Monday, July 27, 2015

Parent Training Center Giveaway for Churches

Biblical parenting is important to my family and me. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful resources available through the National Center for Biblical Parenting. I've been pleased with the materials I've had opportunities to review so far: Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, Motivate Your Child Action Plan, Parenting Unchained by Dr. James D. Dempsey, and Family Toolbox.

A Parent Training Center is a church that intentionally trains parents, providing resources and tools both for discipleship of believers and for evangelism to families in the community.
The National Center for Biblical Parenting offers resources, and practical support to help you become the Parent Training Center God designed. The Equipping Program contains a number of mobilization tools to help you advance to the next level in your parent discipleship ministry.
With this program you'll interact with experts as well as other pastors and church leaders. Receive personalized guidance for your unique church situations. Use resources that will equip your parents to reach their children's hearts.
Parent Training Center Giveaway for Churches To introduce your church to the Parent Training Center concept, we are hosting an awesome giveaway that includes some of our best church and parent training resources, along with a $100 gift certificate to the National Center for Biblical Parenting store. Here's what your church could win: 

Parenting Is Heart Work DVD Church Kit ($199.95 value)

Equip parents to touch the hearts of their kids with this biblically-based, practical training program. Parents and teachers of children 2-18 years will benefit from this life-changing curriculum. The Parenting is Heart Work Church Kit includes: • Eight 35-minute video sessions • A Leader's Guide with reproducible pages for attendees • A copy of the 256 page book Parenting is Heart Work
The videos were filmed before a live audience of parents and children. Using drama, Bible stories, and lots of illustrations, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN will energize you and provide you with tools you need to strengthen your family. Use this eight-part video series in your church, small group, or even in your own family. Many times parents have to change the way they parent in order for children to change the way they live.
 

The Family Toolbox DVD Church Kit ($179.95 value)

he Family Toolbox has 8 lessons for parents, teens, or both in a small group setting. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue among parents and a 10-minute teaching session featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.
As the group works through the lessons parents learn:
• How to focus on the heart instead of just behavior • The cues you give that tell your children when you mean business • Practical ways to remove conflict from the problems of family life • How to end correction times with impact • A tool for maximizing heart change in the correction process • The value of teaching kids to accept no as an answer • Ways to reduce anger episodes in children
The Family Toolbox is designed for families with children ten years old and up and is an excellent resource for small groups. Each lesson can be done in 20-30 minutes, but could also lead to discussion and dialogue lasting an hour or more.

Coupon to purchase resources in the NCBP Store ($100 value)

Visit the NCBP store to discover a plethora of church and parent training resources. 

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To enter, please use the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.  Entrants to this giveaway will be added to the email list for the National Center of Biblical Parenting.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: Memory Cross

Memory Cross features unique origami cards that keep opening up from the center. I received several samples to review. I love them all! They are so fun and so useful. They are sturdy and visually appealing. I've given away one of the Gospel tracts to a Chinese scholar and her nine year old daughter. The girl was fascinated by it. I've also given away 2 coloring cards to two girls who were excited to receive them. There are many varieties of cards such as Gospel tracts, Scripture Memory cards, Bible Story cards, Thank You cards, ABC Coloring Flash Cards, etc. Memory Cross gospel tracts are awesome tools for evangelism; they are easy to use and they grab attention. Memory Cross Bible Story cards and Bible Memory cards help children learn and memorize Bible stories and verses in a fun, enjoyable, unforgettable way. They are great teaching tools for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, homeschool, and any time you want to have meaningful art & craft activities for your kids. Memory Cross also makes custom design cards and wedding coasters. Check them out!








Sunday, July 5, 2015

DVD Review: Catching Faith


The Taylors look like a perfect family. John is a successful business man. Alexa is a beautiful, stylish mom who seems to have everything under control. Their son, Beau, is the star of the high school's football team while their daughter, Ravyn, is an academically exceptional student. But the picture-perfect family starts to unravel when Beau is caught drinking alcohol which is against the football team's code of conduct. In the meantime, Ravyn feels pressured to succeed and tempted to cheat. Alexa has to deal with her children's problems, her moved-in mom's constant criticism & controlling behavior, and her own issue of needing to maintain control and image. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Catching Faith. It's raw and real. It made me cry. Life is messy. Parenting is hard. But God is enough! This film is inspired by the Elijah Project workbook. Honesty. Dishonesty. Integrity. Identity. Peer pressure (even for adults). Courage. Relationships. Outstanding performances! Great lessons! Fantastic music! I highly recommend this family, faith-filled DVD!


~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions 
are my own.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Movie Review: Inside Out

Opening Date:                  Friday, June 19th
Rating:                               PG
Running Time:                  106 Mins
Directed by:                      Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up")
Co-Directed by:                Ronnie del Carmen
Produced by:                     Jonas Rivera ("Up")
Screenplay by:                  Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

REVIEW:
Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend an advance screening of this film. Inside Out is an emotional movie about emotions. It shows what's going on inside the mind of an 11 year old girl, Riley. The main emotions that reside in Headquarters (aka the control center) are Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling). The voice cast is excellent; each voice fits its character perfectly. All five emotions work together to help Riley adjust to a big change in her life when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. But then Joy and Sadness get swept up into Riley's Long Term Memory and have to figure out how to get back to Headquarters. Since only Fear, Anger, and Disgust remain in Headquarters, Riley is in turmoil. In the meantime, Joy and Sadness have an unforgettable adventure of their own. Parents of preteens and teens will be able to relate to Riley's parents as they know how challenging it is to help their kids navigate through the roller-coaster ride of their emotions.

I highly recommend Inside Out! It's a fantastic family movie! Funny, witty, imaginative, thought-provoking, and heart-tugging! All emotions have their places (roles). We use different emotions to convey (a thought or feeling), communicate, cope, and connect with others. This movie shows how emotions affect our actions & reactions and what we experience in the real world affects our emotions. There are many more emotions in real life but it would be too crowded in the Headquarters if they had more than 5. My family enjoyed this poignant movie and and was touched by it. It reminded me that childhood doesn't last forever and that I should make as many fond memories with my children as possible. These "core memories" will serve them well, especially when their emotions are out of whack :).


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Check out these fun activities below (by clicking on the links)! Have fun!
Emotions in different languages

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Join Odyssey Adventure Club for a Summer Challenge and Movie Ticket Giveaway

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Summer . . . a time that kids pine for during the school year and parents may anticipate with something akin to dread. Fearing refrains of “I’m bored” or hours spent on the couch playing video games can make moms and dads nervous about the long, hot months stretching before their family. Focus on the Family’s Odyssey Adventure Club offers an answer, encouraging parents and kids to embrace faith and fun with the Take the Plunge Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine’s Summer Challenge.

Take the Plunge

The Take the Plunge challenge features:
  • Master Mind Monday — commit God’s Word to memory
  • Ways to Play Wednesday — spend active time with your family
  • Faith Sharing Friday — share God’s love with others
The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again. Those who sign up will receive an 11-week plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and ways to witness (such as passing out popsicles at the park with an invitation to your church), making this challenge the perfect tool for parents who want summer to be a time of spiritual and social stimulation for their kids.

"Research tells us that the more senses we involve when teaching children a principle, the more likely it is to stick,” Plugged In editor and Adventures in Odyssey podcast host Bob Smithouser says. “Bible memorization by itself is great, but it becomes even more powerful when put into action. Know it. Share it. Live it.”

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

A Bonus Contest

From June 1–5, tell us in 30 words or less how you are going to take the plunge to deepen your faith this summer for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the theatrical release of Beyond The Mask June 5th weekend and free access to the Odyssey Adventure Club all summer long (June, July, August—total $85 prize value)!

Send your entry to contests@whitsend.org. Two winners will be chosen to win each day June 1-5 and announced on the Adventures in Odyssey Facebook Page.

Entries will be chosen based on creativity and writing skill. Rules are available at whitsend.org.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's book series. This DVD ("Trials of the Heart") is the first DVD of Season 2. I enjoyed Season 1 very much. What has kept me a fan are the likable characters, uplifting family values, and old-fashioned love story. The new season introduces several new characters that add even more flavors to the already remarkable cast. You will meet Miss Samantha Madison, a woman prosecutor who handles the court trial against the Pacific Northwest Mining Company in Coal Valley. Elizabeth's mom is ill so Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) goes back home (city of Hamilton), accompanied by Constable Jack (Daniel Lissing). You will meet Elizabeth's family and see their high-society lifestyle in the big city, contrary to the simple living in Coal Valley. You may drool over their elegant and graceful costumes (mostly modest except a few). You will also meet Tom, Jack's younger brother, who is a troublemaker and Charles Kensington, Elizabeth's childhood friend who now works for her father. Abigail (Lori Laughlin), Rosemary, Mr. Gowen, and Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) from Season 1 are not going anywhere. However, lots of changes are coming to Coal Valley. The beginning of Season 2 is packed with love, romance, justice, prejudice, dilemma/emotional conflicts, and surprises. I'm excitedly looking forward to seeing how this season will play out. The DVD includes exclusive behind the scenes and interviews.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions 
are my own.

DVD Review: The Father's Love



My review:
This film is about a longing for the Father's love. Sarah's father left her family when she was young. She now is a career woman who is looking for love in men. In New York City, she meets Reece, a handsome and charming man who lavishes attention and gifts on her. Her coworkers/close friends warn her but she is way too deep into this relationship to see the situation objectively. Broken promises. Betrayal. Broken heart. Bitterness. In the end, Sarah discovers true love from our Heavenly Father and learns the importance and value of forgiveness.

I can relate to this film emotionally. I'm an Asian woman like the main character and my father left our family when I was young. I'm so grateful for God's unconditional love for me and for having Him as my forever Father! The film shows that God's amazing love for us brings us hope and healing no matter what we have done or how many times we have failed. The acting is awesome. The message is powerful. Life is hard and messy but God is good and almighy! I hope you'll check this DVD out.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.