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Game Time

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Working at my desk, I have a good view of the pecan trees in the front yard. This morning four cardinals played together. They went from tree to tree chasing each other. Occasionally one pecked at the one closest to it. Another time, one flew to a different tree as if hiding and taunting the others to come find it. However, it wasn’t long before it rejoined the others. I watched their little game and smiled. This could have easily been four children playing together. And, I think there were lessons for all of us in watching not only what they were doing but also how they played. Doing things with others is always fun. One bird could have just sat in a tree and then flown from one to the other. But adding friends made it more fun...

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Hooray for God’s Brown Earth!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s spring and the time of year when seeds are planted, grass turns green, and plants sprout and bloom. God created the earth and made it a place where plants grow to supply food for us. So much grows up from the soil. Take a closer look at dirt and you’ll make lots of discoveries. In Numbers 13:20, God told Moses to check the land and discover if the soil is good or poor. Why do farmers need good soil? How does fertilizer make soil richer? See what’s in your soil. Dump dirt into a jar about 1/3 full. Add water to fill 2/3 of jar. Stir well. Let it sit one hour. Study the layers formed. Stones fall to the bottom. Sand also goes to the bottom. Silt is next with clay on top of the silt. Then...

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Power in a Plastic Egg

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

Break open your words, let light shine out… Psalm 119:130 MSG Just as many will hide Easter eggs for children this year, the Bible speaks of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). So this year I’m sending my children and spiritual children on a treasure hunt—treasure that will change their lives, and as it is properly applied, will change the lives of countless others. Want to join me? You’ll need a Bible, plastic eggs, small candies, colorful paper, and a pen. You can use your favorite Scriptures or download the document on my website. Instead of traditional Easter references, I’m using personal application verses that will help them focus on how they can live for Christ and influence others. For younger children, print or write out a complete verse. For older children, write the reference and have...

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You Have a Special Place in the Family

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Underneath the picture wall in our hall sits a long table. On the table I have additional pictures and I enjoy them every time I walk to my office. Recently I noticed the pictures on the table facing the wall. I turned them around and the next time I passed, they were again facing the wall. I wasn’t sure what was going on until I caught our three-year-old in the act of turning the pictures to the wall. “Why do you turn all the pictures around?” I asked. “Because I like them like that,” she said matter-of-factly. “You don’t like looking at the faces in the pictures?” “Well, I like them but I want my picture up there.” “So if I put a picture of you in the group you will leave them facing out? “Uh-huh.” She nodded. “Put...

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God’s Love

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus came to save us. Lent and Easter remind us that Jesus had a purpose when He came to earth. John 3:16 says that God loves the world so much that God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we could have life everlasting. That means God sent Jesus so we could live forever. God knows everything and he knew Jesus would die and also that he would rise and live again. A little after that verse, the Bible says that God knows men often choose darkness instead of light. That means that people choose to do bad things instead of good things. Sometimes kids make choices that break God’s rules. Sally chose to say unkind things and hurt a friend. Billy chose to ignore his mom and not clean his room. Those two kids chose darkness....

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Life Is a Prayer List

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

The sights, smells, sounds, and activities of life can guide us in powerful, unceasing prayer for our families and for families throughout the world. Let me explain. When I open my Bible each morning, I pray, Father, please grant my children, family, and friends (that includes you if you’re reading this article!) a relentless passion for Your Word. Please release Your spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they comprehend great and wonderful things that will inspire them to pursue You more diligently. When preparing a cup of coffee or tea, Father, may those I love and people who love You throughout the world be relentlessly “hot” in their deeds and actions. May You and the watching world never perceive our hearts as lukewarm. When preparing meals or saying the blessing, O God, may my family’s favorite food be...

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