Leading Faith-First In Caledonia, MI, Melanie VanderPloeg, second-grade teacher at Zeeland Christian, began her faith journey. To this day she still resides in that small town where she discovered her love for Christ in third grade at Bible Study. In awe of the great Creator and the ways to pardon our sinfulness, she…

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Love Rescued Me. On December 2, 2003, Love rescued me when my daughter Lily was carried off the elevator in a hotel conference room in China and into our waiting arms, making me “Daddy.”  Looking back on that day, I didn’t know I needed to be rescued. To be honest, I thought I was doing…

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When my Grandma McAboy came to visit, she would often stay for a few days at a time.  One night as I was falling asleep, I heard her in her room talking. After a minute or two I realized she was praying, and after another moment I realized she was praying for me. Grandma McAboy…

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Parents, Andy Stanley says that if we parent now the way God would have us to parent, there may be times when our children don’t like us very much. But they will like us later, and “later is longer.”   His parenting series “Future Family” helped me to see raising my children in seasons:  …

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This morning, Caryn Navis, our school counselor, met with teachers to discuss ways to address unkind behavior in students. While bullying receives a lot of attention (and rightly so), smaller instances of unkind behavior often go unaddressed. Karyn’s instruction to us, and my advice to you is that we address every single instance of unkind…

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Two years ago, in an attempt to run across the Grand Canyon (and back), I got a bit lost. After a side trip to a waterfall off the main trail, I couldn’t find my way back to the path. I didn’t realize I was lost until I was walking up on a ledge and the…

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I’ve been teaching my son Joey to mow the lawn. One day after he finished, my wife brought his grass-stained shoes into our mudroom where his shoes go. Joey very sternly said, “Mom, my lawn-mowing shoes go in the garage, right next to dad’s.”   These kids of ours, they are watching us. We have…

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This summer I read How to Raise an Adult, written by Julie Lythcott-Haimsa, a former dean at Stanford University. She also has a compelling TED Talk by the same name.     Lythcott-Haisma writes of the disturbing trend she’s seen with students entering college without having had the opportunity to advocate or work through problems…

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