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Adventures in Faith & Family

Reflections on growing together in faith, exploring typical situations that we face in families and the many adventures that make up family life, these articles offer support to parents and grandparents as they mentor and care for their children.

06
Dec

What is hope? And how to do we teach hope to our children?

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What is hope? And how do we teach hope to our children? Both of these are challenging questions. Let’s start with defining hope!   The dictionary definition of ‘hope’ speaks of anticipation and desire, and wanting something to happen. However, if we speak of ‘hope’ from a faith perspective, it is something more. The hope of which we speak is not like writing a wish list for our birthdays or a letter to Santa and then desiring or expecting to receive at least some of what was on the list.   Hope, within the Christian faith, goes much deeper. It is...
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15
Nov

What is Truth? And How Do We Teach Our Kids to Tell It?

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What is truth? Now that’s an interesting, if not difficult, question in today’s society. Then there is the word “fact,” which should be something that is provable and demonstrable, but again we see the questioning of facts, even in the face of evidence. Fact and opinion used to be opposites, but now it seems that there has become more and more of a fluidity between the two. We have people who, if they do not like a particular fact, declare it as fake. Somehow I always thought that fake and fact were opposites – but it seems, at least to some...
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08
Nov

What is Love? It's not what you may think!

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What is love? Talk about an over-used word in our society. We can love a car. We can love a child. We can love a cookie. We can love a friend. We declare, “Oh, I love that dishwasher.” But also declare to another person, “I love you.”   This one little word has so many uses that its meaning has become diluted, I believe. While expressing such a precious feeling on one hand – the love of another human being, it also is used to express desire for something really quite inconsequential, such as a cookie or a car or a...
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01
Nov

What is Grace? Can we really offer it?

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What is grace? That’s not a word that is used much in our society. We might use “graceful,” meaning someone who moves gently, with a fluid, pleasing elegance. But “grace” – now that is a church word. So what do we mean by it?   Grace is one of the most profound words in the Christian vocabulary. What it means is to freely offer unconditional love. Unconditional! No strings attached! Nothing demanded! Nothing expected! No thought of repayment! Unearned, unexpected, unmerited! Doesn’t matter what the person on the receiving end has done, what their attitude is like, or how they respond....
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25
Oct

What is Faith? & How do I share is with my kids?

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What is faith? Quick, don’t ponder, just respond. What is the first thing that you would say when asked to define “faith?” Actually, I suspect that most of us had no quick reaction, and responded with “uhhh, well..” I’ve lived and worked in the area of faith for about 30 years now, and I still couldn’t give a quick answer. If you go to the dictionary, faith is associated with words such as trust, belief, confidence, and loyalty, and these are directed toward a person, God, or religion. Yet, somehow that doesn’t begin to capture the role that faith plays in...
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26
Jun

Summer Fun

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It’s almost summer time. I remember the fun of anticipating summer as a child. What, of all the possibilities, would I choose to do with my days? I was a farm kid so between laying hens in the barn year-round and roasting/frying hens to be raised, butchered and sold over the summer, and garden & crops to be planted and harvested, we rarely took summer vacations. I remember only one in my whole childhood.   But that was just life on the farm and I knew that there was a great deal of fun to be had right there where I...
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26
Jun

Slow Parenting - Take Time for Family

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Slow down the reactions.                     Take time to breathe, notice and laugh.   Slow down the accumulation.             Take time for gratitude and gift-giving.   Slow down the fear.                              Take time to celebrate.   Slow down the solutions.                     Take time to listen.   Slow down the entertainment.            Take time to be restless and bored.   Slow down the virtual.                         Take time for nature.   Slow down the drive to achieve.         Take time for relationship and community.   Slow down the structured activities.  Take time to play.   Slow down the pace.                             Take time for Sabbath,...
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05
Apr

You Gotta Have Faith!

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You have to have faith in something. The truth is that we all have faith. The question is where, or in who, do we place that faith. Some might have faith in themselves and their own abilities. Some might place their faith in money and what it can do for them. Others might place their faith in education or a successful job. One could place faith in science or in government or in one’s family. Some might say that their only faith is that the world is going to destroy itself and that people are motivated by nothing but greed. I...
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29
Mar

Easter Morning with Your Family

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Waiting. Watching. Praying. That is what Holy Week is about. I just can’t bring myself to do anything that is celebratory or fun on these days, especially on Good Friday. Even if the sun is shining, Good Friday always seems a somber day to me.   It may be called “Good” – which is actually derived from “God’s” Friday, in the same way that “God be with you” became “good-bye.” But though it is called “good,” God’s Friday always feels just like that – a day that I need to give to God, in worship, in prayer, in waiting.   But then...
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22
Mar

Why bother being a Christian?

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Why bother being a Christian in today’s world?   Who needs faith, when we are so self-sufficient & so intellectually astute? Who needs a Saviour that tells us to sell everything and share with others? Who needs a Teacher & Lord that tells us to not only love our neighbours but also to welcome the stranger, and to offer love and compassion to those considered enemies? Who needs the demands of faith that tell me I should take time to pray in the midst of my busy schedule, that instructs that I rest and worship on Sundays, that asks me to...
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Winter Solstice 2018 Labyrinth Walk
Created On Thursday, 13 December 2018
For those who appreciate walking the labyrinth, as a way to focus your prayers, to calm your...
Experiencing Grief, Depression or Loneliness this Holiday Season
Created On Thursday, 13 December 2018
We know that this season is not Merry for everyone. Join us for our Longest Night Service on...
Thanks to the High River Downtown Businesses!
Created On Thursday, 06 December 2018
We love our downtown High River.....and its businesses! Thanks to these businesses who donated...
Don't Forget to join us for Games Night
Created On Thursday, 15 November 2018
Board games, card games, role-playing games and more. Bring your own or play one we have...

 

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