» Empower Elementary: The Abiding Adventure—Bearing Fruit that Lasts and Lasts
The Vine and the Branches Growing up near Napa Valley’s grape and wine country, I often observed beautiful vineyards arching in perfect rows across the rolling hills. Although the imagery was familiar and Jesus’ “vine and branches” analogy was often cited in church, the deep truths in John 15 remained abstract to me—just concepts and ideas. I didn’t get it; I didn’t envision myself “abiding” in Jesus—as a branch depends on its vine. What did it truly mean to abide? What did pruning feel like? Did I really believe that “apart from Christ I could do nothing”? While working for

» ABCs of Family Discipleship—Obey God’s Word
Discipleship Truth: God gave His Word to transform the way believers live. Knowing Bible truths is only the first step toward godliness. That head-knowledge must lead to life-change. James describes believers who know the truth but who do not act on it—“self-deluded” (James 1:22). True Story: When I served as a lead camp counselor, truths from 1 Peter 4:8-11 came alive to me—and the entire staff. Loving, serving, and ministering to kids brought many opportunities to apply Peter’s crucial admonition. I shared this entire passage with each new batch of counselors. These words crowned the rest, “Most important of all,

» Should I Make My Kids Apologize?
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) In this brief article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides insight into the meaning of true reconciliation. “I’m Sorry” May Miss the Mark Reconciliation often requires that an offender comes back to try to make things right. How do we teach children to handle these situations? Saying “I’m sorry” is a reflection of an emotion that one feels inside. If a child truly feels sorrow for doing the wrong thing, then saying,

IFCA International's interest in enhancing the strength of the Church by equipping for and encouraging toward ministry partnerships to accomplish Great Commission objectives extends even to the level of the children in our churches.  Today's children are tomorrow's Church leaders and we believe it is essential to begin at an early age to prepare them for that responsibility.  Strong foundations, laid in the lives of children, will provide a solid basis for carrying on Great Commission ministry in the decades ahead.

With that in mind, we are pleased to have DiscipleLand as a Great Commission partner in ministry.  We heartily recommend the materials they provide for children's ministry in the local church.


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