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Ministry Updates

Summer's Here!

summer is finally hereSummer is finally here!  With the kids out of school, and schedules more relaxed, have you wondered how you are going to keep them occupied all summer long?

Being a mother and grandmother, Emilie Barnes from "Keep It Simple" knows how quickly boredom can set in, and has some great, fun ideas for you to help keep the kids busy:

  • Plant a flower or vegetable garden
  • Press wildflowers to make art projects, or cards
  • Organize a neighborhood "Olympics" (They can design medals for awards)
  • Check local theaters for discounted or free summer movies
  • Plan a picnic
  • Library day
  • Beach/Lake ...
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How Now Should We Respond?

 

FamilyLife Today Responds to Marriage Ruling"The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote." Huffington Post

 

  • What does it mean?
  • How did this happen?
  • How should we process this loss, and where was God in this defeat?

 

Those were the questions Dennis Rainey presented in a special preemptive "FamilyLife Today" broadcast on Thursday (6/27), following the Court's ruling.  As Dennis further stated, "We may start with anger, but we must move beyond anger and sadness and back to a full confidence in ...

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A Risk of Faith

The elderly missionary woman who returns to the mission field overseas as a widow.

The young married couple heading off to a third world country because they feel called.

The neighbor who walks across the street to share the hope of Christ with a non-believing family facing a heartbreaking tragedy.

All three realities require a "risk of faith" as Anne Graham Lotz refers to it.  Having returned recently from a tour of the Hold Land, Anne shares in her report about one of  the most moving experiences of her time.

While in a boat in the Sea of Galilee, they ...

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How's Your Prayer Life?

how's your prayer life?Do you find that your life is so busy that you don't have time to spend in prayer as you would like?

Elizabeth George from "A Woman after God's Own Heart" understands all the demands that we busy women face, but encourages us that we need to develop our prayer life!  We need that time with God! 

To begin, she says to "Just do it!"  Don't wait for that "perfect" time for prayer.  Just begin talking to God - as you are washing dishes, doing laundry, taking a break at work.

Just come to Him, talk to Him ...

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BreakPoint® Responds to Marriage Rulings

Well, we've seen the news and listened to the talking heads, but what exactly do the Supreme Court's rulings mean for marriage?  In today's BreakPoint® commentary, Eric Metaxas says that while these decisions are disappointing, there is a way forward and offers some "next steps" for listeners:

- Take Heart. Explain to others that the marriage debate is alive and well, especially at the state level.

- Talk to your pastor, and link him to pastoral resources provided at this designated landing page at breakpoint.org.  He'll probably be saying something about the decisions this Sunday.

- Glance over ...

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Richer Than You Think

Earlier this year CNN did a report on America's fascination (or is that obsession?) with playing the lottery.  The article explained that despite the odds of winning (about one in 175.2 million!), people keep playing ... with the hope of retiring early, being rescued from their unhappy life, and paying off mountain of debt. 

My guess is there are also some people that play because they love the idea of being rich.  Admittedly, when the recent lottery was well over $500 million, there was a brief moment when my husband and I pondered that idea. 

But as Christians, we ...

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