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Thursday Book Club: 15 Ways to Pray for Sojourn’s Kids

9 Things is an amazing little book, and I’ll have a complete review in a couple of weeks, but I couldn’t help but preview one section that was particularly helpful and convicting for me.  Ryan Frank writes a lot about dependence upon God and prayer in this book.  There are two prayer lists in the book that I think are particularly helpful for SojournKids servants.  Here is the first (on page 16).  This is my prayer today.

15 Ways to Pray For the Kids in Your Ministry


  • that God will give you a love for each child.
  • that they will come to know Christ as Savior.
  • that they will love God with all of their hearts.
  • for their parents and families.
  • that they will choose the right kind of friends.
  • for spiritual stability during tough times.
  • for the needs of their hearts that you may not know about.
  • for protection in their lives.
  • that they will have wisdom and discernment.
  • that they will love God’s Word.
  • that they will learn to pray.
  • that they will have concern for others.
  • that they will have integrity in all areas of their lives.
  • that they will have courage to do what’s right.
  • that they will look for ways to serve the Lord.

A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by Standard Publishing

Wolter’s Top Ten Parenting Books

My friend Doug Wolter at LaGrange Baptist recently recommended his “ten best” parenting books. Here they are:

1. How Children Raise Their Parents by Dan Allender – I enjoy Allender’s honest style of writing.  He shows us how God grows us parents to spiritual maturity as we learn to listen to our kids.

2. Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley – The author claims that the most effective parents have a clear grasp of the cross and its implications for daily life. Our only hope is Jesus.

3. Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel – Favorite quote: I’m urging you to raise your children the way God raises His. The primary word that defines how God deals with His children is grace.

4. Gospel-Centered Family by Ed Moll and Tim Chester – I love how this book is laid out in simple, concise chapters with questions for reflection, making it ideal for small group application.

5. The Space Between by Dr. Walt Mueller – A very readable book on the changes that happen during adolescence and how to better understand your child (and you) through these years.

6. Parenting Today’s Adolescent by Dennis and Barbara Rainey – This is a comprehensive guide for parents that explores the many traps of adolescence (like peer pressure and dating) and gives you creative ways you can talk about them with your child.

7. Romancing Your Child’s Heart by Monte Swan – A refreshing reminder that parenting is less about training and technique and more about cultivating a real relationship with your children.

8. Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas – The author writes,What if one of God’s primary intentions for you as a parent isn’t about successfully raising perfect children, but about your becoming more holy?” Great question!

9. Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp Tripp’s aim in writing this book is to point parents to the biblical truth that all of what a child does flows from the heart so we must shepherd their hearts if we expect lasting change.

10. Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp – I always appreciate Tripp’s focus on how God parents us as we parent our kids. This is an excellent book on seizing the opportunity God has given us during these tough teenage years.

HT: Doug Wolter

Jesus Was Baptized

This past Sunday at SojournKids, we studied Jesus’ baptism from Matthew 3:13-17.  We learned that:

  • People are baptized to show that they are turning away from sin.
  • Jesus was baptized to show that he carries our sin.
  • Jesus is God’s dearly loved son, and he has no sin.

We showed this video to the kids in our preschool and elementary classes:

Baptism Sunday from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.


Last Sunday: Jesus Healed Many

This past Sunday at SojournKids, we studied how Jesus healed many from Luke 4:31-41.  We learned that:

  • Jesus is truly the Son of God
  • He has authority to cast out demons and heal from diseases
  • He healed Simon’s mother in-law from a fever.

Download the SojournKids At Home sheet for the lesson here.


Thursday Book Club: Preparing Young People For Baptism

Preparing Young Children for Baptism: Mentor’s Guide and Pastor’s Supplement by David Michael (Children Desiring God, 2011).

Baptism is a significant act of obedience, and an important milestone in the life of a young believer. These  booklets outline a process, objectives, and sessions for leading a young person through the meaningful process of baptism preparation. Used together, the Pastors’s Supplement and Mentor’s Guide (designed particularly for fathers) outline a thorough church-sponsored youth baptism process.  The Mentor’s Guide provides outlines for six “faith talks” for use by mentors during the preparation time, and it includes two appendices, which provide theological justification for the suggested process. The Pastor’s Supplement contains instructions for church’s wishing to implement a youth baptism process (see below) along with a CD with forms (Microsoft Word 2007) that you can customize for your church. Continue Reading…