The Sabbath day was both an opportunity for the children of Israel to have some margin that would enhance their enjoyment of their new life and an exercise in showing a heightened respect for Yahweh. But they didn’t appreciate the gift. Israel likely felt about the same as we do about taking a space of time to simply appreciate God. By the time of the New Testament, it got worse. The religious … [Read more...]

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...]

One of the most important things you can do is be part of a small group. New groups connect more people than existing groups. Whether they are believers or do not know Christ, new people are more likely to come to a group with other new people as it is easier to get connected and form new relationships. New small groups also matter for personal growth. Discipleship is relational, and small … [Read more...]

Amanda Sherzer is a normal girl from Texas whom God has used in a powerful way in unique places of influence. Her story is unique, and the thread of God’s provision in her life is so clear. Not only is Amanda my friend, she’s also my cousin. I hope you’re encouraged by her story of being faithful right where the Lord plants you. How did you end up working in Washington, DC? I went to college … [Read more...]

There’s no question that hospitality truly is a gift, and it’s an incredible way to show Christ-likeness to people in our lives.  I wish that I could tell you that I’m an incredibly hospitable person, but it just doesn’t come naturally for me. It’s something I have to constantly work on. My friend Amy, however, has the gift of hospitality. She opens her home on a regular basis for friends to … [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...]

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