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28
Aug
2014
Family Matters, Teenagers, teens, Parenting

{archived from 2011} Can you imagine your child being expelled from school at age 10? How about your daughter having her first mug shot taken at age 11? What about your son standing before a judge on cyber bullying charges at age 12? This is the reality of kids from real-town America who posted something […]

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03
Dec
2012
resourceofthemonth - 50 ways

This year is the 30th anniversary of Family Matters. That’s right folks! We’ve been at this thing for three decades now! We have met so many wonderful people, partnered with some great ministries like Focus on the Family and Family Life, and God has used our efforts to touch the lives of countless families with the […]

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25
Mar
2011

Integrity

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The repair man gave me unwelcomed news.  He had found cracks in the heat exchanger of my furnace.  Those of you who live where furnaces are rarely used might not realize what a major problem this is.  In Minnesota, we cannot live without a furnace for almost seven months of the year!  If your heat […]

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03
Dec
2010

Easy to get, Tough to Give

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Grace is easy to receive. I’m a junkie. I was pulled over by a policeman for expired tags. I cried a river. I wasn’t trying to manipulate. I was seriously afraid of going to jail, since I couldn’t find my insurance card and didn’t have my purse with me. It was a very bad, no […]

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Facebook forces users to make choices the entire time they’re logged into the site. Will you update your status or not? Should you comment on a FB Friend’s posted picture or not? Do you want to accept a Friend Request or not? Unfortunately, without too much thought, some choices can have a devastating impact to […]

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06
Oct
2010

As I sat at the parent weekend for my daughter’s University, it finally started to sink in.  I couldn’t believe how fast her journey with us had gone.  As Kenny Chesney’s song Don’t Blink conveys, time slips away quicker than we could ever imagine.  Launching her into college arrived a year early since my daughter […]

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11
Aug
2010

Blended families are an opportunity for God to do something great; to show grace, love, commitment, all while stretching and broadening everyone. It’s the combining of two different families with unique hurts, trials and different family systems. Everyone adjusts, everyone commits and everyone can benefit. When I started my Blended Family journey four years ago […]

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05
Aug
2010

Grace and the Law

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I answered the telephone and heard, “This is the police calling.  A car registered at your address has been involved in a hit-and-run.”  My heart and breathing stopped.   Our son had recently passed his driver test and he had the car. It turns out that a stop sign was the victim.  It was not reported […]

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28
Jul
2010

Hope for the Single Mom

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Family Matters Blog would like to introduce our first guest blogger Jessica Neill.  Jessica is a longtime friend of the ministry, and has so much wisdom to offer moms and women, especially women who find themselves as single moms, or who are navigating the uncharted waters of a blended family.  We hope that you will […]

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