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Your Love Should Not Be Tough: It Should Be Merciful

Your Love Should Not Be Tough_ It Should Be Merciful

“Tough love” has become one of the mantras in modern Christian culture, i.e., love languages. Like many popularized sayings, it has taken on an unintended—harsh—meaning that does not bring about the peaceful fruit of righteousness. How do you think about tough love? What comes to… Continue Reading …

What Is the Way To Work through Personality Differences?

What Is the Way to Work Though Personality Differences_

Rick, recently you talked about how you tend to live on “military time” and Lucia lives on “island time” and how you both have had to work through your conflicting personality traits in your marriage. You also tied this to how the gospel speaks to… Continue Reading …

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond?

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond? 001

I’m frustrated! I am always approaching my husband with my sin, asking for his forgiveness, but he seems never to see his need to ask me for forgiveness. Many times he won’t even bother to forgive me. What am I to do? Listen to the… Continue Reading …

God Is An Extravagant Lover In Your Suffering

God Is An Extravagant Lover In Your Suffering

When my life does not go the way I hoped, it is easy for me to disengage and become discouraged. These are the moments when I must remind myself that when things are not working out the way I hoped, the Lord still loves and… Continue Reading …

Dealing With Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

Loving others the way God loves you can be a challenge anytime, but during the holidays the difficulty is intensified because some family members rub you the wrong way. There are two kinds of people in the world: Christians and non-Christians. Within these two people… Continue Reading …

Your Enemy Is God’s Kindness To You

Your Enemy Is God's Kindness to You

Can God use sin sinlessly? Can God allow sinful things to happen to you? Can these sinful allowances be for your good? The answers to these questions are obvious. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If… Continue Reading …

Choose To Be Part Of a Christmas Surprise

Christmas has never been about glitter, has it? Or bright twinkling lights. It’s about being “the servant of the Lord,” about giving yourself to meet the needs of others. That’s how God did it in Jesus. He gave Himself—a tiny babe, perfect, sinless—to meet the… Continue Reading …

The Most Powerful Way to Help Someone Change

Your friend needs to change. How do you help her change? Maybe your husband is stuck in a bad habit, and you want him to change. What is your change process? Perhaps your wife is nagging and criticizing you. How are you helping her model… Continue Reading …

The Problem With God’s Kindness When You Want to Be Angry

Everybody loves to experience God’s mercy because we don’t want to receive punishment for our actions. Then there are times when God gives His kindness to those we don’t like. That’s different because His goodness is a problem for those we dislike. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

Day 25 – A Parent’s Secret Weapon To Motivate A Child To Change

31-Day Parenting Devotion Day 25 
A PARENT’S SECRET WEAPON TO MOTIVATE A CHILD TO CHANGE Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4) Listen to the… Continue Reading …