Robert & Kay Camenisch encouraging and equipping relationships

Were You There?

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” I was blessed when a group of children sang this at our church on Saturday. They were mostly children that we bus in on Wednesday nights. For the most part, their parents are unchurched and many of the children are unfamiliar with Jesus, much less the story…

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What Brings You Joy?

What do you enjoy in life? What are the top three things that bring you joy? (If you haven’t chosen three things, please do so before reading on. It will help if you’ve considered your answers.) Do you make those things a priority in your life? Last week, I expressed the opinion that Jesus’ primary goal…

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How to Stay Hopeful When Things Seem Helpless

Do you know someone who is on the path to destruction? Someone making the wrong choices in life and unwilling to listen to counsel—or unable to overcome addiction so they can make reasoned choices. It’s heartbreaking to watch them self-destruct. If you’re close to the situation, you feel helpless as you watch and can do…

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Basic Training

I’m grateful my children are reared, on their own, and doing well. I miss them and wish they weren’t so scattered so I could still share daily life with them. However, I’m grateful they’re thriving adults because parenting isn’t easy. Today, life’s temptations are more alluring and more deadly today than they were just a…

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Are You Listening?

Listening? I’m tired of listening. I’m tempted to block some people because their pressure for me to conform to their way of thinking wears me out. Protests, shouting, and strong language make me want to close my ears and turn my back. Even people with compatible viewpoints try my patience when they push hard and feel manipulative,…

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Everyone Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s—to all who feel a little left out on Valentine’s Day as well as all who have a sweetheart to share your heart with. It’s good for couples to be reminded to be sweet, kind, and loving to each other. After all, in most marriages, the honeymoon wears off entirely too quickly, such that niceties…

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