My work in children’s ministry has taught me so much about the kingdom of God, worship and simple faith. It’s also shown me that kids’ brains are sponges, capable of learning so quickly. I love listening to their little voices work on memory verses as they string together sentences from Scripture with relative ease. Even better are the moments when the proverbial lightbulb turns on and they “get” it, connecting the words on the page to God’s love and care for them.
Warning: “The Last Jedi” spoilers below
One of the things I loved most about “The Last Jedi” was that Poe Dameron’s scheme to save the day doesn’t work. At the beginning of the movie, Poe, the ace X-wing pilot who radiates Han Solo-esque arrogance, thinks he is always right. And his efforts (including disobeying a direct order from Leia) to destroy an enemy ship work out in the opening scene — but at the cost of many lives.
I’ve always been a sucker for lists. Even before listicles and Buzzfeed took over the internet, I remember sitting by my radio as a child listening to the year-end “Top 100 Countdown,” trying to guess the year’s top songs.
There’s something fun, nostalgic and maybe even therapeutic about looking back at year’s end and taking time to remember — remember the good times, reflect on the bad and consider how they might affect the future.
One fun list that comes out every year is Google’s “Year in Search,” which highlights the most popular Google searches of the year.
It’s time to wrap up 2017 and make New Year’s resolutions. While I want to make continual progress in the stereotypical categories of food, fitness and finances, a different area of health is on my mind for 2018. I’m seeking wisdom from Scripture and accountability from a close friend to help me in this endeavor, because I want to get it right.
This year I resolve to use my words well.
Careless communication doesn’t seem too bad in the typical laundry list of sins and shortcomings.
What’s the best part about being single around Christmas?
This week on “The Boundless Show”
Roundtable: Holiday Singleness FAQs
You called us with your questions about being lonely around the holidays, spending time with your significant other’s family, ministering to non-believing family members, and dealing with the “January Letdown.” We share our stories (if you think your Christmas is destined to be bad, listen to Lisa’s holiday breakup story) and offer advice to encourage you through the season’s most awkward moments.
The holidays can produce mixed feelings among single Christians. We want to fully embrace the festivities with joy — and sometimes we do — but arriving at parties and family gatherings without a “plus one” yet again can be discouraging. We get lonely. Nostalgia settles in strong at this time of year as we recall fond Christmas memories from childhood, and wonder when — or harder yet, if — we’ll ever have a family of our own with whom to build traditions and celebrate.
Think about the last time you typed an angry Facebook comment or fired off a knee-jerk tweet. Would you have written the same if you thought of your audience as your neighbors?
In response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29), Jesus turned the focus back on the questioner’s heart with a story that crossed prevailing racial and religious boundaries. The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that the demands of the Law are too high to justify ourselves — that’s why Luke points out that the questioner was “desiring to justify himself.”
Another important application, and the one I want to focus on here, is that our “neighbors” include even people we don’t know, and with whom we may vehemently disagree about important things like religion and politics (both of which separated the Samaritan from Jesus’ audience).
The new year is upon us, and if one of your resolutions was to go on more dates, maybe you’re wondering how to get started. Let’s assume there’s someone you already have your eye on. Now what? Here are five date ideas for the new year.
The join-me-and-my-friends date. This can be the perfect way to get to know a girl (or guy) in a comfortable setting. Just before I began dating my husband, Kevin, he invited me to a game night with some of his friends.
You’ve probably heard the statistics before. About half of the U.S. population makes New Year’s resolutions, but only eight percent of those who make resolutions succeed in keeping them.
So why do I, year after year, sit down with a sheet of paper and pen to write out resolutions for the upcoming year? Don’t the statistics indicate that I’m doomed to fail?
While there is certainly no biblical imperative to make resolutions, and their efficacy isn’t promising, I tend to approach resolutions with the perspective of Dwight Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing.
One of my friends told me she learned a lot about herself by being married; in such close quarters, it’s hard to hide anything about yourself, and your constant companion makes you think about your personality and behavior more.
I never really thought about the value of self-awareness until after she brought this up. I became more aware after I made a couple close friendships that involved sacrifice and vulnerability. As an unmarried 27-year-old, I haven’t had a spouse to highlight my personality traits.