Essays

When God Seems Silent

Deb Koster 5/14/15
When God Seems Silent

Sometimes we struggle with feeling that God is silent. We feel that our prayers are going unheard and we question whether God has turned his back on us.  Psalm 109 begins with these words, “Be not silent, O God of my praise!” We long to…

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Teaching Healthy Handling of Technology

Dean Heetderks 5/7/15
Teaching Healthy Handling of Technology

For many of us, technology is so alluring—probably because it promises to meet our every need. And it does so with snazzy buttons, bright displays, and touchable screens. But if we’re really honest with ourselves—and admit to falling for the pitch at the electronics store—we…

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Be the Hero for your Family

Deb Koster 5/4/15
Be the Hero for your Family

We think of heroes as crime-fighters in tights, running around with their underwear outside their pants. They're supposed to act selflessly, serve with great courage, and work for justice. They are larger than life, but we all have the opportunity to behave heroically. Acting selflessly with…

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Devotions

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

Deb Koster 5/11/15 Read Scripture Verse: Isaiah 40:31
Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

Isaiah 40:31 says, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  I am not a fan of having to wait for things. Our culture has spoiled…

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Putting Aside Idolatry

Deb Koster 4/27/15 Read Scripture Verse: Jonah 2:1-9
Putting Aside Idolatry

“Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Jonah 2:8-9). From the belly of the fish, Jonah repents in the form of…

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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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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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