Parents, Let’s Guide Our Children into Church. Church, Let’s Receive Our Youth Well.

Some say "It takes a village to raise a child." I may not completely agree with this statement and it's common applications, but I do think it points to a basic developmental reality sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated by the Church: Community shapes youth.  Community is powerful. It is powerful because it is partnership. A community …

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Devos for A Strange, New World – I Can Be Content

With churches not gathering, schools closed, sports scrapped, jobs furloughed, relationships fizzling, proms and graduations snubbed, and vacations axed – disappointment abounds. Disappointment is sadness caused by unfilled hopes and expectations. It can be difficult to handle. We have a choice in disappointment – continue in faith or not. Philippians 4:13 says, “I am able …

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Devos for A Strange, New World – Patience is a Virtue

Seven weeks inside the same house with the same family will drive anyone mad, right? God calls us to have an extraordinary amount of patience with one another. Paul, in Ephesians 4:1-3, says, “I urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one …

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God’s Arrows, Your Kidneys (A Devotional on Lamentations 3:13)

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah describes how God’s holiness interacts with Israel’s unfaithfulness. For God, judging Israel is the perfect exercise of His covenant faithfulness. For Israel, receiving God’s judgment for their unfaithfulness is devastating. Jeremiah tries to capture this holy devastation from God in his writings. His hope is to alert Israel to …

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Laying Siege to the Heart (A Devotional on Lamentations 3:4-6)

Jeremiah, in Lamentations 3:4-6, tells of how God laid siege to Israel. The idea behind the ancient art of siege warfare is that a hostile force would encircle a city and slowly extinguish it. They would not let any provisions in and they would not let anything out. It was a long and terrible process …

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