Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old son was currently stuck on “dada” for everything. Even “mama,” which had shown up for a while, had dropped out of the rotation. I gritted my teeth and scrolled down past another friend’s professional family photoshoot in a sunset... Read More
The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude

The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude

Gratitude as a Discipline There are many disciplines in the Christian life. When you start to quantify them you usually get into trouble. Of all the disciplines that can be practiced and demonstrated in the Christian life I believe gratitude is the single most important discipline. Gratitude is the byproduct of something we can’t produce ourselves. Gratitude is something we feel when we have been given what we don’t deserve. Gratitude happens when we experience grace and it happens with... Read More
Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how can we make sure to protect our family time? Establish your family time early in... Read More
How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

Within your community, there are hundreds of organizations and likely thousands of people with a common goal: to reach and to help people. They have this goal in common with your church. This is why the church and the community not only need each other for practical purposes, but are better together for the good of the world. Instead of simply saying, “Let us know how our church can help!” there are many reasons and many ways a church can begin to actively use partnerships to impact the... Read More
Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Can I shoot straight with you? Up until about four years ago, I had no idea what a small group was. When it was explained to me, I thought, Oh, so basically my Sunday School class. The church I grew up in didn’t have small groups or large groups. It didn’t have screens for lyrics and message notes. And it for sure didn’t have a band. My church ran about 50 on a good Sunday. My dad was the head deacon, the adult Sunday School teacher and the maintenance man. My youth leader was a full-time cop... Read More