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5Jul
NL Four things every parent and child should know and do

Two “rules” every parent must teach their children

As our children become older we hope they will be governed less by our rules and more by the freedom they understand, experience, and enjoy in Christ.

Gospel-centered and Gospel-motivated parenting slowly and incrementally releases our kids from our rules, our expectations, and our authority, while placing them under the greatest and most powerful governing dynamic known to man.

The Savior succinctly shared with us that governing dynamic when He answered the question, “How in the world are we supposed to balance it all?”

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2Jul
NL Gays need more than our rebuke; they need our Gospel

Gays need more than our rebuke; they need our Gospel

Last week’s Supreme Court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriage has been a sobering wake-up call for many Christians. Lines were clearly drawn by the highest court in our country.

You are either for or against gay marriages.

My concern is whether these lines will turn into barriers that could have a stifling impact on the Gospel.

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the...

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29Jun
NL I dated a lesbian

I dated a lesbian

A long time ago I worked a third shift, dead-end job. I was grateful to have the job, but it was a difficult place to work. There were about thirty employees, three of whom were practicing lesbians.

One of the lesbians was my enemy, not because she was a lesbian, but because she was an angry woman, who seemingly hated everyone. Another of the lesbians was medicated, mostly incoherent, and insecure. The third lesbian was social, easy to like, and fun to engage.

I immediately struck up a relationship with her. My goal was to get to know her so I could spend more time with...

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28Jun
NL The most powerful way to help someone to change

The most powerful way to help someone to change

You can now listen to Rick read this article as it is written (above) or you can listen to a sermon that he preached from this content (below).

  • Your friend needs to change. How do you help him/her to change?
  • Maybe your husband is stuck in a bad habit and you want him to change. How do you go about it?
  • What is your change process?
  • Perhaps your wife is nagging and criticizing you to death. How are you helping her to model a more gentle and caring spirit?
  • There are several ways to get a person to change. Here are a...

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    25Jun
    NL Storyboarding Marriage - from dysfunction to restoration

    Storyboarding Marriage – from dysfunction to restoration

    Clarice is married to an angry man. The dream she dreamed during their dating relationship quickly turned into a decade long nightmare. Bob is nothing like who he presented himself to be when they first met. Clarice is now wondering if he was ever a good guy.

    Though she knew he had anger problems during their dating relationship, she had no idea how it would evolve into abusive rage. It definitely never occurred to her that he would turn his anger on her.

    At her wit’s end, disconnected from her local church, and afraid of what he may...

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    21Jun
    NL How can I be more honest with my spouse

    How can I be more honest with my spouse?

  • How honest can you be with your spouse?
  • Is your marriage vulnerable and safe?
  • Are you free from critique and condemnation?
  • A good way to think about how these things can be in your marriage is to think about the kind of relationship you have with God.

    I suspect most of you are completely open, honest, and transparent with the LORD. You freely talk to Him (prayer) and He freely talks to you (Bible). He knows you through and through, and your relationship is maturing.

    For he himself is our peace, who has...

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    19Jun
    NL Why Dylann Roof murdered

    The reason Dylann Roof murdered

    The body of Christ is grieving again. Nine of our brothers and sisters were senselessly slain on Wednesday (June 17, 2015) while at a church meeting in Charleston, SC. Each time this happens we collectively grieve for the victims, their families, the community, and even the assailant.

    There are no words that can fill the gaping hole that was ripped into this community of friends. For me it is more personal because Read

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