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This week in middle school Sunday school, we studied the story of Ruth. We were challenged by the curriculum when the authors had us dive deeper into the word hesed.

Many biblical words such as mercy, compassion, love, grace, and faithfulness relate to the Hebrew word hesed (חֶסֶד), but none of these completely summarize the concept. Hesed is not…

Our Top 5 Praise Songs

My kids LOVE to sing praise songs in the car. Often my minivan looks like a full-on revival is taking place, with someone belting out the chorus while another is clapping along. I am sure it is quite a sight to those next to us.

What I love about this time together in the car is two things — one, my kids are worshipping God and two, they are doing it out of a pure, natural…


This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:24)

This was my grandmother’s favorite verse. She had it embroidered on a pillow she kept in a chair in her living room. Every time I would visit her, I…

Sharing Your Light

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who…

10 Random Things About Me

When I was in grade school, we used to play this game called “10 random things about me.” The idea was to write down 10 things that weren’t really secrets, just things your friends didn’t know. You got one point for each random thing no one knew. Since I am new to the Salem family, I thought I would play “10 random things about me” with you.

  1. I am the oldest of two children;…