Essays

Choosing a Mentor

Kim Sullivan 9/17/14
Choosing a Mentor

We were never meant to walk through life alone, and mentors can help us through our struggles. God is always with us, and he wants us to be involved in each other’s lives, being encouragers of one another. As Proverbs 1:5 instructs, “Let the wise hear…

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Living the Beatitudes in our Families

Deb Koster 9/12/14
Living the Beatitudes in our Families

Jesus talked a lot about the Kingdom of God. He surprised people by describing a picture of God's Kingdom that looked rather different from the things of this world. The Beatitudes are a great example--normally we wouldn't think of the poor and mourning and meek…

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Should We Seek Counseling? Restore Our Marriage Now!

Steve Augustus 9/10/14
Should We Seek Counseling? Restore Our Marriage Now!

Everybody hits rough patches in marriage. But when is the right time to seek counseling help? Chances are, right now.  When couples delay counseling until the situation has become painfully toxic, they do not give a counselor much with which to work. Once bitterly negative perspectives…

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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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