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Using an Anger Journal to Grow in Godliness

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One reason that young people give for walking away from their faith is hypocrisy in the home. What they mean is not that we sin. We all sin including them. What they mean is that we sin and we don’t seem to do anything about it. One particular prevalent parenting sin is anger. Anger in the home often continues because we feel it is justified in the moment. In addition, only our family sees us get upset. It is a secret sin. But in our hearts we know this is not the way Jesus would have us act. I should…

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Family Principles Poster

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I recently found this tucked away. These principles guided us for years and still do. I think it is original with me. But when I read something as good as this I think I must have stolen it from someone and forgotten to reference. If that is true, please let me know. Enjoy! Family Principles 1. We love, honor and obey Jesus Christ in all that we do: By growing in His Word By worshipping Him with our whole heart By inviting him to be on the throne of our heart during the day By growing in our character  2. We…

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Advice to Guys Who Want to Date My Daughters

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(From a Man Who Has Been There) This article originally appeared here in 2014. It is even more true today. This is an open letter to young men out there. All types of young men: my twenty-one-year-old son, young men in my church, and more particularly—young men who would like to date my daughters. With one daughter having graduated from college and another in college, I have observed your dateless world. With a cultural war on manhood, you have lost markers that give you confidence. Allow a former young man to give you some guidance. You are growing up in…

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Not the Critic That Counts – Teddy Roosevelt on Courage

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It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcomings, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and…

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The Donut Date Journal 2: Family History Edition

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I had just released The Disciple-Making Parent’s Donut Date Journal and it was doing quite well. I was excited about happy parents who were loving this time with their children. Then within one day of each other, I had similar requests. Two different young people each asked their parents: ‘Where is my journal to ask you questions?” These parents contacted me and essentially said the same thing, “We love The Donut Date Journal. But could you please make one for children to ask questions of their parents?” “Of course!” I thought to myself. “Why didn’t I think of that before?…

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Prophecies Prove Jesus is the Messiah

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A natural question for every child growing up in a Christian home (and even adult unbelievers) is, “How do I know that the Bible is the Word of God?” “How do I know that Jesus is the real ‘religion’?” Often times there is nagging doubt that, “If I would just take time to read the holy books of the other religions I would find them to be similar to the Bible.” “If I really want to be open-minded about this I should read about the other religions.” But the answer to that is quite simple. “Save yourself a lot of…

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A Biblical Prayer – Greater Love and Greater Discernment

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And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Phil 1:9 How shall we pray for our children and ourselves? Paul tells the Philippian church that he is praying for them that their love will increase. Sin is naturally selfish, focusing our attention on self and making us the center of our universe. The…

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A Keynote Speech: The Disciple-Making Parent

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I have the privilege of presenting the material of The Disciple-Making Parent in all sorts of settings. I have a five hour weekend workshop I can do. I present a practical how to workshop. But I also present the material in a keynote style. You can listen to that talk below. Overview Introduction and the Framework  – 1:22 God Intends The Great Commission to be the North Star – 10:30 You are God’s Most Effective Shepherd – 15:42 A Common Myth We Believe – 21:00 How to Disciple: Five Things to Focus On  – 25:10 [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left…

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7 Principles for Becoming a Contented Parent

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I recently had the privilege of hearing Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment, speak on that very subject. He is an excellent, low-key, metaphor-filled speaker. As he was addressing us, I found myself applying his words to my life at home. Maybe they can help you too. Here are some personal reflections on thinking about contentment and discontentment in my home. 1. My home is ground zero where I see my discontented heart. Whether grumbling to myself about my spouse, my children, my finances, my home or a myriad of other things, it is easy to be discontented about my…

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Principles of Discipline From Hebrews 12

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As a parent and pastor, I love seeing when someone I teach lights up with understanding. This past Saturday, I taught my Parenting with Confidence seminar and that “light bulb moment” happened when we talked about discipline. Specifically, we talked about the reason we discipline. As a parent it can be difficult to impose pain on one we love. But our chastisement is rooted in the nature of God. We learn to deal with our children by looking at how the perfect Father loves his. In The Disciple-Making Parent, I talk about why we discipline from a discipleship point of…

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