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How to read the Bible with your kids

By Tyler Gregory Some of you read the title of this post and immediately shook in your boots. You may be thinking, “I don’t even know how to read the Bible myself, much less help my kids understand it.” First of all, if that’s you, you are not alone. Secondly, reading a story in the…

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Less Doing, More Being

By Greg Grimstad How are those New Year’s resolutions going? We’re more than half-way through January—and if you’re like most people, you’ve totally trashed those big goals and resolutions that you set out to accomplish on Jan. 1. I’ve tried these in the past: “This is the year of giving up chocolate,” and then on…

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Stronger Challenge: Character

Character is about who you are as a person, but it’s different than intelligence or skills; it’s more about honesty, morality, purity, and dependability. It reflects who you are in private when nobody’s around and who you are in public when people are watching. Whether you find yourself needing to get stronger in your faith, in your lifestyle, your relationships, or finances, choose one area to focus on throughout this 30-day challenge, and wrap up your week by taking one of these next steps: FAITH: We aren’t perfect, but when we’re living with strong character, our lives will exude the…

Stronger Day 22: 2 Timothy 1:3-14

Would you feel better and have more energy if you had more self-control over food or exercise? How would your marriage be different if you had more self-control with your words? Would you have a larger amount of savings in your bank account if there was more self-control with your spending? When you think about it, stronger self-control leads to better relationships, more financial freedom, and a healthier life altogether. But how do you get that kind of self-control? Teaching Pastor Jason Strand says, “What if you made a decision in advance to read God’s Word for at least 15…

Stronger Day 21: Luke 11:1-13

What’s the deepest desire of your heart? Is it a career you’ve searched for, prayed about, and applied for? Is it finally having a baby after all these years of trying? Is it meeting the right person that you can settle down with? Or is it a day to spend together with your family that seems to live all over the map? Whatever it is that keeps you awake at night, that fills every daydream, that you record in every line of your journal, and at the end of the day, in the darkest of the night, causes you to…

Stronger Day 20: Psalm 141:1-4

In this past weekend’s message, “Stronger Communication,” Senior Pastor Bob Merritt described Michelangelo’s painting, and, particularly, how the hand of God extends toward Adam with such vigor. Every muscle taut and a gaze fixed on him, God twists his whole body to move as close to Adam as possible. The message in this painting—and in the Bible—is God’s desire to be in a close, loving relationship with every human being. No matter how many times he’s been ignored, God will keep his hand outstretched in hopes that someone will take hold of it. No matter how many times he’s been ignored, God…

Stronger Day 19: Matthew 6:5-13

When we think of prayer, we often picture that perfect pastor who went through years of training in order to bellow out a long, eloquent prayer from the platform of a holy sanctuary. Or we think about that perfect Christian in our lives that seems to say the right thing at the right time with words we’ve never heard of and emotion we’ve only seen in plays and movies. It’s made prayer seem lofty and out-of-reach for us normal people. If that’s you, then read these words spoken by Jesus himself on the subject, because never has prayer been so…