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Dating

How do I know if this is who God wants me to marry?
Laura Goossens, LCSW

How do I know if this is who God wants me to marry?

November 24, 2020 • Laura Goossens, LCSW

How do you know if the person you are dating is the one God wants you to marry? Consider these important qualifications before stepping into marriage.

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Am I Drinking Too Much Alcohol?
Laura Goossens, LCSW

Am I Drinking Too Much Alcohol?

November 18, 2020 • Laura Goossens, LCSW

Are you concerned about how much alcohol you or someone you love is drinking? Consider God's leading and explore the role that alcohol has in your life.

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Marriage

Keeping the Emotional Pot from Boiling Over
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Keeping the Emotional Pot from Boiling Over

January 17, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Does conflict escalate quickly in your home? Choose strategies to diffuse conflict and explore it's origins in order to care well for your relationships.

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Spiraling Into Self-Pity
Rev. Jason Ruis

Spiraling Into Self-Pity

November 29, 2020 • Rev. Jason Ruis

Are you frustrated with the amount of chores that are falling to you? Consider whether you are engaging in self-pity or practicing sacrificial love.

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Parenting

What’s Your Emotional Bank Balance?
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

What’s Your Emotional Bank Balance?

January 10, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Are you dealing with negativity in your home? Discover how setting an example of affirmation and gratitude can shift your home into a constructive dynamic.

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Be the mirror your child needs
Dr. Robert Ritzema

Be the mirror your child needs

January 3, 2021 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Help your children gain a healthy sense of self. Be the mirror that helps them to see their reflection without distortion and grow into the image of God.

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Grandparenting

Give Yourself the Gift of Kindness
Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Give Yourself the Gift of Kindness

January 13, 2021 • Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Are you ruminating over past regrets? Consider how God invites you to move past the pain and regrets of the past and practice kindness for yourself.

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Dear Emmanuel, I Feel so Lonely
Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Dear Emmanuel, I Feel so Lonely

December 23, 2020 • Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

Are you struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness? Find comfort in our Immanuel God who loves us and came to earth to make his dwelling with us.

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Sexuality

Cultivating Intimacy in Your Marriage
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Cultivating Intimacy in Your Marriage

May 17, 2020 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Struggling with intimacy in your marriage? God designed us for intimacy in body, mind, and Spirit. Marriages thrive when connection is made in all areas.

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Initiating Sex with Your Spouse
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Initiating Sex with Your Spouse

February 9, 2020 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Do you struggle with initiating sex with your spouse? Choose to be vulnerable enough to seek physical connection and demonstrate love to your spouse.

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Spirituality

Faith Lessons From the Prayers of the Black Church
Rev. Deb Koster

Faith Lessons From the Prayers of the Black Church

January 6, 2021 • Rev. Deb Koster

Are life's challenges feeling overwhelming to you? Consider some of the prayer practices from African-American church for dwelling in the moment with God.

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New Year’s Resolutions Just Don’t Work: How to Make Real Change
Melinda Hammond PsyD LCP

New Year’s Resolutions Just Don’t Work: How to Make Real Change

December 30, 2020 • Melinda Hammond PsyD LCP

Wondering how to make real change in your life? Real change takes more than a resolution. Discover great ways for creating lasting change in your life.

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Recent Devotions

Rule the Words of My Mouth
Rev. Deb Koster

Rule the Words of My Mouth

August 13, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Psalm 19:12-14

Do you ever say words you regret? Consider what scripture says about our speech and learn to use words with care so that God is glorified in our speech.

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How We Communicate Has Consequences
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How We Communicate Has Consequences

July 30, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Proverbs 15:1-4

Struggling to communicate with your family? Consider this Biblical wisdom for establishing healthy boundaries to create loving communication in your home.

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Seeking God First in Courtship
Rev. Deb Koster

Seeking God First in Courtship

June 11, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Matthew 6: 25-34

Has your dating relationship become more important than God? Consider Biblical wisdom for keeping your priorities aligned so that God is sought first.

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