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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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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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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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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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Your Kids and Your Complicated Family Tree
Chris Hunt

Your Kids and Your Complicated Family Tree

March 6, 2018 • Chris Hunt

Family trees can be complex. Help your kids navigate their family relationships by talking openly about the connections to create healthy relationships.

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More Than The Baby Blues: Navigating Postpartum Depression
Karen Krygsheld, MSW, LCSW

More Than The Baby Blues: Navigating Postpartum Depression

March 1, 2018 • Karen Krygsheld, MSW, LCSW

Do you know someone struggling with sadness after the birth of a baby? Learn about postpartum depression and resources to help them rediscover joy in life.

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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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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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