Topic: Ministry

Promises Made, Promises Kept — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

As you begin, read John 3:16. The timeline of Sarah’s life was marred by a string of broken promises. Her daddy called her “princess,” but walked away from the family when Sarah was nine. Her fiancé promised a love to last a lifetime, but died when an mortar exploded near  the truck he drove in…

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Timely Tips for Your Easter Celebration

Looking for ways to invite friends and neighbors to this year’s Resurrection Day services? Here are a few ideas you may want to use or adapt:  Want to get kids and families excited about Jesus’ resurrection? Order CTA’s Jesus Lives! Let’s Celebrate 6-part Activity Magnet for families with children ages 5 and up. Plan to distribute the…

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“Fat Tuesday”! A Free Devotion for Mardi Gras

C. S. Lewis may have been the first to tell about the little boy who was asked what God is like. The boy responds in words like these: “God’s the sort of fellow who goes around looking for someone who’s having fun—and tries to stop ’em.” This picture of God, mistaken though it is, nonetheless…

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Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Easter will be here sooner than you think! Ash Wednesday falls on March 5 this year, and Easter comes six short weeks later, on April 20. How will you help everyone in your church prepare their hearts to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection victory? A few years ago, CTA revised our popular prayer journal for…

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Teaching Thankfulness: What Does It Look Like?

If we created a list of attributes we desire for children, thankfulness would probably be on the list. However, cultivating an attitude of thankfulness is a lifelong task, since our natural inclination lies in another direction altogether – toward taking and wanting more and more stuff. We can even fall into the habit of complaining…

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Make Thanksgiving Stand Out This Year

“The Holidays.” That’s become the catch-all term to describe the last six weeks of the year. For more than a generation now Thanksgiving has served simply as the starting line for our national “shop-til-you-drop” marathon. It’s the last day of relative calm before the hurricane hits. (Though more and more stores have stopped even pretending…

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An Overwhelming Time of Year

Editor’s note: Looking for help as you work with volunteers? Check out CTA’s new resources for Christian workers. Welcome to September! Our days are once again filled to the brim, so unlike those July days when many of us head out on vacation and enjoy outdoor events and activities – as observers. Now, we lead…

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Praying with Hopea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This prayer is taken from the newest book in CTA’s care ministries product line, Praying with Hope: Leaning on Jesus. Written by Tim Wesemann, it follows this author’s popular titles, Grieving with Hope, Facing Illness with Hope, and Facing Difficult Days with Hope. It will be available soon. Watch for it! Father, by…

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Caretakers of Creation — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: Are you looking for ways to help those you lead remember God’s good gifts to us in the creation and thank him for them? Would you like to remind everyone of our responsibility to care for those gifts? Then consider CTA’s colorful Recycled Paper Click Pens or Foldable Water Bottles. Those items and…

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Are You Recruiting or Inviting Volunteers?

It is with great joy that we announce the marriage of our daughter. You are cordially recruited to attend. Have you ever received a wedding announcement that read like that? Of course not. You are not recruited to a wedding; you are invited. Wedding invitations come on fancy paper and sometimes include ribbons and confetti….

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