6 Ways to HIGH-FIVE Volunteers

Volunteers. The priceless, wonderful, selfless people at your church who dive right in to whatever craziness you ask of them. The ones who are there early and who clean up late. The ones, who—no matter how many times they’ve been knocked down—keep showing up! They are key in keeping the church wheels moving. Most days,… Read more »

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Finding the “off button” for crying kids

Do you know your child’s personality type? With Easter events behind us, I was again touched by how hard it must have been for our Father to hear the cries of a world dead in sin and ravished by evil, but also the cry of His only Son in agony, shame and abandonment on that… Read more »

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The Grief of Rejection

Rejection brings it’s own grief. The realization you are no longer wanted or fit in someone’s life (and heart) anymore is unbearably painful. As much as grief hurts and hurls us away from our marriage—and life as we knew it—we must face grief as we move through the pain. It is slowly moving forward, awkwardly… Read more »

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Self-Perception During Divorce

I looked in the mirror that morning and I’m not sure who I saw or how in the world I got here. But here I was, and no makeup could cover what I was feeling. No wardrobe that would lift me out of this depth. How had this happened? Divorce. I was beaten down and… Read more »

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Why Should I Choose Mediation
Why Should I Choose Mediation?

“Just let the courts decide,” she said in her frustration and anger. I winced in that mediation and every time I hear someone surrender their decisions to the courts. She had no knowledge or experience to back up what she was saying. She made some big assumptions that the courts would rule in her favor…. Read more »

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Dreams Can Still Happen

Sam and Diane parted ways after thirty-four years of marriage. Sam was in the bewildered, lost phase of divorce. His dreams were shattered, and he was lost as to how to pick up the pieces. He shared them one night in our divorce recovery group. One of those dreams was the purchase of their property… Read more »

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The Posture of Worship

Leading worship is one of the most freeing things I experience as a follower of Christ. In those moments, I join with my community to sing about and lift up the name above all names. But worship is more than those sweet moments together. It’s a way of life. It’s doing all things as though… Read more »

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Small Group Lesson for Kids: How God Used Lions
God has used animals to make himself and his purposes known. Because God has done some remarkable things through his furry, fuzzy, and funny creations. With this lesson, and others like it, you’ll help kids link Bible truths they need with the animals they love. So get ready to have some fun! You’ll help change young... Read more »
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Seven Ways to Heal Your Wounded Heart

Perhaps you wonder if healing is really possible. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or spiritual healing, we’re all desperately searching for relief. On November 5, 2006, a drunk driver traveling more than eighty miles per hour struck our van head-on. In an instant, my husband, my two children, and I were physically broken, crushed in countless… Read more »

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Top 10 Tips for Planning VBS!

While VBS is usually “only” a weeklong event, the impact of this program reaches far and wide into the lives of kids and families within your community. The coolest part? This reach may ultimately have eternal impact! The planning that goes into this special event takes time and attention. And it is so worth it!… Read more »

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