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Doubting Your Way to Faith

May 30, 2023

Parenting Points Doubts and questions from kids about faith are usually something that can strike fear into the heart of every parent. For the questions, the fear is not knowing the right answer. We dread having to explain that when it comes to faith, there are many things which we don’t have clear answers. For …

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Leaving Space for God’s Work

February 27, 2023

Parenting Points So often, our families are defined by busyness. We run from one thing to the next in a constant shuffle to keep up. Our family’s lives have very little margin, but it is in the margin where we allow space to slow down and notice God’s work and the opportunities He puts before …

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Looking Through the Lens of Love Instead of the Target of Offense

January 27, 2023

Parenting Points Being offended is the fuel for many in our culture. Neighborhood Facebook groups thrive over the latest offense, whether it was the family who will not cut the grass quickly enough or the unresponsible dog owner who didn’t clean up on the neighborhood walk. Many people live in a state of constant offense, …

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Praying for Your Circles

December 29, 2022

Parenting Points One of the blessings that God gives us is relationships with others. As we have finished the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we have had a focus on relationships whether it was those who attended our holiday parties, gathered around our tables, or mailed us a Christmas card. Our families have been blessed and …

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Called to Engage in God’s Great Outdoors: Alabama District Attorney & Author Walt Merrell

December 27, 2022

Cover Story If you have a difficult time communicating with your teenager, Walt Merrell has a simple piece of advice for you: get outdoors. Merrell, founder of the “Shepherding Outdoors” community and author of two books of the same name, believes that enjoying God’s natural creation is key to building relationships, starting conversations, and strengthening …

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Don’t Miss the King

November 28, 2022

Parenting Points When our families come to the Christmas season, we are met with many things to do. Our lives tend to immediately get busy and hurried amid all the presents, parties, and other things that make this season so loved. But before we get lost in the craziness of the season, let’s look back …

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Remember the Source

October 27, 2022

Parenting Points Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and remember. We are given a national holiday focused on thanks, yet sometimes, it is easy for us in our lives to celebrate our blessings without remembering the Source.  In Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar falls into the trap of forgetting the Source. As he looks around and …

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Engaging Your Neighborhood This Halloween

September 26, 2022

Parenting Points Halloween is October’s national holiday, yet for some Christians, Halloween is taboo. Due to the evil nature of the day with ghosts, goblins, and devils, many Christians have sought to avoid the day by either turning off all the lights to hide from kids in costumes or running down to the local church …

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Expanding Our Family’s View of the World

August 25, 2022

Parenting Points It is easy for us to get caught in an every day Groundhog Day. Like the Bill Murray movie, we can find ourselves and our families constantly living the same routine, going to the same places, and interacting with the same people.  If we take the time to stop and think about this, …

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Caring for the Outsider

July 25, 2022

Parenting Points We live in a world where people feel alone. From the social separation of the pandemic to the distance of social media, many people feel like outsiders. As followers of Jesus, we are called to care for outsiders.  In writing to the church at Philippi, Paul wrote of Jesus coming from heaven as …

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