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5 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas in Your Marriage

By April Motl

It’s wild how the holidays can bring out such intense sides to our personality. Right after we gather around a table with family and friends to thank God for His blessings in our life, we gather to malls and store aisles to wrestle one-another like gladiators for deals. Our displays make the news and from one breath to the next we move from gratitude to greed. The hustle and bustle continues for another six weeks, stretching over Christmas and finally to New Years. Yup. It’s a crazy time of year where, as a culture, we sacrifice to bless another one minute and indulge in almost every imaginable way the next.  Read more...

13 Ways to Rise Above Low Expectations in Your Youth

By Whitney Hopler

Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Trip Lee’s new book Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story (Thomas Nelson, 2015). Read more...

How to Adjust Your Parenting Style for the Teen Years

By Mark Gregston

Most of us tend to parent the same way we were parented.  Even those of us who vowed, “I’ll never do that to my kids,” often fall back to imitating what we saw from our parents.  The problem is that the world has changed.  Our parents would have been horrified by what our kids casually experience and discuss amongst themselves today.  Things are different, and your kids are changing every day as well. Are you keeping up? Read more...

6 Ways to Become More Attracted to Your Spouse

By Dr. David B. Hawkins

The years tend to take their toll on us physically, emotionally and can even impact the issue of being attracted to, and by, our mate. Read more...

Are You Angry at the Holidays?

By Elisabeth Klein

I have walked through maybe a dozen painful holiday seasons over the course of my life. While other people excitedly bought presents and baked cookies and opened up their homes, I was doing everything I could just to stay above water. Read more...

Giving is Great, but Don't Make These 3 Mistakes!

By Anne Peterson

I brought in the plastic bags. Putting them down on the table, I unload them, thankful I got to go to the food pantry today. Thankful I have something different to offer my family. Read more...

6 Reasons Young Adults Leave the Church

By Ryan Duncan

“Why do young adults leave the Church?” This question has been the subject of countless sermons, books, and (ahem) online articles. The concern of Churches and Christian parents is certainly justified. Life can be hard on teenagers, but the Church is a place where they can learn about God’s grace and draw strength from Christian fellowship. So why are so many of them choosing to leave? Read more...

Pastors, Churches Doing Better Addressing Mental Illness

By Alex Crain

Following the April 2013 suicide of his 27-year-old son, Matthew, Rick Warren told Christianity Today of his new purpose for the 20,000-member Saddleback Church: removing the stigma of mental illness from churches. "It's amazing to me that any other organ in your body can break down and there's no shame and stigma to it, but if your brain breaks down, you're supposed to keep it a secret. ... If your brain doesn't work right, why should you be ashamed of that?" he said. Read more...

How to Honor God With Your Family This Thanksgiving

By Gwen Ellis

There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you (Deuteronomy 12:7, NIV). Read more...

Is IVF an Ethical Choice for Pro-Life Parents?

By Will Honeycutt

The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are an estimated 6.7 million women of childbearing age who are unable to have children. 10 to 16 percent of all couples cannot conceive. To overcome the pain and despair of infertility, science and medicine have collaborated to develop an array of Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). The most common and effective ART is In-vitro Fertilization (IVF), developed in 1978 in the UK. Read more...