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3 Ways we Can Help Cultivate Children’s Love for Jesus

Edited for re-publish by David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer 1. Talk About Jesus with Children In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around Him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So

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Making All Things New: Picking Up Our Cross

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new’” (Revelation 21:5).  So We Too Must Die We can’t get to the resurrected life without going through the crucified life. Just as Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead, so we too must die to self in

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Our Faith in training: A look into Hebrews

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him

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How We Reflect God’s Love to Children: Our Spirit Closer to Jesus

This is an updated blog post published originally in 2018. The Mystery of Children In his excellent book, The Mystery of Children, Mike Mason reminds us that “Jesus wants us to become like children because our spirits lived closest to the surface during our childhood. In childhood our hearts are the most transparent, most vulnerable, most

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Now You are the Body of Christ: Paul Connects the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers , then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess

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Grounded in Eternity: Three Simple Reasons Why Intentional Structure Equips Children to Understand Christ.

Summer vacations are winding down. Families are gathering endless amounts of notebooks, pencils, crayons and more in preparation for their children returning to school. Churches and ministries are gearing up for restored rhythms and fresh ministry launches. Countless leaders, like yourself in children’s ministry, are bursting with anticipation over a return to a more structured

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Hebrews 12: Our God is a Consuming Fire

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28). We live in an amazing phase of redemptive history. Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ, God was unapproachable and

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The Rejected Stone: An Excerpt from The Resurrected Life Bible Study

The Resurrected Life Daily Devotional: A New Temple Day 17 READ PSALM 118:17-24 Here is a little Bible trivia for you: the Old Testament is directly quoted 695 times by the New Testament writers and, if you count strong allusions to the Old Testament, over 4,000 times. One of my seminary professors, Dr. Roger Nicole,

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