What a Ride!

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he […]

Trying to Find the Obvious

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25) My family has an Easter morning tradition My husband and I fill Easter baskets with candy and goodies on Saturday night and then hide the baskets. On Easter morning our kids (who are now […]

In the Midst of All this Chaos

I’ve been reading through the Bible and this past week was the conclusion of Judges and the book of Ruth. The devotional I’m using provides some running commentary about the story – what’s happening behind the scenes, etc. The commentary in this last week highlighted the fact: Judges and Ruth occur chronologically at the same […]

Are You Excited for Christmas?

The eyes of children are a glow with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. Bright lights, candy canes, and decorated packages are everywhere they look, and their joy can hardly be contained.  I pray that like the children of today you too will be expectant and excited.  Not for what may be under the tree […]

Back to the Basics

Any good coach knows that you never stop practicing the basics. Peyton Manning can be seen throwing pass after pass before every football game, Larry Bird never stopped practicing free throws, and Derek Jeter still takes batting practice. Why? Repetition keeps the basics sharp. How sharp are your kids’ Bible basics? A recent Pew study […]

What Are You Kicking Off?

This is kick-off season!  There are season premiere kick-offs, football season kick-offs, and back to school kick-offs.  What are you kicking off? Are you kicking off the best hour in your kids’ week? Sue Miller wrote a book a few years ago titled Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week. The […]

How Do You Know What to Use?

One of the biggest questions this time of year is, “What curriculum should I use?” We’re all asking it – even if we’ve been happy with our old stuff, we’re on the market looking around to make sure there isn’t something better. The selection process can be terrifying.  There is a huge variety in cost, […]

What’s Your Story?

I love a good story. Summertime usually creates an opportunity to do some casual reading, and I love a good story.  It is amazing how words and sentences strung together describing characters, places, and events can get you caught up and pull you in.  Kids love a good story too.  Their imaginations carry them away […]