Pray with your kids part two

Last week we talked about listening for God – which is not an easy thing, I’ll grant you. So – here are some possible ways to help your children listen for God. (And it’s just possible you might like these too…) The hard part of listening for God for many of us is the whole need to be quiet. Not just to stop talking (although that might be hard enough) – but also to quiet our minds. I don’t know about you – b…

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Prayer as breath

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full (Matthew 6:5) Occasionally, I break out of Westminster on Sunday mornings to preach or lead worship at another congregation who is in need of a sub. Sometimes, when I’m out at other churches, I h…

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Celtic Prayer

Where is God? How do I find God each day? In a world where there is illness, death, terrorism, political animus, marital discord, challenges in parenting, and more, too, it is sometimes difficult to perceive God’s presence and to sense divine leading as we navigate life. And there are no easy answers. Our faith does provide a way to maneuver through these rocky roads of challenging questions and d…

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Pray with your kids part one

Is He listening? It’s a question that many children (and, let’s be honest, adults too!) often wonder about. When we talk to children about prayer, we often describe it as “talking to God”. And that’s true, of course. We certainly want to encourage our kids to talk with God – anytime, anywhere, about anything. We want them to know that they can tell God anything – they can brag or cry, complain or giggle. Th…

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How to get your kids to read the Bible

Let’s face it, as teenagers go our students these days are extremely busy. Soccer. Hockey. Band. Soccer. Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts. Soccer. Dance team. Cheerleaders. Soccer. Soccer. And all of that is before we even get around to school work, and the crushing weight of homework. So into that busy schedule, imagine if you will, that you would like your student to carry a familiarity with the a…

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