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He will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! – Psalm 115:13-14

Family life can be challenging, but God has answers! Learn to make Him part of your family!

Messages

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My Imperfect Family

We all want a perfect family, a perfect spouse and perfect kids, right? Often we feel like the challenges of marriage and parenting bring out the worst, instead of the best, in us. The great news is that God is still there for us, every step of the way. Listen to Pastor Sheryl talk about how you can live out grace in your imperfect family.

Proverbs 22:6

In this message guest speaker Linda Stern teaches on Proverbs 22:6 and what it really means to train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Seeing Others Through The Eyes Of Jesus

Do you view people critically and with judgment? Or do you view them through the lens that Jesus does, with love, mercy, and grace? Bill Scott talks about how we should see and love people through the eyes of Jesus, not our own eyes.

Starts at Home

Jesus modeled servanthood for us and calls us all to serve others, but it needs to start at home first. In the first message of our new series, Servolution, Pastor Sheryl reminds us that in order to start a revolution through serving, the groundwork needs to be laid through serving our family well.

Scripture

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Psalm 34:11

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth”. And you, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4

For You O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 5:12

And these Words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 23:13-14

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Psalm 139:16

Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.

Proverbs 19:18

Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

Books

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The Meaning of Marriage

Timothy Keller

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Boundaries With Kids

Dr Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

What the award-winning Boundaries has done for adult relationships, Boundaries with Kids will do for you and your children. Here is the help you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions. Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. Learn how to set limits and still be a loving parent, bring control to an out-of-control family life, apply the ten laws of boundaries to parenting, define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids … and much more.

Boundaries With Teens

Dr. John Townsend

Teenagers! You love them to pieces … but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart. Relax! Your sanity will survive these rocky teenage years, and so will your teens—provided you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours. Boundaries with Teens shows you how. From best-selling author and counselor Dr. John Townsend, here is the expert insight and guidance you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions and gain a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves.

Boundaries in Marriage

Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Boundaries, show couples how to apply the 10 laws of boundaries that can make a real difference in relationships. They help husbands and wives understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in their marriage—and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy they both long for.

8 Things No Kid Should Leave Home Without

Joe McGee

In this fast-paced world, time with your kids at home is limited and, before you know it, the day will arrive for your kids to move out of the house. Will they be ready for what faces them? Quality time loving and getting to know your kids is paramount, but it is also extremely important to prepare them for living life on their own. Joe McGee, author, life trainer, and former school administrator, gives you eight powerful principles that go beyond vocation, ethnicity, religious background, or upbringing. These principles are simple things you can give your kids to help them achieve a higher standard of living – a godly standard that will bring success and fulfillment.

The Connected Child

Drs. Karyn B. Purvis and David R. Cross

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family – and addressing their special needs – requires care, consideration, and compassion.

Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you:

Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child
Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders
Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened

Links

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Services

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Children’s Home and Aid

1501 Interstate Drive, Unit B Champaign, IL 61822
217-530-4040

Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. We help children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them.
We link children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of their neighborhood and community. For 135 years, we go wherever children and families need us, and where that work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. Our offices are located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties.

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