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Easter: the Ultimate Transformation

Easter is the ultimate transformation. Unexpected grace, sheer joy, a risen and living Lord. There is nothing like it - and never will be.

How can we share this Easter joy with our children (or grandchildren) and nurture their faith by this miraculous occasion? Here are a few ideas courtesy of our GodZone Sunday school leaders:

  • Write a note from the Easter Bunny before going to church saying, “Just hopping by to remind you that Jesus comes first today...so I’ll be back later.”
  • Put a budding branch in water and watch it come to life.  Talk about the cycle of life as a miracle God provides.
  • Hang paper butterflies around your house to celebrate new life.
  • Watch a video together about the life of Jesus and talk about its meaning together.

For more, here is an excellent blogpost about worshiping with children on Easter.

Remember, you are creating memories. Some of them will be warm and wonderful. Others will lead to family eye-rolling stories told for years to come. All them shape lives.
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Pam Tschida: Transformed by Six Little Words

My phone rang. It was my physician. It was 9 o’clock PM. “This can’t be good” ran through my mind.

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Dealing with Conflict and Forgiveness

Transformation @Home: an ongoing series of ideas to nurture faith formation outside the church.

There is only one prerequisite to nurturing faith in the home. You must have an open heart and be willing to let the love of Christ shine through. Here are some ways to nurture faith in young ones when dealing with conflict and forgiveness:

  • Respond to inappropriate behavior or choices using the phrase “Lord, have mercy” as a way to capture attention and appeal to the presence of a higher authority.
     
  • Help your children appreciate your discipline as healthy guidelines, not final performance ratings.  Encourage them to respond to your words with, “OK, I’m learning.”
     
  • When conflicts arise, retitle your “Time Outs” to be “Begin Agains” and refocus from alienation to the goal of rejoining the family when ready.
     
  • Learn Bible verses that promote healthy behavior and display them on your refrigerator.
     
  • Model God’s unconditional love by teaching your children to respond to people's mistakes with the phrase, “I don’t like what you do, but I still love you!”
     
  • Talk openly with family members in age appropriate ways about long term conflict.  Be open to seeking outside support.  Check with your pastor or community services to identify the help you need.

Material from "101 Faith Place" by Miriam Campbell

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Make Every Day Valentine's Day

Transformation @Home: an ongoing series of ideas to nurture faith formation outside the church. Valentine's Day has come and gone, so how can we share our love every day?

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Scott Moss: Transformed by Commitment

Scott Moss shares how making a commitment to God helped him at a difficult time. "I don’t think the church changed me, I think the church made me."

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My Life and Faith: Maxwell Thomas Theis

My words are spoken differently.  My body works in different ways.  I see things in a different light and my ears hear the most amazing sounds.  Many of you would say my world is small.  To me, it's quite the opposite.

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My Life and Faith: Andrew Thuras

Andrew Thuras has learned a great deal about faith from grandparents on both sides of his family. His maternal grandmother came from a family where many of the men were pastors and she “had the strongest faith” Andrew had ever seen. She was particularly nurturing and encouraging of Andrew’s faith, even at age six when his main concern was whether or not dogs could be in heaven. On the paternal side of his family, Andrew looked up to his grandfather the most. He taught him that it’s okay to be both a scientist and a Christian and that “not everything has to be seen” to be believed.

VIDEO: Hear what Andrew’s grandmother said about dogs in heaven. 

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Adrian Laffitte: Financial Peace University

Artwork by Adrian Lafitte at the January Financial Peace University class. Participants were invited to cut their own credit cards to mark their independence from debt.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Financial Peace University (FPU) was the first time we took a class at SOTV. We stopped in for Christmas Eve Family Worship last year, but we are not regular attendees. We have lived in Lakeville for about two years and we attend church in Golden Valley where we used to live. We have 4 children, and we are a very active family who is always looking for guidance and assistance with spiritual growth and parenting.

2. What was your transformational experience at SOTV? SOTV hosting FPU allowed us to attend a church near our home that provided child care for our children. It gave us the opportunity to gain knowledge on finances and budgeting that we have implemented in our lives. An added benefit of attending this class was that we have been able to connect with other people going through the same experiences we are going through with their money as well as being introduced to SOTV and the generous facilitators that make the class happen.

3. How has this changed you? Dave Ramsey and FPU has changed everything for us as a family, as a couple, and as parents. We have been able to see the error of our ways when it comes to money and have seen our path reflected in the lessons modeled by our parents. We want better for our children, we want to improve their legacy and provide them the future they deserve. This journey has allowed us to gain the strength to tackle the financial issues that we imposed on ourselves and grow as people and as parents. We recommend FPU to anyone that we talk to and are so thankful to SOTV for hosting this transformative class.

4. What are some ways that people who have already taken FPU could continue to be involved?  I have volunteered to help teach the FPU class starting in September. I want to learn their Best Practices concerning this course and how it changes the lives of the members of their congregation. Perhaps another way of connecting newcomers to the effectiveness of the class would be to have recent graduates come back and speak about their experiences. This would allow relatable moments to occur and would encourage further conversation. In addition, having a follow-up meeting with FPU graduates would enable people to stay connected to the process and encourage them along their journey.

The next FPU class begins September 22. See full details

 

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