The Legend of Squanto

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Justin Taylor has recently highlighted two resources for children highlighting the story of Squanto, the Native American who helped the Plymouth pilgrims survive the first cold winters in the New World. Here is a short list of the resources Taylor links to.

Here is a CNN clip that gives highlights of the Mataxas book:

For Dads on Thanksgiving

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Darrin Patrick (via Twitter):

Fathers…be the chief memory maker, CEO of fun, legacy creator and tradition starter for your family this holiday season.

A good word.  Here is an even better one from Psalm 100:

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Giving Thanks in the City

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Let's admit it.  Most do not think of the city as an ideal place to raise children.  Cities are dangerous.  The taxes and cost of living are higher.  And and it is simply more difficult to navigate through the public transportation jungle with a stroller.  But Christians are needed everywhere from Massena, Iowa to Manhattan.  In an October 2006, Dr. Timothy J. Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York gave several reasons for Christian parents that have chosen to live in the city to be thankful.  Certainly our context in Louisville is not nearly as urban as NYC, but one of Keller's points hit home with me. Keller states, "With so many young singles in the city, there are strong Chrisitan role models that kids want to be like."  In cities and college towns, young singles abound.  And, thankfully, many of these young singles are committed to Jesus.  Moreover, since they are young, single, and slightly more hip than the average parent, church kids actually want to be like them.   Today, I am thankful for all of the young men and ladies without children who give their time to serve with our children's ministry.  Thank you for being examples for my daughters and all of Sojourn's kids.  I pray that Sojourn will always be filled with this "role model" generation.  Our children need their examples.