May 2017

When I was in sixth grade, Eagle Lake Camps became my safe haven. My parents had just divorced and life was crazy and painful and I just wanted to escape. That’s when I first went to Eagle Lake as a camper.

My relationship with my dad became especially difficult after the divorce. It was during another summer at Eagle Lake that I had an amazing breakthrough. At a time of worship one night, I realized that my dad is human and will continue to disappoint me. But I also learned that God is my heavenly Father, and because He is God, He will never disappoint me and will always be there for me.

When my family moved to the Dominican Republic in 2015 we started building relationships in our community—with my softball team, parents in our children’s school, university students, and more. While each person we met was important, we prayed for wisdom on which people to invest in, as Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:2—those who would be qualified to teach others.

Tito Ruiz first met Jesus through his passion for music. Tito came to the United States from Nicaragua when he was 19 years old. A friend invited Tito to be part of a church worship band and he accepted the invitation because he loved music, even though he wasn’t a Christian. Through relationships at the church, Tito soon learned about God’s love for him and he accepted Jesus Christ into his life as Savior and Lord.

The Bible talks about the importance of making disciples—about building Christlike character into the lives of others around us, but what’s the plan? What steps can we take to significantly impact the lives of others for Jesus? Nehemiah’s experience rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem provides us with an illustration of specific steps we can take on character building.

Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful.

Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines (E-book)

Teach your children or grandchildren the basics of the spiritual disciplines. Broken down into bite-sized, age-specific exercises, the foundations of the Christian life will become lifetime habits. Practice the spiritual disciplines as a family by:

  • Serving others in a practical way
  • Simplifying schedules and possessions
  • Developing new habits of worship
  • Meditating on specific Bible passages