December 2017

Descended for Sinners: Prince of Peace

By | 2017-12-08T12:59:20+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

“But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.   The people [...]

Descended for Sinners: Christ the Shepherd

By | 2017-12-01T11:45:11+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

“Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from [...]

November 2017

Cultivating Thankfulness: Living Thankful

By | 2017-11-21T13:01:41+00:00 November 27th, 2017|

by Rochell Goff Often times I don’t think about the word "thankful" enough. But my life is filled with wonder and adventure and so many, many things to be thankful for. As I reflect on Thanksgiving—that time of year when we all tend to pause a littler bit more to think about our own thankfulness—I [...]

Cultivating Gratitude: Saying “Thank You”

By | 2017-11-20T14:32:42+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

"The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their [...]

Cultivating Thankfulness: Writing Thank You

By | 2017-11-13T16:47:44+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

If there is anything that has been lost over the years, it is the art and rhythm of writing thank you notes. When was the last time you personally wrote a thank you note? When was the last time you received a thank you note? My grandmother was a home economics teacher for years, which [...]

Cultivating Thankfulness: Being Thankful

By | 2017-11-06T10:38:18+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” G.K. Chesterton What does it mean to be thankful? As we approach Thanksgiving, let’s take some time this month to think about the discipline of being thankful and consider some ways we can grow in [...]

October 2017

Keys to Successful Short-Term Missions Trips

By | 2017-10-20T16:43:36+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

By Rodney A. Is your youth ministry needing a pick-me-up? Are you looking for a way to get students excited about the Lord? You might think, “Maybe a short-term missions trip is the answer! A little time in a third world country is just what these apathetic students need to get fired up about pursuing [...]

Family Rhythms: Worship Together

By | 2017-10-16T11:03:40+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

 “If you don’t make worship the center of your home, you will raise Pharisees.” These are the haunting and motivating words my wife’s pastor spoke to us during premarital counseling late in the summer of 2007. Our premarital counseling was intense and thorough. We read multiple books, took personality surveys, and had many meetings — [...]