Finding God and the Messiah

In this inspiring 9 minute video a Jewish man tells how he sought God, and in finding Him he also found that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews have long sought.  His quest started when he embarked on an odyssey that took him from Buffalo to southern Oregon to Mexico to San Francisco, and back to Oregon.  Searching all along the way, he truly fulfilled the words of the song, "If with all your heart ye truly seek me, Ye shall ever surely find me."  And he found two life-long and dearest friends a...
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Family Strengths – Time Together

When 1,500 school children in a national study were asked what they thought made a happy family, they didn't list things like money or cars.  Their number-one answer was doing things together. Children want parents to show interest in their activities, do things with them, and talk with them. The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares the importance of wholesome recreation as an important element of successful marriages and families. Two national studies back up this idea by linking...
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Establishing a Healthy Home Through a Healthy Diet

To create a happy home, family members must be both emotionally and physically nourished. As The Family: A Proclamation to the World states, parents have a responsibility to provide for their children’s physical needs. Through small steps, such as encouraging nutrition in the home, families can flourish. Elements of a Healthy Diet A healthy diet is defined as one that “emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; Includes lean meats, poul...
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Increasing Intimacy in Marriage

What Is Marital Intimacy? Intimacy is the closeness of your relationship with your spouse -- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, sexually, and in many other ways. Intimacy is not an end goal but rather a journey that lasts throughout your marriage. Marriage and family researchers Schaefer and Olson describe attaining intimacy as “a process that occurs over time and is never completed or fully accomplished". As you both grow and develop, each of you changes. If you neglect intimacy i...
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I Wanted this Job, But God had Other Plans

  [Note: This is from a Facebook post by the author.] by Tony D. Reading about ____________ Corporation's woes has me reflecting. Just before I graduated from college, I really wanted to work at their headquarters - specifically in its I.T. rotational program. I thought it was a cool company. I liked that they give back 5% to the local community. I wanted to live in their home state, and I thought working downtown would be fun. I made it through several rounds of interviews, bu...
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Couples That Play Together Stay Together

The famous saying "families that play together stay together" could also extend to include "couples that play together stay together."  Joint leisure activity and recreation are the fancy names experts use to describe play.  In other words, they describe adults having a fun time together.  Play is not just for kids.  You are never too old to participate in wholesome, fun, recreational activities, and doing so has benefits. In the past, the majority of researchers looked for a positive rel...
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