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Married 72 Years

According to The Economist, "the average length of a marriage before a divorce in the mostly rich countries of the OECD [is 13.6 years]. Italians stick it out longest (perhaps because formal separation is lengthy and expensive). Americans,…

Unbelieving Family

Did you know that Jesus lived with unbelieving family members? We get a glimpse into this part of his life from John 7:1-9. Jewish authorities wanted to kill Jesus. (John 7:1) This was a difficult phase in the public ministry of Jesus, requiring…

My 5 for Friday (January 6, 2017)

Who are the children in your family, ministry or sphere of influence? Do you love them as Jesus did (Matthew 19:14)? Are you teaching them and building their faith as Jesus would have you to do? Take a look at this week's My 5 for Friday to…

The Mother and Grandmothers of Jesus

Some Remarkable Women Recent reflections on the birth of Jesus Christ reminded me of a very encouraging fact. The human family tree of Jesus features some very remarkable women: Eve, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary (Matthew 1:1-16, Ruth…

My 5 for Friday (December 9, 2016)

During busy times, it is important to stay in touch with your family relationships. Are you achieving important family goals and priorities? Evaluate your own family and equip yourself to be effective and fruitful with this week’s My 5 for…

Episode 76: Including Your Children

Are you neglecting this important part of parenting? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover an important aspect of raising children who are capable and confident in fulfilling their responsibilities in life. It's never too late to begin…

Including Your Children

Parenting is an Apprenticeship Are you neglecting an important part of parenting? Here's what I mean. You see, I'm a perfectionist, which means that I have a specific way of doing things. To ensure that things get done the way I them, I do…

Episode 72: A Child Can Walk with God

Perhaps we underestimate the potential for a child’s walk with God. A child can develop a vibrant relationship with God, read, learn from and obey the Bible, worship God, pray and receive answers, know the will of God and do it, and he can…

A Child Can Walk with God

Perhaps we underestimate the potential for a child's walk with God. A child can be born again (Matt. 18:3). (I was born again at 2 years old.) A child can choose to be baptized. And any such child can walk with God. He can develop a meaningful,…

The Right Way to Begin a Relationship

We naturally meander through life asking the wrong questions. For instance, we ask, "Why did God create us, knowing we would do evil and experience suffering?" But that's the wrong question. Instead, we should ask, "Why did God create us, knowing…