I AM the light of the world. – Jesus
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I AM the light of the world. – Jesus

  I ran away for the first time in 2nd grade—it only lasted the afternoon. By 8th grade frequently I would rush desperately to the isolated escape of our backyard to cry out in silent tears and mute screams until lumps formed in my throat, “God, just let me no longer exist.” The latter continued...

God is With You!
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God is With You!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]From cooking in the kitchen to exploring underground in the Ape Caves, Jesus is with you! (Matthew 28:20b.) When you spend time regularly with kids—whether as a parent, volunteer, or caretaker – you’ll notice children are fairly quick to see God’s joys and beauty, as well as feel confident of His presence. As we...

It’s Summer—Don’t Sweat It!
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It’s Summer—Don’t Sweat It!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is Summer… regardless of the occasional grey cloud in the Oregon sky. Temperatures are rising in contrast to the plummeting stress levels of students and teachers alike.  And if you’re a parent, like me, then you are wondering how to intersperse some extra, memorable family time with the continued— never ending, always accumulating— routine...

On a Sunday… and Every Day
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On a Sunday… and Every Day

God’s word is living! Now try to explain that to a five year old. Every Sunday that’s what we do in Uptown Kid’s Ministry. Uptown volunteers don’t use just words to teach God’s word; they back-it-up with action and heart. We have teachers and co-teachers that invest themselves in creating a fun environment where the Bible...

Visitation vs. Living in Full
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Visitation vs. Living in Full

Visitation vs Living in Full Though my parents divorced after eleven years of marriage they fought with each other for many more years. One topic that came up frequently— visitation. I remember one such battle, they were going back and forth about weekends, mid-week visits, and the upcoming holidays which were hers and which were...