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A Knotty Marriage -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
Objects needed: A six-inch piece of thread and two twenty-four inch pieces of rope with slip-loops o
Making a House Into a Home -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
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A House Or A Home? -- Joshua 24:14-15 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
A family moved to a new city where the father's company had transferred him.
When a Member of the Family Dies -- John 11:17-36 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried four days before.
Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage -- Genesis 2:18-24 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to live alone.
One Plus One Equals One -- Matthew 19:1-9 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
When Jesus finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the territory of Judea on the o
Discipline Hurts But Helps -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
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The Household Leader -- Leviticus 6:1-9 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
Perhaps you have heard this old story, but I feel it bears repeating on this Father's Day.
Gifts Bring Responsibilities -- Psalm 127:3-5 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.
All Are Needed -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
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What Children Owe Their Parents -- Matthew 15:1-9 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the Law came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked him, "Why is it t

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Mother's Day Gifts -- Proverbs 31:10-31 -- R. E. Lybran -- 1985
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
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Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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