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Should Teens Own Smartphones?

October 31, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Tony Reinke at Desiring God asks a challenging question to get us to consider the value and cautions of young people using and owning a smartphone. He writes... When Silicon Valley’s 20-something techno-prodigies were awing the world with new, shiny, unveilings of iPods and then iPhones and then iPads, many of the inventors did... Keep Reading

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October 2017 Haiti Update

October 25, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

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6 Habits Every Aspiring Missionary Needs Today

October 17, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Via SPTS, we hear from Elliot Clark, who lived in Central Asia for six years where he served as a cross-cultural church planter along with his wife and three children. He writes... I will never forget the time as a teenager when I first told my parents that I felt called to missions. Their response was both encouraging and measured. They e... Keep Reading

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Does God Want Me to Suffer?

August 24, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Desiring God has provided us a with an excellent message excerpt by John Piper What makes a person a theologian is not a college education, and not a seminary education, and sure not a doctorate. What makes a person a theologian is seeing things in the Bible and getting on their knees and thinking until they see harmony and unity comi... Keep Reading

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Is Your Job a Living Sacrifice?

August 22, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Desiring God provides us with a message excerpt from John Piper. The aim of Romans 12:1–2 is that all of bodily life — everything you do with your bodies — all of life be worship. See that? “Present your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” ... Keep Reading

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10 Things You Should Know about Dating

August 17, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway has provided this great article from Marshall Segal, who serves as the executive assistant to John Piper and is a popular contributor to DesiringGod.org 1. Live on mission . . . and then find a spouse. Instead of making marriage your mission, make it God’s global cause and the advance of the gospel where you are, ... Keep Reading

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Re-putting Our Hope in God's Steadfast Love

August 15, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Ps. 147:10-11 Heavenly Father, once again we come before you as repeat offenders--as those who suffer from doxological dementia, grace amnesia... Keep Reading

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How Can I Teach My Kids to Help at Home?

August 10, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway and author Courtney Reissig give us Gospel-drenched thoughts on child-rearing.   Work Doesn't Exist in Isolation We want to raise our children to see themselves as contributors to society, and whether they work inside the home or work outside the home, we want them to see that work is not about pay, it's about contribut... Keep Reading

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Where You Go I Will Go

August 8, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Gospel-Centered Discipleship and Chelsea Vaughn provide us with an excellent article about thinking Biblically about transition.  I boarded the airplane feeling like such an adult. I was all alone and heading to a new city for an awesome job interview. My arms and legs were electrified with excitement. I had complete assurance ... Keep Reading

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Ten Misconceptions About Practicing Hospitality

August 3, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Tara Sing provides us with ten misconceptions about practicing hospitality Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Pet 4:9)Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Rom 12:13) One of the marks of a Christian is practising hospitality. Whenever it’s mentioned in the Ne... Keep Reading

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10 Ways to Put Yourself Second

August 1, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Very helpful and practical article from AllPro Dad! One of my favorite movies is It’s A Wonderful Life. The main character George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, has dreams of leaving his small town and conquering the world. His desires for wealth and adventure, however, are consistently sacrificed in order to help people in nee... Keep Reading

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5 Common Evangelism Excuses

July 27, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway has provided this article that was adapted from The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever. Why Don't We Evangelize? A. T. Robertson was a famous Bible teacher and a beloved seminary lecturer. He was also known as a tough professor. At the time, students would stand in class and recite from memory long pa... Keep Reading

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Why Am I So Emotional Over Basketball?

July 25, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Dan Doriani and the Gospel Coalition gives us a helpful article about how we love and think about sports. Jason knew staff meeting typically began with a moment of recognition for jobs well done, but today he squirmed as his colleagues heaped praise on Michael. They were friendly rivals, so there was no reason to be upset. Last... Keep Reading

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No More Hiding behind the Past

July 20, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway provided an encouraging article from pastor and radio host Tony Evans. He gives men the advice and inspiration they need to battle on through difficult circumstances and be the men God made them to be. What’s under the Surface? Some time ago, I was in my backyard and noticed a piece of wood lying beside the air-conditioning ... Keep Reading

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Do You Need Help Reading Your Bible?

July 18, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Desiring God and Pastor C.J. Mahaney have a helpful article about the importance of Bible Reading and some insightful questions to consider as you do! I’m old enough to remember when door-to-door salesmen were not uncommon. While it was never a job that appealed to me, I did admire the perseverance of someone who made it his... Keep Reading

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14 “NEW” Things To Do At Church This Weekend

July 13, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Pastor Chuck Lawless gives us some clear instructions for THIS weekend!  Want to do some new things at church this weekend? See if any of these suggestions would be a “new” thing in your life: Invite somebody to go with you. Skip breakfast before church, and instead fast and pray. Get to church before the ser... Keep Reading

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2017 VBS -- Galactic Starveyors!!

May 12, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Join us on an exciting adventure this summer! From June 12th through the 16th, we'll be gathering together each day to discover the God of the Universe! Don't miss it!  On day one, we'll start at the beginning and learn how God created us to love Him. Throughout the week, we will journey to see God's authority, our sin, a Savior b... Keep Reading

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Guest Speaker: Katie Gerdt!!

April 21, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

BBC's Mom2Mom Ministry had the joy and priviledge to hear from Katie this past Wednesday, and on Wednesday night Katie shared about the Beauty of Scripture. Listen to her second talk HERE!    ... Keep Reading

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Easter Sunday Breakfast at Bethel!

April 11, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

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A Letter to My Sons About Pornography

February 24, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Desiring God recently published this incredibly helpful article. Read it below or at the Desiring God site HERE. Article by Liz Wann My Dear Sons, The eye beholds much good and evil in this life. Beholding leads to becoming. What we continually put before our eyes and minds will shape and determine who we are. Images either tell the truth... Keep Reading

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The Illusion of the Perfect Pastor's Wife

February 14, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

The Sojourn Network provided an excellnt article by Nikki Daniel On January 7, 2006, I dove into the trenches of ministry doe-eyed and unsure of myself. Although I began attending church services when I was about twelve years old, I had never seen the behind-the-scenes of ministry. So, when the Lord brought a handsome pastor into my life, I... Keep Reading

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An Open Letter to an Angry Husband

January 27, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

BY Douglas Wilson NB: This letter is fictional with regard to the particulars, but with regard to the nature of the sins described, it is unfortunately not at all fictional. Consider it a composite portrait, with no particular man in mind. At the same time, if any individual husband recognizes himself in the portrait and humbles himself, I ... Keep Reading

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Which comes first: apologetics or evangelism?

January 24, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

This might seem a strange question, because it is often not only hard to answer but seemingly unimportant. In a gospel conversation with a friend over coffee, apologetic-style questions and gospel proclamation are often all mixed together. Who can predict or determine which comes first, and why would it matter? However, the principle of whe... Keep Reading

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When God's Timing Is Not Our Own

January 20, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

The God of the Unlikely Time Often our schedule and God's seem out of sync. He acts earlier than we had expected, or later than we had hoped, or when it seems most awkward and inconvenient. The result is that sometimes we are impatient with God or choose to act impetuously, while on other occasions we are lazy and inactive. I suspect that'... Keep Reading

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4 Ways to Care for the Hurting Starting This Sunday

January 13, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

In conjunction with the publication of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting, my publisher Crossway took a survey of 15,000 people with regards to their care for the hurting. It was incredible to see that over 25% of those surveyed are currently caring for the physical, spiritual, and/or emotional needs of friends or family for the ... Keep Reading

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9 Myths of Discipleship

January 10, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Zach Lee challenges the myths that we have created or imagined or been overwhelmed by about why we don't disciple. Read the article HERE or below.  We’re called to be disciples and make disciples, but this call often feels overwhelming. However, discipleship doesn’t have to feel this way. Our tendency is to overcomplicate... Keep Reading

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How to Face the Death of Someone You Love

January 6, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway published this article adapted from the short-form tract "Facing the Death of Someone You Love" by Elisabeth Elliot. Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was a popular speaker and the author of many books, including Through Gates of Splendor, Let Me Be a Woman, Passion and Purity, and Shadow of the Almighty. Her first husband, Jim... Keep Reading

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The Guilt-free Bible Reading Program

January 4, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Here's another Bible Reading option for you to consider utilizing throughout 2017!  The Guilt-free Bible Reading Program empowers the reader to pursue delight over duty. Its creator, Pastor Dustin Battles, is on to something! This removes the guilt factor from spending time with God in his Word. After all, delight will get us so much f... Keep Reading

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Foster Children Need the Church

January 3, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

A MUST watch video for God's people! Be informed and encouraged HERE! ... Keep Reading

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WHY read the Bible?

December 29, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

You all know that I have some internal compunction to know WHY I need or have to do something. I would encourage you to watch this video and hear WHY we ought to be people of the Holy Scriptures!  Run to the Scriptures because they tell of us God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy and all that they have accomplished for us!!... Keep Reading

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Resolved: To Read the Bible

December 29, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

An excellent article that encourages us to make a decision and how to execute that decision in 2017! http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/resolved-to-read-the-bible... Keep Reading

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Bible Reading Plans for 2017!

December 29, 2016 | by: Tom Hopewell | 0 Comments

Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan. For our convenience, Ligonier has compiled a list of Bible reading plans for us to choose from! Check them out HERE!... Keep Reading

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BBC Trunk or Treat Photos!

October 27, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

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One Question to Unlock Your Evangelism

October 5, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Your neighbor asks what you did over the weekend. You think to yourself, Should I mention church? If I do, am I ready to share the gospel? If I am, how do I get there? You know you should say something to your barber, or to the barista at your favorite coffee shop — something about Jesus, something about the gospel — but you f... Keep Reading

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The #1 Parenting Passage

September 28, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

If I were to ask you what the best, most practical, most helpful parenting passage in all the Bible was, what would you answer? Most biblically literate Christian parents would run to Ephesians 6:1–4: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promi... Keep Reading

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Recommended Resources for Growth!

September 14, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Here is a list of sites where you can find good sources of Christian reading.     http://www.challies.com (Mostly info about books, good articles.)     http://www.ccel.us     http://www.christianbook.com/page/ebooks/free-ebooks     https://www.bookbub.com (great for books of any gen... Keep Reading

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Five Reasons Churches Struggle with Outreach

September 14, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

by Tim Zulker How is your church doing with outreach? If it’s like most churches, it’s struggling—struggling to communicate, struggling to make connections and worse of all, struggling to enthuse its congregation in the task of taking the gospel to the nations. I’d like to suggest five perennial reasons why churches... Keep Reading

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Loving God with or without Children

September 7, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

This is a post from Crossway by Christopher Ash, author of Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be. Marriage and Children If you are married, either you do or you don’t have children. And that’s a big deal. A very big deal. Some wit has said that, in the media, marriage is all about sex and hardly at all about ... Keep Reading

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Women's Autumn Gathering

September 6, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

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10 Things You Should Know about Union with Christ

August 31, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

This is a post from Crossway by Marcus Johnson, author of One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. 1. The Bible contains an astonishing number of terms, expressions and images that bear witness to the reality of our being made one with Christ Jesus. In the Newer Testament we find literally hundreds of references to the believ... Keep Reading

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Back To School

August 24, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again. College students are settling into their dorms, high schoolers are finishing up their summer reading, moms and dads are making lunches and stuffing backpacks, and stores are marketing their newest "back to school" items. I have long since graduated school and so have my children, but every August and September,... Keep Reading

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Real Men Love Strong Women

May 24, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Real Men Love Strong WomenArticle by Paul Maxwell I’ve heard it too many times: “A man likes a quiet woman.” “Guys don’t respond well to smart girls.” “Educated women are too intimidating to attract good men.” I understand why we believe these things. It’s a nice story. It makes sen... Keep Reading

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What is the church?

May 20, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

"The church is not a club, an organization, or a non-profit entity. The church is not just about a Sunday morning worship service. The church is a gathered people who exist by God's grace to display the glory of Jesus and testify to his goodness as he is about his work of bringing all God's prodigals home." TPW, Gloria Furman... Keep Reading

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May I Help You Discern Your Calling?

May 18, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

An excellent article by John Piper based on Matthew 28:18–20 Is God calling you to cross-cultural missions for the sake of the global glory of Jesus Christ? Jesus promised to be with us to the end of the age in our mission to make disciples of all ethnic groups (Matthew 28:20). So the duration of the mission is as long as the dura... Keep Reading

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5 Questions To Ask of a Book Before You Read It

May 10, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Tim Challies has written an excellent article for our consideration entitled, 5 Questions To Ask of a Book Before You Read It.  Here's a synopsis:  They are far and away the most common questions I receive (beyond, perhaps, how to pronounce my name—it rhymes with “valleys”): Can you tell me anything about this a... Keep Reading

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4 Ways to Worship

April 22, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

You like to talk politics? You have opinions about everybody? You are the local megaphone for all that is wrong in the politics, nay even in the world? Pump the brakes and consider how God has actually called you to live your life. Kevin Halloran has served us well with his thoughts in the following article: 4 Ways to Worship—Not... Keep Reading

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Your Single Most Important Habit

March 30, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

An excellent article from Pastor David Mathis! Read it below or online HERE.  The final frontier of biological research is still the enigmatic human brain. And at the cutting edge of recent study has been this phenomenon we call “habits.” One important finding has been what researchers and popularizers call “keystone ... Keep Reading

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Knit Tightly

March 28, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

"Church members should knit their lives to tightly that if you try to pull one out of the body, another dozen come with him, pulling him back." ~Bobby Jamieson... Keep Reading

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A Conversation, Not A Recitation

March 28, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

A conversation, not a recitation by Stephen Liggins  Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific Fain do I contemplate thy nature specific Loftily poised in the ether so spacious Strongly resembling a gem carbonaceous This is an elaborate version of the poem Twinkle, twinkle, little star that my father once taught me. I put some... Keep Reading

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Everything that isn't gospel is law.

March 16, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

“Everything that isn't gospel is law. Let us say it again: Everything that isn't gospel is law. Every way we try to make our kids good that isn't rooted in the good news of the life, death, ressurection, and assension of Jesus Christ is damnable, crushing, despair-breeding, Pharisee-producing law. We won't get the results we want from ... Keep Reading

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3 Reasons Women Need Good Theology

March 10, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Alyssa Poblete is a wife, mother, and writer. She has served us with an excellent article HERE or in it's entirety below: “Just be careful. You don’t want women becoming spiritual leaders in the home or, even worse, wanting to become pastors.” This was the response from a pastor friend of mine when he heard about a theolo... Keep Reading

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The Gospel Coalition had a timely article for us to consider...below is an abbreviated version, but you can read the entire articlce HERE. As I walked into the middle school auditorium for a recent school event, another mom asked how I was doing. I told her our family was grateful to be able to breathe again after finally finishing soccer s... Keep Reading

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God Can Save Your Children

March 2, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

“Believe that God is strong enough to save your children, no matter how you fail.”? Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus... Keep Reading

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What style of music is best?

February 22, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Massive battles have been fought over this issue. Churches have split. Pastors have been fired. Countless Christians have taken up arms against each other in order to defend their answer to this question. Yet at the end of the day, the style of music a church sings is relatively unimportant. What matters most is what we sing, not how. That... Keep Reading

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Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church

February 19, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Pastor Erik Raymond wrote an encouraging article over at The Gospel Coalition website entitled, Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church. Check it out HERE or keep on reading...  In the grand scheme of things, how important is your church? "Let’s think together about church, and in particular the church where you are a membe... Keep Reading

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Thom Rainer has written an excellent article about how we could more effectively interact with guests that visit Bethel each week!  Here's a summary, but be sure to check out the entire article HERE. He recommends seven things we should say to guests. “Thank you for being here.”“Let me help you with that.”&ldq... Keep Reading

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Bethel Connections Movie Night!

January 8, 2016 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

With great jobs, a beautiful daughter and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her n... Keep Reading

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