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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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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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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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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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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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How Should I fill Unstructured Time?
Dr. Robert Ritzema

How Should I fill Unstructured Time?

December 27, 2020 • Dr. Robert Ritzema

Wondering how to best use your unstructured time? Consider the options God provides so you can choose what is beneficial and guide others to choose wisely.

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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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What if I Infect a Loved One with COVID?
Laura Goossens, LCSW

What if I Infect a Loved One with COVID?

December 20, 2020 • Laura Goossens, LCSW

Are you anxious about the possibility of infecting someone you love with COVID-19? Name your fears and discern how to best care for one another's needs.

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Finding Hope
Kim Sullivan

Finding Hope

December 16, 2020 • Kim Sullivan

Are you struggling to find hope in a difficult time? Consider this wisdom from scripture to help you reestablish hope and anchor your life in God's truth.

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Blue Christmas
Janet Irvine, PsyD

Blue Christmas

December 13, 2020 • Janet Irvine, PsyD

Many suffer bleakness in the Christmas season. Consider how the main characters in the first Christmas felt loneliness, fear, and sadness, but found joy.

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Devotions

Rule the Words of My Mouth
Rev. Deb Koster

Rule the Words of My Mouth

August 13, 2015 • Rev. Deb Koster

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

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

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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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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