Parenting

Bringing Out the Winner

February 28, 2016

Be at the Finish Line I watched a video recently about a young girl who was a successful long-distance runner. As a high school freshman, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a horribly crippling disease. The video shows her grit and determination to not let this disease stop her. In her senior year, she won …

Parenting Points

February 27, 2016

The Way & Means by which God Loves Us: John 3:16-17 John 3:16 is possibly the most well-known verse in the Bible, or at least the most well-known Bible reference. Though we see it waved around at sporting events and posted on signs all over, it is a fair guess that most people don’t know …

Parenting Points

February 17, 2016

4 Tips to Leading Your Child toward Good Decision Making Good decision making is not a skill with which we are born. We can look back at examples from our past when we made very poor decisions that were not properly thought out and the unfortunate consequences that accompanied those decisions. There are two very …

Bringing Out the Winner In Your Child

February 16, 2016

Cultivating Common Sense Recently, a young man from the Boys’ Ranch helped me with a couple of projects in our yard. As we were working in the garage, we passed by a stack of manuals that were sitting on my workbench. He asked, “What are those?” Piled about six inches high were manuals, parts lists …

The Joys & Financial Challenges of Parenthood

December 25, 2015

As our children travel the long and never-dull road from infancy to adulthood, we nurture them, worry about them, scold them, and love them. Most of all, we try to protect them. We want them to grow up in a stable world, one in which they are physically safe, emotionally nurtured, and financially secure. Still, …

Finding Significance in 2016

December 25, 2015

How can I make the most of 2016? This is a question many of us ask ourselves. One place we are given help on this subject is Psalm 90. See the Significance of Each Day. The psalm begins with a reflection on how short life really is. The initial reflection can be summed up as, …

Are You Willing?

November 25, 2015

Proverbs 10:19, “Where there is an excess of words, there is a multitude of sin.” I believe that sometimes we feel like the more words we use when we pray, and the longer the prayer, the more God will listen. This is not true. For me personally, three words prayed to God were the beginning …

Why Christmas Needs Advent

November 25, 2015

Some of the common ways people describe the Christmas season are: Busy, Hectic, Stressful, even Chaotic. We hustle through the season shopping for gifts, looking for deals, going from one Christmas party to the next, not to mention the family dinners and get-togethers. Before we know it, New Year’s Day has come and gone and we …

Praise of The Father

October 25, 2015

A thankful heart can be the antidote to a multitude of sinful behaviors and attitudes. A truly thankful heart offers thanks to God for all of his good gifts. But a thankful heart does not merely thank God for the good things we have, but thanks God for God. Psalm 100 teaches us by example …

Experience God’s Provision: Watch Him Work!

October 25, 2015

There is a phrase I heard a few weeks ago that resonated within my heart: “Provision Follows Obedience.” To be honest, I don’t remember who said it or where the words originated, but the phrase itself has stuck with me. Take a moment, and let those three words sink into your heart and mind. Provision…Follows…Obedience. If …

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