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How important is my happiness?

"I needed to be happy, so I ____________________." How many different ways do people fill in this blank? "...left my spouse." "...quit my job." "...stopped going to church." "...aborted my child." "...drank my sorrows away." "...took some "me" time" How would you fill in the blank? Or, would you even say this at all? There… Continue reading How important is my happiness?

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In Whom or in What do we Truly Trust?

Who or what is your “safe place”? Who or what gives you a sense of security? It’s easy to pay lip service to God while we place our trust in earthly supports.

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Why Children Need Spiritual Instruction from Their Parents

We cannot expect our children to cling to their faith with conviction if they are only exposed to God for 3% of their life. Some will undoubtably cling to their faith because the Word of God is powerful whether we wield it or not, but if we neglect to teach our children, history (particularly biblical history) teaches us that only a remnant will remain. Parents, the job of spiritual instruction was never meant to rest squarely on the shoulders of the Bible class teachers.

Study · The Word of God

Learning About Pre-Modern Bibles

During my college years, I was blessed to worship and work with an amazing group of Christians. Our preacher loved to learn and teach. Because of that congregation, I didn't just get a college education, I also received a very thorough Bible education! I asked our preacher for information about the origins of the Bible… Continue reading Learning About Pre-Modern Bibles

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Wisdom from Proverbs – Scripture Writing Plan for March

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1.5 Our lives are peppered with daily choices, and the impact of our choices may have far-reaching consequences. To navigate through our words and our choices, we need wisdom. Living in… Continue reading Wisdom from Proverbs – Scripture Writing Plan for March

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How Do We Respond to Challenges?

The kids and I are currently reading through Numbers. We've already tackled the first three books of the Pentateuch and they are well-acquainted with the Israelites' litany of complaints since their departure from Egypt. Shaking our heads in disgust at their obvious lack of faith is a knee-jerk reaction. However, if we are looking into God's word like a mirror, we may see some glaring (and disturbing) similarities in ourselves!

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How to Get Back on Center

Living as a Christian often feels a bit like driving a car for the first time. Why can't it just keep going straight? Why does it want to veer the wrong direction? Why do we frequently lose  focus on Christ? Other people make it look so easy!!! Just like driving, our walk with God requires us to make adjustments. Sometimes we make major turning movements to avoid collisions. Most of the time, however, we simply need to keep our hands on the wheel, making minor adjustments to maintain a straight course. Our eyes look ahead toward the eternal goal while frequently scanning our surroundings for danger.

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5 Scriptures to Pray When Faced with the Impossible

In our self-determining society, we place great emphasis on our own will-power. We believe we can do anything we put our mind to---until we collide with the impossible. Our "impossible" does not have to be Mount Everest; it can be as simple as raising a strong-willed child. Your "impossible" could be a loved one addicted… Continue reading 5 Scriptures to Pray When Faced with the Impossible

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Five Habits for a Strong and Healthy Family

What will be our legacy as 21st-century Christian Parents? While we cannot control what our nation chooses to do, we each choose the direction in which we lead our families. The battle for the hearts and minds of our children doesn't begin in the schoolyard. Success cannot be found in a pew cushion. If we want a shot at winning this war, we prepare for the fight on our knees. God is not going to force us to be good parents nor will he force our children to robotically obey him. He will, however, equip us with the strength and wisdom to guide our families in the right direction.

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February Scripture Writing Plan: The Love of the Lord

Romantic love is splendid, but its presence or absence does not determine our value. Romantic love is euphoric, but only lasts for a short time. Romantic love is beautiful, but it pales in comparison to the love of God. For the month of February, our Scripture Writing Plan will focus on the love of God because there is no greater love than His.