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Jonathan Puddle
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Husband, Father, Author, Kids Pastor, Business Administrator, Trance & progressive house DJ... and so on.
Husband, Father, Author, Kids Pastor, Business Administrator, Trance & progressive house DJ... and so on.

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"If we’re going to call it children’s church, then it had better be church—everything that the New Testament talks about when it talks about church." - Chad Bird

I love this! This is our heart for ministry to children. No junior Holy Spirit, no "adult time" vs "kids time". Everyone gets to participate and experience the communal life of God.
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Understanding usually comes later than the experience of learning. Over time, with constant exposure, children learn all about church life, even if they appear bored some of the time. https://jonathanpuddle.com/puddcast/2018/7-interview-with-chad-bird
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"Jesus Christ is the fulfilment and the fullness of the Old Testament." - Chad Bird
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New on The Puddcast, Chad Bird and I discussed whether children's ministry is really for the kids or just for adults who don't want to be distracted, and what that might mean about the health of our churches. Chad offers some wise advice for crafting a worship experience that appeals to all ages and learning styles.

"When your expression of church includes all your senses, it communicates (especially to children) that God is active in every facet of our sensory system to speak to us, to reveal himself and bring us into his life."

Listen now on iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts.
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It's only after Easter that Thomas puts his fingers into Jesus' hands. It's only after Easter that Jesus commissions Peter. It's only after Easter that everything starts new... Easter is only just the beginning.
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For Christians (and churches) that don't follow a liturgical calendar, it's easy to lose track of the fact that Easter is just the beginning. Maybe some of us observed Lent, but generally, we probably just enjoyed the long Easter weekend, had an extra-special Sunday meeting, took new family photos and then went back to work. That's certainly what I did, and I don't begrudge anyone who did the same... but I think our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox, Coptic, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran or Episcopal traditions gain something from following a regular calendar and books of prayers. Calendars and seasons remind us of things bigger and more consistent than ourselves and our small inner worlds.

The fact is, Easter is just the beginning. On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus is only just getting started. Which means that you and I, the new race that Jesus introduced, get to start all over again and it's all new and it's all good and it's all exciting!
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I used to pray that God would keep temptation far from me because if it came I knew I'd give in. Now when temptation comes knocking, Jesus answers the door instead, since I died and don't live there anymore. I do have to remind myself of this death though.
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I used to pray that God would keep temptation far from me because if it came I knew I'd give in. Now when temptation comes knocking, Jesus answers the door instead, since I died and don't live there anymore. I do have to remind myself of this death though.

To overcome temptation: identify your sinful thoughts, remind yourself that they're not Christ-thoughts and since you died & Christ lives in you they're not your thoughts either. Then command them to go to the cross. Repeat as necessary.

#overcome #temptation #resistthedevil #fullarmorofgod
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New on the blog... remembering that Easter is only the beginning of every new.
It's only just begun
It's only just begun
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To overcome temptation: identify your sinful thoughts, remind yourself that they're not Christ-thoughts and since you died & Christ lives in you they're not your thoughts either. Then command them to go to the cross. Repeat as necessary.
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