A Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

Susan Verwys

READ : Ephesians 2:19-22 All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. (Acts 2:44 CEV) Have you ever seen a model Christian community? By that I mean a community that closely approximates Christ’s vision for the church. Heartside Ministry in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves chronic schizophrenics, developmentally-disabled persons, drug addicts, and people who through a chain of circumstances have become homeless. Children are there also. The Ministry provides cold drinks, coffee and food and …

About Kids and Heaven

Susan Verwys

READ : Luke 10:21-24 I praise you . . . you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. (v. 21) If you could ask any questions you wanted about heaven, what would they be? Let me guess: Will I have a body? Will I get to see Abraham, Moses or Peter? Will my troubled, dysfunctional family ever get along there? You may not feel free to ask all those questions but children …

The Community of Little Saints

Susan Verwys

READ : Psalm 16 Protect me, Lord God! I run to you for safety. (v. 1) When we shared the news of the baby’s death with the parents of our preschoolers several said, “How will you handle the subject of death within the classroom? What will you say? Tell us what to say!” I assured them that I had sought the advice of clergy and mental health professions, hoping to handle the situation as professionally as I could. “Just pray …

And They'll Know We Are Christians

Susan Verwys

READ : Colossians 3:1-17 Since . . . you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above. (v. 1) When my son Christian started kindergarten at Sylvan Christian School, he proudly announced to his classmates that the school was named after him! Then he started paying attention to the world around, discovering that there were churches, schools, bookstores, radio stations and lots of people who called themselves Christian. It didn’t take long for Christian Verwys to learn …