Focuses on how Christianity changed the lives of children in the ancient world. This book explores the hidden lives of children at the origins of Christianity. It draws on insights gained from comparisons of children's experiences in ancient Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world.
It is said that everyone has a story to tell, a voice that deserves to be heard. There are many thousands of children with special needs who have long been ignored, rejected and excluded from our schools, our communities, and, sadly, from our Bible classes. We believe that these children are loved deeply and completely by our Lord and that they too are called to come unto Him. This book speaks to the heart and to the head. Teachers and pastors will find inspiration and information, reminding them that God calls us to include all children, no matter the challenge. In addition, the book includes wonderfully practical elements with many ideas that can be easily integrated into any classroom. By combining philosophy and strategies, this book will equip the typical church volunteer teacher to meet the needs of all the children in her classroom.
How do you describe a lifetime of events? For David Vercoe writing poetry has become a key ingredient in expressing feelings and thoughts that might otherwise remain unspoken. God has given him a gift of being able to express in poetry, concepts that cannot be easily expressed in normal conversation. The poems are grouped topically on themes like nature, personal stuff, journey and grief. This collection of modern poems or psalms will bring encouragement and hope to people from all walks of life and faith.
Most children find plenty of time for TV, sports, and games, but how many make time for God? If the Catholic Faith is an important part of your family life, you need this book! Within these pages you'll find the secrets to helping even the smallest toddler or active teenager develop an interest in God through simple child-focused approaches that will help you lead your children to Jesus. The purpose of this book is to help you find ways of letting those little children come unto Jesus. As the Scriptural quote says, "Let the little children come unto me." Remember Jesus saying that? He wanted the little children to come to Him. And we as parents have the privilege of holding our children by the hand and going to Jesus. How do we do this? The most powerful guide we have is our Catholic faith. It has a wealth of avenues to assist us on the journey of parenting the children with Catholic Christian values. This book discusses more than 60 ways of leading our children to Jesus.
Verse-by-verse explanations with a literal translation Shouldn't a Bible commentary clarify what God's Word actually says? Going beyond questions of authorship, date, sources, and historicity, respected linguist and teacher Gundry offers a one-volume exposition of the New Testament that focuses on what is most useful for preaching, teaching, and individual study--what the biblical text really means. Providing interpretive observations in a "breezy" style that's easy to read and adaptable for oral use in pulpit or classroom presentations, Gundry directs his book to an evangelical audience. His crisp translation of the New Testament inserts various phrasings of passages in brackets, allowing for smooth transition from original text to alternative and contemporary readings. SAMPLE TEXT OF TRANSLATION JOHN'S PREDICTING A MORE POWERFUL BAPTIZER THAN HE (Mark 1:1-8) 1:1-3: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, God's Son, according as it's written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I'm sending my messenger before your face [= ahead of you], who'll pave your way [= the road you'll travel], [the messenger who is] the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.'" Pastors, Sunday school teachers, small-group leaders, and laypeople will welcome Gundry's non-technical explanations and clarifications. And Bible students at all levels will appreciate his sparkling interpretations of the NT Scriptures. A trustworthy guide for anybody wanting to delve deeper into God's Word. SAMPLE TEXT OF COMMENTS "Gospel" means "good news." Jews would associate this good news with Isaiah 52:7. Non-Jews would think of the good news of an emperor's accession to power, birthday, visit to a city, military victory, or bringing of prosperity to the empire. But Mark's good news has to do with the salvation and victory brought by Jesus over evil in all its demonic and physical forms. "The gospel of Jesus Christ" therefore means "the gospel about Jesus Christ" and refers to a proclaimed message ("the voice of one crying out"), not a book (though because books like Mark's contain that proclaimed message, the term came to refer to those books in the capitalized form of "Gospels" to distinguish them from the message, kept uncapitalized as "gospel").
When one cannot see what lies ahead, prayer and meditation become the compass that symbolically points us to our cardinal directions - north, south, east, or west. Through the power of the Spirit we can trust in His guidance!
The Precarious Presence of Children in the Synoptic Gospels
Author: James Murphy
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Kids and Kingdom challenges the traditional view that Jesus was deeply concerned over children. Instead, it is argued that despite the Synoptic authors' attempts to convince us that children are fully included in the kingdom of God--that Jesus loves the little children--their presentations fail to conceal images of household disruption and alienation of children brought about by Jesus' eschatological movement. After establishing what Greco-Roman and Jewish sources reveal about children by the end of the first century, a deconstructive literary approach is applied to the Synoptic Gospels, foregrounding children over other characters in relation to Jesus' adult ministry. Murphy scrutinizes prominent healing narratives involving children, and teachings involving children such as The Child in the Midst (Mark 9:36-37 and parallels), One of These Little Ones (Mark 9:42 and parallels), and Let the Young Children Come to Me (Mark 10:13-16 and parallels). These are examined against sayings of Jesus relativizing family ties and the lifestyle indicative of the radical call to discipleship in the Synoptic narratives. Fundamentally, this study does not seek to resolve but to highlight the tensions in the Synoptic Gospels between attempts at child inclusivity and the radical demands of discipleship.
Hymns for Kids-kantik Pou Imoun-hymnes Pour Les Enfants
Author: Juditte Jean
The childrens hymnal is presented in three languages: English, Haitian Creole, and French. It is put together for children that speak these three languages or like to sing these hymns in a different language. They are inspired by songs I grew up singing at church and vacation bible school, and they are songs that children around the world can relate to. My daughter likes to sing, but she knows most of her hymns in English. She asked me to translate them so she can sing them in the language that we speak at church. Thats when my son said to me, You should also make a kid songbook. My two children were the inspiration behind this hymnal book. The songs that I have put together in the book have the same rhythm in all three languages. Some Bible verses of the Old and the New Testaments are included. I hope this hymnal book will bring you as much joy as it has to my family and me.