You can learn a great deal about humanity by studying the behavior of children and adolescents. Kids mimic and create storylines based on the lives they observe, both at home and in the entertainment they are exposed to.
Children play house. Kids create rescue stories. They defeat enemies and they fantasize about having extraordinary powers. As adults we watch movies instead. Most watch sports instead of playing them-- preferring the thrill of vicarious victory to the risk of personal injury and the demands of training.
What are kids up to when they play ‘Truth-dare-double dare-promise to repeat’? Adolescents want to hear and confess secret feelings and actions, especially if the attention towards them is based on being memorable or humorous. Negative attention becomes positive when bad behavior endears you to your friends. Doing a dare may show your bravery and obedience; or it may reveal the depths you will go to be accepted.
Most kids tell lies and practice some deception. Do you reme…
It is so important in times of transition to thank people
who have made valuable contributions to your life. I would like to personally
thank Rielly McLaren for these reasons.
1.Thank you for being truthful. Rielly is not a ‘yes man’ that says yes with his lips and
no with his heart. He has always made his agreements carefully and
wholeheartedly. 2.Thank you for making us think. You have a sharp
mind and wise insights into what it means to follow Jesus. You are a student of
life and invite us to look in the microscope and the telescope to see what you
see. You say unforgettable things. 3.Thank you for making us laugh. Your keen eye for
the funniest experiences have helped us laugh at ourselves, but mostly at you.
Your infectious laugh is disarming and you give us permission to have a merry
heart. 4.Thank you for being vulnerable. When you share
your moments of weakness and uncertainty, you help us to bear our own burdens.
You give us permission to speak about our struggles and find the pa…
Pastor Rielly McLaren has been listening to the whispers of
the Spirit. After six years of ministry with New Song Church as a part-time
assistant he is sensing that his season as one of our teachers is winding down.
Although the path ahead is not yet fully defined, there is a
clear indication that it’s time to let go and start walking in a new direction.
This is a common trait of the faith life. If we look at Abram’s calling we find a pattern.
Genesis 12:The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your
people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those
who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
First, the calling of God is personal and requires that we
willingly let go of the familiar setting and familiar relationships. Faith requires
us to move forward …