daughters, daddy’s, and God’s glory

I have three little jewels. They came to me as blessed gifts from above.  Each jewel has unique facets and glimmer with unending beauty.  Their beauty rises from within and shines throughout, mixing the temporal and eternal.  I simply enjoy holding my jewels and can look at them for hours upon hours.  I cherish them. …

Lessons for parents from Jesus’ parents

We don’t often think of Jesus being a child, teenager, or even a tween, but He was one. I suppose the reason is that there isn’t a lot of material written about Jesus’ childhood between His birth and late-twenties. What was it like to parent a young Jesus? Perfect right? No tension, no discipline, no…

thumb licks [9.3.12]

Is Proverbs 22:6 a guarantee? How the 50 States got their names. Ministry: it’s not about you. Sin wants to be your friend. If snack labels told the truth. Somethings we can learn from suffering. 10 happiest jobs. I knew it! What is a Sikh? Why is love so stupid? Warsaw remembering the Holocaust:

bringing the gospel home (book review)

I ordered this book out of curiosity. Sharing the gospel with family is tough! First, I have unsaved family members that I really desire to share the gospel with, but direly fall short of doing regularly. I really love and care for them and want to see them in heaven someday too. This is a…

for men, fathers, and future fathers

Us men always need words to build up and cheer us on towards godliness and manliness. Here are a list of articles and books I’ve enjoyed reading or studying: No more ties, please! For dads and granddads. A brief guide to biblical manhood. 5 dangers for young men. Where have all the good men gone?…

thumb licks [4.9.11]

Parenting: how eternity shapes the mundane. Not so fast. The sometimes slow and steady process of sanctification. The importance of writing letters. Praying past our preferred outcomes. Forget Kevlar, use liquid armor. This stuff is sweet! 15 grammar goofs that make you look silly. Love is… (for you married folk) Lottery is a suicidal craze….

I need a job

Q: My job offers are falling through. So I might have to move my wife and kids in order to get a job. What should I do? Here is my encouragement to you as the man, husband, and father of your home: First, lead your family to a season of fasting and prayer. Maybe set…

for dads and granddads

Watch your average TV sitcom and you will see dumbed down dads on display. I can think of Homer Simpson, Al Bundy, Ray Ramone, and half-dozen others who fit the role. Today expectations for men are at an all tie low. The average man—including dads and husbands—are expected to be nothing less than a remote-holding-couch-glued-family-forsaking-caveman….

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5 Ways Wives Can Encourage Their Husbands. An Open Letter to Christian Wives with Unbelieving Husbands. 20 Things a Husband Could Say to Defuse an Argument with His Wife. Don’t Know How To Act When Someone Corrects You? Your Worries Are Over! How to Honor your wife. Treating your woman like a queen. Parenting Wisdom…

consider adoption

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.—James 1:27 Considering adoption? [great sites to start your search] Adoption 101: God’s heart and our call A biblical view of adoption Q&A on Adoption: Countries and…

joyful Justus

Today my baby girl surprised us all by growing way too fast. As of 4:30am this morning she has breathed 365 days on this earth. Each of those days have been a joy and blessing. Here is a letter Justus’ mom and I wrote for her today, Dear Justus, We are so glad that you…

parenting is sanctifying

I am only 11-months into being a parent. Already my little girl is teaching me many things about God: 1. Giving up rights of sleep and other freedoms are just temporary sacrifices but big opportunities to invest in a new life. Parenting is a temporary stewardship, which I think also means a temporary loss of…

thumb licks [9.25.11]

Baptizing Heathen Words. What words have Christians redefined? How to Get the Most Out of Your Pastor’s Preaching. 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters. As a new father for a daughter these perked my attention. Acts and Baptism: Implications for Parents. Before baptizing your children consider this. Four Steps to Kill Sin. Sinclair Ferguson tackles…

thumb licks [9.18.11]

10 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking. Great for leaders and anybody for that matter. Without the Gospel, It’s Not Missions. Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About Sin? A good question with good insight. Who is Responsible for a Child’s Education? Is it the parent or the school? Lonely Me: A Pastoral Perspective Is Patience Dangerous?

Jacob: coming home [part 1]

Have you ever been away from home for more than a few months? Or long enough that you miss home sweet home? I have. I remember going to college in West Virginia and being a long way from my family in Wisconsin. I did not get home other than Christmas or summer breaks. After final…

tale of twin brothers

I am one of six. I have three brothers and two sisters. I am at least 10-years older than my closest sibling. If you have siblings then you know what it is to have a rival. Since most of my siblings are much younger than I am our battles were either unfair or annihilation’s. I…