Category: General Family Ministry

Family Life: Thanksgiving

(This post was written by Chuck Carringer, Pastor of Family Ministries) Like most families this week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s interesting that I enjoy holidays more the older I become. I am not exactly certain why I do, but I do. I love the traditions and experiences surrounding holidays that have become part of […]

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Family Life: Keep Planting

(This post was written by Chuck Carringer, Pastor of Family Ministries) Ecclesiastes 3:2b “A time to plant and a time to harvest. “ As parents, much of our investment in the raising and training of our children will not be fully known for years. We live in a culture of instant gratification. It is natural […]

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Famliy Life: Choosing To Say No

Most families that I know have extremely busy schedules. Often, our busyness works in opposition to family time, intimacy in our marriages, and a more sane lifestyle. I was recently reminded of my own struggles with overcommitment. One morning last week when I was getting ready, my wife, Emily, stated matter-of-factly “You may have to […]

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Family Life: Parenting: Take The Long View

(This post was written by Chuck Carringer, Pastor of Family Ministries) Parenting is more like a marathon than a sprint. Certainly there are events, circumstances, and crisis’ that require immediate action, but more often we are better served to keep our focus on the values which will guide our children’s thinking and behavior. Accordingly, as […]

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Family Life: Start Today – Intentionally Investing In Your Child’s Spiritual Development

(This post was written by Chuck Carringer, Pastor of Family Ministries) I  frequently speak with parents who are discouraged because they did not start intentionally investing in their children’s spiritual development sooner. Many times, their children are now teenagers or even young adults.  They realize that, like most investments, there is a compounding effect. The […]

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Famly Life: Drive Time

(This post was written by Chuck Carringer, Pastor of Family Ministries) A lot of us have some memories of very unpleasant trips in the car with our kids. Perhaps it was on a long drive to vacation or to a relative’s house that went badly. Depending on the age and number of kids in the […]

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