Having a blast at Vacation Bible School 2018!

Having a blast at Vacation Bible School 2018!

June 5-18, 2018 | Plainfield, IN

Vacation Bible School was a blast! 700 kids gathered together each day for a week of VBS fun, games, and learning about the love of Jesus. These kids even raised over $15,000 for missionaries who serve in sports and education ministry in the Balkans! Kids, adults, and families were greatly blessed by this week and we are thankful for all those who were involved.

Are all religions the same?

Are all religions the same?

One week from today I will be in West Africa. There are many Christians in West Africa, but there are also many Muslims and followers of African Traditional Religions. I am preparing so that I can effectively build relationships and have conversations with these people.

We all need to be prepared to interact with people from other religions. Globalization has shrunk the world. This is why we can find authentic Indian and Moroccan food in Hendricks county, but why we can also find Indian Sikhs and Moroccan Muslims in our neighborhoods and workplaces. These new relationships can lead us to ask new questions about different religions.

Done with Being Single

Done with Being Single

This is never going to work.

I thought those words as I stared at my uneaten meal trying my hardest to muster up as much conversation as I could with my date who just finished his third round of “all-you-can-eat” fries. 

Between bites, he said, “What do you want to do after dinner?”

Umm, something fun? “Anything is fine, maybe go for a walk?”

“Sure, we can walk around Wal-Mart.”

Let’s just say our last date ended in walking around WAL-MART. That’s right. WAL-MART.

Clearly, it was for the best that he and I didn’t work out (again… WAL-MART), but that night still left me feeling frustrated, worn-down, unworthy, and down-right SINGLE. I was in my early twenties, about to graduate, and I’m on my own… again. I was so done with being single.

That season of singleness was a time of loneliness and self-pity. It was easy for Satan to attack my insecurities of worth and value! My poor view of singleness became the fuel for the raging fire of self-pity. And I couldn’t shake it.

I believed I wasn’t worth it.

The truth was that God didn’t have that “We should go to WAL-MART as a date” man as part of my future. Instead, He used that part of my life to uncover those lies and to magnify God’s truth.

Having In-Laws Without Becoming Out-Laws

Having In-Laws Without Becoming Out-Laws

One of my favorite TV shows is Everybody Loves Raymond. When I’m flipping through the TV channels, I will always stop and watch it if it’s on, even though I have all of the seasons on DVD. I love the variety of familial relationships portrayed in the show. You have the husband and wife relationship between Ray and his wife, Debra. There’s the brother relationship between Ray and his brother, Robert. The parent/child relationship is hilariously portrayed between Ray/Robert and their parents, Frank and Marie.

However, I believe the relationship that drives the show is between Ray’s wife, Debra, and his mother, Marie. Much of the show’s current appeal, now 13 years after ending production of ‘first run’ episodes, comes out of that relationship.   

 As funny as their relational conflicts can be, many people can relate because they deal with issues in their own lives when it comes to in-laws. Only in real life, it’s not quite so funny. As a matter of fact, it can be very stressful and cause great tension and havoc in families.

Graduation and Leaving the Nest

Graduation and Leaving the Nest

Laundry? Do they know how to separate the whites? What happens if they oversleep? Will they have enough to eat? Where will they go if they get sick? The questions are endless….

 How do you explain the feeling as kids spread their wings? It’s exhilarating, but also enough to make a grown adult go into a full blown panic attack! (I look around and think…What have I been doing these last two decades?)