Thanksgiving is more than a holiday


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I am not a massive foodie. Don’t get me wrong I like family meals together not so much because I like food but because I love family. Between the Christmas Creep and the Black Friday Seep I think many of us have forgotten that giving thanks is more than a holiday is an act of our will. It’s the result of a heart that is regenerated.

4 Things to keep your marriage strong


In this era of tabloids and blogs it seems that every celebrity out there changes spouses with the regularity that is recommended to you by your auto mechanic in regards to your mini-vans oil. It’s refreshing to say the least when you hear of celebrities bucking the trend. My wife was reading through a magazine of her’s and came to this short article that although the advice may be a bit basic, I found it encouraging because it was someone who is famous focusing on what really matters.

Here are a few pointers that Harry had that makes his marriage strong that I think are instructive for us all.

Free Bible Lesson Nahum: Book of God’s patience



Nahum– Book of God’s patience
Even God’s patience has limits He doesn’t allow sin to go on forever.

Key Point – God is patient but don’t push it!
Memory Verse – Romans 6:1 So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us even more grace? No!

Object lesson – God loves us no matter what but if we keep sinning we will stop loving him. MC tells a team member to come up front, the team member starts walking the opposite direction eventually walking out of the room. Explain how God is calling us to himself but it is sin that keeps us away. How if we don’t get rid of sin we will push God further and further from our lives. God is patient but don’t push it!

2 fantastic ideas families can use for advent

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Two of the greatest times we have to communicate the power of the gospel in the lives our kids are weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter. Unfortunately both are hijacked by commercialism and fairy tales. I am not a hater of the Easter bunny and the Elf on the shelf, but I do get frustrated by parents who put so much effort into those things they fail to make the most of a prime opportunity to help your kids understand what the gospel is all about.

Here are a couple of very easy ways for you to put some creative energy behind helping your kids have fun, create memories and understand the gospel.

Christ-Centered Coaching 7 Benifits for Ministry Leaders (Chalice Press , 2006)

Have not read this book but in looking through it briefly found this quote about coaching I though was great.

The best image for coaching is a vehicle. The word coach derives from an old British word meaning “horse-drawn carriage.” You can think of a coaching process as a journey, one in which you are caught up in the process as you move toward a specific, targeted destination. The coach’s goal is to help you find direction and enjoy the ride.

While you are being coached, you make the choices. You’ll decide where you want to go; the coach will help you get there. The coach can tell you in advance little of the journey but only what the coaching process will look like, the details about the journey will unfold as you engage in the experience.

Tom Bandy says, “Christian coaching in the post-modern world needs to step beyond the boundaries of control established by past Christendom. Openness to mastery and receptivity to the irrational and unexpected, and readiness to be seized, shaken and stirred by an ultimately unknowable God are not virtues that Christian churches normally excel.” The mastery of the unexpected is a fabulous journey that the Christ-Centered coach will help you experience.

Most often a bad coaching experience is not the problem of the coach but of the person being coached. A coach is not a genie or a therapist a coach will help you get to where you are already headed faster. If you are interested in a great coach two very close friends of mine do coaching. Check out their stuff and do yourself a favor get a vision, get a dream, get going THEN get a coach.

Jonathan Cliff Jim Wideman