LLM: July 2014

Family Ties The word family can have vastly different meanings depending on life experiences. For ...

LLM: July 2014

Family Ties The word family can have vastly different meanings depending on life experiences. For some people, family signifies a source of strength. For others, family brings up memories of abuse or neglect. For many people, family evokes both positive and negative feelings. Others pray to receive a family — a spouse or a child […]

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Hope for Spicy Families

A certain scenario sets off a guaranteed, automatic reaction in me every time. I categorize most families as either “sweet” or “spicy.” There are obvious pros and cons to both dynamics, with tons of crossover on the Venn diagram, but in general, a family trends toward one or the other. The Hatmakers are a spicy people. We […]

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Confession is Good for the Family

As a parent, you don’t have to be perfect, and kids don’t want to follow the leadership of a hypocrite. The parent who tries to come across as perfect is making a big mistake. You’ll probably be amazed at how much credibility you gain with your children when you’re honest with them about your shortcomings. […]

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Well at Home, Well With the World

We live in an age of the individual — individual freedom, expression, meaning and satisfaction. In God’s design, the individual paradoxically gains greatest satisfaction and finds core meaning in relationships. People find themselves when they love and serve God and others. God expresses Himself most fully through the church (Ephesians 1:22–23; 4:11–16) rather than individuals. […]

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Parental Authority

Paul gives us one of the marks of the last times that “men shall be … disobedient to parents” (2 Timothy 3:2 KJV). Of course, there never has been an age in which children did not more or less disregard the commands of their parents. But we doubt if there ever was a period when, […]

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Miracles in Mumbai

Arun, a Free Methodist pastor in Mumbai, India, has lacked the ability to see for most of his life. “When I was born, my eyes were very good, but when I was 3 years old … [my] mom [was] told that something had happened and my eyesight had gone,” Arun recalled during an interview in […]

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Jubilee Kids! at GC15

I have childhood memories of General Conference in Winona Lake, Indiana. Well, I don’t exactly remember the business sessions in which my dad was a delegate — I remember the fun! We kids enjoyed daily boat rides on the lake, nightly lemon ice cream cones at the Eskimo, and making friends from exotic places like […]

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God’s Not-So-Hidden Purpose for Families

When we took our three girls (ages 6, 10 and 12) to China for a mission trip, responses ranged from “you’re so brave” and “I wish I could do that” to “you’re completely out of your minds.” That last one was more common than polite, but I believe if people don’t think we’re out of […]

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Confession of a Pastor’s Wife

Hey, are you sitting down? Hang on to your seat. I have a really important confession to make. How do I say this? OK, I’ll just blurt it out. I’m having an affair! I can hear you: “What?” Yeah, I know; hard to believe. It’s a rather awesome love affair really. Please let me explain. […]

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