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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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Three ways to date

Whom should a Christian date? Many single Christians wish a God-fearing, funny, compatible, thoughtful, beautiful person would plop down from heaven. But it’s not…

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The feelings of a father

America was a mere 50 years old when Andrew Jackson was president. The country was frontier, and the unitedness of the states was a…

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Wives: Respect!

It is extremely interesting that God did not give identical instructions to men and women in his prime directive for marriage. Men need to…

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Husbands: Love!

It’s a wedding cliché that the bride and groom say “I do” to each other, as in “I do love you.” Well, forgive me…

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Pray for the children

Ever heard of what happens to pastors’ daughters? I have. And it freaks me out. The other night I snuck into my daughter’s room…

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Lord, place us in families

Lord, even when we are surrounded by people, we can feel so alone. We feel isolated and cut off from others because no one…

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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…