Top 20 Sovereign Grace Kids Songs

It can be hard to find good music for kids – especially when you are looking for music to use on Sunday morning. A lot of songs are just silly or are too vague and symbolic for kids.

But there is good music out there – songs that kids can understand; songs that teach kids something about God; songs that remind us of just how big & magnificent & awesome our God is; songs that lead kids to worship.

If you are looking for good music to use with your kids on Sunday morning, then I highly recommend SovereignGraceKids. www.sovereigngracemusic.org

In 2004 SovereignGraceKids released “Awesome God,” their first kid’s album. They have since released 2 other albums, “To Be Like Jesus,” and “Walking with the Wise.” SovereignGraceKids have created music for kids that is fun, engaging, God-centered, and gospel-focused.

Here are my top 20 picks from Sovereign Grace Kids:

1. Jesus Came to Earth (Awesome God cd)

This is a joyful, high energy song. ‘Jesus Came to Earth’ is a song that celebrates Jesus as our Savior! It tells the story of Jesus, the Son of God who left the glories of heaven to come to earth, live a perfect life, die on the cross, rise from the dead, and return to heaven. It tells the gospel in simple language and then gives praise to Jesus.  This song requires little explanation for kids. It was obviously written with kids in mind – the language is appropriate, the vocal range is right for kids, and with the first verse teaching the words and then sung again with the kids repeating, it is easy for the kids to learn. I love that this song focuses kid’s attention on Jesus!

2. Your Love (Awesome God cd)

This is a fast, high-energy song that focuses our attention on the love of God. I have sung this often with kids and they love it! “Your Love” is about the never-ending love of God. God loves us with an awesome, forever, everlasting love. God showed His great love by sending Jesus to die for our sins. One thing I love about this song is the focus on how God loves us even when we sin. Kids need to understand that God is faithful – He loves us and will forgive us if we admit our sin. This is a big issue for kids – they are well aware of the fact that they do wrong. This song reminds them that God loves them and will forgive them and will help them grow to be more and more like Jesus.

3. Almighty Creator (Awesome God cd)

This is a high-energy song that praises God for being our Creator. It tells of the mighty power of God. It reminds us that we have been created to love & worship God. It also talks of the gospel truth that because of Jesus we can be made new as children of God. This song requires little explanation for kids. In the chorus we sing, “All glory to Your name!” Talk with your kids about what it means to give God all the glory.

4. Who is Like You? (Awesome God cd)

This is a slower song that focuses on who God is. When we think about what God is like the appropriate response is worship. This song does require some explanation. There are words used to describe God that kids may not be familiar with. Also, rhetorical questions are used in this song. It is important that kids understand what that means. The first time you sing this song with kids you may want to read a couple Bible verses that describe the majesty and wonder of God. “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? (Exodus 15:11) The wonder in this song is that this great big wonderful God loves us!

5. Mighty, Mighty Savior! (Awesome God cd)
‘Mighty, Mighty Savior’ is a joyful song of praise to Jesus, our Mighty Savior! It is a great song for kids. This song describes our state as sinners and our hope for salvation through Jesus who can take away our sin. This is a good song to use when transitioning between high energy songs and slower worship songs.

6. For You Are Holy (Awesome God cd)

This is a slow worship song that focuses on the holiness of our awesome God. It describes what God is like in words that kids can understand. When reminded of who God is and what He is like the natural response is worship. This songs reminds us that no one is like our God; no one can compare to Him – Only He has no beginning, is truth unending, is always wise. Only God has never sinned, cannot be tempted and can never die. This great God is holy and totally worthy of our worship!

7. To Be Like Jesus (To Be Like Jesus cd)

This is a fun, high energy song about following Jesus. Followers of Jesus grow to be more like Him. Evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives is more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. This song proclaims the desire to live life as a follower of Jesus.  This is one of my favorite songs to sing with kids. I love this song and kids love it too! “I want to be like Jesus! To walk and talk like Jesus. I want to live like one who follows Him!”

8. Because You First Loved Me (To Be Like Jesus cd)

This is a good song to sing as you transition to slower songs or as a commitment song – one that you sing to declare your intention to live a certain way or to behave a particular way in the upcoming days. This is a song about loving others the way God loves us. This is a great song for kids because it addresses a very real issue – showing love to others. This is not always easy. But because God loved us first and showed us how to love, we can love others. Showing love is what disciples of Jesus do and this song is an encouragement to kids to be like Jesus by loving others.

9. Joy (To Be Like Jesus cd)

This is a high energy song that teaches the difference between joy and happiness. God gives us joy no matter what the circumstances. “You fill me with joy, Jesus. You are always with me. You alone can give me joy.” Our joy comes from knowing and trusting Jesus!

10. Peace (To Be Like Jesus cd)

This is slow song that I love to sing with kids. Kids understand being afraid and will find great comfort in knowing that God will give them peace. They do not need to be afraid because God is always with them. We can trust God to give us peace and to be with us always. This song talks about storms – many children are afraid of the dark or thunderstorms. The song reminds us that Jesus calmed the storm and raging sea with a word. The first time you sing this song, you may want to read that story to the kids and ask them to listen for it in the song. At the end of this song, 4 different children quote Bible verses about peace. I love this verse: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

The last 10 top picks from SovereignGraceKids will be in the next post. Come back soon!

Top 10 Yancy Songs

It can be hard to find good music for kids – especially when you are looking for music to use on Sunday morning. A lot of songs are just silly or are too vague and symbolic for kids.

But there is good music out there – songs that kids can understand; songs that teach kids something about God; songs that lead kids to worship.

One of the places to find music for kids is www.yancynotnancy.com. Yancy is a musician and worship leader. Her music is geared for preteen children, but some of it can be used with all kids on Sunday mornings. Yancy is fun and upbeat.

I picked 10 songs that are great for Sunday morning. I will list the songs and why I picked them.

Here are my top 10 picks from Yancy:

1. The Greatest Gift

This is a Christmas song, but I love it so I thought I would include it anyway. It’s important to find good Christmas music for kids as well as music for the rest of the year. This song tells the story of Jesus’ birth and focuses on the fact that He the Son of God sent to save us. It’s an upbeat, joyful song that focuses on the true reason we celebrate at Christmas.

2. For Your Glory

This song is a high energy song that proclaims the desire to live for the glory of God. It talks about how God is great and good and gives us the strength to live the way He wants us to live. It is a song of worship and commitment to live our lives for the glory of God.

3. All of Me

This song is a slower song of worship sung as a prayer.The chorus says,

“I love You. And I want to serve You and give You all of me.”

This is a great song to use with kids in teaching about worship – this song is about Jesus and our love for Him.

4. I Will Worship You

This is a slow, worshipful song that tells of our love for Jesus and desire to worship Him for His faithfulness, for being wonderful and true. This is a good song to sing with kids because it is clear and simple. It is a song of worship to God that encourages kids to sing to Him in praise.

5. Shout!

“I want to shout it out that I love Jesus! Tell the world that God is good. Sing a song that makes me happy. Shout out loud that God is good.”

The chorus is great. The verses may need a little discussion, depending on the age of your kids. This song is upbeat and fun.

6. I’m Really Happy

This is an upbeat song that is great fun. This song talks about the joy we have as followers of Jesus. This is an unapologetic kid’s song – there is shouting and jumping and fun. I like this song because it highlights the happiness found in a relationship with Jesus.

7. Every Good and Perfect Thing

This is a fun, upbeat song of thanks to our God who is always good to us.

“You are good to me all the time You guarantee. You are good to me always. No matter what is to come; when life is perfect or coming undone. You are good to me always. Every good and perfect thing comes from You.”

This is a wonderful song to sing with kids because it reminds to be thankful for all the good things God gives us. It also reminds us that God is good all the time.

8. I Love You

This is a slow song of praise. The chorus says,

“I love You. With all of my heart I love You. With all of my life I love You. With all of my dreams I love You.”

There is only 1 verse and the chorus, so it is not difficult to learn. But there are a few phrases that will need explaining especially for younger children. During the verse:

“I don’t wanna be another voice ashamed to say Your name. Jesus, You are so much greater and my life will speak Your fame.”

The way the sentence is formed may cause some confusion and there are some words that should be defined (ashamed and the phrase “life will speak Your fame.”) It’s worth taking the time to talk about the meaning of this song and then singing it together with your kids.

9. Sing Your Praises Out

In Luke chapter 19, Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the praise of the crowd. The Pharisees tell Jesus to ask His disciples to be quiet.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

This is an upbeat song of praise to our God who is big and worthy. I really like this song. It encourages those listening to sing His praises out because this is what we were made for.

10. Be Glorified

This is a slow song sung as a prayer. The chorus says,

“Jesus, be glorified. Jesus, be lifted high in my life, in my heart.”

I like how the word glorified is explained in the next sentence as being lifted high. Glorify is a word that needs to be explained to kids and, although, we may notice the definition given, kids may not. Make the connection for them. In this song we worship God by giving God the glory He alone deserves. We worship God for his glory and exalted status.

Top 10 Uncle Charlie Songs

It can be hard to find good music for kids – especially when you are looking for music to use on Sunday morning. A lot of songs are just silly or are too vague and symbolic for kids.

But there is good music out there – songs that kids can understand; songs that teach kids something about God; songs that lead kids to worship.

One of the places to find music for kids is www.unclecharlie.com. Uncle Charlie calls himself a music missionary to kids. He has many songs on his website available to purchase as CD’s, DVD’s, or downloads. I picked 10 songs that are great for Sunday morning. I will list the songs and why I picked them.

Here are my top 10 picks from Uncle Charlie:

 

1. Happy Day

This is a joyful, high energy song. Happy Day declares that Jesus is alive! It is a celebration of the fact that Jesus has saved us from our sins and we can be forever changed because of His death and resurrection. This song requires little explanation for kids. The second verse is about meeting Jesus face to face. It would be a good idea to talk briefly about it with the kids to make sure they understand it.

2. All the Earth

This song is a song of praise to Jesus for saving us from sin. It talks about His death and resurrection. It highlights the fact that He is the King; He can be trusted to do what He says He will do; and that one day He is coming back. One day, all the earth will sing His praises. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

3. Love the Lord

This song is about loving, serving, and praising God.

Mark 12:30 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

I love that this song takes words straight from Scripture. It is both a song of praise and a commitment to love and serve God with everything we are. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

4. God is Great
The title says it all! In this song, we praise God because He is great! A number of God’s attributes are mentioned in this song. It also acknowledges that fact that God’s name will be praised in the entire world. A couple phrases may need to be explained: in the first verse “worshipping in Spirit and in truth;” in the second verse, “Let Your fire burn in us, that all may hear and all may see…” This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

5. Lord, Reign in Me
When you sing this song with kids, it is important that you explain that this song is about how God is the King. God is the King of everything and He is our King. This song is about understanding that God is the King and asking Him to be our King – asking God to be in charge of our lives. That what it means when it says, “Lord, reign in me.” This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

6. Majestic

Psalm 8:1 says, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

This song of praise begins with those words. It talks about how creation shows the greatness of God and that we can join creation and give our praise to God. It is upbeat and joyful. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

7. My Best Friend
This is a fun, upbeat song about hearing about and believing in Jesus. Choosing to follow Jesus means that Jesus is our Savior and our best friend. This song expresses what we believe about Jesus. This is a commitment song that tells of our desire to follow Jesus.

8. No One Like You
This is a fast-paced, high energy song. No One Like You is a song of praise to our God who is unlike anyone or anything. It describes our God as unique, beautiful, everywhere all the time, never changing, and good. God is worthy of our worship because there is no one else like Him!

9. You Are God Alone
This is a slower worship song. It describes God as being the only God who doesn’t need anything; who has always been God and will always be God.

“You are God and that’s just the way it is.” We can be confident in the fact that God is God alone and will never change. He is in charge and we can trust in His character and goodness. Acts 17:24-25 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

10. You Are Holy
This is an upbeat praise song. It can be sung as a repeat song or you can split your kids into 2 groups to sing. This song describes God’s character and talks about following and loving this holy, mighty God. In the chorus we sing many of the names of God – names that help us see what God is like and why He is worthy of our praise – Lord of lords, King of kings, Mighty God, Emmanuel, Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, Great I Am, Prince of Peace. A lot of good discussion can come out of this song – discussion that can lead to prayers of worship. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

Book Review – Everyday Talk by John A. Younts

Words matter. The things we say in unguarded moments, the words we say in love, in frustration, at the breakfast table, and before bed reveal our attitudes, our worldview, our theology, our beliefs. This is everyday talk.

Everyday Talk is a parenting book about talking freely and naturally about God with your children. It was written to encourage parents to recognize the influence their everyday talk has on their children and to accept the responsibility they have to use that influence to tell their children about God and His ways.

“Along the path of everyday life, take the opportunity that God gives you to instruct your children.” (pg. 118)

The author uses Deuteronomy 6:4-7 as the key Scripture passage for his book.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

The author states in the first chapter,

“The principle of Deuteronomy 6 is that your everyday comments are the ones that teach your children most profoundly about your view of God. Your interaction with God in everyday, ordinary, non-church life is the most powerful tool of influence that you have with your children. It communicates what you really believe.” (pgs 16-17)

This book is full of Biblical, practical advice for parents who want to talk to their kids about God. Each chapter has some questions at the end that encourage parents to think about the content of that chapter as it relates specifically to their kids, and practical ideas to implement the main idea of that chapter.

There are chapters on sharing the gospel with your kids; listening to your kids; giving directions; preparing your children to leave home; and talking with your children about the deceptiveness of the world, sex, and music.

An on-going issue for parents is discipline and obedience. In chapter 6, called “Big Sins, Little Sins” the author discusses the importance of consistent discipline. He talks about the tendency we have of categorizing sin. There are things we consider big sins and things we consider little sins. It is tempting to let little sins slide, but when we do, our children are being taught that obedience is not a requirement. Discipline for “big sin” and overlooking “little sins” teaches children to obey only when it seems necessary to them; it’s okay to disobey if they don’t get caught. (pg. 72)

The issue of obedience doesn’t end with parents. Ultimately we are to love and obey God.

“You cannot discipline properly until you see yourself as God’s agent to your kids…Your focus in discipline is to hold your children accountable to God.” (pg. 67)

“God wants to be loved & obeyed at all times, not just when the consequences seem great to us. You must discipline your children every time they are disobedient.” (pg. 69)

Consistent discipline is important because it gets to the heart of the issue. It helps our children understand they we obey because it is honoring to God, not simply to avoid the consequences of disobedience. Parents need to look at what is influencing their actions when they discipline and children need to look at what is influencing their actions when they choose to obey or disobey. It is the consequences or is it the best way to love God.

“Hold out for (your children) the goal of a heart that loves Christ more than the pleasures and good consequences of this life. Ask God to help your everyday talk to reflect love of God more than love of good consequences.” (pg. 77)

 

“The message of this book is that the most profound teaching your child receives is the everyday talk from your mouth.” (pg. 95) This book is an encouraging, practical, conversational appeal to parents.

“Parents, your children should hear God’s truth from your lips…They must hear God’s truth in your everyday talk. You must look out the window to your world and talk to your children about the truth of God in relation to what you see.” (pg. 120)

Children’s ministry volunteers: If parents in your ministry are looking for a practical book on Biblical parenting and talking naturally with their children about God, I recommend Everyday Talk.

Curriculum Pick – Discipleland

It can be hard to find good, solid, Biblical curriculum. I spend a lot of time previewing different curriculum and searching for the best-valued and most Biblical curriculum for my readers.

Discipleland is one of my top 3 picks. Here’s a promotional video about their curriculum that highlights one of the reasons why I love Discipleland – their systematic approach to teaching fundamental truths.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

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