Family Devotions

We know it’s important. We also know it can be hard to make family devotions both relevant/meaningful and enjoyable.

Here’s a good place to begin: A Quick Guide to Family Worship

If you’re looking for some new material, here’s a new series on the Psalms for families with members of all ages from the Reformed tradition.

Finding yourself a little discouraged because you aren’t doing family devotions or worship? Take courage and try out some of these alternatives.

This post is for parents as they lead their families in devotions and worship.

That other place you spend a lot of time

Home Sweet Cubicle

You probably spend more time at work than you do at Church. That’s one of the reasons why Larry argues that the workplace is full of untapped potential to witness to the unity of the body of believers.

J.B. shares how micro-prayers can help get you through the day at work.

And Melissa offers 8 ideas for living missionally at work.

This post is for members of the workforce who spend a significant amount of time at their workplace. It provides ideas and inspiration for living your faith in community.

Photo by Hey Paul Studios. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Choosing to be friends instead of competitors

It’s like it happens without even trying. You meet someone, you like them, you become friends. Then somewhere along the way, you start to compare your life to theirs. Sometimes you feel better, sometimes worse. But is that what God intended for our friendships?

Young FriendsAnn shares a conversation with her daughter about the dangers of comparing herself to her friends. The alternative to measuring your life by others is to look for God’s “burning bush presence.”

Don offers three new ways to look at those around us in “Three Paradigm Shifts About Relationships That Are Setting Me Free.” People are the gift!

Finally, Kristen at Relevant Magazine offers “5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have.”

Photo by Gwen. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

This post is for adults and teens, covers the topic of friendship and comparing.

World Hunger Campaign Part 3

We finished up our World Hunger campaign this week, and as promised here are number of ideas to help you discern how God might be inviting you to get involved. Just because we brought our Peter Fish back to church doesn’t mean God’s invitation ends!

From the Canadian Foodgrains Bank:
“How Can Families with Young Children Respond to Hunger in East Africa?” continues the stories we heard on Sunday about using a ration meal to save money so that you can share it with those in need.
There’s also their Educational Resources page for groups, classes and families.

From World Renew:Check out Resources for All for lots of ideas perfect for church settings.
Especially take some time to read the fall newsletter from World Renew, Through the Dust.
And consider using the Gift Catalog this winter. On Sunday at CCC, kids ages 3 – grade 7 joined in the giving from the Catalog with money from the Deacons: ages 3-5 bought a chimney, grades k-1 and 2-3 each bought a beehive, and grades 4-7 are waiting to make their purchase so that they can bring some of their own money in to contribute.

And a little more close to home, consider taking one of these 10 Love Challenges.


This post is the final in a series of posts that were part of Christ Community Church’s World Hunger Campaign in conjunction with World Renew. It shares resources and opportunities for individuals and families to give and share love.


Sunday Follow-up: Let love come down

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, Pastor Chelsey read a number of bible verses about God’s love for us. Here is an awesome handout you can print and keep to read them- and others- over and over again.
My Identity in Jesus compiled by Ben Malcolmson.




This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on November 3, 2013.