Articles by Rick Edwards

The articles listed below have been written by Rick Edwards. Rick is a publishing veteran with more than 40 years of experience in ministry, curriculum development, and magazine publishing. He is currently involved as a speaker, author, and Bible teacher while managing a Christian publishing business. He is the owner and publisher of

Advent Resources On Sunday School Zone

The Advent season consists of the four Sundays prior to Christmas Day. We typically think of the Advent season as celebrating the advent or “coming” of Jesus in His birth because the season is so closely related to Christmas on the calendar. But Advent is also intended to point forward to Jesus’ second “coming” at…

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Bible Studies for Kids

An Old Testament Model for Child Discipleship

We don’t have a great deal of detail about about how Old Testament Hebrews conducted the formal, institutional education of their children. In all likelihood, there was little, if any, “formal, institutional education” taking place on a broad scale. This was an agrarian culture where children provided an important “human resource” for advancing the well-being…

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Educating Our Children in the Ways of the World

“The ways of the world” typically carries a negative connotation. The Bible often refers to “the world” in a negative sense and, consequently, we often associate “the ways of the world” with that negative connotation. But at a more fundamental level, the Bible clearly affirms creation and “the world” in a very positive and God-given…

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AWANA Invites You to The Child Discipleship Forum

The Child Discipleship Forum is a gathering of local pastors and children’s ministry leaders who want to collaborate, learn, and dialogue about the most critical factors that shape long-term discipleship in children. This event will give you the opportunity to impact the nature of children’s ministry and children’s ministry resources in the coming decades and…

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We’ll Be at the Children’s Ministry Expo!

On February 5, 2021, Sunday School Zone will be exhibiting and leading conferences at the Children’s Ministry Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With appropriate social distancing protocols in place, we’ll be talking to people about their kids ministries and how Sunday School Zone can support what they’re doing, whether that’s in the local church, home school,…

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Foundational Life Questions (And Answers)

The Universal Experience of Time No matter where someone lives, or the culture within which he or she lives, each person is moving through time and, consequently, living with an awareness that the passing of time creates for us a past, present, and future. All people everywhere experience the passing of time. This is a…

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Suggestions and Activities for Kids During the COVID Crisis

It looks like the Summer vacation will be coming early for many kids this year. And, it’s not just school they’re missing. It’s all of the church activities and many other extracurricular activities. Kids are home more than usual and for longer than usual. And, due to the adjustments in schedules with lots of businesses,…

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The Beatitudes For Kids

The Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:1-12, are a familiar text and part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. As with everything Jesus said, there have been volumes written about the Beatitudes and much of it is “heavy” stuff that has been written for pastors and academics. Parents and teachers of children, however, also need to…

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Sunday School Zone - Children's Bible Activities | Sunday School Activities for Kids

Sunday School Zone Has a Large and Growing Audience provides free printable children’s Bible activities for use with kids at home, church, and school, as well as resources for teaching children the Bible. Sunday School Zone has been around since 2013 and, in that time, has developed a significant audience. And we’re happy that it continues to grow! The site is supported by…

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