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How to Make Nursery Ministry More Than Just “Babysitting”

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There are many wonderful ministries in the body of Christ which serve to edify and teach us, but have you ever considered the beauty and tremendous importance of church nursery ministry? Dale Hudson, a nearly 30-year veteran of children’s ministry weighed in on the subject of nursery ministry and its significance in helping to raise children in the faith in a thoughtful editorial for Relevant Children’s Ministry, and there is so much to glean from it!

“Since babies can’t talk, many people assume they can’t be impacted with God’s truth,” Hudson contends. “As a result of this line of thinking, many nurseries skip out on trying to do some type of ‘lesson.’”

However, contrary to what we might innocently assume, Hudson declares that “nursery ministry matters…a lot. And if you serve in nursery ministry, you matter and what you are doing in the nursery matters.”

God designed our amazing brains to do a massive amount of development during the newborn and infant months. Even before babies can talk or understand speech, they can understand a surprising amount of our tone and intention in our speech. “Children who are read to from the Bible, talked to about God, sung worship songs to and given personal attention in the nursery will have better cognitive capacity,” Hudson says.

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Even secular experts concur, such as the executive director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, who said that “what children experience in the earliest days and years of life shapes and defines their futures.”

It may seem like you’re just babysitting for an hour or so (by the way, babysitting can be an important ministry if you’re intentional about it!) but if you serve in the nursery, you are truly serving in one of the most important among the church’s ministries! You are laying a foundation of faith and assisting parents in their crucial commandment to train up their children in the way they should go.

So, how can those who serve in the nursery turn this time of “babysitting” into a time of ministry to precious little souls?

Pray over the children in your nursery

“As you hold them or rock them, interact with them and pray for them,” Hudson suggests. “Pray for Gods protection on their life. Pray that one day, when they are older, they will hear the Gospel and respond. Pray for their parents, that they will have wisdom and understanding as they raise the child.”

Saturate the nursery environment with God’s Word

Read Scripture to the babies! Decorate the room with verses that you can meditate on and pray with these sweet little ones in mind. Connections to God’s Word will be all the more effective with tiny children when you look into their eyes, too!

Remember, when you serve in the nursery, God is using you to help prepare the next generation of His people! Everyone who ministers to young people, whether they realize it or not, sends messengers for Christ into a day that you will never see. “When your generation has passed on to heaven, the children you invested in while serving in the nursery will carry the message you passed down to them,” Hudson boldly declares. “You are influencing future generations.”

Just know that if you serve in the nursery, you matter. Your work matters. The seeds you sow and water there will help to shape the future of your church. Nurture them, and watch God do amazing things.

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Online Conspiracy Theorists Push ‘Ritual Sacrifice’ Angle in Music Festival Massacre

The bizarre theory stems from Travis Scott’s apparent embrace of questionable imagery.

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On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.

Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead.

Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light.

Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos.

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Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27.

‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference.

‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck.

‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added.

Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work.

And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited online will almost certainly continue to bolster the bizarre image that Scott has so willingly embraced.

On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival. Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead. Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light. Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos. Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27. ‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference. ‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck. ‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added. Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work. https://twitter.com/thekelliannak/status/1456892481673613313?s=20 https://twitter.com/itsneshiaaa/status/1457207532242575363?s=20 https://twitter.com/Suckafree_TV/status/1457121428847792134?s=20 https://twitter.com/Miranmstfa/status/1457080910738767872?s=20 And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited…

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The Amazing Archeological Discovery that Could Verify the Jews’ Biblical Exit from Egypt

An archaeologist in Egypt now says he found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after the Exodus.

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An archaeologist in Egypt now says he has finally found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after escaping enslavement by the Egyptians. The discovery could prove the Biblical tale of the Exodus of the Jews escaping Egypt, crossing the red sea where the Pharaoh’s pursuing army was drowned.

One problem with the tale of the Exodus is that archaeologists have not been able to find Mount Sinai. But now The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claims that researchers were looking in the wrong place the whole time.

“But in actuality, the society now claims, Mount Sinai, one of the most sacred places in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, is Jabal Maqla, which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia,” the New York Post reported.

“One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Foundation president Ryan Mauro, told the media.

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But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?” he added. “Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.”

Per the Post:

Jabal Maqla, has blackened peaks as if scorched by the sun or fire, and lies near Nuweiba Beach, where scientists have found land paths underneath the water, where God would have parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites.

Though they were followed by Egyptians in chariots, when the Israelites reached land on the other side of the water, the sea consumed the Egyptians. A chariot-like shape was found in coral in the area, according to Swedish scientist Dr. Lennart Moller, who noted to the outlet that the metal and wood had long ago disintegrated.

On the way from the Beach to the possible Mt. Sinai is a large, split rock with signs of water erosion, despite being in the midst of a desert.

“We believe this distinct landmark could be the rock that God commanded Moses to strike which water then gushed forth from miraculously providing for the Israelite population,” Mauro said.

If Mauro’s claims are confirmed, this would be a major confirmation of the Biblical story of the Jews’ exodus from bondage in Egypt.

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An archaeologist in Egypt now says he has finally found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after escaping enslavement by the Egyptians. The discovery could prove the Biblical tale of the Exodus of the Jews escaping Egypt, crossing the red sea where the Pharaoh’s pursuing army was drowned. One problem with the tale of the Exodus is that archaeologists have not been able to find Mount Sinai. But now The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claims that researchers were looking in the wrong place the whole time. “But in actuality, the society now claims, Mount Sinai, one of the most sacred places in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, is Jabal Maqla, which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia,” the New York Post reported. “One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Foundation president Ryan Mauro, told the media. But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?” he added. “Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.” Per the Post: Jabal Maqla, has blackened peaks as if scorched by the sun or fire, and lies near Nuweiba Beach, where scientists have found land paths underneath the water, where God would have parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites. Though they were followed by Egyptians in chariots, when the Israelites reached land on the other side of the water, the sea consumed the Egyptians. A chariot-like shape was found in coral in the area, according to Swedish scientist Dr. Lennart Moller, who noted to the outlet that the metal…

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