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Feature Friday (12/14/18)

The stockings are hung. The tree is decorated. The house is all a glow in the evenings. Yup, you guessed it. It’s Christmas time and our home shows every sign of it. The evergreen smell of pine is in the air. Red and green colors are all around. And the baking extravaganza is underway. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. But it is also the most hectic time of year.

We already covered the decorations, but there are presents to buy (and wrap), cookies and other assorted goodies to make, travel plans to be arranged, parties to host and attend, not to mention all the school concerts and church events. And those are just the things to be done as a normal human being, but the list grows longer and more responsibilities pile on as a leader. Which makes me ask the question: “How can a leader stay healthy in such a crazy time of year?”

I am so thankful for guys like Tommy Bowman, who not only understands what being a leader is like but also desires to help leaders lead in a healthy way. But even more so I was challenged and encouraged by his series of articles entitled “3 Traits of a Healthy Leader”. Check out part 1 here, part 2 here, and finally part 3 here.

Be encouraged, be challenged, and lead well. And as always enjoy the weekend and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Photo by erin walker on Unsplash

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Feature Friday (11/30/18)

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Falalalala lalalala!” Halloween is long gone. Thanksgiving came and went. And it’s hard to believe, but December begins tomorrow. Eleven months have gone, one to go. 334 days of 2018 are past and only 31 remain. But it is exciting as well.

Peppermint milkshakes, coffee, and treats. Crisp, cool mornings. A few snow showers have either already come or soon to be depending on where you are located at. All of this and more make December an exciting time. Family visits, vacation time, and time to relax and get a break from the routine. All of these are fantastic, but still not the most exciting thing about this season.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. A time to look back and reflect. A time to look ahead and imagine. But just like the dating of history, each year hinges on an important reality – the God of the universe descended to earth to be born of a virgin. The Creator of all things became part of the creation Himself. The Sustainer of heaven and earth came to be the Savior of the world. But all too often that is hard to keep in the forefront of our minds and focus during this season.

To aid in our focus I want to point you to two great resources during the Advent season. First, Dallas Theological Seminary Christmas devotional. This resource is a daily email you can sign up to receive directly to your inbox that contains a Christmas advent devotional. Second, over at The Parent Cue, they have put together an advent calendar that will allow your family to gather around and read God’s story of compassion, one day at a time, then go and do the suggested activities and live out your own story of compassion as a family.

Enjoy the resources and reflecting on the Advent season together with your family. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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!

Feature Friday (12/08/17)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas! Every year, after the turkey has been stuffed, cooked, eaten, and enjoyed there seems to be a week or so of a lull before the December litany of scheduled events ensues. It was during that week of a lull that my wife and I discussed how we would ensure that our family would not get sucked into a hectic schedule of preparing for and attending one event after the other. Our conclusion? Reading an advent together. Now the question was which one?

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to advents out there. Simply Google “Christmas Advent” and over 9 million results are at your fingertips. So how does one choose an advent with so many options? While there may not be a correct answer (honestly, doing something to keep focused on the reason for Christmas is better than doing nothing), a great solution and resource we found and have loved thus far is Paul David Tripp’s “Come, Let Us Adore Him“.

It is a daily advent devotional that challenges the most mature Christian to refocus and remember the One who truly is at the center of the Christmas story as well as engaging young children by having a discussion question for each day. While we have not read it every day so far in December, the days we have sat down together and been reminded of the Christ child, it has been a joy and much-needed encouragement.

So if you need some help remaining focused on the Christ of Christmas over the next 3 weeks or simply a daily encouragement, make sure to grab a copy of “Come, Let Us Adore Him“. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (12/16/16)

With Christmas upon us in less than a week and the hustle and bustle of gift getting, gift wrapping, and travel plans in a hurry I figured an appropriate encouraging yet challenging topic would be due. What topic you ask? Well, when I think about the amount of travel that will take place in the next couple weeks Sam Storms article comes to mind.

No matter where you are from or where you are heading this Christmas season, one thing is for sure – you will not be alone. God will be with you. It’s kind of one of His characteristics to be omnipresent or put another way, God is everywhere. And Sam Storms does a fantastic job of sharing 10 Things You Should Know about God’s Omnipresence.

Enjoy the article, but even more so enjoy the God who is omnipresent this weekend with His people on His day.

Feature Friday (12/2/16)

“All through the house not a creature is stirring…not even a mouse…” But soon this silence is broken by the sound of little feet pitter pattering down the stairs. The shouts of glee fill the air and soon the sound of wrapping paper ripping will take over. After presents are open and breakfast consumed, the enjoyment of time with family will ensue. Clean up may happen just before noon, and lunch will be served with smiles in full bloom.

This may be the picture you have in your head of Christmas morning less than 3 weeks away, but this year should include at least one more activity on Christmas morn. As Kevin DeYoung shares over at the Gospel Coalition blog: Don’t Cancel Church on Christmas. And if you are not a church attender yet, what better time to start? Check out the Gospel Coalition’s church directory page or 9Marks Church search function on their respective webpages.

Either way enjoy the Lord’s day and birth with the Lord’s family Christmas day and this weekend.

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