Pause: Song of the Week #3

25 05 2010

Tear Down the Walls – Hillsong United


10 Ways to Build Into Your Kids

19 05 2010

In parenting, I’ve made lots of mistakes, but along the way God has taught me tons about building spiritually into my kids. Here’s a few…

1. Let Mercy Lead. Every great relationship is built on forgiveness. Our relationship with God is built on the forgiveness of Christ. Your marriage is built on the commitment to forgive your spouse of sins they haven’t committed yet. Let your kids experience grace and forgiveness firsthand from you in your home.

2. Allow Some Crazy
. I would rather give kids an open range than a small pen. Give them the freedom try new things, to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. They will learn much more by doing than being told what to do.

3. Do Jesus and Sponge Bob. When the kids were little we mix out bedtime routine with prayers AND crazy fun made up stories. The kids would give me 3 characters (like Kim Possible, our Cat and Lara Croft) and I’d have to make up a story. Then we’d pray and sing a few worship songs. When you compartmentalize your faith you create two worlds. You don’t have your spiritual life and your other life…you just have your life.

4. Laugh A LOT. It’s tough to be a kid today. Let your home be a haven of fun. Make it a goal to be house that all the kids on the neighborhood want to hang out at

5. Catch Them Doing Good. Even more vital than correcting them when they do something wrong (which you need to do), parenting is about is encouraging them and building them up when you catch them doing something right.

6. Do Adventurous Stuff.
Following Christ is an adventure, so take some risks. We’ve given up TV together for 40 days; we’ve climbed mountains together, and taken cross-country vacations. Live in such a way that you will tell stories about your life together.

7. Date Your Spouse.
Sometimes parents say, “I’m better at being a mom, than being a wife.” Or “I make time to do things with the kids, but I just don’t have time to take my wife out on a date.” That breaks the heart of God and hurts your kids. If you take care of your marriage, you will take care of your kids. You are modeling the #1 example of what a Christ-Centered marriage looks like.

8. Be Unique. My three kids are uniquely wired by God to be radically different from each other and from us. Parenting is about a discovery of HOW God has gifted them, WHAT God is calling them to become and WHERE God is leading them to go. Help them listen to Jesus and discover His dreams for their life.

9. Dinner is Not About Food. It’s about connecting as a family. Kids grow spiritually when we purposefully plan ways to build spiritually into our kids (Family Nights. One-on-Ones, etc). Be intentional. Bring up topics and discuss them. Remember it’s not about doing what’s comfortable for you. It’s about doing whatever it takes to have an ongoing conversation with your kids about God, life and choices.

10. Get Authentic with Jesus. More than what you say, kids are watching how you live. Since the greatest thing that a kid your kid needs is Jesus, they are looking to you to discover what following Christ looks like…so honestly face your inner journey and struggles with Christ (your hang-ups, your sins and His grace). Share it. Be real. Kids aren’t looking for perfect parents. They are looking for honest ones.

Bonus: Be You! Avoid comparing your parenting to your friends or your parents. Your family will not look like mine and mine will not look like yours. Start traditions that are uniquely yours. The ONLY life that Christ wants you to live is YOURS.

What Faith is Not…

18 05 2010

1. Faith is Not a Feeling. Feelings come and go. Sometimes you get the joy of great feelings in Christ, sometime the feelings just aren’t there. Sometimes, we get hung up on wanting certain feelings, but our hope is in Christ and his sure foundation, not the shaky foundation of feelings. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Unbelief is. The real question is what you do with your doubts. Instead of letting your doubts drive to discouragement, let them drive you to Jesus and the new discoveries He has to deepen your faith.

2. Faith is not a Contract.
Sometimes we make deals with God (maybe not not verbally or intentionally). We think if we pray, serve him, go to church, etc., He will open up doors and make things easy and wonderful for us. We’re often not asking for a lot, just one thing or two really important things that He could do for us. If He would just come through, we think we would be fine. And when it doesn’t happen when and how we want it, we feel let down by God. But God is God and we are not. If the only thing Christ gave us was forgiveness of our sins and eternity with Him, we would have enough to praise Him nonstop, 24-7 the rest of our lives.

3. Faith is Not About Us. We want God to be part of our story, but His plan is so much bigger. He wants us to be part of His story. It may seem like a subtle difference, but it’s huge. He sets the agenda and our job is to surrender all of ourselves to Him.

4. Faith is Trust. Simply put, faith is complete dependence on Christ and what He has done for you. Faith is following Him when you cannot see where He is taking you. Faith is holding on to the fact that Christ is holding on to you.

Pause: Song of the Week #2

17 05 2010

I’ll Wait For You There – Phil Wickham

Pause: Epic Song of the Week

10 05 2010

Each week Epic is highlighting a song to reflect on personally and reconnect to Christ spiritually.  In a world that is constantly in Fast Forward Mode, maybe what we need most is NOT to move faster…maybe we need to do most of all is PAUSE.

This Weeks Song: Lead Me to the Cross, Hillsong United.


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Stories from 30 Days with Jesus

6 05 2010

We asked all those who participated in the 30 Days with Jesus, “Through the 30 days, how has God spoken to you, encouraged you or moved in your life? What have you learned?” Here’s what you said…

– I am hungry to hear what God has to say to me each day. I anxiously waited for those early morning texts. They will be greatly missed

– It’s nice to wake up and have a message from God.  Makes me remember to put Him first everyday.

– Every scripture and prayer was exactly what I needed to face each day! I had the strength to deal with each situation successfully.

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Epic Volunteers: Get Your Game On!

6 05 2010

We celebrate YOU, the Epic Champion Volunteers!

Each one of you is a true Champion for Jesus…training for the ultimate race.  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

To THANK you and celebrate YOU, we’ve planned an AWESOME picnic lunch and then…the CRAZY OLYMPICS. We know you like to have fun, and we know you like to compete, so get training for the Crazy Olympic Sports. Bring the WHOLE family!

Sunday May 16th12:30- 2:30, Rochester Park Pavilion