Essays

Spiritual Disciplines: Family Fasting

Kim Sullivan 1/15/15
Spiritual Disciplines: Family Fasting

Fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline, one practiced by Jesus himself. Clearly, as followers of Jesus, we should consider imitating his spiritual habits, including fasting, which is simply avoiding something for a time, usually food, in order to focus our hearts. Fasting as a family can be…

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Self-Care in Balancing Career and Family Responsibilities

Evie DavyRomano, MS, LMFTA 1/12/15
Self-Care in Balancing Career and Family Responsibilities

In today’s busy world, fulfilling multiple roles and serving those we love often drowns us in responsibility.  The demands of being a spouse, parent, and family member already consume our attention before we find time for a full or part-time career. And then, we have other life…

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Nurturing Faith by Challenging and Encouraging

Jason Ruis 1/8/15
Nurturing Faith by Challenging and Encouraging

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NIV). As a parent and a youth pastor, I realize this is one…

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Devotions

Choose Thankfulness

Deb Koster 6/11/14 Read Scripture Verse: Psalm 118
Choose Thankfulness

Some days, thankfulness feels elusive. Things frustrate, people challenge, and situations overwhelm. There's not much to celebrate just now. Yet In these times, the psalms speak to our hearts. They echo our weariness and redirect us back to God’s truth. In the psalms, we can find all of our…

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Paul’s Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

Deb Koster 3/27/14 Read Scripture Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13
Paul’s Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith. Be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. These parting words from the Apostle Paul to the Corinthian church provide a great summary for how to live as Christians in our relationships. Be on your…

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A Bad Attitude is the True Disability

Deb Koster 2/17/14 Read Scripture Verse: Ephesians 4: 17-32
A Bad Attitude is the True Disability

After watching Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton commentate on the Olympics, I saw a link on social media to his story. I was curious. I clicked to hear more about his journey. It was interesting to learn about his joys and triumphs and also discover about the…

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Resources

  • Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

    This book speaks to the way that faith is translated to the next generation. This book offers encouragement for adults to step into a mentoring role to equip the youth of the church for service in God’s kingdom. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of making your faith visible and getting involved in the lives of others. Every church youth director should read this book.

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  • Celebrating Christmas As If It Matters

    David Lambert

    This book by David Lambert is an excellent resource for helping you think thoughtfully about how you celebrate Christmas. In the midst of a consumer focused society we need to approach our celebrations thoughtfully to keep our celebrations focused on Christ. This book offers creative suggestions for making your holiday celebrations meaningful.

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