FAMILY: JOY {Advent}

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11 Great joy? Is it almost too much to hope…

FAMILY: Happy Thanksgiving! A Thankful Heart

Today is a great day to meditate on all of God’s abundant blessings in our lives and spend time expressing gratitude to Him. Today’s the perfect day to lift up your thanks to the Lord all day long! Praise Him in song! Praise Him in poetry! Praise Him to your family & friends! Praise Him…

FAMILY: Love Drives Out the Fear in Your Relationships

“Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it … shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” (1 John 4:18 NLT, second edition). “I hate you!” When people say that in relationships, it’s often a sign that somebody’s trying to control somebody else. What’s beneath that…

FAMILY: How to Help Your Family Grow

“Since I … have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15 NLT, second edition). If one of the marks of an awesome family is that we help each other grow, how do you do that?…

FAMILY: Marriage Is Meant for Connection

“In God’s plan men and women need each other” (1 Corinthians 11:11 TLB). Marriage doesn’t solve your problems. Marriage does not create your problems. Marriage reveals problems. It simply magnifies what was already a problem when you were living as a single adult. There are a lot of things marriage can’t do, but it does…

FAMILY: God Wants You to Join the Party!

“Go out into the country lanes and out behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them.” (Luke 14:23b-24 TLB) Jesus told a story to explain the…

FAMILY: Why Satan Exists For Christ’s Glory and Your Joy

In a very real sense, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). All humans, including those who compose the church, are subject to the evil god of this world. So here’s a question for you: True or false? God — and from the vantage point of the New…

FAMILY: Christian Conflict Five Ways to Fight It

I wish I never had to deal with conflict. I am a card-carrying conflict avoider. Whatever the reason (character, context, sin, etc). I would rather run away from conflict than take it head on. It wasn’t until I began my training as a counselor at nearly thirty-years-old that someone explained conflict didn’t always have to…

FAMILY: There’s No Christmas without the Cross

“For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity — the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NLT, second edition) Christmas without the cross is irrelevant. If…

FAMILY: The First Noël

[The wise men] went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary…