Recent Articles

Making the most of living with extended family
Donna Southard, MA, LCPC, Family Therapist

Making the most of living with extended family

April 19, 2018 • Donna Southard, MA, LCPC, Family Therapist

Living with extended family can be a challenge and a blessing. Discover healthy guidelines for creating an environment of mutual cooperation and respect.

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Spiritual Formation: Springing to Life
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Spiritual Formation: Springing to Life

April 16, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Use Springtime to point your children to see the blessing of resurrection as creation awakens from the dormancy of winter and springs to life with rebirth.

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Redefining Success
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Redefining Success

April 9, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

How should Christians measure success? Consider how God defines success and measure your motivation with the standards that God provides us in his word.

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Teaching Children Not to Hit
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Teaching Children Not to Hit

April 8, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you struggle with how to teach your children not to hit? Recognize your God-given authority and guide your children to accept relationships as gifts.

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The Art of Aging Gracefully
Rev. Dr. Bret Lamsma

The Art of Aging Gracefully

April 5, 2018 • Rev. Dr. Bret Lamsma

Are you struggling with growing older and aging gracefully? As you mourn the loss of youth, appreciate how age brings new opportunities and blessings.

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Eradicating Envy
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Eradicating Envy

April 2, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Is envy a struggle that you face? Consider what scripture has to say about greed and envy to gain perspective and begin seeing life in light of eternity.

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Caring for One Another
Deb Koster

Caring for One Another

March 29, 2018 • Deb Koster

Our faith was never meant to be just a private matter. Discover what the Bible says about the blessings that come from caring for one another in community.

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Speaking the Truth in Love
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Speaking the Truth in Love

March 26, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How do you respond to a disobedient child? Consider the wisdom of Zephaniah for speaking the truth in love to guide your children to experience God's love.

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Sex: It doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Sex: It doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

March 22, 2018 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Does your spouse look at sexuality differently than you? Learn how your spouse approaches sex to create a healthy sexual relationship in marriage.

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Finding Healthy Space with Technology
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Finding Healthy Space with Technology

March 19, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

How much technology is okay for children to use? Consider these healthy guidelines limiting technology use so your children can delight in all God's gifts.

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 Adult Children Caring for Elderly Parents: Building Perspective
Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Adult Children Caring for Elderly Parents: Building Perspective

March 12, 2018 • Dr. Robert Ritzema, PHD

Problems between an elderly adult needing care and an adult child trying to provide it often stems from an inability to understand the other's perspective.

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Parenting with Faith: The legacy of discipleship
Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Parenting with Faith: The legacy of discipleship

March 8, 2018 • Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

How can you raise your children to walk in faith? Learn how to cultivate your own relationship with God so you can guide children through discipleship.

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Recent Devotions

Rule the Words of My Mouth
Deb Koster

Rule the Words of My Mouth

August 13, 2015 • 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
Deb Koster

Seeking God First in Courtship

June 11, 2015 • 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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Who Can Tame the Tongue?
Jason Ruis

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

June 1, 2015 • Jason Ruis

James 3:1-12

Do you struggle with holding your tongue? Discover Biblical wisdom to give God control of your speech and find the blessing of God's power in your life.

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Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience
Deb Koster

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

May 11, 2015 • Deb Koster

Psalm 25:1-5

Do you struggle with being patient? Discover Biblical wisdom for cultivating patience in your life and find the blessings that come through waiting on God.

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Putting Aside Idolatry
Deb Koster

Putting Aside Idolatry

April 27, 2015 • Deb Koster

Jonah 2:1-9

Do you struggle with sinfulness in your life? Discover wisdom from the Bible for dealing with the sinful habits in your life to find repentance and hope.

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