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31DOP_Day16

DAY 16 : FORGIVENESS “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ” – Ephesians 4:32  {ESV} Forgiveness.  The very concept of forgiveness is the core of the faith.  God forgave us through Christ, not by our merit or works, but by His love.  When it comes to family and […]

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31DOP_Day10

DAY 10 : PREPARATION “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 {ESV} This verse is often used as a “promise” or guarantee verse among well-intentioned people.  Many parents over the years have dealt with the guilt of a wayward child […]

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14
May
2012

All Grace Abounding

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Take a walk through most any bookstore, be it a Christian based store or a secular one, and you will see that parenting books are like opinions – everyone has one.  Some are full of great wisdom, and some are full of practical application, but seldom do the 2 mix in 1 work.  Grace Based […]

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10
Aug
2011
happykids

I was watching a reality show the other day – the ones where the little girls look like 20 year olds for crowns and money.  I don’t normally watch the show as I get disgusted by it, but this one advertised a Christian mother and daughter in it and I usually watch shows like that […]

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01
Jul
2011

The Power of Snuggle

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When my oldest daughter Katie moved from her crib to her toddler bed, I spent the first few nights lying on the floor beside her bed with an arm draped over her to help her get settled in.  She would continually ask for me to “snuggle” her and I was glad to respond as her […]

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20
May
2011

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays I get to stay home with my youngest daughter, Kenzie, while my wife goes to school.  Kenzie is a precious, crafty four year old who has already learned how to work the “system”.  To be honest, she’s probably too smart for me to parent as I think she has already figured […]

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14
Mar
2011

Where do parents find grace?

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If you’re familiar with Family Matters and Dr. Kimmel you are no doubt familiar with his outstanding work, Grace Based Parenting. The idea of parenting with grace directed toward your children is crucial, and many families have benefited greatly from this teaching.  This past week, as I found myself in the midst of a critical […]

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10
Dec
2010

Creating through Speaking

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I have a confession to make; I am a Moleskine junkie.  I know you can buy similar journaling items for half the price at Target, but I just crave the Moleskine!  I am currently using 2 of my journals to embark on a new method of bible study and memorization – I have formulated the […]

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08
Nov
2010

The Goal of Discipline

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Discipline of children is often viewed merely in terms of “punishment” – do something wrong, disobey a rule and you get punished.  As parents we need to be acutely aware of how we discipline and to what end our discipline resolves. Recently we had a situation with our oldest daughter – my wife went in […]

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12
Oct
2010

The Power of Family Time

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As a church planter, time is one of the most precious elements of my life.  Time is consumed by sermon preparation, by dreaming up outreach projects, by lots of monthly paperwork (which I despise by the way).  Add in my volunteer work as a high school golf coach and also as a leader in Young […]

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