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Homemade is definitely preferred. Back in the day, when store bought cookies were served, it meant the family forgot it was their turn to bring cookies until they were half way to church, or sometimes even reading it in the bulletin. My vote is for chocolate chip cookies. 

Great article, Staci. Scripture memorization was a big part of a men's group Bible study last year and it was a great experience. It took a lot of work but it was well worth it. The accountability of having to recite verses to the group every Wednesday night was huge, as you point out. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Well written, Staci. This is a good challenge to me, with a very lovely personal illustration, to live out I Thessalonians 5:17. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your talent. (I think your son is very lucky, too!)

Very interesting list, in some ways reflecting the concerns of the country (safety, racial reconciliation) and also reflecting the concerns of the CRCNA and all churches. Lot's of good discussion provoking reading here.

Good work, Staci DeVries.

That's a great memory Staci-thanks for sharing it. Arnie would have been touched by your writing. He was such a genuine human being and you captured that well. 

Thanks for the post, Staci. 

You raise an important question when you ask: How do we work towards removing the cultural stigma attached to the word "Christian"? I really like the "Love Wins" approach of Bob Goff, where we as Christians need to show the love of Christ in fun and creative ways to the world around us. There is a little saying that comes to mind: People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. If we would be less judgmental and more loving, perhaps the Bieb's and others would be more open to the gospel. One last thought that might apply to this question. Chuck Colson often used a quote attributed to Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words."
Thanks again for challenging us to think about these things.

You were right, I owe you both an ice cream cone....40% of them are searching for the text from Hezekiah. 

Why? That's not a question-it's my theme word for 2016. (Actually, grandchild is my first theme word!) I sat through a great motivational talk in December where the speaker addressed the importance of asking myself, and challenging my team to ask, the "why" question. Why do we work? Why do we do anything we do? It was a good thought starter that has led me to some more reading and thinking. I will conclude this post with a quote from the speaker: You will lose your way when you lose your why!

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