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Duct Tape Dads
Duct Tape Dads

Introduction

Have you ever noticed how hard people work to get men to buy into the crisis management process? Think about the two biggest crises ...


Two steps that can prepare us for crisis prevention.


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Be Strong and Courageous
Be Strong and Courageous

Introduction

Can one person make a difference? Can one person change the direction of an entire family tree? Can one person stand up in the face of fear, ...


The difference one person can make for an entire family tree when they are fully yielded to God.


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Fake Faith
Fake Faith

Introduction

In a now famous experiment, two social psychologists at Princeton University in 1973 wanted to examine whether thinking religious thoughts ...


God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense.


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Spirit of Adoption—Found
Spirit of Adoption—Found

Introduction

So it’s 11 in the morning, and a little boy is called to the head teacher’s office. Sadly, this little boy knows the way very ...


Just as we have been adopted by God, adoption and foster care of vulnerable children is a calling of the church.


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A Father's Words
A Father's Words

Introduction

In June 1992, Jim Davidson and Mike Price climbed Mt. Rainier. On the way down, the two climbers fell 80 feet through a snow bridge into a ...


There are few things as powerful as a father's words.


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Average Asher
Average Asher

Introduction

Hidden away in the some of the most tedious books of the Bible, among a myriad of unpronounceable names, lies one of the most remarkable stories ...


Who you are today will impact generations to come.


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The Glory of Fathers Who Stink
The Glory of Fathers Who Stink

Introduction

As I come to talk about fathers, I'm mindful that it's a very difficult day for some people. For some people, whose every thought about their ...


Fathers are called to be shepherds—so what does a shepherd look (and smell) like?


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R-Rated: Sacrificing Our Children to the Gods of this World
R-Rated: Sacrificing Our Children to the Gods of this World

Introduction

We see in Romans 13 that the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: "Love your neighbor as yourself." The reason it says ...


Molech worship is alive and well but Christ's grace is greater than our sin.


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Divorce and the Seeds of Resurrection


Even in the midst of a heartrending divorce, we can find the hope and power of Christ's resurrection.


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Loss, Loyalty, & Lament

Introduction

I've never been one to read romance novels, but lately I've been reading one. It's been a good one, too. Believe it or not, it's a book I ...



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Beautiful Music

This past Thursday, I had lunch with an old friend. We enjoyed the lunch hour reminiscing about old times, about the time he took me fishing, about the ...



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Christian Singles

Introduction

Currently 17 to 20 million unmarried women and several million fewer unmarried men live in the United States. It's estimated that, at ...



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Starting Over

Introduction

Years ago, when my 2-year-old car needed a new battery, my son said, "Dad, we need to buy a new car. This one is getting old." When ...



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A Lesson Wise Moms and Other Influential People Can Teach the Next Generation
A Lesson Wise Moms and Other Influential People Can Teach the Next Generation

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Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 9), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Steve Mathewson's look at Proverbs ...


A mom who fears the Lord teaches her kids to use their strength to serve people in need.


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Our Fathers Who Are on Earth
Our Fathers Who Are on Earth

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Father's Day is just around the corner (June 21), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Mark Mitchell's look at a ...


An earthly father should reflect the heavenly Father.


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What It Takes to Be a Mother
What It Takes to Be a Mother

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Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 9), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Mark Mitchell's look ...


A mother's ultimate purpose is to instill in her child a love for God.


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What Child Is This Who Came Not to Bring Peace?

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One of the more popular texts in the Advent and Christmas season is Isaiah 9:1–7. Preachers love to explore the beauty of our having ...


Jesus came not to bring immediate peace, but to divide us from our illegitimate allegiances.


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Jesus Uncensored

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Here's a sermon Michael Quicke preached at Wheaton College that tenders the meek and mild Jesus with the mean and wild Jesus. Few passages ...


Jesus has the right to shock disciples with teaching they don't like to hear, because he's Lord.


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Loss, Loyalty, and Lament

Text: Ruth 1:1–22
Topic: Learning to make the right choices in difficult times

From the editor:

Perhaps you're looking for a unique way to approach ...


In the midst of our loss, God is still at work, and his ultimate aim is to bless us.


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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

About the Book

The Brothers Karamazov is the story of a father, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, and his three ...



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Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces
By C. S. Lewis

About the Book

Lewis's Till We Have Faces is a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche from the perspective of ...



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King Lear

King Lear
By William Shakespeare

About This Book

King Lear is arguably Shakespeare's most poignant piece on familial relationships. In it we see the contrast ...



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Relationships

Relationships: An Open and Honest Guide to Making Bad Relationships Better and Good Relationships Great By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott Zondervan (1998); ...



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Boundaries

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, To Take Control of Your life
By Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Zondervan (1992); 296 pages



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Sacred Marriage

Sacred Marriage
By Gary Thomas
Zondervan (2000); 268 pages

About the Book

In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas steers us away from the goal of marital improvement, ...



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Bold Love

Bold Love
By Dr. Dan B. Allender & Dr. Tremper Longman III
Navpress (1992); 318 pages

About the Book

The premise of Bold Love is this: "I will not live ...



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Understanding Who You Are

Understanding Who You Are: What Your Relationships Tell You About Yourself
By Dr. Larry Crabb
NavPress (1997); 78 pages

About the Book

Crabb's aim in ...



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The Four Loves

The Four Loves
By C. S. Lewis
Harcourt Brace & Company (1960); 141 pages

About the Book

C. S. Lewis seamlessly couples the analytical and spiritual in ...



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Relationships: An Annotated Bibliography

It has only been recently, and in part due to my gleanings from this project, that I've felt the sheer weight of the love Jesus calls us to: to set aside ...


Helpful resources for sermon preparation


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Life Together

Life Together
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Harper & Row (1954); 122 pages

About the Book

Rather than delving into why we operate the way we do or examining ...



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Remember Who You Are

Introduction

The Woodley family has a number of family picture albums. Each picture album contains an assortment of photos of people that matter to our ...


We must remember who we are and that we belong together.


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Drop Your Agenda

Introduction

By the end of Luke's narrative of Jesus' life, opposition from the religious leaders is mounting, and Jesus' popularity among the people is ...


When we come to Jesus with our own agendas, he asks us to lay them down and pick up the cross to follow him.


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Cain-R-Us

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I was reading an article in the New York Times about the abundance of new wealth in Khartoum, Sudan. The article featured pictures of well-dressed, ...


We're bad, too, but not beyond the loving reach of God.


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Letters from Dad

Introduction

I'd like to talk on this Father's Day to the men. There will be obvious relevance to women as well, but my express purpose today is to speak ...


Fathers and mentors should encourage those they lead by celebrating, challenging, and clearing a way for them.


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For Better, but Worse

Introduction

When the great Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer, he began a speech as ...


When it looks like you've married badly


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Call Me at Midnight

Introduction

Whether our "family" is a group of close friends, a bunch of kids running around the house, or a husband and wife alone, I think it is fair ...


Why covenant relationships are the foundation of a healthy family


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The Incredibles
The Incredibles

Introduction

As we saw last week, every great family is founded first and foremost on the Covenant Principle—on a radical commitment to one ...


Making the most of your family unit


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People of the Table

Introduction

On this Mother's Day, it seems very appropriate that we continue to reflect together on what it takes to grow a great family. Whether our ...


The four vital rituals of the early church


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Don't You Believe It: The Myth of Self-Importance

There's an old Jewish story: A rabbi was sitting next to an atheist on an airplane. The rabbi's family was also on the plane. Every few minutes, one of ...


The needs of such people as our parents and our children are more important than our wants.


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Whatever Happened to Zebedee?

Text: Mark 1:19–20
Topic: The importance of a father's spiritual leadership

Whatever happened to Zebedee?

I doubt that this is a question begging for ...


Men are called to be the spiritual leaders of their families.


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What Are You Preaching This Week?

The church began on the day of Pentecost, just a few weeks after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Jesus had said to his followers:

"Do not ...


We should preach about Jesus, salvation, and the promises of God.


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Is There Hope for the Family

Today we're ending a series entitled "Surviving the Brave New World." Since it's Father's Day, we're going to talk about building a strong ...


Incorporating God into the family will benefit everyone.


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A Woman's Worth Is Never Done

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A woman of keen mind and understanding heart gazed at Whistler's portrait of his mother. "It is a remarkable painting of a very lovely ...


There is no substitute for the goodness a godly mother brings.


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How to Develop a Tight-Knit Family

It is obvious that in John 10:22-30 Jesus is not talking specifically about the nuclear family. But he is saying something here that all families need ...


In the same way that Jesus relates to the father, and he and the father relate to us, we are to relate to one another.


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How to Influence Your Family

Imagine for a minute that a man is hired to manage a professional baseball team—the New York Yankees, let's say. But he doesn't go to all the games. ...


A man becomes the spiritual leader in his home when he leads by example.


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You First

It's not breaking news when I tell you that marriage isn't easy. When Donald Trump was going through his divorce, he was quoted in the press as saying, ...


Becoming a godly husband is a matter of learning to communicate two words to your wife: You First.


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Put Your Husband In His Place

This week and next we will look at a passage of Scripture that rarely fails to elicit a strong reaction, mainly because it is often misrepresented (or ...


Just as the body of Christ finds strength and leadership in yielding to one another, I'm encouraging you to find strength and leadership in your husband.


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A Twinge of Nostalgia

One wintry day the children put a top hat on their snowman, and, in a spell of Christmas magic, he came to life.

Frosty the Snowman showed those children ...


We must live in the present in order to seize the future God has planned for us.


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Kids Rule

If you were to read the Bible from cover to cover and list all the times children are talked about, you would have a long list. The Bible is clear that ...


Idolizing children is dangerous for us and devastating to them.


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The Pressure of Fatherhood

There's a Father's Day card that reads, "Dad, everything I ever learned I learned from you, except one thing. The family car really will do 110."

It is ...


Despite the stresses confronting fathers, they can bless their children.


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