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Improving Family Relationships: A New Year’s Resolution

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You’ve heard it said many times before. You’ve likely even said it to yourself. “Don’t sacrifice your family for your ministry.” You know it’s true, but you continue to struggle with the implementation. It’s not just about the preaching and teaching, but about the calls, emails, and text messages that don’t ever seem to stop. […]

Good, Better, Best

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Exercising discernment when every choice is a good choice It happens more often than I like to admit. My husband and I will be comparing our schedules, synching our calendars for the upcoming week, when we realize that we’ve got (at least) two important events happening at the same time. Maybe our son’s basketball practice […]

Where You Go

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But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16 The implications of this action were so grand because Ruth essentially saved Naomi’s life […]

Disconnect to Get Connected

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One way to connect with other people is to disconnect from technology from time to time. I’m a techie, and I love my gadgets. But a few years ago, I became a reluctant convert to the discipline of disconnecting. The insidiousness of having work with me wherever I walk, sit, or run deeply affects my […]

Five Minutes At A Time

Chelsey Buttrey
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by Darlene Franklin, author of The 12-Month Guide to Better Prayer for Women.   How does anyone, whether someone in the highly stressful position of pastor or in the continuing drama of a nursing home, rest in God when drama breaks out? By slaying our dragons, five minutes at a time, that’s how. I learned about […]

Being On Mission On Halloween

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Dad, what are ghosts? My daughter asked her dad this question one morning before school. When my husband replied that ghosts weren’t real, she quickly responded, “My friend says that ghosts are dead people that come back to life.” It is important to be an example to the young people in your life that are […]

Five Ways to Pray When Your Child Goes Astray

Chelsey Buttrey
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How do you trust God and not worry when you see your child start spiraling downward? How can you know when to say something and when to let your child work it out? How can you trust that God ultimately has “good” in mind when it all looks so bad? While writing my book, 10 […]