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Setting Goals for a Good Year of Marriage

• Pam and Bill Farrel Resolutions are rarely kept past 30 days, but goals can be life changing. More than good intentions, goals help you put in place concrete steps to create a different life, and a different kind of love. Goals are simply dreams with deadlines. So take some time to dream together! If life feels too hectic to sit and write goals for your future, as a couple or family—  take goal setting on the road! While you are both in your car, have the non-driver interview the other and write down some goals for the coming year that...

Reasons Our Attempts at Quiet Time Fail, and What to Do about It

Mike Leake We Forget the Purpose of Our Quiet Times In seminary I had the opportunity to take a class with Donald Whitney. Dr. Whitney literally wrote the book on spiritual disciplines. Many things stuck out to me from that class. One particular lesson involved fasting. Dr. Whitney assigned us a day of fasting. No explanation. No teaching on fasting. Just a bare assignment. I’ll confess that it wasn’t all that beneficial to me. I treated it like an assignment, something to get through for the sake of completing the task. When we returned to class, Dr. Whitney was ready to teach us...

?Is Jesus Really the Only Way to Heaven

Lisa Loraine Baker “There are many ways to heaven.” So says a common platitude spouted by non-Christians who take issue with the exclusivity of Jesus Christ for salvation. Three words in these two statements help us give an answer for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15): heaven, exclusivity, and salvation. What and Where Is Heaven? Pastor Don Stewart clarifies the three heavens as found in the Bible: 1. Our Immediate Atmosphere – the first heaven (Genesis 6:7) 2. Outer Space (The Sun, Moon, And Stars) – the second heaven (Matthew 24:29) 3. The Home of God – the third heaven – (Hebrews 8:1) The heaven we long to inhabit is the abode where our triune...

3Things Parents Can Do to Feel More Rested

• Jaime Jo Wright Cut out half of your commitments that are not essential. School is essential. So is work. As is church. So, let’s take those off the table as something we can sacrifice. But what about the fact that little Megan is enrolled in dance, gymnastics, and peewee basketball? And what about your own gym membership plus the Wednesday night ladies' night out and every other Friday night club meeting? The question to pose to yourself is: what are essential commitments versus preferred commitments? This means while you may love and enjoy everything your family is involved in, it may...

?If God is love, why does He condemn homosexuality

A common argument for the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage is that, if God is love, He would not condemn the love of others. The main problem with this is the kind of “love” we’re talking about. (First John 4:8) says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The “love” referenced here is the Greek agape. This type of love is the conscious act of sacrificing one’s own desires, comfort, and even well-being for the sake of another. It is love that sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16;...

Fear Not! A Savior Is Born

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson "Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." Do Not Be Afraid Fear has a way of tying our stomachs up in knots, paralyzing our thinking, inducing panic. Fear, and its cousin worry, can capture our hearts when we see ourselves caught in a vortex of disasters beyond our control. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus talks about tiny, defenseless sparrows in the context of fear and worry: "Therefore I...

Ways to Stop a Fight in Marriage Before it Starts

Keren Kanyago  Give a Soft Answer "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1) In marriage, quarrels often arise when spouses come at one another with accusations. "You did this!" or "You didn't do that!" The accused spouse immediately becomes defensive. Harsh words are exchanged, and tempers soar through the roof. What if you gave your spouse a soft answer whenever they come at you guns blazing? Instead of getting defensive, how about responding gently with a soft, disarming answer? A soft answer will pour cold water on their fury and make them drop their ammunition. You...

?If God is love, why does He condemn homosexuality

A common argument for the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage is that, if God is love, He would not condemn the love of others. The main problem with this is the kind of “love” we’re talking about. (First John 4:8) says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The “love” referenced here is the Greek agape. This type of love is the conscious act of sacrificing one’s own desires, comfort, and even well-being for the sake of another. It is love that sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16;...

?How Should You Respond to Evil

Beth Ann Baus If you live on this earth you can be sure of one thing: you will witness evil. We should expect it and be prepared to react. How then, should we respond to evil? Hate It (Romans 12:9) tells us “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” This may seem obvious, but our culture has turned evil into entertainment. We pay money to see evil unfold on the big screen. We etch out time to sit in our own homes and watch evil prevail on television. Because of this, we often find ourselves...

How to Raise Polite Kids and What to Do When Met with Rudeness

• Sarah Hamaker We all want our children to behave, but since no child is perfect, we can encounter rudeness in our kids or teens on any given day. Here are four ways to respond when your child is rude to you. Consider the context. When my teenager snaps something rude to me, I wonder why - is my child having a bad day? Is he upset about losing a game or doing poorly on a test? Not that this means the child has license to be rude, but it does help me to know whether to respond immediately to the...