11 Aug, 2012

From the Same Mouth- Blessings and Curses

From the Same Mouth- Blessings and Curses

James 3: 7-10 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue- a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who […]

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19 Jul, 2012

This is How Our Kids Can Reach Their Full Potential- “Firm Foundation” Family Devotion

This is How Our Kids Can Reach Their Full Potential- “Firm Foundation” Family Devotion

On our way home from Ohio to Minnesota, we stopped in Chicago.   We had a blast eating “Chicago-style” pizza (yum!) and exploring the Willis Tower (Sears Tower)- The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 8th tallest building in the world standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.     Did you know that […]

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17 Jul, 2012

Having the Right Response as a Parent

Having the Right Response as a Parent

Our family just returned from a 1,600+ mile road trip from Minnesota to Ohio to visit family. 16 hours of togetherness with 2 adults, 3 kids and a dog in a cramped car has a tendency to bring out the best and the worst in you. We laughed together and made lots of memories along […]

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27 May, 2012

Band-Aid Testimonies- A Creative Way for Kids to Show Others How Good God is

Band-Aid Testimonies- A Creative Way for Kids to Show Others How Good God is

  Are you looking for a way to help your child to talk about God with others? Try this simple idea. Say to your child- What do you say when you see someone wearing a band-aid? You look at the hurt area and say, “What happened?” When we share what God has done with others, […]

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15 May, 2012

Art Devo for Your Family- Trials and Disappointment

Art Devo for Your Family- Trials and Disappointment

Has your child faced a trial or disappointment lately?  Pushed around by a bully? Not being chosen for the team? Un-invited to the party? Is your family facing challenges? Job loss? Sudden medical issues? Try this family devotion. Create together. Pray together. In a little while, you’ll look back and remember God’s goodness together. We […]

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9 May, 2012

What’s the Point of Marriage?

What’s the Point of Marriage?

Marriage is God’s idea. But what’s the ultimate purpose of it? Romantic feelings? Spending life with someone that shares the same life interests? The ultimate purpose of marriage is to bring glory to God. When a man and wife glorify God through their marriage, their life reflects the beautiful picture of Christ’s love for the […]

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2 May, 2012

Play Time Prayers- A Fun Way to Grow Big Faith in Little Hearts

Play Time Prayers- A Fun Way to Grow Big Faith in Little Hearts

When is the best time to teach my child to pray? Cues for modeling prayer can really pop up at any time. Here are a few everyday, ordinary opportunities for prayer: When my child is feeling sick. “Lord, please heal my child.” When an ambulance passes us on the highway. “Father, we pray for peace […]

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29 Apr, 2012

Why Our Family Needs God’s Family

Why Our Family Needs God’s Family

This video is unbelievable. I first saw it a few years ago and it still stirs my heart. The setup is simple. This is what happens when a herd of water buffalo meander toward a few hungry lions. It’s the perfect illustration for this verse. I Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your […]

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11 Apr, 2012

Egg Surprise (free Easter service plan)

Egg Surprise (free Easter service plan)

Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I just thought I’d take a minute to share what we did in our elementary Easter service on Sunday. Many of you are probably familiar with Resurrection Eggs. You can purchase them or even make your own. I like this idea of using simple props to clearly explain […]

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14 Mar, 2012

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt from Start to Finish

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt from Start to Finish

Hospitality opens the door to true community. Spring is finally here (well, almost…). The snow is melting and birds are singing. Springtime brings new life and new opportunities for budding friendships. Some of the best memories we have as a family are times when we’ve slowed down and opened our home and hearts to new friends. […]

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