A Mighty (Blanket) Fortress || Guest post by Pastor Garrett Lowe

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Are your children spending too much time in front of screens?

We are certainly living in a unique season of history right now. I cannot remember a time when schools and businesses were forced to shut down for this long.

Many parents and young people are being confronted with empty schedules with no place to go. One of the easiest responses to boredom is to search for entertainment. And while entertainment is not bad, there are other forms of content worth pursuing to help pass the time.

I want to recommend finding content that inspires and educates. And the Parent Vault contains both!

There is so much uncertainty, unknowns, and a lot of uncharted territory in our world today. But God is in control and is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

In the Parent Vault, I have put together a fun and creative resource for you to encourage your child with these precious spiritual truths.

*Hint: It involves some furniture and …

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Parenting with Post-it Notes || Guest Post by Pastor Garrett Lowe

Do you struggle finding the right place and time to say all the things that your children need to hear?  

Is it difficult to find ways to engage in deeper conversations with your children about the stuff that really matters in life?  

Are you looking for one more way to encourage or direct their heart?   

Consider the power of the Post-it Note!  

As a parent, I feel like I need all the help I can get! I’m always looking for fresh and creative ways to help my daughter grow in her love for God and others. I want to see her flourish in the way and wisdom of Jesus! 

Our church community is currently in a message series on character formation. What an important topic for the next generation! However, it can be difficult to engage our children in conversations about their character.  

This month, in the Parent Vault, I introduce you to a father who found a way to use Post-it Notes to pass on love, wisdom, and encouragement to his three daughters. He has used these notes to spark many conversations on a variety of topics over the years, and it is just one more way

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God’s 2020 Vision || guest post by Pastor Garrett Lowe

God’s vision for your life is for you to flourish! Psalm chapter 1 describes you as strong tree that has been planted by streams of water that supply continual nourishment for you to grow and produce fruit.

But this does not happen apart from God’s Word. In order to flourish, you need to have your roots firmly planted in Scripture. On Sunday, December 29th, I mentioned three practical suggestions to help you begin the new year with God’s Word.

I would recommend picking one, and then invite a friend or family member to join you for encouragement and accountability.

#1 Seek the Wisdom of God

Commit to The Proverb a Day Challenge! Proverbs is a book full of God’s wisdom. There are 31 chapters and there are 31 days in the month of January. Just read one chapter a day! It should only take you 3-5 minutes.

Action Step:

After you read through the chapter, identify one verse that stands out to you and then take action in one of three ways:

  • Write it down in a journal
  • Text it to a friend
  • Share it on social media -we’ve created a Instagram and Facebook story wallpaper for

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New Parent Vault || guest post by Garrett Lowe

Hello parents!

My desire for 2020 is to create a vault (noun: a secure room where valuables are stored) of parent resources that encourage and equip you with tools, insights, and practices that will help you vault (verb: jump over obstacles; leap forward) in raising your children to be authentic followers of Jesus!

We are living in a culture unlike any other time or place in history! There are a lot of challenges and dangers that threaten the spiritual lives of our children, but there are also many opportunities and advantages that we can leverage for the flourishing of our families.

The first resource in the vault is a video that our NextGen team put together for you to use on Christmas morning. A common Christmas family tradition is reading Luke chapter 2, the story of Jesus’ birth. We know how hard it is for young people to just listen to a story, so we hope our video is a fun way for your family to gather together and experience the story.

We even included a ten-question trivia game at the end, so pay attention (and try to let your kids answer)! 

 You can sign up

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Deliverance and Devotion || guest blog by Garrett

Celebrating the 2nd of July… and the 4th of July!

John Adams was one of our nation’s leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence. It was July 1st and 2nd that the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to vote on our independence. Adams wrote a letter to his wife excited about this document and what it would mean for the history and future of America. He assumed it would go down in History as the 2nd of July. However, Congress officially approved the document on the 4th.

Here’s what he writes to his wife, Abigail on July 3, 1776

The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.

One of the important things that Adams highlights is that deliverance and freedom came by …

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Welcome Donavan Bratton to Staff || guest blog by Garrett Lowe

I’m excited to introduce everyone to our new Youth Director, Donavan Bratton!  

Donavan Bratton grew up in Harlem, New York, with his lovely mother and two younger brothers. His mother being a woman of faith, prodded Donavan to go to church at a young age. As he got older, he moved away from the church. His hurt, mistaken identity, anger, and hopelessness weighed on his heart. In an attempt to find joy, he searched for other ways to find fulfillment. This left him empty and more confused. The Lord was actively working in his life and it became apparent to him on his 15th birthday when the Lord captured his heart. On that day, Donavan gave his life to the Lord and was never the same again. 

Since then, he has graduated from Lancaster Bible College with his bachelor’s in Student Ministry and is currently working on his master’s in Leadership Studies at Capital Bible Seminary and Graduate School. He has also served in youth groups, camp ministries, and other para-church organizations. His desire is to see people grow to be who the Lord intends them to be. Building relationships, caring, and challenging others is how the Lord has …

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Welcome Summer kid::life Interns || guest blog by Garrett Lowe

Living Word is blessed to have Kali and Sydney as interns working with Cass and the kid::life team this summer. They are both going to be wonderful additions to our Next Gen team and I am excited for you to meet them!

Sydney Hammond grew up in York and has been attending Living Word her whole life. She is the oldest of seven children and enjoys chaos. Sydney is enrolled at Lancaster Bible College as an Intercultural Studies Major. She hopes to use this to bring communities and cultures together to have more of a global focus and impact in ministry. She enjoys people, reading, smiling, and learning new things. Sydney has a passion to see people become involved as the hands of feet of Christ and serve others wholeheartedly.

Kalihan (Kali) Sensenig grew up in Lancaster County and is the oldest of four children. She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School and previously attended Akron Grace E.C. Church. Kali is currently enrolled atPennsylvania State University, starting at the Harrisburg campus, with plans to graduate in 2021 with degrees in criminology and neuroscience. She hopes to one day impact the world within

the criminal justice system. In her free time, …

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