Archive for the 'Christian Living' Category

Hope in a Grim Election Year

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

This morning my Facebook feed blew up with grief and anxiety that the choices we’ll face in the November election seem to be reduced to two people with little or no regard for the Constitution, no concern for anything other than personal power, and very questionable character. It’s pretty easy to feel despair today, but…
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Four Reasons You Need to Change Your Parenting Style

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Our oldest son shook his head, sadly. “You never would have let me do that,” he said, watching a younger sibling. We had to admit, he had a point. When he was that age, we were new parents, full of theories but short on experience. He was Offspring 1.0, and parenting was still something of…
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Bullied Into Buying: Grownup Peer Pressure

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Homeschooling allowed us to raise kids that were not peer-dominated, not bullied, not searching for affirmation and validation from every direction. Hooray! The problem is, we parents were not raised that way, and guess what? Often we’re the ones with peer group problems.   How Does This Happen? One of the great doctrines of the New Testament is the…
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Voting When There’s Not Much Choice

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The presidential primary season is bursting into flame today with the “Super Tuesday” primaries in 11 states, followed by 14 more in the next two weeks. With 16 of the original 23 candidates out of the race, you might be looking at your second or third choice already! So what’s a Christian citizen to do? 

Five Reasons (Besides Porn) That Teens Need Accountability on Their Devices

Friday, February 26th, 2016

For most of us, the primary reason we install accountability and filtering software on our computer and devices is pornography – how can we protect our kids from it? What can we do to keep ourselves out of trouble? Is there someone in the family with an undetected problem? But not every device problem deals…
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Simple, Practical Ways to Get Rid of Whining

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We all love our kids but there’s something that nearly every parent struggles with, something nearly every child does sometimes, and something which some kids do all the time. WHINING. Oh, that awful sound. It’s no surprise when a baby cries, and it shouldn’t surprise us that a young child whines. A baby has to…
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Movie Review: Risen

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Clavius is a veteran soldier, tribune of the Tenth Legion, serving as Pontius Pilate’s fixer and go-to man. The announcement, “Tribune, Pilate summons you,” starts many interviews that end with the dismissal, “Take care of it.” The prefect is beset by zealots during the Passover festivities, and the Emperor expects to find order—“Or—der…” he warns…
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Teen Romance: Reality Check! (2)

Monday, February 15th, 2016

When a 5-year-old announces he wants to marry the little girl next door, you might say (sweetly), “Well, maybe one day, Sport, but you’ve got to grow up and get a job first.” Ditto for your pre-teen. But when Sport is 17 and he can smell legal adulthood just a few calendar pages away, a…
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Titus 2 Lessons from a Friend’s Funeral

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Last week, one of my friends lost her battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Monday afternoon, while I was sitting at her funeral, the Lord gripped my heart hard. My friend Cathy was a true Titus 2 woman. You couldn’t know Cathy without knowing she was a Christian. She loves…
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Do You Know Where This Road Began?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Someone once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up someplace else.” The problem is that sometimes we know where we want to go, but we find ourselves off course before we realize it’s happening.      In southwest Virginia, there is a nine-mile stretch between Fort Chiswell and Wytheville where…
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