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I Blew It... Again!
      What happens when Mt. Momma erupts?

Making God Look Good, Regardless
      What, even in bad times make God look good!

'In Jesus' Name, All Girls!'
      Sometimes when kids get it wrong, they get it right!

Free to Serve
      Set free and yet we still serve?

True Freedom?
      How much stuff makes us free?

It Doesn't Require Better Skills
      What's your excuse?

Loving God
      What better gift can you give to the Creator of the universe?

Power to Change People
      Can anything change our decaying culture for the better?

Beyond Parental Neglect
      So where do the kids fit in on your New Year's list?

Living Simply
      Where are you going to find real peace?

Vulnerable God
      What touches you most about Jesus?

The Person in the Mirror
      How are you doing at this important dimension of love?

Chosen by God!
      Imagine never being picked last!

Free to Serve
      If I am free, why would I want to be a servant?

Leaving a Legacy of Faith
      What can we really leave our children?

Leaving the Past, Living the Kingdom
      How can I escape my past?

Losing Control
      What's the ultimate loss of control?

Almost Persuaded?
      How long can we put it off?

Married Singles
      How do we get past the isolation?

Never Too Late
      How do you know there is still time to make a difference?

What's Really Important
      How do you know the difference?

Tragedy Can Bring Awareness
      What good can come out of this kind of mess?

The Care and Feeding of Christian Servants
      Why do we not take care of ourselves in our service to others?

Perseverance
      How did the snail get on the ark?

Become a Builder
      Why tear down when you can build others up?

Words, Words, Words
      Looking to put the spin on something, then learn from this!

Sharing the Story of Our Lives
      With whom have you shared your story?

Be Intentional about What Matters Most
      What is really most important in your family?`

Upside Down is Right Side Up
      Jesus really could stire things up, couldn't he?

Become a Builder
      Why tear someone up when you can help them get on track?

Getting Out of Trouble
      How in the world are you going to get out of this mess?

Patience ... My Left Foot!
      How much do you really have?

Good Things from Bad Situations?
      Came something good come from bad situations?

Facing Reality?
      Most folks just don't want to think about this, but they're going to have to do so!

Selfishness Destroys a Home
      What is the real homewrecker?

Distracted
      Are you too busy to find God in the ordinary?

How Much Does He Know?
      Does God really know all about me?

Divorce and Stress in Children
      How can we help our children long-term?

Take off the Fireman's Hat!
      What's the big rush, anyway?

A Sabbath Rest
      Do you rest at least one day per week?

Gentle Moments
      Are you taking advantage of the gentle moments?

The Real Thing
      Do you have anything that is really genuine?

The Other Side of 'Tragedy'
      What good thing can come out of bad things?

Help from God's Family
      Who can help better than the government?

More than Death and Taxes
      You have anything more going for you than just living to pay taxes?

Reasons to Hang in There
      How can you keep holding on and believing?

Sticking with God's Ideal
      Why do we not fight harder to stick with God's ideal?

Don't Be Deceived
      Get this and don't be misled.

No Two Are Alike
      No matter how different, each is important to the family!

Anxious Hearts
      What are you worried about?

Divorce and Children
      Is it really that big a deal?

The Truth about Happiness
      Can you handle the truth?

With Jesus, Things Happen!
      Don't you want to see this?

Love Words
      How sloppy are you with your words for affection?

Good for You!
      So is marriage really that big an improvement?

Right Priorities
      How are you going getting your life in proper order?

Filling the Vacuum
      What are you putting in the empty places of their lives?

Family Mission?
      What in the world are you living for, anyway?

The Sound of Surprise
      What does life sound like in your world?

The Freshness of Forgiveness
      Can anything be this fresh?

The Greatest Gift to Give
      What could be greater than the gift you've already bought them?

The Astonishing Christ
      Everything about Jesus is astonishing!

No Rest, No Gain
      Can you really get more fit by resting?

The Judging Business
      What right do we have to pass judgement on anyone else?

Tough Times Toughen
      Wow, tough times can be hard, but is there a payoff to them?

Persistence
      Will you hang in there when things are tough to do?

What's Good for Soul and Body
      What in the world does soulwork have to do with our bodies?

Seeking God
      What god are you seeking?

Sausage Over Souls
      Why in the world would anyone choose sausage over a life being changed?

Removing the Selfish Part of Me
      Why do we keep hanging on to what destroys us?

Learning the Skill of Communication
      How well are you at listening and being heard?

The Greatest Miracle of All
      What's the greatest miracle you have seen?

What's in It for Me?
      Should we even ask this question?

It Is Finished
      How can we complete all that we were meant to accomplish?

My Mistakes
      How much of my mess can God actually forgive?

Now is the Time
      How long do you really think you have?

Spiritual Immunity
      Can we actually help our families and our friends become immune to ungodliness?

Beyond the Tummy Tuck
      Now how much do you REALLY like it?

Ministering to Our Friends
      How do we make life among our friends more enjoyable?

The Greatest Miracle of All
      What is the greatest blessing that we have in Christ?

Growth and Change
      Are you ready to grow and be changed?

People Count Most
      How much stuff do you own and have in your garage?

Free to Be Authentic
      Are you truly free?

Being Transparent
      How open are you to others who want to bless you?

Seize Today
      Why are you putting so much stuff off?

Walk Your Talk
      Will you put your life where your mouth is?

Romantic Love
      What can help me overcome the boredom in my relationships?

Do Something for Someone Else
      What are you doing for someone else these days?

Babysitters for God
      How do you view your responsibility to raise your kids in the Lord?

Love is Learned
      Can you see how God loves you as you hold a child in your arms?

Respecting Mom
      Have you given her the respect and appreciation she deserves?

Mother's Love
      Do you really understand how important a mother's love truly is?

The Long March
      Do you have goals that make your life's hardships worthwhile?

Five to One
      How frequently are you affirming your kid?

Imprint
      How has he left his imprint on you?

Living vs. Life
      What's the difference between making a living and making a life?

Our Social Ills
      What can cure the real problems in our souls?

Life Balance
      Are you too hard on yourself?

The Definition of a Real Leader
      What makes someone a true leader?

Vulnerable God
      What makes God's love so irresistable?

It's a Process
      Don't give up on the changes that need to occur!

Trust Him!
      Will we trust him even if he doesn't live up to our expectations?

Change and Growth
      What motivates us to change and growth?

Live Simply
      How simply can you live?

Way of God's Blessing
      Have you turned to God's way of blessing?

Whatever Became of Sin?
      Have you lost the source of absolute standards in your life?

The Inner Self
      What are you doing for the inside?

Celebrate!
      Do you welcome each day with joy?

Good People
      Good, or godly?

Both Lives
      Christianity helps on both sides of eternity.

Moments of Glory
      Do we have the right expectations?

We've Come a Long Way!
      Computers have advanced, and with them our ability to touch the lives of others.

Planning Fallacy
      When will we learn?

Godly Character
      It's the foundational concept.

Heart Monitor
      Is your heart right?

Ready Position
      Are you ready?

Now That's Love
      He knows us, and he still love us.

Never Alone
      You don't have to be alone.

Good For You
      Marriage prolongs life.

Spiritual Immunity
      How can we be unaffected by sin?

Thirsty in the Rain
      Some folks just don't get it.

God Will Come
      Don't be discouraged... it takes time!

The Greatest Miracle
      Which one was the greatest?

Celebrate!
      Every day is a holiday.

Look Up
      What would you see through God's eyes?

On Your Knees
      What do you do in times of trouble?

Seize Today
      Does putting thing off make them better? No way.

God's Power in You
      It's not your equipment. You are the equipment.

Sausage Over Souls
      Which would you choose?

Longing for Friendship
      We all need it.

Write a Note
      Bless someone every day.

The Jesus Imprint
      He did make an impression.

Desire for Perfection
      Don't let it weigh you down.

Live Simply
      It's simple -- and tough.

Principles for Life
      Are we living by first-century principles?

The Truth About Happiness
      You'll be amazed.

Become a Builder
      Will you build up or tear down His church?

Love Is Learned
      Thank God for his model of love.

Book of the Week
      Make reading a habit.

Quality Time
      Quantity begets quality.

How Do You Spend Time?
      Do your priorities match up?

What God Desires
      His way works.

One Mom and One Dad
      His plan is best.

Growth and Change
      What motivates you to change?

Tough Times Toughen
      It may be painful, but it can bring about good, too.

Recreation and Relaxation
      Take a break.

God of Diversity
      Jesus mixed with a very unusual crowd.

Time With Your Child
      Give them the most precious gift.

It's a Process
      Take small steps...

Frustration
      Just forget about it!

Fear in Death
      Life begins with dying to self.

Back Burner Living
      Let your life simmer.

Free to Serve
      The little things matter.

Death is Facing Reality
      A funeral can put things in perspective.

The Big Picture
      Can you see it?

Extraordinary God
      The ruler of the universe defies explanation.

Vulnerable God
      He's approachable and honest.

Distracted God
      Jesus didn’t stick to the schedule.

Mistakes
      Thank God for forgiveness!

A Life Worth Living
      God makes a dramatic difference.

What’s In It For Me?
      Are you focused on the right things?

With Jesus Things Happen
      Wherever he went, crazy things happened.

We’re Like Eggs
      Are you an egg? Or a bird?

Loving God
      How can we show our love?

Hugs & Kisses
      Affection can't be underestimated.

Failure Demands an Explanation
      Learn from your mistakes.

Expectations of Jesus
      He's always surprising.

What Was God Like?
      Why are there so many unanswered questions about Jesus?

Finding Peace
      Jesus holds it together.

Never Too Late
     

Do We Matter to God?
      Does he see as we see?

Patience
      An attitude of patience can make a big difference.

Being Transparent
      Let yourself be known.

Wisdom for Everyday Living
      Put daily Bible study on your to-do list.

Perseverance
      “Consider it pure joy…”

Now’s the Time
      Why wait to say what needs to be said?

God Wants You to Succeed
      He didn't put you here to fail.

It is Finished
      Can you finish?

An Incarnation
      How else would we know?

Long March
      Attitude makes the difference.

From the Outside In
      We’ve got it backwards.

Life is Not an Emergency
      Are you rushing it?

Desire for Perfection
      Don’t let it weigh you down.

Mother’s Love
      Biology confirms its importance!

Paint and Stain
      There’s an important difference.

Death and Taxes
      Death, where is your sting?

The Sound of Surprise
      Can you play along?

Parents and Religion
      It makes a difference.

True Freedom
      Find it in Jesus.

Genuine and Authentic
      Be free to be yourself.

Personal Well Being
      Take care of yourself, too.

Living vs. Life
      Are you making a living? Or a life?

Reacting Without Thinking
      Do we consider the long term?

Attractiveness
      What makes you desirable?

God’s Family Ideal
      More evidence against divorce.

Folly of Fools
      Be wise.

Think!
      Carelessness costs too much.

Generous People
      There is a difference.

The Real Thing
      There is something of ultimate value.

Particular People
      You can’t just love in the abstract.

The Gift of Time
      It’s a precious thing to give.

Presents or Presence
      They need you more than a Barbie.

Consumerism
      I’d like to buy the world a Coke...

True Wisdom
      Whatever it cost, get wisdom!

Important Things
      Focus on the weightier matters.

Mature Love
      It's not cute, but it's strong.

Anxious Hearts
      We can have confidence in him.

Forever the Same
      God is trustworthy.

God Meets Our Needs
      He takes care of us better than we can.

Confirmed Optimist
      How did he bounce back? How did he use the tragedy?

Babysitters for God
      Children are just gifts from above.

Learning from Kids
      They can teach us valuable lessons.

Good Luck/Bad Luck
      Do you believe in luck?

The Inward Self
      Find the beauty that never fades.

Glasses of Love
      The prescription we need for correct vision.

Rules and Recognition
      Two things kids need.

Being Nice
      It’s free!

Life Balance
      Keep your balance!

Clumsy & Ugly
      Jesus always chooses us.

Slow Down
      If you go to fast, you’ll miss something!

Learning from the Past
      Apply what you’ve learned.

Persistence
      Keep on keeping on.

A Big Choice
      There are only two options: yes and no.

The Stick-Together Generation
      After war and deprivation and depression, marriage was a breeze.

God’s Creation
      We’re not ready.

Confessing Faults
      It will be a load off your shoulders.

The Purpose and Meaning of Faith
      It’s not just life-after-death, it’s life!

Heritage for Children
      What will you pass on to them?

Trouble
      It’s easier to stay out it of than to get out of it.

Sizing People Up
      What are you looking at?

Parental Neglect
      Good or bad, it all starts at home.

God Knows Us
      And He still loves us!

Keep Your Priorities Right
      Staying balanced can pay off.

Respecting Mom
      Thank God for moms!

Priorities
      We can all use some healthy reevaluation.

The Value of a Friend
      The value of connected lives.

Divorce and Children
      Avoid the tragedy.

Help from God’s Family
      God’s people know what should be done.

TV DOES Have an Impact
      Don’t we understand this yet?!

Pre-Marriage Counseling
      It's a great idea because it works!

We Need Realistic Limits
      Boundaries give security.

Change
      It’s never too late.

No Rest, No Gain
      Even God took a break.

God’s Power is Changing People
      ...and families, and communities...

God’s Love
      Quite a bit better than what we’re used to.

The Definition of a Leader
      Our definition should be different.

Forgiveness
      Can you forgive and forget?

Facing the Uncertainties
      Hedge your bets with faith, hope and love.

What is Fatal Thinking?
      Thinking like this can only crush our children.

Outlining Four Priorities
      Maybe it's a good time to reevaluate your priorities.

Living Better
      What are the secrets to a long life?

Do Something for Someone Else
      Helping others may be the best thing for you.

Two Tired Parents
      Is it for the right reasons?

Double Talk
      Stick with God’s principle for communication.

Linguistic Swindling
      Say what you mean, mean what you say.

What’s Good for the Soul and Body
      Belief is good for you spiritually and physically.

Intentional Families
      Decide to be in God’s family.

What Stress Can Do To You
      Don't worry about tomorrow!

Real Servants
      Jesus inspires service.

Protection, Family and Love
      Are you getting these basic needs met?

Society’s Most Effective Weapon
      Society needs to rediscover God.

Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It
      Jesus pulls one direction, the world pulls another.

Learn to Listen Completely
      Open your ears and your heart.

Prioritize Your Family
      It’s not too late.

Television Can Be Harmful
      Would it be too crazy to just turn it off?

The “Something for Nothing” Attitude
      It just doesn’t work.

Housework IS Important
      Guys don’t want to hear it, but it’s true.

Divorce Creates Stress
      And do we really need more?

The Effects of Broken Families
      It matters.

The Importance of Human Life
      Isn’t worth a whole lot more?

No-Fault Divorce Law
      Hurray for Michigan!

Sabbath Rest
      Let go and let God.

Who Are At Risk?
      God says it, research backs it up.

Who Can Cure Our Social Ills?
      Not talk. Not money.

Developing Strong Character
      Tough!

Character—Something You Have
      …and hang onto.

The Good News About Marriage
      Let’s hear it!

Trusting God
      Even when things don’t make “sense.”

Where are YOU Spending Your Time?
      Hopefully, with your children.

Five to One
      Discipline, but with love, too.

Whatever Became of Sin?
      Some things are right, some are wrong.

Replacing Negatives with Postives
      Give your children an alternative to the world.

The Other Side of Tragedy
      It always has another side.

Don’t Worry About Tomorrow
      One day at a time…

Time for the Family
      Take it! Make it!

The Model and Message
      They go hand in hand.

Teaching Good Manners
      Your kids should be seen in the best possible light.

Tragedy Can Bring Awareness
      Let it open our eyes.

The Great Gift of Encouragement
      It’s affordable and powerful.

Married Singles
      Truly become one.

Bone of My Bone
      Adam tried it and it didn’t work. Learn from him!

Consideration is "Sweet Talk"
      Thoughtfulness? Consideration? Oops, I forgot about that…

Removing the Selfish Part of Me
      Get that beam out!

What is Your Family’s Mission Statement?
      Make spiritual as well as physical and financial goals.

The Dynamic of Shared Concerns
      Find someone special you can share with.

Single-Minded
      Focus and become more effective.

Be Intentional About What's Important
      Good families don’t just happen.

The Best Investments Parents Can Make
      And it’s not an IRA, CD, 401K, etc.

Gentle Moments
      Set aside time to cherish.

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera
      Your kids are watching you…what message are you sending?

What Are Your Priorities of Life?
      Is it important? Or just urgent?

Maintaining a Rich Relationship with God
      The essential element we need to nourish our spirits.

Conversational Prayer
      One of the best tools for building a relationship.

Unconditional Commitment
      Make the kind of commitment you can take to the bank!

Learning the Skill of Communication
      Good communication is the foundation of a good relationship.

Spending Time Where it Counts
      Build your relationship over time.

Commitment in the Midst of Conflict
      Keep the commitment. Always.

Romantic Love
      Romantic love springs from commitment

I Love You
      Find out about real Christian love.

Ministering to Our Friends
      Find strength—and love—in friendships.

The Judging Business
      God knows our hearts, and still loves us!

A Grudge Against God
      No matter what your pain, don’t hold it against God!

What You Think of Yourself is Important
      As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

A Confidant is Priceless
      If you have one, treasure them.

Who’s Your Best Friend?
      The answer may say a lot about your relationship.

Walk Your Talk
      Live the life you profess.

Men, Know Your Family
      To lead them, you must understand them.

Providing for the Family
      And it isn’t just money…

What Wives Really Want
      What do you think it might be?

Selfishness and Immaturity Destroy a Home
      Put your family on a firm foundation.

No Two are Alike
      Know the differences in your children.

Making a Complete Whole
      Both partners have something to offer.

Unconditional Acceptance
      Jesus practiced it, and we should too.

Start Dating Your Wife Again
      Make things new all over again.

Children—A Heritage From the Lord
      Parents are blessed beyond compare.

Love Is...
      Well…read the article and find out!

Balancing Priorities
      Work vs. Family. What’s the score?

Significant Heroes
      Who are your heroes?

No Graven Images
      Visuals can be powerful…is TV our new idol?

Seeking God
      God wants you to find Him.

 

 
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