The number of families choosing to homeschool is on the rise and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Each year, a growing number of parents and children are discovering the unique opportunities and challenges found in homeschooling. To get the most out of this life-changing scholastic approach, it’s important to check your foundation. A homeschool with Christ at the center is a homeschool set up for success. So, is this the year God’s Word takes center stage in your weekly schedule? Is this the year you discover how family devotions can transform your homeschooling?
There aren’t a lot of folks out there that think they’re ‘amazing’ singers, but, I often hear people refer to their voice as a “gift” from God. Many people believe that God has gifted them vocally and therefore they need to use this gift. Whether or not that is true, how to go about determining that could be a subject for another article. The current question of how to deal with your voice still remains. Is vocal training necessary if I am a God-approved singer?
As Jesus traveled the region of Galilee, teaching, proclaiming, and healing, he soon found himself atop a hill surrounded by a great multitude. It was there that Jesus delivered the most famous sermon ever recorded: The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). This sermon is noteworthy for both its content and its style – what Jesus taught and how he taught. Jesus taught by leveraging the power of visual storytelling. He taught with images that stuck with his audience, images as powerful today as they were over 2000 years ago. As a Sunday School teacher or volunteer, you want to teach with maximum impact. So, has your Sunday School discovered the power of visual storytelling?
Many churches today are posting their Pastor’s sermons online. How do they do it? Is that something your church could benefit from? Is Church Podcasting right for your church? If you are like many churches out there today, you are either looking for a better way to get your message to your hearers or are completely clueless on how to do it. We’re going to show you the easiest ways to record your messages and prepare them for distribution so those in your church and beyond can listen to them whenever and wherever they want to. This is the strength of a Podcast. So if you’re away from your home church and missed the message, Podcasting gives you the ability to listen to it at your convenience. Thousands of sermons and bible studies are posted weekly and have quickly become the modern version of anytime radio in the church realm. In fact, that is how the name came to be (iPod + broadcast + Internet). When Apple released the iPod in the early 2000’s, it changed the way we listened to music and programs and made it possible to carry an entire library of your favorite media in your pocket. With Podcasts, all of your sermon messages can also be archived this way. Let’s jump into Church Podcasting 101. (more…)
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15 Reasons Now is the Perfect Time to Try Sharefaith Kids!
“Back to school” is your once-a-year opportunity to reflect on where your kids ministry has been and where you want it to be. Sunday School teachers, now is the time to dream big! Sharefaith Kids is perfect for Sunday School, Bible School, HomeSchool, Awana, VBS and so much more. Don’t let the buttons below entice you 🙂 You may want to click them now, but first read the rest of this article and see why over 15,000 teachers have chosen Sharefaith Kids as their #1 Resource for Kids Bible Lessons and Videos.
It’s that time of year, Summer is coming to a close and stores are starting to become overwhelmed with families shopping for new clothes and school supplies for their kids. I remember growing up as a pastor’s kid, my family didn’t have a lot of money to spend on new clothes for a growing boy, let alone new school supplies each year. Not to mention the very expensive tuition costs of a Christian school! And let’s be honest, supplies & clothes aren’t getting cheaper. As a church, you have an amazing opportunity to pour into your community and give to those families in need, both inside and outside of your church. What can we do as a Church?
Living in the 21st century, you have most likely seen a QR code at one point or another. They can be found anywhere from retail stores, magazines, or even clothing. But how does this affect the church and how can you use it to help increase your online tithes & offerings? Where do you even create a QR code? Once created, what do you do with it? In this article, we will cover all the basics of QR codes for churches and how it can increase your online church tithing.
As Americans, has our perspective on the Bible changed? Are our convictions regarding the Bible changing? In a world where the Bible is the most-read book, why does it seem like the times are changing? The Bible has been the same for thousands of years, so what’s happening now? For the past 30 years, Barna Researchers have gathered data to uncover these very answers. They have discovered that the percentage of people who say that they read their Bibles at least once a week is slowly decreasing. Perhaps cultures are changing; skepticism is on the rise and becoming increasingly antagonistic towards the claims of faith in the Bible. Does the increase in accessibility to the Bible play a role in decreasing the sacred stature of the Bible? Technological advances have made the Bible easily accessible to everyone around the world, but could that have an impact on the way we look at the Bible? The research below identifies some key trends that give us insight into the changes that we are seeing in today’s society. The following report takes into account the last 6 years of statistical data from the Barna Research Group. (more…)
Dr. Wayne Grudem in his Systematic Theology defines speaking in tongues as, “prayer or praise spoken in syllables not understood by the speaker.” Paul seems to make it clear in I Corinthians 14 that both public declaration and private devotion can be times of speaking in tongues. But is this gift of speaking in various languages for here and now? Should we curtail this gift to biblical times only, or, if used today, to certain church denominations where spiritual gifts are more emphasized? (more…)