Family

  • Grandchildren and God

    When I was saved 20 years ago, probably the hardest concept to grasp is that of the unconditional love of God.   Coming from a performance based religious background… I never really felt that I could be secure in that love, and always strived to attain it.   With the birth of our first grandchild […]

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  • A Time to Laugh…

    This past Monday, we celebrated Labor Day by enjoying our annual church picnic.    This is an event that most of the church looks forward to participating is.    We had perfect weather, a record attendance and enough food that would make any true Baptist proud. But is there more to a picnic than just […]

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  • Love & Gratitude

      Today is Valentines Day…. a day that we make and effort to express our love maybe in a way that is more noticeable to those we care for. As I think about my wife of 27 years, I think of a woman who cares for me unselfishly, loves me in spite of some of […]

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  • Helper or Enabler, which one and I (Part 3 of 3)

    Part of this idea of becoming dysfunctional is that when a family member steps out of their responsibilities, many times other people in the family step up to the plate and overcompensate. Let’s say someone in your family… lets say Dad slips on the ice and he hurts his back and he has to miss […]

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  • Helper or Enabler, which one am I? (Part 1 of 3)

    As a parent or as a spouse, or as a pastor… many times the opportunity to help someone presents itself. Now I know that the Bible encourages and even commands us to help other people. The help that we provide to the unbeliever is a help that is supposed to introduce them to the love […]

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  • Have we Thrown out the Baby of Standards?

    There was a time where spirituality in Independent Baptist Churches was measured by the outward standards that a person had…. we all know that a persons spirituality is a heart issue between them and the Lord Jesus Christ. However… here is the problem… in recent years, I have seen many people throwing out the baby […]

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  • Strengthening our Relationships

    This picture is from a trip we took to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I use it with a little reluctance…. I don’t want people to think that I am presenting our relationship as faultless, but to the contrary, I am trying to present it as realistic. Sometimes people think that because you are in […]

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  • Making a Difference through Parenting

    Today, one of the toughest things to do is manage the media that your children are exposed to. Technology is not going away, so to just stick our heads in the sand and pretend that it will leave us is really not a realistic option for parents. I have talked with several parents who allow […]

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  • Having a “Mary” Christmas Part 3 of 3

    3) Mary was concerned about the Eternal Things….Martha the Earthly things. Notice this expression at the end of verse 42. When the meal is done, and the dishes are cleaned and all the decorations are put away…what will be remembered. What do you remember about last year? I remember last year we had our Christmas […]

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