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    Friday Favorites

    Here are my a few of my favorite things from this week. Blog Post: “How to Be Awesome” by Jeremy Mavis. This is cool graffic about goals for a small group leader if they want to be “awesome” and have an awesome impact on a kid this year. Of course Jeremy didn’t know that I am already awesome so the post was kinda irrelevant. Blog Post: “Sex and Your Kids” . This is a great new ebook about how to talk to your kids about SEX. Right now it is free, but I would grab it quickly as there is no telling how long it will stay that way. Blog Post: “Be Still and…

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    Honesty is Not ALWAYS the Best Policy

    In yesterday’s post  I talked about Jesus instructions in Matthew 18 on how we should handle conflict with a brother. Well, today I’m going to tell you when it might be OK to ignore this… sort of. A few weeks ago a person I know posted something hurtful on my wife’s Facebook wall. I don’t think this person intended to hurt her, but it still hurt. So, I confronted this person. After all Jesus said I should “go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.” And that’s exactly what I did. Well, it was a disaster. As a result of this many people that we care about…

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    If a Brother Offends You

    “Honesty is the Best Policy” Benjamin Franklin is credited with haven spoken these words. However, I think that the concept goes back a few years earlier than this. In Matthew 18:15-17 Jesus instructs us on how to handle a brother that sins against you. Jesus tells us that if a brother offends us that we should go to him and “show him his fault, just between the two of you.” This type of response is very rare in our society. This is not shocking because in our pride filled, self centered society such a response would be difficult, even impossible, for most people to manage. What is shocking, however, is…

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    Shiny Plastic People, Part 2

    In yestarday’s post I talked about how people in the church tend to smile when they are at church. Often times this leads outsiders to say that Christians are fake and that we pretend that we don’t have any problems when we go to church. At the end of that post I asked how visitors to our churches could find out that we really do have pain and that we are willing to share it. I then promised to give that answer here. So, here is the answer: Small Groups Ok, I know that this may be a little to simple, but it is true. People in the church do…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry

    What is Family Ministry? Guest post by Mark Harris

     First, my name is Mark Harris and I have been a Children’s Pastor / Family Ministry Pastor for over 15 years. I’ve served in small churches and big churches inVancouverCanada,WisconsinandWashingtonState. I have been married to Cheryl for 12 years and we have 3 beautiful children:Preston, age 7, Jamisen, age 5 and, Karissa, almost 4 years old. Second, thank you to Matt for organizing this Family Ministry tour. (you can check out all the posts HERE… Matt) Now, back to the question: What is Family Ministry all about?  I would argue that Family Ministry is all about Curriculum!! Now, before you agree or disagree, let me tell you a story because…