You’ve made your gift list and planned your Christmas shopping budget. You’ve looked at your calendar to time your purchases. You’ve shopped around for the best prices. But you still have a problem: You have that one person on your list who already has everything. What gift do you get that person for Christmas?
We celebrate Thanksgiving as a special day set aside for giving thanks to God for His wonderful blessings. Most of us have longstanding traditions around Thanksgiving. Many of us will travel to be with family and others will host family members traveling to spend time with us. For most, Thanksgiving is a festive and happy […]
It’s Halloween! Tonight, children from all around the neighborhood and beyond will be knocking on our door and asking us for a treat. We plan to be there to grant them their request. As in every year, we have seen the commercial buildup to this day from manufacturers and retailers alike. We have shopped around […]
Our small group is full of wonderful people who have great ideas. One of our couples decided a few years ago to create an Pumpkin Party for their grandchildren. On the designated night, the grandchildren (I think there are 11) would bring their parents for pumpkin carving, costume contests, pinata, and grilling. Since they started […]
In Matthew’s Gospel, he records Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:7-13) using contrasts. Instead of praying repetitious and memorized phrases, he teaches them to pray from the heart. He says, “Pray like this:” And then he teaches them the Lord’s Prayer, or the Model Prayer. When you teach your children to pray, […]
We have a program in our church that teaches children to memorize Bible verses. I am always astounded at how many Bible verses these kids memorize. From time to time we celebrate the number of verses they have memorized and the adults are amazed! But why so amazed? Parents (and many adults) struggle to memorize Bible verses, especially […]