The Standard For Kindness

In a world of selfishness and violence, kindness is in short supply. That’s why any act of kindness, no matter how small, is newsworthy. Jesus established the standard for kindness when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). This principle can give you a quick and easy test to determine whether you are […]

How To Strengthen Trust and Credibility

The Bible is a well of treasures that awaits being discovered. One of the greatest truths is revealed in the story of King Solomon and the two mothers in 1 Kings 3:16-28.  In this story, we see that before rendering a decision, King Solomon listens to two mothers claiming that a child is their own. If you want […]

Teaching Your Child to Listen To The Voice of The Holy Spirit

Mom’s worry. Mom’s worry because they love.  Salmonella, fast cars, getting enough veggies in their children’s diet, why can’t little Susie make any friends… Then there are the more serious matters: Will we have enough money to pay this months mortgage? The doctor found a lump in my breast; My husband lost his job – Lord, […]

Why God Gave Us Emotions

The word “Emotion” is derived from the french word “émouvoir” meaning to stir up. It also comes out of the Latin word “ex movere” which means to move away or to disturb. Therefore an emotion is that which stirs us – that which moves us. It is, in short, feelings. In some Christian circles, emotions have gotten a bad […]

The Hospitable Home

Many people think of hospitality as being cordial to strangers and guests. While having guests over for dinner or fellowship is one part of hospitality, I would submit to you that this is the easier part of hospitality. The more challenging part of hospitality happens after the guests leave, the door shuts and your home […]

Facing Forward

During the summertime many families are blessed to go on a vacation. Part of the fun of a vacation is the anticipation. For months in advance you can be excited about what will happen in the future. Realistically, our life and our future isn’t all filled with vacations. There are uncertainties ahead of you and they aren’t […]

“Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes. For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when
you do what is good and are not frightened by anything alarming.”

1 Peter 3:3-6

The Importance of Reliability

Thirteen year old Susan came home from school very upset. Her Mom, Emily, lovingly embraced her and said, “Sweetheart, what’s wrong?” Susan said, “She did it again Mom. I waited for Amy after school so we could ride our bikes home together, and she didn’t show up. I waited for 20 minutes Mom! I finally left without her, […]

How to Help Your Child Fit In

Fall is now upon us and even though the weather here in Southern California certainly belies this fact, millions of children are now back in school. Some children struggle as adjusting to a new teacher and social scene can be uncomfortable. I’ve always loved the honesty and transparency of children. “Moooom! I don’t like this new […]