May 2016 Blog Posts (141)

4.2 Children per Second

In the time it takes you to count ten seconds, the world’s population of new people will increase by about 42 souls. That’s because, every second, somewhere on this planet, it is estimated 4.2 children are born. Can you visualize what it would look like if they were all in one place? Let’s just do the numbers: 252 per minute, 15,120 per hour, 362,880 per day and, in the course of about 3 ½ weeks, the population of New York City has been brought to life.…

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Added by Michael Chanley on May 31, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments

My Top Five Reasons for Being Someone Who Listens - #5 - So They Will Tell Us the Important Things

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-reasons-for-being-someone.html

The other day when my grandsons were at my house they were watching a children's show and the topic of not being listened to came up (it was the "title" of the episode). I asked my oldest grandson if he felt like this sometimes and he said; "Yes.…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 31, 2016 at 8:13am — No Comments

18 Lessons on the Life of Moses -- Less Than $1.00 Per Lesson!

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on May 30, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments

Pass On Your Faith & Illustrate a Book Together!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/pass-on-your-faith-illustrate-book.html

One of the most important things we need to do as people serving in Children's Ministry is also one of the things we do the least of, far too often. What is this, you ask? Equipping the parents and grandparents so they are able to pass faith to their children /grandchildren.…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 30, 2016 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Throne Room

Sometimes when I pray I like to close my eyes
and imagine that I’m seeing the throne room of God.
I close my eyes and, without speaking a word a picture begins to appear.
Soon it’s like I’m there and I’m no longer here.
There before me are two giant doors,
not to keep me out, but to welcome me in.
I want them to open, I want to go through,
But I cannot forget, my past sin.
Without a word and…
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Added by Matt Norman on May 30, 2016 at 8:05am — No Comments

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries - #1 Tell Them About Jesus!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-ways-to-show-love-to_29.html

For the past several days we have been thinking about ways to show God's love to the…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 29, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries - #2 Give Hugs, Pats on the Back and High-Fives!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-ways-to-show-love-to_28.html

As I've been saying when we think about Children's Ministry, it is a given we want to share God's love with the children - and one way we do this is by being sure we show love to them as well. Today I'm sharing my #2 way to do this . . . 

Added by Lynda Freeman on May 28, 2016 at 10:33am — No Comments

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries - #3 Greet with a Smile & Know Their Names!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-ways-to-show-love-to_27.html

When we think about Children's Ministry, it is a given we want to share God's love with the…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 27, 2016 at 9:20am — No Comments

Poem: Mom

Nine months in the womb,

you carried me through.

Every breath that you took,

I shared with you.

 

The miracle of birth,

together all the way.

From my first breath,

still together today.

 

Motherly love,

And such a caring voice.

You knew right from wrong,

but you gave me the choice.

 

Cause of all of your love,

and all that you do.

Our love and this day,

we all give to…

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Added by Matt Norman on May 27, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Portfolio

Here are some links to other sorts of things that I have written. Some of these range all the way back to high school. Some of them are more recent. Some represent short stories or poems. Some are more series, along the lines of essays and such. I hope you enjoy them all.

 

Poetry

I have been writing poetry since high school. Some of it I think is quite good. Some of it you may not think to be.…

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Added by Matt Norman on May 26, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

I’m a Nurse

I’m a nurse.
I have seen many people die.
I have watched husbands lose wives and wives lose husbands.
I have watched children lose parents and, even worse, I have watched parents lose children.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like being a nurse, this is what it’s like. In the midst of  all this, what keep us human?
I have stood by while doctors gave a first time diagnosis of cancer, and I’ve seen the fear in the eyes of the…
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Added by Matt Norman on May 26, 2016 at 10:54am — No Comments

Portfolio

Here are some links to other sorts of things that I have written. Some of these range all the way back to high school. Some of them are more recent. Some represent short stories or poems. Some are more series, along the lines of essays and such. I hope you enjoy them all.

 

 

Added by Matt Norman on May 26, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

Pass On Your Faith & Illustrate a Book Together!

Passing faith to our grandchildren/children is the most important thing we can do - will anything else we do matter if the children we love grow up and forget God?
 
There are many ways we can do this; when it comes to passing faith to my grandsons I tend to write resources I can use with them. One such resource I've written is a series of books about…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 26, 2016 at 9:40am — No Comments

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries - #4 Give Them Your Attention

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-ways-to-show-love-to_77.html

As we continue to think about showing love to the children in our ministries, I'm happy to share with you another of my Top Five Ways to do this . .  .

Added by Lynda Freeman on May 26, 2016 at 9:07am — No Comments

My Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries - #5 Say It!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/my-top-five-ways-to-show-love-to.html

Children's Ministries and "love" go hand-in-hand and showing this love to the children should be something which is obvious for all to see, but today I thought I'd start to share with you my Top Five Ways to Show Love to the Children in Our Ministries . . . my #5 way to do this is .…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 8:10am — No Comments

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in Our ministries - #1 - Pray For God to Open Their Eyes

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/top-three-prayer-requests-for-children_24.html

There is certainly no shortage of things for us to pray about and for when it comes to the children in our Children's Ministries, but I do believe - especially in the day in which we live - it is essential for us to pray for God to open the eyes of the children, so…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in Our ministries - #2 - Pray They are Drawn to God

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/top-three-prayer-requests-for-children_23.html

Yesterday I wrote about how we need to pray for the children in our ministries and shared one of my Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in our Ministries. Today I'm sharing with you my second prayer request for the children in our ministries . .…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 7:58am — No Comments

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in our Ministries

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/top-three-prayer-requests-for-children.html

We need to pray for the children in our ministries. When I look at this world around me and how God's Word is mocked and disregarded, I am concerned about what it will be like for them to grow up. I most sincerely want them to grow to be people who know, love and walk…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 7:57am — No Comments

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #1 - Do Not Forget to Point Children to Jesus!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/the-top-five-do-nots-for-childrens_21.html

For the past few days I've been talking about my Top Five Do-Not's when it comes to Children's Ministry - today I'm sharing with you my Top Do-Not . . . 
  • Do not fail to point the children in your ministry to God . . . it is essential for them…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 7:56am — No Comments

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #2 - Do Not Forget to Share the Joy!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2016/05/the-top-five-do-nots-for-childrens_20.html

In Children's Ministry there are many things we need to be sure we do, but there are also things which we need to be watching to see we "do not" do; today I'm sharing another of my Top Five Ministry Do Not's . . . 

  • Do not forget to share with the…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on May 25, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments

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