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Recommended by Brock Tozer – TED Talk

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family

BrockIf you can bear with the audio issues, in the first few minutes, this Tedx talk is well worth watching, in full. I love the direct one-to-one connection she makes between household chores & the development of character, in our children. As parents, sometimes we’re guilty of placing too much emphasis on grades, & personal achievement, even at the expense of teamwork and cooperation (such essential life skills!). This is a great reminder, on that score, from Dr. Deborah Gilboa. – Brock

When we know the many names of God, we have more reasons to trust Him.

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
names of GodOn June 22nd, CHRI’s Brock Tozer and Care Baldwin aired their final Wednesday Bookmark author interviews of the 2015-2016 season and are now taking a break for the summer to re-Air some of the “Best Of” the Wednesday Bookmark until September.I AmCare’s final kids book is a Bible storybook/devotional that adults will find useful as well in their relationship with The Great ‘I Am’… “I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God” (“I Am” image attached) explains the 40 names used to describe who God is and what He does. Imagine if we understood that God is “Jehovah Uzzi” (The Lord My Strength – Psalm 28:7) and turned to Him for strength, or if we remembered that He is “Jehovah Shalom” (The Lord is Peace – Judges 6:24) in our times of stress and anxiety?!Print off this chart (below) to give to your kids OR to put in your Bible or on your wall so you can be constantly reminded of WHO God is and can call out His name(s) when you need Him!

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Click here to purchase “I Am” by Diane Stortz on booksforchrist.com.

5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
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The world can be really confusing for teenagers. We’re coming of age in a shifting moral landscape, where the most pressing challenges and culture’s loudest critics are ever changing and perpetually conflicting. We see scandals and soundbytes, terrorism and Trump, new sexual ethics and harsh racial tensions, and we wonder, How am I supposed to think about all this?

Secular society throws its own answers our way, but they’re never compatible with a Christian worldview.

I see a better tool to meet the questions of Christ-following teenagers like me: theology.

Why Theology for Teens? 

I’m pretty sure you know what theology is. But sometimes people have such nuanced and experiential conceptions of what a word means that they obscure its plain definition. I want you to know I’m talking about the plainest definition of theology there is: the study of God.

As a Jesus-following teenager, I believe studying God’s character is what teenagers need in order to face our terribly complicated world. It’s what will give us lasting hope to face our future with a firm commitment to God’s truth.

Let me explain how theology answers our biggest questions and meets our greatest needs. Of course, this is only the briefest beginning, but it gets us started.

1. Studying God’s justice equips us to do what’s right.

In God’s Word we discover that God hates evil (Zech. 8:16–17) and loves truth. He cares about the oppressed and outcast, and he values all life.

Knowing this character of God gives teenagers the drive to care about justice too. It pushes us to stand up for the oppressed and voiceless, and speak out against the injustice we see. It shows us the importance of submitting to God-given authorities—our parents, pastors, teachers, and government. And it fuels our obedience to God’s Word as the ultimate standard of justice.

2. Studying God’s love gives us the foundation for all our relationships,

God loves his people unconditionally (Neh. 1:5John 16:27). He doesn’t show favoritism, and his love is never selfish. Nor can it be stopped or exhausted, for it’s unmerited and undeserved.

Knowing this character of God compels teenagers to love others because of God’s love for us. It compels us to love those who are most difficult to love—all the way from ISIS to the bullies at schools—while still hating our own sin. It compels us to fight against racism, sexism, and any other –ism that undermines the inherent value of every human. It compels us to embrace compassion and mercy.

3. Studying God’s holiness reveals who we are and what our purpose is.

Since he is supremely perfect and totally set apart from us (2 Sam. 22:31), God hates sin (Amos 6:8). Grasping the beauty of his holiness helps teenagers understand our own sin and the need to persistently war against it. It gives us a more biblical and realistic perspective of the world. It leads us to repent of the sin in our own lives and seek accountability from those older and wiser. And it demonstrates for us how to actively pursue holiness—on social media, at school and work, with parents and friends, and in every sphere of life.

4. Studying God’s sovereignty gives us answers amid cultural confusion.

God isn’t chaotic, capricious, or unpredictable; he’s in perfect control of the universe (Acts 2:23). Knowing this attribute of God keeps teenagers from growing discouraged at the world. When politics seem hopeless or terrorists attack or we get an unfair grade, teenagers can be content in our circumstances because God reigns. When we ask “Why is this happening to me?” or “Does God even care about my life?” his sovereignty is our answer. C. S. Lewis explained this point well:

I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?

5. Studying God’s goodness gives us comfort in our pain.

God isn’t mean. He isn’t a career fun-sucker, toying with our lives like a cruel board game (Mark 10:18). He is completely good, unfailingly kind, and always doing what’s right and best for us.

Knowing this character of God gives teenagers a rock-solid foundation of faith in the midst of suffering. Teenagers can have peace about our unknown futures. We can have certainty of our salvation and combat the pressures of doubt. We can trust God in the everyday troubles, problems, and failures of life with an unshakeable assurance of his goodness.

Teach Us What We Need 

I’m 18. I’ve studied and been taught theology all my life. It’s given me many things: a richer relationship with God; a stronger and more submissive relationship with my parents; a more discerning relationship with my friends; a more edifying approach to social media; a zealous desire to do my best in school; a biblical worldview; a bigger vision for my future; and a greater passion to follow God no matter what.

I want that life for every teenager, and I think you do, too. So parents, pastors, youth leaders, church members, please teach us theology. More than anything else, we need to know God. He’s the answer to our questions, the solution to our problems, the only One worthy of our worship and trust.

We need him, which means we need to be taught about him.

Which means we need theology.


Jaquelle Crowe is the 18-year-old editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and a writer from eastern Canada. Her first book is set to release from Crossway in 2017. You can follow her on Twitter.

Read This Account of Tim Tebow Praying During an In-Flight Medical Emergency

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in News and Updates
Tim Tebow is in the news again—and not for anything related to the NFL.He was on a Delta flight Sunday traveling to Phoenix from Atlanta when a passenger suffered a medical emergency and passengers from all over the plane jumped in to help, including Tim Tebow who helped the best way he knew how: by praying with the people on the plane and comforting the passenger’s wife.One of the passengers, Richard V. Gotti, posted on Delta’s official Facebook page to share the story. So far, the post has been liked more than 25,000 times and shared more than 10,000 times.

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I have to share this story! I was traveling on Delta Airlines Flight Number 1772 from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona when there was a medical emergency on board. An older gentleman began having what appeared to be heart problems, and he went unconscious. I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I’ve never seen before. The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation. The plane landed in Phoenix and that was the first time they got a pulse back! Please share this with your friends! Pray for this man and his family, and also thank God that we still have people of faith who in times of difficulty look to the Lord!

Moms, this is a great read!

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family

Can I Be Honest? Sometimes, I Get Jealous

Stay-at-Home Mom

Dear Stay-at-Home Mom,

Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you.

Like, when I picture your mornings, minus the chaos of hustling kids out the door to daycare. I picture breakfasts eaten without staring at the clock, maybe a morning kids’ show, everyone still in PJs. I see you taking the kids to the zoo or the park or the lake mid-morning, snapping selfies with them and texting your husband the funny thing your oldest said. I see you throwing a load of laundry in the dryer when you get home (or whenever you WANT!), playing goofy games with the kids over lunch, eating food you didn’t have to pack at 11 PM the night before.

When the youngest goes down for a nap, I see you getting things done around the house, or working on your in-home business, or bonding with your oldest over a craft project. I see you witnessing every milestone and every funny moment, amassing memories that will make you smile years from now. I see you, glowing and healthy from days spent outside, chatting up the other moms at the park or the library or the gym, wearing whatever the heck you want, never going to boring department meetings, never realizing mid-day that you forgot to put deodorant on and can’t do a thing about it…

It all seems so nice, as I sit in my cramped, sunless office, stressing about the project I’m way over my head in and wondering what my kids are doing right now (that I’m missing).

But don’t worry. I know there’s more to it than that.

I know you also deal with meltdowns, and picky eaters, and fighting over toys (over everything), and long, lonely days where you’re way over-touched and you don’t talk to a single person over the age of 4. I know there are rainy days, snowy days, teething days, and inexplicably-crazy-kids days. I know you go to the same park a bazillion times a week, repeat the same phrases to your kids all day, play the same games over and over, and prepare and clean up SO MUCH food.

I know you’re desperate for alone time and adult time, and I know you feel guilty when you take that out on the kids. I know you think about your education and your pre-kids career, and you wonder if you’re doing the right thing. I know you wish you could contribute more financially. I know you worry that you’re pouring so much of yourself into your kids that you might lose sight of who you are.

I guess I just wanted to let you know that I see you, and I recognize the sacrifices you’re making for your family. It’s easy for me to focus on the highlights of your life—the things I’m personally missing out on—but I know that’s not the full picture.

The truth is, neither of our lives is perfect or easy, but they’re both pretty dang awesome—just in slightly different ways.

I see you, and I support you. Keep it up, girl!

Love,

Working Mom


Dear Working Mom,

Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you.

Like, when I picture your mornings, sipping a still-hot latte, alone at your quiet desk. I see you going to important meetings, talking to important people about important things (or at least, talking to adults about adult things). I see you grabbing lunch with your coworkers, gossiping about the office, maybe on an outdoor patio, maybe over some giant salads and still-cold iced teas. I see you giving presentations, in that cute tailored blazer you have, speaking eloquently and confidently to a room of people who respect your ideas.

I see you planning out your days (and having that actually be a useful endeavor), working on projects that interest and challenge you, getting recognized for your hard work from your peers and superiors. I see you traveling for work—sitting on a plane (ALONE!), staying in a nice hotel room, eating dinner on someone else’s dime. I see how proud you are of your career, how good it makes you feel. I see how extra special the time you spend with your kids is—the way you’re eager to pour into them in the evenings and on weekends, the way you treasure every minute…

It all seems so nice, as I sit here eating leftover cold chicken nugget bits off my son’s plate, half-heartedly yelling at the kids to stop tackling each other and preemptively beating myself up for all the TV I know I’m going to let them watch later.

But don’t worry. I know there’s more to it than that.

I know that you still feel guilty sometimes after dropping off your kids, especially when they cling to you and cry. I know you envy the person who gets to spend their days with your children, seeing the funny things they do and hearing the funny things they say. I know you hate being stuck in your office on a beautiful day, wondering what your kids are up to and wishing you could be part of it.

I know it’s hard at the end of the day, when everyone’s tired and hungry and cranky, and you’re desperately cobbling dinner together before the frantic rush of baths and bedtime, and you SO wish it could be different because those are the only precious hours you get together as a family. I know it sucks to have to cram all the housework and errands into the weekends. I know you get lonely when you travel, and all the nice dinners and hotel rooms in the world can’t compete with those little faces at home that you can’t kiss goodnight. I know you miss your kids, and you wonder if you’re doing the right thing.

I guess I just wanted to let you know that I see you, and I recognize the sacrifices you’re making for your family. It’s easy for me to focus on the highlights of your life—the things I’m personally missing out on—but I know that’s not the full picture.

The truth is, neither of our lives is perfect or easy, but they’re both pretty dang awesome—just in slightly different ways.

I see you, and I support you. Keep it up, girl!

Love,

Stay-at-Home Mom


Note:

This post was written by a woman who’s been a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, and a work-from-home mom. She’s felt the unique joys and challenges of each, and is here to scream from the rooftops: none of them were easy. None were perfect. And definitely, none came without guilt.

There’s always greener grass somewhere, and always will be. Don’t forget to look down at your feet from time to time–the ground you’re standing on right now is actually pretty awesome.


About Kim

Kim grew up in Minnesota, but moved to Madison to attend the UW and fell in love with the city’s spirit and culture. Kim is married to a handsome dude named Brent and has two handsome little boys, Mason and Joshua. When she’s not racing monster trucks across furniture or reading dinosaur books, she’s working on freelance writing projects or planning events for Madison Momshine, a local health and fitness community for moms. Kim is a certified personal trainer and teaches strength training classes for women through her fitness business, Lioness Fitness. She’s also a food allergy mom, which means she can read a food label like nobody’s business! Kim’s a sucker for good wine, good sushi, a good book, and ANY beach.

SOURCE: http://madison.citymomsblog.com/can-honest-sometimes-get-jealous/

Recommended by Ashley – Vegan Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Recipes

View More: http://fifteenfiftyone.pass.us/ashley-andrewAs I strive to find balance in eating healthy and still enjoying a summer treat, I’m always on the lookout for a recipe that combines the two (and if it involves ice cream, I’m in)! Healthy recipes can often take a lot of time, I was happy to discover that these made from scratch cookies and ice cream came together in not much time. They are just what you need to beat the heat & satisfy your sweet tooth. – Ashley


I think I’m in the minority when I say I’m not the biggest fan of ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, I think most ice cream tastes good, but if given the choice I would always choose a chewy cookie or brownie as my “treat” over a scoop of ice cream any day. However, this recipe combines the best of both worlds– dairy-free ice cream sandwiched between two of my favorite cookies!vegan-cookie-sandwich

While most recipes I come up with are inspired by my childhood favorites, I never had ice cream cookie sandwiches like these growing up. We have a new ice cream shop here in Kansas City called Betty Rae’s, and it was their sandwiches that actually inspired me to try making my own at home. They offer a variety of flavors, ranging from classic chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice cream, to double chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter ice cream, to matcha green tea cookies filled with strawberry ice cream, and they all sound amazing. But I never have the appetite to try one when we visit! (My stomach feels like it’s the size of a pea these days, though it certainly doesn’t look that way at 29 weeks pregnant…)

So, I decided to try making my own ice cream sandwiches at home this weekend, making them a bit more manageable in size, not to mention dairy-free and naturally sweetened. They are actually surprisingly easy to make, and as an added bonus, you might have some extra cookies to keep on hand if you decide to not turn the whole batch into ice cream sandwiches. I love having the extra cookies around!

As usual, I took the fastest and easiest route for making these sandwiches, using banana “ice cream” as the base. If you’re not familiar with it, banana ice cream calls for just one or two ingredients, and is ready in literally 5 minutes or less– no need for an ice cream maker, and you don’t have to wait for it to set in the freezer. You are welcome to use any other type of ice cream you like, but this is definitely the easiest! I’ve also included other dairy-free recipe options below, if you’re inclined to try something different. Feel free to mix-and-match!

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Vegan Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Makes up to 12 sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 batch Cashew Butter Cookies
2 to 4 frozen bananas
Water, as needed to facilitate blending
1 to 2 tablespoons nut butter (optional)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
Crushed cashews or other nuts, for topping (optional)

Directions:

Prepare the Cashew Butter Cookies using the directions here. The recipe should make 24 cookies, though you might want to make them a little smaller since these sandwiches can be very rich. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. You can put the cookies on a plate in the freezer to help speed up the process!

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Once the cookies are cool, prepare the banana ice cream. I’ve found that 2 large bananas create enough ice cream to fill about 6 cookie sandwiches, so use that as your guide when deciding how much ice cream to make. If you want to fill all of the cookies you’ll probably need about 4 frozen bananas. I only wanted to fill half of of the cookies (so I could have leftover cookies to enjoy, too), so I used 2 frozen bananas, plus 1 tablespoon of organic peanut butter to make the ice cream extra-creamy. To prepare the ice cream, it helps if you cut the bananas into small pieces or coins so that they can break down quickly and evenly in a food processor. (I just used my hands to snap them into manageable chunks.) Place the bananas, and nut butter if using, into a small food processor or blender and add a couple tablespoons of water to help facilitate blending. Blend and scrape down the processor until the bananas have a smooth, ice-cream-like texture. (Add more water if you need to– I ended up adding a 1/4 cup total.)

To make the ice cream sandwiches, arrange 6 to 12 of the cookies bottom-side-facing-up on a large plate or baking sheet. Add a generous scoop of banana ice cream to each one, then place another cookie on top of the ice cream to create a sandwich. Place the sheet of cookies in the freezer to firm up, at least 1 hour before serving.

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For an extra decadent treat, I like to dip half of the frozen cookies in melted dark chocolate and sprinkle them with crushed nuts. To melt the chocolate, simply use a double boiler (I use an oven-safe bowl over my 2-quart saucepan filled with 2 inches of water) and stir until melted. Use a spoon to pour the melted chocolate over the frozen cookies then quickly sprinkle them with crushed nuts before the chocolate hardens. Return each chocolate-coated cookie to a plate lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Serve frozen and enjoy!

VEGAN ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES
Author: Detoxinista.com
Serves: up to 12

A cold and creamy dairy-free treat, using vegan cookies and the easiest ice cream ever.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch Cashew Butter Cookies
  • 2 to 4 frozen bananas
  • Water, as needed to facilitate blending
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons nut butter (optional)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • Crushed cashews or other nuts, for topping (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the Cashew Butter Cookies using the directions here. The recipe should make 24 cookies, though you might want to make them a little smaller since these sandwiches can be very rich! Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. You can put the cookies on a plate in the freezer to help speed up the process!
  2. Once the cookies are cool, prepare the banana ice cream. I’ve found that 2 large bananas create enough ice cream to fill about 6 cookie sandwiches, so use that as your guide when deciding how much ice cream to make. If you want to fill all of the cookies you’ll probably need about 4 frozen bananas. I only wanted to fill half of of the cookies (so I could have leftover cookies to enjoy, too), so I used 2 frozen bananas, plus 1 tablespoon of organic peanut butter to make the ice cream extra-creamy. To prepare the ice cream, it helps if you cut the bananas into small pieces or coins so that they can break down quickly and evenly in a food processor. (I just used my hands to snap them into manageable chunks.) Place the bananas, and nut butter if using, into a small food processor or blender and add a couple tablespoons of water to help facilitate blending. Blend and scrape down the processor until the bananas have a smooth, ice-cream-like texture. (Add more water if you need to– I ended up adding a ¼ cup total.)
  3. To make the ice cream sandwiches, arrange 6 to 12 of the cookies bottom-side-facing-up on a large plate or baking sheet. Add a generous scoop of banana ice cream to each one, then place another cookie on top of the ice cream to create a sandwich. Place the sheet of cookies in the freezer to firm up, at least 1 hour before serving.
  4. For an extra decadent treat, I like to dip half of these cookies in melted dark chocolate and sprinkle them with crushed nuts. To melt the chocolate, simply use a double boiler (I use an oven-safe bowl over my 2-quart saucepan filled with 2 inches of water) and stir until melted. Use a spoon to pour the melted chocolate over the frozen cookies then quickly sprinkle them with crushed nuts before the chocolate hardens. Return each chocolate-coated cookie to a plate lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Serve frozen and enjoy!

Source: detoxinista.com

Summer Fun Checklist

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
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July is upon us, and so is warm weather. That means it’s time to make the most of summer. Here’s a fun little bucket list of ideas to fill longer days before school is back in session. Print it out (details below), hang it up, and check it off for some sweet summer fun.

Hike to a waterfall.

Lace up your hiking boots, grab a friend, and take to the trails. (Just keep an eye out for snakes!)

Visit your local farmers’ market.

Stock up on fresh produce, and challenge yourself to cook a colorful—and nutritious—dinner with whatever you buy.

Pick strawberries and make jam.

Spend the morning in the field, and after a couple hours in the kitchen, you’ll be eating biscuits smeared with homemade jam. (Get step-by-step instructions here.)

See an outdoor concert, movie, or play.

Pack a picnic and settle in for some fun under the stars.

Plan a road trip—it doesn’t have to be far!

Even if you’ve only got the day, grab some friends and a killer playlist and pick a nearby city or park to explore.

Roast marshmallows over a campfire.

And don’t you dare forget the chocolate and graham crackers.

Go to a drive-in movie.

Drive-in theaters are fun, retro, and the best way to cool down after a hot summer day.

Make sno-cones.

Just one bite of these sticky concoctions will make you nostalgic for summers past. (Make your own with this recipe.)

Visit your local zoo.

Add kids or friends, and you’ve got a lively day out.

Organize a friend/family Olympics.

Plan a themed day of sports and games, and discover competitive streaks you didn’t even know existed.

Go canoeing or kayaking.

Splashing is encouraged.

Pitch a tent.

There’s nothing like camping out during the summer—even if it’s only in your own backyard.

Here’s a PDF for printing or right click on the image below to save it to your desktop!

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Source: blog.lifeway.com