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New Beginnings

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We’ve all made mistakes in our past.

We’ve all said things we regret and done things we wish we could take back and hurt people we never meant to. And it’s easy to think these things can disqualify us from making a better future. We assume that our past is too powerful for a fresh beginning.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” It’s clear that God doesn’t disqualify us based on our past. In fact, he shares that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Our God is bigger than our past and wanting to use us for a more glorious future!

So keep your eyes open for opportunities for God to use you for good this week and every week.


Posted on: February 20, 2017

 

How to Be Present with Your Family

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In such a fast-paced world, it’s more and more difficult to slow down and make time for your kids. Everything else is calling for your attention–your boss, your finances, and even your social media feeds.

So how can you make your kids a priority? By making sure to be present with them emotionally and physically! Here are some ideas to get started…

How to Be Present Emotionally:

  • Write a letter to your kids with words of encouragement
  • Tell your kids how much you love them every chance you get
  • Ask your kids about what’s going on in their lives

How to Be Present Physically:

  • Go watch and cheer on your kid at their soccer game or dance recital
  • Hug your kids each night as you put them to bed
  • Make it a priority to eat dinner together after a long day at work

What are some other ways you can be present emotionally and physically with your family? Share your ideas in a comment below!


Posted on: February 20, 2017

 

How to Return to a Pure Heart and Mind

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Our minds are constantly bombarded by things of this world. We hear degrading lyrics on the radio, watch sexually demeaning shows on television, and even read discouraging posts as we scroll through our social media accounts. Everywhere we turn, our minds are exposed to things that attack our hearts.

But this was never God’s intention. He meant for his people to live in a world of love and peace and encouragement and hope. So how can we strive to reclaim that way of living that God desires for us?

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Basically, it begins with our minds. Finding purity and peace begins with transforming what we choose to dwell on and think about and pursue.

So maybe it’s time to change the radio station, to put on a different movie, or to turn off your phone for a little while and simply spend time reading the bible. Because there’s no better place to renew your mind than in God’s word!


Posted on: February 17, 2017

 

A Note of Encouragement for Dads

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No father is perfect.

Sure we all have moments of success. We have moments of kindness and selflessness and cheering on our children. But we also have plenty of moments of failure. We have moments of frustration and anger and selfishness and pride and distance.

In these moments, it’s easy for our opinion of ourselves to change. We begin to judge ourselves based on our actions–loving ourselves when we succeed as dads and frustrating ourselves when we fail as dads. But we need to stop putting so much emphasis on our failures as fathers, and begin to find our ultimate identity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” In other words, God wants us to lean into who we are in Him–not who we are based on our mistakes. So be encouraged by this wonderful truth!


Posted on: February 17, 2017

 

The Best Way to Teach a Boy to Be a Man

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Every father wants his son to grow up to be a man.

Every father wants his son to know how to lead his peers well, how to love his wife well, and how to guide his children well. And every father wants his son to know who he is in Christ.

But not every father takes the time or makes the effort to teach his son these things.

The truth is that there is only so much our boys can learn from teachers and books and school. Because when it comes to character building, they need an example. They need a role model. They need someone to look up to. And dads, that’s where you come in. 

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” As a father, God has given you the responsibility to train up your son. And when you are faithful to teach him these lessons through your words and actions, God will be faithful to guide your son.

So be intentional with your time this week and figure out how you can begin to or continue to raise up your son.


Posted on: February 06, 2017

 

How to Avoid an Attitude of Bitterness

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Let’s admit it: we all enjoy venting about our frustrations. We enjoy voicing our opinions and the ways people get on our nerves. And it makes sense that we get most frustrated with the people who we spend the most time with–our spouse and our kids.

And we think it’s not a big deal to vent. We think it’s not a big deal to share with our buddies how our wife has been nagging us all week long about chores or how our kids have been bothering us when we’re trying to just relax and watch the game. We don’t usually give a second thought to complaining about these small frustrations.

But here’s the hard truth: the more we talk about what annoys us and angers us and aggravates us, the more it will annoy and anger and aggravate us. In other words, if we continue to talk about how frustrated we are with our families, the more bitter our attitude will become.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” 

So the next time you feel ready to vent about your annoyances, we want to encourage you to think twice. Ask yourself if your words are “good for building up” or if they’re simply contributing to an attitude of bitterness.


Posted on: February 06, 2017

 

Always in the Spotlight

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The day you become a parent is the day you step into the spotlight. And you never step out.

From the moment your child is born, they are watching you. And they see all of your moments of kindness. They see the way you give your spouse an encouraging word after a long day. They see the way you put away your cell phone at the dinner table. They even see the way you smile at the cashier and ask how their day is going.

But they also see your moments of weakness. They see the way you slam your fist on the table out of frustration. They see the way you roll your eyes behind your spouse’s back. They see the empty bleachers at their soccer game. They even see a word or two slip out under your breath when you think no one’s listening.

Here’s the thing: your children are always watching you. Always. There are no days off and no behind the scenes. So be sure that you think about each word and action you take. Because once you’re in the spotlight, all eyes are on you.


Posted on: February 02, 2017

 

The Secret to Being a Great Leader

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It’s easy to think that our leadership credibility is based solely on our actions. On our success. On our expertise. We think that what people care about most is that we do things well.

And while these can be good things, they are not of the utmost importance. People want you to make wise decisions, to be successful, and to be an expert. But the best leaders are the ones who care. The ones who are there for you, no matter what.

Matthew 20:26 says, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” God wants us to stop trying so hard to lead others with perfect words and perfect actions. Instead, we’re just called to serve others. This means loving them, encouraging them, and caring for them in the best ways we can.

So stop worrying about falling short in your leadership and experience the freedom of simply caring for others well.


Posted on: February 02, 2017

 

The Power of Your Mind

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Have you ever heard that saying, “What is down in the well comes up in the bucket”? In other words, what we feel in our hearts eventually comes out of our mouths–good or bad.

For some of us, this is a comforting thought because our minds are full of good things. We have love for our neighbors, admiration for our spouse, and care for our children.

But for others, this is an uncomfortable thought because our minds are darker than we’d like to let on. We are constantly battling jealousy over our neighbors, bitterness towards our spouse, and frustration towards our children. We can’t imagine if what was down in the well came up in the bucket! So how can we take the first step to changing this?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things.” This is God’s instruction to us. If we want to speak kindly, then we must think kindly. When you begin to judge or doubt or lust, chase those thoughts out of your mind! Instead, focus on what is true and honorable and pure.

So this week, we want to challenge you to reset your mind and fill your heart with good things!


Posted on: January 25, 2017

 

When We Give God Our Failures

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No one likes to fail.

No one likes to mess up, to let people down, or to make mistakes. Instead, we’re designed to aim for perfection. We’re driven to do things right and well and with excellence.

So when we inevitably do fail, we feel a bit disqualified. We assume that our failures are too big to recover from. But is that true? Does a moment of failure equal a lifetime of loss?

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, God revels in our weaknesses because He is able to turn them into wins. When we give God our failures, He is able to show His power by bringing us back to our feet and leading us to a new chapter in life.

So don’t feel disqualified when you face failure this week! Instead, allow God to do something amazing through your weakness.


Posted on: January 25, 2017

 

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