Posts Tagged "community"

Reclaimed…2!

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about my family’s recent trip to Shipshewana, IN. Last week I spoke about some barn wood that had been reclaimed from the fires of the trash heap and turned into something beautiful. This week I want to talk about someone who has a similar story. As I said before, in Shiphshewana we enjoyed the delicious pretzels at “Ben’s Soft Pretzels.” While there, it was immediately...

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Gun Control & Black Lives

My daughter’s taking a college Sociology class in which they’re discussing several current social issues that cause a lot of conflict. She asked me for my quick input on a couple. After I sent her some of my thoughts, she commented that I should share them in a blog because “a lot of people would be interested.” So, since my daughter is becoming very wise on such things, I’ve heeded her advice and here you...

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Positivity

This past Tuesday I had the privilege to speak to a good number of the 900 teachers and support staff from the Grand Blanc public schools about leadership. I was at one of twenty-four stations along a “scavenger hunt” around town to learn about positive character traits. The overall event was part of a national campaign called the “Positivity Project.” I was thrilled by how receptive everyone was to my message about...

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My New Friend, Ryan

I just spent 3 days on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan with 24 youth and chaperones from my congregation, along with almost 1000 other youth. We had a great time learning more about God as our mighty fortress. We focused in on 2 Samuel 22:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer….” It was great to be able to gather in the fort built on the rock of Mackinac Island for a group event one evening. It...

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3 Keys for Marriage Ministry

I really appreciate the work being done by Jay and Laura Laffoon of “Celebrate Ministries.” They share our focus on building up marriages in God’s way. They understand that God’s grace and guidance produce strong marriages, strong families, strong churches and strong communities. I just received a great article from the Laffoons about the importance of an active marriage ministry. It’s well written and highlights...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview