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Celebrate Grandparent’s Day—September 11

CTA has released a new line of gifts just in time for Grandparent’s Day happening on Sunday, September 11. There are six special gifts in the Grandparents Are a Blessing theme—photo magnets, flip books, and much more! And CTA customers are really impressed! Here’s what they have to say: From Jo Ann in Nashville: “I love this…

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Tips to Start Planning Your Fall Festival

“If you want to reach the community in a nonthreatening way, if you want to provide a place where children can experience the love and safety of Jesus in troubled and dangerous times, then by all means plan a fall festival!” This advice comes from Nichole Sims of Cedar Park, Texas. CTA recently interviewed Nichole,…

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Shaping Hearts, Changing Livesa free back-to-school devotion

Editor’s note: This back-to-school devotion is slightly adapted from one of CTA’s devotion books for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. As the new school year begins, we encourage you to use this devotion and the value-priced gifts from Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives to uplift teachers as they prepare to guide students…

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Sacred and Secular Volunteering

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that religious organizations received 33% of all the volunteer hours given between September 2014 and September 2015.  That’s more volunteer hours than any other type of organization. It’s no surprise that churches talk a lot about volunteering. But, we rarely talk about volunteering through non-church-related organizations. It’s as…

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Time to Shinea free fall festival devotion

Editor’s note: Looking for a unique fall festival theme? Time to Shine for Jesus is perfect! CTA offers a wide variety of Halloween-alternative resources in this theme, plus a brand-new outreach activity card to share with children who don’t know Jesus. As always, CTA supports the theme with FREE downloadable resources like this ministry message. Check it…

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Fixed for Lifea free back-to-school devotion

Life is as uncertain as a grapefruit’s squirt. That being said, some genetic engineer may be laboring late into the night tonight, pursuing a predictable grapefruit. That’s what life in America is all about, isn’t it? Predictability, efficiency, certainty. The elusive dream of something that will make life more controllable, something that will leave us…

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How to Spiritually Prepare Children for the New School Year

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10–11 ESV)  This well-known Bible verse is frequently used to inspire Christians in faith. But would you use it to reassure a…

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Reaching by Teachinga free back-to-school devotion

Editor’s note: This devotion is part of CTA’s customer-favorite theme celebrating Christian teachers and educators—Reaching by Teaching. As the new school year begins, we encourage you to use this devotion and the value-priced gifts from Reaching by Teaching to uplift teachers as they prepare to guide students at every stage of life and Christian growth….

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Are You a Good Steward of Your Volunteers’ Time and Talent?

As Christians, we aim to be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. Church leaders put serious emphasis on their responsibility to be good stewards of the treasure—the financial gifts—that people give to their church. On the other hand, we rarely talk about church leaders being good stewards of the time and talent that…

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