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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

In his study, Raising Kingdom Kids, Pastor Tony Evans starts with an example of how on a trip to Disney World they lost their youngest son. The boy had gotten distracted by a particular attraction, by all the bright colors and entertainment. Likewise, the parents had gotten distracted by the crowd and other happenings. They turned around and their young son was nowhere to be found. Steps were retraced, security was alerted ...read on

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

It was an unusual morning. Dad was going into work a bit later than normal and was eating breakfast as the kids were heading out the door to school. He took exception to what his daughter was wearing and said, “Young lady, you are not going to school looking like that!” She burst into tears. Her brother stepped in and said, “Her clothes are really pretty modest for today and I only have ten minutes to get us to school!” More words were exchanged and Mom calmly said, “This is not the time.” Dad backed off.

After the kids left, Dad offered the toughest words for man to say, “I am sorry. I was wrong. Will you ...read on

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The world is saying that truth is relative. Dad’s primary role is to keep Truth relative.  

In his book, “Case for Christ” Lee Strobel’s investigation into the facts surrounding Christ provides answers to key questions around the validity of the Bible as he shares information gleaned from scholars. One thing that resonates with me in his research is the popular thought that Jesus was just another prophet that happened to fulfill some prophecies ...read on

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015

What was up with the buzz around that blue and black dress last week? My bride saw it as white and gold! We did not get into an argument or anything but she clearly thought I was nuts. Of course I said, “Yes dear” (Marriage 101). My thought was, “How can there be confusion around this? It is blue and black!” The lively discussion, raging debate in some circles, around “the dress” may reflect on the way we get locked into different points of view in life.

Some research provided the clarity needed. It seems ...read on

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

I received a call this week requesting participation in a survey. The first question was, “What do you think is the number one problem facing Houston today?” I responded, “In Houston and beyond it is the destruction of family, homes where the biological mom and dad are raising their kids.”  

In his book, “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” Jason L. Riley provides compelling historical evidence of how programs put forth in the 1960’s by architects of the Great Society indeed exacerbated issues facing family ...read on

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Did he lie? Or was he just embellishing the truth a bit? Yes! The network has given itself six months by way of suspension without pay to ascertain whether their news anchor can reestablish a level of credibility that is evidently a plus for those reporting the prime time news. Maybe it is no big deal. We’ll see.  

The dad had talked a lot about his high school football days as he coached his son’s teams over the years. He spoke of how hard he had worked to make a very competitive team and, as a wide receiver had caught a number of touchdown passes during a great senior year. Then, one of his football playing buddies called ...read on

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

One was prepared for the moment. One was not. One player was ready to make the play. The other was not. While it was all somewhat lost in the hullaballoo around what call was made at the 1-yard line in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, Michael Butler stepped up and made the play of the game. Michael had studied the tapes so when he saw the offensive alignment, he knew what was coming. Then the defensive back went on the offensive and beat the receiver to his spot - A job well done.

Dad did not like the internet sites his son had been visiting. Another dad had alerted him to the issues so he made the call to implement some controls. Now he needed to make the play. read on ...

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015

“What a call!” was the call made by virtually every sportscaster, sportswriter and armchair quarterback over the last several days, with a tone of derision pointed toward the coach and offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. We in Houston know that Bum Phillips sure would not have made that call! With a game on the line, the difference between victory and defeat can be one gutsy call. When it works, it’s the thrill of victory. When it doesn’t, well we get the last several days.

His son wanted to change schools. The young man was ...read on

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

As he was listening to his son, the dad was reflecting on the stacks of magazines that were readily accessible in his home growing up. He had suffered an addiction to pornography that lasted into his 30’s and he was determined not to expose his son to the same temptations. But today, boys are not facing the same temptations. The explicit nature of what is readily accessible via social media has introduced a whole new level of fantasy relationship. That realization hit as his teenage son said, “I have been viewing pornography online for two years.”

Did you know that the average age for kids to see their first pornographic image online is 11 years old? Also, 45% of 12 year olds and 82% of 13 year olds use social media; Seventy percent of teens hide their online activity from parents. read on ...

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

As he shared his story with a group of dads there were tears running down his face. His daughter had turned sixteen and the transition from being his “little girl” to becoming a beautiful young lady was hard on him. The clothes, boys and the dating were new dimensions to what had been a very simple dad-daughter relationship. There were some arguments and he decided Mom was much better at relating to the situation so he pulled back a bit. When his daughter began dating a 19 year old young man, his gut said this was not right. He voiced his objection but the arguments flared again. He was told, “This is a fine young man from a Christian family. It is a good relationship.” Dad pulled back again. Within a couple of months his daughter ...read on

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