Do you ever feel like the Old Testament gets a bad rap? The name "Old" doesn't help. But this first testament is not lacking in its explanation of God, His character, and His plan for the world. So why do we have two testaments? Today on Connecting Faith, Theology Professor John Goldingay joins me to talk about how each testament speaks for itself, and answers the question... Do we need them both? If you miss the show at 12:00pm on AM 900 / 90.7 FM, you can always catch the podcast later today. http://myfaithradio.com/programs/connecting-faith/

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Think you need a degree in Theology to teach your kids to know the Lord? Hardly. My guest on Wednesday offered up some easy-to-do ways to help you and your kids grow in their faith. If you missed it live, here is the podcast on the book, Dedicated: Training your children to trust and Follow Jesus. http://myfaithradio.com/2015/discipling-children/ 
 
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It's that time of year again! Time for buying school supplies, filling backpacks and waving goodbye as the bus pulls away. But, for some, like our guest writer, Heidi Zwart, the school year also means leaving her firstborn son 1,000's of miles away at college.

May all you mama's and grandmama's be blessed by her words and by God Himself as this another school year commences. 

 

 


 

 

Don’t blink. Time flies. It’ll be over before you know it. So many clichés. But now I’m living them. Why?

My first-born just left the nest.

I swear it was yesterday I embraced Drew while we sobbed together in our kitchen after announcing our move to the East Coast. It was 5 years ago.

The day before that, I smiled as he smiled back at me for the first time… with braces. It was 7 years ago.

And just before that, I walked him to the end of the street before he stepped onto that big yellow bus for Lincoln Elementary. It was 13 years ago.

And JUST the day before,  I labored for 27 hours for a long-awaited 10 pound, 1 ounce baby boy named Andrew, who forever changed my name to mom. It was 18 years ago.

Can anyone relate?

Looking back I feel incredible joy living right alongside sadness at the moments that we’ve left behind. Some will get hazy with the passing of time while others will remain firmly locked with crystal clarity.

A few years ago, during a moment of panic about the future, a friend shared wise words with me about preparing for, enjoying, and letting go of each moment in time. Her words have carried me through the past five years and will forever guide me into the future.

Simply put, letting go is a process and we are equipped for each step. If we look too far ahead, we get overwhelmed. The truth is, we never live life as fast as we do in our own mind. Our kids don’t go from kindergarten to marriage overnight.

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Well it's crazy to imagine,

Words from our lips as the arms of compassion,

Mountains crumble with every syllable.

Hope can live or die.

So speak Life, speak Life.

To the deadest darkest night...

 –  Speak Life, TobyMac

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“Mouth.” That is one of my husband’s nicknames for me. My guess is when he calls me that, he is not being complimentary.

 

Once when he called me that I quickly retorted, “If you only saw the many thoughts floating in my head that never make it out my mouth, you would hand me an award!” 

  

Another time when he called me that I told him to stop giving me so much material.

 

Those statements probably didn’t do much to assuage his justification for the nickname.

 

Growing up in a family where sarcasm heavily permeated the air, I know the linger of it on my tongue can tire my husband at times, and rightly so.

 

The other day I was surprised when I overheard on the radio that we speak enough words in a month to fill a book the size of War and Peace.

 

In doing a little digging, I found that a study by the University of Maryland's College of Medicine several years ago found that on average, women speak about 20,000 words per day. Considering that the word count for War and Peace is 587,287 words, we do indeed speak enough words each month to fill the pages of one of the largest novels ever written!

 

So the question I pondered is, “What kind of book am I 'writing' each month?” 

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Today was one of those days that used to make me cringe when I worked as a meteorologist. Clear and sunny in the morning, but with possible showers moving in by midday. These are the most deceiving days, when I would warn viewers to pack an umbrella…just in case. For some, this is a huge inconvenience. Why would they want to lug around an extra umbrella just in case it was going to rain? While some people are okay if they get a little wet and don’t beat themselves up for not heeding the warning, others want assurance that carrying around that pesky umbrella will be worth the effort. My job, of course, was to please them both.

 

But for others—like me—lugging around an umbrella gives us a sense of security, a little insurance policy for the “what ifs” that may come about during the day. We don’t even mind if the rain never comes, as long as we know we’re equipped. For me, an umbrella is the sign of the one who is prepared and in control.

 

 

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