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Parenting
Free online resource which provides resources, articles and tips offering parenting help in today’s world.

Upper Room Daily Devotional
Provides a model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats, to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence.

Best Practices in Family Faith Formation – Article by John Roberto
This is a valuable article on effective practices in family faith formation which reviews research and current thinking on family faith practices.

The Importance of Family Faith for Lifelong Faith Formation – Article John Roberto
This article summarizes the key research findings on the importance of family faith for nurturing faith in children and teens and offers a variety of practical strategies congregations can use in developing or strengthening family faith formation.

 


Suggested Readings from Pastor Paul

questions_god_asksQuestions God Asks Us by Trevor Hudson
Many times we wrestle with how and what God is doing in our lives.  There are times we simply don’t understand or see how God is interacting with us.  This is a great book to help a person understand and realize how God is interacting in their life through 10 biblically based questions.  If you take to heart and contemplate the questions Trevor Hudson poses in this book, you have the potential to be in a stronger relationship with Christ by the end of the book.

Book Description:
Trevor Hudson sees the Bible as a book of questions from God to us.  God wants to enter into a conversational relationship with each one of us.  God asks questions, and our answers draw us into a relationship of deeper sharing and intimacy with God.

Each chapter ends with a section titled “Answering God’s Question.”  Here are suggestions about how to explore God’s question in the context of your own life.  Questions for small-group study are also provided.

 

whyWhy? Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam Hamilton
If you ever wondered why certain things happen and where God was when those events took place, Adam Hamilton does a wonderful job helping us understand.

Book Description:
Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike?

When the ground shakes, and a poor nation’s economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community’s hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God?  If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation?

In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for the world, including:

God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him.
God will never abandon us, especially in the midst of our suffering.
While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy.

 

this_we_believeThis We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice by William H. Willimon
Bishop Willimon explains in an easy to understand way the Wesleyan faith which is at the core of Methodism.

Book Description
This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice
by William H. Willimon For John Wesley, the Bible is the joyfully consistent testimony of God’s never-ending grace and ever-seeking love. Likewise, studying the Bible is more than merely knowing what Scripture says; it is also about living every day as a child of God.  Beginning with the Core Terms found in The Wesley Study Bible, author Bishop William H. Willimon systematically lays out key Wesleyan tenets of faith so that you will have a fresh way to hear God’s voice, share in God’s grace, and become more like Jesus Christ.