Defining Anger

“And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT) Anger is a common, human, everyday emotional reaction people feel in response to various situations. Sometimes simple irritation is misunderstood as full-blown anger, causing us … Read more

Choosing the Right Mirror

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, … Read more

The Model for Marriage

“As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” Ephesians 5:31-32 NLT In Ephesians 5:22-33 we see the apostle Paul presenting … Read more

The Trap

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT People who become entrapped by life-controlling … Read more

Training God’s Way

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV Some mothers prepare their teenage daughters for premarital sexual activities by helping them with birth control plans. They may feel guilty asking their teenage daughters to abstain from sex outside of marriage, especially … Read more

Love And Discipline

“A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.” Proverbs 13:24 MSG One of the most difficult issues for parents to work through is realizing late in the parenting process that they have failed as a parent. People who have tremendous guilt due to feelings of failure as a … Read more

God’s Point of View

“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to … Read more

What Is Death?

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come … Read more

Real Conversation

“Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Colossians 4:6 MSG Early adolescence includes young people from 11 to 14 years of age. Contrary to popular thought, adolescence does not have to be a time of rebellion … Read more

Dare to Be Different

“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3) How can we walk with God if we are not agreeing on the direction? During Enoch’s life, the world was a mess. “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was … Read more

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