• ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Parenting and Family Life,  Pastoral Leadership

    Helping Kids Through Times of Tragedy

    I don’t normally do two posts on the same day, but I didn’t want this one to wait till tomorrow. In light of recent events there has been some talk online about how we talk to children about tragedy. I won’t claim to have all the answers, but I will offer my thoughts. I hope you find them helpful. Be Available: One of the major take aways for me from the 2013 Orange Conference was the value of being available to kids. Sometimes just being there is more valuable than anything we might say or do. When I say be available I mean COMPLETELY available. This means setting aside all the…

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    How Could God Let This Happen?

    It seems whenever something bad happens the question comes up, “How can a loving God allow this to happen.” This question can be a good thing, leading to a healthy exploration of ones faith. This can lead to a deeper faith and a greater love and relationship with God. Or, this can be a bad thing that leads us down a path to bitterness, anger and hatred of God. Recent tornadoes have killed a great many people. Let me come right out and say that I don’t know why God allowed some to be killed while sparing others. I don’t know why God allowed small children, mothers, fathers, brothers and…

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    Setting Goals For Jesus – Jesus

    All week I have been looking at Luke 5:17-26. Each day I have looked at a differs people involved in this story. You can use the links at the bottom of this post to access all of the posts in this series. Today I want to look at Jesus himself. In this passage we find Jesus teaching in a house. Imagine how this must have gone down from his perspective. Right in the middle of his message debris starts falling from the ceiling. As the falling debris grows heavier the suddenly develops a hole in the roof. Shortly after a man is lowered down right in front of Jesus, WHILE HE…

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    Setting Goals For Jesus – The Other People

    This week we have been looking at Luke 5:17-26. Monday we looked at an overview of the passage. Tuesday we looked at the paralytic. Yesterday we looked at the four men that helped him. Today I want to look at some of the other people that were present when this was going on. The Scribes and Pharisees. These were the “church people” of the day. Not just that, but they were the leaders of the Jewish church. Yet when they witnessed the miraculous healing of this man they did not celebrate. They had no joy for the new life that this man had been given. Instead the complained about HOW Jesus…

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    Setting Goals for Jesus – The Four Men

    This week I have been sharing thoughts I had while studying Luke 5:17-26. In this passage four men help a paralyzed man get to Jesus so he could be healed.  You can read the first post HERE. Yesterday I looked at the paralyzed man. Today I want to look at the four man that helped him. In my mind the paralytic represents the lost people around us and the four men represent The Church. With that in mind let’s look at these men and what they can teach us about BEING the church. They recognized the man’s need. These men looked at this man and saw that he needed to be healed. Do…