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Benji creator Joe Camp: Moral movies, personal cost (12/26/04)

Gloria Gaither: A Gaither family Christmas(12/19/04)

Allyson Feliz: Olympic medalist  shares passion for following Christ (12/12/04)

Dan Dean: Walking by faith (11/28/04)

J. Don George: Every church can touch the poor (11/21/04)

Brock Gill: Jesus is no illusion (11/14/04)

Ted Dekker: Good, evil and the battle for souls (10/31/04)

Bob Kilpatrick: CCM: Growing and changing (10/17/04)

Eugene H. Peterson: Man with a message (10/10/04)

Caz McCaslin: Fixing kids sports (9/26/04)

Jerry B. Jenkins: A novel approach to evangelism (9/19/04)

Natalie Grant: Living the dream (9/12/04)

Sharon Ellard: A life-changing education (8/29/04)

Steven Curtis Chapman: All things new (8/22/04)

Jim Ryun: Running to Jesus (8/15/04)

George Barna: Today’s church: By the numbers (8/8/04)

Randy Singer: Made to count (7/25/04)

Holly McClure: Morality and the media (7/18/04)

Don Miller and Richard Flory:Taking the Church to today's culture (7/11/04)

Cecil Richardson: Pastoring the Air Force’s 'Pastors' (6/27/04)

Barry Meguiar: Driven by faith (6/20/04)

Thomas E. Trask: Concerned for America (6/13/04)

Dr. David Yonggi Cho: The work of the Holy Spirit (5/30/04)

Tom Greene: High school: A great mission field (5/16/04)

Jennifer Rothschild: Walk by faith, not by sight (5/9/04)

Chaplain Alex Taylor: Forgiveness and restoration (4/25/04)

Joshua Harris: Not even a hint (4/18/04)

Nicky Cruz: Changing America (4/11/04)

Jason Schmidt: Lessons learned on life’s field (3/28/04)

Scott Temple: One church, many colors (3/21/04)

Michael W. Smith: Called to worship (3/14/04)

Representative Jo Ann Davis: Christians in politics (2/29/04)

Darlene Zschech: Sing, shout … just shout the praise the Lord (2/22/04)

Surgeon James W Long: For your heart’s sake, get fit (2/15/04)

Jerry R. Kirk: Battling pornography (2/8/04)

Dr Michael Ferris: A choice to heal (1/18/04)

Chaplain Al Worthley: Outside the four walls of the church (1/11/04)

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A life-changing education

Sharon Ellard, the Assemblies of God’s Sunday School promotions coordinator, recently spoke with Associate Editor Kirk Noonan about the spiritual education every parent should provide his or her child.

PE: What are some ways parents can reinforce their children’s spiritual education?

ELLARD: God wants children to know Him in a way that brings change. Parents can help their children understand by learning God’s Word themselves and then applying it to their own lives. As parents live to please God, they provide a “living education” for their children. Parents can also watch for opportunities to connect everyday choices with spiritual living. After a child helped a friend learn to turn cartwheels, for example, a parent might say, “I liked the way you encouraged Jason today. Did you know that the Bible tells us to encourage one another?”

PE: Finish this sentence. Spiritual education, at home and in Sunday School, is crucial because …

ELLARD: A spiritual education should change how children live every day. Romans 12 calls this being “transformed.” How can children be transformed if they don’t learn how God wants them to live? The challenge is to get information out of the child’s head and into his or her life. Parents can ask Sunday School teachers what their children are learning each quarter. Then parents and children can connect the lessons from church with the everyday life of the family.

PE: How can parents teach their children to evangelize their peers whether they homeschool or attend a private or public school?

ELLARD: They might start by teaching their children what it means to be a good friend. If a child learns to be a good friend he or she will influence his or her peers. Parents can also help children learn from Jesus. When Jesus was talking with fishermen, He invited them to become fishers of men. Parents can teach children how to build conversational bridges from activities children enjoy to talking about their friend Jesus. Parents can also encourage children to invite friends to Sunday School parties. If the Sunday School has no parties, parents can throw a party for the Sunday School class and encourage everyone to bring friends. Many parents invest time and effort helping their children learn at school and in sports. Parents can also invest in helping children become confident and excited about telling friends about Jesus.

PE: If you had it your way, children would demonstrate their faith in tangible ways outside the church — tell me about that.

ELLARD: This generation of children is called millennials. They see problems in the world and want to help solve them. Since children understand they can’t do much alone, they like to join others who are feeding the hungry or even passing out cold water at a sporting event. One of the best places to offer such opportunities is in a Sunday School class that participates in community outreaches.

PE: So you’re saying kids would rather be helping others than playing video games?

ELLARD: Many kids sit around playing video games because they haven’t been given any other viable options. There is extensive research that shows millennials are compassionate. If given the opportunity and adult support, millennials will work hard to help others.

PE: Why is Sunday School as important today as it was 20 years ago?

ELLARD: In recent years, many diverse religions and beliefs have come to America. Christian families need to learn how to tell others why Jesus is important in their lives. They need to be ready to explain why Jesus is the one way to God. Some of the best ways to be ready are through studying God’s Word, praying and worshipping together, and making friends in the small-group strategy called Sunday School.

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