Talk to many moms for very long and you will soon hear a lot of frustration about the role their husband takes in parenting. Wives often complain about their husbands and how they fill that role, too. (Men probably have the same conversations about women, but since I never hear those, I only know what I hear.)
So I was interested when offered the chance to review a new book by Ken Harrison, Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man. Harrison is the Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers. While I haven’t heard much about Promise Keepers in the last decade or so, their initial call was for Christian men to step up and really be the men God has called them to be.
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The statistics are frightening. Years ago, I don’t ever remember hearing about a child committing suicide. Teen suicide was even somewhat uncommon. Today elementary school teachers have to be trained in suicide prevention. Why? Because for the last few years a child under the age of 13 commits suicide every 3.4 days. Most of these children are 11-12 years old, but the youngest was only six. If you are African American, you have even more cause to be alarmed as roughly twice as many African American children commit suicide as their Caucasian peers.
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Did you know there is a holiday that celebrates the story of the book of Esther? It’s called Purim and if you read Esther 9:20-32, you will find it’s very beginnings. Many Jews and even some Christians still celebrate Purim as a way of remembering not only the story of Esther, but also God’s goodness and protection.
Purim has always been a celebration of joy and feasting. It is also a time to share food gifts with others and to give to the poor. Today, Purim is celebrated by dressing in costumes and reenacting the story of Esther. Traditionally, those in the audience cheer whenever Mordecai and Esther are mentioned and boo when the evil Haman is named.
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If your family likes to put together jigsaw puzzles, you probably have quite a few around the house. Often dollar stores and box retailers – even yard sales – sell cheap jigsaw puzzles. So grab a couple of puzzles and try one or more of the ideas below. Even if the picture on the puzzle has nothing to do with the Bible, you can still use them to teach your kids some important lessons.
The best puzzles to use are often those with 50 or less pieces – especially floor puzzles. The pieces are larger in a floor puzzle, but if you can write small and your children can read fairly well, a regular sized puzzle piece will work just as well. (I would avoid those mini-puzzles for most of these activities.) The “picture” side of the puzzle is not extremely important, but I do prefer photographs of beautiful things or “Bible” puzzles if you have them.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use jigsaw puzzles to teach your kids some important things God wants them to know:
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Christian parents of young children have often relied on Bible story books to help simplify the Bible for their kids. Often the stories are fine, although the introduction of the NIrV version of the Bible has made them less necessary than in the past.
I am always interested though in finding quality Christian books for children. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to review a new book Psalms for Little Hearts by Dandi Daley Mackall.
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