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Set The Tone | Church

Elders who lead effectively are worthy of double honor, especially those who preach and teach. 1 Timothy 5:17   “I’ve told the pastor we’re leaving. My sister’s neighbor’s dog was sick for a week and nobody called us,” declared Jack. “Well, I can vouch for that because I’ve been in his office for counseling every…
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Set The Tone| Church

—  “…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Mark 16:18   That was Jesus talking. He was a carpenter, after all, so we might expect Him to whip out a hammer and nails and order the disciples to gather wood to build the First…
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Set The Tone | Church

—  “…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Mark 16:18   That was Jesus talking. He was a carpenter, after all, so we might expect Him to whip out a hammer and nails and order the disciples to gather wood to build the First…
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Set the Tone | Parenting – Children 1

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.  Psalm 127:3   She blinked unseeing at the test strip in her hand. Positive. No doubt about it. Time stood still as she tried to get her mind around it. Please not now, when so much is happening. How would she tell…
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Set the Tone | Marriage

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3   Who’s the boss? What, submit? ME? I’m the MAN! You’re not the boss of me! Submission. Authority…. Tug-of-war. Fighting words. Any time marriage is discussed in church, it seems to center around the male/female power struggle. Are…
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Set the Tone | Parenting – Kids

“…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands…repeat them…to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-7   “I expect the church to give my children religious instruction,” stated Jack. “That’s why I drop…
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Set the Tone | Parenting – Obeying

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Ephesians 6:1   “I’m warning you, Jayden! One…two…” We’ve all heard versions of this parenting technique when a frazzled mom or dad delays the discipline that could put an end to Jayden’s tyranny. One reason children do not obey their parents is because the…
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Set the Tone | Marriage

 “…whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another…commits adultery.”  Matthew 19:9   Jayne wiped her eyes and stared into her coffee cup. “I just don’t like him anymore,” she whispered. “He’s not the knight in shining armor I thought he was, and Brad at work is so sweet…” Her friend nodded sympathetically. “I…
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Set The Tone | Marriage

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore…”  Mark 10:6 Our world is locked in heated debate about the definition of marriage, which is odd because marriage has never needed defined in all the millenniums before now. Some things are so obvious it seems ridiculous to ask, but a few people…
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Boundaries and Consequences

“…If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:17 Kelvin shifted into Drive and stomped the accelerator. His Mustang roared onto the highway, narrowly missing a dump truck. “Dude!” his buddy shouted. “What’s wrong with you? Show down!” Kelvin grinned at the speedometer as it made its steady progress upward. “I decided…
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