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A Note to Dads: Six Strategies for Entering Her World

Posted on July 14, 2013 in

by Jay Payleitner Entering the world of a 12-year-old girl can be tricky. She still wants to spend time with her father, but she’s also setting up boundaries and trying to figure out how to make her own decisions. That’s part …

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Peace Like a Duckling

Posted on July 12, 2013 in

by Dianne Neal Matthews That hot afternoon I rushed around from errand to errand, shoulders tensed and hands gripping the steering wheel. The heavy traffic did nothing to soothe the turmoil in my spirit. My thoughts darted back an…

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Parade of Nations

Posted on July 11, 2013 in

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On …

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God’s Love in Suffering: Oxymoron or Divine Paradox?

Posted on July 10, 2013 in

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (I John 4:10). “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces persevera…

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Simple Joy

Posted on July 9, 2013 in

by Cynthia Ruchti It’s been too many years since we were able to take a family vacation. That’s the perception, anyway. Our last extended getaway took us to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, our landing place a rustic cottage t…

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Memorial Stones

Posted on July 8, 2013 in

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan w…

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A Note to Dads: Treat Boys and Girls The Same 78% of the Time

Posted on July 7, 2013 in

by Jay Payleitner Anyone without some kind of agenda who has actually spent time observing children will agree that boys and girls are different. And it’s more than just different private parts. Girls talk sooner and have larger…

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Dreams Change

Posted on July 6, 2013 in

I’ve been making up stories since I was little. Almost since the time I learned to read. Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a teacher. Being an author didn’t occur to me in any shape or form, although I always wrote my stori…

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