Essays

Family Grieving: Navigating Loss Together

Kim Sullivan 10/22/14
Family Grieving: Navigating Loss Together

Grief is a universal experience. We all experience loss, but everyone expresses that grief in their own way.  When families grieve together it requires grace and compassion. At first I was busy taking care of the things that had to be done, trying to shield…

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Keep the Joy in Blended Family Holiday Celebrations

Deborah Mitchell, MS, LMFT 10/17/14
Keep the Joy in Blended Family Holiday Celebrations

Blending families tends to be stressful no matter what time of year it is.  When mixing a blended family with a stressful holiday season, it can cause parents to want to lie in the fetal position under a mound of wrapping paper until January rolls around! …

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A Christian Parent’s Response to Authority

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 10/16/14
A Christian Parent’s Response to Authority

How we as parents respond to authority models for our children how they too should act. They look to us for our example. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells us, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people--for…

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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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