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Jesus Raises Lazarus — 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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How to Delegate (part 1)

“Don’t do anything yourself.” That’s the advice I once received from someone I trusted, a member of my advisory board. She claimed it was the key to effective ministry in churches. My friend wasn’t encouraging laziness. She was stressing delegation. That conversation was one of the few times I remember discussing delegation with anyone over…

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Children's Valentine of God's Love Image

The Name that Means Love — a free devotion for children’s ministry

Beforehand, cut a large heart and a large cross from construction paper. For each child, prepare a small “kit” containing a red construction paper heart and several Valentine candy conversation hearts.  Hold up the large construction paper heart. What celebration comes to mind when you see this? Valentine’s Day is a fun day to celebrate….

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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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A New Easter Devotional Journal for Youth and Young Adults

When you think of Easter, do any particular animals come to mind? Most of us envision fuzzy bunnies or yellow chicks. They are everywhere during the Easter season—on greeting cards, in the candy isle, and even as live mascots at springtime events. Have you ever considered how lambs fit into the Easter mix? This animal…

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New Day, New You! — a message of encouragement for children’s ministers

By now, most of the “newness” of the new year has worn off. For most of us, those resolutions we so confidently made have started to wear a bit thin. Either we’ve given up or we wish we could. Throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere, it can be hard to think of January as a…

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Unfailing Lovea free devotion for this week’s meetings

In less than three weeks, Valentine’s Day will be upon us. Try as we might, we can’t ignore it. From the mall to the restaurant to the florist to the grocery store, merchants make every effort in January and early February to focus our attention on one four-letter word—love. As the people of God, we…

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Build Relationships in Children’s Ministry All Year Long

Has Jay missed class two weeks in a row? Does Barry have a birthday this week? Is Jessica a new girl in your Bible club? Does Elijah have a bad case of bronchitis? Stay in touch with everyone in your class or Bible club throughout the year, using CTA’s new free downloadable postcards for kids….

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Christ Was Guilty, We Are Blamelessa 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? This year, CTA’s theme for Easter preparation is The Shepherd, the…

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6 Thoughts on Small Talk

First things first. I admit it. I do not like small talk. Talking to unfamiliar people makes me nervous and uncomfortable. I would much prefer the company of a few close friends. However, as I have thought and read about small talk, I gained some basic, but important insights, insights that encourage me to feel…

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