Be nice. Read more books!

People Who Read A Lot of Books Are Way Nicer, Kinder and Empathetic, a News Study Shows
By Peace Quarters

Being a bookworm is understandably considered a solitary, lonely hobby.

After all, unlike watching television, it would be awfully hard to read a book with a group or even with one other person. Bookish people have stereo typically been thought of as loners and introverts.
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Grow Spiritually This Summer

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Here’s some ideas to help your kids grow spiritually this summer!

  • Visit a mission site or take the kids to serve at a local rescue mission. (Use this as a teachable moment to talk about generosity and how Christians can be the answer to the tangible needs in our city)
  • Plant flowers or build a garden in the backyard.  (Use it as a teachable moment to talk about God’s creation and the way he planned our world)
  • Set a summer reading plan. Make a chart and challenge your kids to read a certain number of books each week. Even better – read a book together. Make it like a Bible study without calling it a Bible study.
  • Write a family memory verse in the kitchen. Google “Bible verse games” or “kids memory verses.” Reward each person who has memorized it by Friday night dinner.
  • Donate old books or toys to less fortunate kids. Let your children choose where they want to donate the items. Get the kids involved in organizing and packing the books for delivery.
  • Print out the words to some of your family’s favorite Christian songs. Most of the artists we play on our radio station have lyric videos on Youtube you can watch as a family and talk about the words in the songs.
  • Ask each child to make a summer prayer list. Challenge your kids to pray BOLD prayers this summer. List friends & family you want to pray for too!  At the end of the summer you’ll get to look back on every prayer that God answered. You’ll probably be surprised what you notice!
  • Ask your kids to write a list of questions about God. Look up the answers together. (Use this as a teachable moment about generosity & faith)

Instagram-worthy Bible for millennials


Bryan Ye-Chung, left, and Brian Chung are co-founders of Alabaster. (Photo by Bryan Ye-Chung)

By Peter Holle | Washington Post

Brian Chung still remembers the first time he attempted to read the Bible… he’d recently converted to Christianity and was eager to plunge into the scripture that he’d heard so much about.

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Starve Your Fears

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How do we Feed our Faith and starve our doubts to death? Your fears will starve to death when you feed your faith.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

You will not feed your faith by reading Reader’s Digest, the weekend paper, or even by watching TV. Even if you can only read one verse a day, do it now! A verse a day keeps the devil away!