Teens Want Parents Who Ask (16 October 2012)

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Family: Teens Want Parents Who Ask

By Dan Seaborn

teen2The young man’s baggy clothes drooped on his slouching sixteen-year-old frame, and his long hair seemed just a day or two away from becoming matted completely. The appearance was typical for him, but as he stood in my office doorway that day something else seemed uncharacteristically haggard.

My job at that time was working with youth, and this kid (we’ll call him “Mike”) was one of the students I had regular interaction with. You could even say I was mentoring him a bit.

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Writer Ann Byle discusses the differences between writing for Christian or secular publications, in both journalism and fiction writing.



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Local: Author and Victim Offers Help, Healing for Couples Dealing with the Aftermath of Abuse

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By Ann Byle

Authorandvictim4Dawn Scott Jones isn’t hiding anymore. She’s torn down walls, brought secrets to light, built a new life, and healed from the deep wounds caused by childhood sexual abuse. And she’s helping others heal thanks to her first book, “When a Woman You Love Was Abused,” published August 1 by Grand Rapids-based Kregel Publications.

“The book was birthed out of my own childhood sexual abuse and finding there was a massive wall between my first husband and me—in trust issues, intimacy issues, and how we related,” said Jones. “At first I didn’t connect the dots. But seven years into my first marriage, I started to discover the connection between my childhood abuse and my current marriage issues.”


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Local: Finding Life's Meaning In Missions

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By Anna Bradfield
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For thousands of years now, our youth have struggled balancing their zest for carrying out God’s will with their lack of experience as they take on the Grand Vision. I have found a boy in Holland who may have discovered the secret. Zach Caruth was raised in a Christian family with Christian values. He remembers growing up in the church, surrounded by believers and Christian mentors, and he loved it. He remembers being so excited about his Sunday School experience at a new church that his family chose it as their home church.

Yet Zach knew he had to arrive at his own decision for Christ, and he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior shortly after his family’s commitment to the church. When he was in the 9th grade he rededicated his life to the Lord.


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Lifestyles: Cultivating a Grateful Heart

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By Kimberly Gleason

heart6Never did he imagine himself wheelchair bound, paralyzed from the chest down. He was a pastor. He was supposed to be up on stage, strutting his God-stuff (with a godly strut, of course), waving his arms with passion. But not only couldn’t he gesticulate; he couldn’t even hold his precious children close. Or hug his wife.

But his face worked.

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Finance: Live Without Eating Out

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Dear Dave,

When it comes to taking control of your money and living on a budget, what’s the biggest thing a family can live without?

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Final Word:

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"Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.”

C.T. Studd


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