Author Archives: thenestles

Why $13/month and Volunteer Staff Update for 2021

WHY $13/month? The co-founders’ infant son Jedidiah had trisomy-13, a genetic mutation that caused him to die 17 hours and 41 minutes after his birth. To honor all that the Lord has done in the ministry of CVR through what we learned about Him through Jedidiah’s short life, we suggest $13/month.   Volunteer Staff Update… Continue Reading

If. Might. Possibilities.

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. This is an interesting week in the US. For many, it is the down time between Christmas and the New Year. For some, it is the time of intensity as they work to wrap up many of the end-of-year tasks that absolutely must be completed. Christmas is barely over,… Continue Reading

Christmas Was Messy

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families! It’s Christmas week. Lights are strung in trees and on homes. Some loosely and haphazardly; some straight and timed blinking to music. The typical Christmas plays and nativity scenes abound. Just as someone pointed out in our Bible class this Sunday, the plays and scenes aren’t quite as accurate… Continue Reading

Christmas Decorations

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. We are glad to be back with you today. Life is short, and there are often reminders around us that we should take the risks that are holding us back, demonstrate our love as big as we feel inside, and forgive ourselves and others – all to live the… Continue Reading

Praise Publicly

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. Do you ever cringe when you see a video of a parent shaming his or her child? Like one of those where the child is standing on the street corner with sign stating what they did wrong. Ephesians 6:4 admonishes us parents, “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your… Continue Reading

Family Mistake

TRANSCRIPTS: Good morning, Five Minute Families. Many families in America just enjoyed a long weekend with extended family. As families reunite, conversations abound about work, church, medical needs, social happenings, and more. The participants change a bit each year as we gather with new significant others, new children, and close personal friends. Each family is… Continue Reading

Thankfulness – or Not

Good morning, Five Minute Families. This is a week of thankfulness in America. Everywhere we turn, we see fall colors, culinary treats, and the words grateful, thankful, and blessed. Our and our sons’ Bible studies, the call to worship, and the sermon itself this past Sunday were all about thankfulness. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his… Continue Reading

Our Lost Sheep

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. In Luke 15 we read the parable of the lost sheep. If a sheep has wandered, which they are prone to do, the shepherd leaves the rest of the flock in a safe space and searches until he finds the one lost sheep. I was taken back to when… Continue Reading

The College Admissions Analogy

TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. ‘tis the season when many high schoolers are thinking more and more about their college applications. Some parents begin planning their children’s college years during pregnancy. For some families, they have been discussing details and needs every fall since 9th grade. For others, they are just now trying to… Continue Reading


TRANSCRIPT: Good morning, Five Minute Families. This morning’s devotion is focused on the husband and wife of the family, and we will be speaking around certain words to remain kid friendly, but the concept discussed is not for kids, so please note that you may want to listen to this next five minutes privately if… Continue Reading

Love – Storge

Good morning, Five Minute Families. Today we continue our love series studying the Greek words used or indicated in the Bible; those four are agape, phileo, storge, and eros. We have discussed agape – God’s unconditional love – and phileo – brotherly love. Many people will try to compare and rank the types of love.… Continue Reading

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