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Making the Most of Sunday School

Making the Most of Sunday School

October 19, 2021

Every Sunday School teacher has had that one Sunday morning where things just went off the rails in the blink of an eye. It can be frustrating when things don’t go the way you imagined. Here are three easy and practical tips that can help you create a fun and fulfilling Sunday School hour for you and your students!

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How to Make Children’s Church Great

How to Make Children’s Church Great

October 05, 2021

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The Power (and Problem) of Priorities

The Power (and Problem) of Priorities

September 21, 2021

I don’t know if we will ever truly know the reason Martha chose dishes over sitting with Jesus. But I do think we all have had Martha moments when we are blinded by things that in the big picture aren’t very significant, only to miss out on beautiful moments with people or with God.

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Persevering Faith

September 14, 2021

How did they get through such loss? By continually reminding themselves of God’s promise of a better possession. Their faith was strengthened by the courage and confidence required of them in trials. When we aren’t forced to stand strong publicly for the faith, it’s actually easier to fall away.

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God Is Always Working

God Is Always Working

September 08, 2021

It is so easy to miss God's truth in the middle of the battle or despair. We often miss the small moments when God makes himself known because we are so focused on our feelings of doubt or frustration. We overlook the basic goodness and faithfulness he pours out onto us each and every day.

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Daily Devotions

Did You Know About Our Daily Lectionary Devotionals?

August 31, 2021

Did you know we produce daily devotionals that follow the lectionary readings? You can access them for free on the website, in our online community, receive notifications about them in our app (Turn on Daily Lectionary Devotional Notifications in the app settings.), or sign up to receive them in a daily email using the form below!

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implementing Hearts Alive curriculum

4 Steps to Implementing Hearts Alive Curriculum

August 24, 2021 2 Comments

Hearts Alive's goal is to introduce children to God through his Word with a strong overview of the story of salvation and how it ties to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This three-year course of study covers the entire Bible and mirrors the liturgical cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary.

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The Empathy of Jesus

The Empathy of Jesus

August 17, 2021

Though fear binds us to death, Jesus is the key that releases us from those chains. His empathy for our fear and deep understanding of our humanity allow him to take us from the prison of death into loving intimacy with God. Because his empathy is the key to intimacy, God works through Jesus to draw us closer to him.

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Creating a Positive Volunteer Experience

Creating a Positive Volunteer Experience

August 10, 2021

“How do we recruit and hold on to volunteers?” This is a loaded question, and there are all sorts of theories on why volunteers can be hard to come by and even harder to retain. I don’t believe there is a magic formula, as in my experience so much of volunteerism is based on the overall culture of the church.

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Run with Endurance

Run with Endurance

August 03, 2021

Throughout Scripture, we read of our faith journeys being compared to a race. Notice that the passage from Hebrews uses the word, “endurance.” The faith journey is not a sprint; instead, it is an endurance event which means we need to train smart, race smart, and keep our eyes on the finish line.

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Setting Your Children's Ministry Up for Success

Setting Your Children's Ministry Up for Success

July 27, 2021

Nothing is tougher than when you feel you have lost all control over a group of children. You have some kids running around with excessive energy, others crying out that they’re bored or want to go home. It can make for a miserable experience for all. The good news is that 95% of the time the remedy is quite simple! And it is to make sure your lessons are hands-on and developmentally appropriate.

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Drawing Near

Drawing Near

July 20, 2021

What is the preacher of the sermon to the Hebrews exhorting us to do? He is challenging us to worship, pure and simple. The book of Hebrews is an exhortation to a deep, abiding worship of the Living God, in and through Jesus Christ.

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