God calls the family to play a vital role in discipling the next generation. How this is accomplished varies from family to family and is as unique as the DNA of each home. Family discipleship isn’t one-size-fits-all, and it isn’t easy—even the most intentional of Christian parents may find themselves at a loss as to how to begin.
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Church family, last year’s Covenant Membership Renewal process revealed an area where we need to grow in the Lord and love you more faithfully. As a church staff, we need to humble ourselves before you and repent for our collective lack of response and follow-up. Historically, we have garnered and earned a reputation for lackluster response to emails and phone calls and for not following ...
Every church has a mission. In fact, every church has the same mission.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are close cousins but have a fundamental difference: depth. And depth defines the experience. Snorkelers enjoy the views as they skim the surface of the water. The colors and sea-life are visible but at a distance. The surface seems safe and natural.
The old adage “actions speak louder than words” rings true, but it doesn’t tell the whole truth. Words matter. In fact, words carry the profound power to build up or destroy. As kids we espoused that sticks and stones were the only things that could hurt us and words could never penetrate the force field of our heart. But all of life tells a different story.
I have an uncanny ability to make life about me. This is not something I have to work hard at. Selfishness comes naturally. And holidays are no different. They are usually planned excuses for me to continue this trend – a day set aside for me. Sure, I may give some passing platitudes about this or that, but I rarely press in to do the hard work of remembrance. I drift toward lazy thinking ...
In the 1920s there was a considerable amount of labor unrest in the United States following WWI. The workload production of the nation softened as the demands for wartime goods declined. The cost for food and clothing skyrocketed, and patriotic motivations for labor waned. It was in this climate of unrest that the term “company man” was coined.
A call to prayer is a declaration of dependence. A call to prayer is an invitation to intimacy. A call to prayer is a corporate response to grace. The Lord has proven Himself faithful to His people, both biblically and historically, when they have humbled themselves before Him in prayer. This has been our testimony at The Village.