Essays

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Rebellion

Kim Sullivan 3/12/15
A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Rebellion

We’ve all seen the toddler adamantly screaming, “No!” to his mother in the checkout line at the store. At the very core of our sinful nature lies rebellion and resistance to authority. Left to ourselves we become a rebellious race, resisting all that is good.…

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Talking to Kids About Sex: Freaking Out Over the Sex Talk

Deb Koster 3/9/15
Talking to Kids About Sex: Freaking Out Over the Sex Talk

Camping in the park with my parents on a Saturday morning, my son chose to ask a question over breakfast. “What are those things in my sister's cosmetic bag that look like sticks?” I then had the privilege of explaining about tampons in front of my parents.…

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How Can I Establish Discipline in My Home?

Deb Koster 3/5/15
How Can I Establish Discipline in My Home?

Discipline is one of the ways that we mentor our children to be disciples of Christ. Discipline and Discipling go together. Giving guidance and setting limits show our love to our children. Proverbs 3:11-12 shows us that discipline flows out of love. “My son, do not despise…

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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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