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March 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

The Book of Proverbs is known for its wise sayings about faith and life here on earth. We get nuggets of wisdom like Proverbs 1:7, where we’re instructed on the difference between those who fear the Lord and those who don’t:

Go on a Different Kind of Valentine’s Date This Year

Valentine’s Day is a pretty divisive holiday; few people feel neutral toward it.

Don’t Use These Excuses Not to Mentor Someone

Modern-day mentoring is all about meaningful connections. It does not have to be a program, a professional pursuit, or a formalized five-step process. Instead, it can be as simple as investing time for conversation, letting your guard down, and feeling safe enough to be honest with one another. It is not complicated. It’s real.

The Body of Christ

Call Day is roughly three months away. Placement interviews on campus are done, interviews between churches and seminarians are underway, and graduating students and their spouses at Concordia Seminary are filled with anxious excitement.

4 Tips for Preventing Volunteer Burnout

Finding volunteers and keeping them can be a very difficult task for someone planning events at church. Here are some quick tips for helping you get more yeses and keep volunteers from burning out. Though these efforts may require more of your time at the beginning, they will pay out great dividends in the form of relationships and, hopefully, the number of volunteers at your church.

Developing Volunteers into Leaders

Leadership development works differently for every person and every group. Individually, we all have our preferences and shortcomings. Each group has a different feel, a different ease with one another. So with all these differences, how do we build up leaders?

February 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Growing up as the oldest of six children, I can remember many occasions where my dad would start a family devotion at the dinner table only to have it interrupted by someone spilling milk, touching the person sitting next to them, needing to get up and go to the bathroom at that exact moment—you get the idea. The important part of that memory is that I saw my parents prioritize time together as a family in God’s Word, even when it was messy and difficult.

January 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

When I’m looking for a new book to read, I usually read the first sentence and see if it captures my attention. If it does, I’ll usually give it a shot. I need those first few words to give me a sense of the author’s voice and what’s going to happen.

December 2018 Everyday Faith Calendar

Growing up (and even in adulthood), I often just heard “Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies,” but I never knew exactly what those prophecies were. I knew that the Israelites were waiting around for a Savior/Prophet/King to appear and that Jesus was the fulfillment of that, but I never knew the specifics.

Contrasts, Children, and the Church

As I studied Mark 9:30–37, I was struck by the sharp contrast between Jesus and His disciples—between Jesus and us.