Essays

Devotions of the Early Church

Deb Koster 11/17/14
Devotions of the Early Church

The first followers of Jesus devoted themselves to specific practices that drew them close to God and to each other. If we recognize these habits of the early church, we too can practice these devotions in our daily lives. The church prospered and flourished by…

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The Power of Praying for One Another

Deb Koster 11/6/14
The Power of Praying for One Another

Galatians 6:2 tells us, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Praying for one another is a powerful way for us to bear one another’s burdens.  Recently, I had a busy week and things were stressed.  So many…

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Wants vs. Needs: The Entitlement Trap

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 11/5/14
Wants vs. Needs: The Entitlement Trap

Teaching our children the difference between wants and needs can help them escape the entitlement trap. Such guidance equips them with gratitude and a heavenly radar for caring for others. As a mom of four, I am bombarded with “needs” often. Between school supplies, athletic equipment,…

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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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