Jesus in the Old Testament

The Old Testament contains all Scripture that preceded the birth of Jesus. With Christ not making an appearance until much later in the story, the Old Testament can be challenging and inaccessible to ourselves and especially to children. How can we read and internalize the lessons of the Old Testament while being mindful of God’s promise to send his only Son? Here are key tips for looking for Jesus in the Old Testament.

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Promise and Fulfillment

The Old Testament is all about God’s promise to send a Messiah. Iconic stories such as the creation of the world, David and Goliath and Noah’s Arc can all be connected to this promise. Each Book of the Old Testament affirms our foundational belief:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

Essentially, Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise. We see how He fulfills the Scripture of the Old Testament through His various acts in the New Testament. To understand the full importance of Jesus, we must have knowledge of both testaments. When reading the Old Testament, see if you and your child can connect particular passages and stories to Jesus’ acts in the New Testament.

Human Nature

In the Bible, it’s important to remember that the figures we read about are people. Like us, biblical figures were created by God, struggle with original sin and seek to do His will. The Old Testament reveals this human nature through the actions of its characters and the events that unfold. Its stories underline the role and importance of Jesus, helping humans through trials and saving them from sin.

To connect Old Testament stories back to Jesus, kids need to reflect on Old Testament figures and make connections to the sins and virtues they experience in their own lives. Each member of the family can discuss how certain people or events of the Old Testament teaches them about their own lives.

Reading and understanding the Old Testament enriches the understanding of the foundation of Christian faith. It offers a more complete understanding of human sin and God’s promise to send a Savior. Finally, it challenges children and adults alike to connect their lives with the story of Jesus. CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes aims to strengthen students’ connection with their Christian Faith. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact us today at (702) 939-5050.

The Power of Asking Your Children For Forgiveness

For most parents, if not all, the frustrations of child-rearing can lead to lapses in good behavior. Unfortunately, these moments of anger and stress are sometimes taken out on our kids. Additionally, we sometimes make innocent mistakes that affect our children negatively.

If we faced these situations with adults and peers, we wouldn’t hesitate to acknowledge our wrongdoing and apologize for our actions. But when it comes to our children, many parents worry that an admission of their faults will undermine their authority.

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Apologizing as a Christian Virtue

The Bible tells us: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).

By acknowledging your mistakes to your children and asking them for their forgiveness, parents model Christian values and behaviors that will move their children to be more loving and forgiving. Pastor and professor David Mathis explains how moving it was when his own father apologized to him as a child, even when he was also in the wrong. He writes, “My children don’t need me to be their perfect savior, but to point them, in honesty about my own sin, to our Savior.”

Eliminating Hypocrisy in Parenting

When you apologize as a parent, you demonstrate that the rules you put in place are not arbitrary – that you’re not using them as a way to exert power over your kids. Rather, your rules have a purpose and they’re applicable to everyone, even you.

If we refuse to acknowledge our mistakes but demand that our children do so, we end up modeling hypocrisy instead of humility. As Christians, we stand alongside our children as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and grace. If we can’t ask our children for forgiveness, how can we then ask God for forgiveness? How can we expect them to be moved to apologize when they are in the wrong?

Apologizing does show weakness, but in a way that’s important for our children to see and understand. It shows to them that we all sin and we must all seek forgiveness. In that way, we’re not undermining our authority, but instead strengthening our status as moral role models. For information about the benefits of attending private schools in Las Vegas, or to find help with financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes today at (702) 939-5050.

First Day of Preschool: How to Prepare

The first day of school is a big deal whether you are in kindergarten or even in college. But when you’re enrolling your child in preschool for the first time, the experience is completely new. Here are some tips to help your child’s first day of preschool go smoothly.

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Get a Good Night’s Rest

This is important for adults but more so for children who are headed for a busy and exciting day in the morning. Showing up for class grumpy is no way to start the year. Prepare for an early night so your little one will have plenty of energy in the morning.

Start The Morning Right

Running around making last minute preparations in the morning adds unnecessary stress to your day. If your child sees you stressed, they will most likely be stressed as well. Plan out your preschool morning routine ahead of time to keep things moving along – don’t forget a healthy breakfast!

Give it Time

The first time you drop your child off, there might be some apprehension while your child adjusts to being away from your side. Resist the urge to whisk them out of the classroom; instead, give your child the chance to work through their problems on their own. It’s also important to keep going to school everyday to help establish a routine for your child. If your child is fearful of being left alone, try introducing them to the teacher or a classmate to distract them.

Avoid Long Goodbyes

Remember to keep your goodbyes short and sweet all the while holding back any tears and braving a smile so that your child knows it will be okay. Sneaking off is not a good idea because your child may panic after suddenly losing you. As long as you reassure them that you will be back to pick them up, they should be able to ease into their new surroundings.

Avoid Showing Up Unexpectedly

As we mentioned above, your child needs a chance to develop problem solving skills on their own. If you constantly show up to surprise or check up on your child, you may be inadvertently encouraging your child to become dependent on your presence at school.

Ask Them How Their Day Was

When you pick your child up from school, try using a toddler conversation starter to get an idea of how their day went. Engaging in a conversation helps your child stay enthusiastic about school, while giving you an opportunity to identify any areas you may want to address with your child’s teacher.

At CornerStone Christian Academy and Tykes Preschool, we want your child’s first day (and every day!) to be a fun, new experience. Our NAEYC certified staff are passionate about creating meaningful relationships and learning opportunities. If you would like a tour of our school or have any questions about our preschool program contact us at 702-939-5050.

Fun and Practical Summer Activities

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.” (Ecc. 8:15 NIV)

Summer is a great time to bring the family together in fun and faith. Whether it’s a vacation somewhere exotic or just hanging out by the pool, the opportunity is there to have an impactful and fun time with your children. Here are a few summer suggestions to get close to each other while building up your spiritual well.

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Get To Know Other Members

Organize with other members of your church to create an outdoor spiritual movie night or potluck. Create a fun “Junior” sized Olympics for the kids while raising money for a local charity, or prepare a soup kitchen to feed the homeless in your community. Have faith-based or moral themed arts and crafts, or use bible passages as inspiration to write and produce short plays for your neighborhood. These activities will help bolster a sense of community and faith within your children.

Knowledge Is Power

Take the opportunity during summer to discuss and pray about the future with your children. Inquire about things that interest them, which might turn into a career years down the road. Encourage them to excel at education and plan to go onto college because it will make their lives easier in the long run. Help them to dream big and pray together for guidance during your time together in these sweltering months.

Teach What You Know

Turn one of your passions into a lesson. If you love photography, teach your children about composition and negative space. Since your hobbies are close to your heart, you should be able to teach them well. Take the summer to encourage learning a new language, instrument or art form. Submerse your family in Spanish culture for a week, or create an intriguing “CSI” night. Brainstorm together and pull from the Bible when possible.

Go Back To Basics

The core of a community is family, so make sure to have plenty of family time each week. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, bring the family together for a board game. Encourage everyone to help out with preparing (and cleaning up) dinner. Put on a soundtrack from your childhood and show your kids how you danced when you were growing up, then let them do the same for you. Hug your family and tell them that you love them everyday to make a lasting impact in their minds.

The summer months are when your schedule and your child’s schedule finally align, so make the effort to spend quality time with your kids. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes today at (702) 939-5050.