3 Reasons why I love Group’s Kidmin Conference

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Why I love Group’s Kidmin Conference.

For the past 3 years I have had the opportunity to take part in Groups Kidmin Conference. Christine Yount Jones and her team do a phenomenal job. Here is a few of the reasons why I like coming back each year.

  1. I hate deadlines and I love deadlines – Chris and her team keep all the speakers well-informed and force us to be clear on our content as well as provide personalized feedback. Why all of this? Because Chris is passionate about the breakouts being as dynamic as the keynotes.
  2. The keynotes are a mix of people who do keynotes for a living and people who do kids ministry for a living. As a local church pastor. I like that.
  3. They are very intentional perhaps most intentional of any conference I have been to about creating opportunities for personal connections and personal ministry.

I am honored to be apart of the 3rd annual event. Looking forward to seeing all my friends and to meeting new friends. Can’t wait to share what God has put on my heart for leaders as well as learn from what God is doing.

If you are going to Group’s KidMin conference please find me and say hi. I would love to hear what God is doing in your church!

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity (David C Cook, 2013)

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More or less.

More or less is a timely book that address the excessive lifestyles we all live. You may be reading this saying what me? Yes you. If you are reading this on a computer device that belongs to you, you are rich. We as a people as a culture have more than most people in the world has and we feel like we are wallowing in poverty because we have a massive comparison problem. We feel like we are poor because we see what all our friends have on Facebook. We see the vacations they take the TV’s they buy and the food they eat. We have a comparison problem because famous people and the companies that hire them tell us daily how our lives are incomplete without the gadget they are pushing.

In this book author Jeff Shinabarger does a compelling job of telling his very personal story and pulling you into it. Shinabarger offers many practical suggestions on how to live simply. We don’t see our excess because it’s all we know. When you go to another country you realize how much of everything we have in America. I was really challenged by many of the chapters in Jeff’s book. I am going to do some of the “enough experiments” in our family.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. I would recommend it to everyone.

That being said the one thing I would like to have seen added to the book was to with an understanding about where generosity comes from. Many times in this book Jeff says “you need to decide where your line is. You need to decide how much is enough.” What I would have loved was a short chapter that helps set up the idea that we can’t decide that line, it’s determined for us by Christ. Where does materialism start? Materialism starts at the moment you put your hope in someone, or something that isn’t Christ. Me centered altruism can never do what Christ centered generosity can do. We don’t give because we have too much, we don’t give because it feels good although both are true. We give because “God so loved the world that He gave” We give because we have been given. The line we have to draw is not what do I think is enough but “Is God enough.” Until we can say that God is enough we will try to fill our lives with either altruism or materialism. When God is enough we are free to enjoy this material world and we are free to give everything because we realize that because we have been given everything by God there is nothing God can not require from us.

Taking all of that into account I would recommend this book and do recommend it. I plan on referencing it to help me with the practical things I can do to take the focus off me and what I need on a more regular basis.

 

Free Bible Lesson Joel: Book of Forgiveness

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Joel – Book of Forgiveness
We must learn to Forgive!

Key Point – We must forgive!
Memory Verse – Matthew 6:15 “But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Skit – Kids pick on a boy – the boy getting picked on will not forgive. A group of kids make fun of a little boy and push him to the ground. The boy starts crying a Christian girl comes in and sees the boy crying. She asks why he explains that he is crying because kids were picking on him. The boy decides that he now hates them. The Christian girl explains that the boy must learn to forgive. The boy asks why. The girls says because in Matthew 6:15 it says that if you don’t forgive others God will not forgive you. Do you want God to forgive you? The boy says yes. The girl says then you must forgive the bullies. The boy and the girl bow their heads and pray. She explains we can forgive because we have been forgiven by  God. Walk off stage excited and ready to forgive.

Skit – Old man who learned to forgive and an old man who didn’t learn to forgive show the difference forgiveness makes. Two old men start talking one talks about how much he loves life the other one talks about how he hates everything. The old man who loves life explains how every morning and every evening he asks God to forgive him of things that he has done but also he forgives others. The old man who hates life says that he would never and has never forgiven anyone. The man who loves life explains that you must forgive or you will end up a bitter hateful old man. The hateful old man refuses to listen to him. Different people come up to each old man the difference is plain to see. A child comes up and says hi the nice old man says hi the mean old man simply grunts and turns away from the child, someone else comes and asks for directions etc…. The difference is plain to see. Have the MC come up and ask the kids which one was the one who had forgiven during his life. Explain to the kids that you become when you are old what you were your whole life. So we must forgive.

Object lesson –70 x 7 – how many times should we forgive have something represent 490 so kids can see how much they need to forgive each day. Have a bag of marshmallows to represent to the kids how many times we must forgive. Call a kid forward ask the kid how many times do they think they should forgive they will say a certain number, give them the amount of marshmallows equal to the number of times they feel that they should forgive someone. Have them put their marshmallows on the table then pull out 490 marshmallows and explain that Jesus wants us to forgive not just 7x not just 70x but 70 x 7. So we must forgive.

Object lesson – Forgiveness sets us free, handcuffs. Forgiveness is the key that opens our life and keeps us free. Explain that un-forgiveness puts us in chains it locks us up. As long as we chose not to forgive we stay bound in chains. The only key that unlocks our chains is forgiveness to forgive sets us free. We can forgive because we have been forgiven. So we must forgive.

Puppet – MC teaches a puppet how to forgive – MC explains how to forgive people. First ask God to help you second you tell them that you do forgive them and you give it to God you don’t keep hanging on to un-forgiveness. So we must forgive.

Small Group –

Key Point – We must forgive!
Memory Verse – Matthew 6:15 “But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Questions
What is forgiveness
What happens to us when we don’t forgive?
Are we supposed to forgive all the time?
How many times are we supposed to forgive? Why?
What happens to us if we choose to forgive?
What is mercy?
Should we ask God to help us forgive?
What does forgiveness do? (sets us free)
Who does the Bible say that God forgives? (you and me)
Who can tell me the story in Matthew 18:21-30?
What did the king do for the servant?
What did the servant do to his servant?
What happened to the servant that did not forgive?
What is the lesson in this story?

 

 

Looking for an easier way to do Bible Bucks?

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Why is Bible Bucks 2.0 better than Traditional Bible Bucks?

1. If the card is lost – the points are not lost
2. If the card is stolen – another kid can’t use the card only the owner can.
3. It is one card so you don’t have a pile of money to keep track of
4. I control how the points are given. Teachers can’t use it as a crutch for a lack of discipline or preparation.
5. It works with a card and barcode scanner but also without a card by searching by last name.