I have realized the talk with my eldest son is not the same talk that I will be having with my youngest son. The truth has not changed, but the world they live in has. As many of you know, transgenderism has become a part of our national dialog and is moving directly into the educational curriculum in America. The conversation on the playgrounds and in our neighborhoods about the birds and the bees is changing. How should we as parents respond? Continue reading
If we are honest, in the past two decades there has been a lack of helpful Christian resources when it comes to dating. Many Christians aren’t sure what to think about dating, courtship, and engagement. We have felt this void and longed for more practical resources that think deeply about the Bible as it relates to romance before marriage. Continue reading
“Must we argue again?” Many women say they don’t want to keep arguing with their spouse or child. Yet they continue arguing! So must you argue? The answer: no. But it almost seems the mouth goes on auto-pilot. Yet God’s Word is clear that the words of our mouth really come from the heart (Luke 6:45). When…
Focus Publishing produced my booklet, How Not to Raise an Addict, to help parents to raise children that love God. Obviously, parents are not in control of their children’s hearts or their children’s decisions to follow Christ, but they can learn parenting skills that instill a humble, Christ-like mindset rather than an addicted one. Continue reading
Cassey and Jack were in the thick of parenting. With two kids in middle school and one in high school their lives lived and breathed their kid’s schedule. Juggling sports, drama, and 4H club meetings, both Cassey and Jack adjusted their life to accommodate their kids’ involvements. There’s was a back yard dotted with soccer balls and inside the home 4H projects were doubling as décor in a way that only parents understand. Maybe this describes a scene familiar to you.
In the midst of raising very busy kids, Cassey and Jack found themselves facing new struggles in parenting. Continue reading
Dear friend, Sex is like fire. When it blazes in the fireplace, a good fire warms and brightens the room, enhancing joy and companionship. But when fires ignite in the wrong places, the house burns down. Is your sexuality igniting in the wrong places? Are you treating sexual sin casually? How do you know when […]
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Dear friend, What do you do when you are still struggling? What do you do when repeated failure, guilt, and shame weigh heavily on your conscience? Let me begin with a story about a friend of mine. He had come to faith in Christ when he was in his late twenties. As they say, “He […]
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Parenting today is a pressure cooker. In and out of the church, you can count at least 9 parenting pressures. If you’re feeling them, you are not alone. Here’s part one of a two-part series by guest blogger Sarah Walton, a stay at home mom with four kids under the age of 8. This article appeared…
DIVORCE: Who ties the knot planning to divorce? No one! In this honest, caring post on divorce recovery, Donna Hart, PhD, shares lessons from her divorce recovery seminars. We pray you are blessed. Visit Donna’s website to see more articles in her series (Edited for length. –Ed.) The number one question you are probably asking…
A 15-year-old counselee (“Jen”) informed me that she had no intention of cooperating with counseling unless I would help her to emancipate. I did not agree with her ultimatum, nor did I agree that she should pursue emancipation, but I did agree to research the ins and outs of emancipation. This was not the first teen I have counseled who has mentioned wishing they could emancipate, but this was the first one who was completely serious about it. I needed to educate myself, and so the two of us sat side by side at the computer and looked up the California legal requirements to emancipate. Continue reading