Finding Home this Christmas by Les Hollon

Finding Home this Christmas by Les Hollon   Home. Just hearing the word stirs deep feelings within us. Why? Because we were made for home, that place & people where we know we belong. Our ultimate home-place begins with God whose centering love enables us to belong here on earth and forever in heaven. This […]

God’s Global Family

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 8:20-23 God’s Global Family How Americanized is your Christianity? I once went with a group of Baylor University students to Taize, France. We participated in the life and worship of the Christian community there. People make pilgrimages from all over the globe (though especially from Europe) to come together for worship. […]

Finding Your Story in God’s Story

We love a great story. Our hearts soar with each triumph and ache with each tragedy. We feel the story in our flesh and bones. The great stories invite us in. They show how we are part of the drama. What happens to the characters matters to us. In a sense we become members of […]

Reflecting on Family

During this Christmas season, I have been reflecting a lot about family. You see, my views of family are a little different from most ‘normal’ views of what family looks like. My parents divorced when I was a freshman in high school. So, I mainly remember being raised by a single mother. While this was […]

Family Traditions

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I think that is because I have such fond memories from my childhood of the holidays. I am blessed to be part of a family that has some very special traditions that we have passed down for many years. Meg Cox, author of e Book of New […]

Behaviors That Say “I love you.”

“Your actions speak louder than your words!” Although this proverbial statement is not always true, it is, more often than not, true when it comes to relationships in the family. This statement makes an important point: Words are important in communication love, but actions give validity to the words. When we said our vows during […]

Communicating Negative Feelings in The Family

Many families are hurting because they spend too much time in negative, destructive, communication cycles. Harsh, accusatory words from one partner often leads to a defensive, attacking response from the other. Such negative interactions take up so much of our family time because we fail to handle negative emotions in healthy constructive ways. Certainly we […]

Loyal To Family in Hope

The book of Ruth tells an incredible story. Ruth is a daring model of a woman who acts decisively in hope of creating a future for herself. She leads a life of faithfulness in the context of a society that normally had little place for a widowed, childless woman.  Ruth showed a fierce solidarity and […]

Where Dreams Come True

Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob and his son Joseph were dreamers. True to their lives, their dreams involved them but weren’t just about them. The dreams of J&J revealed how God wanted to work through them in order to accomplish God’s best for all people. This reality was a stretch for both father and son. How they […]