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Apr 2009

I love gardens, I love growing things. Maybe it has to do with a connection to the original mandate on Adam to cultivate the garden, or maybe b/c it’s the only real artistic outlet in my life. Whatever it is, I like gardens. But you don’t just plan a garden one day and wake up…

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Apr 2009

Epaphras. That name has come to mean a lot to me as we have journeyed together through the book of Colossians. Epaphras was my counterpart at the church in Colossae and his story was this: he spent time in Ephesus hearing the Gospel preached by the Apostle Paul. Then he went to Colossae (probably his…

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Mar 2009

It’s always a challenge for me to teach about being a husband who loves his wife like Christ loves the church and who loves his kids enough to cultivate the character of Christ in their heart…mainly b/c I see anew just how inconsistent I am. So, after preaching last week about the responsibility that we…

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Mar 2009

Pastor and author Ted Tripp has done families a great service by writing books connecting the Gospel to raising kids. Not too long ago he did a weekend seminar at Mars Hill Church in Seattle based on his books Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Instructing a Child’s Heart. Mars Hill and The Resurgence have posted…

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Mar 2009

Last Fall we had a regional lunch for the Acts29 churches in the Southeast and the guys from Portico in Charlottesville put together this little video on the necessity of planting Gospel centered churches. They were kind enough to let us put it on the site (and kind enough to not put a lot of…

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Jan 2009

The “tweens” from third grade up have started meeting in their own community group.  By all reports, it is the highlight of their time in church community. The group starts with dinner together and games that leave them messy or laughing.  Then, after an attempt to sing together (the Christmas hymns were the best yet)…

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Jan 2009

Twice the kids’ community group has gone on field trips to Parkwood, a city-run group home for disabled people in Carytown. If you ask the children, they would probably say that this has been one of the most fun things they have done together.  They love playing games with the people who live there, spending…

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Jan 2009

This summer we had five different playdates with CHAT (Church Hill Activities and Tutoring) and YLFR (Youth Life Foundation of Richmond.) The activities ranged between cooking, crafts, dancing, competitive activities, and outdoor sports.  When we learned to be “Like a Tree” in Psalm 1, we did some perspective sketching.  To reinforce our “Taste and See”…

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Jan 2009

1.    The gospel is inherently others-oriented. It is impossible to live a gospel-centered life alone.  We teach our children to care for others because this is the heart of our response to the gospel.  I John 3:16 tells us that “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for…

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Jan 2009

Grammar lesson: a noun is a thing; an adjective is a descriptive word. When we talk about the mission of the church—indeed the mission we want to see engaging our children—we need to consider whether our focus is the noun or the adjective.  Do we want our children to do missions or to be mission-minded? …

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