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Happy Trees!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

My three children and I witnessed the change of season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the course of one week, the green of summer faded into a menagerie of gold, orange, and red. The view out our hotel window was mesmerizing. Each day it was exciting to see what new strokes of color God would brush over the forest. Never before in my thirty-six years had I been so fortunate to observe such a drastic change in the mountains. I wanted my children to understand how truly unique this opportunity was. Being from the flat farmland of Southwestern Ohio, we don’t get to experience the majesty of the seasonal transformation, at least not on this same level. My wife and I shared how God has designed the trees to hibernate over the winter. They store water to survive...

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The Goodyear Blimp

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

I recently took my son to the University of Michigan to watch a college football game. The two of us made it a day trip. We drove six hours, round-trip, to experience Michigan football together. As a father, I was so excited to take my nine-year-old with me. He’s a burgeoning Michigan fan, and I want to encourage his desire to root for my alma mater. I purchased him a $100 ticket and away we went. We packed snacks. We took extra clothes. We were ready. After a long drive, we arrived in Ann Arbor, parked our car, and walked over a mile to the game. It was nice to just have time to talk to my son—to connect. I took every opportunity to tell him how much fun I was having, that I enjoyed his company, and that...

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Making Moments Moldable

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Every parent needs to utilize moldable moments. They will make them better parents more focused on reinforcing the gospel in the hearts and mind of their children. But… what is a moldable moment? Moldable moments are spontaneous devotions led by a parent. They are shared during the natural rhythm and busyness of everyday life.  While far from routine, they are powerful at sharing the heart of Christ and a parent’s love for Him. Can you give me an example? Try this one. When your child is playing with Play-doh, instruct him to make a person. Once he has finished, ask him to describe his person in detail. Make sure to press for a description of physical features as well as personality traits. Once your child has finished, tell him that God created each and every person on earth the...

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Carrot Stick Encouragement

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Some people talk about dangling the carrot before the horse. I don’t have carrots, but I do have Cheetos—at least they’re the same color. My family and I climbed Copperhead Summit in Black Mountain, NC. It took twice as long as it should have, because we took along my three-year old son, Carrick. His little legs churned so fast. I’m sure he felt like he ran up the mountain, even with the dozen stops we took to let him rest. Tears flowed down his cheeks like a mountain stream and his frustrated cries kept the bears at bay—but he made it. He didn’t cry the entire time, thanks to a little ingenuity and a little goal setting. I brought along a fresh bag of Cheetos—his favorite—to celebrate him climbing his first mountain. The plan was to let him eat...

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Cap Gun Evangelism

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 2 comments

“I’m playing dead, daddy.” The words of my three-year old still bring a smile to my face. I shot him good—with a toy cap gun—of course. Recently, on a family vacation, I bought four toy cap guns. The kind that make a loud shooting sound when the hammer strikes a firing cap. They’re the “real” toy guns I remember playing with as a child. I’ll be honest; I bought the guns mostly for my pleasure. I wanted to experience the nostalgia of being a child again. It worked. I ran around pretending to shoot all three of my children. Each of us died glorious imaginary bullet-ridden deaths. My children laughed and cried as they battled it out like the Wild West. I’m glad I bought the cheap guns and inexpensive ammo, because we burnt through it like a wildfire...

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Campfire Pentecost

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Spring always reintroduces two important things back into my life—hot dogs and campfires. I love sitting outside on a cool night, listening to a crackling fire while, roasting hot dogs. Living in the Midwest, there’s nothing more exciting than the return of spring after a long cold winter. As a parent, I cherish spring. It brings ample opportunities to get the kids out of the house. I can send my children outside to play or do chores—something that’s very hard to do when it’s zero degrees outside. I also love spring because we can have campfires in our backyard. The first week of sixty-degree days this year, we cooked hot dogs over an open fire three days in a row. It was heaven on earth. In my opinion, nothing beats a well-cooked partially blackened hot dog cooked over a...

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