Essays

How Do I Forgive

Lynne Scherschel, MS, LMFT 2/19/15
How Do I Forgive

Whether we like it or not, God commands us to forgive when others wrong us.  There are no qualifiers and no exception clauses to the command.  God just says, “Forgive!”  Additionally, He said that if we do not forgive others, our sins won’t be forgiven…

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How Do I Keep My Family Safe?

Kim Sullivan 2/16/15
How Do I Keep My Family Safe?

You might hear about a drive-by shooting, or a sexual predator, or a crashed car full of teens not far from where you live. It’s hard not to worry about the safety of your family. It seems like no one is safe anywhere. There is no socio-economic…

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Demonstrating God’s Love: Caring For Your Spouse

Deb Koster 2/12/15
Demonstrating God’s Love: Caring For Your Spouse

My Aunt and Uncle remind me of what the love of God looks like. They are average people facing the normal challenges and messiness of life, but in their love and faithfulness they have modeled the love of Christ. Exodus 34:6-7 describes God's love: “The Lord, the…

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Devotions

How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 2/9/15 Read Scripture Verse: Galatians 5:22-26
How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?

The house was quiet as I opened my Bible and began to read from Galatians, chapter 5.  Words of guidance and wisdom fell upon me.  Do not focus on the flesh.  Use the fruits of the Spirit.  And then the closing sentences:  “Since we live…

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Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

Deb Koster 2/5/15 Read Scripture Verse: Psalm 37:7-8
Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

Be still before the Lord     and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,     when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;     do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:7-8 Fretting at times feels like an occupation. We…

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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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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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