Free Family Time Activity: Thinning (Don’t Worry, It’s not about Dieting!)

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It’s that time of year, my friends. We’re looking for meaningful things to do together as a family, and as Christian parents, we’re fighting the culture and trying to keep Christmas about the birth of Christ, serving others, and feeling loved by God.

It ain’t easy!

Here’s a Family Time activity that will hit all those soft spots.

Bonus #1: You can do it one evening.

Bonus #2: You can make it a Christmas tradition.

Family Time Thinning

It’s about recognizing your family’s abundance and showing gratitude by letting some of your material things go as a way to bless someone who doesn’t have as much. The activity will walk you through every step, including Scripture to accompany the activity and how to use it with younger kids and older kids. This one can’t miss!

If you like it, go check out famtime.com. You can be added to their email list and get a free activity every month, and you can also check out their selection of books full of these activities.

Merry Christmas!

Simplify Christmas and Be Your Family’s Hero

School parties, church concerts, four family get-togethers, Christmas lights, a coat drive, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, cookie exchanges, a white elephant party, and so on, and on, and on and on and on! Let’s just put our (Christmas) cards on the table- this season is EXHAUSTING. It shouldn’t be, and it we had the energy to feel guilty about it, we probably would.

Christmas Stress Family

Here’s a truth that will set you free:

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Technology and Inductive Bible Study- Unlikely Allies?

“Kids these days with their whatzits and their gizmos! All they do is stare at the ding-dang things…”

Admit it. You’ve heard someone express this opinion. (Was it you?) Believe it or not, technology and Inductive Bible Study can be allies. Unlikely allies, maybe. But they can definitely help each other out, and the winner is the young Bible student.

Unlikely Allies: Tech & Inductive Bible Study [youngbiblescholars.com]

There’s no doubt that there are some ways technology can work against kids’ Bible study. I think there are two biggies: Continue reading

“Rev” up to study with us this Fall!

For years, my students have been asking–very energetically–to study Revelation. I put it off, telling them they needed to get a solid understanding of the inductive process before we took on Revelation. (Plus, it’s not going to tell them what they think it will!)

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Well, the wait is over, my friends. This next school year, we’re studying Revelation in the 4th through 6th grade class! I’ve been preparing for it, and I’m pretty excited about taking a class through this study. My goal is that by the end of the study, they know exactly what it says, and how all the most solid cross-references add to the conversation. My goal is NOT that they finish with a particular end-times view. That will come later.

I have a strong conviction about this. I think you’d agree that most adults adhere to a certain end-times view because they’ve heard a convincing presentation of one of the views, with all the Scripture that backs it up. To me, that is backwards. It is far more important to study the Scripture first, know what it says in total, and then either draw conclusions yourself or hear different perspectives and see if they square up with what you already know the Bible says.

No Rev Dummies

That said, we’re doing this Revelation study a little differently than we’ve ever done any other kids’ Precept study before. We will spend all of our homework time and most of our class time on Observation. We are going to know that we know that we know what it says! And we’re going to do some new, fun stuff to make Observation a lot of fun.

That’s all I’m going to tell you. If you want to know what we’re doing, come study with us! Parents, I can promise you that you will get as much out of the study as your kids, and I’ll bet you will be blown away by the conversations you’ll have at home.

This is exciting! Don’t miss it!

FIVE Reasons Kids Can (Absolutely) Do Inductive Bible Study

Most people hear “Inductive Bible Study” and think it sounds very complicated and is for the super brainy. But that’s not the case. The great thing about Inductive Bible Study is that it CAN be very complicated and appealing to the super brainy, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t start out that way. Your study can deepen over time, but the basics are, well, basic.

5 Reasons Kids Can Do Inductive Bible Study

So, can kids actually learn how to do Inductive Bible Study? I can tell you from first-hand experience the answer is a solid “yes.” I’ve seen children from ages 6 to 12 learn it and love it. Does that mean Continue reading

Free Family Time Activity: Peter Storyboard

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This Family Time activity is totally different than the last one, which makes it easy for you to mix things up! In this activity, you get to tell a story, and kids love a good story. Not only will they learn about the life of Peter, but they’ll have a chance to make a game of it. What I really like is that this one has a follow-up a few weeks later to see what they remember. So, grab your phone and set a reminder! It’s worth it!

FT Peter Storyboard

And don’t forget to swing by their website, Family Time Training, to learn more about this fantastic ministry, and how you can get your hands on more of these activities.