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New parenting conference It’s hard to imagine, but those cute little faces are going to grow up into adult men and women. And what kind of man or woman will they be? Will they be loving, strong, ready to face the challenges set before them? What does it really look like to prepare our children…

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Identity and purpose in parenting – part 2

We need to tell them what is already true. To remind them daily- several times a day, if possible- that when Christ is their life, these words describe them to their core. Their behavior does not change who they are. Just like if they choose to act like an elephant, that doesn’t change anything about…

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Upcoming group: making peace with your food

  For those that have wrestled with an addiction to food, the shame can be overwhelming and the ability to manage it well can seem impossible.  Come find hope, support, and tools to battle food addiction. This 6-week long group is $50 per session and starts Tuesday January 24th (6:30-8:00pm). All groups will be led…

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Identity and purpose in parenting – part 1

One of the greatest things about parenting is that it is a fantastic equalizer. It doesn’t matter how much money you make. Your race and gender- rendered obsolete. The number of degrees you have on your wall makes no difference. Parenting is quite possibly one of the most challenging roles any of us will take…

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Love your wife with limited resources

You may have noticed that we have limits. Though many of you may live as though this isn’t true, there are plenty of unlimited resources for us as humans – love, friendship, forgiveness, joy, trust, etc. I will write more about this later, because it isn’t the main purpose of this article, but it fits…

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The art of diffusing of anger

Dealing with anger in yourself of another person is a bit like a bomb exploding – and there is often collateral damage.  Also, at times, the fuse is long…othertimes, there seems to be no fuse at all.  It is a wise and worthy aspiration to learn how to deal with anger effectively.  “Whoever is slow…

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A more complete view of masculinity

What does it mean to be a man? I have recently run into another issue that I think is worth mentioning: Conceptions of masculinity… or maybe should say “misconceptions.” Over a century ago, a guy named Carl Jung talked a lot about the psychological and sociological applications of “archetypes”… by which he meant that we…

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How to blend a new step family

The new family, the new normal I asked my 97 year old grandmother to describe to me what it was like during the great depression.  She was 14 years old when the infamous events of black Tuesday unfolded.  I expected to hear horrific tales of hunger and pain.  Instead she began to describe a period…

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Does God give us more than we can bear? – part 2

(Here is the first part of this article) One thing that the phrase “God doesn’t give us more than we can bear” can create is a sense that we should be able to “face this on our own.” As in, not burden other people with our stuff.   Well, this would certainly not be a…

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