Sexual Purity & The 7th Commandment

The command is short, but the consequences for disobedience to it are devastating to relationships, to marriages, and to the human heart. "You shall not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14) Jesus has unpacked this verse for us, so there is no doubt what all it includes. The extent of this command goes far beyond married men and … Continue reading Sexual Purity & The 7th Commandment

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Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

The fifth commandment says this, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12) Let's look first at the promise God gives with this commandment, because it is a pretty amazing promise. In Deuteronomy 5:16, also referenced by Paul in Ephesians 6:3, the … Continue reading Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

When Kids Bully

It is very embarrassing, humiliating and intimidating to be bullied, scorned or ridiculed by others. Bullies are insecure people who take their insecurities out on others they perceive to be weaker than them. The truth is that you are not weaker than them. No one is weaker than someone who is so insecure that they … Continue reading When Kids Bully

Under Pressure: Biblical Principles for Managing Stress

Separation or divorce.  Chronic disease.  A death in the family. Loss (or change) of job. Argument or fight with a friend or family member.  All of these circumstances, and many more that could be named, create pressures that cause stress in the lives of adults, teenagers and children.  Stress is unavoidable in today's hectic world. … Continue reading Under Pressure: Biblical Principles for Managing Stress

Calling A Truce: How to Negotiate Peace with Your Parents

Conflict seems almost inevitable in the homes of teenagers.  You and your parents struggle for control over issues like music, dating, friends, curfews, chores, and homework.  And if step-parents are involved, or if the issues are more serious, the battles may be even more explosive.  Conflict, however, does not need to lead to all-out war. … Continue reading Calling A Truce: How to Negotiate Peace with Your Parents