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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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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…

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Your six hundred people

According to a 2013 New York Times study, you know about six hundred people. Put together your neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, church community, etc.,…

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What a relief!

I remember being lost once when I was young. I was at a department store with my mother. I walked along very contentedly behind…

Depression & Anxiety

How to deal with anxiety (Part 5)

I loved the email I received from a fellow Christian who is doing better than ever in dealing with her anxiety. Her secret? She…

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Four reasons we need each other

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? That’s not necessarily a bad question. Our heavenly Father has no grandchildren. You can’t be a…

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This little light of mine

A little boy forgot his lines in a Christmas program. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed…

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Leaving a legacy

Life is temporary. Life is short. What are you living for? Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are…

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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…