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Weekly encouragement for your family.

Family Matters is a weekly devotional written by the T Bar M Camps & Retreats staff. Follow our posts for encouragement on important matters for your family! Our blogs are sent to your email inbox every Monday morning!

 

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  • How to Help our Kids Know the “Why’s” of Faith

    Hey Camp Family! Janna Kelsey, Camp Store Manager, shares the importance of equipping our kids with the ability to explain why they believe what they believe. Scripture 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for...

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  • What is the Importance of Enjoying Nature?

    Hey Camp Family! Madi Tipton, Base Camp Women’s Director, reminds us of so many benefits of enjoying God’s creation out in nature. Scripture Romans 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived,...

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  • How Can Parents Help Kids when it Comes to Pornography?

    Hey Camp Family! Welcome back. This week on Family Matters, we’re going to talk about how you as parents can help equip your sons and daughters to handle pornography. Scripture John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Video Reflect Have the courage to approach the topic of...

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  • Why is it Important for Parents to Pray WITH Kids?

    Hey Camp Family! Modeling how to connect with God through prayer is one of the absolute greatest gifts parents can give kids. Scripture Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Video Reflect Model talking with God this shows He is approachable! Pray early, pray often, pray consistently. Be worthy...

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  • What is the Value of Kids Experiencing a Healthy Marriage Between Their Parents?

    Hey Camp Family! Does a healthy marriage have much of an impact on kids?  You bet!  Chief reminds us of the value of a healthy marriage. Scripture Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Video Reflect What is a key takeaway from today’s verse?...

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  • What Does Healthy Conflict Resolution Look Like?

    Hey Camp Family! Mark reminds us of a few helpful, biblical principles about conflict resolution. Scripture Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Video Reflect Do you approach conflict...

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  • How Can We Remind Kids of Their True Worth?

    Hey Camp Family! Where is our worth really found? Where do we look for our worth instead? Scripture Psalm 119:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Video Reflect What part of your weekly routine reminds you of...

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  • How can we Help Kids be Prepared for Emergencies?

    Hey Camp Family! We will all face unexpected situations throughout life.  Lauren reminds us of the importance of equipping our kids to be prepared for these. Scripture Isaiah 41:9-10 “…You are my servant,     I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you;     be not dismayed, for...

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  • What to do when the world goes bonkers

    Hey Camp Family! With social media and a far more connected world, our kids hear about national events, broader human-interest stories – protests and catastrophes.  Dudley walks us through how to help your kids when the world goes bonkers. Scripture James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow...

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  • What Good is Community?

    Hey Camp Family! Community is needed in all seasons of life.  Also, we do well to let others know our prayer requests and needs so they can pray for us and encourage us. Madi winsomely reminds us of this truth. Let’s listen in. Scripture James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray...

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