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    Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single Parents

    jennifer maggio Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single Parents

    Teens & Single Parents

    Are you a teenager being raised by a single parent? Have you ever wondered what it’s like from your single parent’s perspective?

    Tune in to Teen Talk and hear what Jennifer Maggio, single parenting expert, has to say. She’ll give you valuable insight into the struggles of raising a teenager alone.

    ***Teen Talk is part of the Choose NOW Radio network, a division of Choose NOW Ministries. You can download the podcast right here, but we’d love it if you’d subscribe to us for free on iTunes or to the RSS feed! Also, while you’re over at iTunes, leaving us a little review would be most helpful in keeping the show front and center so more people can find it. Thank you so much!  


    We are grateful for your financial support to Choose NOW Ministries, a non-profit, tax-deductible organization. Many people, making even the smallest of donations donations, enable us to bring powerful resources to guide families to victorious relationships.continue reading

    Resurrection Power

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    Resurrection Power

    I can’t think of a better time to speak about the resurrection power of Jesus Christ than during the resurrection season—more commonly known as Easter. We just celebrated Easter with lots of good times: the Easter bunny, hard-boiled colored eggs, plastic eggs filled with goodies, the hunt, family, food, pretty dresses… I could go on and on. But without the Resurrection, it’s just another fairy tale/fun day. Fairy tales can be nice to read, but in real life we need something true and accessible–something that will last all year…and forever. And that’s where the resurrection power of Jesus comes in.

    Isaiah 61:1-3 is a foretelling of the coming Messiah (Savior) who would die a sinless death on a cross thereby defeating death, hell and the grave and forever bridging the gap between God and man. This passage of scripture tells us that the finished work of the Cross is going to mean good news for mankind: eternal life, freedom, comfort and rest in our hearts and minds, health in our bodies, beauty in place of devastation, joy to replace our deep sorrows, and thankfulness in exchange for a heavy heart, to name a few.… continue reading

    Parenting Prosperity: A Well-Worn Bible

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    By: Wendy Fitzgerald

     IF… God commanded Joshua, “Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

    THEN… I will stop looking for prosperity and success where the world looks for it and will instead meditate on the truth of God’s Word so that I may be obedient to my Lord and enjoy real success. 

    I must confess that I have had a secret crush on Joshua for years! I think he might be the manliest man in the Bible – hands down in the Old Testament.  So why am I so attracted to this man that I have never met?  I think it is because of the strength that his character projects. The Bible portrays him as a man that was…

  • Columns for Teens

    Ask NOW: Believing is Seeing

    Butterfly ASK NOW Secret of Success April20141 e1397851286563.jpg Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single Parents

    What do you struggle with in life? What challenge keeps you up at night and stands like a high wall between yourself and happiness? Phoebe Naserem is in primary school at Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya. She struggles to maintain passing grades in one of her subjects, which as we all know can brew a feeling of failure that spills out over everything we do.

    Phoebe Naserem photo Ask Now Success April2014 300x272 Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single ParentsWhen I was young, I had trouble in math. It started in primary school, and eventually I made up my mind to avoid any career that involved numbers. I literally closed my mind to the subject. What kind of grades do you think I got? Here’s an equation for you: believe you’re rubbish in math × decide math is for the dogs = fail at math.

    Phoebe Naserem Ask Now Success April2014 226x300 Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single ParentsFailure. That’s not what Phoebe in Kenya or any of us wants, whether the challenge is math, a sport, or a project at work.… continue reading

    sweet spring is your time is my time is our time: on hollywood fashion

    by @LauraKurk

    e.e.cummings wrote the lines in the title. The rest of that stanza goes … “time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love” (I never know how to end a Cummings citation because of the whole lack of punctuation so I’ve included this parenthetical statement that allows me to have a satisfying full stop).


    Did you think we would ever make it to spring this year? I had my doubts. I wondered if perhaps our world was listening to George R. R. Martin and had adopted the Westeros-style winter that lasts for years and years and years. (a la Game of Thrones).

    As we all shed those itchy layers and slather on the argan oil and coconut oil (thanks to Laura Smith), let’s pause for a moment and consider some celebrity Spring fashion trends.


    I was slightly annoyed to see that the fashion industry wants us to be two-toned this spring — specifically, they want us to dress in black and white.continue reading

    What Do You Expect? Be Like Moses ~ by Lynn Cowell

    moses.jpg Teen Talk: Guest Jennifer Maggio, Teens & Single Parents

    Moses probably didn’t wake up on this particular day saying, “I bet God is going to completely change my life today.” But he put himself in a place to have his life changed.

    There Moses was, doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing – taking care of sheep. Nothing glamorous for sure, but it was his job none the less. Exodus 3:1-3 says, “he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” Even in the everyday event of watching his sheep, Moses made his way to the mountain of God. It was there that “the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.”

    Moses put himself in a place, God’s mountain, to hear from God.… continue reading

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