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    If Satan were a Super-Villain, what would his powers be?

    By Wendy Fitzgerald, the On Cause and Effect Column

    “Jesus answered, “I AM the Way – and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

    SuperHero 300x282 “Insider Information” on Your Kids’ FriendsMy kids love “would you rather…” questions. With all of the superhero titles at the box office, my eighteen year old son’s favorite question of this sort is “Mom, if you were a superhero, would you rather…,” and then he names two different superhero powers. As a mom of five, I’m drawn to the super-power of being able to be in more than one place at a time!

    In response to these discussions, I found myself processing John 14:6 differently than ever before. As I thought about the words in the verse, I realized that Jesus is really the only person that has ever lived that could be considered a true “Superhero”! He IS God! Therefore, every possible superpower that we can imagine lies within His capabilities.… continue reading

    God isn't a list keeper. Are you?

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    Amber Frank: Out of the Ashes

    I am a list maker by nature. At any given time I probably have 4-5 lists started. I know a lot of women are like this.  It’s how we keep everything in our lives in check. We add it up, cross it off, and feel a sense of completion. I have chore lists, grocery lists, to-do lists. I think I have three in my purse right now.

    One list I found I was constantly making, but that was hurting me more than helping was the one in my mind that kept track of my husband’s mistakes.  He didn’t take the trash out, forgot to pick up the milk on the way home, left the car on empty, let the kids stay up to late. I ALWAYS had one of those going.  Until I was reading my Bible one night. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Come on say it with me, “Love is patient, Love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.continue reading

    I'll do it Tomorrow: Being Consistent with the Important Things

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    By Amy Joob, On Emotions Column

    I know it’s summer and the living is easy. It’s the time of year filled with pools and beaches, vacations, family BBQ’s, and the like. I know there is a strong temptation to just get lazy over the summer and let things slide. I often find myself, especially during this time of year, putting off projects and deadlines. I just want to go with my family on another adventure in the great outdoors! A time of rest is important, but too much rest and fun can be detrimental to you or your family.

    This is not the time to let go of caring for yourself or eating right. It is not time to forgo church or spiritual growth time. It is not the time to slack off in your devotions or your quiet time with God. It is not the time to let up in praying for your family or your teens.… continue reading

    When Parents Need Hope

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    By: Brenda YoderOn Middle School Column

    “To Him who is able to do immeasurable more than we can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

    This verse has been my mainstay in recent weeks. I’m praying it, declaring it, believing it.

    I wish I had believed in the power of God earlier in my parenting. Though God was the center of my faith as a young parent, I rarely appealed to His power and transformation in my life or that of my family.

    Until I was desperate and there was no other way.

    Parents Need Hope after Parental Failure

    The middle school years with my firstborn weren’t good. In fact, they were really, really bad. Since we’re now past them, sometimes I forget the pain and the mistakes I made until I still see the remnants of the damage. Then, I lean more into the hope of God’s power.continue reading

    A Letter to Post Abortive Parents

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    By Claire Culwell, the On Life Column

    I want to introduce myself as you likely don’t know me personally. My name is Claire and I’m an ordinary person just like you. Although I can’t relate to what you have been through because I haven’t had an abortion; I have been severely affected by abortion and have a unique perspective that you probably haven’t heard before. There are so many people who can encourage you in your healing, hurting and regret from your abortion experience, but I wanted to write to you from my unique perspective. So many of the words and stories that you hear about abortion will hurt; they will take you back to the day that you had your abortion…a place you likely don’t want to go. My hope is that even though this letter takes you back, it frees you in a way from the hurt, regret and the unknown of that choice that was made.… continue reading

    Parenting Teens is like Boot Camp

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    By: Tara FairfieldOn Identity

    When my son turned 13 he faced the prospect of a second open heart surgery, the first having occurred at his birth. Most teens don’t spend time contemplating their mortality but his situation provided an awareness beyond his years. Luckily, he had already given his life to Christ and was surrounded by a powerful youth group praying for his safe recovery. The youth covering him were powerful prayer warriors, responding with unwavering faith to the call for intersession on behalf of one of their own.

    As parents, we are responsible for equipping and preparing our children to be mighty warriors for Christ. God is speaking to the youth of this generation and calling each to rise and be a powerful voice for his glory, not at some future time, but right now. As parents, our call is to equip and support our child’s response to God’s plan for his or her life.… continue reading

    Don’t Bust Your Budget with Back to School Expenses

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    By Steve Repak, the On Family Money Matters Column

    Proverbs 27:23-24(NIV) “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.”

    It’s hard to believe that it is time once again to start planning for back to school. Having children myself, I understand the struggles because of the cost of school supplies and clothes. So what are some ideas you can use to make back to school shopping a little less painful on your checkbook?

    1.  Buy in bulk

    #2 pencils, spiral notebooks, folders, and paper. Every child needs these basic supplies in school and most of the time it makes sense to buy these in bulk. Unless you have a child that is graduating this year, consider buying their school supplies like pencils, paper and glue sticks, which by the way do not spoil, in bulk because it will turn out to be less expensive and your child will likely need to replace these throughout the year, and will definitely need those items again next year.… continue reading

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