February Newsletter is Here

Feel free to download the February Newsletter in .pdf by clicking here or by clicking on the picture.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Book Recommendation)

Everything we say and do flows from what’s in our hearts.  Luke 6:45 says, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”  As Christian parents, we know that our job includes more than making sure our children are fed, clothed, and taught things such as how to read and write.  Tedd Tripp, the author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, believes that “the central focus of parenting is the gospel.  You need to direct not simply the behavior of your children, but the attitudes of their hearts.”  This book is useful for parents with children of all ages.  Tripp’s purpose is to lay out “a biblical vision for the parenting task: It involves being a kind authority, shepherding your children to understand themselves in God’s world, and keeping the gospel in clear view so your children can internalize the good news and someday live in mutuality with you as people under God.”  We highly recommend this book.  To order a copy through our church office, just let pastor Grant know you’re interested.

January Church Newsletter

Click here to view and/or download our January church newsletter.  In it, you’ll find suggestions on new year’s resolutions for our home life as well as resources that will help you carry these out.

Resources for Personal and Family Devotions

Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “These resolutions sound good, but are there some resources out there that can help me?”  The answer is “yes.”  Here are some resources that can help you particularly in the areas of personal and family devotions.  If you are interested in any of the items mentioned here, you may place an order for them through the church.  Just let the pastor know which ones you’re interested in.

1. One Year Bible

Besides the Bible reading plans mentioned above, another very helpful resource for Bible reading is a One Year Bible.  The reason these
are so helpful is that they are already divided up into 365 daily readings.  Each day you read a little of the Old Testament, a little of the New Testament, and a little of Psalms and Proverbs.  Within the course of a year you will have read the entire Bible.

2. The Big Picture Story Bible

This is the Bible that I (pastor Grant) use with our two year old daughter.  It breaks up the entire message of the Bible into easy to understand stories that are wonderfully illustrated.  This is a great tool to use with kids from age one to around three or four.

3. Long Story Short: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

This is a great Bible study tool to use with kids from ages four and up (after they’ve “graduated” from the Big Picture Story Bible).  As the subtitle says, it contains ten-minute devotions that you can do with your entire family.  It takes very little time to prepare, since the devotions are already written out for you.

[This post is from our January church newsletter.  To view and/or download the newsletter click here.]

Join Us for Vacation Bible School!

We are having Vacation Bible School Monday through Thursday (June 21-24), from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Kids from pre-school to 6th grade will be learning about the Bible, singing songs, making crafts, and playing games.  Everyone is welcome.  Just drop your children off around 5:45 to participate.  Call 812-839-3430 for more information.  Hope to see you there!