A 2015 Family Motto

Families without focal points become easily distracted, frenzied, and careless. We need targets to keep us on track and guardrails to keep us out of trouble. Mottos are an easy way to remember the things that matter most. Do you …

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The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram

TIME featured an article by Rachel Simmons on November 10, 2014 titled The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram. If you’re a parent, particularly of daughters, it’s worth your time. Girls have quietly repurposed the photo-sharing app into a barometer …

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Reflexively Looking to My Father

For the last three months, Shelly and I have been coaching volleyball teams. I’ve had a 7-12 grade team, she’s had a 3-4 grade team. The last day for this year’s season was Saturday. Even though our respective players ranged …

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Not Available on the App Store

Various studies consistently reveal alarming statistics concerning the average American child and “screen” time. 2-5 years old = 2.2 hours per day 6-7 years old = 4.5 hours per day 8-18 years old = 7.5 hours per day = 2,700 …

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A Key to Happy Homes and Successful Congregations

Happy homes are not filled with bitterness. They are not characterized by strained relationships, jealousy, or self-centeredness. Key Successful congregations are not at war within themselves. They war against ungodly hatred, prejudice, and pride. The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians contains a key: happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people. God has been clear in his invitation and expectation.

  1. No longer live for yourself, but for him who died for your sake. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
  2. How? Give yourself first to the Lord, and then to others. (2 Cor 8:5)
  3. In what way? Take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)
  4. To what effect? Rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor 13:11)

Happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people---men and women who don't just say, but live with conviction:

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

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My Worship Notes for Kids

turning the page of a bible At Laurel Canyon, one of the most successful ways we've found to help our children and grandchildren get the most out of our assemblies are My Worship Notes. Two versions are always available in our foyer: FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (click to download PDF):

My Worship Notes for Kids - YOUNGER

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