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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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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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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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Accepting Adult Kids, Being Adult Kids
Rev. Deb Koster

Accepting Adult Kids, Being Adult Kids

June 12, 2019 • Rev. Deb Koster

Finding it difficult to connect with your adult kids? Learn how to connect well despite challenges so you build affirmation and promote fellowship.

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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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Nurturing Faith: Letting Our Children Go
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Nurturing Faith: Letting Our Children Go

June 5, 2019 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you allow your children to take risks and have adventures? Consider the Biblical call to set aside fear and follow God's calling on your life.

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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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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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Parenting Avengers: Endgame Style
Rev. Deb Koster

Parenting Avengers: Endgame Style

May 19, 2019 • Rev. Deb Koster

Did you appreciate the family dynamics in the Avengers: Endgame? Explore how the parenting theology of the movie aligns with a biblical perspective.

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Navigating Team Sports and Cheering Them On
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Navigating Team Sports and Cheering Them On

May 15, 2019 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

What words do you use as you cheer on your children during sports? Choose words that offer encouragement to young athletes rather than discouragement.

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Dreaming of Summer:  Embracing Downtime
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Dreaming of Summer: Embracing Downtime

May 12, 2019 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Does summer feel a bit too rushed? Discover the value of incorporating rest into family life to give your family peace and draw you closer to God's heart.

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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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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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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
Rev. Deb Koster

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

May 11, 2015 • Rev. 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
Rev. Deb Koster

Putting Aside Idolatry

April 27, 2015 • Rev. 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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