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Mama Bear

This week, Doug and I are writing a book review together on Mama Bear Apologetics, a book we both recently read. The authors, who created a ministry by the same name, are Christian mothers who realized they needed to be better equipped as parents in dealing with different worldviews taught in today’s culture.   When I… Continue Reading →

A Paul and A Timothy

When I was a child, my father was a pediatric surgeon with his own private practice. I fondly remember countless afternoons spent at his office “helping” his nurses and office staff. Those early childhood experiences created a desire in me to become a nurse so I could help and heal people, too. As I got… Continue Reading →

PODCAST: Lies Parents Believe

Since our child attends a Christian school, we don’t have to worry about . . . . . Today’s Life+ continues the series: “Lies Parents Believe” and tackles a belief that many of us face at some point when our children attend a Christian school. Community Life Mentors Neely Langhals and Jason Suddeth sat down… Continue Reading →

God Doesn’t Waste Pain

The Lord will keep you from harm-He will watch over your life. Psalm 121: 7 As Christians, we sometimes wrestle with this verse when we experience the pain of this broken world.  However, our hope is in a God who is powerful enough to use our pain.  In the message below, Jason Suddeth, HHCA Director of… Continue Reading →

Countercultural Parenting

When one of my children was in lower school, she was invited to a party at a friend’s house.  The friend’s mother asked my daughter to bring one of her toys, which happened to be the trendy “toy-of-the-hour”.  When I told the mom we didn’t have that toy, she replied, “Oh, I just bought my… Continue Reading →

Which Map Matters

One of the best things to know is what you do not know.  Having only been a parent for six years, there is a great deal that I am keenly aware of the fact that I do not know a great deal. Due to this lack of understanding, I started the wonderful hobby of sitting… Continue Reading →

Live With Intention: PODCAST

Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, famous aviator and wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh As we release our second Life+ podcast of the year, we pray it will spark good conversation in our homes and stir us all to recognize and experience God’s… Continue Reading →

Having a Plan

When I was younger I was always told “the older you get, the faster time goes.”   Now older, I find few things in life to be as true as that statement. I have come to realize that my greatest gift in life is time.  Every second we have on this earth is an unearned gift! … Continue Reading →

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

Why are we so busy?  Better yet, why do we pride ourselves on being so busy?  Our culture has created a reality in which we are almost looked down upon if we are not busy.  These questions hit on the important reminder that we are human beings not human doings.  Yet, we have structured our… Continue Reading →

How To Be Happier

GRATITUDE The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. (source: Harvard University School of Medicine) I almost got into Harvard University…. Continue Reading →

Life+ Podcast: Relaunched

Life+ was designed to help families walk through the ever-changing landscape of Christian parenting today. In this episode of the newly relaunched Life+ Podcast, Director of Community and Spiritual Life Jason Suddeth shares our vision for this important resource. Lord give me the wisdom I need to raise my children today. This is my prayer,… Continue Reading →

Christian Hope

Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king. I Peter 2:17 No matter the election outcome, the upcoming days will likely uncover even more division in our country.  For many people, their hope hinges on the election results.  Although governmental elections are important, they are not most important…. Continue Reading →

Moving From Selfie to Selfless

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Eleanor Roosevelt We have become a selfie-driven society; we would rather take a picture of a moment than enjoy being in the moment.  This constant need to post and repost has led to an incredibly self-absorbed state… Continue Reading →

Amusing Ourselves to Death

There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. II Timothy 3:1-4 I recently revisited Neil Postman’s 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Ironically when Postman authored the book 35 years ago, he was concerned… Continue Reading →

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