This past weekend, we had the opportunity to participate in instructional line dancing. Yes, line dancing! It was a first for us, but we had so much fun!
We have this wonderful ministry at Hickory Church called, the Health Advocates. This amazing ministry supports the physical health of the church. From blood pressure screenings to weight watchers to first aid and CPR training, this team works to offer the congregation opportunities to get and stay healthy.
One of the things they hope to do this year is to encourage and inspire a healthy active lifestyle! This Sunday, they sponsored the first in a series of dance classes created to get people moving while having a great time together. So we gathered for a couple hours of line dancing!
Oh. What. Fun.
A dance instructor came in and jumped right into teaching us how to line dance. And let me tell you, IT WASN'T EASY!! It's clear that I (Jay) have no dancing ability. Amy and Breya, however, did a great job. And so did the rest of the dancers who joined us!
But regardless of the dancing ability, it really was a very fun activity! And to enjoy it with our church family, well...we're looking forward to the next dance class!
Take a few minutes and watch this little highlight video with some pictures and video clips.
So...Line Dancing. We're not going on tour anytime soon, but boy, we had some good fun!
Thank's to our Health Advocates Ministry Team for their creative outreach activity. We're looking forward to our next class!
- the higham family
A couple of weeks ago, I (Jay) was asked to write a very short piece for a youth ministry website. They were putting together a series of blogs that looked at some of the common comments and/or thoughts that youth workers might hear from students throughout the course of their ministry. The purpose of the series was to help youth workers think beyond what their doing now in their ministries and discuss some of the most common issues we're facing. The goal is, that as culture and church begin to collide, we want to try to look ahead for ways to engage and educate students!
I choose the comment, "Church is boring." Please take a minute to read the post, it's pretty short. Then come back for some additional thoughts. Church is Boring.
Welcome back! I told you it was short.
So you might be thinking, "Okay, that was nice. But that was written for a youth ministry, how does it apply to family life and raising kids?"
Well, it totally relates!
I think one of the biggest traps we as parents fall into is thinking that the church, and perhaps more so the youth ministry, is responsible for the spiritual development of our children. But while the both play a role, neither are or were meant to be so. We stated this before here on the blog, but YOU as Mom and/or Dad are the one most responsible for the spiritual education of your children!
Now that's not to say that if you do everything that you are supposed to your kids will come out on fire for Jesus. Ultimately that depends upon the work of the Spirit. But we as parents have been called to raise up our kids in the nuture and admination of the Lord. We promise to do so when we dedicate or baptize them.
And one of the areas that we need to be sure we are teaching our kids is in the area of church, specifically the weekly, corporate worship gathering. Now I am sure that like us, you have heard your children say, church is boring! And I would say, that perhaps, for very young children, yes church may seem a bit boring. There's the singing, praying, listening, and having to be quiet the whole time...but it doesn't have to be boring.
You see, while I wrote, Church is Boring, for youth workers, I think it is totally applicable for us as parents. We should be teaching our kids the purpose of church, specifically why we go to church. In the post I suggest 5 things that youth workers can do to help rethink and reteach church. I submit these same 5 things to you!
- the higham family
Hi we're Jay & Amy, and we've been married for 19 years and are super blessed to be busy raising our 5 kids; 4 boys and 1 girl. We juggle the adventures of life and ministry and share what we are learning as it relates to marriage, family, raising kids, serving in the church, and chasing after Jesus. Raising a family is hard work, especially in today's culture. But our hope is to encourage you and your family, as we live for the glory of God.
It's one of my favorite books of the Bible, Genesis. This morning at Harvest Church, we started a new series the focuses on the book of Genesis. Over the next couple of weeks we will study, verse by verse, chapter by chapter all the exciting things that Genesis has to offer. Join us and discover the awesome God who goes demonstrates his amazing love for us as he carries out his purposes and plan for man!
Take a few minutes to watch the video from this Sunday!
Thanks for watching! Be sure to check in with us each week as we study the book of Genesis. If you would like to see the notes from the teaching, click on the link below that leads you to the website of Harvest Church. And if you are in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh, let me invite you to come and worship with us! You can find directions and details about Harvest Church on the website!
Harvest Church :: www.HarvestChurchToday.org
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
~ Psalm 23:1
I remember as a kid learning the 23rd Psalm in Sunday School. I remember reading verse 1 and thinking, Why is God my shepherd, and why do I not want him? Now clearly that's not what the verse is all about, but when you're a kid, you miss the importance of the semicolon. You see, a semicolon is...
You see, as a kid, I missed the fact that verse 1, shares two separate thoughts. As an adult, I sometimes forget that these two thoughts are not what I thought when I was a kid. Yes, the Lord IS my shepherd, and in him all my needs are met.
The 23rd Psalm is one of those sections of Scripture that I think we too often misuse. Most of us would agree that when we think of the 23rd Psalm, we think of the comfort that comes at the bedside of someone ill or recited at a funeral service. For many these verses are a comfort and hope in a time in need. Now, I don't want to take anything away from that, but I don't think David thought, 'Hmm, this would make a great funeral reading...'
David spent years in the hills and wilderness areas around Bethlehem, watching over his families herds. As a shepherd, David shouldered the full responsibility that came with job. From providing the sheep with suitable grazing grounds to protecting them from the dangers that lurk in wild territories to being a constant presence of comfort and assurance for the sheep. David understood what it meant to care for, protect, and lead his flock. And when trouble came, David stood to face it, deal with it, and overcome it. Whether it was finding food and water or taking out a bear or a lion, David took care of his sheep. So when he writes, 'The Lord is my shepherd...' David is knows what he's talking about.
So what is he talking about?
David recognized God as his shepherd. What that means is, David saw God to be the one who cared for, protected, and watched over his life. Like every shepherd, God, assumes the responsibility to provide, protect, and to be a constant presence for his sheep. David expected God to do for David what David would do for his sheep.
Now for the semicolon. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. It's the responsibility of the shepherd to make sure that the sheep have what they need. The sheep don't go looking for food and drink, the shepherd leads them to where they find their food. It's the shepherd that provides. The sheep benefit from the shepherds care.
You see, I think what David writes is not a Psalm of comfort and hope, but a declaration of acceptance in knowing who God is and where he (David) stands. David says, God is the one who cares for me, and if he takes care of me, then I know, I will have all that I need. That is a significant admission that shows us the condition of David's heart. David looks to God for his needs for that day.
Can we say the same thing? Or more appropriate, do we believe the same thing?
Do you believe that the Lord IS your shepherd? And, do you believe that he WILL take care of your every need?
As you go through your day today, think on the truth of Psalm 23:1. Ask God to show you what it means to surrender to the loving lead of your Shepherd and how to trust in his daily provision for your life. And where there are areas that need the tender discipline of the Shepherd, ask God to make the changes needed so that you can believe the awesome truth of God's love!
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