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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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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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Listen to Hearts Alive Bible Backgrounds

Teachers can listen to Bible Background’s from each week’s Hearts Alive Sunday School lesson, even in the car.  Below is a link that will be updated  on Wednesdays for the following Sunday’s lesson.  Enjoy! SPRING C Hearts Alive Bible Background Spring C Week 13 Hearts Alive Bible Background Spring C Week 12 Hearts Alive Bible

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Children’s Ministry: Practical Tips for Connecting With Parents

By Lindsey Goetz Children, like adults, are spiritually formed in their day-to-day comings and goings, as they play, learn, and grow.  We are formed by what we do and what we love.  What a parent does at home will have much greater and lasting impact than what we can hope to accomplish in a one

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Did You Have A Relationship With Jesus as a Child?

We asked this question to our Hearts Alive writing team.   Their answers inspired and amazed us.  We hope that their testimonies remind you of the awesome responsibility we all have as Children’s Directors and Sunday School teachers.  Thank you to David Sanford for sharing his story with us today. Q: Did you have a relationship

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Helping Children Find Themselves in God’s Story

By Lindsey Goetz Before he dies, Moses speaks to the people of God gathered in the wilderness.  It’s been 40 years since they rebelled against God, and most of the generation that disobeyed has given up the ghost.   And yet, when Moses speaks to God’s people, he recounts the stories of their rebellion and

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Guarding Child-like Trust in Jesus

By David Sanford, Hearts Alive Writer   I had the privilege of interviewing a fairly large group of third to sixth graders at my church. Each child sat on a “hot seat” and answered five questions. The first four answers were easy: name, grade, number of siblings, and how many years they’ve gone to church.

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Helping Children Hear the Voice of God

By: Lindsey Goetz “…May God give you ears to hear His loving voice, his loving voice  speaking all around you, all  around you, and deep inside.” Every night, a lump forms in my throat and I blink back tears as I finish singing “The Song of Blessing” to my three daughters. It strikes me anew every night

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Be a Chopstick to a Pepper

By: Sara Buffington, Hearts Alive Sunday School Curriculum Writer This spring has brought a new hobby to our household: vegetable gardening. My seven-year-old, who prior to this was only interested in toys involving batteries, has fallen in love with growing our own food.  We are only beginners, and we are learning as we go. Last

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Meet the Hearts Alive Writers: Jill Turner

Jill Turner helps Hearts Alive Sunday school teachers understand the background for each week’s lesson.  Many of our users have commented on the value of this component and how it leads to more meaningful discussions with students.  

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