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Feature Friday (03/16/18)

Starting something new? It can be exhausting. All the new stuff to learn can be overwhelming. And if this new start requires new relationships with new people then out of place could be a possible feeling as well. If this is or has ever been you, I understand.

I just started a new job 2 weeks ago (hence the lack of posts the past two weeks – sorry). Don’t get me wrong, it has been a great move, a wonderful transition, and an exciting time. But here is the thing, the new job involves a lot of leadership. Leading the charge on content. Leading the direction on a future path. Leading in adapting current practices. And of course, leading a team of awesome people.  When you lead that much communication is key.

So when I saw an article titled: “My Top Leadership Communication Secret“, I immediately had to read it. And I am so glad I did. This secret is an amazing tool. If you are in leadership, don’t allow me to overpromise, you have already heard of , know, and probably practice it. But this secret is a much-needed reminder and refresher for all of us in leadership.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash


Feature Friday (02/23/18)

There are lots of things I hope and wish for my children. One of my great desires is that my son will grow up to love and enjoy sports as much as I do. I already see the joy music brings my oldest daughter and I am excited to see how that grows over the years. All our children love to sit and read and listen to a good story. But there is one area, one object, one thing I not only hope and wish my children to love but pray they enjoy thoroughly. What is it?

Reading God’s Word. It is a constant, daily prayer of mine that our children will come to not only be able to read but desire to read God’s Word on their own. I pray that will long to read how God rescued His people out of Egypt. My desire is for them to be enthralled with the unconventional means God used to save Israel and mankind on so many occasions throughout history. But the hard part is: how can I be part of an encouraging that desire?

David Murray shares “6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids” that challenged me toward this goal. While he shares 6 great tips the greatest truth I walked away from by reading this article was that in order for my kids to desire God’s Word I must first be reading and desiring it as well.

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

Feature Friday (02/16/18)

“I’m better than my sister at throwing things”. This is a statement my oldest son makes quite often. The subject can range from eating to running, all the way to sleep. My eldest two are at the stage where everything is a competition. They are constantly trying to better each other at something. While this can be annoying at times, the reality is I am the exact same way.

I think it is something about leaders, they always want to be better. They are not content with status quo or “good enough”. Leaders constantly pursue “better”, “healthier”, and more “excellent”. While this can be a bad thing, there are at least “10 Things Healthy Leaders Do Every Day“. Jeremy Roberts writes about these 10 things here.

Enjoy the article, and know that there are others who are trying to become better leaders with you each day. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday 1/26/18

Michigan State. Gymnastics. Doctor. Cover-Up. All of these have been highlights of the news this past week. The story and history behind the Nassar trials have been revealing and devastating all at the same time. Revealing to show what has been going on for quite some time and devastating to realize the guilt, shame, cover-up, and harm done to so many young women. But at the heart of the case, the story, and the crimes is the issue of human dignity.

As a father, the unfolding story of what Dr. Nassar was able to do under the watch care of a public university is disturbing. But even more so it emphasizes to me the importance of speaking about and teaching my kids concerning human dignity. This is where Tim Challies article “How to Talk to Your Kids about Human Dignity” comes in.

While the article was written over 3 months ago it seems even more relevant in light of this past weeks events. Take note, engage, and process this article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

*Photo by Eugene Lim on Unsplash

Feature Friday (12/29/17)

It’s Friday afternoon. I sit in my office contemplating the meaning of hope. What is it? How does it impact my life? And what do I put my hope in? It seems like every end of the year I go through this. I contemplate the last year. Look forward to the next and ask some important and intentional questions.

Questions like: what do I want to accomplish next year? Or what could I improve upon personally, spiritually, vocationally in the coming year? I realize all of these questions have to do with hope. And even as a follower of Jesus, finding and maintaining hope can be difficult in our day and age. But thankfully Joe Henegan offers some help.

In his article, “What 2018 Holds For Us: The Upside”, Joe offers 4 important positives 2018 will give us. As Joe says it, “There’s a lot to be excited about as we face a new year of Gospel growth worldwide.” I need to hear that and I agree.

I hope you will enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

*Photo from featured article.*

Feature Friday (12/22/17)

Merry Christmas from myself and my family! I hope that you will find this weekend and this Christmas a refreshing, refocusing, and rejuvenating one. As many of you know my greatest joy and passion is to make Jesus known through my life, including my blog. It is because of Jesus I have life, both temporal and eternal, breathe, and all good things. If you do not know the Savior Jesus Christ personally, there would be no greater joy to me than to begin a conversation with you about how you can know God.

Since the greatest gift Giver already gave the greatest gift, here is a simple gift from me to you: “The Collected Best Christian Books of 2017”. If you’re a reader this is a great link to bookmark and come back to throughout the year as you finish one book and look to start another. If you are not a reader, well why not start in 2018 with one of these titles.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. And Merry Christmas!

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