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Serious About Those Vows

What are some “do’s” and “don’ts” in avoiding sexual temptations?  Do keep visual reminders of your marriage contract. Always wear your wedding ring when in public. Keep pictures of your spouse in your wallet,...
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Do Try This at Home

A national survey of strong families conducted by the Human Development and Family Department at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln provided the following profile of a strong family:  Appreciation. “Family members gave one another compliments and...

Daddy, Can I Come Home?

Several years ago, I met a lifelong friend walking down the road. We stopped for a couple of moments and exchanged greetings. I asked her how she and her husband were doing (they had...
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Three R’s of Parenting

The book of Proverbs is filled with passages about parenting. Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” This passage shows the...
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A Child’s Changing Eyes

A child’s eyes see his mom and dad differently as they age: Age 4: “My parents can do anything.” Age 8: “There might be a few things they don’t know.” Age 12: “Naturally, they...
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Thoughts on Family

We Are We; They Are They Rudyard Kipling once wrote about families, “All of us are we—and everyone else is they.” A family shares things like dreams, hopes, possessions, memories, smiles, frowns, and gladness. A...
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Some Tests for the Home

1. The Leadership Test. Does the husband and father assume his God-given place as head of the family? Does he provide the spiritual leadership? Does he take the lead in bringing up his children...

Exasperated Children

Paul wrote, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). What are some ways we can exasperate (provoke) our...

Two Builders

Two Builders The builder built a temple; he wrought it with grace and skill. Pillars, walls, and arches—fashioned to his will. Men said as they saw its beauty, “It will never know decay. Great is thy skill, O,...

Take This Communication Test

Take this test with your mate. Insert your spouse’s name in the blank and answer the questions as you think your spouse sees you. (Copy this sheet if possible or keep your answers on...