A recent message by Dr. Charles Stanley brought to mind the many times the phrase “one another,” or something similar, is used throughout Scripture. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. – John 13:14 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour… Continue reading One Another, One Another, One Another
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5 I once thought that if there was an opportunity to serve at church, and no one else filled that role, I should do it. I quickly… Continue reading Just Be the Best Building Block You Can – Not the Whole House!
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. – Matthew 5:14 In these toilet-paper-hoarding times, we Christians have an opportunity to share a roll. (Depending upon the situation in your community, that may literally be true.) I've been reminding myself, that not only should we… Continue reading Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!
Scripture says that those who merely touched Jesus, or even his garments, were healed. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. – Mark 6:56… Continue reading Needy People
Part of what I love about teaching children’s church is the fresh insight I gain as I study the Bible story for the week. As I write, I’ve just taught the story of Achan’s hidden sin in Joshua 7. The Israelites had recently routed the walled city of Jericho. As a whole, they must have… Continue reading No Secret Sins
Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.) Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?
On Palm Sunday, as we do every year, we celebrated the Easter season with our junior church class. I prepared a full-fledged lunch and treats the kids always love, and planned a few games and activities. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him… Continue reading Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!
Because we work in children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, my family and I don’t often hear sermons during that time. On one hand, I enjoy the spiritual health I maintain by studying on my own. Seeing a familiar Bible passage in fresh light, as I often do with the children’s stories I teach, is an… Continue reading Honey for Warriors
Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!
To me, the best thing about my birthday each year is my family’s gifts of time. The gifts themselves are lovely, of course, and as we celebrated my birthday this past weekend, I enjoyed opening every single one. My kids picked out a super cool Star Wars t-shirt for me, with a floral Storm Trooper… Continue reading The Gift of Time