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  Brothers' Keeper, affectionately known as "BK" for short was established in the year 2000. Based at Parchment Valley Conference Center reaches out every year to the community for mission projects. Most are construction projects for low income families or families with a handicapped member. Youth groups from around West Virginia and surrounding states have come in to do mission work in Jackson County, West Virginia. Every year Brothers' Keeper serves over families all over Jackson County, all while developing a mind for mission work in over 100 youth missionaries and our adult counselors and crew chiefs. At the center of yearly planning is Gospel Scripture from the book of Matthew, chapter 25, verse 40. What better way to serve Christ than by serving His creation? Projects consist of a variety of home maintenance and repair; minor construction such as wheelchair ramps, porches, decks, porch roofs; painting inside and outside; sealing trailer roofs; yard...

One of my favorite aspects of the Word of God is that it is truly active and alive. I don't care how many times I've read through it or even just read a particular passage; I can always find something new and relevant.  Reading the book of Matthew this past week, I was newly struck by the recurring phrase, "as was foretold by the prophets." These six words are so powerful and pertinent, bringing greater relevance to everything that surrounds them—exposing the greater purpose of Jesus' life and ministry.  These words proclaim that Jesus isn't just a great man or another prophet, as some thought. He is the Messiah, as was foretold by the prophets. Jesus is God's love and mercy sent to us to be the blood sacrifice to pay for my sin and the sin of all humanity. Everything Jesus did on earth was to fulfill God's purpose and be...

Backpack Buddies Changing the lives of children one weekend at a time.   Backpack Buddies is an organization dedicated to reducing the effects of childhood hunger by providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare food over the weekend to children residing in food-insecure homes in Lawrence County, Ohio. Backpack Buddies serves children and families in Lawrence County, Ohio through our Backpack Program and Emergency Food program. Children struggling with hunger come from families who are struggling too.   Listen to our Community Matters Interview with Jodie Hunt:   [audio mp3="https://walkfm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Jodie-Hunt-Backpack-Buddies-12-12-2020.mp3"][/audio]   To learn more about Backpack Buddies, visit their website. Jodie Hunt, Program Coordinator Backpack Buddies PO Box 522, Ironton, Ohio 45638 740.534.3550  ...

"It's the little things."  Have you ever said this?  It's a very ambiguous statement. "It's the little things" can be what drives you crazy (which is more often my intention) or what matters most. I've been reading many stories recently where people are enjoying the little things more in this season. Some attribute it to having more time to take part in them. Others are merely noticing little things more in the reduction of noise.  Thing like:  Eating meals together as a family Enjoying nature for pleasure instead of sport Cooking/Baking Decluttering/Organizing Getting into shape or adopting healthier habits  Ok, well, some of those things aren't as much little things that need appreciating as they are things we don't make time for. But, people are doing more of these things.  There are also things you notice or appreciate because...

Over the years, my husband and I have established a few traditions with our family. Some were cultivated from our favorite childhood traditions, and some were established through new routines with our children. A few of my favorite traditions are opening one gift on Christmas Eve, Friday night family nights with games, movies, popcorn, and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and the birthday boy getting to choose dinner for their special day. Family traditions can be fun, give us something to look forward to, authenticate our experiences, and even bring us back "home" when we feel adrift. But what about religious traditions? Are they good? "Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter."   2Thessalonians 2:15 (HCSB) Tradition kept the Thessalonian Church anchored to Truth during a time of persecution and helped them stand firm.  But, be careful that keeping to tradition doesn't cross into an empty ritual....

Lauryn's Legacy is a Non-profit that Supports Birth Parents who have placed children for adoption. Lauryn's Legacy intends to provide lifelong counseling to anyone that chooses to place a child for adoption and provide resources to make a better life for themselves with higher education, counseling, interview training, life skills training, and financial support when necessary. This includes help with transportation, holiday assistance, clothing for the parents and the children, and bill pay.   How do we support those that have given so much? We have support group meetings for any mom that has placed a child for adoption. We provide emergency financial assistance We help with food insecurity Holiday assistance - gifts for the children they are parenting and food baskets   Listen to our Community Matters interview with Kerry Bocook: [audio mp3="https://walkfm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/11-14-2020-Kerry-Bocook-Lauryns-Legacy.mp3"][/audio] Find them online at: Facebook Webpage ...

Waiting is not my forte. And, although I can appreciate the good waiting does toward developing godly character, I fail miserably at waiting.  I feel like a child in "big church," squirming in the pew, waiting for the service to end. I look for stuff to fill the time, occupy my mind, and hopefully make time pass faster. It reminds me of what used to happen in my house when we were getting ready to leave. We'd tell our boys to get ready to go, and we were leaving at a specific time. When we'd call out for everyone to head to the car, suddenly, boys were scrambling to get their shoes or finding pertinent items for where we were headed.  "Why aren't you ready?" we'd ask, in a stern yet loving tone...

It used to be that we could feel pretty safe about the influences in our children’s lives until they hit college age and were exposed to more diverse beliefs and cultures.  It seems, however, that radical views are coming into play as early as 3rd grade. And, by middle school, many church-going children have decided they do not believe in God.  Some religions are more evident in how they contradict Scripture; but, many religions have an element of truth, making them seem feasible and dangerous. These differences may even make more sense from a human standpoint. So, how can you help them tell what is true and what is counterfeit? Here are four ways we can encourage our children in to help them stay true to their faith:   Study the Word Cultural norms, fads, and new aged religious philosophies change every day. The Word of God is never-changing and is an anchor for our faith....

In honor of October being National ADD/ADHD awareness month, I thought I'd share some tips and tricks that helped our ADD household survive the school year. Our household was actually a mixed bag of learning complications that we worked through over the years: ADD w/inattention, ADHD, Dyslexia, Visual Processing Disorder, extreme auditory learner (in a visual household)...