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Commitment Weekend

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The night before Christmas was always really special as a kid. The anticipation of what would be under the tree waiting in the morning and all the fun of the festivities that surrounded it. As a kid, if you would have told me that I would enjoy giving gifts as a parent as much as I do I wouldn’t have believed you. But actually, I like it even better! I love knowing what the kids are going to get and watching their little faces light up with excitement on Christmas day.

We shouldn’t be surprised that it works this way, Acts 20:35 shows that the early church was careful to share this same idea. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Actually we know now that even science tells us that our brains respond when we give, we were designed to be generous!

This weekend we will commit together—just like a smaller group of people did a decade ago—to see how we can be a part of what God wants to do through us into the next decade and beyond. We are praying and hoping to raise $3 million (and adding no debt) to create significantly better spaces in our large group environments and parking lot to clearly share the better life in Jesus.

I’m asking you to do two things. First and foremost, pray. We’ve been talking about how we make our gift to Re:Vision a spiritual decision and it comes on the other side of these questions:

  • What can I give?
  • What can I sacrifice?
  • What can I trust God for?

We are also going to be praying a specific prayer as a church this week, especially on Friday.

And second, decide as an individual or family what you’ll commit to what God wants to do through us and come Sunday with your three commitment and initial offering towards that commitment. All we’re asking is for you to ask God to lead you … and then be obedient to what you feel He is asking you to do … period.

I have been so excited to share what I believe God has put on our heart as a leadership team through Re:Vision—it’s God’s big number for us. And I hope you sense God’s big number for your family and can give it joyfully this weekend. God loves that kind of giving.

Helpful Resources:

Re:Vision Gathering- Did you miss attending a Re:Vision Gathering. Watch it here.

Re:Vision Prayer Guide- Join us on Friday, October 13 in prayer for Re:Vision and the commitments being made.



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Bullying

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Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. We want to help stop bullying at church, school, online, and in the community. Some feel that bullying is a normal right of passage in growing up. It isn’t!! There will always be conflicts between kids, but bullying is intentional cruelty, harassment, and emotional, physical and sometimes sexual abuse. This behavior can set the tone for a lifetime of intentional cruelty or worse. And the consequences to the victim can seriously affect them for the rest of their lives.

Psychology Today explains that Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, specifically those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully. Bullying is not garden-variety aggression; it is a deliberate and repeated attempt to cause harm to others of lesser power. It's a very durable behavioral style, largely because bullies get what they want—at least at first. Bullies are made, not born, and it happens at an early age, if the normal aggression of 2-year-olds isn't handled well.

Many studies show that bullies lack prosocial behavior, are untroubled by anxiety, and do not understand others' feelings. They typically see themselves quite positively. Those who chronically bully have strained relationships with parents and peers.

Electronic bullying has become a significant problem in the past decade. The ubiquity of hand-held and other devices  affords bullies any-time access to their prey, and harassment can often be carried out anonymously. This parent page is a great resource for parents of students and teens.  Check it out HERE

There are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.

One of our kids@ehills kiddos I meet with regularly shared an amazing book she is reading right now on this very subject.

Of course I read it! Amazing read for any age really! The book Wonder is incredible, written with understanding and compassion. I would highly recommend you reading this with your family to lead to a great understanding and conversation about bullying.

There is also a movie being made about this book. As I watched this trailer, I was captivated by these words. “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”. Take a look HERE.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Tiffany Ann Johns to gain insight to share from her on this topic. Tiffany Ann is a mother of 4, one of which has special needs. She and her special needs daughter visit schools and organizations educating others on disabilities, bullying and how to demonstrate kindness. She shared some great reminders of ways we can help students and kids to choose to be kind.

  • When someone looks different or acts different, say hello
  • Introduce yourself, even if they do not respond
  • If you see bullying, stand up and say something
  • Do not rely on others
  • See something-Say something

Tiffany Ann suggested another amazing resource for children. This book is called Out of My Mind and can be found here. 

Remember….the opposite of bullying is KINDNESS.

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