Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions
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Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions

Easter is the most important Christian holiday. If Jesus had not died on the cross and risen from the dead, we would have no hope in this world. As Christians, our faith would be meaningless, and we would be the fools to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-20) via GIPHY It is thus important to think through our Easter traditions. The Bible does not command that we celebrate Easter, but as intentional parents who want to turn every opportunity into a time to teach about Jesus, this holiday is a no-brainer. It is the core of the gospel and the Christian…

12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

If you are like me, you may have run a gamut of emotions these past few weeks: fear, panic, disappointment, uncertainty, anxiety, frustration, cynicism, distrust, overwhelm, stress, etc. And yet a phrase Elisabeth Elliot, the missionary and speaker, used to often say kept going through my head, “In acceptance lieth peace.” I can be upset about the current situation – both in concern for keeping those I love from getting ill and in concern for giving up of my rights as those in authority put more limits on me – but in the end, I know God is the one…

Remembering Thanksgiving
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Remembering Thanksgiving

Remembering Thanksgiving is especially important in what becomes an over-commercialized season of the year. As we seek to redeem every holiday with our children by pointing them to God and all He has done for us, Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday in which to honor God. History of the Thanksgiving holiday The history of Thanksgiving is of a people who desired to venerate God in every aspect of their lives, so we can start by teaching our children the history of the Pilgrims, the journey on the Mayflower, and Plymouth Plantation. The history of the holiday in America starts with…

Redeeming Holidays With Our Children
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Redeeming Holidays With Our Children

As parents, we desire to be intentional in living out Christ in front of our children in every way, including redeeming holidays with our children or using the opportunity of celebrating a holiday to show them Christ. So when our children were little, my husband and I talked about how we had celebrated holidays in our families growing up and what traditions we might want to share in our own family. We asked ourselves why we observed each holiday and talked to Christian friends about their traditions at holidays.  Also, we read Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper….

15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day
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15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day

Many Christians miss a beautiful opportunity to celebrate our Christian heritage on October 31, which is also known as Reformation Day. It was on this day in 1517 that a priest named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (complaints) against the Catholic Church to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. His bold act opened the way for others to protest against and seek for reform of the Catholic Church, and eventually these Protestant Reformers broke away to form a new type of church. Especially in countries touched by the Reformation, this religious revolution became the impetus for changing the course of…

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