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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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A grandparent’s legacy

Grandparents. You have a bit of a reputation, you know. You hand out cookies before dinner. You obey the bedtime plea, “Just one more…

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Ego medicine

There are some pretty cool things about being an only child. You certainly don’t lack attention, and you have a shot at better resources…

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Laugh a little

Life can be so serious. There’s a lot of important stuff going on, important things we need to be doing, and important matters we…

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Teach your children

Why is it that children learn everything bad all by themselves? Lying, laziness, blaming, evading responsibility, cheating, stealing, and disobedience just sprout like weeds….

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Before all else fails

I don’t know why this is so hard. But we struggle to build sturdy bridges from our lonely little islands to the lonely little…

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Comm-union

Would you think I was creepy if I told you that I like to watch people during Communion? Okay, I know that sounds slightly…

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Live like redwoods

When we lived in California, we visited the redwoods. What astonished us is that some of these trees started growing possibly when Jesus walked…

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Be with him

There is nothing more important in relationships than spending time together. Too much time apart eventually dissolves closeness because relationships aren’t  frozen at the…

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You are your children’s refuge

King David is known as being a “man after the Lord’s own heart.”  So when his son King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:26, “Whoever…

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Josiah, the boy king

Was there ever a child champion like Josiah, who became king of Judah as a second grader? His father, an evil man, was assassinated…

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Family feud

People have been using money to buy their way out of problems for centuries. No, millennia. Money can buy good attorneys, silence accusers and…

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Believers bring blessings

I wonder if Potiphar had any idea that his sudden burst of prosperity was due to the Israelite slave that he had brought into…