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A God-Honoring "Girls' Night"
Edifying Ways to Spend Time with Friends

by Leslie Ludy

Chick flick.Gossip.Eat.Guy-talk.Repeat.For most of my teen years, this was the precise formula my friends and I followed every time we got together for a “girls’ night.” I attended many sleepovers and girl get-togethers that consisted of nothing but junk food, binge-watching movies, analyzing available guys, and gossiping about the latest romantic sagas unfolding around us.There


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Where Two or More are Gathered
Four Qualities of a Christ-centered Small Group

by Leslie Ludy

The cozy living room was filled with the sound of cheerful conversation as people began to congregate in the quaint home.  I found a seat near the piano and observed the eclectic mix of believers who had come together for this weekly time of worship, Scripture reading, fellowship, and prayer.


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The Power of the Tongue
Using Our Words for Good and Not Harm

by Leslie Ludy

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.Proverbs 18:21aThe church sanctuary glowed with candlelight as Eric and I stood hand-in-hand, surrounded by the most important people in our lives.  Our much-awaited wedding day had finally arrived, and each moment seemed to sparkle with significant meaning.  One of the most powerful aspects of the ceremony was when our parents and spiritual


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Christ Built or Counterfeit?
How to Determine a Man’s True Character

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

I clearly remember the night, at around twelve years old, when I first witnessed a scene that broke my heart over the churched youth in America. I was invited to visit a friend’s youth group. As I quietly sat towards the back of the church I noticed a young man walking into the youth group. He quickly spotted a young lady he found to be attractive and began...


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What a Godly Man Finds Beautiful

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

An Introduction from Leslie Ludy:A number of years ago, our Christian publishing company arranged for Eric and me to be guests on a “Christian” radio show to promote one of our books on purity. But as soon as I got on the phone, I knew something wasn’t right.


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How to Be a Christ-Centered Friend
Biblical Keys to Truly Healthy Companionship

by Leslie Ludy

As I watched Eric’s red Toyota Camry pull out of my parents’ driveway, my heart soared with spiritual inspiration.  It was the third time that Eric had driven me home from the music studio where we were both taking lessons.


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Treating Him as a Christian
Displaying Christ-like Love to Your Spouse

by Heather Cofer

Before my husband and I got married, a lot of people offered us practical advice. Some of it was excellent, and some was … not so excellent.


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The Comparison Game
The Pitfalls of Playing Me vs. Her

by Jasmin Howell

I couldn’t focus. My thoughts were zoned in on how much prettier she was than me. So much taller, more put together, her hair more perfect, her clothes more elegant, her manner reserved and poised. I momentarily took an inventory of myself. Bouncy, out-of-control curls, old comfy jeans, layered sweaters, and chunky handmade hemp jewelry.


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The Return of Honorable Manhood
How Women Can Inspire Men Toward a Higher Standard

by Leslie Ludy

I’ll never forget the moment when I knew — really knew — that Eric Ludy was different from every other guy I’d known. It happened on a warm summer morning in the Rocky Mountains. Our church group had gathered for a two-hour hike through a rambling forest trail. Eric and I fell into step beside each other as branches and leaves crackled under our fee


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Honoring Authority
Regaining the Lost Art of Godly Respect

by Leslie Ludy

The youth room resounded with clamor as twenty rambunctious teens flopped onto garage-sale couches and tattered beanbags.


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Four Ways to Prepare for a Successful Marriage
Or Strengthen the One You Already Have

by Leslie Ludy

Our modern world is overflowing with trendy new ways to help you find a spouse and build a successful, satisfying relationship. But do these methods really work? Do they actually lead to true and lasting love? If you’ve ever asked these question, you are not alone.


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Guarding Against Gossip
Honoring Others with Every Word

by Leslie Ludy

...[The tongue] is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  With it, we bless our God...Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.