Building Character in Your Children

Recently I was talking with some parents who said they had just had a rough evening with their teenage children. Their kids were not afraid to push back against Mom and Dad, to question every single decision, to compare them with what they perceived their friends’ parents were doing, and to express how they feel […]
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Building a Relationship With Your Children

Note from Barbara: Being a mother has been my greatest privilege as a follower of Christ. It was also my greatest challenge! Teaching and helping and modeling and training children to grow into responsible adults with their own faith is not a small assignment in any generation. Now that they are all on their own, […]
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How Do I Know It’s the Holy Spirit? 5 Ways to Recognize God’s Voice

    Do you know of Elijah, prophet of God, who challenged 950 idol worshipers to a contest to see whose God was best? With thousands of spectators watching, the competition of gods felt like a championship football game or soccer match. Whose god was the real God? They all wanted to know. Each side […]
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How Does the Holy Spirit Speak Personally to Me?

Keeping my two grandsons recently, ages 4 and 2 1/2, reminded me of the perpetual dilemma I faced with my own children: Who started the fight and how can I possibly know the whole truth? You’ve been there too, haven’t you? Was it an accident that the younger one hit the older one? Is the […]
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Eastertide Week Two: Remember the Resurrection

Day 1: The Devotion of the Women As we start this new week looking at the Resurrection there are so many details that must be noticed by our hearts for our faith to grow into worship. Three appearances are recorded on the first Easter Sunday. It’s dawn and time to peek into the empty tomb! […]
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Eastertide Week One: Remember the Cross

Day One: The Incarnation, Easter’s Birthplace Yesterday we marked the anniversary of the most miraculous moment since the dawn of time: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. How would you evaluate the experience? Not your church or pastor, but your own heart? Were you distracted by the to-dos for your Easter brunch? Did you allow yourself […]
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Eastertide: Remembering What Christ Did for Us

“This is my body which is for you … This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24-25   “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:17 In the historical church, […]
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Questions to Help You Share Your Story

  Everyone has a story … a fascinating tale involving adventure, laughter, courage, pain, and romance. You have such a story, and so does your spouse. Sometimes you just need the right questions to help you share your stories, as well as write together the intriguing saga of your shared life in marriage. For example, […]
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This Valentine’s Day, Make Plans for Romance

Do you ever wonder how we can feel so fatigued today, despite all our modern conveniences that are supposed to save us time and make life more comfortable? How can we be so busy, so stressed, so fractured? For many, the pace of life presents the biggest deterrent to marital romance. When Dennis and I […]
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A Marriage Marked by Unhappiness, Addiction, and Infidelity

Over our 50 years of ministry, Dennis and I have met many couples who’ve gone “all in” on God’s plan for marriage. Most of those couples have experienced the wonder of God’s transformative work in changing them and their marriages to what they always dreamed when they first married. Tim and Kathy went to one […]
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The Messiah Mystery: A Quest to Follow Clues to One of the Greatest Mysteries Ever

Have you ever tried to solve a mystery? Or have you read a detective novel or two where you have no idea now it will end? Some of the most fascinating detective stories are full of twists and turns that leave you surprised and hungry for more. Did you know that God’s story in the […]
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Observing Lent: A Season of Waiting and Worship

Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Not me! When I think of waiting, I think of sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room. Or sitting in my car on the freeway, with traffic stopped dead and no exit nearby.  Or standing in line at the department of motor vehicles for what […]
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