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Maintain a Family Focus

investing time and love in your family
Having a family focus begins with a decision to meet the needs within the family and to build healthy relationships between the family members.

Four Purposes for Money

provision, direction, fellowship, and demonstration
Do you look to money to provide you with security, establish your independence, or equip you to exercise power and wield influence? Today, many people would identify these goals as appropriate purposes for money.

Hospitality

the value of opening your home to others
Have you ever caught yourself saying, “Your family really has the gift of hospitality”? I used to see hospitality as a gift or calling that others had, but that I did not. For years I saw my home as my castle—a place for seclusion and relaxation.

The Common Traits of Servers

learn about the characteristics of those with the spiritual gift of serving
Following are some traits commonly observed in those who have the motivational spiritual gift of serving. These traits can be used to benefit others, or they can be misused and thereby cause discord in the Body of Christ.

Evidence of God’s Direction

a testimony of God’s faithfulness to provide
A student desired to learn skills in architecture, but he was unsure if pursuing this skill was God’s will for him. Here he recounts how he is learning that finding God’s will for his life requires trust in taking one step at a time:

Character Qualities

transformation into the character of Christ
The Greek word for character is charakter. It is translated in Scripture as the “express image.” According to The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament, the word “originally denoted an engraver or engraving tool.

Keys to Encouraging Your Children

invest in your relationships
We have found several ways to encourage our children.

Basic Needs of a Husband and Wife

understanding and meeting the needs of your spouse
God’s Word declares that “a man [shall] leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This is a great mystery.

Tips for Writing a Four-Part Testimony

guidelines to keep in mind as you share with others
Here are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind when writing your own four-part testimony. 1. Have the right motive. The motive of your life testimony should be to glorify God, not yourself or your experiences, and certainly not your past failures.

Understanding Financial Freedom

discover God’s plan for money
True financial freedom involves understanding and applying God’s principles for handling money. God’s Word mentions money more than eight hundred times—God is serious about teaching us the right way to handle money.

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