Parenting

Growing the Faith of Your Preschooler

He puts on his Superman cape, stands on the coffee table, jumps into the air and yells, “Superman to the rescue!” He flies in the air then slumps on the floor. Getting up, he dares to save the world all over again.  Later that evening, all tucked in bed, you hear him squeal, “Mommy, Mommy, read David and Goliath again!” With excitement, energy, and anticipation, our son just knew that he could be David one

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Parenting

The First Step in Making Kids Disciples of Jesus

When I was a young mom, I was also a new growing Christian. I did not have a lot of Bible knowledge. I had not been to seminary. The only college education I had by that point was two years of Accounting. I was ill-equipped to teach anyone the Bible, at least from the world’s standards. Nonetheless, I had a hungry heart to know Jesus, to understand his word, and to teach it to my

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Closer to Jesus

In What Way do Miracles Depend on You?

“Where are we going to get the money to pay for this? How are we supposed to make this happen? Is this even possible?” Have you found yourself ever asking questions like these or others like them? Are you facing an impossible situation, right now? In each question, you can hear the sense of doubt. You also hear self-sufficiency; a mindset that speaks, “I’m the only one in which this situation depends.” I believe God

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Parenting

She Asked, “Why Am I Sad Every.Day.of.My.Life?

As clear as today, I remember a young teenage girl that I coached many years ago. She was struggling with family issues: her father was a drunk, her mother stressed and depressed, eating disorders plagued her, all resulting in a severe case of depression. As if these weren’t difficult enough, her biggest challenge was ‘why’ God would not heal her from her constant sadness. She had a hard time understanding why she had to be

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Closer to Jesus Missions

What this Pastor Shared was Incredible!

We were talking with one of the Pastors of the churches in the country where we were on mission, and he shared with us what it was like to be a part of the underground church in Iran. They would meet in different places, and their focus in the meeting was four-fold: read the word, pray, worship, and evangelize. Their gathering was simple, but so powerful. Their planning was even more amazing. Not being able

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