Getting Creative Now That School is Out

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I am enjoying seeing kids riding their bikes around the neighborhood—a site that is becoming increasingly rare. I remember when my own kids were in school and summer rolled around. It was always interesting to hear the different reactions to this annual reprieve from the routine of school, homework, report cards and seemingly endless papers…

Free Fun for the Summer Budget

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The kids are HOME!  The electric bill has doubled, the grocery bill has tripled, and the noise level is . . . okay, you get the picture. The summer is a wonderful, happy, less-scheduled time of the year. It is healthy for kids to relax, imagine, play and hang out with friends and siblings. But,…

Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

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About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons Why? The Netflix original series is a revenge fantasy orchestrated by a suicidal teen. Through the thirteen tapes she recorded before her death, Hannah gets revenge on the individuals she considers the “reasons” she committed…

Teaching Kids to Think

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One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…

Movies for the Family at Easter

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The Easter season has become a favorite time of year for families to watch movies about Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, and other biblical stories that point to the savior. Below are a few recommended shows for families, kids, and adults that will help keep the focus on Christ and his amazing gift of salvation.…

Why It’s Worth Seeing ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Disney’s latest live-action reboot of an animated classic started out as one of the year’s most highly anticipated family films. Sadly, it quickly devolved into a battleground over gay rights and the role children’s movies should have in pressing that issue after director Bill Condon—who did an excellent job with the film—told reporters that there…

Creating Community through the Holidays and Beyond

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Need for Community + Holiday Season = Stressed People. We want our tribe gathered around us. We need our people. But church events and Christmas programs and work parties, oh my. Where do we scrunch one more thing in? On the other hand, maybe the celebration of our Lord’s birth and the anticipation of a…

‘Frown Rebound’: An ‘Instant Advent’ Episode

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Video summary: With sad changes happening to their family, Ada and Otto wonder if there is anything to rejoice about this Advent season. Devotion: On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” …

Throw a Party with This Kids Christmas Album

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To be honest, I’ve been hesitant to review the Bethel Music Kids Christmas Party album. I have never been a huge fan of hokey children’s music. But this album pleasantly surprised me! As a worship leader and new mom, I think this album is awesome. From the moment it started playing, I could not stop…