LifePoint Kids – September 5

LifePoint Kids – September 5

In our first week of September, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:18. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in...

The Weapon of the Word

The Weapon of the Word

I was walking toward the hospital entrance and caught up with Calvin, a radiology tech in the department where I work. I love Calvin. He is an Air Force veteran, a devoted husband and father, a hard worker who always has a smile, and a devout follower of Jesus. As we passed through the doors, I said to him kiddingly, referring to the signage, “Did you leave your weapon at home today?” His reply made me literally stop dead in my tracks. He replied, “I bring my weapon every day. It’s the Word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword. I’m ready for battle every day.”

The Weapon of the Word

The Weapon of the Word

I was walking toward the hospital entrance and caught up with Calvin, a radiology tech in the department where I work. I love Calvin. He is an Air Force veteran, a devoted husband and father, a hard worker who always has a smile, and a devout follower of Jesus. As we passed through the doors, I said to him kiddingly, referring to the signage, “Did you leave your weapon at home today?” His reply made me literally stop dead in my tracks. He replied, “I bring my weapon every day. It’s the Word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword. I’m ready for battle every day.”

We Are Family

We Are Family

Many people say that kids and students are the church of tomorrow but that statement could not be further from the truth. They are the church of today. There is so much hope and promise in the younger generation.

Contagious Joy

Contagious Joy

After Mimi read our morning devotion about “A cheerful heart [being] good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22), we drove off, singing along with Shine FM. At the beach, we dropped our bags on the sand and pranced to the water’s edge.

“Let’s dive right in,” I said, grinning and pointing excitedly at the white caps.

We plunged into God’s amazing ocean, challenging each other to list Bible stories with water in them. I pretended to “lap from cupped hands” like Gideon’s army (Judges 7:6). And I walked on water like Peter—more accurately the part when he started to sink (Matthew 14:29-30).

Contagious Joy

Contagious Joy

After Mimi read our morning devotion about “A cheerful heart [being] good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22), we drove off, singing along with Shine FM. At the beach, we dropped our bags on the sand and pranced to the water’s edge.

“Let’s dive right in,” I said, grinning and pointing excitedly at the white caps.

We plunged into God’s amazing ocean, challenging each other to list Bible stories with water in them. I pretended to “lap from cupped hands” like Gideon’s army (Judges 7:6). And I walked on water like Peter—more accurately the part when he started to sink (Matthew 14:29-30).

All day we frolicked in the surf, squealing as the waves swelled and crested, laughing when we washed up to shore. Full of energy and joy, we jumped, bobbed, flailed, and shrieked.

An Everyday Lesson

An Everyday Lesson

Within minutes of arriving in Iceland, I felt like I was on another planet. I was overwhelmed by sights that I couldn’t quite comprehend were real. Bits of ice from a glacier washed ashore the black sand. A small remote church on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The Vestrahorn mountain aglow in late evening light. A field of lupines overlooking the Skógafoss waterfall.
Each morning, my friend and I would pull over on the side of the road and spend time with the Lord. And within the first few days of adventuring, God so clearly told me “It’s time to slow down. My people are more important than checking things off your list.” God made it clear that I needed to view opportunities share His love the same way I had been viewing the spellbinding scenery.

Starting the Race: The Mission of Carry 117 for Korah, Ethiopia

Starting the Race: The Mission of Carry 117 for Korah, Ethiopia

Carry 117 founder Berhanu states that he’s learned: “You think you need money. You think you need wealth. You think you need platforms. You think you need the educational background to make a difference. But you just need to have the right heart. If you have that, you can do anything. Be the person who starts the relay race, or jumps into a race that’s already being run… Don’t just sit in the stands and watch.”

For Nicole, the race is already running. The wheels are in motion and there are great ways to get off the stands and be a part of Carry 117. It might look like wearing a Carry 117 t-shirt. It may look like purchasing a product or hosting a house party. It may look like sharing the organization’s mission with friends when they ask about the new bracelet on your wrist.

Very Best Summer – Week 3

Very Best Summer – Week 3

Week THREE of our VBS at LPC! Today we are reminded that we are forgiven! Our bottom line is: I can have confidence because I am forgiven. We know that even if we mess up, we can always talk to God about it.

Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing God’s Voice

If we said we had a personal relationship with another person, we’d all assume, at the very least, some degree of regular, back-and-forth conversation. So how does a “personal relationship with God” work? We talk to God through prayer, but how does God talk back to us?

Never Too Old For A Timeout

Never Too Old For A Timeout

As a parent, I often feel the tremendous weight of instilling a moral compass within in my children.
But I am also wired to be busy. My brain is continually racing with things to be done and I am always rushing to keep up. The expectations I have placed upon myself to be the best wife, mom, daughter, employee, and volunteer do not leave space for much down time.
I wondered if I had failed to teach my kids an important lesson: how to enjoy life and find rest in knowing and loving Jesus. Why is this such a hard thing to show our children?

A Masterpiece With A Mighty Namesake

A Masterpiece With A Mighty Namesake

As Believers, we are recognized as something far greater without the grueling years of training and preparation. We are recognized as children of God! We bear the image of the Master and Creator of ALL things, and you are gifted that name. Olympians may be considered the greatest of all time based on how they perform, but your Creator thinks you are the greatest YOU of all time based on what HE did.

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.

Seeing It Through: Youth For Christ Lights Rwanda During a Dark Time

Seeing It Through: Youth For Christ Lights Rwanda During a Dark Time

Most parents of school age children would agree that 2020-2021 was a harrowing year for education. And yet, although it may not have been in the way that we were accustomed to, or the way that we had planned, education continued despite the pandemic. Our children were never denied a chance to learn…at least this is true in the United States. Staff and students at the Kigali Christian School (KCS) in Rwanda had a much different experience.

Quieting the Busy Mind

Quieting the Busy Mind

How do we actively practice restorative rest when our brains never stop? How do we turn ourselves off enough to experience the benefit of doing nothing when there is still so much to be done?

Rest is something that some of us may never master. The important thing is to not let this stop us from trying. I work continually to get better at rest. Here are a few things I have learned along the way that help me quiet my busy mind.

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 activity like prayer, scripture reading, and worship are fulfilling.

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silence

One of my favorite times on vacation are my morning walks. Each morning when I am on vacation I get up before the sun and spend time alone walking. Sometimes I listen to something, sometimes I talk to God, sometimes I contemplate things in my life, but often I just walk in silent prayer enjoying the world around me and listening for whispers from God’s Spirit. I simply walk and take in the wonder of the world God created and try to be present with Him and in the blessing I have to be on holiday.