This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Reformed Free Publishing Association, who also sponsored the blog this week with their article Ignited by the Word: A Christian Magazine for Children. They are offering a free, 1-year subscription to Ignited by the Word to each of ten winners.
Every issue of Ignited by the Word, our Christian children’s magazine for children and young teens, has a theme. Past themes include:
- Heaven-Bound Citizens
- God’s Goodness and Mercy
- The Protestant Reformation
Our January issue, “Prayer,” will be mailed out soon! Below is a sneak peak of some of the exciting content that subscribers will be enjoying in this issue.
From PreK-2nd Grade – Devotions
Closing Our Eyes
Have you ever prayed in a closet? That might seem like a strange place to pray to God! But in Matthew 6:6, Jesus tells us that a closet is a good place to pray. Why? Because a closet is a quiet, dark place without very many distractions. We are easily distracted by people or sounds or other things around us. That is why we almost always close our eyes when we pray. When we close our eyes, we suddenly create a dark, quiet place where we can pray without many distractions. Just like the closet Jesus was talking about! Closing our eyes helps our hearts and minds to focus so we are ready to pray to God reverently. Can you close your eyes and fold your hands in your prayers today?
From 3rd-5th Grade – Church History
One Who Sings, Prays Twice
…Singing is a form of prayer, but also something more. Singing helps move us to greater zeal in prayer, as we approach God with joy and gladness, love and devotion. That idea, if not the saying, goes all the way back to Augustine, a great church leader who lived over 1,700 years ago…
After years of neglect, the Reformation restored congregational singing in the church. Martin Luther, a gifted musician, believed music was essential to worship. He required students preparing for the ministry to study music. He wrote that music was given to us so we remember that “God has created us for the express purpose of praising and extolling God…
From 6th-8th Grade – Devotions
Read Jonah 2:1-10
Jonah’s Prayer of Repentance
Jonah prayed to God out of the belly of the fish when God chastised him for his sin of disobedience. In this beautiful prayer, Jonah confesses that God is right and just in His chastisement. But the beauty of Jonah’s prayer is that God doesn’t leave him in the “belly of hell” or at the “bottoms of the mountains.” Jonah confesses that salvation is of the Lord and that God delivered his life from corruption. He recommits his way unto the Lord. He promises to keep his vow to serve the Lord. With this prayer of repentance, God forgave Jonah and the fish spit him out upon dry land. This prayer reminds God’s people that we must confess our sins before God and commit our ways unto Him.
Would you like a copy of the January issue of Ignited by the Word to share with your children? How about the January issue and the next three issues, too? Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win one of ten 1-year subscriptions for free!
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