Are you like me when someone wishes you “Happy Holidays”? I always respond with a “Merry Christmas!” I think I do it in a loving way. When a friend asked me why I needed to put such emphasis on that issue I found myself being a little argumentative in suggesting the need to keep CHRIST in the Christmas season. I don’t know where that tone came from but my friend said something that woke me up. He said, “If we did a better job of keeping CHRIST in Christian, Christmas would take care of itself.”
That was the second time in as many days I had been busted with a pious attitude. The other was ...read on
A father-figure in my life served part-time as a deputy sheriff for the county. In that capacity, he would provide added security in the local retail stores leading up to Christmas. One time while on duty, a mom trying to deal with her son’s tantrum over a game, pointed to him and said, “Son, if you do not stop I will have the officer take you to jail!” He took a knee and told the boy, “Young man, you need to obey your mother. You also need to know that a police officer is here as a helper and protector if you are ever in trouble.” The mother realized that in her emotional outburst she had planted a seed not only for fear of an officer but potentially of disrespect for law enforcement.
There is a lot of emotion percolating around law enforcement recently ...read on
This time of year always carries a special significance for Faithful Fathering. We praise the Lord for the opportunities granted through your involvement in, and support of our efforts over this past fiscal year toencourage and equip dads to befaithful fathers. Dads that prioritize physical presence, are engaged emotionally and lead spiritually by example are the solution to many of the societal woes we face today.
THANK YOU for your commitment to Faithful Fathering. You are a blessing as we press forward on the journey the Lord has us on. This past year ...read on
Best wishes to your family for a blessed and restful Thanksgiving.
The Word on Thanksgiving – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7. Paul admonishes men to live with a thanksgiving state of mind. With thanksgiving, the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. That means the noise and distractions of the world that work to keep us anxious even during this season will not be granted any power over us.
Tips to maintain a Thanksgiving State of Mind: read on ...
One of the most frustrating statistics on the fathering front is that less than one in ten families attending church weekly have any spiritual discussion in the home between Sundays. This lack of intentionality gives the world more influence than we realize and the result rests square on the shoulders of dads!
When my kids were learning to drive, I was very intentional in helping them to understand the rules of the road. I took them out to the country and downtown Houston in all kinds of weather to teach them how to handle a vehicle under various road conditions. And I equipped them to stay alert because other drivers will disregard the rules of the road and do the unexpected – there is no shortage of such educational opportunities while driving around Houston. We talked often about leaving enough room to have a way out of a bad situation. The intentional effort paid off in that both kids are good drivers.
In light of Veteran’s Day, this is a shout out to all those who have served in the military in defense of our great country, this one nation under God. Thank you!
I learned the hard way to honor our veterans. Growing up in a violent alcoholic home, I just knew I did not want anything to do with Dad nor have anything in common with him. After having our last run in, I left home at a young age. My eldest sister and her husband opened their home to me and I moved on with life. I had two prayers and one goal as a young man – I prayed I would be blessed with a happy and healthy marriage and family, and that I would keep my family well above the poverty line I had grown up below; My goal was to go as far as I could in the opposite direction of my dad.
All was going well with that plan. I had not effectively talked with Dad for 15 years - read on ...
“I’m a Believer” was a smash hit for The Monkees in 1966. A key line in the popular tune was, “I believe in love.” Of course the song was about feelings of love for a girl. A question beckons - Am I a believer of feelings or of something more substantial?
Brittany Maynard tugged on our feelings this past week. The 29 year old, diagnosed with a lethal brain tumor, took her life Saturday, November 1st with a fatal dose of medication. Such a dose can be obtained legally by terminally ill patients courtesy of Oregon’s right-to-die law. This case was widely publicized through an organization called Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocate. Chief program officer, Mickey MacIntyre told CBS News he considers it “the next civil and human right.”
If anyone had a “right” to determine when and how they were going to die, would it not have been Jesus the Christ? ...read on
What bold stance have you taken recently? I have been impressed by the growing number of dads that are dropping cable and satellite service, and in general cutting back significantly on time spent in front of the television, on the internet time and on cell phones in favor of more family time. These dads are taking a bold stand against social media and worldly influence in the home.
Recently, it was encouraging to see over 30 pastors across the Houston area, a senator and the Liberty Institute stand beside five local pastors whose sermons and other church communication had been subpoenaed by the mayor’s office. read on ...
Peyton Manning is known as one of the National Football League’s greatest quarterbacks blasting past Brett Favre’s record 508 career touchdown passes this week. Behind the performance on the field he is known as a man with a tremendous work ethic and discipline, watching hours of video to know the next week’s opponent and running offensive drills that will help prepare his team. He is known as an athlete that pushes himself physically and mentally even through the valley of multiple neck surgeries just a few years ago. These are great qualities to be passed on to the next generation.
What are you known for? During several overnight campouts on church grounds this month, we distributed interview cards to the dads and kids participating to see how well they knew each other. Questions included: read on...
I confess that I do not like to run. I have never had a desire to run a marathon nor compete in a triathlon or Iron Man. My son challenged me to join him and a group of buddies to do a Tough Mudder this fall. I told him I was happy being a walkin’ fadder.
I think walking is one of the most underrated exercises. Research has shown that walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help: reduce risk of coronary heart disease; improve blood pressure & blood sugar levels; maintain body weight; reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes; and reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer. There are emotional and relational benefits as well. My bride and I have been walking just about every night since our kids were in middle school. For the last 15 years we have used a 2 to 3 mile trek to discuss family issues, process challenges our kids were going through and even prepare ourselves for the empty nest phase of life. read on...