What Matters Most?

Time for a trip down memory lane… here is a video I filmed with Luke on New Year’s Even nine years ago. He’s now 14, but it’s as true as ever. The video was my contribution to the Online Video Conference to answer the question: “What Matters Now?” My “One Word” was Relationships. I filmed the video on the Eve of Dec. 31st, 2010 and brought in the New Year with my young son while filming. I could think of no better way to answer that very critical question. I hope this will challenge you to think had about the relationships in your life that Matter Most. I hope you enjoy it, and as we head in to a new year, I hope it reminds you to prioritize your relationships – not just with your children – but with whoever is most important to you. Happy New Year!

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NEW! Pastor Karl’s Bedtime Stories Podcast

Introducing Pastor Karl’s Bedtime Stories – A NEW podcast for kids from Pastor Karl Bastian! Kids can’t come to church? No worries! Now Pastor Karl brings his stories to them in his new podcast created just for kids! Pastor Karl loves to tell stories. Sometimes they are a story from the Bible. Sometimes they are a parable that teaches something from the Bible. Often he shares a true story from his own life or tells a story he heard and wants to pass along. He might even invite some of his silly friends on to the show to tell one of their stories. You never know what kind of story it will be, but you can know it will be wholesome, fun, and educational. Pastor Karl’s Bedtime Stories are available on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, or just ask Alexa to play it for you!

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The MOMstacle Course! Could You Handle a Mom’s Day?

Last year from Mother’s Day I wanted to help the kids at my church relate to what a typical day is like for their mom, but in a fun way. So I created The MOMstacle Course! It was a race featuring the type of things Moms have to do on a regular basis. It included putting Band-aids on boo-boo’s, walking on Legos, matching socks and more – and ended with sitting down to enjoy some tea. Here is the Highlight Video from the 2nd Annual MOMstacle Course this Sunday! Here is the ORIGINAL that includes more explanation: If you do a MOMstacle Course, please post pictures or video in our Facebook Group! I’d love to see them! Because Jesus Loves MOMS, Pastor Karl Bastian aka The Kidologist

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How Do You Talk to Your kids About Tragedy? By Ron Brooks

Thank you, Ron Brooks, for permission to re-post this helpful article on my blog. How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy. By Ron Brooks The largest massacre in US history in Las Vegas. The shooting at Columbine. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Irma and Harvey. The Tornadoes of Moore, Oklahoma. The school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The terrorist attack on 911. The terrorist attack in Paris, France. The mass shooting in Orlando.  All terrible tragedies, and if your child has heard about these events, you may be wondering how to talk to your kids about tragedy. With social media such a huge part of our life now, events like this are widely publicized. You are hardly able to turn on the TV or read through a Facebook feed without seeing reports. Many of our kids will see photos or hear about all the people that lost their homes or their lives in the storm. While we may do our best to shield our kids from horrible events, the truth is, many will find out. We homeschool our daughter, so it may be easier for me to keep bad news like this from her, but for others it is…

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Connecting Digitally with Your Kids

For Father’s Day my son cracked me up when he wrote in my card, “I love you more than the games on my ipad! :)” So touching. But the reality is, my son is growing up in an age where he plays on an ipad as much as he does with physical toys and games. I’m delighted that Lego still captures his imagination as much as Minecraft, and that he’d still rather play outside than on his X-box, but at the same time I have a love-hate relationship with iPad games. There are times I wish he didn’t have one – but I also realize that touch-tablet technology is the world he is growing up in. While he can use the family iMac with ease, it is very likely that by the time he is a teenager, the computers we use will be the technological dinosaurs of a past age. I enjoyed growing up using the very first personal computers and leaping on each advancement as they came out. Even waiting in line for a new Apple OS to be released instead of the free downloads of today. But this ‘Old Dog’ has to recognize that both the reality of…

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