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Ways to Use Valentine’s Day to Teach Children about God’s Love

Lori Wildenberg Love is grace. The gift of salvation is God’s grace given to us. Grace is a gift we give someone else even though they may not deserve it. Grace isn’t earned, it is freely given—no strings attached. Challenge your family members to look for ways to grace another: Hold the door for someone whose hands are full, allow another to get into line ahead of you, do a job around the house that isn’t typically yours. After the grace-filled action is done, take a ball of string. Unravel it about 1 foot. Have each child hold an end, tell how they graced...

Seven practical ways to love your spouse this Valentine’s Day

1. Start Small Submit to one another and out-serve each other (Ephesians 5:21). If your wife usually makes dinner and does the dishes, take over for the day. If your husband usually takes out the trash and runs errands, give him a day off. Taking on your spouse’s tasks puts love into action. 2. Get Creative Don't give flowers and chocolates. Seriously men, you can do better than that. Prove how well you know your spouse by buying or making something more personal or more useful than a generic gift (unless, of course, your wife loves flowers and chocolates more than anything). 3....

?Why Would God Have Permitted Any Form Of Servitude Or Slavery

J. Warner Wallace Did God design our planet to be an immutable place of perfection or did He design it to accommodate our own free will choices? What role does personal freedom have on our circumstances? One thing is clear: from a Christian perspective, we know that this world is not our home: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those...

4WAYS TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is a powerful reminder of God’s love for us—and of how we can share His love with others. Make the most of the opportunity to express God’s love to those around you today. 1. Give A Hug (Or A Handshake Or High Five) There is a reason physical touch is known as one of the five love languages. Parents, hug your children (even when they outgrow you). Children, hug your parents, grandparents, and yes, even your brother and sister. Did you know a hug can physically improve the life of another person? In fact, hugs have been shown to instantly boost oxytocin levels,...

Great Parenting Goals to Have for 2023

Alicia Searl Make Disciples in a Volatile World "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Timothy 2:2 It is an honor to be able to disciple our children! While it can be a daunting task wrapped in a slew of challenges, God still chooses us to help our children grow and grow closer to Him. We are called to lead and train them up in the way they should go. By striving to set a firm foundation, we set them off into the...

4Simple Habits for a Happy Marriage

 4 Simple Habits for a Happy Marriage Michelle S. Lazurek 1. Be Others Centered Couples who are unhappy in their marriage need to ask themselves: are my needs focused on myself or the needs of my spouse? When each spouse vows to take the focus off themselves and place it on their partners, they can have a more fulfilling marriage. Seek to put your spouse first in everything. Ephesians 5:22-24 says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which...

5Spiritual Goals for the New Year

1. Practice Spiritual Disciplines We all know that reading the Bible and prayer are integral parts of our spiritual growth. But there are additional spiritual disciplines that can also greatly enhance our intimacy with the Lord. For example, Elijah practiced solitude and silence, and the Lord spoke to him: "Then the LORD said, Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD. Behold, the LORD is about to pass by." Daniel fasted, and the Lord blessed him: He said: "Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the...

?The Christmas Story: Does It Still Matter

The Christmas story is important because it is. . .. A Story of Hope and Survival Jesus’ society knew great pain and oppression. Rome ruled. Corrupt tax collectors burdened the people. Some religious leaders even sanctioned physical beating of Jewish citizens participating in compulsory religious duties. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled a long distance to Bethlehem to register for a census but could not obtain proper lodging. Mary bore her baby and laid him in a manger, a feeding trough for animals. Eventually, King Herod sought to kill the baby. Warned of impending risk, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt, then returned...