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1701, 2017

Why Should You Delight In Your Children

January 17th, 2017|

Why Should You Delight In Your Children? (At the Table with Ezra) Ezra (4 yrs. old) woke up at 7:02 a.m. and met me at the kitchen table.  I sat him there so we could be eye to eye.  He’s been asking a lot about what is going to happen when he dies. Ezra:  “Dad, will I get a body when I come out (of the ground)? Me:  Yeah, buddy, but it will be a much better one. Ezra:  Will I get to eat? Me:  Yeah, but the food will be the best you’ve [...]

501, 2017

Why Your Vision Is Priceless

January 5th, 2017|

Why Your Vision Is Priceless “In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.” - Henry David Thoreau I was making great time on the 600 mile trek from Kansas City to my Springfield, Ohio destination. I mean really great time. Just me and the road, and a Starbucks stop. My Grande Americano nearly gone, I noticed a surprisingly familiar landmark. I had vision for Springfield, but this young man was headed full steam the wrong way after my last stop. I turned around and landed about 90 minutes post anticipated [...]

1312, 2016

Psalm 127: A Vital Key To Every Parent’s Happiness

December 13th, 2016|

Psalm 127 A Vital Key to Every Parent's Happiness John and I spent a week in Nashville this summer to write and we read Psalm 127 together. I keep coming back to it and John's encouraged me to share what God's brought to mind, so I share with desire to bring hope, life and joy to your heart. “1Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” A house and a city are HUGE! “Unless the [...]

712, 2016

10 Quick and Simple Steps to Family Bible Reading

December 7th, 2016|

Though I'd love to have perfect consistency, honestly, we miss a night here and there. I like to think of forward progress more than perfection. That's Sarah and my attitude towards Bible reading too. Moses exhorts in Deuteronomy 6:7, "You shall teach [these words] diligently to your children." There are myriads of ways to do this but we have to do something. I posted a blog on ten tips for reading the Bible together and want to unpack a few of the steps. This will delve more into each step. I think you'll find [...]

2211, 2016

How Russell Made Time For Family Worship: Why “Just Do It” Doesn’t Work

November 22nd, 2016|

Have you ever met someone with firm life goals for their time invested in media? When is the last time you heard your friend say, “I’m really going after an hour a day on Facebook this week.”? Or “I feel really convicted for not making the TV more of a priority.”? Goal setting is mysterious. In 0.56 seconds, Google registered about 12,900,000 results. Even from my limited study of leadership, I’ve landed that having goals will impact the way we live life. Business Today published that the 40 minutes a day is the average American’s [...]

611, 2016

How To Read The Bible With Your Family

November 6th, 2016|

Really, How Hard Can It Be? If you’re reading this, chances are you have a high value for the bible and, you’re married, possibly with children. And, if you are like me, you may find that having a value for something and living that value out don’t always coincide. Read on, dear reader, and together, I think we can help one another establish reading the Bible as families. For me, it was partly the conviction of not doing it coupled with the thought that bringing my children up in the fear and admonition of the [...]

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