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Tips for Growing Great Kids #206
Parents Place

by Cheri Fuller


Instead of running up to school to deliver a book or assignment every time your child forgets, let the natural consequences occur at school so he will begin to stop and ask, “What do I need to take to school today? Do I have everything I need?” before leaving.




Cheri Fuller is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of over 45 books—including her newest, Dangerous Prayer: Discovering Your Amazing Story in the Eternal Story of God (Barbour Books). Having been awarded the Gold Medallion for her coauthored book and twice the Silver Medallion, Cheri’s works have sold well over one million copies and impacted people both in the U.S. and around the world. Order Dangerous Prayer from www.amazon.com.


How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority
Current Happenings

Holidays are a blend of culture, tradition, marketing, and consumerism—with sometimes a little religion thrown in. At least that’s how it feels in the US. How and what we celebrate has a lot to say about our own culture. Christmas, in particular, is a perfect example of the syncretism of modern-day religious celebrations: We can blame Hallmark all we want, but most of us have willingly engaged in the commercialization of a day that’s supposed to revolve around prayer, gratitude, and...


Prayer for the Day

Father, I pray for the salvation and righteousness of my every descendant until the end of time. 

Five-Ingredient, 10-minute Sugar Cookies
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Rachel Randolph


Makes 2 cookies (easily doubled or quadrupled for bigger batches)

Ingredients

1 T. butter or Earth Balance

1 T. maple syrup or Agave Syrup

1/8 t. vanilla

2 T. all-purpose flour

Sprinkle of sea salt (optional)


Directions

Preheat oven to 350.

With a whisk or spoon, mix the butter and maple syrup or agave. Stir in the vanilla.

Stir in the flour one tablespoon at a time.

Line a pan with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat and scoop out tablespoon size drops two inches apart.

Sprinkle with just a touch...



Rachel Randolph is co-author of We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook and Nourished (Zondervan, 2013, 2015) with her mom Becky Johnson. She lives near Dallas with her husband Jared and their toddler, Jackson.

Shocking their meat-lovin’ families, the couple decided to give up meat, dairy, and eggs in 2010. Rachel’s passion for cooking ignited as she set out to make vegan food taste delicious. She and Becky share a food blog (www.welaughwecrywecook.com), where vegans and omnivores are both welcome at the table, and laughter and love are the key ingredients to every dish. Previously, Rachel founded RedCouch PR where she helped authors promote their books. Rachel also blogs at The Nourished Mama: www.thenourishedmama.com.

 



Inspirational Quote

“Oh, what love! Christ would not entrust our redemption to angels, to millions of angels; but he would come himself, and in person suffer; he would not give a low and a base price for us clay. He would buy us with a great ransom, so as he might over-buy us, and none could over-bid him in his market for souls.” 

― Samuel Rutherford


Prayer for the Day

Oh Lord, my heart longs for home. 

Sweet and Saucy Pork Loin
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


 small (2-3 pound) pork tenderloin

1/2 pound peppered bacon

1 tablespoon Tony Chachere’s

1 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 small jar Apricot preserves

First step, we’ll stir together a tablespoon of Tony Chacheres’, a teaspoon of pepper, and a teaspoon of garlic powder and rub this really well into a pork loin. That’s one! Then we’ll take a half a pound of peppered bacon, wrap the individual pieces around our tenderloin and set it in a heavy cast iron...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com


Author Chat: Gary L. Thomas
Author/Musician Interview

Have you considered that perhaps God not only uses parents to influence their children, but that he uses children to change their parents? Could it be that parenting is a school for adult spiritual formation?

Bible Gateway interviewed Gary L. Thomas (@garyLthomas) about his book, Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls (Zondervan, 2017).

Why have you seen a need to update this book from when it first appeared in 2004?

Gary L. Thomas: It’s astonishing how...


Inspirational Quote

“So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death.” 

― Ann Voskamp


Prayer for the Day

Lord, I confess I've gotten pulled away from you and lost my first love. Thank you for continuing to love me and for calling me back to a more focused devotion to you. You've created me for something gar better than a life of scheduled hyperactivity: and abundant life in your loving presence. 

The Real Story Behind Ray Rice Speaking at Liberty
Current Happenings

On February 3, 2013, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was riding high. That was the day he helped his team win the Super Bowl in a historic game against the San Francisco 49ers.

But just one year later, Rice hit rock bottom after being caught on camera brutally knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. After the dramatic and disturbing video footage was leaked on TMZ for all the world to see, Rice was fired by the Ravens, and he hasn’t played...

"He Will" | Ellie Holcomb
Video of the Day

He Will, from Ellie Holcomb's album "Red Sea Road." 

Parmesan Chicken with Rice
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


Boneless chicken breasts

1 cup mayo

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

garlic powder


Heads up. We’re using mayonnaise, which may seem a little strange, but you want actually taste the mayo if you follow these directions. We’re going to take a cup of shredded fresh parmesan cheese and combine it with a cup of mayo. This is the reccommended mayo and parmesan if you’re using four chicken breasts. Adjust accordingly if you have fewer breasts. What you don’t want is a heavy coating...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com



Inspirational Quote

And in the Incarnation the whole human race recovers the dignity of the image of God. ... By being partakers of Christ incarnate, we are partakers in the whole humanity which he bore. 

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Prayer for the Day

Father, may the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead give us life and strength to make it through all the dark winters we face and to bear much fruit in your perfect time and season. 


Inspirational Quote

"The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that he might offer up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas." 

- Rev. Billy Graham

Ellie Holcomb, Red Sea Road
Video of the Day

Worship with Ellie Holcomb as she sings her hit "Red Sea Road."


Prayer for the Day

Father, I embrace the adventure of living in your details, where the seemingly small and insignificant are actually eternal and exalted. 

Author Chat: Trevin Wax
Author/Musician Interview

Uncertain. Confused. Overwhelmed.

Many Christians feel bombarded by the messages they hear and the trends they see in our rapidly changing world.

How can we resist being conformed to the pattern of this world? What will faithfulness to Christ look like in these tumultuous times? How can we be true to the gospel in a world where myths and false visions of the world so often prevail?

In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of 21st-century American life in order to help Christians...

Beautiful Word: The Story of the ESV Illuminated Bible
Current Happenings

Centuries before Christians searched Scripture on illuminated digital screens, the Word of God was “lit up” with masterful calligraphy, colorful illustrations, and gold and silver filigree in the illuminated Bibles and manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

A new Bible edition from Crossway offers contemporary readers a glimpse of that classic style in an English Standard Version (ESV) Bible glimmering with hundreds of hand-drawn gold illustrations.

Christian designer Dana Tanamachi, nationally...


Inspirational Quote

Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.

- Edward Hays


Prayer for the Day

King of kings, Lord of lords, Creator, Sustainer, only God, I pour out my life at your feet. May it be a sweet-smelling offering of worship. May it please you and give you some small echo of the joy you give me. 

Author Chat: Susan May Warren
Author/Musician Interview

Can you please tell us about your newest book, Troubled Waters? (Publishing Jan. 2 and available for preorder now!)

This story started with a comment the heroine made in my head: “I wouldn’t date him if he were the only man on a desert island!” Of course, she was talking about the hero, and I thought, What if? Let’s call her bluff and see what happens when these two people, with so many obstacles between them in the real world, land on a desert island together. In Troubled...

Tips for Growing Great Kids #204
Parents Place

by Cheri Fuller


A week before school starts, set your child’s alarm for the time he will need to get up for school, and reset bedtime accordingly. 

Then the first week of school he’ll be used to the new schedule and more alert in class.




Cheri Fuller is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of over 45 books—including her newest, Dangerous Prayer: Discovering Your Amazing Story in the Eternal Story of God (Barbour Books). Having been awarded the Gold Medallion for her coauthored book and twice the Silver Medallion, Cheri’s works have sold well over one million copies and impacted people both in the U.S. and around the world. Order Dangerous Prayer from www.amazon.com.



Inspirational Quote

“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” 

― Madeleine L'Engle


Prayer for the Day

God, just the thought of the sacrifice you made fills me with praise. Make my life one that brings glory to you and makes you smile. 


Prayer for the Day

Heavenly Father, let us see your glory. Give us spiritual eyesight to see what our natural eyes cannot. Hallowed be your name. 


Inspirational Quote

“The incarnation took all that properly belongs to our humanity and delivered it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites and capacities and yearnings are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free. All the dancing and feasting and processing and singing and building and sculpting and baking and merrymaking that belong to us, and that were stolen away into the service of false gods, are returned to us in...

3 Things to Consider As You Prepare for 2018
Current Happenings

Like it or not, now that we’ve hit December, it’s officially time to start thinking about 2018. The earlier you start to prepare for the New Year, the better off—and more prepared—you’ll be. So let’s start getting our New Year’s mindset together today so we can kill it next year!

Here are three things to start thinking about before Christmas.

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The Contexts for Our Carols
Current Happenings

"High King of heaven, my victory won

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.”

With these words, the ancient Irish poet brings us into a different world. It is a world where God is not just the omniscient, omnibenevolent deity of scholastic logic, but the “high King of heaven.” This title moves the mind back through time to a different political moment, a time when security rested not in democratic...


Inspirational Quote

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” 

- J.I. Packer


Prayer for the Day

Father, thank you for opportunities to show your mercy--the kind of forgiveness that responds like a heat-seeking missile to the pain of another's plight. 

Tips for Growing Great Kids #205
Parents Place

by Cheri Fuller


Encourage your child to write down the phone number of at least one or two classmates in each class so that if she misses a class or gets stuck on a homework assignment, she has someone to call for help.




Cheri Fuller is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of over 45 books—including her newest, Dangerous Prayer: Discovering Your Amazing Story in the Eternal Story of God (Barbour Books). Having been awarded the Gold Medallion for her coauthored book and twice the Silver Medallion, Cheri’s works have sold well over one million copies and impacted people both in the U.S. and around the world. Order Dangerous Prayer from www.amazon.com.


Almost Homemade Mexican Tortilla Soup
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


5-6 chicken breasts, roasted and deboned

2 cups of the holy trinity (diced celery, onions, peppers)

2 tablespoons butter

1 (32 ounce) carton Swanson Mexican Tortilla Flavor Infused Broth

2 cups frozen corn

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

1 (15.5 ounce) jar of your favorite salsa

1 can black beans (drained)

2 tablespoons crushed jalapenos

2 teaspoons minced garlic

*optional toppings: grated sharp cheddar, diced green onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream


We’ll begin by sautéing two cups of diced onion,...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com



Inspirational Quote

“We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.” 

- Pope Paul VI


Prayer for the Day

God, just the thought of the sacrifice you made fills me with praise. Make my life one that brings glory to you and makes you smile. 


Inspirational Quote

God could, had He pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility He chose to be incarnate in a man of delicate sensibilities who wept at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane. Otherwise we should have … missed the all-important help of knowing that He has faced all that the weakest of us face, has shared not only the strength of our nature but every weakness of it except sin. 

― C.S. Lewis

Digging Down Deep into Protestant-Catholic Differences
Current Happenings

During this 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses—the Reformation’s start by traditional reckoning—we see extremes. Some Christians are foaming at the mouth like pit bulls, going for the jugular of their Catholic or Protestant opponents. Others are so open-minded that their brains fall out of their heads. Such variety is reflected in books, conferences, and in general discussion of things Catholic and Protestant. Two books published this year offer bright shining...

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