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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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 […] » Read the rest of this post.
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. […] » Read the rest of this post.