Resource Center: Showing Love with Safe Touch
Church, the physical place where the body of Christ gathers, should be an emotionally and physically safe place for children. As Christ-followers, we must work diligently to follow safe practices when interacting with and caring for minors. Today, I’m sharing a link to a Darkness to Light video called “Showing Non-Touch Warmth and Caring.” This short clip emphasizes the ways Sunday school teachers, youth pastors, pastors, church members and friends can show affection and concern without crossing physical boundaries.
Resource Center: Apps that Equip
If you have a pulse in America, you most likely have a smart phone in your pocket. Check out these great (mostly free) apps that can help equip you as a follower of Jesus.
Memorize scripture fast while typing God’s word quickly with Scripture Typer. This app uses audio, visual and touch techniques to aid memorization. Choose from 10 translations and keep track of your progress. Set up reminders to review what you’ve learned. Great for kids and adults. FREE basic, paid pro version
“God’s Very Good Idea” by Trillia Newbell
Trillia Newbell, an author and speaker, has written for The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, Desiring God and other notable magazines. Recently, she has published a timely and exciting children’s book entitled “God’s Very Good Idea.” Perfect for preschool- and elementary-aged kids, this book will help lay the groundwork for seeing God’s family as richly diverse and beautifully woven together. Through delightful graphics and engaging storytelling, it will remind kids that every person, no matter his or her differences, is a highly valued image-bearer of the Creator. It is rich in themes of friendship, inclusivity and neighborly love. Furthermore, Newbell clearly articulates the gospel, the saving grace of Jesus, in a way that children can understand.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ... A Task for Us All
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the wedding of Josh and Sarah Chamberlin. Josh is a youth pastor in Jacksonville, Florida, and someone I had the opportunity to mentor for a few years when he was just beginning his ministry career here in North Carolina. At that time, Josh was recent graduate of Lancaster Bible College, and had been part of our AIMS internship program, having done an internship in Loganville, Georgia.
“I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old – things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” Psalm 78:2-7
Kids can have loads of Biblical knowledge stored in their brains and still fail to trust in Jesus. However, when a child hears the testimonies of a Christ-following adult, those stories begin to validate what they have learned. Psalm 78 calls us to tell the next generation the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” As this new year gets underway, I encourage you to share stories of faith with the kids in your life.