Essays

Attitude Adjustments from the Beatitudes

Kim Sullivan 9/4/14
Attitude Adjustments from the Beatitudes

Jesus taught his disciples about the priorities of his Father's kingdom by teaching them the beatitudes.  Sometimes they described priorities opposite of what we might expect, and they always showed that blessings come from assuming a Christ-like attitude. Here are some beatitudes that can change your attitude…

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Conflict: Setting the Scene to Reorient Hearts

Kim Sullivan 9/3/14
Conflict: Setting the Scene to Reorient Hearts

It's been a long day and tempers flare at home.  It seems like everyone needs an attitude adjustment, including you. How do you lead your family toward Christ-centered behavior in the midst of a brewing storm? Noticing how Jesus taught his disciples can help with keeping…

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Being Teachable: Characteristics of Un-teachable Behavior

Deb Koster 8/28/14
Being Teachable: Characteristics of Un-teachable Behavior

Being teachable is a virtue. A disciple is someone who is willing to be taught, someone willing to be disciplined into a discipline. But that's hard. Proverbs 4:5 tells us,"Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them."  God teaches us through…

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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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