Your family probably has some great Thanksgiving traditions. Turkey. Pie. Football. Many families go around the table to share something that they are thankful for. But why? Does it really matter if we “give thanks”? In a word… YES. Social science research that clearly shows how gratitude positively impacts our own happiness, energy level, relationships, … Continue reading Does it really matter if I give thanks?
Core Questions is a monthly dive into different topics that are a core part of our shared human experience. We want to seek and understand who we are in light of God’s revealed truth. This month we are looking at our human need for rest. We’ve looked at the question of why we need rest, … Continue reading Core Questions: How do we rest well?
The holidays are a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Whether a loved one has died, your parents recently got divorced, or you lost a job, grief comes in many forms and impacts us in different ways. How do we manage that during the holiday season? Expect many emotions. During the grieving process, … Continue reading Managing Grief During The Holidays
Core Questions is a monthly dive into different topics that are a core part of our shared human experience. We want to seek and understand who we are in light of God’s revealed truth. This month we are looking at our human need for rest. In the creation story, we see God speaking, creating, and … Continue reading Core Questions: Why do we need rest?
The two most obvious, frequent, and fun elements of the Halloween holiday also tend to capture most of our attention: costumes and candy. Even teenagers (and let’s be honest, adults too) will pull out a mask or don some sort of a costume in order to enjoy a bag full of sweets at the end … Continue reading Parenting through the Sugar Rush of Halloween (or any other holiday)
Do you ever feel like time is flying by? Hopefully, that means you’re having fun. But often I find that it means I’m simply busy! Even as the seasons fly past us, there are times of life that are a new start and times when things are winding down. We are in such a season … Continue reading How do we “finish well” as Paul did?
It is not an easy thing to be a pastor. Don’t believe me? Just look at Scripture, look at your neighbors, and look at yourself. Scripture does not hold back on the declaration that becoming a pastor is a high calling. Pastors are called to be blameless (Titus 1:7). They are warned that “we who teach … Continue reading Show YOUR pastor appreciation today
When tragedy strikes, the ripple effect lasts far beyond what we can see. Multitudes are impacted, from family to co-workers to pastors to neighbors. Pain lingers far beyond the initial crisis moment. The ripples move outward. Every day, somewhere nearby, tragedy is occurring for someone in a very personal and painful way. This may be … Continue reading The aftermath of tragedy
We’ve all seen the child in the grocery store having a meltdown in the cereal aisle. We’ve all heard of teenagers sneaking out at night for a joyride. Even the most mild-mannered child won't always have the perfect manners. And boy, can this behavior be stressful for their parents! Whether your child is two or … Continue reading How do I stop my child from misbehaving?
We all worship something. Worship is simply our investment of emotion, time, energy, and value into something or someone. We respond to something in front of us by assigning value in our hearts and living that out. “Worship” is inherently spiritual, but we certainly can worship things apart from God. It may be money, power, … Continue reading The Power of Right Worship