I recently received a children’s “Christmas Gift Giving Guide” in the mail. Page after page had the latest, greatest, and most popular toys and gadgets for kids. Many would appeal to my grandkids—especially the Lego sets—and I can imagine them having hours of creative fun. However, none of these gifts can come anywhere near to doing the following for them:
- revive the soul, make wise the simple, rejoice the heart, and enlighten the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8)
- keep their way pure and guard their hearts from sin (Psalm 119:9,11)
- make them wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15)
- lead them to believe in Christ and have life in His name (John 20:31)
- train them in righteousness and equip them for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- give them abiding, eternal hope (1 Peter 1:23-24)
What are all the above referring to? God’s holy Word—the Bible. Yes, Legos and other toys, crafts, and gadgets are fun to give to the children in your life, but also consider gifts that will serve to help them read, study, understand, and treasure God’s Word.
That is why Truth78 is pleased to offer a very different kind of giving guide: The Family Discipleship Gift Guide. The resources target various age groups and include a range of ease of use—from extremely simple read aloud stories to more formal Bible instruction and from simple parenting tools to deeper discipleship training.
So before you fill up your gift-giving list with an endless array of temporal pleasures for children, be sure to include some God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, discipleship-oriented resources at the top of the list. Helping children discover the riches of God’s Word is a gift that will truly keep on giving for a lifetime as they find in it the source of unshakable, all-satisfying, never-ending joy!
More Than a Story
More Than a Story: Old Testament takes children on a chronological journey through the Bible with a God-centered, gospel-focused, discipleship-oriented, theologically grounded perspective. More Than a Story: New Testament continues the story begun in the Old Testament volume, showing how Christ has come to fulfill all of God's promises for His people.
Glorious God, Glorious Gospel
The Glorious God, Glorious Gospel devotional includes 15 lessons for family discipleship designed to ground children in the essential and glorious truths of the gospel.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray Family Devotional Guide
The Lord's Prayer has much to teach us about our great and glorious God as well as about prayer. Lord, Teach Us To Pray is a newly revised intergenerational curriculum that instructs young and old to approach God in prayer with a heart of submission to God’s desires and a trust in His good and right answers. Through prayer, you will learn to know your Heavenly Father better and enjoy fellowship with Him.
Helping Children to Understand the Gospel
This resource covers: preparing the hearts of children to hear the gospel, discerning stages of spiritual growth, communicating the essential truths of the gospel, and presenting the gospel in an accurate and child-friendly manner. Includes a 10-week family devotional.
Making HIM Known Books
A series of books to teach children about God's worth and character.
Dedicated to the Lord
When we receive a child from God, it is right that we recognize that child as dedicated to God for His glory. This little booklet provides a working definition of what it means for a child to be dedicated to God. It unpacks the significance, meaning, and implication of five promises that represent the biblical calling and responsibility that rests on all Christian parents who have been entrusted with children to raise for the glory of their Creator.
A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children
Pronouncing blessings upon our children is a powerful way to plead for God's grace upon them and give them a vision for what we hope they will become. Each blessing in the booklet is based upon a biblical text and flows from a father's heart for his daughters and a pastor's heart for the children in his church.
- Jesus Is Most Special
In Jesus Is Most Special, Sally Michael helps parents to share the story of the birth of Jesus with their children and goes a step further by placing the Christmas story in the larger context of the Bible, including what comes before and after.
When I Am Afraid
This children's book provides parents with an opportunity to show their children the wonderful promises of God and encourage them to look to God when they are fearful.
- World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored
The World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored has been written so that children might know and embrace these life-transforming truths of the gospel. Through the use of key Scriptures and child-friendly, compelling narrative, children will encounter the greatest realities in all the universe—and in their own lives.
- My Church Notebook
My Church Notebooks: Come Into His Presence Volume 1 and 2 includes 26 weeks of note taking space with 3 pages for each week. It is not dated and is designed to be used with any sermon.
My First Church Notebook
The My First Church Notebook provides parents with helpful suggestions to prepare young children to understand and participate in the worship service. It includes 29 weeks of 4 pages per week and is not dated but designed to be used with any sermon.
Fighter Verses Pack
The Fighter Verses™ compilation of 260 passages provides the encouragement we need for fixing our hearts on the character and worth of our great God; battling the desires of our flesh; and rejoicing in the work of Christ in the gospel.
The Fighter Verses Study Set 2 (coming in December)
A year-long (or quarterly) devotional for families, small groups, classes, and individuals with a coloring book for younger children as well as a journal.
Fighter Verses Songs
A tool to aid Scripture memorization of the Fighter Verses passages.
Foundation Verses Resources
The Foundation Verses are 76 strategically chosen Bible Verses designed to give toddlers and pre-readers (ages 2-5) a firm scriptural foundation of basic biblical truth. Each passage includes a full-color illustration to help children remember the verse.
Parenting books we've reviewed and recommend:
Age of Opportunity (Paul Tripp)
Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring & Struggling Parents (Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger)
Future Men: Raising Boy to Fight Giants (Douglas Wilson)
Grace-Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free (Tim Kimmel)
Hints on Child Training (Clay Trumbull)
Instructing a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp)
Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child (John Rosemond)
Peacemaking for Families (Ken Sande)
Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp)
Why Christian Kids Rebel: Trading Heartache for Hope (Tim Kimmel)
Your Child’s Profession of Faith (Dennis Gundersen)