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Go For The Gold

For the past couple of weeks, news from the Sochi Olympics has filled the air. We’ve cheered with the winners and cried with those who didn’t do so well. Maybe we did a unit study on the history of the Olympics, crafting paper laurel wreaths and attempting to write a few Greek letters. Perhaps we studied Russian culture instead, learning some Russian words and testing out our borscht-making skills.  Or maybe we talked about what it means to be a champion. The truth is that if we dug very far into the lives of any of the Olympic athletes, we’d find all kinds of people who helped them reach their competitive goals. Parents, spouses, coaches, teammates, and more all partnered with them from first faltering steps, skates, spins, or runs all the way to the Sochi finish line and—for a few—the medal platform.

Go for the Gold! Partner with The Shelby Kennedy Foundation

Partner with us- Let’s Go For The Gold Together

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation needs partners like this, people who will stand behind us all the way to the finish line. But in this case, the goal is not a gold medal, but true family discipleship. And the finish line looks a lot like a well-run, God-honoring local Bible Bee.
We’re seeking hosts for local competitions held throughout the country on the last Saturday in August. We need people who share our vision for helping parents disciple their children and will help extend that passion into their churches and communities. We need people who care deeply about God’s Word and about people and want to put the two together in a fun, challenging, and inspiring way. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), keep reading.
To assist you in praying about this possibility, here are comments from a few of our 2013 local hosts.

Sue told us, “Our local bee was filled with the sweet presence of the Lord . . . what more could we ask for? As years pass, it becomes easier to host, as more are catching the vision. . . . Indeed, this whole venture has been a great blessing for all involved.”

Janelle, another local host, shared, “God was so good to provide us with such a huge mega-church to have it in, even though at first we were reluctant to do it there. Plus some of our families who go there are pushing to get more support from the church leadership for next year, as the church has recently been focusing a lot on Scripture memorization and discipleship. Isn’t that amazing? As you can tell, we’re just overflowing with praise over here!”

When you agree to host, we don’t leave you to go it alone. We’re partners, remember? Our registration fee (which your church or Christian school may agree to pay) covers all of the resources needed; How-tos and step-by-step processes; promotional and training videos; telephone and online support; testing and award materials; and weekly Encourager emails.
The rewards for this partnership don’t come in the form of gold, silver, or bronze. Instead, they carry a much more lasting value.

Read what another 2013 host had to say:

[The father of two of the children in our local Bee] is in jail and has been for quite some time. Mom does not come to church. Grandma started coming with the kids after [one of the children] accepted Christ. Mom recently friended me on Facebook, and she came to our award ceremony last night. [This family] is a picture of a family being changed through Christ. It is very exciting to me. It takes time. They are very hyper little children. But I love them. Anyway, I thought you would like to see the other side of the Bible Bee. These two will not go to Nationals. But six memory passages marks a life changed. 

Shelby Kennedy FoundationWill you consider partnering with us to change lives through the power of God’s Word? Check out the hosting link here, and learn more about the Bible Bee at our homepage. We’d love to have your help as we promote true family discipleship through in-depth study of God’s Word, Scripture memorization, and prayer.
Let’s go for the gold—together.

Shelby Kenned Foundation

 



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Welcome Facebook Party Friends!

Door Prizes for Everyone

We are so excited about tonight’s Facebook Party!  Make sure you download the DOOR PRIZES that are available to EVERYONE who attends the party.

Facebook Party Prizes

$100 Gift Card from A Journey Through Learning 

Congratulations to Carrie Lada Emmons!

Complete set of Map Trek from Knowledge Quest

Congatulations to John Furrey!

A Complete Set of Season 1 or Season 2 CDs from Brinkman Adventures

Congratulations to Chastity Ray!

A first-semester KidCoder or TeenCoder textbook and instructional video of the winner’s choice from Homeschool Programming

Congratulations to Mandy Phillips Shaw!

A $25 Gift Certificate from Usborne Books

Congratulations to Mandi Call!

Unquenchable Love: How to Have a Holy and Happy Marriage, a 7 cd set from Frederic Gray

Congratulations to Julie Ensor!

Passionate Parenting and Biblically Handling Technology and Social Media from Dual Credit At Home. (3 Winners!!)

Congratulations to Tiffany Pena, Kelli Schmidt Haws, and Fruit Bearer!

Our Constitution Rocks! from Constituting America

by teen author, Juliette Turner, Constituting America’s National Youth Director

Congratulations to Deb Danhauer Lovejoy!

Questions God Asks, the new book by Israel Wayne, from Family Renewal

Congratulations to Ronda Clawson Rhodenizer!

A “Mom and Dad Special,” i.e. both a book and an audiobook edition of Raising Real Men

Congratulations to Becky Reckelhoff!

Free Enrollment in “Boot Camp 9-12″ webinar starting April 25 from Raising Real Men

Congratulations to Steve Blackston!

AND, Congratulations to Kelly Connell for winning our pre-party prize tonight! It sure was fun!  We will have another 30-minute Facebook party next week with even more chances to win as we get closer and closer to the first Teach Them Diligently event of 2014!  Have you registered yet?

 

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Not sure how to participate in a Facebook Party?

If you have never participated in a Facebook party before, don’t worry! It’s easy to do!  First, like our Facebook page. Next, show up a little before 9 pm EST tonight with a snack and a nice hot drink (ok, that’s not ABSOLUTELY necessary, but I like to do it anyway!)  Once the party starts, we’ll be posting questions or prizes about every 2 minutes, so make sure you refresh your page often. The party will move FAST.  You are free to chat in the threads, answer the questions, register for the prizes, and just enjoy the evening. After the Real Refreshment part of the party, come back to see us. We’ll pick our winners and announce them all on our FB page at 10:15 pm EST. It will be a perfect end to a very fun evening!

 



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Facebook Party

Join us TONIGHT at 9 PM EST on our Facebook Page for 30 minutes of fun and GREAT PRIZES!!

If you have never been to a Facebook party before, you are in for a great time!  Tonight, we have over $400 worth of prizes from our amazing partners to give out in just 30 minutes. The conversation will be fast and furious, so come with your fingers ready to type– and ready for some laughter and fun.  After our 30 minutes of partying, we’ll all head over to the Real Refreshment Facebook page for another 30 minutes of fun.  Then, come back to the Teach Them Diligently page at 10:15 to see if you won.  (We like instant gratification!!) :)

Facebook Party Tonight

 

Let’s Talk Facebook Party Prizes!!

Join us tomorrow night to enter to win one of these amazing prizes:

So, How Do You Do A Facebook Party?

If you have never participated in a Facebook party before, don’t worry! It’s easy to do!  First, like our Facebook page. Next, show up a little before 9 pm EST tonight with a snack and a nice hot drink (ok, that’s not ABSOLUTELY necessary, but I like to do it anyway!)  Once the party starts, we’ll be posting questions or prizes about every 2 minutes, so make sure you refresh your page often. The party will move FAST.  You are free to chat in the threads, answer the questions, register for the prizes, and just enjoy the evening. After the Real Refreshment part of the party, come back to see us. We’ll pick our winners and announce them all on our FB page at 10:15 pm EST. It will be a perfect end to a very fun evening!

Pre-Facebook-Party-Prize

Leave a comment below, noting that you are planning to join us and telling us which prize you are most excited about to be entered in our pre-party prize drawing!!  You can win a Teach Them Diligently tote bag and stainless travel mug!! “See” you tonight!



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Jesus’ Story, Your Story, and The Greatest Journey

by Jeff Allen, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Greatest JourneyStorytelling is an important part of any Bible lesson. People of every age, in every part of the world love to tell and listen to stories. As you know, Jesus told stories to teach important truths, and young people need to hear those true stories from the Bible. All too often kids are influenced by a make-believe world that’s not real and delivered through today’s modern media.

Along with the true stories of the Bible, some of the most important true stories kids need to hear are stories from your own spiritual “Greatest Journey.” I’ve shared many of my own stories with my daughters and the many kids I’ve worked with as a children’s pastor for years. I still occasionally get a child or a parent come up to me and remind me of the time I shared, and how it positively impacted them or their family.

Revelation 12:11 reads, “They triumphed over him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”

You would never forget to focus on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. However, there’s a second part to the verse above, “…by the word of their testimony…”. You have stories that are valuable to share with others from your own greatest journey with Jesus. You are a person of influence, and the people you influence most will be your own children. They will look at your example, your “Greatest Journey”, as they make their own decision whether or not to follow Jesus.

Your story is your testimony. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word Testimony means: “Proof or evidence that something exists.” You are living proof of God’s existence, His incredible grace, and His love. It’s important for you to share that proof. When appropriate, don’t be afraid to share both the good AND bad stories of your life. Just be sure to direct the story back to God’s redeeming grace and love.

A word of caution when sharing your story. Take into consideration the age of your children in order to best discern what is appropriate to share with them. Most parents treat their children as younger than they actually are and kids generally know more than parents give them credit for. However, an 8 year old should not be given a lot of negative personal details to process. Save those for later in life. Context and timing are key.

Sharing your “Greatest Journey” is about helping your children (and others) see the goodness of God in your life. You’re helping them understand that you are human just like they are and helping them discover that God loves them just as much as He loves you.

The Greatest Journey curriculum from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a 12-session study that takes kids through the adventure of a lifetime as they start or continue on their Greatest Journey. It introduces kids to God’s great gift, how to walk with Him, and how to share that gift with others. Prepare your kids for the journey of a lifetime. You’re kids are ready! Are you? www.greatestjourney.org

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Speaker Hangout with Israel Wayne

Speaker Hangout Israel Wayne

Join us Tuesday, February 18 at 3:00 pm as we chat with Israel Wayne of Family Renewal.  We will be talking about family, revival, and much much more.  I hope you’ll make your plans to join us as we hangout as well as make your plans to hear Israel at Teach Them Diligently in Nashville, Spartanburg or Dallas this spring.

Click here to Join the conversation on Google Plus.

Click here to watch on You Tube.

 

 



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