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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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Love stinks

Love stinks. No kidding; it really does. Victorian sweethearts worked this to their advantage. A love-struck lad would peel an apple and cup it…

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Making friends

I still think friending people best occurs in the wide open spaces of the here and now. I know people can start relationships online….

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God help me assume the best and speak no ill

“We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but…

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Really, Jesus? Hate my father and mother?

The Fourth Commandment expresses God’s timeless will for all families, directing all children everywhere to honor their parents. Jesus himself loved his mom and…

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His eyes are on the workplace

Where does worship happen? Well, in church, of course. In your home, when you sing and pray together. In your quiet place, when you…

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Safe in God’s hands

We live in a near-constant state of panic for kids’ safety. Some schools have banned kids from playing tag, and all balls have to…

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We’ve never stopped dating

My wife and I had a milestone wedding anniversary. It’s one that makes you wonder how you made it this long. There has been…

Bible 101

Angels: God’s child protectors

Some of the sweetest religious art depicts winged angels hovering over children walking or sleeping in their little beds. Those images are not just…

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Sins of the sons

I know about pain that doesn’t go away. I wrote a book about it. I’m writing about it again, but not because of my…

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Rise of the nones

I am of the Baby Boomer generation. We have much to be proud of, but much also of which to be ashamed. Our parents…

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Forgive and learn

Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their…

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Teach your kids to choose friends carefully

Parents like to think that their children’s growth and education come primarily from their teachers at school. Would that ’twere so. Our kids’ education…