Teach Your Kids to Love God

by Jay Younts Encouragement is not primarily about solving problems. Encouragement builds relationships. It is primarily about engaging in thoughts and activities that bring honor to God. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul urges you to focus on things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Here are two practical examples of doing this: Two young children are fussing […]

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Teach Your Kids to Love God

by Jay Younts Encouragement is not primarily about solving problems. Encouragement builds relationships. It is primarily about engaging in thoughts and activities that bring honor to God. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul urges you to focus on things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Here are two practical examples of doing this: Two young children are fussing […]

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Teach Your Kids to Love God

by Jay Younts Encouragement is not primarily about solving problems. Encouragement builds relationships. It is primarily about engaging in thoughts and activities that bring honor to God. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul urges you to focus on things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Here are two practical examples of doing this: Two young children are fussing […]

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Five Ways to Attain Unity in Households of Single Christians

Jason Hsieh

Jason Hsieh

Counselors know their efforts often need the support of someone who sees counselees in their natural environment, like a spouse or housemate. As the average age of marriage increases, households of single Christian men or women are becoming a part of many churches, particularly in urban areas. Households with single housemates can be critical for fostering growth in Christ-likeness as they live in community and strive for unity. Continue reading

Don’t Stop Praying for the Hurting

Dave Furman

Dave Furman

Praying for our hurting friends is certainly one of the very best ways we can help them. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “True spiritual love will speak to Christ about a brother even more than to a brother about Christ. It knows that the most direct way to others is always through prayer to Christ and that love of others is wholly dependent upon the truth in Christ.” We often tell people (especially when we don’t know what else to say), “Oh…I’m so sorry. I’ll be praying for you.” We say it to communicate our care and concern for them, but how fervent and faithful are we in actually praying for them? If you’re anything like me, then you probably forget your promise to pray for many of these situations. Continue reading

Are We There For Them?

Judy Dabler

Judy Dabler

Developing apprentices and journeymen in the field of biblical counseling is not only a great opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom, but a responsibility that older and more experienced counselors have toward the younger generation. Sadly, many experienced and gifted biblical counselors do not embrace the opportunity to bless and be blessed through mentoring their young and eager colleagues. Because the art of biblical counseling cannot be easily taught, but is readily “caught” through mentoring, master counselors are being invited to embrace this important ministry of mentoring. Continue reading

The #1 Way God Gets Your Attention!

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Hurrying to answer the ring, Cheri slammed her toe into a Little People garage toy and lost her balance as she reached for the phone. Then — wham! — she fell flat on her back. Literally. I was the caller, and … Continue reading

Be Slow to Speak

Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser

Concern about civility in public discourse has been a major topic during the recent presidential contest. I chose to watch one of the Republican debates and was shocked to hear the petty name-calling and crude insults coming from men who were aspiring to occupy the oval office. Many in the media expressed concern that those who wish to be president should be held to a higher standard than what the public has witnessed in recent months. We as Christian leaders should be held to an even higher standard. Continue reading