I’m Waiting 8: How to Serve, Protect, and Love Your Children

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[display_podcast] This week, as we continue our conversation with Marvin “Merv” Mattair, we dive into our role, as parents, in raising our kids to be amazing young men and women, despite and within the ever-changing culture they are surrounded with… especially in regards to dating. Merv is a firm believer in creating a respectful atmosphere at home. What we, as parents, say and do around them and how we treat them will directly affect what they are attracted to as they grow older. So, even when … [Read more...]

Ouxano: How To Begin Doing Family Devotions In Your Home

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[display_podcast] Always remember that God has entrusted your kids to you and therefore, you are the primary disciplers of your kids.  Now, while there are no guarantees, we are still called to offer them every opportunity to come to Jesus and grow in their relationships with Him. So, today we’re going to spend some time talking about family devotions.  This is often a dreaded concept for some parents because they are afraid that their kids are going to ask some questions that they are not pre … [Read more...]

Ouxano: Teaching Your Children How To Have Their Own Personal Devotions

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[display_podcast] Too many parents today approach the question of personal devotions (how to do them, when to do them, who should do them, etc.) with guarded trepidation.  We believe it’s something that is reserved for each individual’s personal walk with God, and therefore shouldn’t be discussed in the open.  Unfortunately, in today’s church, most church-going Christian adults still do not have their own regular, personal devotional times with God.It’s incredible: we don’t think twice a … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 4: Interview with Merv Mattair, Part 1

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Merv Mattair and I share a lot in common. He is constantly reaching out to his community (albeit on the other side of the country than me), impacting the lives of young people all over Madison County, Florida. He’s an author, a radio host and motivational speaker, doing what he is called to do by God: to reach out to people, love them, disciple them, and speak truth in love. He often speaks on sexual risk avoidance and abstinence and is making a huge impact on his community. In his own words, h … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Helping Your Toddler Through Your Divorce

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[display_podcast] Babies begin to learn from the ages of 6 – 8 months that they are a separate being from their parents and others.  Before now, baby probably could be passed around from one person to the next without any fuss.  But as he is learning to distinguish between himself and others, he may develop stranger anxiety.  So before you leave baby with someone new, make sure he feels comfortable and secure.  Babies of separation and divorce seem to have a harder time of accepting the trans … [Read more...]

Family Discipleship Mini-Cast: When It Comes to Marriage, There Is NOTHING More Important Than Him

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[display_podcast] Matthew 6:33 tells us“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,And all these things shall be added unto you.” Think about that. “ALL THESE THINGS”. It doesn’t matter which language you study: Hebrew, Greek, English, Spanish… “all” means “all”. Jesus tells us in this verse that we don’t need to worry. We don’t need to stress out about food, drink, or clothing because God promises to take care of us. All we need to do is seek Him – or put Him first – in all th … [Read more...]