Category: Marriage and Family

Feb 16

What Makes a Great Marriage

Amanda and I attended the Great Smoky Mountain marriage retreat.  This is a retreat put on by the Jacksonville Church of Christ, the same brethren who do Polishing-the-Pulpit.  This was a our first retreat to attend.  The retreat has grown to two sessions and about 500 couples.  We have had a great vacation in the …

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Jan 18

A Prayer Journal Idea Everyone Can Do

Keeping a prayer journal or list can be more challenging that at first thought.  The list can get long quickly and it can be difficult to use it everyday. Praying as a married couple can also be a challenge.  It is difficult to mutually make time for it, and sometimes both partners may not feel …

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Nov 27

The World’s Inconsistent Message on Sex

Our culture is sending so many mixed messages. Each day contains a story about sexual misconduct. Another high profile leader is accused of inappropriate actions toward a woman.  In worse stories, extra-marital affairs or tales involving prostitutes are sadly all too common.  The politically correct view is to condemn these  inappropriate acts. The world demands …

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Oct 11

Embracing a New Season

Fall is the season of football games, pumpkins, and hayrides.  What fall activities do you enjoy the most?  Aren’t you thankful for the changing of the seasons?  Each season contains its own unique characteristics and activities.  It helps provide a rhythm to your years and new adventures to anticipate.  While I hope you are enjoying …

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Aug 30

Speaking for Those Who Can Only Cry

Abortion is not the only problem Christians should be speaking out against when it concerns the womb.  There is another epidemic increasing rapidly across our nation, that most Christians rarely encounter.  It is not as severe as abortion in numbers or consequences, but our faith should demand us speak to this issue of pre-natal development …

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Aug 03

School Supply Reminders!

It is back-to-school time in our area. The many activities and loose schedules of summer are replaced with the rhythm and schedule of school.  Many parents have been purchasing school supplies for their kids.  The kids are excited about new items.  As kids return to school, I would like to give them some reminders of …

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Jul 09

Austin and Brooke’s PGA Junior League Golf

We are having fun playing golf this summer.  Our two oldest children, Austin and Brooke are playing in a league.  They play in matches or games that involve our team playing another team.  They pair up into two man scramble teams and take on two players from the other team.  They have done well.  I …

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Jun 25

Being a Great Dad Like the Prodigal’s Father

The story of the prodigal son is one of the most famous parables of Jesus (Luke 15:11-32).  It beautifully and simply portrays the love God has for his wayward children.  The father, who represents God in the story, takes center stage displaying love, forgiveness, and parental wisdom.  In studying this story, I noticed six lessons …

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Jun 20

New Issues for Today’s Parents

Parenting has always been tough.  Great Biblical heroes struggled to be good parents.  David was a great king and psalmist but failed in numerous ways as a parent.  Samuel and Eli both had rebellious sons who brought shame to their legacy.  Jesus even pictures God the Father as having a rebellious son in the parable …

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May 30

Farm Report # 10: A Busy Winter!

We have had lots of activity on the farm the first 5 months of the year.  Here are a few significant things!  We bottle fed two lambs!  We named them Lewis and Clark.  Unfortunately after about 4 weeks, Clark died very suddenly.  He was always a little weak, but he seemed to be doing well. …

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