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Feature Friday (06/23/17)

Every family has them. The one child or parent that seems just a bit more OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) than the rest of the family. Fortunate for me, I am that person when it comes to having things in their place in our home. While not vacuuming or dusting may drive my wife crazy even though the kids toys are spewed all over the house, I am the opposite. The house could have not been cleaned for the past two weeks and I will not notice, but if the kids toys are lying everywhere after two hours, I am ready to snap.

The reason for this, at least how I justify it, is I really like things to be in their proper place. As I have heard it said, “a place for everything, and everything in its place”. But it’s not just toys that get out of their proper place. One of the greatest threats of proper placement is technology. Statistics show technology is quickly infringing on every area of life and companies like Netflix recognize this and have no aim of slowing down.

So what can we do to “Reclaim Real Life in a World of Technology“? Check out this article as Andy Crouch shares 6 ways to do so. As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (06/16/17)

Crawling. Walking. Feeding themselves. Going to the bathroom without assistance. Getting dressed. Tying their shoes. Counting. The alphabet. And the list goes on and on and on and… The job of a parent can seem daunting…no impossible. There are so many things for your children to learn. So many things that you have the responsibility and privilege to teach. And so little time.

Slow days and long years as I have heard it quoted. Raising children is the quickest and slowest process all at the same time. And with all there is to within such few years, prioritizing must be done. So what gets priority? “A parent’s most basic task is to help their children learn how to live in God’s world.” The good news is: “This isn’t a once in a while task, but an opportunity that is available nearly every moment.”

But how does one go about helping your children learn how to live in God’s world? Garrett Kell offers 8 Ways to Shape Your Family Spiritually. While they may not be all or even most of the ways, they are 8 spot on examples of ways to help your children learn how to live well in God’s world.

Check out the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/09/17)

Vacation. Sleep in. More time with the family. Go to an amusement park. Head to the beach. All of these are typical answers I receive when asking the question: what are you doing this summer? As a leader summer can be a time for some extra rest and relaxation, but it must not be a time to totally check out. Summer can be a great time to advance your organization, team, and self.

Tommy Bowman has a great article encouraging leaders to manage their summers well. So here are “3 Ways to Steward Your Summer Well“. Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (6/2/17)

It was Thursday night. It had been a long week of work so far and I was exhausted. Coming home to dinner, while a wonderful feeling on the one hand, seemed like a daunting task mentally as I tried to engage my family in discussion. However, having meaningful conversation around the dinner table with three children under the age of 5, was proving to be quite difficult.

I sat and thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have meaningful conversations with our family and friends about the issues that really matter in life? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get together around a table to talk, laugh, be understood and get to know another’s point of view? ” Which is why I love the idea of Table Talk. It’s a game designed to “provide a safe place for people to begin to explore, articulate and engage in these kinds of conversations about the big and not so big questions of life.”

If you would like to have more meaningful conversations with family and friends check out Table Talk and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (5/26/17)

So much power. So much control. So much influence. What has all three of these things? What can control how people act? What can influence how people respond? What seems to have an uncanny power over relationships?

Words! They are powerful. They are influential. They can be used for positive or negative. The reality is words are both life giving and infused with pain. The way we communicate with each other is not just about what to communicate, but how to communicate it. And communication more often than not involves words. When it comes to family interaction: words are vitally important.

This is why today’s article “Switch One Word and Change Your Family Dynamics” is so crucial. I mean who wouldn’t want to change the dynamics of their family, even a little bit. And to be able to do it with just one word is amazing.

Check out today’s article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (5/19/17)

We had decided to run a half marathon together. My wife had never done much long distance running before, but she had a goal to finish that 13.1 mile race. I had been a runner in college, but had not done much longer distance since then. And to top it all off, we had just had our first child 3 months earlier.

We had all the desire in the world. We had a detailed training regimen. But when it came down to it, we still needed to actually train. All the desire and devices in the world won’t actually do the training for you. You must still exercise. The same is true in our spiritual growth. We must exercise to grow. But what are the Practical Spiritual Exercises we can do to grow spiritually. Bill Hull lists 7 exercises to help us grow spiritually.

I pray that as you grow, a part of that growth is done with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

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