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    Finishing Well Matters

    Finishing Well Matters by Vicki TiedeBehind Closed Doors column

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    I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to finish well.
    Is it important?
    Is it caught by our kids or do we teach it to them?

    Yes.
    Yes and Yes.

    Some people are starters, but not finishers. Let’s face it, motivation is usually greatest at the beginning of something new and wonderful, but once the path gets bumpy or just plain long, quitting sounds like a sweet option.

    I truly think God intends for us to be finishers—and not just “get ‘er done to get ‘er done” finishers, but people who finish well. Mediocrity and half-finished aren’t qualities promoted in Scripture.

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
    ~ 2 Timothy 4:7

    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself,
    if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
    to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.continue reading

    Bible 101 - a Powerline 365 sample

    powerline365 spark30 parenting teens christian parent peer pressure raising teens nicole odellBelow is a sample from our Powerline365 devotional for parents of teens. This is a daily devotion that can be delivered to your inbox every day for a full year. Or, if you like what you read, we’d love to gift you with a 30-day FREE trial.

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    Bible 101

    By Nicole O’Dell

    And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7, NKJV

    I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty busy in my home. That verse says we’re to focus on God’s Word when we sit down, when we walk, when we lie down, and when we rise up?… continue reading

    Retirement is right around the corner

    RETIREMENT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

    02-15 Retirement

    By Steve Repak, the On Family Money Matters Column

    Psalm 90:12 (NIV) “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

    As we reflect on Psalms 90:12, we need to really understand that our days are numbered and we all are running out of time. It is not a hard concept to grasp, so why do so many people fail to plan for retirement? Our days are definitely numbered and to state the obvious, the older we get the less time we have left, so we need to start saving money now so we won’t have to work well past our planned retirement age. While this may sound harsh, it is a stark reality and if you continue putting off saving for retirement because you think you will live forever, you won’t be able to retire.

    Stop Chasing Two Rabbits - Focusing on God Alone

    By Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Creative Connections column

    Teach your teen to be single-minded for both spiritual integrity and personal success.

    Anyone who’s been a parent, teacher, pastor or group leader for any length of time knows that sitting your kids down for a talk, preparing a lesson, writing a sermon or standing up in front of a crowd is child’s play compared to practicing what you preach. Most of our struggles in living out what we believe, even as “mature” Christians, stem not from a lack of understanding of the truth but from a lack of conviction about it.

    Recently, I spoke to the women at my church about being single-minded Christians, about inviting simplicity into our lives. A week later, I caught myself playing tug-of-war solitaire as I tried to figure out how to approach a couple of situations in my life.… continue reading

    Marriage vs. Kids: What's the priority?

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    Marriage vs. Kids

    By Amber Frank: Out of the Ashes

    My only dream growing up was to get married and have children. God blessed me with two children-a boy and a girl—and I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. I loved being there for every school party, playdate, prayer time over breakfast, and snacks after school every evening. I got to kiss the boo-boos and hug away the bad dreams at naptime. I can’t think of much better than being a mommy. Needless to say, I put a lot of time and energy into my kids.

    Now with that being said, I have been seeing a very unhealthy trend the last few years, and as a parent and a wife it truly concerns me, especially as I see what it is doing to marriages and families. I have seen many families falling apart because the children and their extracurricular activities are becoming the center and focus of the home.… continue reading

    White Out is for Typos, Not for Parenting Teens

    By Sherri Wilson Johnson, On Inspiring Purity column

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    I love White Out correction fluid. I use it on everything. Especially on my calendar. Anytime I’m filling out any kind of form, I inadvertently put something in the wrong spot. I put the address one line above or the social security number in one line below. I’m always messing things up. For years I have used White Out.

    A few days ago, I was filling out a form for insurance and of course filled out something incorrectly and had to correct my mistake. A lot of people would have started completely over with a new form, but I just used my White Out. It hit me when I was doing that that there’s no reason to be ashamed when we make mistakes. We can always correct them. Yes, sometimes there are consequences for those mistakes, but you can always work at making it better.… continue reading

    5 Lessons from Revival and Teens

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    By: Brenda YoderOn Middle School Column

    There’s something happening in Northern Indiana that’s unprecedented. Revival is happening and is transforming the youth.

    I live in Shipshewana, Indiana. The heart of Amish & Mennonite Country. We are a hard-working rural community, steeped in tradition, religion, family and basketball. It’s a place where everyone knows your name and kids are identified by who their parents or grandparents are.

    We’re also the place Revive Indiana has come at the request on a local Amish couple to bring revival. After spending months planning and preparing this community for revival, the Revive Indiana team came to our broader community of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties for a 7 day prayer week. This week was to prepare our community for monthly outreach that would occur through June. What’s been happening, however, is a true act of God.

    As the week of the revival progressed, night after night, more and more people came.… continue reading

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