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    5 Gospel Centered Scripture Memory Verses

    One way to teach our children the importance of the gospel is through highlighting gospel centered verses—this may be through Scripture memory or simply studying key verses together as a family. The word gospel means “good news.” Each of the 4 gospel accounts is prefaced by the phrase “the gospel according to…” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John), and the accounts tell us about the good news of Jesus. Here’s a few verses focused on the good news of salvation to get you started: Defining the Gospel Message—Read 1 Corinthians 15:3–5 and pay attention to the four key verbs (died, buried, raised, appeared). Simply put, the gospel message of salvation = Christ…

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    12 Scripture Memory Verses for Toddlers

    We’ve all heard the adage “Hide God’s Word in your heart.” But that’s easier said than done, right? And, when it comes to helping younger children it’s often tricky. It can’t be too long or they won’t remember the words, but not all short verses are meaningful. If you’re struggling to come up with some good verses to teach your toddlers, try starting with one or more of the options below. (The version below is The Net Bible, but use whatever version is your family’s preference.) Creation: Genesis 1:1—“In the beginning God createdthe heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:31—“God saw all that he had made – and it was very good…” Psalm 19:1—“The heavens declare the glory of God…” Salvation: Acts 16:31—“Believe…

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    5 Verses for Valentine’s Day

    Sometimes it seems like we hear romantic love hyped up everywhere we turn—tv programs, movies, songs, and super market aisles brimming with flowers and heart shaped chocolates. And if our pocketbooks are any indication, many of us make an effort to show our love through our culture’s trademark gifts for our significant others. But I wonder, how versed our we when it comes to God’s definition of love? And how often do we take the time to read through some of the Bible’s passages on love. As Valentine’s Day approaches, I encourage you to spend some time with your family reading about God’s love for us and the love he…

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    A Gift For You, A Gift to Give

    Linda Tomczak, a gifted and generous graphic designer who works at Dallas Theological Seminary, has a contagious passion for the power of God’s word. A number of years ago, when a family friend was battling cancer, Linda printed out a few Bible verses and handed them to the lady, saying, “I have found it helpful to read Bible verses when I’m anxious. They remind me that God is good, and He is faithful.” When the lady ran into Linda years later, she pulled the now-tattered cards out of her pocket: “I read them all the time!” That was one of the first times Linda realized how easily we can minimize…