The Journey To The Cross (Thoughts on Good Friday)

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Towards the end of Holy Week, we come to Good Friday. Today, we take time to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ, the darkness that filled the land, the belief that everything was over.

As we enter into a time of reflection on this day, it helps to dwell on what Jesus went through and what this meant to His earliest followers.

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Reclining With Jesus (Thoughts on Maundy Thursday)

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As we approach the middle of Holy Week, our attention shifts to the last supper. In this iconic scene, we observe the past meeting the present and a glimpse of the future.

On Maundy Thursday as it’s called, we reflect deeply on the pending sacrifice of Christ, the emotions of this night, and what it means to share this meal with Christ today.

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Choosing Joy

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Henry Nouwen once made this comment about joy that has stayed with me. Nouwen said, “We have to choose joy… and keep choosing it.”

Joy isn’t necessarily a byproduct to a life well lived. It is a conscious choice to be open to the gift of life and the presence of God. This is a challenge. But it’s also an opportunity.

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Why You Should Make Your Kids Go To Church

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This is one of the posts where I’d like to be super honest and transparent. Here it is: You should make your kids go to church. Admittedly, this sounds a bit harsh and forceful, but stay with me.

Involvement in church is directly correlated to faith formation in young people. In other words–and maybe this is obvious–a young person’s church attendance is oftentimes connected with their ability to develop into a mature believer. And if that’s the goal of faith (which I think we can all agree with), then going to church is a really important thing.

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