Essays

Nine Conversations to Have With Your College-Bound child.

Deb Koster 8/20/15
Nine Conversations to Have With Your College-Bound child.

As your children prepare to head out on their own, bless them with some good conversations to prepare them for the road ahead. Before they fly the nest, take a few moments to prepare them for flight. Some great discussions can help your child get a…

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Launching College Kids

Kim Sullivan 8/17/15
Launching College Kids

Congratulations! Your son or daughter will be going to college soon. So how can you help them (and yourself) be ready for the challenging times ahead? You may have heard  horror stories about kids who have “lost their faith” or made serious mistakes as they enter this season…

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Living in an Imperfect Marriage

Kim Sullivan 8/10/15
Living in an Imperfect Marriage

I remember the feelings of guilt and condemnation I felt as a young wife when I struggled to abide by some boundary in my imperfect marriage. Every sermon and encouragement I heard on the subject of marriage seemed not to apply to my situation. “Women, respect…

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Devotions

Rule the Words of My Mouth

Deb Koster 8/13/15 Read Scripture Verse: Psalm 19:13-14
Rule the Words of My Mouth

Words have power and yet we so often use them carelessly. When emotions rise, harsh words fly out of our mouths unchecked. Afterwards we look back and wonder why we let the situation get under our skin and we question why we said the things…

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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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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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