirit is learning from the Lord.

When I got married and got pregnant with our first child, I remember what my own mom taught me and my younger siblings during our teenage years. She said that when we got married and got pregnant, it is our foremost responsibility to pray over our baby early as it is still growing within our womb.  I have a younger brother and he was also told by our Mom that as a proud father someday, he is not excused from this responsibility as well. He should also take an active part in praying for his child. Prayer, as she said, is part of preparing ourselves for a new little one in our lives. Mom added that, when our precious child makes his or her way into the world, we will do many important things for him or her, but none is so important as prayer.

Now that I am pregnant with our second child, I gathered verses from the bible that speak beautiful promises of God’s truth over my baby and that gives me more assurances for my unborn daughter. I am sharing this to give encouragements for pregnant moms and excited dads out there. You can pray these not only for your unborn baby but also over all your other children for as we know that Scripture prayed over our family has great power. So, whether you are a mother-to-be, a grandmother-to-be, an aunt-to-be, or a happy friend, your prayers make a difference in the tiny life growing inside a womb.

6 scriptural prayers for moms and dads

  1. After all, God is the one who gave life to each of us before we were born (Job 31:15).  Just as our life is a gift from God so is the life of our baby. Let us be thankful first and foremost because God has blessed us with a bundle of joy which means that we are a good steward enough in the eyes of God to be granted by another gift of life.
  2. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:16 ).
  3. Our God sees and watch our baby inside our womb. He listens to his or her heartbeat. He shapes his or her delicate parts and forms them flawlessly.  Let us pray that our baby will continue to grow healthy, strong and full of love.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
  4. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, declares the Lord” ( Jeremiah 29:11).
  5. Our baby’s life and future was intricately carved and planned by the Master. He or she is set apart to declare the Lord’s plan to the world. Let us pray that our baby will grow into the person that God prepares him or her to be, living with a purpose by the grace and plans of God.  When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8).
  6. Let us pray that in God’s perfect time, the Holy Spirit would convict our baby of his or her sin and will bring him or her awareness of God’s righteousness, thus receiving God as his or her personal Savior, creating a strong friendly relationship with his or her Creator.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 Let us pray that our child will learn to trust God wholeheartedly, leaning on God’s plans and understanding and be humble in all of God’s ways in his or her life leading him or her to wisdom and insights as he or she grows older.

Indeed, apart from being a gift, motherhood or parenthood is a sacred task. God entrusted in our care the nurturing of a child that’s why we need to equip ourselves with prayers to be able for us to fulfill this high calling. Prayers is highly needed for ourselves and also for our unborn child extending it to our little kids even when they grow bigger and even when they grow older.

If you want for more tips on how to raise Godly children or anything about parenting, do check our Pinterest board “Raising Godly Children”. It’s a collection of Tips, Blogs, Articles, Verses, and Quotes on how to raise Godly children inside the family.

Since we are talking about Prayers, we also encourage you to start teaching your kids how to pray. Memory Cross, Inc. has created a fun and creative ways to teach our children how to pray. You can start by introducing to your kids the “Lord’s Prayer”.

You can check our interesting origami cards in store.memorycross.com

Or you can check this video to see how Memory Cross cards works.

I am so sure that there are still so many verses that I have not included here, so if you have some that you currently use to pray over your unborn baby or your children, please feel free to mention them in the comment box below. Share it to us. Share it to the world. We would love to hear it from you.

Jesus Feeds 5000: Crafts and Activities

The story in the New Testament about Jesus feeding the 5,000 was one of the many popular bible stories in Sunday School. This story shows one of the many miracles that Jesus did during His earthly ministry.

There are so many lessons that we can impart to children when teaching the story about the feeding of the 5,000. One of these is God’s power to work miracles. Nothing is ever impossible with God. He used 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish from a little boy to feed 5,000 men plus women and children.

Jesus Feeds 5000
Via school-portal.co.uk

The story about Jesus feeding the five thousand can be taught in so many interesting ways depending on what lessons you want to highlight and teach to your kids (or students).

Below is a sample lesson plan that you can use in teaching the story about the feeding of the five thousand. You may use this in Sunday School, a good news or outreach class, VBS or even your own children during bed time or bible story time at home.

Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Memory Cross – Jesus feeds 5,000 craft for kids

Memory Cross craft card is a creative way to help children learn the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.  Each card is made up of 4 panels which makes an endless loop.  The video below shows how it works.

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Bible Story Activities: Jesus Feeds 5000

Bible Passage: Matthew 14:13-21

Song Suggestion: Loaves and Fishes (Sermon4kids)

Song Lyrics and music: http://www.sermons4kids.com/Loaves_and_Fishes.pdf

Memory Verse: John 6:11
“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”

Learning Objectives: After the lesson, the children will demonstrate knowledge of the people and events in the bible story and be able to retell the story and enjoy the lesson-related activities with their classmates and friends.

Story time: Telling the story to the kids in a fun but accurate way that the kids will not lose their interest from the beginning to the end of the story is the most challenging part in teaching the bible story but with God’s wisdom, we will be able to deliver the story to the kids properly. Thankfully, our friends in DLTK’s Growing Together know this and they want to help us deliver our story to the little ones in the most simple and interesting way. Visit their website for a story time suggestion in teaching the kids about the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

Activity Suggestions:

1. Skit: After the lesson, you can test the children’s knowledge to the story by having them perform the story via a skit. The ministry to children has a printer ready script you may easily print to use for this activity.

2. Coloring Pages. Download these printer friendly coloring pages from sermon4kids about “feeding the 5000” and “Jesus can feed a crowd” for your younger ones. The coloring page is perfect for toddlers and beginners since it’s a very simple drawing the kids will surely love and enjoy coloring them.

3. Name tags are perfect for the little ones before the start of the bible story. Have them ready before the start of the lesson and make sure to give each child his/her name tag before everything starts.

4. Bible Games and puzzles. There are many indoor games and puzzles you can choose from as an activity for your kids as well. DLTK bible has anagrams, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, word search, maze, and word mining games for older (elementary) kids to use in their activity time.

5. Cooking Recipes. Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Home Made Bread
Use your favorite recipe to make home made bread with the children.

Fishes and Loaves…kind of
In advance, make tuna salad (or have the children help you to make it!). Let the children spread the tuna salad onto crackers for snack.

Crackers and Fish
Provide cream cheese (or other cheese spread), crackers and goldfish crackers.

The children spread the cheese and then count out 2 goldfish, and place the gold fish on top of their cheese spread.

6. Painting (of some sort).

Coffee Filter Fish
In advance, cut coffee filters into fish shapes. Provide washable markers and spray bottles with water at your easel. The children color the fish and when they spray them with water, the colors blend. BEAUTIFUL effect!

7. Pinterest Craft ideas. Pinterest has a lot of craft ideas in store for use to use for in teaching this story to the kids as well. You may want to use these crafts in one of your future bible lesson activities with the children.

A. Feeding The 5,000

Jesus Feeds 5000
Via Pinterest

Instructions:
Print the template.
Color and cut out each piece.
Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
Cut out the whole figure.
Your kids can write the memory verse on the back.

B. 5 Bread and 2 fish snacks

Jesus Feeds 5000
Via Pinterest

Instructions:
Have each child 5 small bread or crackers and 2 fish biscuits during snack time or while they are doing their coloring activity.

C. Bread and fish in the basket

Jesus Feeds 5000
Via Pinterest

Materials:
1.5 Paper plates per child
Brown construction paper
Orange construction paper
Scissors
Marker
Crayons
Hole Puncher
Yarn
Instructions:
Begin by drawing 5 circles or loaf-shapes on the brown paper. Cut out loaves and number.
Use this fish template to trace two fish. Cut out fish and number them.
Cut a paper plate in half and lay it over another paper plate.
Hole punch both plates at the same time, lining up the holes to form a type of basket.
Lace some yarn through the holes in order to secure the plates together.
Place the 5 loaves and 2 fishes inside and write the Bible passage on the outside of the half plate, as shown.

Have other resources?  Share them in the comments section.

Teaching Children about the Miraculous Catch of Fish

When I was young, I could recall that the miraculous catch of fish is one of the stories I love to hear over and over again. Kids love this story because it tells them how powerful God is that He can make a miracle in just a blink of an eye. Even teachers are amazed on the kids’ reactions when teaching this story to them during Sunday Schools or any bible classes. What we don’t really know (or maybe don’t realize) is that the miraculous catch of fish occur twice in biblical history.

Miraculous Catch of Fish - Memory Cross
Via northerncrossingsmercy.org

The First Miraculous Catch of Fish

The first miraculous catch of fish recorded in the bible was during the early ministries of Jesus Christ when he was gathering His disciples – which results in Peter, James and John (the sons of Zebedee) joining Jesus vocationally as disciples. The first miraculous catch of fish is recorded in Luke 5:1-11.

(v1) One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. (v2) He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. (v3) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

(v4) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

(v5) Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

(v6) When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (v7) So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

(v8) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (v9) For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, (v10) and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (v11) So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

The Second Miraculous Catch of Fish (also known as the miraculous catch of 153 fish)

The 2nd miraculous catch of fish is recorded in the gospel of John (chapter 21: 1-14) that occurred after the resurrection of Jesus when seven of the disciples—Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee (James and John), and two others – decided to go fishing but caught nothing that night. Early the next morning, Jesus (whom they had not recognised) called out to them from the shore.

(v1) Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: (v2) Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. (v3) “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

(v4) Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

(v5) He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

(v6) He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

(v7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. (v8) The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. (v9) When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

(v10) Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” (v11) So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. (v12) Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (v13) Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. (v14) This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Teaching the Miraculous Catch of Fish

As to teaching them together or teaching them separately, now depends upon your students and their age. Nursery children may have a challenging time understanding the difference of these two occurrences so we can just highlight what’s important in the stories for them and emphasize Christ’s attribute and power in teaching them the story. For our older students, say preteens and primary, we can begin comparing and contrasting the two stories to them and show them the difference of both stories in a very simple way. Here are some lesson plans we can use in teaching the story to the children.

Bible Story: The Miraculous Catch of Fish (2nd miraculous catch of Fish)
Scripture: John 21:1-14
Target Age Group: Ages 2 – 4
Song Suggestion: My God is so Big
Memory Verse: Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Bible Story Emphasis: God’s miraculous power over nature

Bible Story: The Miraculous Catch of Fish (1st miraculous catch of Fish)
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Target Age Group: Ages 2 – 4
Song Suggestion: I will make you fishers of men
Memory Verse: Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Bible Story Emphasis: God calls ordinary people and for an extraordinary work

Activity Suggestions

Children will surely enjoy these activities after learning about the bible story that will help them remember the lesson even more.

– fish net snack. Nets with fish made using waffle pretzels, hershey kisses, and goldfish. Place kiss on pretzel and melt for a few minutes in the oven. Take out and press fish into chocolate.

Via Pinterest

Teaching children the story about the miraculous catch of Fish, may it be the first or the second miracle can be a fun-filled time with the kids. There are lots of lessons we can impart in the minds of the children, to even name a few, these stories can teach them about Jesus’ power over nature and miraculous works, the disciples’ faith in doing what God wanted them to do, the disciples’ commitment in following Jesus and becoming fishers of men, God uses an ordinary person to do an extra ordinary work – little children can do great things for God and a whole lot more.
Pray for God’s wisdom and instructions before studying your lesson and submit and offer yourself to God as a vessel for His use so He can effectively use you in teaching the bible lessons to the little ones.

Memory Cross Coloring Card – Miraculous catch of fish

Miraculous Catch of Fish

If you know of other resources to teach children about the miraculous catch of fish, click the link at the top of the page and leave a comment.

Teaching Children 1 Corinthians 13

Love is one of the most interesting topics in the bible. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter and is written by the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth but as we know, this chapter will always be a good reminder for us every day.

The church in Corinth had a lot of problems before and Paul addressed those in this chapter. All of their bickering and selfishness between each other could be solved if they practiced one thing—LOVE. The Corinthian church was also emphasizing a good thing, spiritual gifts, to the neglect of the best. They were using their gifts apart from love.

So Apostle Paul started this chapter by saying that if he doesn’t have love, he’s like a clanging cymbal. You know that a banging cymbal is loud and annoying! And Paul says that isn’t love. He said that it doesn’t matter how wise you are… if you don’t have love, you are nothing.

In this chapter, the Apostle Paul highlights what love is. And helping the kids understand more about love in an early age can be a good start to them. Teaching children 1 Corinthians 13 and the simple attributes of love that are discussed in this chapter.

Teaching Children 1 Corinthians 13

Teaching Children 1 Corinthians 13
Via www.lesliefair.com

LOVE IS…

  1. Patient. Of all the attributes, why was patience emphasized first by Apostle Paul? It’s because if you’re patient, you’re slow to anger, you endure personal wrongs without retaliating or having personal hatred. You bear with others’ faults, imperfections, and differences. You give them time to change, room to make mistakes without coming down hard on people.
  2. Kind. Kindness is patience in action. Jesus himself, in Luke 6:35 say that loving is doing good unto others without expecting anything in return. “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
  3. Does not envy or is not jealous. Jealousy is an extreme desire and is used positively and negatively in the Bible. In the negative sense, jealousy means greediness and selfishness. The Apostle Paul clearly states that true love is not selfish. It means valuing others before ourselves.
  4. Does not boast or brag. Bragging or boasting means trying to make others jealous of what we have. Bragging is said to be an outward manifestation of pride. Selfless love isn’t trying to bring yourself up; it’s trying to build up others.
  5. Does not dishonor others. Love isn’t rude, it doesn’t offend. Love is courteous, polite and sensitive to what others may feel. The reason why we dishonor others is sometimes because of pride. We sometimes brag to the point of dishonoring others to lift ourselves up.
  6. Not self-seeking. Love doesn’t demand its rights. Jesus Christ is the perfect example for this attribute. He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45). If Jesus insisted on His rights, He would have stayed in heaven and we wouldn’t be saved!
  7. Not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Easily angered is the total opposite of patience. Love isn’t short tempered. Love doesn’t keep a list of wrongs nor bear a grudge until everyone is paid for. It simply doesn’t remind the other person of past wrongs. Love forgives and forgets those that offend.
  8. Does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love is never glad when others go wrong. Love is not laughing at the misfortune of others. If someone we don’t like falls into sin, we do not gloat; we grieve, because God is grieved over sin. If they repent, we rejoice. Here we can see that love is balanced. Although it’s kind and overlooks other’s faults, it doesn’t compromise the truth. Love carefully confronts and precisely corrects because it cares deeply and knows that sin destroys people. Love rejoices with the truth. Love gets excited about spiritual victories.
  9. Always protects. Like a mother that does everything to keep her child safe, love defends the character of the other person within the limits of truth. Love will do everything to protect someone.
  10. Always trusts. Love doesn’t suspect nor doubt other person’s motives and characteristics. It always believes. If there’s any problem that arises, love doesn’t immediately jump to blame the other person.
  11. Always hopes. Love will always have that positive outlook in life. It is optimistic and believes that God can do everything. Love just refuses to take failure as final. Love rests on God’s promises.
  12. Always perseveres or endures. Love has a triumphant spirit. It will persevere in spite of all difficulties. Unfortunately, some people, when they don’t like something that happened in a church, they find other church that are more to their liking instead of talking it over with the church leaders. We sometimes tend to run into problems than look for a solution to it. Love isn’t like that, love hangs on, it looks for a solution, it endures whatever the hardships that comes with it.
  13. Never fails. Love is the greatest of all. The apostle Paul concludes his letter by saying: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. Faith and hope will end when we reunite with God almighty, but love will continue throughout eternity. Prophesies, knowledge, tongues, beauty will all cease. Love alone remains.

7 ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS IN TEACHING 1 CORINTHIANS 13.

  1. Origami Cards. Memory Cross came up with a new way to teach the love chapter to children using the origami cards. The card is made for elementary-age kids that we can use in Sunday Schools, DVBS and teaching outreaches for kids.
Teaching Children 1 Corinthians 13
From store.memorycross.com
  1. Love is…Folding Craft sticks. Folding craft sticks are one of the great ways to teach the kids about 1 Corinthians 13. It will not just help them familiarize the love chapter even more but they can also take their finished craft with them and hang it somewhere for them to be reminded every day.
  1. Printable love flip cards. These flip cards are ideal for teens. It’s very handy and they can take it with them everywhere. These flip cards come with real-life photos and reminders about what real love is.
  1. Coloring page and puzzle worksheets. Kids who are into puzzles will surely love these worksheets. But it’s not just that – it also comes with coloring pages for the little ones and some “fill in the blanks” short test that will certainly help the kids remember their lesson about 1 Corinthians 13 even more.
  1. Simple worksheet for toddlers. This is a very simple work sheet that is perfect for toddlers to help them understand the love chapter and to also practice their mental abilities by finding which of the 4 pictures in each number is different.
  1. Love Bible Verses for Children. I bet the children will love this activity. This printable is great for children to familiarize the love chapter. Since we’re focusing on emphasizing 1 Corinthians 13, we can make a little twist to this craft by printing just the verses on the love chapter in order for the kids to familiarize the chapter even more.
  1. Curved-flap valentine card. This is another cool activity for the younger kids to do and we can just change the message in the cards using the verses in 1 Corinthians 13.

If you have any other resources that you’d like to share write them down in the comment section below.

 

Bible Memory: Do Christians need to do it?

The memorization of the Scriptures is a very important part of the life of every Christian. This is simply because the Bible contains everything we need in our walk in faith as well as in our fight against sin. The Bible, which every Christian believes is God-breathed, is our most powerful spiritual guide, if not the only spiritual guide to trust.

This is precisely the reason why every Christian must be very familiar with the Bible and memorize the Word of God. Christians have the responsibility to know exactly what the Bible says on everything in order to make sure everything we do is in accordance to what is truly right. Of course, it is difficult to memorize the entire book, as Christians, it is our responsibility to know in our hearts the key verses in it. This is the only way toward knowing the truth.Bible Memory

What does the Bible say about Bible memorization?

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 119:11 says this: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” This simply but effectively portrays the relationship between reading and memorizing the Scriptures and fighting sin: without doing the former, it is almost impossible to do the latter.

In Joshua 1:8, we receive this command: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” This verse tells us that we should not only read the Bible but also meditate on it and carefully follow it to be successful.

Then, 2 Timothy 3:15 reaffirms the nature of the Bible through these words: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” This verse attests to the credibility and reliability of the Bible as God’s word and God-breathed, which means that it is not only powerful but also alive. Therefore, to fully understand what God wants us to understand, there is a need for Bible memory.

And let me share with you a statement that I saw while reading a website one day, which has a truly resounding meaning: “What good does it do to believe ‘the Word’ without any remembrance of the words?”

What are the methods for Bible memorization?

Bible or Scripture memory is ideally a process that begins early with children because the Scriptures will serve as the foundation of their faith. Also, at this age, it may be much easier to memorize key verses and remember them. To help children memorize their verses, tools such as Bible memory cards, such as Memory Cross’s Bible Memory packs, and Bible memory games are important.

However, if you became a Christian during adulthood, do not fret. Even I became a Christian when I was already 20 years old, and this is not an excuse to not memorize verses. On the contrary, while it is more challenging, there is even a greater need for us to “catch up” and know the Bible as thoroughly as we can. More than ever, we need to fully know the Bible to equip ourselves and understand the nature of God. To do this, here are methods that we suggest:

  1. Bible Memory Cards

Bible memory cards are simply cards and posters that mostly have Bible verses printed on them. Some, like blank Memory Cross cards, are intentionally made blank for the parent or teacher or actual person memorizing to choose his own verses. The advantage of all memory cards is that they are simple and straightforward; however, for cards that are static and flat, children may easily lose interest in using them.

  1. Bible Memory Games

On the contrary, Bible memory games are usually more fun and interactive than memory cards. If you search online, you will see so many different suggestions such as Bible memory board games, sports like soccer tweaked to include the Scriptures, and even table games that can be played while waiting for an order. Again, games are usually fun, but the downside is that a child may get used to the “fun” way and refuse to learn to read the Bible by himself and meditate on the Word.

  1. Bible Memory Apps

In a pinch, there are also a lot of Bible memory apps available now. Similar to Bible memory games, these are usually fun to play with and are interactive. A quick Google search reveals apps like Bible Memory: Remember Me and BibleMinded. But also similar to games, getting a learner used to apps may discourage him from reading the actual Bible in the future.

Clearly, each method of Bible memorization comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to weigh each option; however, we recommend a combination of all three methods. Use memory cards as your standard method of learning to acquaint the child with verses and limit distractions. Sometimes, include games to add “spice” to learning. I would also go as far as saying that Bible memory games are the best games to play during play dates! And occasionally, use apps whenever you are on out and about and feel like memorizing Bible verses.

Finally, to help you get started with Bible memorization, here is a list of Scripture memory resources and organizations that you can try:

  1. Memory Cross
  2. Jafe Publications
  3. She Reads Truth
  4. Rainbow Resource
  5. Fighter Verses
  6. Hope in God
  7. True Light Christian Store
  8. MemVerse

Things You Need to Make Children’s Bible Lessons

Every child needs to know the Bible and the messages that it contains. However, not every child is equipped with the right reading or comprehension skills, and this is why adults – parents and teachers – need to give them proper guidance.

This post is dedicated to you who are eager to make the Bible easier to understand for the little ones. We know that creating children’s Bible lessons is not as easy as it seems! We want them to be easy and engaging enough, but at the same time, we need them to be accurate and truthful. So we might ask: what needs to go into a Bible lessons? Here is our suggestion:

* Prior to the lesson

  1. The first thing you need to do is decide what topic you want to discuss.

For example, if it is the first day of class, you might want to begin with the Creation.

Creation Story origami card from Memory Cross
  1. Next, you need to set clear objectives relative to the age of the children you will teach.

For example, if you’re teaching the Creation Story, do you want the children to know and accept this story as literal and historical? Do you want them to imagine the expanse of God’s power?

  1. Decide on the activities that you want to do and either prepare the materials or inform the children of what materials they need to bring.

* During the lesson

  1. Introduce the topic in an attention-grabbing manner.

This lesson about the First Day of Creation begins the session by giving children play dough and turning the lights off, helping the children imagine what everything must have looked like before God created them.

  1. After getting their attention, engage them by telling them what the topic is about.

Now that you have their attention, introduce the topic formally and point them to where the lesson occurs in the Bible.

  1. Read the Bible together and explain the message.

Open your Bibles and read the relevant verses together. You may either explain the message after you read the entire passage or explain each verse; this depends on the difficulty of the subject.

  1. Discuss what you read and encourage the children to ask questions.
  2. Do the activities that you had planned together. *
  3. Evaluate the results of the activities if applicable.
  4. Recap the lesson and end the lesson with a prayer.

* Suggested activities:

– Memory verse games (We have Blank Scripture Memorization Cards available in our store.)

Blank Scripture Memorization Cards

– Arts and crafts (You can see a list of Easter crafts for Sunday school)

Psalm 46:1 Memory Card

– Praise and worship action songs

– Cooking and baking (There’s a recipe for Empty Tomb or Resurrection Rolls in this list of Easter craft ideas.)

 

What do you usually do to teach children Bible stories and biblical concepts? Feel free to share with us your ideas for children’s Bible lessons!

Help Children Memorize Scripture

One of the most important things we can do to help our children develop a relationship with Jesus is to help children Memorize Scripture.  Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life and Pastor at Saddleback church says: “one of the most powerful ways you can transform your spiritual life is to learn to memorize Scripture. The Bible says in Proverbs 7:2, “Guard my words as your most precious possession. Write them down and also keep them deep within your heart” (TLB).”

Help Children Memorize Scripture

The benefits will help them through their entire life.  Some of them include:Help Children Memorize Scripture

  • Helps them make wise decisions and stay away from things that can ruin their lives.
  • Memorizing Scripture helps them grow closer to God.
  • Putting God’s Word in their heart will help them have peace, joy and love in their life.
  • Let’s them know that God loves them and wants to be their friend
  • Help transform their life and be a servant of Jesus

The Bible has a lot to say about helping children memorize Scripture.  Here are a few references:

  • I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
  • This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8
  • All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16
  • How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. – Psalm 119:9
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16
  • You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. – Deuteronomy 11:18

    For a complete list of verses related to memorizing Scripture click this link.

    Memory Cross’ founder, Andy Lambert originally created this unique card to help children Memorize Scripture.  The four panels break verses down into smaller sections making it easier to learn and the origami design keeps their attention.  Our blank cards which allow children to write any verse are the most popular but we’ve also printed some of the most popular verses.  It is easy to set up a formal Scripture Memory program either at your house or with kids you teach at Sunday School.

    Pick the verses you want them to learn, write them on a Memory Cross card (one or two verses per card) and ask the kids to memorize the verse.  Keep the verses they’ve already learned and review on a regular basis.  If you are working with kids at home it should take 10 or 15 minutes a day.  At Sunday School you can shorten it to 5 minutes.  I have found that a reward will help them remember the verses.

    I have put a video below that shows how the Memory Cross Bible memory card works.  If you would like to try a sample enter code “MB100” at check out from our store and save $5.00.  Helping children memorize Scripture has life long and after life benefits.  I can’t think of a better thing to give your kids.  Why not start today.   Try it for 30 days and see what changes take place in your kids lives.

Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10 says” Be still and know that I am God:  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” NIV.2014-08-14 07.35.24

I don’t know about you but my life is pretty jam packed:  work, kids, church, work around the house and this summer I’ve been helping my in-laws move which was no simple task.  My wife and I decided to escape for a few days to the nearby campground.  She has been on one mission trip and two youth retreats so she was also exhausted.

Sitting here reflecting on my life I felt God calling me to obey this verse:  slow down and figure out what is really important and be still.  Despite what everything may look like God is still on his throne.  I get so busy that this fact gets lost many times in my every day life.

The New American Standard Bible says “Cease striving to know that I a God”.  Others say “Stop striving and recognize that I am God!”  “Let go of your concerns!  Then you will know that I am God.” and “Desist, and know that I am God.”

Life goes by really quickly and you can spend your whole life racing around and missing what is really important.  When Jesus came to visit Mary and Martha Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listing to what he had to say but Martha was concerned about all the things that needed to be done.  Martha complained to Jesus that her sister wasn’t doing anything to help but Jesus answered:  you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10: 41-42.

Only one thing is important.  When we die everything we have worked for will be gone, passed onto others, sold off or tossed out.  The only thing we take with us is our relationship with Jesus.  Mary chose to spend time with Jesus.  What will your decision be today?

Memory Cross has developed a Scripture card to help children remember this important verse.  If you would like to know more, click this link.

Be still and know that I am God.

Beatitudes for kids

We just finished creating a Memory Cross card on the Beatitudes for kids.  The card, like all Memory Cross cards has four panels that make a never ending fold.  By breaking the Beatitudes for children down into four smaller sections it is easier for children to memorize the beatitudes list.  (There are 8 beatitudes in case you have never counted them).  Here is the card.

Beatitudes for Kids

This simple tool helps children memorize the list of beatitudes from the book of Matthew and not only kids but adults can use this origami multi-fold card to help them learn the eight beatitudes.

Here is the list of the Beatitudes for kids

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

There are a number of ways to teach the Beatitudes to children besides our new Memory Cross card.  I’ve listed a few additional resources at the end of this post.

Learning the Beatitudes should be part of the regular program to memorize Scripture.  Rick Warren had the following to say about memorizing Bible verses.

Why memorize Scripture

 

Here are a few other resources to help teach children the Beatitudes:

  • You are blessed – the Beatitudes song.  One of my favorite songs.  Does not list them using the same words as the Bible but it is catchy and will help children remember the 8 beatitudes.
  • Sermon on the Mount short film – this animated film is 24 minutes long.  The last 5 minutes cover the sermon on the mount.
  • Finally here is a fun rap song design to help children learn the Beatitudes.

If you would like to receive a free sample of our Memory Cross Beatitudes for kids Scripture card, click here.  We will send out a free sample pack with the Beatitudes and other fun tools to share the Gospel with children.  We only ask that you pay the shipping and handling which is a couple dollars when shipped to the United States.  Click here to order.