Essays

Advent Worship: Christian Mindfulness

Jessica A. Parks, MSW, LCSW 12/15/14
Advent Worship: Christian Mindfulness

What's on your mind? Worries of tomorrow or regrets of yesterday? Many meditation techniques call us to focus our minds in a particular way. In one approach, called Dialectic Behavior Therapy (or DBT), mindfulness refers to an orientation to the present moment and non-judgment of thought. Rooted in…

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Connecting with Grandparents: Blessed by Investment

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 12/11/14
Connecting with Grandparents: Blessed by Investment

Finding time for children to spend with grandparents can seem challenging. In a busy life, it can seem like one more thing to fit into the schedule. However, the rewards that come from having other adults invested in the lives of our children is truly a…

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Can I Offer Hospitality?

Kim Sullivan 12/8/14
Can I Offer Hospitality?

Hospitality is not about being Pinterest-perfect, but about extending your heart to another. When we make space and extend our circle to include others in hospitality, we are the ones blessed, even though in the moment it can feel intimidating or burdensome. As a single mom, I…

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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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