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Boys to Men 7 – The Challenge of Being a Dad

Boys to Men Day 7: The Challenge of Being a Dad “Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”…

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Boys to Men 6 – The Challenge of Being a Provider

Boys to Men Day 6: The Challenge of Being a Provider “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV) You may never get married. And if you do, you may never have children. And if…

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Boys to Men 5 – The Challenge of Being a Husband

Boys to Men Day 5: The Challenge of Being a Husband “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her … husbands should love their wives as their own bodies … For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.” (Ephesians 5:25, 28-29, ESV) Unadulterated bliss. There are moments in life that cannot be described any…

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Boys to Men 4 – The Challenge of Respect

Boys to Men Day 4: The Challenge of Respect “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.” (1 Timothy 5:1-2, ESV) One serious issue that has bubbled to the surface in recent years is the total lack of respect people have for others. Whether it is a difference of opinion, a…

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Boys to Men 3 – The Challenge of Purity

Boys to Men Day 3: The Challenge of Purity “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13:14, NIV) If Christian men were asked to name a topic they most hate to write about, discuss, or preach about, purity would have to be high on the list. It’s not because it isn’t important, of course, but because doing…

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Boys to Men 2 – The Challenge of Culture

Boys to Men Day 2: The Challenge of Culture “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3, ESV) I’m not sure why, but young men generally seem to believe that acting like an idiot will immediately make the girl of their dreams fall in love with them. In fact, if you ridicule and make fun of them, start planning the wedding. I remember my…

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Boys to Men 1 – The Challenge of Expectations

Boys to Men Day 1: The Challenge of Expectations “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” (1 Peter 3:8, ESV) I distinctly remember standing by a fire pit watching a young man desperately attempt to appear “manly.” He wafted the aroma of black coffee into his face from his cup and dogmatically declared, “This is how real men drink coffee.” Outwardly,…

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Adoption – A Father’s Perspective 7 – The New Normal, Revised Version

Adoption – A Father’s Perspective Day 7: The New Normal, Revised Version “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1, ESV). When you adopt a 16-month-old girl, your “new normal” gets reset and revised many times. Unlike a biological child with your DNA, whom you have raised from birth, an adopted child often has…

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Adoption – A Father’s Perspective 6 – The New Normal

Adoption – A Father’s Perspective Day 6: The New Normal “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2, ESV). Nothing could have prepared me for the escalator ride. With Lacey in my arms and Cindy at my side, down we rode. First, I saw my nephew, Andrew, and one of our friends, Beth. Then I saw everyone, and they erupted in cheers. Then I saw Lexi and…

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Adoption – A Father’s Perspective 5 – New Beginnings

Adoption – A Father’s Perspective Day 5: New Beginnings “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, ESV). Managing expectations. As we visualized our appointment at the Civil Affairs Office, we had to. We realized Lacey wouldn’t run into our arms crying “Mommy, Daddy!” The “Chariots of Fire” theme wasn’t going to play. As we looked into her crib at the hotel…

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