Stepping Stones

Searching for Solid Footing in a Stormy World.

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The Gift of Grandparenting

If I'd have known grandkids were so much fun I would have had them first. Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your kids when they were teenagers. Those are fun quotes. But the truth is, I love being a grandparent. Not everyone receives the blessing of being...

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Helping Two Become One

1 + 1 = 1 It’s bad math, but it’s good marriage. "... a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one..." (Ephesians 5:31). When God brings two people into a marriage covenant, the two become one. This doesn’t mean...

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Workaholic or Lazy Bum?

Have you ever been really busy doing something at home, maybe like cleaning the house, and your spouse and children are sitting on the floor playing games while you are slaving away? Or have you ever been spending quality time with the kids and aroused the wrath of an...

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Three Priorities of a Pastor

Guest Post from Linzy Slayden... Some people instinctively know what their priorities are. The classified section of the Quay County Sun newspaper in June of 1978 contained this ad: “Farmer with 160 irrigated acres wants marriage-minded woman with tractor. When...

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Four Lessons from the First Murder

Sibling Rivalry Gone Bad!!! I don’t care how you handle it, if you had brothers or sisters, you had times when you wish you were an only child. I have two brothers and a sister and I love them very much, but I think we get along now because we don’t live in the same...

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Avoiding and Overcoming Discouragement and Depression

Guest Post from Jim Baize... Christian ministry has been my life for the last 50+ years. Full time Christian ministry should not be considered a profession– it is a calling. No one should enter the ministry just because they think it might be a good job! A pastor...

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In Appreciation of Mothers

One day a young daughter came up to her Mother saying, "Mom, there are five things I'm going to be when I grow up." "Oh? What are they?" "I'm going to be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, an archeologist, and an actress." "Wow, that's quite a list. But what about being...

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STAY – 5 Advantages of Pastor Longevity

Guest Post from Jerry Burton... I was driving into my new town for the first time to assume the pastorate of my first church, and the question went through my mind, “Wonder how long I will be here?” I preached my first sermon as pastor on December 15, 1979. My final...

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Is Church For Christians?

Churches face challenges like never before. Most statistics show a decline in church attendance. Other statistics reveal that churches are closing faster than new churches are starting. If things don't change, the church will disappear. It has always been a truth that...

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