More or Less: How Much is Enough?

When was the last time you heard someone say that they wanted less?I'm guessing that if you live in the US, or anywhere greatly influenced by the consumerism of modern Western culture, it's been awhile. Hence the need for Jeff Shinabarger's challenging tome More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.The founder of such efforts as Plywood People and GiftCardGiver.com, co-founder of the Q event, and creative director for Catalyst, Jeff has a history of thinking outside of th … [Read more...]

Do You Ever Wish You Could Just Get Over Your Bad Self?

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Have you ever failed to walk by faith? Have you ever fallen and felt as if you would never get back up? If not, please click off this page. There's nothing for you to see here.And you'll make the rest of us feel bad.Not long ago, I confessed that a healthy sense of self-loathing can be a good thing when we fail to overcome the Resistance in our walk of faith. [ See my post To All Those Who Just Want to Quit ] Our anger at ourselves in those times of frustrated failure can and should b … [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...]

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...]

Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

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Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper!Or maybe it's just the chocolate.Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter baskets … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

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Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word -- test.School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that's a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let s … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you?Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late.How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

3 Ways to End Frustration and Find New Direction

Ever feel like you’ve been beating your head against a brick wall? Are you frustrated with where life has left you? You don’t have to settle for that feeling. You can end your frustration and find a new direction. It’s easier than you might think. Take it from someone who knew about frustration – Helen Keller.Helen lost her sight and hearing before she could talk. Her early childhood was filled with extreme anger and frustration as she failed to grasp that words even existed. Beating her head … [Read more...]


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