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Marriage Problems: An Overlooked Opportunity

Marriage Problems: An Overlooked Opportunity

Seeing at-risk marriages saved and transformed is close to the heart of God, and our church. Too often, couples are told by the world that their problems cannot be solved and they should, therefore, divorce. However, this perspective fails to consider the reality of how marital problems present themselves and how couples can both survive and thrive in spite of them.

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What Is Worship, Really?

What Is Worship, Really?

Ever felt disconnected, disassociated, dysfunctional, disjoined, disapproved, distant, disappointed…just straight up dissed? God doesn’t disconnect from people, so we know the problem isn’t God. In fact, he designed a model for us to be a part of that is imperative to who we are as Christians. It’s called the church body. And weekly worship is an important way that as the body, we can connect.

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5 Tips for Starting Kindergarten

5 Tips for Starting Kindergarten

The phase of parenting you’re entering with Elementary school can be both scary and exciting. Both emotions are valid, and you can hold them both together. Whether you’ve already sent 3 kids off to kindergarten or this is your first year dropping off one of your babies to kindergarten, it can be hard! I hope these tips will help you feel a little more prepared for the big day!

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A Biblical Counselor’s Favorite Question

A Biblical Counselor’s Favorite Question

Research has determined that our thoughts are a driving force behind how we feel. As an authority on the subject, author and psychiatrist Dr. David Burns writes “your feelings result from the messages you give yourself. In fact, your thoughts often have much more to do with how you feel than what is actually happening in your life.”

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5 Ways to Find Hope in Your Marriage

5 Ways to Find Hope in Your Marriage

Marriage is hard. Even the happiest married couples know the road can get bumpy. You may even experience times when you fear your relationship may not make it, and one or both of you may begin to lose hope. You’re not alone. Other couples have faced what you’re facing and persevered, coming out stronger than ever.

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A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 4)

A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 4)

The last few blogs have discussed how to surround the LGBTQ+ conversation and community with truth and grace based on what the Bible teaches. I talked about the unique impact on adolescents (11-26 years) and how we can respond. In this blog, I want to get to the heart of the matter as it not only relates to this unique community, but to all of us.

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A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 3)

A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 3)

As a follower of Jesus, our identity is in Jesus. However, sometimes adults might mention things like our jobs, family, hobbies, or athletic teams being connected to our identity. These things might be fun and important, but they should not be our identity. Identity is who we are at the core and who God designed us to be for His glory.

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A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 2)

A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 2)

Let’s dig into a sampling of the most known and graphic Bible passages on LGBTQ+ behavior. These verses are from the Bible but might not be appropriate for younger ages to read, so I suggest parents and mentors read and study these passages prior to your younger children.

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A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 1)

A Pride Conversation: Truth and Grace (Part 1)

When it comes to responding to the LGBTQ+ conversation for those who believe the Bible teaches against these sexual behaviors, there is always tension. How do we stand for the Truth of God’s Word and express grace at the same time?

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Father’s Day 2022

Father’s Day 2022

Our lost and broken world desperately needs the men of God to commit to the mission that God has given us as men, and it starts with each of us having the guts to ask the guy in the mirror these questions, and then to do something with the answers. And if we do, then how different could our marriages look? How different would raising our kids look? How different could our politics look? Our families, communities, churches, and culture? Just imagine if Adam had …

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10 Truths God Gives to Moms

10 Truths God Gives to Moms

The Bible is full of promises that God has faithfully given his people. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some truths specific to your role as mom. My prayer is that you will hold fast to these verses and promises through every part of motherhood—the fast and the slow, the painful and the joyful, the busy and the mundane. God cares about all of it.

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Tips for Middle School Parents in a Digital Age

Tips for Middle School Parents in a Digital Age

Jon + Danielle minister to vulnerable and marginalized members of their community in San Salvador, El Salvador. Their work includes ministry to survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, those who are facing homelessness and extreme poverty, individuals who have recently returned from the U.S., as well as those who are on a journey toward addiction recovery. Jon and Danielle walk with those they serve toward a relationship with Christ, new opportunities, dignifying work, and a chance to dream about and work toward a new future of freedom and growth.

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Partner Update | Jon + Danielle Snyder

Partner Update | Jon + Danielle Snyder

Jon + Danielle minister to vulnerable and marginalized members of their community in San Salvador, El Salvador. Their work includes ministry to survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, those who are facing homelessness and extreme poverty, individuals who have recently returned from the U.S., as well as those who are on a journey toward addiction recovery. Jon and Danielle walk with those they serve toward a relationship with Christ, new opportunities, dignifying work, and a chance to dream about and work toward a new future of freedom and growth.

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Those Mid-January Blues

Those Mid-January Blues

Research has indicated that many find the middle of January to be the most depressing time of the year. The holiday cheer has faded and the bills accumulated for it are arriving. The cold and dark of winter persists and there doesn’t seem to be much on the calendar to look forward to. This interesting statistic serves as a microcosm of what happens when peace and contentment is found in our transient external circumstances.

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Welcome to 2022!

Welcome to 2022!

Welcome to 2022! It is that curious time, once again, when people make all sorts of resolutions to do and not do a whole myriad of things. I am not sure what percentage of people actually succeed in their New Year’s resolutions, but the percentage seems awfully low (it is rare to hear someone boasting about their success come the following holiday season!).

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Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom slowly walked through the house, treasuring all the memories the old walls held. After months in a Nazi concentration camp besieged by the worst suffering imaginable, it was surreal to be back in the warmth, safety, and love of the place she had called home all her 50 years. Despite the tremendous void left by those who had not survived, she did her best to resume her life working in the family’s watch shop and spending time with her remaining loved ones. And yet, she felt unsettled, restless.

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Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael

Walking home from church one dreary Sunday, Amy Carmichael and her brothers noticed an old beggar woman struggling under the weight of a heavy bundle. They quickly rushed to her side to help. Being from a wealthy family, Amy suddenly felt embarrassed to be seen with this poor woman as the other parishioners passed by. Just then, God spoke a verse clearly to Amy’s heart, “Gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw…the fire will test what sort of work each one has done…” Standing tall, she knew in that moment that she would never again be embarrassed to offer help to anyone, especially the least of these.

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Catch Your Drift: One Key to a Successful Marriage

Catch Your Drift: One Key to a Successful Marriage

“We just drifted apart.” We will never know how many times this statement has woven itself into stories of marital crisis and divorce. We all know that having a great marriage is hard work and that a perfect marriage is impossible. So how do imperfect marriages stay great? One key is that they catch their drift.

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Nate Saint

Nate Saint

Born in the Pennsylvania countryside in 1923, Nate Saint grew up in a creative family that encouraged out-of-the-box thinking. Anytime one of their eight children came up with a wild idea, Mr. and Mrs. Saint would enthusiastically help them bring it to life. From an outdoor “sleeping room” on their second-story roof to a double-track roller coaster in the backyard, the Saint family was always looking for that next adventurous creation they could work on together. Growing up in such a home, it is no surprise that from the time Nate was a small child he found pure joy in the process of inventing, building, and then using his creations. But he discovered his true passion at seven years old.

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Mom Ref

Mom Ref

Booger wiper. First-aid kit. Limo service. Snack supplier. Diaper changer. Cuddle giver. Screen time limiter. Activity director. Chaos coordinator. Chief Operations Officer. There are a lot of job titles that come with being a mom. I was definitely more prepared for some than others. But I can tell you wholeheartedly the job title that I like least of all… MOM REFEREE.

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