Encouragement Through Hard Times

By Roger Bailey / November 24, 2022 /

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (2 Tim 1:2 NIV) Just as the Apostle Paul wrote this encouraging prayer to Timothy, it is my prayer for all who read this blog.  This short prayer is also presented at the beginning of many of the epistles.  Grace is receiving…

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A Simple Way To Learn To Pray

By Nancy Ruth / October 27, 2022 /

Are you familiar with the P.R.A.Y. acrostic? It’s a simple way to learn how to pray. I didn’t make it up, and I’m not sure who did, but I use this tool frequently. Too often, our prayers become like letters to Santa Claus. I want this and this and this and this. God is not…

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Do we have to earn rest?

By Nancy Ruth / September 22, 2022 /

I’ve never been very good at resting. I’ve made it my goal to use every minute of my time well, so I specialized in becoming more efficient (so I could do more). I constantly told myself that I had to finish whatever project I set myself before I could rest. Rest became a reward for…

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Are you making Bible scholars or disciples?

By Nancy Ruth / September 1, 2022 /

Jesus told us to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). Are we missing the mark when we teach? I’m afraid too many classes are training Bible scholars rather than making disciples. There’s an important difference. The easiest way to teach a Bible lesson (for any age) is to teach the facts. We teach a Bible story and…

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What Bible reading plan do I follow?

By Nancy Ruth / July 28, 2022 /

There are several Bible reading plans. The current trend is to read the entire Bible in one year. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not my favorite. I get behind schedule and then stress out because it takes SO MUCH to catch up again. No thanks. So, what plan do I use?

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How to Make Summer Planning Easier

By Nancy Ruth / May 27, 2022 /

Summer planning can be stressful! Even if you plan annual events, there’s always the worry that you forgot something. You can do two things to make sure each event/activity is better than the last.

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How to Write a Baby Dedication Script (Sample Included)

By Nancy Ruth / April 22, 2022 /

The birth of a child is a great opportunity for the church to minister to a family. I hope your church has in place ways to support, encourage, and minister to families welcoming children through birth and adoption.

Some churches include baby dedications as part of that process. A few denominations have a script already provided for these occasions. Others are left to their own devices. If this is you, how do you write a baby dedication script? What elements do you need to include? I’ve provided some suggestions below. I’ve also included the sample script I wrote for my church.

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ABC Attributes of a Child of God

By Nancy Ruth / September 14, 2021 /

The following is copied with permission from the August 2021 “From the Pastor” section of the Zion Lutheran Church Newsletter. Who are You? This month many of you will be starting school again, and one of the first things you are asked in a new classroom, whether in Kindergarten or High School, is what is…

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Love Your Neighbor

By Nancy Ruth / February 22, 2021 /

Most Christians are familiar with the Great Commandment. Matthew 22:36-40 says this: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it:…

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People don’t care how much you know…

By Nancy Ruth / February 17, 2021 /

Have you heard this old adage? “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s true. Think back for a minute. Who was your favorite teacher in school? Why were they your favorite? Did they make you feel special somehow? My guess is that you knew they cared about…

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