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Prayers for New Parents
Rev. Deb Koster

Prayers for New Parents

May 12, 2021 • Rev. Deb Koster

Do you know new parents who could use some support? Recognize the challenges and blessings of this season so you can pray and support them along the way.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity this Summer
Kim Sullivan

5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity this Summer

May 5, 2021 • Kim Sullivan

Looking for ideas to keep your sanity during the summer while school is out? Consider these ideas for adding some structure and fun to your summer months.

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How Could My Family Benefit from Putting Kids to Bed Early?
Laura Goossens, LCSW

How Could My Family Benefit from Putting Kids to Bed Early?

May 2, 2021 • Laura Goossens, LCSW

Are you wondering whether you should create an earlier bedtime for your kids? Consider the benefits that come from establishing good patterns of rest.

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When Your Child Chooses A Different Standard
Kim Sullivan

When Your Child Chooses A Different Standard

April 28, 2021 • Kim Sullivan

It is difficult having our children making poor life choices. Discover Biblical wisdom on how you can come alongside children who walk away from faith.

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Establishing Discipline in the Blended Family Home
Rev. Deb Koster

Establishing Discipline in the Blended Family Home

April 25, 2021 • Rev. Deb Koster

Blended families face unique challenges. Find helpful advice for establishing discipline in your home to build healthy relationships within your family.

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Easter Grace: Seize the Teaching Opportunity
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Easter Grace: Seize the Teaching Opportunity

March 28, 2021 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Easter is a time to share the joy of the resurrection by talking about what Christ has accomplished. Seize the teachable moments to celebrate God's love.

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Battling a Negative Body Image
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Battling a Negative Body Image

March 24, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Do you know someone who struggles with a negative body image? The standards of the world will discourage us but God is the source of our true beauty.

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Building God's Diverse Kingdom: Talking About Race
Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

Building God's Diverse Kingdom: Talking About Race

March 21, 2021 • Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

Are you wondering about how to talk with your children about racial privilege? Consider how you can be an advocate for building God's diverse kingdom.

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How Do I Raise My Child to Embrace Faith?
Rev. Deb Koster

How Do I Raise My Child to Embrace Faith?

March 14, 2021 • Rev. Deb Koster

Every Christian parent wants their kids to have a strong and authentic faith, but how do we help them get there? From kids to teens, here's how to help.

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Helping Your Teen Gain Self-Worth
Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Helping Your Teen Gain Self-Worth

March 10, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Rob Toornstra

Does your child struggle with self- worth? Parents can encourage their teens to build their identity in Christ rather than upon their own achievements.

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Devotions

How We Communicate Has Consequences
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How We Communicate Has Consequences

July 30, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

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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Who Can Tame the Tongue?
Rev. Jason Ruis

Who Can Tame the Tongue?

June 1, 2015 • Rev. Jason Ruis

Do you struggle with holding your tongue? Discover Biblical wisdom to give God control of your speech and find the blessing of God's power in your life.

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Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience
Rev. Deb Koster

Waiting on God: Cultivating the Fruit of Patience

May 11, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Do you struggle with being patient? Discover Biblical wisdom for cultivating patience in your life and find the blessings that come through waiting on God.

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Putting Aside Idolatry
Rev. Deb Koster

Putting Aside Idolatry

April 27, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Do you struggle with sinfulness in your life? Discover wisdom from the Bible for dealing with the sinful habits in your life to find repentance and hope.

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A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness
Rev. Deb Koster

A Biblical Approach to Dealing with Selfishness

April 20, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Do you struggle with dealing with selfish behavior? Discover the example God gives us in the book of Jonah for dealing with selfish attitudes and behavior.

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How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

How Can We Live the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Families?

February 9, 2015 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Tired of hearing negative interactions? Consider some Biblical wisdom from the book of Galatians for letting the fruit of the Spirit overflow to others.

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Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry
Rev. Deb Koster

Fret Not: Getting Rid of Worry

February 5, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

Are feeling overwhelmed by the worries of life? Consider this Biblical guidance for turning your fears into prayers so God can carry your burden for you.

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Choose Thankfulness
Rev. Deb Koster

Choose Thankfulness

June 11, 2014 • Rev. Deb Koster

Each day we choose to focus on our circumstances or on the God who has power over our circumstances. Discover wisdom from scripture to guide your thoughts.

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Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships
Rev. Deb Koster

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

March 27, 2014 • Rev. Deb Koster

Looking for Biblical guidance for living in relationships? Paul's parting greeting to the Corinthian church provides a good summary for living together.

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