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Family Fire: Stoking the Spirit’s flame at home

In recent weeks, Family Fire from ReFrame Media, has taken a close look at what it means to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance in personal relationships. Family Fire is an online community exploring Spirit-led families, dating, marriages, in-laws, sexuality, and parenting, through regular encouragements, articles, and devotions from a distinctly reformed perspective.

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Uprooting the Idols in Our Families. Rob Toomstra. "Robyn" was ready to give up on her marriage of nearly 50 years. Her husband had become overly critical, nitpicking Robyn’s wardrobe, hairstyle, vacation plans, and housekeeping. He craved perfection in everything and when it didn’t happen, he became depressed, critical, and angry.

Help for Overcoming Pornography. Rob Toomstra. One of the more common sexual struggles faced by both men and women, married and unmarried, concerns the use of pornography. Research suggests that about two-thirds of Christian men and as many as one-quarter of Christian women view pornography at least once a month. Here are steps to help your family overcome the grip of pornography.

Journeying Single. Joel Vande Werken. Virtually all of us spend some season of life's journey on our own. We’re no longer really under our parents’ care, and neither are we committed to a husband or a wife in marriage. What does it mean to live this season not for ourselves but as those who belong to God?

How Do I Leave My Parents? Bob Ritzema. Are you an adult who has problems with one or both of your parents? Maybe they're intrusive or critical. You may still feel like a child when you're around them. Wonder how to improve the relationship? Work to give your parents independence.

A Biblical Guide to Dealing with Difficult People. Deb Koster. Paul offers some great advice in Romans 12:9-21 on how to avoid getting sucked into the destructive modes of wallowing in self-pity or acting out in anger. Consider his advice on how live with difficult people.

Watch for updates about Family Fire each month on the Network as a digest of recent Family Fire posts. You can explore at any time. And be sure to join our Facebook community (“Like” Family Fire!).

Family Fire is a publication of ReFrame Media, a ministry of Back to God Ministries International. To learn more about ReFrame Media visit

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