Essays

Becoming a Shepherding Parent

Kim Sullivan 4/6/15
Becoming a Shepherding Parent

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He leads us where he wants us to go. Good parenting looks like shepherding, keeping little ones where they need to be and out of danger. Considering Middle Eastern shepherding practices puts fresh perspective on how we can successfully lead our children.…

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Easter Grace: Seize the Teaching Opportunity

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 4/2/15
Easter Grace: Seize the Teaching Opportunity

Sometimes, we miss opportunities. Sometimes that's OK. Maybe we are too tired to pay attention.  Maybe we think we will have another chance, and often we will.  Maybe we recognize the crucial minute when we are granted the opportunity to teach, but we let the moment pass…

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From Hosanna to Crucify Him

Kim Sullivan 3/30/15
From Hosanna to Crucify Him

As I read the story of Palm Sunday, I was struck by a thought.  The same people who were shouting, “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were shouting, “Crucify him!” five days later.  It seems impossible for people to be so fickle. But the next thought was even…

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Devotions

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

Deb Koster 4/20/15 Read Scripture Verse: Jonah 2:8-9
A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

In the book of Jonah, God models for us how to persist with stubborn people when they exhibit defiance and selfishness. And all of us have our stubborn moments. Every marriage is made up of two broken individuals trying to figure out how to be in…

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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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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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