Author Archives: familyencouragement

About familyencouragement

Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Married for 39 years with seven children and eight grandchildren.

Relating to Your Parents at Mid-life

Years ago I taught a small group of married couples that were in the mid-life stage.   It was one of the most fruitful seasons of my ministry.   I brought a series of lessons that dealt with issues unique to that … Continue reading

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Gaining Wisdom through a Mentor

When I was in college I began to read and study about what made for a strong family.   I wanted to reach my potential as a husband and as a father.   While I had an incredible example in my … Continue reading

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Gaining Wisdom through Prayer

Recently we celebrated the 80th birthday of my Mom.  It was a wonderful and fun evening as we honored her.  In the days before it I found myself reviewing the years of my youth.  I had specific memories of my … Continue reading

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Gaining Wisdom through a Time Alone with God

Being a mother is exhausting.  It involves almost twenty years of constant giving with very little in return.   And that is just for one child.  The fatigue is multiplied with more children.  If there is not a plan to replenish … Continue reading

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Building Your Children

When I was in the eighth grade my mother asked me to sit down.   I could tell she wanted to have a serious conversation and I thought I was in trouble.   However, she wanted to pass on to me an … Continue reading

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Building Your Husband

After Paula and I were engaged one of our frequent conversations was the kind of home we wanted to have.    We both were believers and that meant God’s Word was the guide to our roles and responsibilities.    Both of us … Continue reading

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The Key Ingredient in Building a Strong Home

Several years ago we put new locks on the doors of our church and we issued keys to those that needed them.   A few days later when I came to work I put the key in the door it wouldn’t … Continue reading

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