LifePoint Kids – November 21

LifePoint Kids – November 21

In week three, we head to Exodus 16:2-21, 17:1-7 with a look at how God’s people responded while they were traveling through the wilderness. God had rescued them from slavery in Egypt, yet when they found themselves in uncomfortable situations, they complained that...

A Safe Place

A Safe Place

Four years old. Convinced she didn’t want to wear that sweater and not yet developed the skills needed to process the big emotions she was having over it. She was bringing me those big emotions so that we could handle them together. That’s what a parent does. They serve as the safe place to bring the things we can’t yet handle alone.

So if God is our Father, wouldn’t that also make Him our safe place? Doesn’t He want us to take our pain to Him?

LifePoint Kids – November 14

LifePoint Kids – November 14

In week two, we turn to 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27, where we discover what happens when King Ahab finds a plot of land he wants more than anything. There’s a problem: Naboth owns the land, and this land has been in his family for generations. King Ahab and his wife, Queen...

Words To Live By

Words To Live By

Growing up, the front of our refrigerator was covered with scripture, prayer lists, photos, poems, quotes, and music lyrics. Unbeknownst to me, as I haphazardly grabbed the juice, I was committing these powerful words to memory. I can STILL recite the poem, “The Test of the Heart,” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. “The test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with the years, the smile that is worth all the praises of the earth is the smile that shines through tears…”

When Mental Health Impacts Your Marriage

When Mental Health Impacts Your Marriage

In this installment of our Well With My Soul series, mental health professionals that are connected to LifePoint will be sharing truths about mental wellness. This week, Carolyn Hunsicker speaks to the role that mental health can play in our relationship with our significant other.

Moving Toward Maturity

Moving Toward Maturity

Through Jesus all things are reconciled to God. That doesn’t mean that all will be saved but that all are now savable. A believer who continually pursues Christ will grow and move toward maturity in Him.

LifePoint Kids – November 7

LifePoint Kids – November 7

In our first week, we start in Philippians 4:11b-13. In this letter, Paul is writing to the church at Philippi to help them understand more about what it means to follow Jesus. Paul shares how they can be content and even have joy regardless of their situation in...

Fully Convinced

Fully Convinced

When I moved to a new state two years ago, I started a special prayer journal. I write down specific prayers and mark them with the date of when I start praying for them. Just recently I went back through my journal and saw a prayer I wrote during the first week of March 2020.

Facing Mental Health Within the Family

Facing Mental Health Within the Family

In this installment of our Well With My Soul series, mental health professionals that are connected to LifePoint will be sharing truths about mental wellness. This week, Cheryl Durgin shares wisdom regarding how to address mental wellness with our children and within our families.

LifePoint Kids – October 31

LifePoint Kids – October 31

We can use our gifts together to make a greater difference.In our final week, we head to something Paul wrote to the church in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. God’s Spirit gives each of us different gifts and abilities. Rather than feeling jealous of others or wanting a gift...

A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

Gradually, as our move day grew closer, I noticed a shift. I started to think less about what I would be leaving and more about the adventures we’d experience in sunny, SoCal. By the time we were saying our farewells and loading up our belongings, I was eager and ready to go. In just a few short months, my heart had experienced a complete turnaround.

Tomorrow, Today

Tomorrow, Today

Every day we all work to control our many appetites. In fact, one could argue that our daily activities as humans is predominately about managing our appetites. Our ambition, drive, and desires all determine our daily decisions for work, rest and play.

LifePoint Kids – October 24

LifePoint Kids – October 24

You can make a difference right now.Next, we head to something Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12. Timothy was a gifted young leader who Paul mentored. Paul wrote to Timothy and reminded him to stay faithful to the task God gave him. Even though Timothy was...

Our Very Present Help

Our Very Present Help

While Maryland doesn’t see much snowfall in November, I remember one early November storm back in the 1980s. I was a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, I had seen many a snowstorm and driven in snow and ice. Some of my fellow students, however, had never seen snow before.

One fellow in particular had a hard time. The county had not yet plowed the main road, and he got stuck in the right lane with cars behind him. He responded by pushing the gas pedal to the floor. The speedometer must have read 60 but he wasn’t going anywhere.

To the Church Called LifePoint

To the Church Called LifePoint

It’s one thing for you to evaluate your own spiritual progress. It’s another thing altogether to have Jesus give His critique of how you’re doing. Sometimes the truth hurts. If Jesus were to write a letter to you about what He thinks of your devotion to Him, what would He say?

LifePoint Kids – October 17

LifePoint Kids – October 17

Use your gifts to help others.In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing...

Entertaining Angels

Entertaining Angels

When I was a child, my mother would collect coins wherever she could find them – between couch cushions or on the sidewalk. We didn’t have a lot of money, but she would always keep an eye out for “spare” change. When she had collected enough, she would take me and my sisters to the store to buy us a candy bar or some other small treat.

LifePoint Kids – October 10

LifePoint Kids – October 10

Knowing Jesus changes how you see yourself.In week two, we turn to Matthew 9:9-13 and discover an essential moment from Matthew’s life. As a tax collector, Matthew would have been shunned by Jews and Romans alike. He was seen as a traitor to the Jews. Matthew must...

The Abundant Church

The Abundant Church

Despite our romanticism about the early church, they had their fair share of problems – favoritism, theological arguments, and divisions (to name a few). Yet…

Hidden in the Heart

Hidden in the Heart

Some claim that we remember only ten to twenty percent of what we read or hear. Others debate that estimate, saying it isn’t that simple. Numerous variables need to be considered, and recall can be much higher. Ask me to recite even a small portion of what I read and heard this past week, and I’ll stand by the estimate.

As a child, I frustrated my mother by waiting until Saturday night to remember I had several verses to memorize for Sunday school the following morning. Now, Mom and I recite Scripture together daily. The “Helper” Jesus spoke of gives Mom high recall even though she suffers from dementia.

LifePoint Kids – October 3

LifePoint Kids – October 3

In our first week of  October, we start at the beginning—literally. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate...

Who are you?

Who are you?

A believer’s identity is in Christ. In Him we find true life, meaning, and purpose. Yet, it is common for believers to take their eyes off of Jesus and begin substituting other things in His place.

Suffering with Joy

Suffering with Joy

My cancer journey took me to some extreme lows. I remember sitting on my back porch surrounded by the beauty that is my 8 1/2-acre property complete with a pool, hot tub and fire pit, wallowing in fear and suffering. Even though His blessings were all around me, my human nature was focused only on what I felt.

Count Me In

Count Me In

It shouldn’t surprise us that through the centuries, superstitions arise and thrive even among well-meaning church people. Most of these superstitions are based on a desire for a kind of good luck charm in a life filled with uncertainty and hardship.

LifePoint Kids – September 26

LifePoint Kids – September 26

Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15-16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! They celebrated what God had done for them, not only during those 52 days...