Archives For Family

The dozen or so women clung to their men, and everyone knew why. Everyone gave them space. It was at the Denver Airport, during the height of casualties in the Iraq war. The military personnel were all wearing fatigues, and the tears being shed by their wives left us with no doubt as to where […]

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February 17, 2014

When Your Spouse Annoys You…

Gary Thomas — 

Demons may not live the truth, but many times, they can understand it. In C.S. Lewis’ classic book The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape, the mentor demon, writes to his protégé Wormwood, “When two humans have lived together for many years, it usually happens that each has tones of voice and expressions of face which are almost […]

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In the first few decades of the Christian church, virtually every church was a “house church.” And to serve that house church, Paul urges the Corinthians to “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.” (1 Cor. 14:1) We usually think of “spiritual gifts” being used in a big sanctuary—a pastor speaking to […]

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January 23, 2014

A Prayer Worth Repeating

Gary Thomas — 

Most of us have heard “The Prayer of St. Francis” so many times we could practically say it by heart. In reality, there is no historical basis to believe St. Francis ever prayed this prayer—it didn’t really exist until the early twentieth century. But whoever wrote it, it’s a powerful prayer, and today I’m asking […]

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  An old, popular ditty says, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage!” Many women will tell you that along with the baby carriage comes fifteen pounds that might take them fifteen years to lose. My friend Karen Yates faced the challenge of postpartum weight gain following the births […]

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December 26, 2013

Devotionals for the New Year

Gary Thomas — 

If marriage is sacred, then it will never be stronger than your walk with God. Walking with God is as far from a one-time decision as running a marathon is as far from sending in an entry form. Walking with God is built on a thousand daily steps in His direction. This post is designed […]

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December 23, 2013

Holy Gift-Giving

Gary Thomas — 

When renting a car with my wife one time I discovered that few things make a forty-something wife happier than warm car seats on a cold winter morning, so when it came time to get a new family vehicle, seat-warmers became a non-negotiable. As I tried to figure out what we could afford, my evangelical […]

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The Bible is so powerful that one phrase can feed a hungry soul for days. The way God weaves words to nourish our spirits is truly astounding. Though I am an ardent lover of the great Christian classics—the best and brightest of all Christian books handed down through the centuries—there still is no comparison to […]

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December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas, Eliakim

Gary Thomas — 

Surely you remember the biblical story of the esteemed Eliakim, don’t you? No? Well, then, what about Abiud? Has ever a biblical figure stood more inspirationally in the pages of Scripture than Abiud? You haven’t heard of him either? Well, what about Azor, Shealtiel, Zadok, or Matthan? At this point, you might start to feel […]

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December 9, 2013

Celebrating Humble Families

Gary Thomas — 

The storming of the Bastille was the seminal event that unleashed the tumultuous French revolution; Europe would never be the same.  And yet, astonishingly, King Louis XVI’s diary entry for that day was “14/7 1789: Nothing”. It’s incredible, when you think about it. The road to King Louis’ execution was paved that very day, yet […]

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