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How to Be a Source of Hope to Your Community

In the wake of natural disasters and human tragedies, it’s not unusual for caring people from all walks of life to come together to provide for those who suffered loss. Some volunteers have a lot to offer; others, not so much. Yet all of them give from their own surplus to help others who have less. What if the followers of Christ applied the same model when it comes to hope?...

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Wives are Called to be Strong and Affirming

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)   Being a godly wife begins with the right priorities — nourishing your personal relationship to God (Matt. 6:33), ministering to your husband (Prov. 18:22; 19:14), nurturing your children (2 Tim. 1:5), keeping ...

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Help Each Other Grow Up in Faith

Apr 4, 2019 | |Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Co-Founders of FamilyLife

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Colossians 3:14   Do you want to grow up in your faith? Do you and your spouse desire to the know the deep joy that comes from maturing in your relationship with God?If so, I have an insider’s secret that ...

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The Virtuous Wife of Proverbs

Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her – Proverbs 31:10-11 (NKJV)   Many outstanding godly women appear throughout the Bible, but the virtuous wife described here merits special praise (Prov. 31:29). This woman is not an actual woman, but rather an ...

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What Does God Want Us to Understand About Community?

The New King James Study Bible shines a spotlight on the apostle Paul’s call for fellowship and unity in his letters to the Corinthian church. This timely emphasis resonates powerfully in a culture so full of division and entrenched opposition. A closer look at the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians reveals three key ...

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A Biblical Prescription for Parenting Children

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)   This proverb sets out two stages in the process of godly child rearing: first, the method, “Train up a child in the way he should go”; and second, the ...

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The Biblical Role of the Parents

My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; – Proverbs 1:8 (NKJV)    While fathers are often identified as the parents responsible for setting the pattern for child rearing, mothers usually do much more of the training and instructing of families’ children. Mothers and fathers need ...

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Five Guidelines for Building a Strong Marriage

Apr 4, 2019 | |Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Co-Founders of FamilyLife

As Jesus recalls the melodrama of God’s presentation of Eve to Adam, He says, “But from the Beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” (Mark 10:6-8). This passage presents ...

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Motherhood: A Noble Ministry

More than a job or responsibility, mothering is ministry. Most assuredly it takes work! It means sacrifice. Children do not come off an assembly line, nor are they the by-product of an impersonal biological process; they are to be lovingly nurtured by their mothers. Mothers divide time among their children but multiply their love for ...

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The Best Strategies for Helping Children Memorize God’s Word

One of the great pleasures of parenthood is the privilege of introducing your kids to God’s Word. Even before they’re able to read, your kids can get to know Scripture in a powerful and lasting way. If they’re old enough to recite a nursery rhyme or sing along to a favorite song, your kids are ...