Is Your Church a Pew-Filled Adult Daycare or a Hardcore Training Facility?

Is Your Church a Pew-Filled Adult Daycare or a Hardcore Training Facility?

My eldest began working out a lot a couple of years ago, and as a birthday gift last year, we told him we’d get him a gym membership.  He talked to a few friends about their experiences with nearby gyms.  One guy told him stories about Planet Fitness that had us rolling on the floor laughing in disbelief.

They serve pizza?  Candy?  Flashing lights and alarms go off to shame people for working out “too hard.”  Does this ‘gym’ even want its members to get healthy?!

I’m Really Tired of Hearing How Unloving Christians Are

I’m Really Tired of Hearing How Unloving Christians Are

’m minding my own business last week, when an article comes across my desk instructing me (and all evangelical Christians) how to show love to all of these people we supposedly hate.  The conclusion?  Stop being Christians and agree with everything the world says…then they’ll know you really love them.  (my paraphrase)

The unloving Christians.  The media has been telling us for years that Christians are unfeeling and unloving.  But the evidence doesn’t show that.  It’s a deception and it is not true.

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Scripture Printables for When You Are Overwhelmed

Scripture Printables for When You Are Overwhelmed

Do you ever feel helpless when a friend is struggling?  You’ve hugged, visited, shared a meal, and encouraged.  But you can’t be there every minute.

The ladies class I’m a part of on Wednesday nights has been trying to actively encourage a friend who is in the hospital.  One of the things we decided to do was to flood her room with the truths of God’s word.  I created these Scripture printables.  We each wrote an encouraging note around the edges, to remind her of our love, and hung them all around her room.

Have we disconnected the fruit from the seeds when it comes to a Biblical worldview?

Have we disconnected the fruit from the seeds when it comes to a Biblical worldview?

I heard a story recently about a young man who was out in his father’s watermelon field working, with strict instructions not to eat any of the fruit.  Giving in to temptation, he attempted to hide the evidence by burying the remains off in another part of the field.  He was sure he’d gotten away with it until his father noticed watermelons growing where they didn’t belong.  The evidence was irrefutable.  Undeniable.  Once the fruit appeared, the son could not hide that he had buried the seeds in just that place.

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Sexual Indiscretion

Sexual Indiscretion

It seems like an almost daily occurrence to learn of the sexual indiscretion of some well-known male celebrity. The #MeToo movement has facilitated the unleashing of a flood of accusations. A prominent ancient king named David would undoubtedly be singled out by one Bathsheba for such an accusation. Rather than resigning in disgrace, David did that which few men seem to be doing today: confessing and repenting.

Fact or Fraud: 4 Common Science Textbook Errors

Fact or Fraud: 4 Common Science Textbook Errors

If your child’s textbook taught that bloodletting, heroin, and mercury were effective medical treatments, I imagine you’d take issue with that.  After all, those practices were proven falselong ago.  Well, did you know that science textbooks from elementary school through college continue to print “facts” that were patently proven false (by mainstream science) decades ago.

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An Ode to Scout: Life Lessons from the Love of a Dog

An Ode to Scout: Life Lessons from the Love of a Dog

No one has ever, or will ever, love me as much as my dog.  This is not to demean my husband’s love for me … he totally agrees with this assessment.

Even a word like ‘unconditional’ doesn’t do justice to the complete, every inch of his soul adoration that a dog truly smitten offers.  I’m pretty sure if he could speak, what Scout would say to me is, “My whole life is in you…all I am and do are wrapped up in you…my sun rises and sets on your existence.”

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From Toddlers to Teens: Raising Kids Who Pray

From Toddlers to Teens: Raising Kids Who Pray

When I was in college, I was part of a youth ministry team.  We taught classes, led activities, and were tasked with mentoring the young people in our community.  Part of the training we received in mentoring encouraged us to spend time with the teens outside of class.  Real discipling happens in the day to day.  The “Hey, I’m going to the mall, would you like to join m?” and, “Let’s cook dinner together” moments.

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Printable Truths

Printable Truths

When I was in college, my roommate and I had a giant sign on our closet door that said, “ALL Things”.  And when we needed a little pick-me-up, we would play The Donut Man song and sing along with him, “I can do all things, all things, all things…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13” while marching around our apartment.

I still like to have encouraging words hung up around the house. 

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