Yearly Archives: 2013

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Kindness? I don’t feel it.

December 30, 2013 The Word I read was clear: verses like “The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.” (Ps 145:13), “Note the kindness of God” (Rom. 11:22). The songs I listened to were clear: “his heart is kind” (“10,000 Reasons,”), “His helping love no limit knows, Our upmost … Continued

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Highlights of the New CEP Website

Highlights of the New CEP Website

In trying to accomplish our new purpose—to connect and equip those who serve the church in discipleship ministry—the updated CEP website has much to offer ministry leaders and church volunteers. Below are two sections of our website we think will be very useful as you develop your ministries: (1) Ministries, and (2) Ministry Toolbox.

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Love Came Down at Christmas

December 23, 2013 Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign. These words from a Christmas carol by Christina Rossetti capture the message of 1 John 4:9: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only … Continued

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CEP Names Next Women’s Ministry Coordinator

CEP Names Next Women’s Ministry Coordinator

Christian Education and Publications (CEP) has named Karen Hodge as the next women’s ministry coordinator for the PCA. Hodge assumes the position on Feb. 1, 2014. She is the fourth woman to fill this position, building on the foundation laid by Georgia Settle, Susan Hunt, and Jane Patete. Hodge is a member of Naperville Presbyterian … Continued

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An Increasing Joy

December 16, 2013 “But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating … Continued

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Gospel Parenting Conferences

Gospel Parenting Conferences

ABOUT: One of our conference training tracks is focused on Gospel parenting because of our conviction that as we train our children in the church we must come alongside our parents giving them all the tools that they need for discipling children in the home. This may be something you would want to provide for … Continued

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The Antidote for “Crazy Busy”

December 9, 2013 There is a poison that sours lives and relationships, and it seems to spread easily at this time of year. Busyness. We fill our lives with schedules and events and cards and calls and shopping and cooking and ... We live in a constant state of busyness, which leads to anxiety, which … Continued

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Your Christmas Gift List

Your Christmas Gift List

for your Congregation... BIBLES & CHRISTIAN LIVING Gospel Transformation Bible (ESV Study Bible) Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller Prayers of the Bible by Susan Hunt Introverts in the Church by Adam McHugh BOOKS FOR MEN Crazy Busy by Kevin KeYoung Crazy Love by Francis Chan Men of Courage by Larry … Continued

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Giving to Meet the Need

Giving to Meet the Need

Every holiday season, people struggle with the question, “How can I give so that a ministry is blessed and my gift actually addresses the need?” For the discipleship ministry of the PCA, there are a number of ways that churches and individuals give. The “ministry ask” is the amount per member that CEP requests from … Continued

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Kingdom Service: A Blessing for All Generations

Kingdom Service: A Blessing for All Generations

by Kathy Young of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS If you are interested in including more senior adults in children’s ministry, you might want to have a conversation with Pat Chambless at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS. Pat and his wife Kay spent over twenty years volunteering within youth ministry, but after the … Continued