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Holiday Parties and Kids: Balancing Needs at Christmas Time
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Holiday Parties and Kids: Balancing Needs at Christmas Time

December 12, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

The busyness of the holidays can be hard to manage with children. Make a plan for caring for their needs while preserving the true meaning of the holiday.

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Family Traditions: Christmas Trees and Emmanuel
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Family Traditions: Christmas Trees and Emmanuel

December 9, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you wonder if holiday traditions are worth the hassle? Follow the example of our God who drew near to us and draw near to him and to one another.

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Blended Families and Holidays
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Blended Families and Holidays

December 7, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Does your blended family create holiday celebration challenges? Let God's grace guide your interactions and choose to maintain a healthy perspective.

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Fighting Christmas Discontentment
Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Fighting Christmas Discontentment

December 5, 2018 • Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Holiday advertising can foster discontentment within us. Choose to guide your family away from entitlement to find joy and contentment in God's presence.

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Getting Lost Financially and Planning a Way Out
Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Getting Lost Financially and Planning a Way Out

December 2, 2018 • Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Is your family getting financially lost in debt? Choose to place your finances in God's hands and create a plan for getting financially healthy.

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The Anatomy of an Emotion
Kathy Krentkowski, MA, LCPC, LMHC

The Anatomy of an Emotion

November 28, 2018 • Kathy Krentkowski, MA, LCPC, LMHC

Are you experiencing unwanted emotions? Explore the thoughts that trigger your emotional response and learn how to take those thoughts captive.

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Savor Every Moment and Give God Thanks
Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Savor Every Moment and Give God Thanks

November 25, 2018 • Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Are you struggling to see past your challenges? Follow God's leading to find joy in your life by changing the focus of your thoughts to savor the moments.

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Teaching Our Children to Marvel
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Teaching Our Children to Marvel

November 20, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How are you helping your children to marvel at God's creation? Take the time to help your children see how God's hand is at work in every aspect of life.

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Choosing to Model Joy
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Choosing to Model Joy

November 18, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Are you communicating a Christ-like attitude to those around you? Align your attitudes with God's heart and choose to embrace joy and model it for others.

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Obtaining a New Mancard: Facing Unemployment
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Obtaining a New Mancard: Facing Unemployment

November 14, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Unemployment can sometimes leave us feeling like a failure and even threaten our sense of worth. Consider how God defines our identity and follow his lead.

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What to do with the Wintertime Blues
Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

What to do with the Wintertime Blues

November 11, 2018 • Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Do you struggle with finding your joy in the wintertime? Discover wisdom for helping you cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder and rediscover joy and hope.

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Confronting our Mortality
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Confronting our Mortality

November 7, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Are you struggling with having to face the reality of death for you or someone you love? Find assurance in scripture for facing death with Christian hope.

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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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