This season of life stinks. There is no way around the fact that COVID-19, self-quarantine, and social distancing have taken an emotional and mental toll on all of us. This is not how any of us wanted to spend our spring and summer, but we don’t get to choose the circumstances life puts in front of us. We do, however, get to choose how we respond.

When things don’t go the way we want, the natural human instinct is to respond with selfishness and pride. We complain that government officials did not make the decisions we would have made. We…


For many of us, when we tell the story of our lives, our moms will play a central role in that narrative. So often, they show us what it looks like to be kind and compassionate to the people around us. They sacrifice their time and energy to take care of everyone else. Their love is often the glue that holds families together and the guiding hand that keeps all of us out of trouble (mostly). This means Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to show our moms how much they really mean to us. …


It’s amazing how many blessings we take for granted on a daily basis. We are so accustomed to being able to get food when we are hungry, go for walks on sunny days, and spend time with our family when we are lonely. These are activities that are so familiar that we don’t every remember to say thank you.

This is a natural part of human life and something we see most clearly in children. A child who gets ice cream once a year, will be so excited and grateful when they are served their annual sundae. A child who…


On Sunday, we talked about life slowing down during this time of social-distancing and self-quarantining. If you are no longer commuting to work, you have extra time. If your kid’s ball games have been cancelled, you have some extra time. If you aren’t heading out to the senior center or volunteering at the library anymore, you have some extra time. This virus has given us all some extra time, let us use it wisely.

It looks like we have a few more weeks (at least) of living life at this slower pace, so how we can use this extra space…


As we walked through the Easter story over the past few weeks, I have been wrestling with the ideas of hope and joy in the midst of darkness. As difficult as the journey through the coronavirus pandemic has been for a lot of people, it has, in some ways, enhanced my appreciation for the Lenten season and the hope of Easter. Lent is supposed to do for Easter what Advent does for Christmas; it prepares our hearts to celebrate by instilling in us a longing for Christ. Most years, people give up red meat or chocolate for Lent, and the…


Easter is going to feel different this year. There will be no big Egg Hunts, no gatherings on Good Friday, no early morning sunrise celebrations, and no filled churches on Easter Sunday. The truth of Easter, however, has not changed. The tomb is still empty, hope has still won, and we still celebrate. What might that celebration look like for you? Here are three suggestions for ways you can rejoice in the empty tomb this weekend.

Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection rolls are a simple and delicious treat that allows you to focus on the ultimate meaning of Easter Sunday. Filled with cinnamon, sugar…


It is going to be strange when we celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 12 and we aren’t together singing and praising God. That does not, however, remove the power of the Easter Story and the hope we find there. Here’s a collection of quotes and scripture that allow you to follow Jesus in ‘real time’ along his final steps. May they prepare you each day to focus your thoughts and your heart on the glory of the resurrection.

Palm Sunday — April 5

Scripture Reading — Matthew 21:1–11
Jesus road into Jerusalem riding on the colt of a donkey announcing to everyone watching that He was…


What a month, huh? Church has moved online, programs have been cancelled, and parents everywhere are trying to be parents, teachers, and ministers all at the same time. It’s challenging, chaotic, and exhausting, I know. So I put together a list of three ideas that can serve two purposes. These might help you fill a few of those long hours at home, and also give you some ways to talk about scripture with your kids during our hiatus from Kids4Truth.

1. The Walls of Jericho

Scripture to Read — Joshua 6:1–21; Hebrews 11:30
Joshua and the Israelite people have crossed the Jordan River and are getting…

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