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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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The purpose of rules

Every family has its own set of rules. Rules dictate proper behavior, govern screen time, and establish daily schedules. Each family is a little…

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What are you ashamed of?

Is there anything that you are ashamed of? Apparently, my oldest daughter could answer that question emphatically. I was parked with our family minivan…

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Jesus sticks close

I was preparing to teach a message about choosing friends wisely when I had a scary thought—Would Jesus want to be friends with me?…

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Helping each other up

I was running on a treadmill across the gym from a weight-lifting club. (I used voice-to-text to get my devotional thoughts down on my…

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Fostering friendship leads to happiness

“If you had to make one life choice, right now, to set yourself on the path to future health and happiness, what would it…

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3 steps to better social connection

The health risks associated with a lack of human connection are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Yikes. That’s not good news—and there’s…

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Fathers matter!

Father’s Day is a little less sentimental than Mother’s Day, and people seem more prone to laugh at Dad’s foibles than praise him for…

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A father who makes the Lord his trust

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust” (Psalm 40:4 ESV). In addition, blessed is the family of the man who makes…

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Never give up

Irene came of age during the Great Depression—a young mother before WWII. Her marriage was fraught with neglect and abuse as she raised her…

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Don’t be stupid

A little boy once asked me if a lot of people read the things I write. When I told him that sometimes my words…

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Convicted yet forgiven

When my boys were younger, I took them to swimming lessons. One day I talked about my church to another mom. She responded, “I…

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Your group and more fruit

There’s an obscure but incredible reference in the Bible to the power of doing life together with other Christians. Psalm 133 says that God’s…