I was just trying to start a conversation. When I asked the seventh-grader what her interests were, she answered, “Well, I’m not really good at anything.” Further discussion with her convinced me that she reall[...]
This month’s newsletter from the Equipping Church Network has been sent. It is included below. Are you in a church that is growing up? This question does not refer to numeric growth, but to spiritual mat[...]
“I understand.” It’s a two-word sentiment meant to comfort and console, but it often doesn’t. When facing heartbreaking trauma, loss, or a new medical hurdle, the last thing you want to hear is, “I understand.”[...]
There is no greater honor than to serve the Lord in His Church. In Ephesians 1:10 we learn that the Church is the focal point of the will of God, to bring all things together under Christ. In Ephesians 1:22-23 [...]
During my missionary kid days, silence used to terrify me. If no one was talking, that meant they might not feel connected with, treasured, or heard. I found myself filled with anxiety quite often, trying to ma[...]
“If you don’t like how they treat you, take the time to teach them a different way.” The advice seemed so simple. Despite my disabilities, my parents always tried to make sure I could operate in mainstream cult[...]
“Please tell your story to my daughter,” my friend wrote. “She needs to know there’s hope.” As I read my friend’s request, I was shocked at the bittersweet emotions her plea conjured up within me. I was thankfu[...]
What is it that makes kids want to help in the kitchen? There is something in the human soul that longs to be a part of creating something, of contributing to the community. It takes a lot of patience on the pa[...]
“I love watching you walk by my house every day. You don’t know me, but thanks for being you. You’re a breath of fresh air. Something is different about you.” The complete stranger who spoke those words had cau[...]
My friend made it clear she felt as if I was her only way out. As she explained her problem, my heart ached as she told me I was her only friend, and the only one who could rescue her from her situation. It wou[...]
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