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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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  • 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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  • Family Matters – What Does Quality Family Time Look Like with Teens?

    Hey Camp Family! What does quality family time look like with teens? Colby shows us the biblical truth pointing to the importance of this and how we can make it happen. Scripture Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some...

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  • Family Matters – What are the Benefits of Parents Sharing Their Own Mistakes??

    Hey There Camp Families! What is the benefit of parents sharing with their kids how they blew it while growing up? Mark Kaufmann clearly explains how this can help in parenting. Listen in. Scripture Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor; but with the humble there is wisdom. Video Reflect What type of people do...

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  • Family Matters – How can Loneliness be Helped?

    Hi Camp Families! We all experience loneliness at some point in life. D encourages us with truth on how we can handle that in a positive way and help our kids do the same. Scripture Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (ESV) Video Reflect   Let’s be strong...

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  • Family Matters – What Can Quality Family Time look like with Elementary Age Kids?

    Hi Camp Families! Have you heard this expression about parenting: “The days are long, but the years are short”? Boy, is this true!!! Let’s make the most of them both! Scripture Eph. 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time… Video Reflect Are...

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  • How to Be the “New Kid” Well

    Hey Camp Families, Each of us will be the “new person” at some point in life.  Debbi is a seasoned mom of four who has helped her kids adjust to being the “new kid” through several Air Force moves across the country as well as internationally.  You’ll be glad you listen in! Scripture Deuteronomy 31:8....

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  • Dating: Hobby vs Purposeful

    Dating...fun or challenging? Now or later? Why or why not? Group or one on one? Him, really? Her, really? All these questions can come to mind as we aim to guide our kids in dating. Mark gives us solid, practical truth to hold fast to as we navigate this stormy sea with our kids! Another great re-run!

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  • How to Teach Your Kids to Pursue Christ on Their Own

    Some things in life are better caught than taught. A relationship with Christ might very well be one of those things. Read what Sean tells us about kids pursuing Christ on their own, another great article from our archives.

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  • How Can We Please God in Our Schedules?

    Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Ever try it? We might all be guilty of texting during a conversation. Kara wisely refocuses our attention on how to spend our time on what really matters. (This is a repeated article. Still great, timely truth! We are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)

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