Discipleship Category

February 5, 2016 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Family Worship During Lent

Something we are looking forward to this year is having families worship together throughout this series. Our covenant children will be learning right along side us singing, reading scripture, taking notes, and entering into the large group discussion....Keep Reading

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October 14, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Shepherding Covenant Youth Through Prayer

Last night we had a first... Five of the thirteen in our gathering were covenant youth younger than 12! ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: children's ministry, prayer, covenant community, covenant

October 8, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Some Colossians Resources for Growth

As you probably discovered last week, I am really excited about our new sermon series through the book of Colossians called "The Core: Living with Jesus at the Center." So that you can get the most out of this series, I am going to provide you with some resources!...Keep Reading

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January 21, 2015 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Kids Toys and The Gospel

"I am continually reminded how much our kids need our undivided attention, on their terms, and not ours. This communicates volumes in terms of humble service which is the essence of the Gospel. You want your kids to understand the Gospel? Get on the floor and play with them. Then when you speak of God coming down and condescending to our weakness they’ll have a picture of loving service to equate it to." Zach Neilson...Keep Reading

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October 1, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Children's Church

As far as my recent experience in ministry is concerned, the area in which this balancing act has been most felt is in the area of our ministry to children in the church; namely, what should we do with young children during times of public worship?...Keep Reading

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January 18, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Hearing God

I had a great theological discussion with my children this morning on the way to school. The question that was asked is "What does God's voice sound like? I mean, how do we hear God's voice?" How would you answer this question?...Keep Reading

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August 22, 2013 by Amanda Paben 0 comments

Sky VBS Recap

It is because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that our Christian faith is so unique. It is because of this that we can trust God, and it is because of this that vacation Bible school even exists. I pray that the joy of Sky VBS lives on in our hearts in the days, weeks, and months ahead!...Keep Reading

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March 8, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

What is my modus operandi?

Our default modus operandi for interaction, particularly when we disagree, is mean-edged sarcasm and cynicism. It’s as if we don’t know how to make a point without it being at the end of an arrow aimed for someone’s heart. ...Keep Reading

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December 6, 2012 by Paul Vroom 2 comments

A Letter to Grace's Mentors

We recognize is that our journey is not over just because she has professed her faith. We know that as her parents we have the ongoing primary responsibility to disciple our children. Each and every day we have the privilege to teach our children the ways of God and his goodness (Deuteronomy 6:4-11)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: profession of faith, Missio Dei Church, members, baptism, covenant community

December 1, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Profession of Faith - Grace Vroom

Milestones. Kids’ lives are filled with them: first smile, first tooth, first word, first step, first day of school, first time behind the wheel.... Doting parents record these important milestones in baby books and flood the inboxes of family and friends with emails and Facebook updates. But there are other milestones as well... "the ones we celebrate in the church with brothers and sisters: baptism, profession of faith, the Lord’s Supper, becoming a member, elder or deacon....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: profession of faith, children's ministry, members

October 19, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Engaging the mind without losing the heart?

One question I recently received was this: “How do you engage the mind without losing the heart?” It seems that everyone I meet has a personal or second-hand horror story about a chipper, well-intentioned believer bouncing off to seminary or a Christian college only to have their once-vibrant relationship with God cool to an ember (at best) or be snuffed out completely (at worst). But, experience has taught me that this isn’t just a problem with which seminarians are grappling. This hits everyone who spends time trying to know God better, be it through sermons, books, podcasts, discipleship relationships, or small groups. There is a perceived imminent danger of growing cold toward God....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: intellectual, devotional, discipleship, discipline, word, Scripture