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Jesus Eggs?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

What part of the chocolate Easter bunny do you eat first? The National Confectioner’s Association reports that 76% of people eat the ears first. I tested my family—we are 100% “ear first” eaters. Easter is full of fun traditions such as chocolate Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and pastel colors. But for Christians, Easter should also be an important time of passing down the legacy of Christ to our children. As a pastor to children and families, I don’t find anything harmful about Easter holiday traditions. Yes, I know many of the traditions are rooted in pagan festivities hundreds of years ago, but those meanings have long been lost. I don’t dye hardboiled eggs to worship a fertility goddess; I do it to have a fun and memorable experience with my children. Romans 2:12 tells us that we should not...

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Just 18 Winters

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Six degrees isn’t too cold to go tubing. People always talk about summer as the most opportune time for spending time together outside with your children. While I don’t disagree, let’s not forget about winter, especially those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon. Winter weather provides it own unique blend of family adventure opportunities, and nothing bonds a family better than freezing your behinds off together. I recently took my children snow tubing. Not the labor-intensive kind where you have to walk up the hill after each ride. We experienced lazy snow tubing, where they haul you back up the hill on a rope, or better yet—moving walkway. It was six degrees outside, and we were getting blasted with huge snowflakes in a storm that dropped over six inches of snow. With a wind-chill of negative sixteen...

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Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love the lyrics from the movie Frozen? I’ll admit, I know every word of every song. But before you judge me, know that I have three children under the age of eight. As a dad, it is my job to be engaged with their world and their culture. Plus who doesn’t love Disney? I like living in Ohio. We get snow all winter long. I love having a state with varied seasons. Each winter we get enough snow to bundle up and play in. We can go skiing, tubing, sledding, make snow angels, or build snowmen. I love playing in the snow, especially with my children. It is a great time to engage with my children and play along with them. I get to hear them laugh and make them cry—when I hit them too hard with...

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Happy “Early” New Year

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

Would you like to enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve without the late night and cranky children? Well you can, especially if you have young children. A couple of years ago my wife and I decided to embrace YouTube to create a unique New Year’s Eve tradition. We streamed videos of New Year’s Eve celebrations from all over the world with our children. We did this in place of staying up late. In 2012, we celebrated the New Year at 8pm by watching the Sydney, Australia celebration via YouTube. And in 2013, we watched the London, UK celebration live via the BBC channel.  The celebrations were unique and fantastic. It was awesome watching the firework displays over the Sydney Opera House and with the backdrop of Big Ben. My children were thrilled. Our children got to eat fondue and drink...

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Leaping Lucy

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

I used an American Girl doll to extract my six-year-old daughters tooth. I removed it the old-fashioned way, by tying one end of the dental floss to her tooth and the other end to Lucy, the American Girl doll. I convinced my daughter to let Lucy assist with the delicate operation. I’ll be honest this genius idea only came after thirty minutes of negotiations during previous attempts to pull her tooth out with our fingers. After all my daughter’s slobbering and crying, the mention of Lucy’s participation immediately changed everything. She agreed and my wife and I tied the floss on. My daughter hung her head over the edge of her top bunk and I let Lucy go. She nose-dived to the floor, and the tooth came out. Luckily for me, Lucy’s head didn’t snap off when she hit...

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Muddy Knees

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Moldable Moments | 0 comments

My arms ached as I hefted around 30 pounds of a muddy grimy two-year old boy.  Even though my muscles burned, I relished every moment down the mountain. My son Carrick was worn out. Tired of stepping over roots, trudging through muddy trails, and slipping on slick wet stones, my boy succumbed to his tiredness. He was a champ. His little legs had carried him through his first hiking adventure. He enjoyed every moment. With a teary eyed-whimper he asked to be carried the rest of the way back to our car. After almost four miles of hiking to Grotto Falls and back, I gladly obliged. Mud covered his knees and dirt encrusted his face, as he stared back at me–his eyes heavy from the weight of his exhaustion. In between my breaths I looked down at him, “I...

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