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Taught and Caught

Taught and Caught

As school begins, we rightly focus on the lives of students and all the possibility and potential that this time of year calls forth. We hold up the high calling of teachers and administrators who work hard to shape and serve our young people. We regularly pray for all of them.  This…   Read More »

Everything Starts from Prayer

Everything Starts from Prayer

The new school year is upon us and all around are new classes and new routines. This is a season where wise folks commit all of these new-and-unknowns to God’s care through prayer. In the spirit of prayerful positive momentum, I’ve included below a few facts, quotes, and…   Read More »

Prayer: Just Give it a Try

Prayer: Just Give it a Try

I remember being coaxed by my mother at the beginning of the new school year: “Now you’re in 5th grade. Just give it a try. It’s going to be alright.”  When I became a parent myself, I routinely used this same technique on my kids: “Spinach is green and…   Read More »

How Healthy Is Sunday?

How Healthy Is Sunday?

Over the Summer months, our worship services have highlighted one of the core spiritual rhythms that God’s Word teaches: practicing the Sabbath. Our pastors and preachers have tried to define a basic practice Sabbath this way: “Stop work (as you define it) and fully enter into…   Read More »

Exceeding Expectations

Exceeding Expectations

God is in the business of exceeding human expectations. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” For every longing and desire that stirs our hearts, God will ultimately exceed our expectations. This is one of the awesome…   Read More »

Signs of the Spirit in Summer

Signs of the Spirit in Summer

Today is the official beginning of summer! While many of our families start enjoying trips and vacations this time of year, our church family has witnessed an amazing burst of spiritual energy this month. I’ve asked Laura Horner, Elmhurst CRC’s Special Needs Coordinator, to…   Read More »

Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes

My mom taught me that every good gift deserves to be met with an equally good thank you note. This is a noble rule to live by. Whether it’s a Christmas gift, a generous act offered over a birthday or special occasion, or a simple unexpected kindness, a thoughtful response of thanks…   Read More »

The SpringHill Way

The SpringHill Way

Spring into Summer Spring Hill Camp has taken over Elmhurst CRC this week and next, bringing boundless youthful and spiritual energy to our campus. Kara Hackert is our church’s point person to make this amazing experience happen. Kara has been an outstanding member of the ECRC staff…   Read More »

The Match Game

The Match Game

As a child of the 1970s, I loved watching game shows: The Price is Right, The Gong Show, The Dating Game (if parents were out of the room) and my personal favorite, The Match Game hosted by Gene Rayburn. Although the format of The Match Game has changed through the years, the basic gist…   Read More »

Energy Part II

Energy Part II

Where do get our energy? Where do we get our spiritual energy? Last time I wrote about how Holy Dissatisfaction is used by God to energize us on a daily basis. Holy dissatisfaction is a powerful source of energy; it burns fast and hot. It’s the equivalent of a sugar cookie or candy…   Read More »

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