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Encountering the Prince of Peace
Deb Koster

Encountering the Prince of Peace

December 23, 2017 • Deb Koster

Are you struggling to find God's peace during the holiday season? Explore these three challenges from scripture to help you encounter the Prince of Peace.

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Surviving the Family Drama of the Holidays
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Surviving the Family Drama of the Holidays

December 18, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Are you struggling to find the joy of the holiday as you interact with others? Consider how you can live out the love of our Savior and extend grace.

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Fighting the holiday gift game
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Fighting the holiday gift game

December 7, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Overwhelmed with holiday gift giving and trying to reciprocate? The gift of God's love can never be measured in things, but in grace and relationship.

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Breaking Traditions
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Breaking Traditions

December 4, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

It can be challenging establishing new holiday traditions. Consider the importance of setting aside your own interests to look to the interest of others.

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Cultivating Gratitude
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Cultivating Gratitude

October 5, 2017 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Should getting prepared for Thanksgiving really be about creating the perfect meal? Choose instead to prepare hearts this holiday by practicing gratitude.

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Finding the Ability to Love Well at Christmas
Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Finding the Ability to Love Well at Christmas

December 22, 2016 • Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Does your Christmas feel like it is more about stress than love? Let the wisdom from Romans 12 guide your family to love more like Jesus desires for us.

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Ten Suggestions for Scheduling Family Holiday Gatherings
Dr. Robert Ritzema

Ten Suggestions for Scheduling Family Holiday Gatherings

December 1, 2016 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Planning for family gatherings during the holidays can be challenging. Use these ten suggestions to avoid scheduling pitfalls and promote family unity.

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New Year’s Resolutions Just Don’t Work: How to Make Real Change
Melinda Hammond, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

New Year’s Resolutions Just Don’t Work: How to Make Real Change

December 31, 2015 • Melinda Hammond PsyD LCP

Wondering how to make real change in your life? Real change takes more than a resolution. Discover great ways for creating lasting change in your life.

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 Blue Christmas
Janet Irvine PsyD

Blue Christmas

December 24, 2015 • Janet Irvine, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist at Chicago Christian Counseling Center

Many suffer bleakness in the Christmas season. Consider how the main characters in the first Christmas felt loneliness, fear, and sadness, but found joy.

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Love Traveled at Christmas.
Deb Koster

Love Traveled at Christmas.

December 21, 2015 • Deb Koster

Tired of the burden of holiday travel? The first Christmas included travel because God loved you enough to make the trip. Discover God's traveling love!

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Devotions

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships
Deb Koster

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

March 27, 2014 • Deb Koster

Looking for Biblical guidance for living in relationships? Paul's parting greeting to the Corinthian church provides a good summary for living together.

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Making Time to Stay Connected
Deb Koster

Making Time to Stay Connected

October 18, 2013 • Deb Koster

Do you feel overwhelmed with life's challenges? Find some encouragement from scripture and discover how God sees you. God takes great delight in you!

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Making a Fresh Start
Deb Koster

Making a Fresh Start

January 2, 2011 • Deb Koster

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