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A guest post by Rebecca DeLucia, Next Generation Pastor  In 2015, I was teaching second grade at a small Christian school and our Bible curriculum for the year walked through Genesis and Exodus. During our Bible Reading Plan this week I was reminded of an activity we did together. As a class we were discussing Exodus 3:13 in which God tells Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” and I asked these 7 and 8 year olds what they thought I AM

A guest blog by Shawn Blythe. We often encounter Biblical characters at a crossroads in their lives.  They are brought to our attention at a pivotal moment in which they either rise to God’s calling or fall to their own misgivings and fears.  These crossroads raise questions regarding the “right” decision or why we are in this situation at all.  I am often reminded of Mordecai’s advice to Queen Esther (Esther 4) when she struggled to handle a difficult situation (paraphrased)

As you know, this Sunday was our first ever “Block Party”. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the time we had was great. We learned a lot about what to do next time, what to change, what to keep the same. I’m wired to think that everything can always be better – so I’m always thinking and looking out for ways to make that happen (and I’m all ears – please hit me up with ideas, improvements, innovations!). I’ve been

Jesus loved a good party. He was happy to be the guest of honor at Levi’s party. He demanded a party at Zacchaeus’ house. In his mind, the only proper response to finding what was lost (whether a coin, a sheep, or a son) is to party (“we had to celebrate” – Luke 15:32). He gave instructions on how to act at a party and then told a parable about one (Luke 14). His first miracle was to save a party (John 2)!  I

A guest blog by Shawn Blythe The reading for last week included Psalm 24.  Although it immediately follows the most famous Psalm, apart from a verse or two made popular by a variety of worship songs, Psalm 24 is not one of my “go to” Psalms.  It made me wonder what else I was missing right around Psalm 23.  Psalm 22 is a plea for help in the midst of nearly unimaginable suffering.  It is perhaps best known for containing a direct

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