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Dating

Handling Conflict Constructively
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Handling Conflict Constructively

June 9, 2019 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Do you struggle with how to handle conflict? Explore what God has to say about having the tough conversations to live in peace in our relationships.

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Celebrating Singleness: Dating is Not a Goal
Rev. Deb Koster

Celebrating Singleness: Dating is Not a Goal

May 8, 2019 • Rev. Deb Koster

Are you eager to leave a life of singleness and step into a relationship? Consider this Biblical wisdom to discover what might be the best life choice.

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Marriage

What to Expect in Couples Counseling
New Leaf Resources

What to Expect in Couples Counseling

June 18, 2019 • New Leaf Resources

Are you intimidated about seeing a marriage counselor? Learn what you can expect from counseling sessions to reduce your stress and help you find healing.

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Navigating Difficulties with Your Ex
Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Navigating Difficulties with Your Ex

June 2, 2019 • Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Are you having difficulties with an ex-spouse? Explore and repent of your contribution and consider how you can trust God with a difficult relationship.

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Parenting

Releasing Criticism, Teaching Discernment
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Releasing Criticism, Teaching Discernment

June 19, 2019 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you have a child who views the world through a critical lens? Consider the ways that you can guide children to foster a healthy thankful perspective.

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Parenting Choices:  Punishment or Discipline?
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Parenting Choices: Punishment or Discipline?

June 16, 2019 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

When your child misbehaves will choose to punish or discipline? Choose a grace-filled response that is focused on molding better behavior in the future.

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Grandparenting

Responding to a Difficult Daughter-in-Law
Dr. Robert Ritzema

Responding to a Difficult Daughter-in-Law

May 22, 2019 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Do you have a challenging relationship with an in-law? Consider how God calls us to live in relationships with one another and seek to heal the brokenness.

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The Difficult Daughter (or Son)-In-Law
Dr. Robert Ritzema

The Difficult Daughter (or Son)-In-Law

March 24, 2019 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Do you have a distant relationship with a daughter-in-law? Consider these compassionate ways to respond to heal tensions and build strong relationships.

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Sexuality

How Sex Changes Relationships
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

How Sex Changes Relationships

January 9, 2019 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Why is casual sex a bad idea? God designed sex to build the emotional and physical aspects of relationships and transform the individuals and the couple.

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Challenging the Myths of Talking to Your Kids About Sex
Rev. Deb Koster

Challenging the Myths of Talking to Your Kids About Sex

October 31, 2018 • Rev. Deb Koster

Are you wondering how to talk with your children about sex? Debunk the myths and discover how you can bring God's truth to every aspect of family life.

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Spirituality

Self-Care, or Self-Indulgent?
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Self-Care, or Self-Indulgent?

June 23, 2019 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Are you practicing good self-care? Follow God's call for Sabbath rest in your life while recognizing the difference between self-care and self-indulgence.

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Doing Weight God’s Way
Katie DeYoung MA LCPC LMHC

Doing Weight God’s Way

May 1, 2019 • Katie DeYoung MA LCPC LMHC

Do you struggle with weight loss? Seek a God honoring mindset that properly directs our hope, surrenders our results to God, and seeks him in the process.

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Recent Devotions

Rule the Words of My Mouth
Rev. Deb Koster

Rule the Words of My Mouth

August 13, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Psalm 19:12-14

Do you ever say words you regret? Consider what scripture says about our speech and learn to use words with care so that God is glorified in our speech.

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How We Communicate Has Consequences
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How We Communicate Has Consequences

July 30, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Proverbs 15:1-4

Struggling to communicate with your family? Consider this Biblical wisdom for establishing healthy boundaries to create loving communication in your home.

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Seeking God First in Courtship
Rev. Deb Koster

Seeking God First in Courtship

June 11, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Matthew 6: 25-34

Has your dating relationship become more important than God? Consider Biblical wisdom for keeping your priorities aligned so that God is sought first.

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