Life Is So Unnerving for a Servant Who’s Not Serving

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we were made to serve. It’s part of who we are, part of our make-up, and part of our spiritual DNA. Don’t believe me? Consider Matthew 20:28… Jesus said this: “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give…

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Just What Are You Trying To Say??

Are you surprised by the lack of love and commitment our young people have toward the church? Are you stunned to see them walk away from the body of Christ? Do you wonder what the church could have done differently? What the church could have said better? What dynamic program would have made the biggest…

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Do You Want to Become a Supermodel?

  I love the church. I love all that it presents. I love that in the body of Christ I can see Jesus so clearly represented. I love that within that body there is so much variety. So many different personalities. So many different gifts. And talents. And manifestations of God among us. I love…

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Finger-Pointing and Blame Assessing

  Wow! If we believe everything we read and hear these days, the church just can’t do anything right. In the past week alone, I’ve read blogs condemning the church for being too judgmental, too rigid, too boring, too demanding, and therefore, driving young people away. I’ve also read blogs accusing the church of being…

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A Heart of Creativity

When our oldest son, Peter, was still a pre-teen, we gave him an old video camera. Little did we know the doors that camera would unlock in Peter’s life! The freedom and creativity he discovered through filmmaking opened the doors of his imagination in every area of study. Today, Peter is a professional filmmaker. He has…

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Daily Guide to Developing Courageous Character

Today we are sharing from Character Matters: A Daily Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Courageous Character Being thankful costs us nothing, and yet on a daily basis we too often hold on stingily to the words or actions of thankfulness. Instead, our thankful attitudes should overflow and set us apart as a grateful people. Are you…

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Love and Respect Go Hand In Hand

  I had an interesting conversation last week. I spent Friday afternoon with one of my favorite young men. Together, we discussed how his need for respect, and his young lady’s need for love, weren’t actually mutually exclusive concepts. We talked about how the two needs really complement each other when both young people are…

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Good Manners, It’s Never Too Early

    Good Manners are so important for everyone.  “It’s never too early to teach our children good manners.”   Here is an excerpt from our “Rise and Shine” Cookbook.   “Knowing when to say please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, pardon me, and other expressions of good character, will set our children apart.…

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Open Window Opportunities

I blew it yesterday… Me, the mom who prays every morning that she won’t miss a single opportunity with the kids still at home, blew it. In a house full of teens and young adults, the chance to hear what’s going on in one of their hearts is priceless, precious, and of inestimable value. Yesterday,…

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A Double-Minded Doubter

James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   Do you have unanswered questions, today? Are there worries and concerns and cares on your heart that wrestle and struggle to control your thoughts……

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