TOPICS FOR PARENTS & LEADERS

Eliminating Entitlement: Raising Empathetic Kids Who Care

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According to studies coming from many of our country's leading universities college students are 40-50% less empathetic than they were just 20 years ago. What has changed? Why does this matter? Let's examine this cultural shift and illuminate the relationship between empathy and entitlement. Kristie shares practical ways you can cultivate empathy in the next generation by planting five life-giving messages into the souls of our children.

Living Like a Lite Brite: Faith Over Fear in a World of Worry.

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Each day can be filled with a million reasons to worry. Life can be painful, scary and hard—-but it is also beautiful, hopeful and exciting. How do we hold both realities and stay connected to the truths of God’s love, grace and hope offered to us? Can we create a life that shines—-a beacon of hope in the midst of the hard places? We’ll look at the places we can anchor our hearts to so that we can be a safe refuge and light for our families and for the world around us. Perhaps being afraid is one of the most basic human experiences—-and God answers it with His invitation: “Don’t be afraid.”

Healthy Connection in a Modern World

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We are surrounded by screens that entertain, educate, and connect us to each other around the world. As a culture, we find ourselves simultaneously more connected and disconnected to the people in our lives due to the advent of digital culture. We face dangers and benefits from the screens that live in our purses, pockets, cars, and homes. I’ll share six behaviors you can cultivate and encourage in your child so that they will experience healthy connection in this modern world.

TOPICS FOR WOMEN’S GATHERINGS

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When Your Barbie Dreamhouse Has an Earthquake

When our perfectly planned lives don’t match our expectations, and real life disappoints and interrupts our plans, often our desire is to control and “perfect” gets in the way of the abundant life Jesus invites us into. I’ll share some of my story of God’s healing journey “remodeling my life” into one that has a lot less pretending and look at stories of women in the Bible and focus in on three modern idols we can exchange for three life-giving values that will help us live a life of freedom and authenticity.

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Everyday Lovesongs: Reviving Your Soul, Returning Home.

Did you ever make someone a mixtape of love songs hoping that you could communicate your love to them? God loves us more than we can even begin to imagine—-and He wants us to know His love every day. If we truly understood the love God has for us—-we would know that God’s love has the power and authority to silence every shred of self-doubt, fear and isolation we might struggle with. The truth is, nothing we can ever do could make God love us more more less—-He already calls us His beloved. We’ll explore why we can know that God loves us, what distracts us from receiving that love, and how we should respond by loving others. Are you ready to turn up the volume and hear God tell you how loved you are?

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Invited to the Party: Deeper Living in a World of Worry

Our identity can easily get tangled up in our to do lists and obligations—-finding our worth in value in what we do rather than who we already are. God’s love is so great, so big and his invitation to come and receive unconditional love and healing is one we need to be reminded to receive. Based on the story of the man by the side of the pool in Luke, we explore what it means to receive Jesus’ invitation into “life to the full”—-and how we can step into the free, wild, gift of the kingdom here and now.  Let’s celebrate together the greatest gift we’ve ever been given: God is near, with us, and loves us.

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O Little Town of Empathy (Christmas Event)

God's great gift of empathy comes in a manger. God comes to earth as a human baby boy. The story is simple, one we've gotten used to hearing or telling---but it extends the most transformational beauty for all people who open the gifts given to them in Jesus. The gifts of God's understanding, nearness and invitation to fully live is one that comes with a question: will you receive God's great love and friendship?