1. Prioritize your physical presence in the home and with family. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning ... The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." - John 1:1-2, 14. Just as God provided a connection with Him through the physical presence of His Son, a father provides a connection to the Father by being present and accounted for in family.
2. Be engaged emotionally with your wife and kids. ...read on
A young man announced to his dad that he and his girlfriend were going to move in together. He knew his dad’s position on marriage and sexual purity, it was a line in the sand. The dad refused to embrace this sinful lifestyle but he had a decision to make – allow his son’s choice to be a wedge in their relationship and cut off communication; or convey disagreement with the choice and continue to love unconditionally. He chose to ... read on
Being angry at the right person about the right thing at the right time in the right way and having the right effect is not an easy thing to do. Jesus did it well in the temple but I have yet to be able to do it well in my anger. Recently I was blessed to attend a Christ Transformation Prayer (CTP) session conducted by Pastor Seumean Kuon of TOUCH Family Church. In the session, Seumean addressed anger as the devil’s central scheme to keep man in sin and under the influence of his lies.
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26-27. Being angry is not necessarily sinful. read on...
Are you free? We are a nation founded on certain freedoms called the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our United States Constitution. The first amendment addresses the freedom of religion and of speech. These are tied together because we typically speak as we believe. Today, societal pressure on politically correct speech is inhibiting this basic freedom and in doing so, it also inhibits the freedom of religion – reference the push back of recent statements by Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Society is embracing a secular religion that espouses freedom until it butts up against a Christian worldview.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." read on...
It helps to be able to text, even if you don’t use your thumbs. Being on Facebook is important if your kids are – it is okay to mandate being ‘friended’. Technological connectivity is important but don’t forget physical presence, emotional engagement and spiritual leadership.
Captain America takes up his shield often as his primary weapon, a concave disk 2.5 feet in diameter, weighing 12 pounds. It is reportedly made of a unique Vibranium-metal alloy that has never been duplicated. It is virtually indestructible and is as much an offensive weapon as a defensive one.
The shield of faith is virtually indestructible as well. It is made up of a unique alloy that incorporates ...read on
With the CrossFit regimens, marathons, triathlons, Iron Man competitions and even the Tough Mudder, physical fitness is seeing new levels of popularity. The right shoes, the passion to compete and a disciplined training program are keys to being physically fit and ready for battle.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. … and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace. – Ephesians 6:11&15
Brad Stine is a Christian comedian with a routine called, “Put a helmet on!” In it he belittles the generation that has grown up never riding a bicycle without a helmet on. His sarcasm includes the amazement around how the older generation has survived – ones that never wore bicycle helmets, did not wear seat belts and even drank water out of a garden hose! It is a hilarious routine but it took on a different perspective when I talked with a buddy that survived a nasty bicycle accident in which his helmet had saved his life.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. … Take on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, – Ephesians 10:11&17
The helmet of salvation has saved my life. It is the knowledge and belief ...read on
James P. Moore, Jr. provides a stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of our nation and its rich history of prayer in his book, “One Nation Under God”. In an engaging read, he takes us from the devoutly religious Christopher Columbus to George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, all the way through the 2004 presidential election. He documents why Benjamin Franklin moved to open each session of the Continental Congress in prayer and how General Patton called on his chief Third Army chaplain, Brigadier General James O’Neill for a special prayer to implore God for good weather and final victory during World War II. Mr. Moore shows that without prayer, the political, cultural, social, and even economic and military history of the United States would be vastly different from what it is today.
As a warm up for the National Day of Prayer, May 1st, I encourage you to be a prayer warrior for this one nation under God every day leading up to NDP and every day following. Here is an example ...read on
Pray early and often for your children, individually by name. I guarantee the reason I am here sharing these insights with you is that my mother prayed for me every day from when I was in her arms to when she went into the Lord’s arms September 6, 2010. If you know my story, you are familiar with the power of prayer in my life. If you don’t, I welcome the opportunity to meet you for a cup of coffee or speak to your group sometime.
For now, hear Paul, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer guide: Praise and thanks be to You Lord for my child …
Lord, I ask that You protect and guide my child … read on