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What a Simple Invite Can Do

Melissa's baptism at Connect Church

“The 2 of us ‘parachuted’ into the city with no team and no relationships,” Dan Sweaza shared. “We were truly starting from ground zero.”

VBS: A Golden Opportunity to Engage Families with the Gospel

Happy family in park on a sunny day

One of the easiest ways to reach people with the gospel is Vacation Bible School (VBS). Many unbelieving families will send their children to VBS. Often, they will even attend a VBS program at the end of the week.

Discipleship: Nurture, Don't Abandon, New Christians

women reading Bible together outdoors

While on a family outing in a park, a friend of mine heard a cry coming from a cardboard box. In the box was an abandoned newborn girl. My friend’s family took her home and eventually adopted her. We read this and think, “How sad! How could someone abandon a newborn?”

Internationals Flock to America: Who Is in Your Backyard?

international group of happy, smiling men and women over American flag background

A large oak tree in my backyard serves as the host tree for an entire “nation” of birds. They come in pairs; they come alone. They come seasonally; they remain for months. They are large and small, beautiful and simple. Their colors are brilliant: red, blue, brown, black, orange, and yellow. They come and they go. Their attraction undoubtedly is the bird feeder my husband faithfully fills. Some eat directly from it; others feed on the seed scattered from the populated feeder.

Watching this convention of birds from my back porch, I thought of the visits, short and long, of internationals in America. Obviously, all analogies fall short at some point, yet I could not help but recognize similarities.

ESL / Basic English

This page is for people whose first language is not English. Every Christian needs to take part in missions!

Friendship: Finding Soul Healers

two young female friends with coffee talking in living room

The desire for meaningful friendship is universal for women. Finding a companion who laughs at the same quirky situations and relishes similar pastimes is a cherished jewel.

Get Real: Parenting Millennials Requires Authenticity and Vulnerability

Parenting Millennials

A godly woman once shared, “Laura, you will always love your children more than your parents.” I was startled and a bit horrified by that statement back then but have come to understand it as I’ve grown older.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen

Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen and sons

One of Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen’s prayer requests was “for people in Ohio City who have no Christian friends to have believing friends because our church made intentional connections.

Missing Mayberry

children and postmodernism

We certainly don't live in Mayberry anymore, and for those of us who are missing the simpler times that television of the past portrayed, we are not alone. What has changed? Many television shows, video games, and even music today are based on killing, death, cruelty, insults, and destruction.

Scorecard or Mirror? Teaching Children to Love Jesus Boldly

children sharing the gospel

Flashback to the past decades. It was an age of dos and don’ts. Do check the right boxes. Do bring a tithe. Do come to Sunday School. Do read the Bible. Do invite others. Don’t miss church, and so on.

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