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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 […]

Communication Time-bomb

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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 […]

How We Send Emotional Messages by Ernst Beier

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

This excerpt was taken from Your Family God’s Way: Developing & Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack. In an article entitled “How We Send Emotional Messages,” Ernst Beier graphically illustrates how easily we can mistake the messages people are conveying nonverbally. We asked several people to act out six different moods on […]

Hypothetical Situation: What Would You Do?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

What if you had an adult child who was addicted to cocaine. What specific things would you do in order to show/practice love to that child? What specific things would you NOT do in order to show/practice love to that child? Mark 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One […]

The Four Levels of Communication

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Taken from the book Your Family God’s Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack Level 1 This is the level of clichés and impersonal, automatic statements. Level 1 communication consists of conversation starters. “Good morning.” “Hello, how are you?” This type of communication is a smooth, pleasant, cheerful, efficient, and […]

Soul Care

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Puritans called it soul care, we call it counseling. Everybody needs help once in a while. Recommended reading: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks All Things for Good by Thomas Watson On Keeping the Heart by John Flavel The Crook in the Lot […]

What is Christian Counseling? by Jay Adams

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

…..Counseling is not a science; it’s an art. In biblical terms, that means it is a function of divine wisdom. It does not conflict with true science, but reaches beyond science into venues about which the latter has no competence to speak….. … three major factors stand out: 1. Nouthetic counseling is the wise application […]

Peacemakers

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Found quoted in Your Family God’s Way: Developing & Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack “Peacemakers… carry about with them an atmosphere in which quarrels die a natural death.” — R. T. Archibald Read this book together as a family and do the homework at the end of each chapter. I guarantee […]

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