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4 Ways To Help Asian Families Feel Safe

We are a Chinese American family witnessing a 150% spike in anti-Asian violence. As a father to three kids under the age of 9, the hardest question I've had to answer recently is, "Daddy, are we safe?"
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Why You Might be Wrong About Families Like M...

The truth is, no people group is immune from challenges. And no one group is the standard for virtuous lives, marriages, or families.
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Learning to Love All People

The truth is, God has one big, beautiful diverse family—by design and for His glory. And as believers we share a common identity in Him.
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Anxiety About the Election: 3 Things to Reme...

As my son and I talked through his anxiety about the election, I realized his fears ran much deeper than mere policy preferences.
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A House Divided: Navigating Political Polari...

Does political polarization—that ever-increasing gap between political convictions—fill your family conversations with relational razor blades?
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What Does the Bible Say About Racism?

So what does the Bible say about racism? A lot (from Genesis all the way to Revelation). The question is, will we listen?
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Racial Discrimination Ends in Your Living Ro...

When it comes to talks about racial discrimination, mercy and grace are needed on all sides. But the most effective change happens face-to-face.
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An Open Letter to My Christian Friends RE: R...

I'm encouraged by the support and solidarity I have witnessed from my Christian friends. Thank you for your expressions of heartbreak. But don't stop there.
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We Stand With and for Every Home

Silence does not communicate FamilyLife’s long-standing vision of “every home a godly home.” We’re all learning how to engage in a way that communicates trust, community, and Christ’s love to all families, all homes.
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Black mother comforting her son

George Floyd: Before I Talk to My Kids About...

I weep in response to the hashtags I see. George Floyd’s life mattered. But how do we talk to our kids about another black man's death ... again?
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Should We Talk to our Kids About Ahmaud Arbe...

Ahmaud Arbery's death isn't just about politics. It's a chance to teach our kids to think and act with Christian minds in areas we’d rather avoid.
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Anxiety About the Consequences of Quarantine: How to Deal

How to Deal with Anxiety and Consequences of...

We need some clear, concrete directions about how to operate in the era of a global pandemic and deal with anxiety about the consequences of quarantine.
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Grieving the Quarantine Life

As I sit at the beginning of another week, grieving the quarantine, it’s clear: we don’t like feeling out of control. This new normal comes with loss.
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family meal

8 Ways to Embrace the New Norm of Family Din...

With more COVID-19 closures, families are gathering at home and around the table again. If it’s been awhile, here's insight on making family dinners work.
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5 Ways to Offer Help After a Natural Disaste...

Families and communities go through a long process to put pieces back together after a natural disaster. We can play a vital part of the recovery effort.
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killing the children

It’s About More Than Killing the Child...

When he recommended abortion, I finally understood. That choice is for when the fear is suffocating. Sometimes scared moms want an easier way.
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The Other Great Royal Exit (Besides Harry and Meghan)

The Other Great Royal Exit (Besides Harry an...

Leaving heaven and coming to earth was part of God’s plan for Jesus—and all of humanity—all along.
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Go Home

Why “Go Home” is a Bigger Offense Th...

John MacArthur told Beth Moore to “Go home." Male and female opinions on both sides erupted. But there’s a bigger offense at play that no one is outing.
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Enneagram 8

How Being an Enneagram 8 Does and Doesn̵...

I am the dreaded Enneagram 8—the challenger. Self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. But I also stand for what is right in an unmoving way.
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José Altuve

5 Reasons We Love José Altuve’s Big Game...

It’s easy for Astros fans to love José Altuve's series clenching 2 run walk-off sending Houston to the World Series. But we all cheer his poise and class.
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Casual Sex: What’s in it for Her?

Casual sex boasts the benefits of being a modern woman: freedom, confidence, independence. But how is hooking up good for girls if 83% prefer commitment?
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enneagram 3

Why Your Enneagram 3 Theology Will Fail You

An Enneagram 3 to the core, I know I can change the world. Feeding hungry children, slashing divorce rates, and housing homeless: bring it on!
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How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable i...

Disagreement usually sparks hatred. But when did disagreeing equate hating?  We, as a whole, have forgotten how to respectfully disagree.
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response to tragedy

10 ‘Somethings’ I Can Do in Resp...

In the wake of tragic events, it’s tempting to feel hopeless or point fingers at others. Here are some practical ways I can respond now.
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Ed Sheeran’s Beautiful Perspective

Whether or not Ed Sheeran recognizes it, his lyrics communicate the truth that the things of this world will never satisfy.
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The Best a Man Can Get: Warring over Masculi...

The ad is surfacing yet again, as Gillette attempts to explain billion-dollar losses this quarter. The public wonders if we need more or less masculinity.
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Showing Our Kids How to Love in a Culture Fi...

"Close-minded. Unaccepting. Judgmental." Many in our society label Christians as the most hateful people of all in a world fighting for love to win.
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wedding cake destroyed

What Miley Cyrus Teaches Us About Marriage

A catchy new song by Miley reveals a view on love that may not last a lifetime.
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I Kissed Dating Goodbye

Joshua Harris’s Heartbreaking Downfall

A millennial’s perspective on Joshua Harris's “falling away” from the Christian faith: "I am among the generation that was shaped, both good and bad."
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Does single equal happy?

Single Women Are Happiest and Healthiest?

Women who have never married or had children are the happiest and healthiest, I heard. I'm an unmarried woman with no children. Does single equal happy?
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Josh Harris and the Erosion of His Faith

Even the mighty fall. To some, Josh Harris was mighty. He had great influence on their spiritual formation. I hope and pray they know that the Almighty still stands.
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kids' sports pressure

8 Ways to Destroy Your Kid Through Sports

We just want our kids to win at sports! But often in the process, we ruin their fun and train them to despise our approach to life and worldview.  
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kids and sports

5 Things Coco’s Parents Teach Us About...

Besides her obvious talent on the tennis court, Coco demonstrated what it looks like when parents teach that there’s more going on than just the game.
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part time marriage

Why Gwyneth Paltrow’s Part-Time Marriage O...

Eight months into their marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk live in separate houses much of the time. Friends say it's ideal. But what's up?
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Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue Fashionably Frames Sex as Suitabl...

As the dad of a 13-year-old girl, when Teen Vogue moves from popping pimples to pushing pimps, I need to raise my hand and say, "I’m not for this.”
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a birthday wish

The Petty Prayer I Was Embarrassed to Pray

Tickets to JoJo Siwa's sold out D.R.E.A.M. tour is all my eleven-year-old daughter wanted for her birthday. I was determined to find a way to take her.
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When Everything Is Family Nothing Is

What happens when society redefines family?  Our teenagers are sorting through the wounds of a generation’s idea that family is whatever you want it to be.
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women and respect

Should Boys and Girls Play on the Same Team?

High school wrestler Brendan Johnston explained, “I’m not really comfortable wrestling a girl." Is this a sign of his narrow-mindedness and ego? Or respect?
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self worth

Ayesha Curry Said it For Women Everywhere

Does anybody notice me? Am I pretty enough? Good enough? Ayesha Curry's open interview voiced concerns that most women aren't brave enough to express.
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second marriages

Why would Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez...

This will be J. Lo's fourth and A-Rod's second marriage. What makes them think that this one will be the one that sticks? (We hope it does.)
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Preachers in Sneakers

Does it really matter if preachers wear hip clothes or live expensive lifestyles?
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Why Tiger Woods Wins For Us All

Why Tiger Woods Wins For Us All

Tiger Woods’ emotional grip on his son culminated a journey back from the sports-dead. We see a man experience professional victory and personal redemption.
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Political election

I’m Not Panicking About the Election—And...

Political leaders might have their own agendas, but those cannot thwart God’s.
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An Open Letter to #Whyididntreport

I saw a hashtag on Twitter this week about why people who have been sexually abused might choose not to report it.
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Father and son

The Real Cost of Keeping Up With the Kardash...

NBA star Blake Griffin may be able to afford a huge child support payment, but kids need more than that.
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Families and faith

Ten Urgent Steps for for Keeping Your Family...

Ten ways for families to stay spiritually strong in today’s culture.
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What Do the Politics of Jesus Look Like?

In a divisive political season, here are thoughts on what it means to "render to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
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An Unlikely Hero in a Time of War

The same faith that led Alvin York to be a pacifist also led him to become the most decorated soldier in World War I and a post-war philanthropist.
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Protect children

9 Ways to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

Here are some practical things you can do to guard your children.
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Breaking the Silence on Sexual Harassment

Something has shifted in our culture the last few months as hidden sexual sins—especially in the workplace—are brought into the light. Why has this happened so suddenly?
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#MeToo Movement

Fifty Shades in the Age of #MeToo

In the wake of the current outcry against sexual mistreatment of women, what reception will the film Fifty Shades Freed receive?
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Sexual abuse

Sexual Abuse and the Nature of Evil

My counseling experience leads me to conclude that evil is very much at work in the world, in our mind, and in our body.
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Responding biblically to racism

Responding Biblically to Racism

Events in Charlottesville remind us that ultimately the solution to racism comes when hearts are transformed.
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The Las Vegas Shootings: Asking the ‘Why?...

Three truths to remember when incomprehensible tragedies occur.
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Biblical teaching

The Scandal of Biblical Ignorance

It's up to this generation of Christians to reverse course, and it starts at home.
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Thoughts and Prayers

What’s So Bad About Offering ‘Thoughts a...

Cynics are ‘prayer shaming’ Christians after shootings or disasters. But are there times when we use that phrase as little more than a platitude?
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When Your Child Is Sexually Abused

Looking for signs that something is amiss … and helping your child heal.
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Families in America

Family Values and the Way We Never Were

The "crisis in the American family" isn't downstream from Woodstock or the Pill, but downstream from the wreckage of Eden.
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Prayer Is the Foundation of Our Nation’...

To return our nation to its feet, we must first return to our knees.
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Is It True That Jesus Never Addressed Same-S...

That Jesus was committed to heterosexual marriage could not be more evident. He was just as committed to the permanence and fidelity of marriage.
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Surprising Response to our Broadcast

Response to a special edition of FamilyLife Today on the topic of the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding same-sex marriage.
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God's purpose for marriage

Why We Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

A clear understanding of God's purposes for marriage helps us understand what's at stake if our culture redefines what He originally created.
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God, Holy Spirit

Is My Eating Sinful? 12 Words to Help You De...

A guide to help you make your eating habits more pleasing to God.
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Dealing with past sexual abuse

Dealing With Past Sexual Abuse

Bringing up the memories is the first step in fighting the battle.
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The Power of the Selfless Unemployed

At a recent speaking engagement, I received a lesson far more profound than the one I was giving.
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Stop physical abuse

Responding to Physical Abuse

Abusive behavior was never and can never be a part of God's plan for a marriage or a family.
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Coming to terms with my past

Casualties of the Sexual Revolution

Many adults today need to come to grips with their sexual past.
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Godly legacy

10 Ideas: Its Easy Being Green

Care for the environment takes our commitment to a godly legacy to a new level of responsibility and conscientiousness.
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marriage getaway

Will Our Children Say We Believed in Marriag...

Observations from my 100th Weekend to Remember marriage getaway.
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Families in America

America’s Number One Problem

Our nation suffers from a sickness in its soul.
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