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Blog Archives: August 2016

Financial Peace

August 30, 2016
Michelle Morton
Buy now and pay later!  0% interest!  0% down! Low monthly payments!  On Sale! We’re bombarded with money messages like these every day.  But just because we see these messages all the time, doesn’t mean that they are good for us.  Advertisers want us to spend more than we make and do it right now.  It’s not cool to save up for a large purchase and wait to buy it, right? My favorite podcast is Chris Brown’s True Stewardship.  His definition of stewardship is:  Handling God’s blessings God’s way for God’s glory.  Go back and read that ...

Word of the Week

August 30, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Mystery In the middle of a sermon series on the greatness and goodness of God, I want to think about a mystery. God is great, God is good, and the world seems a complete mess. I believe all three of those assertions. With all I am!  I am refreshed by considering God’s greatness and goodness. I find myself lamenting the condition of things, my own heart being a part of that lament sometimes. I know of two deaths of men younger than I that families in our church are mourning. There are less dramatic examples of the mess I ...

Parenting Adult Children

August 24, 2016
Don Ward
Think about this concept: parenting adult children. That sounds off, doesn’t it? As an adult don’t you want to tell your parents to stop trying to parent you? What about this whole “leave and cleave” thing, Mom and Dad? As my eighth great science teacher would say, “TCYOB”- take care of your own business. And yet, those of us with adult children find ourselves today in some confusing situations. We see them making decisions which are unwise or worse. Sometimes they are moving back home and that creates tension. They are too old for us to ...

Word of the Week

August 24, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Kickoff Kickoff!  Ah, that great time of the year for us football fans.  It’s kickoff around here as well.  This Sunday we are back to worship at 8:30 and 10:45, with Foundations classes for all ages at 9:35 AM (five minutes earlier than before).  It’s always exciting to be back together after vacations are over, and school has started for so many. What better way to kick off than with a tailgate party?  Foundations time will be an open house this week where all ages will share some food and good conversation.  The ...

Parenting By Faith

August 19, 2016
Tag Tuck
Here is a truth about our children that is meant to be comforting: Your children belong to Him before they belong to you. Treat them accordingly. You are His before you belong to your children. Live accordingly. Here is an observation about parenting from Scripture that may also be comforting: In the kings of Israel and Judah we see patterns. 1) a bad king begets a bad king (Jeroboam begets Nadab) 2) a good king begets a good king (Asa begets Jehoshaphat) These first two patterns make sense to us, but probably aren’t c ...

Word of the Week

August 17, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Eight Side note: Lately, the worship center has been uncomfortably hot on Sundays.  There is a malfunction in the system we discovered today, so we hope to return to more comfortable temperatures indoors. There is a lot working against cool temperatures on these hot days, but only having 2/3 of the system working is always a problem Eight:  That is the magic number for a full roster of children’s ministry workers.  We have a bunch, but with transfers and people changing volunteer slots (some had three jobs already!), we ...

Parenting by Grace

August 10, 2016
Don Ward
Parenting by grace is Christian parenting.  Parenting in a way that matches the gospel we believe is the way a disciple parents their children.  Offer only as much mercy to your children as you’ve received in Christ.  Love them only with the amount of affection you’ve received.  Of course, you have been richly blessed with mercy, and overwhelmed with the love of Christ. It seems to me that my biggest mistakes as a parent came from the fact that I was a legalist when it came to parenting.  I made my girls toe the line, and disciplined them ...

Word of the Week

August 10, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: Repent We don’t use the word “repent” very much. Of course we do at church, but it is one of those church words we pull out on Sunday - like this past Sunday. It’s not likely that the word “repent” will get pulled out at dinner at many households, or dusted off for the next social occasion. I realize I forgot to check and see if we really know what the word even means. I think the men who wrote the Westminster Confession of faith got it right: WSC 87 Q. What is repentance unto life? A. Repentance unto life is a ...

Parenting in Joy

August 03, 2016
Tag Tuck
“All parenting is based on sheer terror.” This has been my maxim about being a Dad for a few years now. I usually say it tongue in cheek. Parenting books, videos, and curricula sell like hotcakes. Why? Because what I said is true. All parenting is based on sheer terror, and fear sells. Buy my book, or else you won’t have the secret knowledge to parent. Buy our video or you won’t have the skill to help your child. Send your child (and your money) to our college in order to have the best child. Sometimes I have to look at such things for ...

Word of the Week

August 02, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: Finish The finish line is the most important part of the race.  This morning a man told me the story of how as a boy he was in a race at a special event.  He won the event, hands down.  Except, he didn’t finish properly.  He came up on the finish line, and didn’t know he was supposed to break through the string.  He stopped right there, and another child raced on through the string for first prize.  Finishing well matters! Yesterday I went to a funeral of a man I’ve known at some level for all 19 years I’ve been in ...