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Small Matters goes on sale next Tuesday.  There is still time to preorder the book and receive bonus teaching material.

“Our prayer is that as you read, God will open your eyes to show you how much small matters. We hope that the needs of children will become a pebble in your shoe. A kernel of corn stuck in your teeth. Sand in your bed. A blister on your big toe. A splinter in your finger. We hope that the thought of caring for kids excites you and even frustrates you and that it ultimately moves you—to do something about it.” […]

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A fascinating story about Jesus is recounted in Luke, chapter 8. Jesus had a crowd around him when a man named Jairus approached him. Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter—his only child—was dying. So Jesus starts pushing his way through the throng of people in an attempt to make it to the man’s home.

People were clamoring for Jesus’ attention. They wanted their needs met. They were hungry for healing. They were reaching out to touch him. At one point Jesus stops, and a woman who had been ill for years is healed. […]

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Pre-Order a copy of Small Matters before April 12 to receive an exclusive Teaching/Sermon Series Outline to accompany the book!

The pre-order bonus includes four weeks of sermon outlines with creative content (including a sermon bumper and video links) to engage congregations and inspire practical ways to embrace the Small Matters message. […]

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All children are exposed to the violence of life. Some witness it firsthand. Others experience it through the media. An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age eighteen. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children have been recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia, and a variety of other armed groups. More than 5.5 million children in Syria have faced the ravages of ongoing wars and violent civil unrest. Many children live in communities where terrorism is a nearly constant threat.

Sometimes violence keeps children from the benefits afforded them by a good education. […]

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Please enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 1:

Every child is at risk.

There are dangers and diseases that stem from poverty, and there are dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity.

Throughout our travels to some of the darkest recesses of poverty on the planet, we’ve witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from poverty. And as a result of raising children in the United States, we’ve also witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity.

We’ve seen children eat dirt to fill their rumbling stomachs, and we’ve seen children struggling with obesity from too many trips to the nearest fast-food chain restaurant. […]

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This past weekend a friend attended church with me for the first time. Actually, he attended church as a child but hadn’t been in church for the past 18 years. It was fascinating experiencing a weekend gathering with someone you care about and whom you desperately want to have a good enough visit that he will want to come back.

Here are a few observations:

 Humor matters. Any time my friend was able to laugh, I knew that he was enjoying the service and that his defenses were down. The quality of the music matters. Because music was at least 40% of the service, it could either draw my friend in or drive him away. […]
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I am so excited about the upcoming release of Small Matters.  I recently sat down with my co-author and friend, Jimmy Mellado.  We had the chance to talk about why Small Matters.  Check out this video:

Greg & Mellado about Book […]

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In recent history the church has embraced a model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Bring your children to us and we will disciple them. And, by the way, we would love it if you would help.” This model is ineffective as much as it is unbiblical. It is imperative that the church today shifts to a new model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Disciple your children as your primary responsibility. And, we (the church) would love to help.”

Because our world is becoming more and more sensitive to the needs of children, a reflection of the heart of God, it provides those of us who follow Jesus with an unprecedented opportunity to disciple children in our homes, in our churches, in our communities and throughout the world. […]

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BECAUSE EVERY CHILD IS AT RISK.

We’ve all seen the pictures of children who lack food and suffer from malnutrition or whose bodies are ravaged by disease and sickness. We wonder what we can do to help them, to meet their needs.  And while these dangers are clear to us, there are dangers of a different sort that millions of other children face. Children who struggle with a sense of entitlement, a lack of direction or purpose, and who are drowning in a sea of materialism in homes filled with toys and stuff, but very little love.

There are dangers and diseases that stem from poverty, and there are dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity. […]

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I am very excited to announce the on sale date for the book that I have co-authored with Compassion International President, Jimmy Mellado, is April 12th.

Children have always been close to the heart of God and as followers of Jesus it is our responsibility to protect, nurture, and pass our faith to children.  In Small Matters: Why Children are Such a Big Deal, we offer a model of discipleship that encourages us all to raise up the next generation to be deeply committed to and in love with Jesus.

When we awaken to the fact that children between the ages of four and fourteen are the most likely to make a decision to follow Jesus, and that the discipleship that children receive forms their future, it will transform the way we view children, invest in them, reach out to them, teach them and ultimately, empower them to be disciples of Jesus. […]

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