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Getting A New You

Ephesians 4 teaches that, for those of us who are in Christ, we are not stuck in our old way of life, wallowing in our brokenness. But coming out of it doesn't happen automatically. We must embrace the process by putting off the old way of life and putting on who we are in Christ. Tim Lundy, lead pa...

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The Smart Stepdad

Statistics show that 16% of all men will be stepdads. How do you know if you're ready? Ron Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended, talks to men about the realities of being a stepdad and encourages men to step out in faith, relying on God's wisdom, if they're ready to take the risk. Deal gives insigh...

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Summer Reading for Families

Turn off the electronics and turn your kids on to summer reading. Authors Barbara Rainey and Tracy Lane help capture the imagination of far-away places as they share their favorite reads and offer practical tips on how to engage young children as well as teens. Discover why reading opens your world...

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Ideas for Celebrating Easter

Barbara Rainey reminds us of Jesus' commandment to remember His death, not just His birth. With that in mind, Rainey believes Christians should make a big deal out of Easter. She gives some easy, fun ideas to keep Christ's death, burial and resurrection at the forefront of their Easter celebrations....

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Unraveling the Messiah Mystery

Lent was originally intended as a kind of Advent for Easter. Barbara Rainey wants families to experience the awe and mystery surrounding Easter. She describes a resource to be used during Lent, that highlights "clues" from the Old Testament that identify the Messiah....

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Loving Singles and Blended Families in Your Church

From the 2016 Summit for Stepfamily Ministry, Lisa Anderson offers five things the church must do when it comes to singles. Lamar and Ronnie Tyler tell why they started their website, which promotes positive images of marriage and family in the black community....

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Gathering Together

Thanksgiving is the day we officially set aside to gather with family and friends to praise God for His blessings. Barbara Rainey shares fresh ideas to help families focus on being fully present with one another as they gather at the Thanksgiving table....

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Co-Parenting Works

Parenting children in a healthy way after a divorce has its challenges. Tammy and Jay Daughtry, along with director of FamilyLife Blended™, Ron Deal, talk about co-parenting children of divorce in a way that leaves them happier and healthier....

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The Complex World of a Blended Family

Jerry and Kate Angelo reflect on the issues that destroyed their first marriages, and the circumstances that brought them to God and to each other to form a blended family of six. Also joining them is FamilyLife's Blended Family Ministry Director, Ron Deal....

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Sticky Faith for Stepfamilies

About half of young people drift from God and church after they graduate. Is there anything parents can do to prevent this spiritual slide? From the 2015 Blended and Blessed Summit, Youth expert Kara Powell talks about three phrases parents can implement that are especially helpful in building "stic...

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Stepfamilies and Holidays

It's challenging enough trying to blend two families in a remarriage, but blending family traditions surrounding Christmas takes the "blender" to a higher speed. Bob and Vicki Maday and their respective daughters, Katie and Jonell, talk frankly about the uncomfortable and inevitable tension that exi...

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Tips for Smart Stepmoms

Seeking advice for your blended family? Then you've come to the right place! Stepmothers Laura Petherbridge, Heather Hetchler and Gayla Grace talk about the challenges they've faced blending a family and becoming effective stepmothers. They offer their very best advice for becoming the best stepmom ...

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The Realities of Remarriage

Bill Thompson loved his life. Married to his college sweetheart, Margie, since 1977, they had two children and a healthy, happy marriage. In June of 2007, however, Margie died after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. Evelyn Husband, on the other hand, lost her husband, Rick, the commander of the s...

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The Tough Job of Single Parenting

Jill Rigby gives single parents advice on topics such as fear, bitterness, and how to deal with a former spouse....

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Granny Camp

Hear how grandmother Anne Dierks invented Granny Camp to help build memories with her grandkids ...

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Just Add Family

Kurt and Olivia Bruner (parents of four) tell parents how to whip up fun family devotions with FamilyLife’s Just Add Family resource. Grab a card and go for new ideas to make family times fun, appealing, and fruitful… just add family!...

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Creative Family Nights

How can your family benefit from a weekly family night? Find out by listening to Jim Weidmann, father of four and founder of the Family Night movement, when he explains what inspired him to teach his children biblical truth in a fun, creative way. ...

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Tying the Family Knot

Terri Clark and her husband, Harvey, successfully blended and reared a family of six children. Terri looks back and recalls the special challenges of blending two households....

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Not-So-Stupid Parents

Michael and Hayley DiMarco, bestselling authors of numerous books, including Not-So-Stupid Parents, and founders of "Hungry Planet", talk to Dennis Rainey about the 10 things parents unknowingly do that embarrass their kids....

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Your Stepfamily: Standing Strong

Blending two families in remarriage can be a daunting task. Family therapist Ron Deal talks honestly about the challenges stepfamilies face and gives advice on overcoming some of the most common hurdles of stepfamily life....

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