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Interesting articles from Christian teachers and leaders. Designed to help you as you follow Jesus here in Vanuatu

How Positive Words Can Change Your Life

Your words can tear someone down – or you can chose to speak positive words and change their life forever. In this Focus on the Family podcast (video and audio options above), Sharon Jaynes shares her embarrassing story that all started with an accidental voicemail. She was annoyed with her husband so Sharon phoned home and left a scathing message on their home phone. But then she thought better of it a deleted the message before her husband could hear it—but didn’t realise the message had gotten scrambled with their voicemail greeting. For days, anyone who called their home heard Sharon’s angry chastisement of her husband. Mortified and convicted, Sharon was inspired to start re-thinking her approach to words. In this Focus on the Family broadcast, Sharon shares wisdom for aligning your...

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray

Author: Melinda McCredie Prayer is something that God has been challenging me about a lot lately. It seems that every where I turn, people are talking about or teaching about prayer. Even the new series we have just started at church is called, you guessed it, Prayer! I’m the first to admit that I have found prayer difficult at times. Sometimes I wonder why we pray at all if God already knows everything we need. Yet we read so many times in the Bible that we are commanded to come before God in prayer with thanksgiving, petitioning Him for our needs. There have been times where I have received a definitive answer to my prayers. Tangible proof that God does indeed hear me. But there are also those times where it seems like I’ve been forgotten, and God doesn’t really hear me at all, or...

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Am I Not Pretty Enough? When Your Child Has Body Image Insecurities

By: Dr Justin Coulson Body image issues are common in children. Here are three things you can do starting today to help ANY child who is experiencing concerns about their appearance. Hi Dr Justin, I wanted to ask your advice about my 2.5 year old daughter. Recently she said to me that she is not pretty. I was really taken aback from it and found it quite upsetting and concerning. Obviously I reinforced that she was pretty, she is very much a “girly girl” everything pink and dresses etc (with six girls of your own I’m sure you know what I mean) but observing her further she says she is not pretty if she is not wearing a dress for example. I tried explaining that you don’t need to be wearing a dress or pretty shoes to be “pretty” but she still keeps saying it. I’m worried she has body...

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Learning to “Seek First” in Business

Learning to “Seek First” in Business

Wes Leake has always been interested in how to manage money from a Biblical perspective. In 2000 he helped establish a ministry called Compass in Australia. But then God asked him to work with people in business. “Don’t be stupid God,” he said. These days, he says “Kingdom business” is “the flavour of the month”. But when he founded Business Blessings, that certainly wasn’t the case. Running the “Business by the Book” seminars for Crown was some of the toughest work he’d ever done. “Back then,” he said, “talking about doing business God’s way was very rare. And we had a lot of opposition to that.” Vision Christian Radio's Matt Prater attended one of the seminars, when he was working as sales manager for another radio station. One of the seminar’s messages was about the need for integrity...

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How to Pray Like Jesus!

Prayer – it’s an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father…and no one modelled it better than Jesus on the night before His crucifixion. In this Focus on the Family podcast (video above), Elisa Morgan will explain the elements of that prayer and how we can incorporate them into our own prayer life. Book by guest: When We Pray Like Jesus. Book by guest: When We Pray Like Jesus

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What Your Child Needs to Grow up Well – Part 2

There’s no formula for perfect parenting but there are more effective ways to raise children! In the second of this two part Focus on the Family podcast (video below), Danny Huerta shares some keys to being a great parent, showing adaptability in your parenting, modelling respect for your kids, and being more intentional about the growth and direction of your family.

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What Your Child Needs to Grow up Well – Part 1

There’s no formula for perfect parenting but there are more effective ways to raise children! In the first of this two part Focus on the Family podcast, Danny Huerta shares the power of adaptability in your parenting, modelling respect for your kids, and being more intentional about the growth and direction of your family.

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How to Pray like Jesus

How to Pray like Jesus

Prayer – it’s an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father…and no one modelled it better than Jesus on the night before His crucifixion. In this Focus on the Family podcast (video and audio options above), Elisa Morgan will explain the elements of that prayer and how we can incorporate them into our own prayer life. Book by guest: When We Pray Like Jesus. Book by guest: When We Pray Like Jesus

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