Review and Giveaway!

January 20, 2014

Check out Home Educating Family Association’s review of Sermon Notes for Kids and enter to win one of two copies!

Enter now through January 26.

HEDUA Review

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Sermon Notes January Sale

January 17, 2014

Sermon Notes for Kids and Sermon Notes for Teens are both discounted 20% for the month of January.

Head on over to our store page to take advantage of this limited time offer!

http://www.truthstepspublishing.com/store.html


When It’s Hard to Trust God

September 25, 2013

Psalm 9:10

“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.” (NIV 84)

If you find that you are having a hard time trusting God or feel that He has forgotten and doesn’t care about your needs, you need to begin to seek Him.

Do this by opening God’s Word and search out Scripture that speaks of who God is – His Name, attributes, character, work.

If you do, He promises to not forsake you. He promises to show Himself to you.

As you learn about Him and “see” Him, your response will be to trust Him!


Sermon Notes Giveaway!

August 12, 2013

Now through Wednesday (August 14), enter to win one of four “Sermon Notes for Kids” or “Sermon Notes for Teens.”

Giveaway is being hosted by the amazing Mommy Time! Click the Mommy Time box below to enter the giveaway.

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Children Celebrate the Lord’s Supper

July 22, 2013

Children Celebrate Lord's Supper

Communion is a wonderful privilege and great opportunity to remind your children of the gospel.

Whether or not they partake in Communion, they can begin the discipline of remembering what Christ did on their behalf.

First, remind your child of your expectations of him during Communion.

In the back of Sermon Notes for Kids, there is a Communion guide. This is not for note taking purposes but rather to provide direction on what your child can do with his thoughts during Communion.  It contains 3 sections:

1) Remembering – some suggested passages of Scripture recounting Jesus’ last supper, death, burial, and resurrection.

The passages listed are long. It might be helpful to shorten the reading by underlining in your child’s Bible the specific verses you want him to read.

2) Confession - a verse your child can pray to keep his heart in right standing with God.

3) Praise – suggested chapters of the Psalms for praise and worship.

Sermon Notes for Kids also provides a page for you to list your own thought prompts or Scripture references for your child.

Another great option is to model prayer by pulling your child close and whispering a prayer for and with your child.

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Jill Connelly

“Growing in Truth one Step at a Time”

Truth Steps Publishing.com – for our store, blog, and videos
Facebook.com/SermonNotesForKids   - for announcements and daily tips on using Sermon Notes For Kids.
Pinterest.com/TruthSteps – for additional resources that encourage and equip families to grow in Truth.

Sermon Notes for Teens

July 17, 2013

Sermon Notes For Teens
Sermon Notes for Teens is now available for purchase at our website as well as Amazon.

Below is a video that will give you a look at what Sermon Notes for Teens is all about.


Kids Taking Sermon Notes

July 11, 2013

Yesterday’s sermon was on Matthew 5:21-26, “The Heart of Anger.”

One of my daughters started the service with a heart of anger. She couldn’t find her Bible and was angry at her brother because she felt he was responsible for it in some way. She found it under the pew a few minutes later but as the sermon began, she sat there empty handed (no Bible or Sermon Notes) and heavy hearted (weighted down with anger).

Part way into the sermon, my husband noticed and told her to open her Bible and begin taking notes. She did, though she wasn’t happy about it at first.

Later that afternoon, she showed me her notes and told me that God had convicted her during the sermon and repentance took place in her heart.

Kids Taking Sermon Notes
Can the Holy Spirit speak to a child’s heart through a sermon?  Absolutely!

Can the Holy Spirit speak to a child’s heart through a sermon if he is not taking notes? Absolutely!

Can a child take notes and still have a closed heart? Absolutely!

However, I believe most kids will benefit greatly from taking sermon notes. Children need to be taught active listening. Children will find it easier to succumb to day dreaming than to active listening to a sermon preached to adults.

A sermon ought to be preached to an adult audience. It should not be brought down to the level of a child.

However, a sermon is not above the ability of the Holy Spirit to use that sermon to touch the heart of a child.

I believe that when the Word of God is preached, something supernatural takes place.

Why and How?

Hebrews 4:12

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

God’s Word is living and active! It’s supernatural!

There have been times that I have allowed my children to refrain from taking notes.  But it has been proved over and again that when they do, the doors to their heart of belief and mind of understanding are open that much more.

As in the case with my daughter, certainly the Holy Spirit could have touched her heart without her taking notes. But the pull of the sinful nature is strong. Anger had taken a grip on her heart and closed its door.

I can’t control my daughter’s heart, but by having her take notes, we were helping place her in a better position to be reached. We helped move her mind from dwelling on what made her angry to a place of active listening to the sermon. Her heart was then in a position to more easily hear and respond to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t forget that children in the pew is about more than just the sermon. It’s also about having them witness the tone of worship. The reverence. The awe. The joy. The participation.

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Sermon Notes for Kids is a great tool for helping your children draw from the sermon the pieces they can understand. The variety of note taking methods appeals to a wide range of learning styles and abilities.

 

 

Jill Connelly

“Growing in Truth one Step at a Time”

Truth Steps Publishing.com – for our store, blog, and videos
Facebook.com/SermonNotesForKids   - for announcements and daily tips on using Sermon Notes For Kids.
Pinterest.com/TruthSteps – for additional resources that encourage and equip families to grow in Truth.

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