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Three Steps to Less Financial Stress with Your Spouse

Three Steps to Less Financial Stress with Your Spouse

It’s printed right there on our money: “In God We Trust.” But do we? How much better might our relationship with our spouse be if we read and paid attention to that phrase every time we touched money? How many fewer arguments might we have? How much less stressed...

Five Ways to Pray When Your Child Goes Astray

Five Ways to Pray When Your Child Goes Astray

How do you trust God and not worry when you see your child start spiraling downward? How can you know when to say something and when to let your child work it out? How can you trust that God ultimately has "good" in mind when it all looks so bad? While writing my...

Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

  Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others what a spiritual home should look like. But if you’re like us – and most couples we’ve talked to – you’re not quite there. But...

Families Need Your Forgiveness

Families Need Your Forgiveness

Late to church again, Jared and Ashley found a parking spot and rushed inside with their toddler and second grader. After stopping at the restroom, checking into Sunday school, and waiting for the ushers to allow latecomers to be seated, dad and mom plopped down in...

Parent First, Pastor Second

Parent First, Pastor Second

Years ago, you chose to answer God’s call of ministry in your life and to become a pastor. And your wife either chose to encourage you to step into full-time ministry or she chose to marry you knowing that was where you were heading or already were. But your children...

Hey, Pastor. Who’s Looking Out for YOUR Marriage?

Hey, Pastor. Who’s Looking Out for YOUR Marriage?

As a pastor, it could be said that your job boils down to one simple word: relationships. First and foremost, the personal relationships that those in your church and community have with Jesus. The relationships built between the individual members of your church...

The Art of Parenting Little Girls

The Art of Parenting Little Girls

The National Study of Youth and Religion[1] indicates that 82% of children raised by parents who talked about faith at home attach great importance to their beliefs and were active in church as adults. Similar studies and surveys show that intentional parenting...

Ways To Keep Kids Engaged

Ways To Keep Kids Engaged

It can be hard to plan church activities for children during the summer, especially in small churches, because of sports, family vacations, and so forth. Our church will have Vacation Bible School, as will many other churches. But, in addition to whatever Sunday and...

So Your Child No Longer Wants To Attend Church

So Your Child No Longer Wants To Attend Church

All parents know children go through various stages (and attitudes), and sometimes a child might say he or she wants to stop attending church. What is a parent supposed to do in that situation? I remember a time when a particular church member was upset because her...

Hey, Pastor! It’s Time To Plan A Getaway!

Hey, Pastor! It’s Time To Plan A Getaway!

At the beginning of each year, I begin thinking about planning a week for my pastor husband and me to get away to unplug and rejuvenate. In our experience, a staycation is not an option—we need to leave town. But where does a pastor take his family for a break from...

Three Steps to Less Financial Stress with Your Spouse

Three Steps to Less Financial Stress with Your Spouse

It’s printed right there on our money: “In God We Trust.” But do we? How much better might our relationship with our spouse be if we read and paid attention to that phrase every time we touched money? How many fewer arguments might we have? How much less stressed...

Five Ways to Pray When Your Child Goes Astray

Five Ways to Pray When Your Child Goes Astray

How do you trust God and not worry when you see your child start spiraling downward? How can you know when to say something and when to let your child work it out? How can you trust that God ultimately has "good" in mind when it all looks so bad? While writing my...

Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

  Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others what a spiritual home should look like. But if you’re like us – and most couples we’ve talked to – you’re not quite there. But...

Families Need Your Forgiveness

Families Need Your Forgiveness

Late to church again, Jared and Ashley found a parking spot and rushed inside with their toddler and second grader. After stopping at the restroom, checking into Sunday school, and waiting for the ushers to allow latecomers to be seated, dad and mom plopped down in...

Parent First, Pastor Second

Parent First, Pastor Second

Years ago, you chose to answer God’s call of ministry in your life and to become a pastor. And your wife either chose to encourage you to step into full-time ministry or she chose to marry you knowing that was where you were heading or already were. But your children...

Hey, Pastor. Who’s Looking Out for YOUR Marriage?

Hey, Pastor. Who’s Looking Out for YOUR Marriage?

As a pastor, it could be said that your job boils down to one simple word: relationships. First and foremost, the personal relationships that those in your church and community have with Jesus. The relationships built between the individual members of your church...

The Art of Parenting Little Girls

The Art of Parenting Little Girls

The National Study of Youth and Religion[1] indicates that 82% of children raised by parents who talked about faith at home attach great importance to their beliefs and were active in church as adults. Similar studies and surveys show that intentional parenting...

Ways To Keep Kids Engaged

Ways To Keep Kids Engaged

It can be hard to plan church activities for children during the summer, especially in small churches, because of sports, family vacations, and so forth. Our church will have Vacation Bible School, as will many other churches. But, in addition to whatever Sunday and...

So Your Child No Longer Wants To Attend Church

So Your Child No Longer Wants To Attend Church

All parents know children go through various stages (and attitudes), and sometimes a child might say he or she wants to stop attending church. What is a parent supposed to do in that situation? I remember a time when a particular church member was upset because her...

Hey, Pastor! It’s Time To Plan A Getaway!

Hey, Pastor! It’s Time To Plan A Getaway!

At the beginning of each year, I begin thinking about planning a week for my pastor husband and me to get away to unplug and rejuvenate. In our experience, a staycation is not an option—we need to leave town. But where does a pastor take his family for a break from...

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