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The Best Father's Day Gift Ever

My friend was just venting to me the other day about Father’s Day: “Why is it that the Mother’s Day sermon is all encouraging and the Father’s Day one is a kick in the pants for men to step up to the plate; my wife got roses at church, but I got a compass to keep me on track. What’s with that?” This year we’re bucking the trend....

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I’m a Married Man Struggling with Porn
I'm a Married Man Struggling with Porn

It's one thing to read all the stats about porn addiction and how many struggle with it but the bottom line is, how do we deal with it? Then there’s that lingering question: am I addicted or just struggling? If you wonder where you are at with porn check out the assessments at: http://www.sexhelp.com/sast.cfm. You might not think that viewing pornography...

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Can Your Financial Plans Keep Up?
Can Your Financial Plans Keep Up?

Major changes — whether personal or professional — can significantly affect your family’s insurance and investment needs. A year-end review of your situation will help ensure that you have adequate coverage and that your investments are meeting your needs. Consider where you stand now in terms of your financial goals and what, if any, adjustments...

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Education – A vital gift
Education – A vital gift

The most valuable things we offer our children cost nothing. But there are many other things we give them that cost money.  The most expensive is often the opportunity for them to attend college or university. Without financial assistance, our children may have to forego post-secondary education or graduate with loads of student debts.  We want...

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Steps to Effective Communication
Steps to Effective Communication

Blah, blah, blah! All too often the words we speak come across as meaningless chatter. Communication, the transmitting of information from one person to another is such a common part of our lives that we engage in it without giving the words we speak much thought. Our communication techniques can devalue those we are closest to. In fact communication...

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Make Your Differences Work For You
Make Your Differences Work For You

The things that draw us together when dating and getting to know each other are often the very things that cause conflicts a few years into marriage.  How do we embrace our differences? How can we love each other through the strengths and weaknesses our differences create? In our twenty plus years of marriage, finances have been always been an...

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Understanding Cutting
Understanding Cutting

My daughter cut herself for the first time when she was 12 years old. Today, 11 years later, she is still struggling to overcome this problem. At the time I knew absolutely nothing about "self-harm" and it scared me to death. I was shocked and bewildered that she would do such a thing. It’s important to understand cutting - what it is, who does...

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First Aid for Bruised Hearts – Talk to a mentor
First Aid for Bruised Hearts - Talk to a mentor

“What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner famously asked. For many of us, love – the joy of it, the lack of it, or the confusion that comes with it – is both what gets us up in the morning and what keeps us up  at night. If you have a question about love, relationships, or marriage you’re not alone.  Love, even when it’s wonderful,...

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