Son of God

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Ten years ago the movie Passion of the Christ made waves in Hollywood.  It rocked the theaters with a rivoting portrayal of the last week of the life of Christ. I remember sitting in the theater and watching people walk out because they couldn’t bear to watch the torture Christ endured.

My husband and I were dating at the time. We went together to see the movie. As with everyone else, we sat in tears as we caught a glimpse of the sacrifice Christ made for us.

Now, ten years later, it is time to return to the theater. This time we are celebrating the birth, life, and ministry of Christ,  as well as the death and resurrection. A new movie, Son of God, will release in February.  A dear friend of mine shared the news with me not too long ago. We now are making plans for our youth groups to go see it.

As a teacher, I am excited that my students can get a taste of what life was life when Christ walked the earth. They can see him stand on a mountain and calm the sea. They can hear him command fishermen to cast their nets and command the dead to rise.  They can witness the awe on the faces of the crowds as Jesus heals. 

Each Sunday I try to bring to life the words in the Bible, but know I fall short. This movie can give my youth group a new way to meet Jesus.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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Do you ever feel like there is something out there that is missing from your life? Do you sometimes think a different career would be better, or maybe you feel like you are being called to do a different job?

Many adults struggle with this question. What do you want to be when you grow up?

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:3)

I hope you are successful in your chosen career. I hope you feel that it matches your gifts given by God and His plan for your life.

But what if it doesn’t?   Each of us was given a set of spiritual gifts. Each of us has been given the right tools to be awesome at the job God has for us. When we make a choice aligned with His plan, we succeed! We stop comparing ourselves to others. We realize that our unique talents are to be celebrated.

With the inspiration taken from the person who teaches our youth on Sunday mornings,  I am about to launch a Spiritual Gifts unit with my middle schoolers.  We will begin with a survey found at  There is a test designed just for youth. As they search for their strengths, I pray they also find ways to use them.

If you are searching for the right path, maybe a survey like this is right for you, too.


Day 3

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Middle schoolers! Yep. You read that right. I love the group of curious 5-8 graders I teach at church. I am thankful for their inquisitive nature, their curiosity, and their awe for the Bible. They remind me that seeking knowledge is greater than already knowing the answers. They amaze me with their faith. They are a gift of which I am thankful week after week.