I am proud of… my sister

My sister, Kristin Conard, is a fun loving, hip English teacher at Rider and Rutgers University. She has more adventure in her little finger than many people have in their entire body. I am proud of the way that she has pursued her dreams and doesn’t let geography get in the way. She has studied abroad, traveled Europe extensively and currently lives in New Jersey.

She does a great job at staying connected with the family and keeping everyone up to date on the goings on with the rest of us. I appreciate the way that she cares for people and has an expectation that everyone ought to be able to do decent work. She keeps me humble and is never afraid to stir the proverbial pot. Thanks for being a great sister!

My Crafty Sister (or still looking for Christmas presents?)

My sister is an english teacher at Rutgers and another college in New Jersey. She also has quite a knack for making jewelry. From her website:

If you are looking for unique, modern, handmade jewelry for yourself or to give to someone you love, and if you believe (like I do) that jewelry can look expensive without actually breaking the bank, then look no further.

I invite you to check out her work at kristinmc.etsy.com.

Relationship with the Son and Holy Spirit

What is a correct relationship between the Son / Holy Spirit and me? Who can I depend on for strength in time of weakness?

I believe that it is faithful to consider yourself a child of God the Father, a sister or brother of God the Son and as one living with God the Holy Spirit alive within you.

Can I depend on God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit in time of weakness? I believe the answer to this is yes. We may find ourselves in different times of crisis relating to God in different ways, but I believe that all persons of Trinity are in relationship with us and offer strength in the times of weakness or crisis.

I encourage you to chose a few passages below and reflect on your relationship with God. What are your thoughts? How do you most often relate to God?

Child of God the Father

  • Luke 20:27-39
  • John 1:1-13
  • Romans 8:1-28
  • Galatians 3:23-4:7
  • Hebrews 12:4-13
  • 1 John 3:1-10
  • 1 John 5:1-12
  • Revelation 21:1-8

Sister or brother of God

  • Jesus interaction with his family
    • Matthew 12:46-50
    • Mark 3:20-34
    • Luke 8:19-21
  • Jesus urge to the women to tell his brothers the news of the resurrection
    • Matthew 28:1-10
    • John 20:1-18
  • Hebrews 2:5-14

God the Holy Spirit living within you

  • Romans 8:1-17
  • 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6
  • 1 Peter 2:4-9

This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”