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Family and friends—we love them! . . . but sometimes it’s not so easy to love them. What does God say about being a parent, family dysfunction, happy marriages, divorce, difficult people, forgiveness, and much more?

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Moms, you are valuable to Jesus

“Mary … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations. … ‘Martha, Martha,’ the…

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Pray for people

I hear a lot of confessions about pornography. Both men and women, young and old, married and single schedule a time to talk and,…

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Seek and save

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). In October 2021, a hiker was lost in Colorado….

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You are not a black sheep

When Ananias reached out his hands toward the serial killer, I wonder if they were trembling. God had spoken directly to Ananias, sending him…

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Keep confessing

There is only one thing more agonizing than confessing your more embarrassing sins to another Christian. That one thing is confessing your embarrassing sins…

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The storms of life

My family and I were having a picnic, and it started to rain. As we watched the downpour, we started gathering up our picnic…

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Jesus’ friends

Who is your best friend? Friends are people you can trust through thick and thin. A highlight from my childhood, and maybe yours too,…

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Hurry home

When my children were young, I used to wait at the end of the driveway on the first days of school. It was always…

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What the dying would have done differently

A few years ago, Bronnie Ware, an Australian author, wrote a book about her experiences in listening to dying people. As she dialogued with…

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Drug court wisdom

The other day I was in a courtroom to offer encouragement to a friend facing serious legal charges for her drug-related decisions. The judge,…

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Hanging with coal?

When I was a kid, my pastor showed the kids at our church how friendships work. He took a giant ziplock bag and dropped…

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Stay away from fools

This might seem unchristian to say, but sometimes God wants you to stay away. There are people you know whom God wants you to…