Parents look in a lot of different directions to ensure that the spiritual baton is passed on to their children. Some, like Heather, rely on the church or a Christian school. Others will turn to close relatives, camp, or a parenting book.    I commend those choices; they can all be helpful. But there’s a better place to begin.  Read more: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/top-button-truths/  #MTL #Family #Love

Parents look in a lot of different directions to ensure that the spiritual baton is passed on to their children. Some, like Heather, rely on the church or a Christian school. Others will turn to close relatives, camp, or a parenting book. I commend those choices; they can all be helpful. But there’s a better place to begin. Read more: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/top-button-truths/ #MTL #Family #Love

Talking about sticking with a faith community is far easier than actually doing it. The church is made up of people, and as a result, it is messy and difficult. People disappoint, fail, and hurt.

Talking about sticking with a faith community is far easier than actually doing it. The church is made up of people, and as a result, it is messy and difficult. People disappoint, fail, and hurt.

I have been to more than twenty countries around the globe, but India is like no other place I’ve ever been. Stray cattle wander everywhere; the air is filled with the aromas of curry and sandalwood; the streets are lined with an abundance of trash and sewage. Never will I forget what I experienced there.

I have been to more than twenty countries around the globe, but India is like no other place I’ve ever been. Stray cattle wander everywhere; the air is filled with the aromas of curry and sandalwood; the streets are lined with an abundance of trash and sewage. Never will I forget what I experienced there.

The Internet, smart phones, online gaming, and streaming videos have changed the reading habits of our youth. Can we keep books in “their” social network? According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, nearly half of six- to eight-year-olds are daily readers, however, by the time they reach high school age that number has dropped to a quarter of all youth. By age 17, only 19% of youth are daily readers.

The Internet, smart phones, online gaming, and streaming videos have changed the reading habits of our youth. Can we keep books in “their” social network? According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, nearly half of six- to eight-year-olds are daily readers, however, by the time they reach high school age that number has dropped to a quarter of all youth. By age 17, only 19% of youth are daily readers.

1. Attend a child-friendly church. A church that invites children to attend worship, that has a children’s time during worship or a service in which children are included, will not mind the noise and commotion that comes with having young children in worship.  read more: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/top-10-tips-to-introducing-your-children-to-worship/

1. Attend a child-friendly church. A church that invites children to attend worship, that has a children’s time during worship or a service in which children are included, will not mind the noise and commotion that comes with having young children in worship. read more: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/top-10-tips-to-introducing-your-children-to-worship/

Today the majority of people in the United States self-identify as Christian. Yet the statistics are changing as rapidly as the landscape. In 2012 the Pew Forum released a study titled “The Rise of the ‘Nones.’” The central finding was that fully one-fifth of the US public—and a third of adults under the age of thirty—are religiously unaffiliated. Many of our churches have understandably become fixated on this data because it points to an impending reality...

Today the majority of people in the United States self-identify as Christian. Yet the statistics are changing as rapidly as the landscape. In 2012 the Pew Forum released a study titled “The Rise of the ‘Nones.’” The central finding was that fully one-fifth of the US public—and a third of adults under the age of thirty—are religiously unaffiliated. Many of our churches have understandably become fixated on this data because it points to an impending reality...

Holidays offer a great time of celebration, but the busyness of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even the New Year season can stress marriage in so many ways. Preparing for the holiday season—before it hits—is a good way to keep the “happy” in your marriage, whether you are a newlywed, have children at home, are a blending family or are empty nesters. It’s wise to annually reevaluate your holiday plans and consider making some adjustments that will make your marriage and this season an…

Holidays offer a great time of celebration, but the busyness of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even the New Year season can stress marriage in so many ways. Preparing for the holiday season—before it hits—is a good way to keep the “happy” in your marriage, whether you are a newlywed, have children at home, are a blending family or are empty nesters. It’s wise to annually reevaluate your holiday plans and consider making some adjustments that will make your marriage and this season an…

When your heart is tainted by the love of this world and the pursuit of all its goodies, whether you are sexually immoral or not, you are living an impure life. Boom. Let that sink in.    Read the full article: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/what-is-purity/

When your heart is tainted by the love of this world and the pursuit of all its goodies, whether you are sexually immoral or not, you are living an impure life. Boom. Let that sink in. Read the full article: http://mtlmagazine.com/article/what-is-purity/

Young Adult (YA) fiction is the important link bridging the reading desert between childhood and adulthood. Until the last couple of years, the gap between middle grade readers and adult readers lay devoid of relevant characters and situations that teenagers, dangling their toes over the edges of the adulthood pond, could enjoy without jumping headlong into the waters of adult fiction.

Young Adult (YA) fiction is the important link bridging the reading desert between childhood and adulthood. Until the last couple of years, the gap between middle grade readers and adult readers lay devoid of relevant characters and situations that teenagers, dangling their toes over the edges of the adulthood pond, could enjoy without jumping headlong into the waters of adult fiction.

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