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God's Love Makes a Difference
Mel Jonkman, MDiv, Executive Director Bio

God's Love Makes a Difference

February 8, 2018 • Mel Jonkman, MDiv, Executive Director Bio

God’s love makes a difference because it shows us what true love really is. God’s love demonstrates for us how to love others sacrificially.

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On Not Being That Kind of Sports Parent
Rev. Joel Vande Werken

On Not Being That Kind of Sports Parent

February 1, 2018 • Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Struggling with modeling faith on the field? Children's sports are times for parents to teach what it means to follow Jesus on and off the field of play.

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Guidelines for Establishing a Godly Home
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Guidelines for Establishing a Godly Home

January 29, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Are you wondering how to guide your family to grow in faith? Consider these valuable elements for guiding your family to become rooted in Christ Jesus.

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Stop Making Comparisons
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Stop Making Comparisons

January 22, 2018 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Do you compare one child's achievements with that of another? Consider the importance of celebrating the gifts of each person and stop making comparisons.

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Struggle Together: Talking with our Youth about Suicide
Karen Krygsheld, MSW, LCSW

Struggle Together: Talking with our Youth about Suicide

December 30, 2017 • Karen Krygsheld, MSW, LCSW

Suicide can be a challenging topic to talk about with teens. Here are some valuable tips that parents can use to discuss the topic of suicide with teens.

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Less is More during the Holidays
Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Less is More during the Holidays

December 14, 2017 • Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Do the many details of the Christmas season feel overwhelming? Focus on the true meaning of the holiday and look for ways to invest in what truly matters.

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Navigating the Holiday Rush with Young Children
Aneece Alicea

Navigating the Holiday Rush with Young Children

December 11, 2017 • Aneece Alicea

The holidays can add stress to the already busy life of parenting children. Make wise choices to help your family experience God's peace this Christmas.

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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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Holiday Grace
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Holiday Grace

November 30, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Do the holidays rob you of your joy? Consider how you can harness your frustrations and rediscover joy by clothing yourself in the fruit of the Spirit.

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Devotions

How We Communicate Has Consequences
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How We Communicate Has Consequences

July 30, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

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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Who Can Tame the Tongue?
Jason Ruis

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

June 1, 2015 • Jason Ruis

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

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

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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A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness
Deb Koster

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

April 20, 2015 • Deb Koster

Do you struggle with dealing with selfish behavior? Discover the example God gives us in the book of Jonah for dealing with selfish attitudes and behavior.

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How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?

February 9, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Tired of hearing negative interactions? Consider some Biblical wisdom from the book of Galatians for letting the fruit of the Spirit overflow to others.

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Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry
Deb Koster

Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

February 5, 2015 • Deb Koster

Are feeling overwhelmed by the worries of life? Consider this Biblical guidance for turning your fears into prayers so God can carry your burden for you.

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Choose Thankfulness
Deb Koster

Choose Thankfulness

June 11, 2014 • Deb Koster

Each day we choose to focus on our circumstances or on the God who has power over our circumstances. Discover wisdom from scripture to guide your thoughts.

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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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