Dipping into the Community Pool: January 20

We’re very happy today to share some great articles with you.  Every one of them is rich in wisdom.  If you have children, don’t miss the last entry regarding David Murray’s new book to assist children in their reading of the Bible.  He has put his heart into this and is following it up with […]

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Light Painting

There’s an interesting technique in night photography called light painting. You secure your camera on a tripod, set the aperture at about f11, and then set the speed for 10-20 seconds. Since vehicles are always on the move, city streets provide the perfect venue. Movement is the key to light painting. Whatever moves disappears from […]

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Parenting vs. Guerrilla Warfare

Last Saturday I walked over to our local soccer field to meet up with my family. It was team picture day so various groups lined the fence in their bright-colored uniforms, looking like little escapees from a box of Crayola crayons. My eyes and ears drifted to one small boy who was refusing to cooperate, […]

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God’s Gospel in Review

Every child born is on a road-trip to eternity, finding themselves in the same spiritual predicament as their parents were born into—separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). So is it ever too soon to […]

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Facts, Feelings, and the Quest for Self-Esteem

Margaret Mead once said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Her almost prophetic words distill for us the cultural shift that has transpired right before our eyes—everyone receives a trophy, everyone is special, everyone has a personal brand to promote. Labeled as the national wonder drug, self-esteem permeates every crack […]

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Children, Take Note

A few months back we blogged about children in corporate worship. Our covenant children are a gift from God, and including them in the covenant community during times of worship is important because this is where the Word is preached and the sacraments are administered. We mentioned in the article various ways of training children […]

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Happy Father’s Day

J. C. Ryle writes, “ It is the highest privilege to be the child of a godly father and mother and to be brought up in the midst of many prayers.” Between the years 1960 and 2016, the percentage of children living in families with two parents decreased from 88 to 69. So today, Father’s […]

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VBS Memories

Actually, this isn’t a post about my childhood memories of VBS. Summer time is here, the temperatures are rising, and that means Vacation Bible School is right around the bend. I wanted to share my favorite method for teaching children Bible verses, which is an important part of the lesson. I discovered this many years […]

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The Way He Should Go

My family moved when I was seven. Like a typical seven-year-old girl, I didn’t get bogged down in the moving details. I simply walked into a new world of expansive spaces, country roads, long-needle pine woods, and acres of mango trees. Zorro arrived in this world shortly after I did. That meant the storing of […]

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What a Pity

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.  But now our strength is […]

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