Have you ever stopped to consider all of the hats you wear as a parent? There’s your coach’s hat for when you volunteer to take the literal role of soccer coach or batting instructor, but also the figurative one you wear when coaching your children to use things like the potty, kind words, or their bicycle hand brakes. There’s the EMT hat you wear when you become the medical first responder for … [Read more...]

September Family Time Calendar 1 John 4:19 Scripture Art 1 Peter 5:7 Scripture Art Matthew 5:16 Scripture Art … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Beckey, Mary, Halley, Carolyn, and Josh for winning this giveaway. You might remember Ian and Larissa from a video that went viral a few years ago. More than 10 million people saw it and were touched by their story. The story of how they met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married and building a life together. They didn't imagine a car accident or … [Read more...]

Hope doesn’t come easily, and it doesn’t last long if it’s based solely on circumstances. That’s because when things are going well in our lives, hope bubbles up and lingers. But when tough times come, our sense of hope fades away and sometimes disappears. The biblical idea of hope is different. In Scripture, hope is something that endures. It endures because it’s based on the eternal, living … [Read more...]

The long, lazy days of summer inevitably draw to an end. Students pack their bags and head to colleges, universities, and technical schools. Many are miles away from the ones they love. Most settle in well, but even the strongest occasionally needs a pick-me-up from loved ones back home. A care package from a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend is a great way to remind that special … [Read more...]

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Jesus taught (Matthew 5:44). This sounds easy until situations like the one going on now in the Middle East arise. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a radical Islamic terrorist group, is raiding parts of Northern Iraq and Syria, expelling or executing Christians. Those who have been able to flee their homes have left with … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Denise, Eleanor, Sarah, Pat, and Rebecca for winning this giveaway! In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God's presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel … [Read more...]

When I wrote my first Bible study, I invited an few friends over once a week to dive into the Word together and cook dinner. We discovered that cooking together, sharing recipes, and lingering around one another's tables set the tone for the deeper things God wanted to do in our lives. Recently my Mom mentioned that she had cooked a delicious and healthy recipe, and because I cannot think of … [Read more...]

The bell is poised to ring. The teacher breathes deep. Pencils sharpened to a perfect point and stacks of brilliant colored paper arranged in neat bins. Bulletin boards fresh and bottles of glue in tight little rows. Everything in just the right place. Waiting for eager voices to enter with nervous laughter. A new school year stands ready to begin. Be it public, charter, or private, our … [Read more...]

August Family Time Calendar Hebrews 10:23 Scripture Art Ephesians 2:10 Scripture Art 1 John 2:15 Scripture Art … [Read more...]