Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC’s fire

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This past week, just five days after the fire, I met with a 5-year old girl to talk about the fire. Her room in the church was one of the places that burned, and she was having a hard time understanding how fire had permanently damaged that familiar space. We looked at photos of the room, and tried to help her express her feelings about the black smoke on her toy kitchen and the missing ceiling tiles.My own 9-year old daughter, three days after the fire, on the way back from a family dinner … [Read more...]

Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

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"The past is never dead, it is not even past." ~William Faulkner It's January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There's not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily temps, are in the teens or single digits. What's more, the holidays have reminded us of, not only the people who are with us, but also of those who are not. This Christmas and New Year, my heart was e … [Read more...]

Fathers, Don’t Blow the In-the-Home QTR

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As we approach Father's Day, here are a few thoughts on the importance of being an active, engaged dad during the "in the home years." We never get them back.Excerpt from "Man on the Run" by Zeke PipherThe Most Important QuarterA man may get seventy, perhaps eighty years, on this earth before his last sunset. The time that our children live under our roof, needing us to wrestle, tickle, discipline, snuggle, bait hooks, and do the hundred other things dads are designed to do, lasts … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]

Hats Off To You, Boston P.D.!

We live under a blanket of protection; a strong, thick cover of safety provided by local heroes - men and women who risk their lives every day so that we can enjoy ours in comfort and peace. We send our sincerest "THANK YOU!" to the men and women of the Boston P.D., FBI, Transit Police, Boston Fire & Rescue, and other first responders. Also, our hearts goes out tonight to the friends and family members of the first responders who died in West, Texas. Of the 35 people who lost their lives, 10 … [Read more...]

Watching People Drown Themselves?

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“I know it’s wrong, but I can’t stop,” said a husband who had just admitted to me that he was having an affair. His wife was sitting next to him, holding a picture of their three children. When I asked the husband if he realized that he was flushing his life down the toilet, he paused for a moment, struck a pose akin to the thinking man, and replied, “It’s hard to explain…I just can’t stay away from her (mistress).”Why is it that we choose to do the things that destroy us? Take John Allem … [Read more...]


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