Dec 7, 2015

Advent – The Lighting of the Second Candle: Waiting for Redemption

The Lighting of the Second candle should be completed on or around the Second Sunday of Advent. For an introduction to Advent please see our first post: An Introduction to Advent. For the Lighting of the First candle please see our second post: Waiting for the Shepherd [Re-light the first purple candle.] We Remember the Meaning of

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Dec 2, 2015

Advent – The Lighting of the First Candle: Waiting for the Shepherd

The Lighting of the First candle should be completed on or around the First Sunday of Advent. For an introduction to Advent please see our first post: An Introduction to Advent. We Remember the Meaning of Advent [Note: Someone can read or paraphrase the following. Or you might want to discuss the meaning of Advent

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Dec 1, 2015

Introduction to Advent

Introduction Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Beginning four weeks prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”) For hundreds of years, Christians have used an

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Nov 16, 2015

Hungry, Hungry Thank You’s

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We want to offer you a game to be more intentional with your family’s faith this holiday season. Start with this simple game designed to help younger children articulate giving thanks. This can be done during any mealtime the whole family is present. Gather the family together before sitting

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Nov 2, 2015

11 Ways to Pray With and For Your Spouse

As Christians we believe in the power of prayer. We pray for our illnesses, struggles, and problems. However, we often forget to pray for our spouses. Research has shown that couples who pray together really do stay together yet, we have also learned that around 90% of Christian couples admit that they rarely or never

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Oct 21, 2015

Pumpkin Parable – A Halloween Family Devotional

Every year my wife buys pumpkins to decorate our front porch. Our girls always ask if we can carve the pumpkins but it seems like we never have time. The pumpkins usually get tossed in the trash sometime after Thanksgiving, never realizing their full potential. This year we vowed to actually carve one, as our

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Oct 5, 2015

14 Date Ideas for Married Couples

These days it seems married couples are busier than ever. Juggling careers, children, church activities, individual hobbies and interests, and extended family seem to consume all of our free time. During this season of intentionality we hope that you will find time to date one another again! We don’t want planning a date night to

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Apr 5, 2015

Resurrection Rolls – Celebrate the Resurrection

I’m sure you will share the joy with your children today as you hide and hunt Easter eggs all over the beautiful Tyler landscape, but in addition to engaging in this time honored Easter pastime, why not also remind your children the real meaning of this most-important Christian holiday? Here is a fun way to

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Apr 3, 2015

The Day Death Died – A Good Friday Family Devo

My oldest daughter is excited about missing school on Good Friday. In the car on the way to school she asked. “What is Good Friday?” I took the opportunity to briefly explain the significance of Good Friday and what it means for us as Christians, but I wasn’t satisfied with my short explanation. So I

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Apr 2, 2015

Remembering – Family Communion Devotional

The other day my wife and I were sorting through old family photos. We were mostly flipping though, hardly acknowledging any one photo. Everyone once in a while one or two photos would catch our eye demanding more attention. We would see a picture of our children many years younger, or the emotion of a

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