Year: 2020
The First Noel

The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in...

Kids Experience November 29

Kids Experience November 29

Remember what Jesus has done for us.Today we see that Jesus took an old habit of gratitude—the Passover—and He turned it into a BRAND-NEW habit of gratitude: the Lord’s Supper or communion.  As we eat the bread and drink the juice, we remember what Jesus has done for...

A Temple Without Walls

A Temple Without Walls

In the second chapter of his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul says that believers in Jesus are being built together into a holy temple in which God’s Spirit dwells. It’s a beautiful picture of unity and of believers bound together in peace. However, that...

A Spirit of Thankfulness

For all of us in one way or another, 2020 has been an unexpected year. We can all probably name a handful of things that we wish we could forget about — sickness, unexpected job loss, political turmoil, cancelled plans, confusion, and fear to just name a few.

A Traditional Christmas

Every year when I pull out our personalized Christmas ornament from 2009, I laugh at the hilariously botched spelling. Getting a personalized ornament that represents something about our year is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Traditions bring comfort and belonging.  They help us feel connected to our families and to the past.  

The Final Victory

Jesus is distinct from any other political leader. He is God in the flesh. He is a coming King. He will bring earthly powers into account. He will win the final victory. It’s not unusual these days to hear people ask, “Is this the end times.” Maybe. God tells us what...

Kids Experience November 22

Choose to be grateful for what you have.Today we hear a story from Jesus that show this: God gives freely to everyone. It can be tough for us to be grateful when we look around and see the things other people have. We start to wish we had more ourselves. That’s why we...

Living in the Moment

Here is the thing: we experience the taste of heaven and the presence of Jesus when we live in the moment. Living in the moment is underrated. We often recall the past, relishing in memories or regretting past decisions, and dream of the future of what is to come. In the moment is often hard, so we look for an escape.

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

A friend and I were recently discussing our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I mentioned that in years past, we would typically spend it at home, with an open invite to my husband’s extended family as we usually did for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. “Wow,” she said. “Offering to host both holidays, every year? Isn’t that exhausting?”

Kids Experience November 15

Take the time to thank others.It is not hard to say “thank you, “ is it?  But how often do we forget?  In today’s story, we will hear about 10 people who had a lot to be thankful for but only one actually remembered to say “thank you.” Sometimes it can be hard for us...

A Model Citizen

More than almost anything else, Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God and that it was now available to everyone. He explained that those who trust Him become citizens of that Kingdom. Jesus also compared the Kingdom to a great treasure that someone would sell all they...

Just Like Our Father

I do understand the many ways that our parent-child relationship is a microcosm of the relationship God desires with His children. So many of us find it easy to model ourselves after God’s word when it is right in front of us, but how many of us do it when we don’t feel Him as closely? How many of us give in to following our own selfish desires when His purpose feels distant or isn’t clear?

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

During the teen years, I’ve gotten to watch our daughter and son transform from baby-faced middle-schoolers into one adult and one almost-but-not-quite-adult before my very eyes. Yes, there have been challenges and many tears (on both their part and mine!), but I love seeing the people they have become and are still becoming.