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29May 2013

by: Simeon Snyder

Solitude

Gripped by the Grind Often our lives are taken hold of by busy schedules. Day after day is filled with activities: school, work, sports, etc. And these activities can include serving God, going to prayer meetings, accountability groups, small groups, the list goes on. But the one thing we sometimes forget is solitude and its importance. We may be at Church or Cross Culture or whatever, and hear ...

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15May 2013

by: Guest Blogger

For the Young Mother: Ministry, Guilt, and Seasons of Life

By Jani Ortlund* Guilt is a young mother’s habitual shadow. It has a nasty way of soaking through many of her efforts at nurturing, serving and loving others. “Am I doing enough for my children? For others? What do they think of me? What does God think of me?” As a young mother everyone wants something from you—your family, your church, your boss, your neighbor. And ...

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1May 2013

by: Marty Machowski

The Invisible Parenting Tool

We’ve Tried Everything The most important tool in our parenting toolbox is invisible.  As a result, we too often fail to put it into use until the last moment when we've tried everything with no success. I had a husband and wife come to me and share that their five-year-old child refused to remain in bed after they tucked him in.  Every night they went through a long routine of ...

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24April 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Cross Culture: Parent-Youth Ministry part 2

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is the third of a few-part post on CFC’s Parent/Youth youth ministry, which is appearing on a monthly basis.) Why Do We Do What We Do? Since I have the joy of leading CFC’s youth ministry, I thought it would be good to highlight the philosophical values we are clinging to as a youth ministry.  Why do we do youth ministry the way we do?  ...

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17April 2013

by: Simeon Snyder

When You Sin

A Big Deal Sin should be a big deal to us as believers. When we are born again we are given a new nature to do what God wants and commands. As Galatians 5:24 says, “Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the flesh...” and 1 Corinthians 5:17 says, “...the new has come.” We are new creations. However, sin still exists in our lives -- and will until we are with God ...

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27March 2013

by: Tim Shorey

Praying for the Sick

On Sunday, March 17, the CFC family experienced an extraordinary moment of grace as we heard from three who are walking through seasons of profound trial with life-threatening disease. Their testimonies of sorrow, faith, and grace moved us into a moment of sacred family love and collective cries for the mercy of God. Today we offer these testimonies to stir faith, inspire prayer, and awaken ...

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20March 2013

by: Simeon Snyder

Renewed Strength

Often in this walk we enter times where it’s hard to walk. Sometimes we hit stretches of running, yet they end quickly because of an overwhelming weariness. Life isn’t easy. We are constantly being bombarded with temptations, decisions, disasters, and on and on and on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were never weary or faint in our walk because of these things? Guess what, God ...

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13March 2013

by: Adam Sacks

For Joy’s Sake

Covenant Fellowship Church has been my church home for twenty years. Although we’ve occasionally encountered trials and controversy, I don’t think our church (and family of churches) has ever experienced them to the same degree we have over the past two years. This has been a season of questions, criticism, evaluation, and repentance. It’s been a sobering and hopeful season ...

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6March 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Looking at the Parent in our Parent/Youth Model of Ministry part 2

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is the second of a few-part post on CFC’s Parent/Youth youth ministry, which is appearing on the first Wednesday of each month.) In our first post we started looking at some ways that we need parents to parent in our youth ministry—starting with the thought that we need our parents to love Jesus (see the February 6 post).  We need our parents ...

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20February 2013

by: Simeon Snyder

Ask to Be Happy

“Until now you have asked nothing in my name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24 ESV) Have you ever thought that by asking for something you would inconvenience the person you’re asking? Or that they would reject you and so you backed down? Have you ever done this with God? Sometimes I have found that I feel like I'm going to inconvenience ...

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