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Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of Sundays getting ready for church in a hotel. When you’re called to be a circuit rider preacher, it simply goes with the territory. This has put me in a position to observe a phenomenon that was picking up momentum in the early 1990’s but has reached critical […]

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Easter, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Celebrate

People often wonder why the Friday before Easter is called “Good” Friday. When you learn the details of what took place that day, they seem anything but good. From the weight of Jesus carrying His cross to Golgotha, to the Crown of Thorns He bore, and the nails driven through His hands and feet, how […]

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Discipline is one of the hardest, but most important jobs that we do as parents. Loving, grace-based discipline is built on a foundation of heart-connected relationships as well as rules and boundaries that develop our kids’ character. Even with solid foundations and positive relationships with our kids, we will still have to correct them when […]

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14
Feb
2019

A Lesson in True Love

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I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day.  I love the hearts and flowers and the pink and red and the sugar and smiles.  I love the perforated cards sold in cardboard boxes that schoolchildren give to their classmates.  I love this day.  It is a sparkly, glittery, girly-girl kind of holiday and deep inside – well, really […]

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19
Dec
2018

Every year, one of my favorite moments of the Christmas season is when I get into my car after leading the Christmas Eve services at my church. After months of planning and work culminating in Christmas Eve, the church clears out and I slip into my car alone. The December air is crisp and cool […]

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Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

There really is so much for which to be thankful. But I also admit, there are times when we’ve had times of exhaustion in care-giving; emotional exhaustion and physical demands that led to being drained in all areas including spiritually. We wish we had sure-fire ways of finding answers that work every time to eliminate […]

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14
Nov
2018
Grace Based Parenting

At Family Matters, we understand the additional challenges that can be faced when fostering and adopting which is why we offer a great resource at no cost to you. We encourage you to take advantage of this free resource, watch it all at once or break it up into a 4 week study. Invite some […]

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07
Nov
2018

Throughout the Bible, God shares His heart for orphans and widows in distress (Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 68:5-6) and calls on His people to share in this passion and bring to each child the love of Jesus (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27, Matthew 25:40). Currently, there are between 400,000 and 600,000 kids in foster care in the United […]

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17
Oct
2018
Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Right out of the gate I think everyone should be comfortable to claim “special needs” when it relates to Halloween! It’s certainly not a “one size fits all” holiday! As our kids were growing up, we really lacked a specific direction we felt we needed to take with Halloween so, we did something different each […]

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26
Sep
2018
marriage, grace based parenting, joey espinosa

Sometimes marriage sounds like a symphony. Every note working together, the dynamics, the ebb and flow of rest and movement, everything working in complete harmony. And sometimes marriages sound like a piano thrown down the stairs of a 30-story building.  Regardless of effort and time, there is no harmony. I have been a musician since […]

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