Cultivating family faith talk

With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make it easy for busy families to connect with God’s Word. Search and Find Bible Stories Search and Find Bible … Continue Reading

Sharing the powerful lessons of Joseph and His Brothers

The account of Joseph and his brothers includes some powerful lessons that not only express God righteous will for daily living, but also can be connected to Jesus Christ and His work for our redemption. For this post, I will take each of the portions in turn, highlighting salient points and offering practical ideas. Joseph … Continue Reading

Teaching the Freedom We Have Through Jesus

It’s often a struggle to understand, let alone teach, the freedom that we have in Christ. In the United States we enjoy a standard of living and degree of freedom unmatched in human history and unparalleled in the modern world. When one can enter a grocery store and find an entire aisle devoted to nothing … Continue Reading

Why is Baptism So Important?

As Lutherans baptize infants, it’s possible that children could pass their entire childhood before learning God’s truth about baptism during confirmation instruction. We teach God’s Word regarding baptism for the same reasons we baptize: 1) God commands that we do; 2) We need it. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all … Continue Reading

Ending on Purpose

I don’t know about you, but this particular season of the ministry year is kind of weird for me. Recently we mailed out Ministry Letters of Intent to all of our Small Group Leaders (SGLs) and volunteers. These letters allow them to each think and pray over where God is guiding them in His ministry … Continue Reading

Free Faith-Filled Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day is fast approaching! Here are three fun activities from DADventures: Activities for Dads to Lead. Use these ideas to celebrate the dads, granddads, and other male role models in your church. Popsicle-Stick Flingers Materials: Five popsicle sticks or tongue depressors for each person. Description: Demonstrate how to make the flinger using this short video. … Continue Reading

The Why of Children’s Ministry

Have you ever heard the expression, the days are long but the years are short? If you are a leader or volunteer in children’s ministry, you can relate to the truthfulness of this expression. I can vividly remember a young boy named Kevin, who was always moving as though he had a battery pack of endless energy.  … Continue Reading

Bringing Jesus’ Parables to Life

Parables are some of the most engaging portions of Scripture and are ideal for use in the Sunday School classroom. Understanding Jesus’ purpose in teaching through parables takes us to John’s words in chapter twenty of his Gospel,”. . . but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of … Continue Reading

Moms, Can You Laugh at the Future?

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25) There was a time when my clothing didn’t look very dignified to others. With a toddler and newborn in tow, spit up often adorned my shirt, and there were times I couldn’t even remember the last time I showered. No … Continue Reading

How Can I Teach that Jesus is Still with Us After Ascension?

It seems that late winter and early spring afford us nothing but letdowns. Thanksgiving starts the Christmas season. With Advent our hearts gear up for the coming of Jesus! Then the decorations come down, the hymns are gone. Wait, we’ve still got New Year’s! If that’s enough to repulse the winter blahs, how about the … Continue Reading