God’s Peace and Serenity

By: Nancy Skaggs
Shepherd’s Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader

 “Rejoice in the Lord always.   I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7

Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.
-Reinhold Niebuhr

I have been privileged to be part of Shepherd’s Celebrate Recovery for over fourteen years.  During that time I’ve memorized Philippians 4:4-7 and the full Serenity Prayer.  They have been very helpful tools in times when it would be easy for me to get anxious and worry.  I’m not saying I’m never anxious or never worry.  Reciting this prayer to myself helps me focus on God and on the things I can control and work on.  Philippians 4:4-7 helps me focus on God and His amazing power to bring peace into my life.  It also helps me remember to rejoice, even when I don’t feel like it.

When I think of “serenity” (the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled) and “peace” (freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility) it seems my blood pressure drops and my focus moves away from what is troubling me onto God and His amazing power.  Looking at what I can and cannot control in my life gives me insight on where to invest my energy.  In the past, before recovery, I thought I was responsible for “fixing” others and having the best answers that others might need.  Now I am aware that I can’t “fix” someone else…they are responsible for their own choices. If they are open to change and getting healthier, I can be there to encourage them.

Learning to trust God and depend on Him has made a tremendous difference in my life.

 

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Why is the Youth Pastor Writing about Worship?

By Jason States, Youth Pastor

You may be asking yourself, “Why is the Youth Pastor writing about worship?” Well, I’d like to write to you as one who loves Jesus first and foremost; not as simply a Youth Pastor. My vocation aside, worship is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. In almost every scenario in a given body of believers, I have seen worship gatherings unite, divide, inspire, frustrate, direct and misdirect believers. When worship is done well, I’ve witnessed those who love Jesus or desire to find him be propelled forward into a genuine hunger to grow, minister and love. When worship is not done well, God’s people quickly find themselves wandering, squabbling and distracted. It would be wonderful to have an immediate scapegoat when we come to a realization that worship is missing the mark, but unfortunately, worship has to be personal before it can ever be corporate. And if it is in fact personal at its core, then none of us have anyone to blame but ourselves. Genuine worshipers who worship in Spirit and in truth, inside the church and outside the church, alone and together… those are far more infectious than worshipers who fight for preference, comfort and attention.

All of that being said, I’d like to write about this personal connection that we make between us and God when we gather together, sing songs, pray and call on the name of our Lord.

This past Sunday, my wife and I taught a student ministries class on the topic of Spiritual Disciplines. The two practices addressed in this week’s Spiritual Disciplines unit were the disciplines of Celebration and Worship. We gently led the class through the discomfort of trying to both define and discuss practical applications for both. The reason why these two items were paired together isn’t because they are so similar. On the contrary, it is because they are drastically different! When we confuse the two or assume one is sufficient without the other, we rob ourselves of the amazing experience God has in store for us.

Celebration (the “praise” aspect of the term “praise & worship”) in the context of a church gathering, is the way in which we recognize what God has done in and around us. In this way we echo the writers of Psalms who say things like…

“I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” – Psalm 13:6

“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:6-7

God is constantly at work all around us. There is no situation in which he is not due praise for the way he orchestrates good things for us designed to guide us to his will and bless us with the many gifts in our lives. This does not of course mean that we always FEEL like celebrating and praising God, because life gets difficult and some challenges seem all-encompassing and completely insurmountable. However, God is at work for our good and has paid the ultimate price of his one and only son just for the POSSIBILITY of a relationship with you and I… PRAISE GOD!

The other practice/discipline that is so consistently confused with the idea of praising God is the practice of worship.

Praise is recognizing God for WHAT HE HAS DONE; worship is recognizing God for WHO HE IS.

One of my most favorite passages in all of Scripture is one that our Lead Pastor referenced in a recent message. It is in the sixth chapter of the book of Isaiah when Isaiah receives his calling from God to become a prophet. I could preach a thousand messages and write a thousand more blogs just on this passage! However, one of the parts of this account that is most vivid and impressing to me is right at the beginning…

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” – Isaiah 6:1-4

Worship is this process by which we actively, knowingly and intentionally place ourselves below God. We see God the way Isaiah saw God – high, exalted, on a throne, his presence filling the place. It should and will overwhelm anyone who truly participates in it. True worship puts God in his rightful place and us in ours as well. True worship is not concerned with ourselves in any way except to lessen and diminish ourselves so that God may increase and reign supreme in our lives. True worship with its focus solely on God will humble the believer and unite all believers who take the same posture. True worship welcomes God to be… GOD! It does not command; it doesn’t petition; nor does it in any way seek to sway God, his will or his attention. True worship lets God be God and us be HIS!

May we as believers praise AND worship our God! May we not squabble over preference, style, comfort or tradition. May we come with grateful hearts to praise and with humble hearts to WORSHIP! And may we join with the angels in shouting “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty”. As our attention shifts away from ourselves and unites us with others, may we shake the very foundations, thresholds and doorposts of this place we temporarily call home; so that God be glorified! WOOT WOOT!

Monday is Coming

by Ashley Kuhn
Children’s Pastor

On Monday some kid will… 

Sleep through an alarm
Lose their homework
Ask for an iPhone
Take a pop quiz
Get invited to a party
Try out for a team
Break up

On Monday some parent will…
Miss the carpool line
Meet a neighbor
Ground a teenager
Forget a permission slip
Start a new job
Read a bed time story
Forget snack for the t-ball team

 

MONDAY is when reality hits.

MONDAY is LOUD.

MONDAY is to-do lists.

Monday is chaos.

MONDAY is when Sunday is tested.

MONDAY is when faith has to work.

So what if ministry isn’t what happens on Sunday, but what happens on MONDAY?

A couple weeks ago, Pastor Rob spoke about the 500,000 people within 20 minutes of our church who have no desire to go to church. They aren’t just going to show up as a visitor on a Sunday. Thankfully we have a God who has a Monday mindset. God is God all week long.  John 5:17, Jesus says “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working.” You know, those 500,000 people don’t need a Sunday Savior, they need an Everyday Emmanuel. Every Monday morning, God could potentially use you to connect these people to a meaningful relationship with Christ. You can be that conduit. You can say “Here I am, send me”… even on a Monday!  Where do you naturally find yourself on Monday? Are you in a PTA meeting? In the grocery store? In a board meeting? Mowing your grass? How can you connect YOUR community (the people around YOU) in a meaningful relationship with Christ?

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Divine Detour

By Teresa Page
Connections Pastor

A few days ago, I had a divine detour.

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I made my list of the things that needed to be accomplished that afternoon, and ordered them so I could get to each destination using the most efficient route. I set out toward my first destination. As I drove down the two-lane highway toward town, I saw emergency vehicle lights ahead. As I got closer, I could see that one fire truck had already blocked one side of the street, and they were stopping all oncoming traffic. I slowed to a stop, and within a minute, a second fire truck pulled up blocking my side of the street, to within inches of my bumper. The situation seemed urgent. They were taking very specific tools and preparing their equipment. It was really inspiring to see them respond, moving quickly, with such focus and professionalism. I could see some cars behind me frustrated that their path was blocked, but for some reason, I felt like I was right where I needed to be. I began praying for the safety of the responders as they flew into their heavy coats and boots, and I noticed that they all had their names on the back of their jackets, so I began praying for them by name. And all of it reminded me of a story.

When Philip headed south, he knew he was headed toward a specific road. But that is all we know, and it might have been all he knew too. But because he was where he could be used, the Holy Spirit encouraged him to “Go over and walk along beside the chariot” of an Ethiopian that was also traveling that road. Once he was in position, he saw an opportunity to be a conduit of the Good News. The story doesn’t actually tell us that running into this man was the ‘main’ reason for Philip’s trip. As soon as he baptized the man, he found himself in Azotus, a city further north near Gaza, where he again took the opportunity to share the Good News there and all the way up the coast. But his divine detour changed the Ethiopian’s life.

We can see in the story that God had been orchestrating many things in this man’s life for this ‘chance meeting’. The Ethiopian had just been to Jerusalem, though he would have had to worship outside the temple as a eunuch. He was examining scripture, and had found words in Isaiah that he could identify with, but was not sure how to apply what he was reading. Philip’s availability took God’s love across national, physical, and racial boundaries.

So even though you may not be asked to go walk on a desert road this week, there is a very good chance that God can use you in a place that will be unique to you. The same Spirit that prompted Philip to pay attention to a man along his path, is the same Spirit in us that can prompt us to pay attention to a person who needs a word of encouragement, an interceding prayer, or help understanding the Good News of Jesus in a way they can receive and embrace.

I don’t know how everything turned out with the fire. I know for me, I had a front row seat so I could see the names on each coat, and pray. Once it was safe, we were all rerouted. I guess Philip never knew how things turned out for the Ethiopian either. I hope you embrace your divine detour this week, and God uses you to be a conduit of his mercies and grace to a hurting world.

Amazed

by Karen Moss
Principal at Shepherd Christian School

We are getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. Mother’s Day is a special day for me. Even though I never had any children of my own, it’s a special day because I had a wonderful mother.

Mother’s Day is also special because it reminds me of how much God loves me. I was in a Bible Study one time several years ago and the leader said, “God loves you more than your mother!” I remember being amazed—that is a lot of love!”

We always think of God as our father and that is true but since my father went to heaven when I was four years old, the truth that God is our father and loves us never really impacted me until I heard those words from the Bible study leader, “God loves you more than your mother”. Even though I knew from a child that God loved me, I never realized how much until I heard it illustrated that way.

Shortly after hearing those words, I was sitting in morning worship behind a young mother. This particular mother had just given birth to a child with a major birth defect. I watched as she was singing and doing the motions to the song “Amazed”, she held her fingers straight out not cupped as I always did when I sang the song. Again, how appropriate—God’s love is without end!

How wide, how deep
How great is Your love for me
How wide, how deep
How great is Your love for me
(Amazed, by Jared Anderson)

Sometimes children say things like this.

“Mrs. Moss, I don’t like you!”  God’s response would be, “I will always love you!”

“Mrs. Moss, I did something and you aren’t going to like me anymore.” God’s response, “There is nothing you can do to make me stop loving you!”

I want to encourage you whether you are a mother, a father, aunt, uncle. . .maybe none of those, to celebrate how much God loves you and be amazed.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

A Good Man That Loves Jesus

By Jason States, Youth Pastor

Parenthood is a tricky thing.  Many of those who would be placed on pedestals by many of us as being exemplary parents are actually some of the parents who carry with them some of the most crushing parental regrets.  Conversely, some who would firmly believe that they’ve knocked it out of the proverbial park as a parent find out out years later, to their dismay, that their children don’t exactly share that sentiment.  Parenthood is rushed into by some and put off far too long by others.  It is most accurately and far too vaguely described in the most cliché of ways as an uphill battle, a moving target, a losing battle, and a both rewarding and character-revealing venture.

My entire adult life up to this point has been devoted to either helping parents and children navigate the delicate waters of this familial relationship as a Youth Pastor or attempting to successfully navigate those waters myself as a father of two sons.  Just as no two children are the same, I’ve found (usually through trial and error) that there are very few generalizations one can draw when it comes to successful parenting.  It is with this at the forefront of my mind that I would like to share with you a little “nugget” of practical parenting I have gleamed from my experience in this arena.  Take it or leave it; it’s been beneficial for me in my relationships with my sons.

Love… safety… integrity… reliability…  These are words that must become obvious and assumed in a Biblical parent/child relationship.  If one has not sought to instill these qualities in his/her relationship with his son or daughter, then the following will be of little use to you.  So it is with those above qualities being assumed that I would like to share with you a phrase that has transformed and elevated the way I raise/train up/discipline/challenge my sons.

“a good man that loves Jesus”

With terror apparent on his face, the child knows he has been caught… red handed and without excuse.  His father instructs him to go to his room and wait.  He obeys without delay.  The father composes himself.  Anger attempts to overwhelm, but the father fights back and calms himself.  With a focus on love, grace, forgiveness and restoration, the father approaches the door to his son’s room to engage in a very familiar conversation. 

Dad: “Look at me son.”
Son: “I’m sorry Dad.  It was just…”
Dad: “I know.  Son, what’s my job?”

Son: With a partial smile hinting in the corner of his mouth, the son answers, “I remember… to make me a good man that loves Jesus.”

A conversation repeated numerous times in the past ensues.  The father addresses the shortcoming of the son in light of the standard set forth.  The son receives correction and the ramifications of his decision as it pertains to the father’s “job”. 

No, not all matters of parent/child discipline go this smoothly.  In a perfect world maybe… but we are far from that.  However, I have found that defining my “job description” as a father has been invaluable in raising and correcting my sons.

When my wife became pregnant with my oldest son, I had a much welcomed but highly stressful life crisis.  How can I, a flawed work in progress, raise another human being?  At that time, God focused me in on this idea of destination as a way of navigating the journey that is parenthood.  What if I’m not being charged to raise a boy, but instead a man-in-training able to responsibly carry the weight of life, marriage, parenthood, career, etc.?  What if I’m not being challenged as a father to react to bad behavior (whether it be mistakes or sin… yes, they are two very different things), but instead I am challenged to consistently put the concept of well-thought out and/or biblically moral behavior in front of my son as a goal for him to pursue?  What if my job as a father is not to carry the entire weight of leading my sons, but instead to encourage them at every opportunity to increase their intimacy with Christ… to put the weight of their life choices on his shoulders so that conviction leads to repentance and greater intimacy… to practice at the youngest of ages being a true disciple of Jesus.

My job as a father is to be a good man that loves Jesus and encourage my sons to come along side me as I walk forward with my eyes on the prize.  When they fall behind me, I reach back and pull them forward as God empowers me to do so.  When they excel and speed ahead, God jabs me in the back and reminds me that I must keep up so they don’t fall back with me.  When my sons can’t hear Jesus, I speak God’s words to them.  When my sons can’t see God at work in their lives, I show them God’s signature all around them.  When my son’s don’t feel presence of the Holy Spirit bringing guidance and conviction, I grab them in my arms and allow them to feel the love and guidance they need.  When my sons ignore God and allow destruction to creep into their lives, I walk with them through the process of confession, repentance, grace and restoration as God has done with me innumerable times over the years.  All of this is done in order to make my boys into good men that love Jesus.

Dad: “Son, what’s my job?”
Son: “To make me a good man that loves Jesus.”

Dreaming Big

by: Rev. David Middendorf
Associate Pastor, Shepherd Church
Chaplain, Full Armor Biker Ministry
Chairman, Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship

When I received my calling to biker ministry at a Dream Big Conference at Grove City Nazarene in 2001, I was employed at a privately held corporation in Burlington, NC that supplied the educational market with teaching materials in the fields of science and math. For a number of years at the company I was in charge of trade show exhibits. I designed the exhibits and traveled to the places where the trade shows were held to set up the exhibit and to represent the company and demonstrate our products to teachers and school administrators. I enjoyed the work and was very happy with my position and responsibilities. That is until the Lord placed a dream in my heart.

That dream was my calling to biker ministry. I worked for a number of years following the calling as I attended classes on-line at Nazarene Bible College. After the Lord placed that calling in my heart I was actively involved in biker ministry when not at work, everything that I had enjoyed so much at work suddenly seemed pointless compared to what I had been called to do. With the calling came a passion for ministry and with that passion came the dreams of what could be accomplished in our community of bikers in the area. I wanted desperately to leave the company and devote all my time to obtaining my degree while actively building the ministry to the bikers in the area. But leaving the company was just not possible due to our debt load.

We realized that if we were going to be true to this calling and realize this dream we had to make some drastic changes. My wife Sharon had just completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. We knew what we had to do and we knew we had the tools to do it. Within two years we were debt free except for our mortgage and I was able to leave the company and devote all my time to school and ministry. The Lord really blessed our efforts and the result over an eleven-year ministry to bikers in the area was nothing short of a dream come true.

In 2005 in Indianapolis Indiana at General Assembly I designed, set-up, and manned along with Sharon and two other bikers from Burlington an exhibit booth for Uncaged Outreach Ministries. At that event instead of speaking to teachers about science and math products, I was able to speak with Nazarene laymen, pastors, and church leaders about the potential for biker ministries in the local church. I remember at one point stepping out of the booth and seeing what I had dreamt of for so long. What a wonderful God who allows us to dream what seems impossible and then guides us to the fulfillment of what I now know was His dream all along.

From that event came the dream of a project to place bikes on the mission field for pastors. Today the Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship has given away 69 motorcycles to pastors around the world. God is still placing dreams in the hearts of His children today.

Do you have a dream? Does God have a dream for you? Don’t just stand there, grab the dream, make it yours, and make it real.

 

Breathe.

by: Logan Stone

“You have your breath. The exhale. The inhale. This life force that gently and quietly and unassumingly surges through you. And each breath you take is the spirit of your Creator.”

You have received breath because you have received life. It is a sacred and holy life. Gratitude is your response to this gift. Each and every day as the sun rises your reaction to this gift is energy… Energy which moves you to do something in the world.

Take a moment, pause from this blog, breathe in and out slowly. Calm yourself, your mind, and begin to remember where you are. Be present in that moment, in that place, focus on each breath you take.

Just breathe.

I have to remind myself to breathe all the time. I’m not always successful either…

Breathing is a common practice we take part in at the beginning of our choir practices at Shepherd Church. I am a classic example of someone coming through the door for practice with a million things on my mind… (and our choir will confirm:).

But we all do this at some point, don’t we?

We are having a hard week, things are crazy and out of control, we have so many things to do with so little time and to top it all off, we are absolutely exhausted. We feel like we are running nonstop and if only we had a day or hour or minute or second when we could bring it all to a halt…

Breathe.

But we have to keep things moving on a schedule. It is easy for us to get behind and we will never catch back up if we do. We have people counting on us. Money that needs to be made, time that needs to be taken advantage of…

Just breathe.

Breathing helps us remember that the Spirit of the Creator is coursing through our veins. Breathing allows us time to listen, to tune our ears to what God may be telling us.

We’re doing all these things, but we aren’t present while we are doing them.

Imagine what it looks like to have a focused, calm, centered life. To have given yourself to a few things and to be fully present and engaged in those few things . . .  And most of all to enjoy them:)

For those of you who can’t take it anymore, who have had enough, who feel like you are drowning, know you are not alone.

But, I have good news for you today…

The God of the Universe has created a life that is intended to be enjoyed, intended to be meaningful, intended to be manageable, intended to be present, passionate…

Intended for you. It’s the life God has created you to live. The good life.

This life begins by doing things with such presence that we are there and nowhere else. God wants us to be present in every situation not only for the sake of others, but also so we can pause, stay calm, take a step back, gain some perspective…

…and just breathe.

Each day is a gift.

Live a focused, calm, passionate, centered, grounded life. Some seasons of life are busier than others and they will always come and go… just like our breath.

What would it look like for you stay engaged in every circumstance you find yourself in? No matter how many things are on your plate, how can you be present in the time and place God has given you?

In choir practice at Shepherd Church (for me just as much as anyone), we pause to remember why we have come. We take a moment to acknowledge that it is because of Christ alone that we sit together each week. That by the grace of God we are given the gift of breath each day…

and we can’t help but sing. 🙂

May you, my brothers and sisters, say yes to the good life. May you not be rushing from one thing to the next, exhausted and distracted, but may you move from this thing to the next with clarity and purpose and may you enjoy every single moment along the way.

Lord,
Thank you for the gift of life each and every day.
Help us to live the life you created us to live, in all its joy, presence and purpose.
Amen.

“24/6”

– Written by Pastor Tim Swanson

I know what you are thinking. There is a mistake in the title of this blog post. We don’t say “24/6”, we say 24/7. I put the title in quotes because it is also the title of a book by Dr. Matthew Sleeth. His book underscores the importance of Sabbath in our lives. The pace of our culture seldom allows for rest, and we often describe this with the 24/7 label. But we know that this is not what God’s plan is for our lives.

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Just as God rested on the seventh day of creation, we too must find times to rest and renew ourselves. God did not wire us to go 24/7 without consequence. Just as we need to get rest each day, we also must set aside a time each week to remember the Sabbath. Exodus 20:8-11 are the verses describing the Sabbath as one of the ten commandments. Go to chapter 20 of Exodus and read through the commandments. You will notice that the one regarding the Sabbath is the longest commandment, and is the only that uses the word “remember”. Why do you think this is the only commandment written this way? What sets this one apart, and why should it matter?

I think it matters because the purpose for a Sabbath goes far beyond a need for rest. The Sabbath underscores our need to set aside a time to truly put our focus on God and what He has done for us. He deserves and asks us to remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy, and to pause our busy lives and give Him praise. I really like the way Sleeth describes this in his book; “God designed us to spend one day a week at the speed of stop.” (24/6, pg. 126). What would your life look like if you spent one a week at the speed of stop? What difference would it make?

I must confess that I don’t always remember to keep the Sabbath the way I should, and it is easier to write about than to practice. But I do know that I can be more productive with six days when I give God the seventh. It is a lesson I learned when I began to tithe. I can do far more with the 90% when I give God the first 10%. God blesses our efforts when we stop for a time and remember the Sabbath. From God’s perspective, “24/6” is the model that allows us to have more of Him. The math may not make sense to us, but the end result will.

Are We There Yet?

Written by Ashley Kuhn, Children’s Pastor

I often find myself wondering, “Are we there yet?” And not just on long car rides. Have you ever wondered… how much longer do I have? Maybe it’s a desperate plea, “When will these kids finally be out of my hair?” maybe it’s a heart sick “Will I have enough time to influence my children?” I have been there… both places actually!! People say that parenting makes your days feel long and years feel short. Our years/ weeks are so short and so fleeting. It’s easy to lose sight of that when your toddler throws his cheerio’s across the room or your pre-teen rolls her eyes at you. I recently found an app called the “legacy countdown”. This countdown tells you exactly how many weeks you have until your child graduates. I am telling you, it’s kind of scary! My boys only have 684 weeks and 789 weeks. Every minute matters!!!

This is why we have decided to use 252 Basics as our curriculum on Sunday mornings. They “get it”.  Time is short! I don’t want to miss the phase of my Josh buddy coloring on the walls and Boaz constantly picking his nose… it’s just a phase. I also don’t want to miss the phase my boys are in, where they ask me lots of questions about Bible stories they’ve heard… it’s just a phase. Don’t miss it!!

As a parent, I need the church to partner with me and my husband to give us the resources we need to be the spiritual leaders. I am sure many of you have heard me say, “I want as many people as possible speaking God’s truths into my boys’ lives.” That’s what GROW Kids is all about. We want to come alongside families and equip them, we want to speak the same truths into your children’s lives as you are. We want our kids to GROW!! Luke 2:52 “And Jesus GREW in wisdom, and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”

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Here are a few of my favorite apps for parents!

The “Legacy countdown” app, helps you to visualize the time you have left… you can set it to your child’s graduation, their 18th birthday, a special event, whatever. When you count the weeks you have left, you are more likely to make those weeks count! The idea for this app came from a parent who placed marbles in a jar to represent how many weeks they had left with their child. Each week they would remove one marble. It was amazing how fast the marbles disappeared and time slipped on. It’s just a phase! Don’t miss it!

 The Parent Cue app offers CUES for families with preschoolers and elementary age kids. The Parent Time section has videos podcasts articles just for parents. Videos, activities, and discussion questions link to First Look and 252 Basics material. Content updates weekly.

Many of you have already discovered my love of the app called “Bible App for Kids”. If you haven’t tried it yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! We use this app and the curriculum to go with it on Sunday mornings in 1st service and on Wednesday nights in our preschool group. They also have awesome videos that go along with each story. You can find those videos and more at bible.com/kids.