The gift of good friends is a gracious blessing, but, unfortunately, it’s not one that is guaranteed in every season of life. Whether you’ve got your own squad, or you’re still waiting on having one person to call “bestie,” what does it take to first *be* a good friend? And what are some of the surprising things God does through friendship?
Jesus repeatedly, publicly denounced one kind of person. In the first century, they were usually the Pharisees – devout students and teachers of the Bible with one problem: a bad habit of self righteousness and a knack for contemptuous pride. How does “Phariseeism” creep into our lives in ways we never intended, and how do we lovingly help put it to death in ourselves and our church communities?
Every Christian church agrees that sharing the gospel is important. But what’s the best way to do that: getting people from the world into the church, or getting Church people out into the world? Maybe it’s not one over the other; what are the strengths and weaknesses of both, and what do we feel called to do?
Is the Christmas Story we hear every year really what happened? Why were some things added to the story? (Scripture: Proverbs 30:6, Matthew 25:23)
It shouldn’t be surprising that Christians are among the most likely to adopt, and many are passionate about foster care. After all, God chose to bring us into His family. Adoption and fostering are some of the best pictures we have of God’s love for us, but – just like our relationship with our Heavenly Father – the road isn’t always easy. Merri and Becki share from their families’ own tough but life-changing experiences with adoption and fostering.
What does it mean to be wise? Is it about knowing a lot of facts? Is there more to it than that? Peter and Kimberly are about to find out! (Scripture: Proverbs 18:15, Ephesians 5:15, Matthew 7:24, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 17:10)
Have you ever felt like you weren’t needed? Well there are lots of kids who know the feeling, including Monica and Peter. They are playing shepherds in their church’s Christmas show, and they are feeling a little neglected. Ms Tabitha sees some similarities to the characters they are playing! (Scripture: 1st Corinthians 1:27, Luke 2:1-20)
Does having doubt make you a bad Christian? Is experiencing doubt always a bad thing? What does a Christian do in a season where God may seem distant or the beliefs of the faith feel unclear? Tim, Trinity and Mike discuss this sometimes-scary topic from a relatable perspective.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Angels.” Probably some girl with long blond hair and a white dress complete with a halo and wings right? You can imagine Artie’s reaction when he finds out he has to play one for the Christmas play at church. But what if that’s not how angels actually look? (Daniel 10, Joshua 5, Luke 2, and Mathew 28, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1, and Hebrews 13:2)
Did you know there are times when you shouldn’t help someone? When Gabby asks Wendy for help but she refuses, drama ensues. Everett and Mr. Jacobs do their best to help. (Scripture: 2nd Timothy 3, Ephesians 5:6, 1st John 4, and Galatians 5:25)