Angels & Shepherds & Wisemen, Oh My! A Nativity Crafts Collection

Felt Nativity Ornament

  My kids love to make crafts and do projects. Since we're focusing on the Christmas story this Advent season, I've compiled a list of Nativity crafts for all ages. Each one of these depicts characters or a symbol commonly found in the Christmas story. There's a great variety here, so kids of all sizes can find one that's age or ability appropriate. Scroll through … [Read more...]

Prayer: An Open Invitation To Call Home

Prayer: An invitation to call home.

  We live during unstable times in an unstable world. And that's okay because, as Christians, this world is not our home. Not the place we go for comfort, reassurance or answers. Our home is with Jesus who is preparing a place for us in His Father's house. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Say About Compassion?

The Bible has a lot to say about compassion, and it's more than just a feeling. Notice how action is always the expected response to feeling compassion.

  No matter where we look in the world today, we can find needs begging for attention. The same was true in Jesus' day. Throughout the gospels, we're told that Jesus recognized the needs around Him and "felt compassion." And every time, His compassion caused Him to act. When you notice needs around you, do you feel compassion? Does your compassion compel you … [Read more...]

When Life Hands You Trash

Events happen all the time that make us say, "What am I supposed to do with this junk?" Here are three truths to remember when life hands you trash.

Sometimes life hands you trash. Do you get rid of it as soon as possible or try to make the best of it?   Not long ago, our printer died. We did our best to resurrect it, but . . . we failed. So, late one night we set it at the end of our driveway, hoping one of the trash collectors who scout the neighborhood would be happy to take it away for pieces or recycling … [Read more...]

Why You Should STOP Reading Your Bible!

Do you have trouble recalling what you've read when someone asks about your devotional life? Maybe it's time to stop reading your Bible. Come find out why!

  So, who wants to share something God's been teaching you from His Word this week? Ever sat in a small group and listened to the silence that follows that question? Watch the gazes shift as everyone fumbles through their thoughts wondering, "what have I even read this week?" Or perhaps the confrontation is more personal, directed specifically at you by a friend … [Read more...]