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I’m a Parent, Now What?

January 3, 2017

The questions parents can have are myriad. They include: What is my responsibility as a parent regarding my child’s spiritual development? What does God expect of me? How do I teach my child about God? Are there recommended materials? Why doesn’t my child listen to me when I ask him to do something? How should […]
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Grace to You

November 21, 2016

Who hasn’t encountered a time or two when you were wronged and subjected to cruelty, and unkindness?  Maybe it was just simple thoughtlessness on the part of the other…be it foe, family or friend. A show of hands would fill a room. Who among us would also agree that our Christian demeanor can fade like […]
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Thanksgiving at Camelback

Thanksgiving at Camelback

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that is distinctly Christian and distinctly American. Other holidays are distinctly Christian (Christmas and Easter) and others are distinctly American (Independence Day and President’s Day). But perhaps in the aftermath of one of the harsh winters of William Bradford’s Pilgrims, early Americans determined to start giving thanks to God. We […]
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A Living Tradition: Communion

November 2, 2016

We all do things to remember certain events or recall cherished memories. There are rituals such as lighting candles that help us remember loved ones, or special meals that help us remember our heritage. Jesus calls us to partake in communion in remembrance of him. This ritual recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, what was […]
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A Living Tradition: Baptism

Nobel prize winner, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, once stated, “there is no life without water.” Water symbolizes life, renewal, purification, and transformation. Water is an essential element for existence, and a fundamental part of baptism. Baptism is both a personal and public identification with Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, we turn away from our old life […]
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Loss and the Holidays

October 26, 2016

For most people, Thanksgiving and Christmas usually bring to mind thoughts of family, friends, presents, and fellowship around the table. But for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, holidays can be painful. GriefShare offers a Surviving the Holidays seminar to give people a safe to learn how to deal with all the demands and emotions […]
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A Living Tradition: Prayer

October 12, 2016

Last week’s blog, A Living Tradition, explored the general idea of Christian practices and rituals that form our living tradition which moves us closer and closer to Christ. This week we look more closely at one of these essential traditions of the Christian walk – Prayer. One of the greatest gifts from God is the ability to pray. Prayer has been […]
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Challenging the Fear of Change

September 21, 2016

People hate change. They fear change, don’t want change, and won’t accept change. Far too often we avoid new ideas because it means that something in our ministries will have to change. Change has become a word more feared and vilified in churches than many curse words. But the message of the gospel is change. […]
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