So Why Did God Answer My Prayer? The Story of a Circle Maker

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It was far in the sameness of the woods.I've always wanted to write that line from one of Robert Frost's more mysterious poems "The Demiurge's Laugh." Now seemed like a good time as I reflect on the question of why did God answer my prayer to sell our house -- and how He did it.I suppose I could call it "The Story of a Circle Maker."Last September  we decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia, because we thought it would best positions us to answer God's call on my life. For those wanti … [Read more...]

Grace-based Parenting: A Review of “Connecting Church and Home”

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It's about time!That's what I thought as I read the wisdom-packed pages of Tim Kimmel's latest book Connecting Church & Home.  Tim Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters and long-time cheerleader for grace-based parenting. You can check out the Family Matters site here for a lot of valuable parenting resources.Connecting Church & Home is a quick, easy read that should be required for any family ministry leader. For that matter, any pastor who claims to care about families in the … [Read more...]

10 Lessons from the Other Side of the World

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It's bitter sweet really, that feeling you get when you come home from a long trip. On the one hand, it's good to be home in familiar surroundings and to get incredibly awesome hugs from each of our six kids.On the other hand, we had a blessed time with friends in Guam, making new ones and becoming better acquainted with others. My wife enjoyed her time on a tropical island -- and has the tan to prove it. I did too.And the food -- well, let's just say Guam knows food.So it's with … [Read more...]

Why School Education Reform Is a Lost Cause

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Today I feature a guest post from Steven Horwich here at FaithWalkers as I travel on the other side of the world.  Steven Horwich is a teacher, writer, director, and founder of Connect the Thoughts, providing resources and training for homeschooling. You can follow him on Twitter @Homeschoolcurr and Facebook.School education reform is an endless discussion, a droning litany that has pointlessly moaned on for decades. It is a migraine-inducing waltz with little variation and no … [Read more...]

Act Like a Man: A Call to Biblical Manhood

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While my mission continues in Guam, I am pleased to feature the thoughts of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth -- still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall's delightful collection of short stories today at his site here. You'll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. Right now, I feel more confident in the Lord and … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What She Really Wants

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While I am equipping ministry leaders in Guam, I'm privileged to feature a post from my friend Shannon Milholland here at FaithWalkers. Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.She is the voice of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. Shannon finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life, through the written and spoken word.Connect with her … [Read more...]

How to Care for Aging Parents: Practical Tips

It happens to all of us – if we’re lucky. When you were a newborn, your parents prayed for the chance to make it to old age. They spent the first several decades of their life caring for you.  Until the tables turned a few decades later.Now as they become aging parents, you are the one caring for them. And with that change can come significant challenges.For the last seven years, my wife has helped care for her grandparents who were blessed with years well into their nineties. My pre-t … [Read more...]

See How to Teach Your Kids to Put Their Strengths to Work

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I believe that God has created each of us to be better at some things than others. It's a simple truth that, if embraced, changes how we teach our kids to put their strengths to work. Lately, I've taken to referring to it with our kids as discovering our superpowers.For one thing, we actually get intentional about discovering our own strengths so we can model the process for them. [ See my post 5 Resources to Now Discover Your Strengths ] For another, we get intentional about helping our … [Read more...]


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