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“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) We have heard the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” Of course, the meaning is that what you do shows far more clearly the intent of your heart than any empty promises that might cross your lips.…

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) One of the earliest memories I have as a child is being flat on the kitchen table, restrained by my parents, as they attempted to administer…

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Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing, but the…

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Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church. (Ephesians…

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Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. (1 Kings 15:11) Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6) One of the most famous sayings in the context of parenting is, “Do as…

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For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Genesis 18:19) Throughout Scripture, God charges men to be responsible for…

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in…

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and…

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Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (John 19:25) As a parent, you are responsible for your children. That might sound like an obvious statement, but in today’s culture, it can be very tempting for parents to share the responsibility of raising their children.…

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“This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’ ” (Isaiah 48:17) This verse gives me great comfort. There are things in my life that have turned…

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