Year: 2021
As God Has Loved Us: Preparing Arab Leaders for Ministry

As God Has Loved Us: Preparing Arab Leaders for Ministry

As God Has Loved Us: Preparing Arab Leaders for Ministry“I want to be God’s love to those around me.” If you are surprised to learn that these beautiful words were spoken by a Muslim woman from the Arabic Peninsula named Amina*, you aren’t alone. Much of the Arab...

Never Too Old For A Timeout

Never Too Old For A Timeout

Never Too Old For A Time Out This past January, my college sophomore, who was home on winter break, came to me and said she felt guilty because she was watching a show on television instead of working. If you know me, you can understand why this experience hit me...

Very Best Summer – Week 2

Very Best Summer – Week 2

Week TWO of our VBS! Today we are discovering a BIG reason why we can have confidence. Our bottom line is: I can have confidence because I belong. We know that’s true because we can remember the way Jesus chose His first disciples. He didn’t pick people who were...

Caring for One Another

Caring for One Another

God has gifted each of us to contribute to the spiritual well-being of the body of Christ. Being good stewards of our gifts means using them to impact the lives of others. Loving one another, serving one another, accepting one another, and encouraging one another are...

A Masterpiece With A Mighty Namesake

A Masterpiece With A Mighty Namesake

A Masterpiece With A Mighty Namesakeatching the summer Olympics is a family event in our home. We love huddling together on the couch, cheering on the athletes, watching them push themselves to their personal best. As the commentator explains what...

Very Best Summer – Week 1

Very Best Summer – Week 1

This month our K-5 are celebrating the VERY BEST SUMMER (VBS)! Today we discover that we have the BEST reason to have confidence. First and foremost, we can have confidence because Jesus KNOWS us. Jesus knows everything about you and He loves you. The bottom line is:...

Freedom From the Past

Freedom From the Past

Our past marks us. Those experiences go into making us the people we are. But some of those experiences we would rather forget. Guilt, shame, and regret can carve deep gashes in our souls—permanent reminders of another life we would prefer to leave behind. But God...

The Sweetness of Slowing Down

The Sweetness of Slowing Down

The Sweetness of Slowing Downglanced at the clock while beating the eggs. Everything was on schedule for our summer brunch. The oven was pre-heated and dry ingredients sifted. I just needed to add the buttermilk, applesauce, and honey. I would set...

Quieting the Busy Mind

Quieting the Busy Mind

Quieting the Busy Mind So far in this series, the articles have covered why rest is important, what type of rest suits you best, and how to distinguish your worth from the things that rest keeps you from completing. But how do we actively practice restorative rest...

LPKids Experience July 25

LPKids Experience July 25

Our Elementary friends finish the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39. The church in Rome needed some encouragement, and Paul delivered. He wrote, Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done...

The Dark Night

The Dark Night

Following Jesus on the path towards spiritual health sometimes leads us up mountaintops. Here, God's presence is a tangible experience, and activities like prayer, scripture reading, and worship are fulfilling. However, as we continue to follow Jesus, we will...

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silenceost summers we vacation at the beach with my entire family. That’s 23 people in one house. It’s loud, it’s chaotic, it’s unpredictable, it’s fun. I have so many good memories with my wife and my kids and with my family as a whole...

LPKids Experience July 18

LPKids Experience July 18

Our K-5 kids look to Ephesians 6:10-17 and see that as Paul wraps up the end of his letter, he focuses our attention on where we can find confidence. Paul encourages the believers to allow God to make them strong. We don’t have to face life on our own. God offers us...

Branching In

Branching In

Spiritual health is impossible apart from discipleship. We can hardly say that, as Christians, we are spiritually healthy if we are not following the way of Jesus. The question is how do we follow Jesus in a healthy way? It is very easy for discipleship to become...

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth Recently, I found myself sitting across from my boss in a meeting to discuss my goals and projects for the upcoming quarter. “Before we get started, how are you doing?” she asked kindly, looking into my eyes. I hesitated a moment....