What do you have faith in? Do you have faith in all those folks filling the five lanes beside you on the highway, that they will stay in their respective lanes as traffic moves at a pretty good clip? Do you have faith in the doctor’s report? Of course, you have to have faith in your job, that the paychecks will continue and that health insurance is secure. And in family, you have faith they will always be there for you. Right?
In this second week of Advent, the candle lit represents ...read on
Retailers have led the way for Christmas shoppers starting the end of October – Decorations were put up, Christmas music played in the background and the enticements began. ‘Black Friday’ sales started a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Then, last week the real ‘black Friday’ hit. Now it is December and it is time for dads to lead the way to CHRISTmas. A family focus on Advent can help remind all of the Reason for the season, the Christ-child’s birth.
Christmas decorations were being put up in many stores before Halloween. And ‘black Friday’ began on Wednesday, the week before Thanksgiving this year at many fine retail outlets. Wow! At this pace, Christmas will be here by the weekend!
So, this Thursday we will slow down a bit, at least for a few hours to ...read on
“Thank you for coming beside us. We feel like we are the forgotten warriors.” This was the comment from a new core group of dads recently that confirms Faithful Fathering as an ‘upstream’ ministry. Faithful fathers are the solution to many societal woes. The charge is to encourage and equip the ‘forgotten warriors’, dads, to raise the bar for fathering individually and corporately in the Church. A generation is in the balance.
This is the 21st century! What do you mean “Armor On”?
In the Dad’s Armor study, men are reminded that we are in a spiritual battle for family and we need to put the full armor of God on! (Ephesians 6:11-17)
“Put on the full Armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” The devil knows your buttons, your playbook. Find a battle buddy with whom you can be vulnerable and will hold you accountable, and take your stand. “…Stand firm then ...read on
The group of eight men, all from the same church accepted an invitation from a friend to attend a Faithful Fathering Leadership Luncheon. After checking in, they were seated at their own round table that had a large silver binder and a relay baton in the middle of it. The founder of the ministry shared his testimony and challenged each man and church to raise the bar for fathering through the implementation of the PASS the BATON strategy. The group took the binder and baton back to their church with a commitment to start a movement to raise the bar for fathering individually and corporately.
The PASS the BATON strategy starts with ...read on
The house was set up with all the new technology. The media bundle available opened the door to hundreds of channels and Internet with his cell phone service provider. Several big screens were set up throughout the house to view everything from Netflix to popular sitcoms, to HBO to tremendously advanced video games. One weekend, the dad got a lot of pushback when he wanted the whole family to go camping at a state park. The kids, left to their own devices, preferred staying home and playing games.
In the Dad’s Armor study, a standard is presented for what the house of a father is expected to look like. There is ...read on
He had his share of training physically by participating in the various sports played through high school. Competing at the college level required a willingness and tenacity to endure the training that would facilitate further growth. As an adult in the workplace, training was required as part of getting in line with company expectations. Physical and job-related training are part of normal life in this world.
Training in relationships and discipleship are ...read on
The young man completed his college degree and was ready to start what he knew would be a successful business career. A job offer was extended and accepted from a company that recognized young talent. The demands were excessive and the hours were long. The promotions, pay raises and new opportunities had him moving up the career ladder at a good pace. All that was happening was in stride with his goal to be president of the company within 15 years.
The religious background in the home he grew up in provided ...read on
The story goes of one man receiving a call to change the world. As an ambassador to a foreign nation, he felt he was in the right spot, but the complexities of the different nations quickly overwhelmed him. Frustrated, he turned to his own nation to change it for the better. Again, the different cultures created obstacles he could not overcome. He then decided to turn to his city, but times had changed and the city council was not receptive to his suggestions. Finally, he turned to his family thinking he could at least have an impact there, but his kids were now grown.