The Christmas Story Retold By Children

The Christmas Story Retold By Children

Rediscover the Christmas story from Luke 1 and 2 with this telling through the eyes of children. Joseph shepherds Mary through the backwoods in a red wagon, an angel sweeps in on a tire swing and wise men celebrate with sparklers. Kids and parents alike will connect with the beauty and mystery of the first Christmas in this four-minute video. ©2014 The reThink Group, Inc. All rights... Read More
When I Stopped Getting Christmas Presents

When I Stopped Getting Christmas Presents

by Gina Abbas I love gifts and I love Christmas. But there came a time when I stopped getting presents from my youth group kids. It was our last small group gathering before Christmas break. Complete with Christmas trees lining the student room stage, hot chocolate being served in the student cafe, and Christmas carols blasting from our Spotify playlist. A ton more sugar was about to be dispensed as I dismissed students from large group to small group Christmas parties. Several of my dearly... Read More
The One Thing That Shapes How You Treat Families

The One Thing That Shapes How You Treat Families

If you want to build an everyday faith in the lives of the next generation, you have to begin to see families in a different way. This is never more clear than in Deuteronomy 6: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when... Read More
A Community-Wide Welcome

A Community-Wide Welcome

Imagine walking into a building you’ve never been in before. You’re not sure you even want to be there in the first place, but you hesitantly decide to check it out. You look around and are confused and not sure what to think. Immediately, you notice there are people talking to each other and they seem busy in their own conversations. Nobody helps you find your way or even acknowledges that you are there. People seem to be talking a different language, and even looking at you strangely, maybe... Read More
“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

by Joe McAlpine It is 5 p.m. on a Friday night in December. The kids have finally decompressed from a long week at school and the fallout from the backpack emptying ritual has finally settled—I still don’t know why the school needs to send so much paperwork home. I am walking through the door after planning for the upcoming weekend services. My wife is fried from laundry, cooking, cleaning and all the other household duties that seem to never stop. We are finally ready to just kick back and be... Read More