Service - A Great Way to Fight Selfishness at Christmas

Service - A Great Way to Fight Selfishness at Christmas

The Christmas season can induce a selfish attitude in our kids if all they focus on is the gifts they'll get. Us this plan to counteract this selfish season.

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Daddy Don't Give Up On Me

Daddy Don't Give Up On Me

Sometimes in the heat of 'battle' with teens, we say things we regret. Here's a great reminder from Dr. Gene Kummerer, a counselor in Austin, TX. (shared with permission)

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Marriage is Good for Men

Marriage is Good for Men

There's a 'marriage premium' for men. Marriage is a foundational institute for raising children, and we need to proactively support the institution. Benefits are clear for men who marry, but these benefits clearly trickle down to our children.

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Parenting Teens Is About The Mission

Parenting Teens Is About The Mission

Parenting teenagers takes a steady aim, but parents often set up the wrong target. We send the message that our job is to make life easy for them, but a more Biblical target is life's big mission. Help your teen get it in view.

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Papa Don't Preach (or Yell)

Papa Don't Preach (or Yell)

Research shows that when dads yell at their teens, nothing good happens. Good discipline can be firm without being harsh. Yelling actually makes teens less cooperative, so parents, especially dads, need to learn other options.

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Is Your Service Pure?

Is Your Service Pure?

Do you serve with pure motives? It's easy to fall into habits of church work without understanding our own motives. Serving is good, but serving with the right heart is even better.

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An Ordinary Story of Redemption

An Ordinary Story of Redemption

Sometimes we look past extraordinary miracles because they're right under our noses. Like that weed my four year old grandson loves to blow, releasing dozens of parachute seeds on the breeze. Once those weeds grabbed my attention, but not anymore. The salvation of a human soul can be like that.

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Is The Bible Sufficient?

Is The Bible Sufficient?

One way people devalue the Bible is to claim that it is full of errors. Another, and perhaps more insidious, is to claim that the Bible is not sufficient to address the big issues of our day. Some Christians treat the Bible as if it's irrelevant. Can you imagine telling that to the Author?

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The Sin Of Uzzah

The Sin Of Uzzah

We don't always understand the ways of God. That's usually because we don't understand the height of His holiness or the depth of our sin. One Old Testament story, hard to understand, illustrates this truth perfectly.

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Why A Live Seminar?

Why A Live Seminar?

Parents are busy. They're often so busy that they neglect to get any training for the difficult job of parenting. I'm pretty sure this makes Satan happy, because busy-ness is one of his favorite tools. If Satan is happy, we should shudder. I love the seminars from the National Center for Biblical Parenting. They don't make Satan happy.

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Be Aware Of The 'Network Factor' In Your Home

Be Aware Of The 'Network Factor' In Your Home

When you have kids, you develop a network of relationships among the members of your family. Patterns of behavior develop within this network, and they're not always healthy patterns. Learn to use the 'network factor' to develop honor in your home.

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Will You Invest In Your Parenting?

Will You Invest In Your Parenting?

Parents get so busy they don't think about the need to invest in themselves. Part of that investment needs to be in parenting skills. A parenting seminar is a great investment, and its dividends last a lifetime.

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Word Bombs

Word Bombs

Words can soothe, stir, and stimulate. They can also tear apart with savage intensity and lasting repercussions. Parents need to consider well what words they use with their kids. They often turn into internal scripts that play out in a child's mind well into adulthood.

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Marriage Is Good For Men (and Kids)

Marriage Is Good For Men (and Kids)

Marriage is good for society in general, and for men in particular. But there's a trickle down effect to the children in the home. When men do better, kids stand to benefit.

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Where To Sit When You Worship

Where To Sit When You Worship

You probably don't think much about where to sit when you enter the church sanctuary or meeting room. Maybe you should.

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In Praise Of Coffee

In Praise Of Coffee

Coffee became special to me even before I grew to like the taste. It was part of the growing up process in the 60's. It's funny how insignificant moments gain significance as our perspective changes. I wouldn't call it parenting advice; just an homage to a simpler time.

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10 Reasons Parents Overvalue Consistency

10 Reasons Parents Overvalue Consistency

Consistency is considered by some to be the most important trait a parent can possess. But there's a trap involved when parents over-value consistency. Why do parents hold consistency in such high regard?

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The Rolex In The Fountain

Why would I want to throw my new Rolex into the mall's fountain? The expensive watch was the symbol of newfound wealth I'd earned, and it was a gift. Surely I should appreciate it more than that. But my desires and perspective had changed that Christmas season.

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The Softest and Hardest Parenting Verse In The Bible

The Softest and Hardest Parenting Verse In The Bible

Proverbs 22:6 is a difficult verse to handle. I've wrestled with it for years, seeing it as too comforting and too condemning, too simple and too hard. But I believe I'm arriving at a middle ground of understanding.

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Six Keys To Help Your Children Process National Tragedies

Six Keys To Help Your Children Process National Tragedies

National tragedies, like what recently occurred in France, can dominate the news so much that even small children grow concerned. Here are six steps you can take to help your children deal with these disturbing events.

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