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Please Read This Book

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Excerpts from Your Family God’s Way: Developing & Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack Here is a recipe for a communication disaster — four ingredients: 1. Excessive Negative Talk “Some people constantly complain and find fault. They seldom affirm or talk about positive virtues of other people. They rarely acknowledge the good […]

Make Us Peacemakers

Monday, May 19th, 2014

C.H. Spurgeon was talking about strife in the church here, but we can easily apply the principle to any organization or group of people. “…The fire of strife is a terrible evil when it breaks out in a Christian church. … Those who feed the fire deserve just censure, but he who first kindles it […]

The narcissist doesn’t care about your pain

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Narcissistic Apologies by Dr. David Orrison “I recently read yet another statement by a well-known Christian leader confessing sin and asking for forgiveness. It was one of those apologies that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. I would say that it was a narcissistic apology…. Read the rest of this article here […]

Communication Time-bomb

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Here is a recipe for a communication disaster — four ingredients: 1. Excessive Negative Talk “Some people constantly complain and find fault. They seldom affirm or talk about positive virtues of other people. They rarely acknowledge the good things happening in the world or in the church or in their family. They are experts at […]

Two Types of Critics

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

There are two types of critics/criticism: 1. The educated critic/criticism — This is a balanced critic/criticism, analyzing opposing viewpoints in order to find truth. He is not afraid to listen to others and will gladly consider other viewpoints other than his own. Children learn this type of behavior from their parents. 2. The pervasive critic/criticism […]

A Communication Time-bomb

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Here is a recipe for a communication disaster — four ingredients: 1. Excessive Negative Talk “Some people constantly complain and find fault. They seldom affirm or talk about positive virtues of other people. They rarely acknowledge the good things happening in the world or in the church or in their family. They are experts at […]

Resources for Marriage and Family

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

16-Part Series: Marriage with a Chronically Self-Centered Spouse by Brad Hambrick 11 Top Resources for Overcoming Pornography and Sexual Sin by Jonathan Holmes The Angry Dad by Rick Thomas Bitterness: Put the cup down; you’re poisoning yourself by Rick Thomas

Book Review — The Peacemaker

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Book Review: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande My family first heard Ken Sande speak at the 1999 Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention. My dad brought Sande’s book The Peacemaker home and he read it at evening Bible study. Two pieces of advice at that time were memorable: (1) when apologizing, “The word ‘but’ is especially […]

Here is another tool for your toolbox

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We homeschooling Moms have lots of idols. Unfortunately, we don’t figure this out (or are unwilling to see) until the kids are almost out the door. Suggestion: read this book three times — at the beginning of your homeschool journey, in the middle, and at the end.

Book Review: Your Family God’s Way — Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Your Family God’s Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack What makes a good family? Good theology, regular family worship, separation from the world, modest dressing, listening to good music, going to a Biblical church, homeschooling? All of these things may be good, but none of them, by themselves, are […]

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