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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse

Respect “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17   Peter challenges his readers to bestow honor freely.  This challenge is written in a larger context in 1 Peter 2 of dealing with authority.  The early church was commanded to show their devotion to God by respecting and honoring even […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse

Peace “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3   Isaiah writes of a day where Judah will be in perfect peace, kept in that sphere of peace by God.  Yet he also places a condition of sorts on that peace, stating that a […]

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25
Oct
2013
Steve Rose, Grace Based Parenting, Grace, Raising Kids, Kids Say the Funniest Things, Family Matters

  A few weeks ago, both of my daughters were on electronic hiatus as a condition of punishment for some recent offenses. No iPod, Kindle, t.v., etc…realizing that we were going to have a free Sunday afternoon (we don’t get many of those as a pastor and family) I decided to lift the ban via […]

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22
May
2013

Protect Your Child’s Heart

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Protect Your Child's Heart, Steve Rose, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, cancer, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  As a parent, one of the things we should strive for is to protect our children’s hearts.  For me as a pastor, I am continually asking God to move my children forward in their faith, and to make it personal for them and not merely an extension of being a “preacher’s kid”.   There […]

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25
Apr
2013
Steve Rose, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Breeding

Shabazz Muhammad is a freshman basketball player at UCLA.  The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about his path to college, and prospectively to the NBA, and how it was all neatly arranged and planned by his father, Ron Holmes.  How was this planned?  The details are to say the least, icky…   According […]

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Lord of the Rings vs. Foster Care & Adoption, Family Matters Blog, Steve Rose

I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings books and movies.  The movies do take on different meanings and scenes then the books do sometimes, but they are both enjoyable.  There is a scene in the 2nd LOTR movie, The Two Towers, that speaks volumes to me about foster care and adoption. […]

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08
Mar
2013
Foster Care is NOT Easy, Do it Anyway, Family Matters Blog, Steve Rose

My family jumped into the foster care arena in the spring of 2012.  After finishing classes, we waited until August to officially go on the list, and got placed almost immediately with a 4 day old boy.  We still have him, and have also fostered a newborn girl for a week, as well as another […]

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31DOP_Day26

DAY 26 :SERVICE  ”Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4 {ESV} When my oldest daughter Katie was 5, I took her with our church group to […]

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31DOP_Day16

DAY 16 : FORGIVENESS “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ” – Ephesians 4:32  {ESV} Forgiveness.  The very concept of forgiveness is the core of the faith.  God forgave us through Christ, not by our merit or works, but by His love.  When it comes to family and […]

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31DOP_Day10

DAY 10 : PREPARATION “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 {ESV} This verse is often used as a “promise” or guarantee verse among well-intentioned people.  Many parents over the years have dealt with the guilt of a wayward child […]

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