[display_podcast] This week, we’ll discuss five tips that lead to a successful blended family. All of these take time and conscious effort, but have huge payoffs in creating a harmonious, loving family in the end. 1) Maintain an atmosphere of family inclusiveness. Make it clear that we are one family and we are ALL important. This must begin with BOTH parents. The two of you, together, set the tone for the whole family. Even if the kids resist and are stand-offish, keep at it. Your perse … [Read more...]
Carty’s Contemporary Classics: Sometimes It’s Sin, Sometimes It’s Not or Will I Burn If I Get the Hots?
[display_podcast] Let’s start out with some stats:On a per capita basis, the group that’s leading in increased incidents of sexually transmitted disease is the 10 to 14-year-old age group. In 1970, less than 5% of all 15-year-old girls had had sex. By 1988 that number rose to 25%. Current estimates say that 20% of our high schoolers graduate with their virginity. Of those who have had sex, 30% of them have it once and then don’t do it again. Another 30% have had four partners or more … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Blending your stepfamily can feel like you are literally in a blender: being blended, chopped and pureed. However, the goal is feeling a sense of unity, harmony and familial cooperation (I mean, let’s face it, no family – even non-blended families are perfectly peaceful). Blending is a mixing and mingling of the family, so as to produce the desired result of unity or of feeling of “oneness”. That doesn’t mean that you’ll agree on everything, but it is a feeling of harmony and … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Let’s talk about our hearts today. Scripture says in Proverbs. 4:23:“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In other words, we live our lives from our hearts. What ever is in our hearts is what we shall bring forth in our lives. Luke 6:45 says:“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth spe … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Think of a chain of islands under attack. The enemy hits weekly with long-range bombers. When you stay in sin, you “lose an island” to the enemy and he builds another airstrip and now sends medium range bombers three times a week. You continue to stay in sin, he takes yet another island, builds yet another airstrip and hits you daily now with fighter cover. What you need to do is TAKE BACK the ground that the enemy had previously gained! When we do this, we can put the ene … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] What do you do when your marriage needs a reset button? I recommend asking God what he says about how to recalibrate your marriage, and the clearest way to hear His opinion on the matter is to turn to the Bible. Now, if you’ve ever attended a Christian wedding or two, you’ve more than likely heard a reading from 1 Corinthians 13. It’s pretty much every Christian’s go-to verse regarding love. It says:4 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful … [Read more...]