Parent’s Progress 10.17.13

family nights family fun nightThere’s nothing worse than forced, family nights! I can hear that parent now, “You will have fun whether you like it or not!”

I don’t want to have to twist my kids’ arms to spend time together as a family. I want them to love it now when the are little, so they’ll love it later during their teenage years.

So how can we make family night fun without having our kids dread it?


Thank You, Lord

When you pray, how much of your prayer is spent praising and thanking God, and how much is spent making requests?

What’s wrong with having too little gratitude in your prayers?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. — Philippians 4:6

We should take advantage of every opportunity we get to say “thank You” to God in prayer. That’s good advice whether we’re feeling incredibly happy or incredibly down. If we’re happy, our joy will be multiplied by sharing our gratitude with the One who made it possible. If we’re down, we’ll feel better when we focus on the good things God is doing in our life.

Too often our prayers, even during our family devotions, sound like a fast-food order:


A New Play Structure For Us!

Free!  You heard correctly.  FREE!!  We were given a Space Maze play structure from the Lakeland Youth Center in Syracuse.  The only problem is: Right now it’s laying in a lot of pieces in room 10, just waiting for people to put it together.  That’s where you come in!  Our plan is to built it on Saturday, October 5.  See Jennifer Nier if you’re able to help.

All of us at Kiddie Kollege want to give huge thanks to Eric Coburn and Pat Schroeder for spending two days in Syracuse, taking this structure apart.  Not an easy job at all!  Thanks also to Pastor Roland, Pastor Rick, Yvonne Coburn and the Nier children for helping with the rest of the take down, loading and unloading here at the church.  We appreciate you all very much!!

KK Space Maze

Multiply Ministries

Today we’re posting a video from Bishop David Roller on how to multiply our ministries. Actually, there are several videos at But you can watch this one right here.

We will increase multiplication of disciples, leaders, groups, churches and ministries by highlighting exemplary leaders and by changing the way our churches view and report growth.

‘Tis the Season to Simplify

by  on NOVEMBER 18, 2011 

While some people sing about “seven swans a-swimming,” I reflect on my family’s seven months of simplicity.

Three years ago, our Free Methodist church plant housed more than 80 evacuees from Hurricane Ike; we took in 12 of them. We moved our three kids into our bedroom, washed sheets, blew up mattresses, rolled out sleeping bags and readied the house for an onslaught. As carloads arrived and we welcomed them, one 10-year-old boy walked into our home, looked around with huge eyes and hollered: “Dad! This white dude is rich!”


Parent’s Progress 10.10.13

The following article first appeared here. No matter how young your children may be, we believe this could help as you begin to think of these difficult conversations.


For most of us, our parents didn’t talk to us about healthy sexuality, and unfortunately, we’re not doing much better with our own children. A vast majority of young people say they receive more information about sexuality from their friends, media, and school than from their own home. This is not good news, especially when all studies show that the more positive, value-centered sex education kids receive in their home, the less promiscuous they will be.

A parent is almost always the person who has the best interest of their child in mind when it comes to sexuality. We need to face the facts and deal with the issues in a healthy and beneficial way. It won’t always be easy or comfortable, but the results will definitely be worth it.

What follows are five key things children need in order to develop a healthy view of their sexuality and a better relationship with their parents.


God Shares Your Heartbreak

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“It’s hard for some people to imagine that the God of the universe, the God who is all knowing and all powerful, has emotions and feels sad, hurt, and rejected—but he does.

When we look at the Old Testament story, we see a God who created human beings in his likeness, including having emotions. He created Adam and Eve and blessed them with everything they needed or wanted. He gave them a beautiful environment to live in, a companion to enjoy life with, and a purpose to take care of his creation. Yet Adam’s and Eve’s hearts weren’t completely content…

God loved Adam and Eve and felt hurt and disappointed when they chose to believe the serpent, and not trust him. That was the start of God’s heartbreak over the human race…Don’t feel afraid of being honest with God about how you feel. He understands that kind of pain and anguish.”

Excerpted from The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

Dying To Be Used

It’s almost an afterthought. It is like the editor told the writer, “I need 50 or so more words.” A most amazing story is sandwiched between a couple of otherwise mundane events in the history of Israel.

That’s not completely fair either. The story I’m referring to is found in 2 Kings 13:20-21. It involves the prophet Elisha, who was anything but mundane. If you know anything at all about this Old Testament prophet, you know his stories are crazy and wild. In fact, beyond crazy and wild.

In fact, it’s difficult to find a stand-out story of Elisha, the guy who saw iron ax-heads float, raised dead people to life, miraculously multiplied a widow’s oil and my personal favorite; calling down bears on unruly teenagers. Teens, you’re on notice!

But the best example of how life is all about God and not about us can be told in Elisha’s death.


Must See TV

This post today comes from Jen Hatmaker’s blog. For those of you who have read Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker, you will recognize the name. They are FM pastor and wife in Austin, Texas. 
by Jen Hatmaker
Life is absurd.Sometime in late June, I got a random email from Sarah.

From HGTV.

“I develop shows for HGTV and I would love to have a conversation about our network and programming and see if your passion can translate to the HGTV world.”

At this point, I started laughing and didn’t quit for two weeks. Particularly after she asked me “how my DIY skills were.” Um. Poor to heinous. We jumped on the phone and she said a bunch of stuff and I kept cackling like a hyena because WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?

Evidently these people were following the Hatmakers: the tattooed Harley-riding pastor, the Christian author with the loud mouth, the gaffes, the international adoptions, the zany kids or, more specifically, Remy. They thought we fit some sort of “quirky wholesome” category (which apparently Duck Dynasty made a thing). The question was:

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Upcoming Vision Cast

October 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. EDT and 7 p.m. PDT – Vision Cast at

During this broadcast, the Board of Bishops will discuss the three strategies from the August 2013 Vision Cast with a panel of Free Methodists.


Previous Vision Casts

February 2013

Individuals, small groups and congregations connected on Feb. 10 to watch FMCUSA bishops interview church members who are living out their faith by serving their communities

The Board of Bishops discussed three strategies for achieving our mission during this Vision Cast:

  • Focus on Discipling and Serving
  • Embrace all People
  • Commit to Cities

You can view all nine strategies at




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