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Ten Tips on Handling Our Children’s Anger

In How to Really Love Your Teenager, Ross Campbell says that “one of the most important areas in which a teenager needs training is in how to handle anger. . . . Anger is normal and occurs in every human being. The problem is not the anger itself but in managing it. This is where […]

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Abortion: Choice or Murder?

Do you think everyone has a God-given right to have life? First we better understand what we mean by the word life. Good ol’ Webster’s Dictionary has much to say about this little word. Here is just the first part of its definition: “That property of plants and animals which makes it possible for them […]

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Abortion: Choice or Murder? (II)

Remember last time we talked about life—when it begins and what it means? We also talked about man’s definition of life from the dictionary and God’s definition of life from the Bible. Did you look up the Bible passage at the end of the previous article? Hope so. It was Psalm 139:13: “For You (God) created […]

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Revenge of the Children

We have heard predictable explanations for the tragic killings of four children and a teacher by children in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Some say it’s violence on television and in films. While today’s graphic “entertainment” violence is far worse than the cowboys, vaporizing aliens and monsters I grew up watching, that alone seems an incomplete excuse. Others […]

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Please Fence Me In!

It was ten years ago. I was in the midst of finishing out the year as a long term sub at the local Christian high school. My daughter, a freshman, was one of my students. Some of the other students had been intrigued by the fact that she was comfortable having her mom as a […]

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“T” is for Treasure

The first soccer practice of the season had just ended. The moms were lined up in an assortment of vans and other family vehicles, eager to see how their sons had fared. “So how did practice go?” my friend Emily asked her nearly thirteen-year-old son. She hoped the tone of her voice expressed the right […]

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Feed My Lambs

This issue marks the beginning of a new column entitled Feed My Lambs, written by Mrs. Laurie Vanden Heuvel. Although the word “lambs” is commonly understood to mean little children, this column is for all ages because all believers are children of God. The focus of this column will be on Christian nurture particularly in […]

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Educating Children vs. Preserving an Institution

One of the most important debates in this Congress is about to begin over the future of our children. Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA) is again offering a bill that would allow parents, or anyone else, to put as many as 2,000 after-tax dollars per year into an education savings account that would draw tax-free interest […]

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As the Twig is Bent (I)

My husband and I live in a luscious fruit belt on the western side of Michigan, bordering Lake Michigan. Among the many acres of mature fruit trees, one will often see a new orchard with row upon row of twigs tied to wooden stakes which are standing straight and tall. These tender shoots are attached […]

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