Essays

Speaking Truth: When Can Parents Lie to Their Children?

Joel Vande Werken 7/20/15
Speaking Truth: When Can Parents Lie to Their Children?

A few weeks ago I ran across a list of lies parents tell their children. The list includes some fairly predictable fibs from weary parents: “Maybe we’ll buy that next time.”  “Don’t be too noisy, or the people over there will get upset.”  “Eat your vegetables,…

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8 Things Your Kids Will Complain About Now and Thank You for Later

Kim Sullivan 7/16/15
8 Things Your Kids Will Complain About Now and Thank You for Later

Children complain. They are children after all. But valuable skills and character are formed when we are prodded to do things like lessons or household chores. It may seem easier at the time to manage things on your own, but teaching these life lessons benefits everyone in…

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Equipping for Mentoring

Jason Ruis 7/13/15
Equipping for Mentoring

Many people feel unequipped to be a mentor. They feel like they have nothing to offer. They don’t think anybody would want to be mentored by them. They don’t think they are smart enough, spiritual enough, cool enough, “trendy” enough. So, they never begin. As…

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Devotions

How We Communicates Has Consequences

Nadia Swearingen-Friesen 7/30/15 Read Scripture Verse: Proverbs 15:1
How We Communicates Has Consequences

“A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 Mommas, your words carry weight. Daddies, how you answer your children will impact how they see themselves.  For parents, these admonishments are familiar.  And while hearing things often can cause…

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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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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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  • Successful Step Families

    Ron Deal

    Step families come with a variety of challenges to weather from the moment they say “I do.” Ron Deal addresses specific challenges and offers biblical insight as well as clinical experience as a marriage and family therapist to help equip couples for the journey ahead. He offers hope and encouragement for helping families navigate establishing working relationships within the new family as well as with the extended family.

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