HELP AND INSIGHT FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS
OCT. 23/24 – ‘PERFECTLY IMPERFECT,
AN ONLINE CHRISTIAN PARENTING EVENT’
In Concert, Christian Parenting Launches Podcast Platform
DALLAS – Sept. 23, 2020 – ChristianParenting.org – a leading online resource for parents of all ages experiencing the joys and challenges of faithfully raising a family – is hosting Perfectly, Imperfect, an online event featuring wisdom, wit and insight from trusted voices on the front lines of parenting.
“This event is for the parent who is worn down by expectations of perfection and looking to find rest and encouragement in knowing that Christ is made perfect in our weakness,” said Cynthia Yanof, wife, mom, author, podcaster and leader of Christian Parenting. “With the right resources given in the right ways, we know growth can happen in the midst of the busyness.”
At the same time, Christian Parenting launches more resources for believing parents with the Christian Parenting Podcast Network featuring insight and advice from leaders in building faithful homes.
Podcasts include Yanof’s Pardon the Mess; So,You’re Having a Baby; Legacy Dads with Lance and Dante; The Journey with Jonathan Pitts and more coming weekly.
“The Christian Parenting Podcast Network curates the best parenting podcasts to help you leave perfection at the door and help you to become the perfectly imperfect parent God has called you to be,” Yanof said. “We invite you to explore our network of trusted parenting podcasts today.”
The Oct. 23/24 Perfectly, Imperfect event features trusted voices in the Christian parenting space offering video messages of practical and spiritual encouragement to parents all over the world. Not perfect parents, just parents who are willing to share about their imperfect experiences and point to the perfect heavenly father. Guests include: Korie Robertson, Bella Robertson, Chrys Howard and Jo Shackelford, Jamie and Aaron Ivey (Happy Hour), Toni and Sam Collier (North Point Ministries), and many more. See the full list here.
Christian Parenting is a brand of Denison Ministries which also produces the Denison Forum, featuring Dr. Jim Denison’s insight on news affecting Christians today, and First15 daily devotionals.
“Christian Parenting was created to give growing families of faith the practical and spiritual help needed on as many platforms and in as many ways as possible,” said Dr. Jim Denison. “Hundreds of thousands of parents are being transformed by Christian Parenting resources every day, and it’s helping people set aside perfection and actually grow into the ‘perfectly imperfect’ parent they were made to be.”
“If you’re feeling reactive instead of proactive as a parent, too busy to find the time to grow, and too worn down by expectations of perfection, these podcasts and our other resources are what you need,” Yanof said.
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NEWS SOURCE: Nashville Publicity
In the new book, Different Like Me (Our Daily Bread Publishing), children ages 3 to 7 discover that being different is okay, and that what they have in common is more important than what they don’t. With fanciful, full-color illustrations, readers follow a diverse group of kids as they work together toward a surprising and delightful conclusion.
Sometimes the things that make us different can leave us feeling like a fish out of water. Different Like Me takes young readers on a whimsical journey where each unique child works with the others to launch a giant colorful fish balloon. Along the way, the children learn to celebrate differences and uncover what they all have in common, so that even a “fish out of water” finds belonging.
Different Like Me features a wonderful variety of children with unique qualities. It is based on a story that the author, Xochitl E. Dixon, wrote years ago to explain to her own children the beauty of God’s diverse world. You’ll also enjoy the engaging questions you can use to start conversations about diversity with the children in your own life.
In Different Like Me, you’ll discover:
- The beauty of diversity—cultural, physical, and more
- Rhyming words and a repetitive refrain that capture kids’ attention
- Conversation-starting questions around the topic of diversity
- A valuable addition to school, church, and home libraries
- A perfect picture book for children 8 and under
Whether in looks, cultural background, physical prowess, or academic excellence, there are no two children exactly alike. Different Like Me helps kids to understand that being unique is good and that God has made them as they are for a purpose.
Different Like Me is available now wherever books are sold.
About the Author: Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon, author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace(2019), serves as a speaker and a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org) and Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures. A recent transplant to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 25 years, Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr., and their sons, A.J. and Xavier. She serves the Lord alongside her service dog, Callie, and shares God’s truth and love everywhere she goes and in everything she writes. You can connect with Xochitl and Callie at www.xedixon.com. This is her first picture book.
About the Illustrator: Bonnie Lui is an illustrator and storyteller who loves to play. She constantly looks for ways to create fun in all forms of media, and her work can be found in books, games, and television. When she’s not making art, Bonnie also enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. She lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles, where it is over 75°F and sunny every day.
About Our Daily Bread Publishing: Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries—a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit www.odb.org.
NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
WHITEFISH, MONTANA (AUGUST 11, 2020) The creators of the popular Christian kids music entity, Seeds Family Worship, has launched a new music brand, Lullaby House Music, with the release of the debut album, You Are Loved, which is available now. The first album is a mix of carefully written original lullaby songs and a few hand selected cover songs such as the 2020 massive hit, “The Blessing.” You Are Loved will take the listener on a journey to embrace the sweet moments of life with their child.
NEWS SOURCE: Nashville PR
Yancy’s Little Praise Party series is back with Little Praise Party: Ready Set Go, offering 8 new songs in the highly popular worship music series that offers everything kids love, and everything parents value. The new project features animated videos for each song, complete with on-screen lyrics making it perfect for sing-along fun in the car, at home or at church.
“Little Praise Party is about inviting young hearts to a relationship with Jesus by beginning a foundation of theology through the discipline of worship,” says Yancy. “I wrote these songs and crafted these arrangements with an intentional focus to this phase of life.”
In today’s world, families are constantly looking for safe content for their young children. Every week, Yancy Ministries hears from multiple families thankful for music they can not only trust but also count on for developing and discipling their children with spiritual truth that has already begun to build a foundation of faith.
Yancy continued, “There is so much in today’s world that either builds up our children in the way they should go or tears them away from that direction. As a parent and a Christian, I believe it is critical to invest into their lives with lots of content that leads them in life-long character and spiritual formation.”
The inspiration for Little Praise Party: Ready Set Go came after a life-altering trip to the Ark Encounter. Seeing the actual massive size of the ark Noah built put it in a perspective that Yancy couldn’t understand before. Her big takeaway from the experience was OBEDIENCE. Noah obeyed! He heard God speak and he took action. Even when it didn’t make sense. Even when everyone else questioned him and probably laughed at him, he moved forward in faith and obedience. We live our lives today because of the fruit of Noah obeying.
“I had the idea for the title track several years ago,” says Yancy. “I thought it would just be about the Bible passage: ‘running our race for the prize.’ But after learning this lesson from Noah I realized you can’t finish a race you never begin. So many people sit on the sidelines in life because they never begin the race God has for them. I could have never written this song without learning how important our obedience is in life. Whatever God is asking you to do, DO IT. The ripple effect of our obedience is greater than we could ever understand.”
For families, the videos are available on Home DVD and streaming on multiple subscription services while the audio is streaming at Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming & download services.
For Church, Classroom and Camp use, there is a Digital Church Video Collection USB & DVD bundle available that includes the song videos, audio in three formats, motion tutorials, worship leader training, coloring pages with reproducible permissions and a group viewing license.
Song list: Ready Set Go, As For Me, Made in the Image, Hungry & Thirsty (Feat. Funny Man Dan from Hillsong Kids), Hungry & Thirsty, He’s Alive, He’s Alive (Easter), I Love My Mom (Mother’s Day), and Not About the Weather (Christmas).
The Little Praise Party videos are also made available to families through partners like Pure Flix, TBN’s Smile of a Child & Yippee, Right Now Media and Minno. Thousands of churches such as Life.Church use the music in all of their campuses where they welcomed 19,000 first time children last year. Curriculum resources like Disciplr (David C Cook), First Look (Orange), Go! (Mooblio) and I See It Productions (from the team that brought you Fellowship’s Elevate) use music by Yancy Ministries.
The Little Praise Party series is available everywhere via Elevate Entertainment (physical products) and Syntax Distribution (digital music).
About Yancy: Yancy is a worship leader, producer and songwriter for kids that travels the globe doing family concerts and leading kids in worship. She has a heart for the Church and a burning passion to help this generation become the worshippers God created them to be. Through her music that makes Jesus loud, she produces worship resources including the series: “Kidmin Worship” (preteen/elementary) and “Little Praise Party” (young children). She also created “Heartbeat”, a game-changing curriculum to help you teach kids the heart of worship. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Cory and sons, Sparrow and Rhythm.
For more information, visit YancyMinistries.com.
OrderLittle Praise Party: Ready Set Go today!
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Home DVD & Church USB/DVD Bundle: YancyMinistries.com/readysetgo
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WOW VBS announces on-demand streaming services
beginning July 6
SOURCE: Adams Group
For Immediate Release (Nashville, TN) — With churches and individuals from over 60 countries participating in the WOW VBS Virtual Bible School over the last few days, the organizers have announced an on-demand streaming service beginning on July 6.
The Vacation Bible School alternative features children’s ministry performers from various countries with special appearances and performances by Chonda Pierce, Mary Rice Hopkins, Miss Pattycake, and Gary Chapman. Co-organizer and family entertainer, Scott Humston, says the streaming service will also be offered for free.
“We have been blown away with the response to WOW VBS,” says Humston. “Starting July 6, anyone can stream the event on-demand absolutely free. This has truly become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy so many top children’s entertainers and presenters in one event.”
Children’s ministry musical artists, illusionists, comedians, puppeteers, and leaders from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are part of the WOW VBS presentation. Co-creator and director of Faith Kidz, Steve Pennington, says this event has helped these various performers, who typically rely on live events for their livelihoods, to do something positive during this time of worldwide shutdowns.
“These children’s ministry performers have lent their time and talent to make these shows fun, engaging, and highly entertaining,” says Pennington. “Though the events are completely free to everyone, we are accepting donations that will help cover the production costs as well as pay these incredible ministry leaders.”
WOW VBS continues this week, and on-demand streaming will begin July 6. Churches and individuals can get free access at http://www.wowvbs.live.
About Scott Humston:
For over two decades, Scott Humston’s magic has been seen by over three million people in the U.S. as well as Canada, England, Scotland, Turkey and Belize. He was featured on the #1 television show, “Now You See It,” on the BBC channel in the United Kingdom. He has performed for major corporations such as Southwest Airlines, LEGO, Warner Brothers Records, as well as three performances at the White House. He is the associate editor of The Linking Ring magazine, a trade publication for the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He also serves as Territorial Vice-President for that organization, as well as being a member of the Magic Circle in London, England. For more information visit http://www.scotthumston.com.
About Steve Pennington:
Steve Pennington has spent four decades as a writer, director, video producer, and performer. He has written shows for theme parks such as Six Flags and Silver Dollar City. His Pro-Kids family show has been performed in over 2000 elementary schools as well as for the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. He served five years as the program director for children’s ministries at Saddleback Church and is currently the children’s pastor at Trevecca Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information visit www.faithkidz.org.
NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
April 3, 2020
“I felt my son slipping away, and had to do something,” writes James. “Where was the little boy I had been so close to, that boy who was so sweet and open? When a day would go without drama, Cari and I frequently found ourselves saying, ‘Today was a good day.’ It became our own special phrase, something we’d repeat reassuringly to each other. It was packed with meaning, code for ‘Today was a day with no discoveries of drugs, no unpleasant surprises, no arrests, no emergency phone calls….’”
Geoff’s situation seemed hopeless. He had made a mess of his life. His parents struggled to understand the choices the son they loved so much made. And they prayed. Through the hurting, the questions, the frustrations. And through it all, God walked with them.
The father and son duo will point you to God for comfort, healing, and restoration during your own difficult prodigal journey. In whatever way your loved one is turning from the values and faith you hold, you will relate to the raw emotions of fear, despair, and relief. You will nod, cry, call out to God, and—most importantly—you’ll find hope for tomorrow.
Hope Lies Ahead is a follow-up to James Banks’s popular book, Prayers for Prodigals, which he wrote in the midst of his son’s drug addiction.
For more information, visit HopeLiesAhead.org.
About Our Daily Bread Publishing: Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries — a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit www.odb.org.