Essays

Work on Creating a Good and Godly Marriage

Debi Mitchell 6/22/15
Work on Creating a Good and Godly Marriage

On the one hand, as a marriage counselor, I hope never to see you in my office (at least about marital counseling). I don’t say this because I want time off, or because I’m tired of seeing couples, or because I don’t believe in what I do.  I…

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Dad to Dad : Successful Parenting

Greg Rodriguez, MA, LCPC 6/18/15
Dad to Dad : Successful Parenting

In my work as a therapist, I see many men for a variety of reasons, but one comes up most frequently--parenting problems. Too many men are feeling powerless in dealing with their family issues.  Many of these men are successful in their jobs. They are…

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Building God’s Kingdom Through Mundane Parenting Tasks

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 6/15/15
Building God’s Kingdom Through Mundane Parenting Tasks

Loads of laundry. Wiping faces. Changing diapers. Helping with homework. The mundane tasks of loving and raising a child can seem far from what we visualize as grand, kingdom-building ministry. But is this true? While many parents grew up in homes that encouraged service and outreach, the long days and short season…

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Devotions

Seeking God First in Courtship

Deb Koster 6/11/15 Read Scripture Verse: Matthew 6:25-34
Seeking God First in Courtship

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This was the response that Jesus gave to anxious people. This is the way that God wants us to face our worries. You don’t need to…

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Who Can Tame the Tongue?

Jason Ruis 6/1/15 Read Scripture Verse: James 3:7–8, ESV
Who Can Tame the Tongue?

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”  Why have you given us a tongue…

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Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

Deb Koster 5/11/15 Read Scripture Verse: Isaiah 40:31
Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

Isaiah 40:31 says, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  I am not a fan of having to wait for things. Our culture has spoiled…

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Resources

  • Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

    This book speaks to the way that faith is translated to the next generation. This book offers encouragement for adults to step into a mentoring role to equip the youth of the church for service in God’s kingdom. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of making your faith visible and getting involved in the lives of others. Every church youth director should read this book.

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  • Celebrating Christmas As If It Matters

    David Lambert

    This book by David Lambert is an excellent resource for helping you think thoughtfully about how you celebrate Christmas. In the midst of a consumer focused society we need to approach our celebrations thoughtfully to keep our celebrations focused on Christ. This book offers creative suggestions for making your holiday celebrations meaningful.

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