The Family at the Foot of the Cross

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Lent has just begun, a season of reflecting upon the suffering and death of the Lord and go with him to the foot of the cross.  Many of the faithful offer up a token sacrifice for 40 days to better learn how to love.  These sacrifices have meaning, these little daily sufferings in a small way, prepare our mind and bodies for any real sufferings that will inevitably come our way.  For most adults, suffering is nothing new, anyone who has lived past ...

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What God has Joined, Let No One Divide

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scan3-77Your Family was started on the day you got married, and after you took your vows. The presider may have uttered words similar to the ones above.  It not only applies to you and your spouse, but also to your entire family.  The world many times seeks to separate what God has joined together.

Living the ...

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Advice to New Parents

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The Keys to Raising a Holy Familyfamily

When speaking with new parents I often get asked what advice I have for them as they begin their family. It makes sense, they have a blank slate and they want to do everything they can to ensure success and happiness for their children. So for all of you ...

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Launching Children

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There comes a time in every parent’s life when their child grows up.  university photoFor some this is a relief, for others complete misery.  As parents of nine children, with our oldest being twenty-two, we are in the throes of launching children into the great big world and we will continue launching for the next eleven years.  For my wife and I, this is an exciting time, we get to see the fruits ...

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You Just Never Know

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I meet lots of people in my line of work and in the work with our non-profit ministry to families and I am always amazed when someone shares with me the struggles they or members of their family are going through.  No one and no family is immune from trials and tribulations, some are just better at hiding what is going on behind closed doors.

Bearing and Sharing the Burden

Personal and family trials are difficult and are very hard to deal ...

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Courtship is not the Answer

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I absolutely love the courtship approach to dating for my children, but it isn’t enough.  Courtship is the idea that young people should only enter into an exclusive relationship when they are ready to get married.  I have discussed in a previous blog post exactly what Dating with Purpose looks like, so go check it out for more details if you wish. In short, Courtship, or Dating with Purpose, establishes a set of guidelines or best practices that should ...

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Wow, that is a long time!

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This past New Year’s Eve, my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  We decided to make it a big deal and so we let our adult children throw us a party to celebrate the joyous event.  They rented a nice hall, brought in our favorite live band, had the event catered, bought a wedding cake, and invited a ton of our family and friends.  It was a very nice evening of fun, fellowship and dancing and a celebration ...

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The Cruelty of Dementia – Taking Care of my Father

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Visiting the sick, it sounds easy enough, you visit someone who is sick, keep them company, Hospital, Tuskegee (LOC)bring them some food, take care of their kids, or bring them medicine.  My family has been the recipient of this corporal work of mercy, with each of our nine children.  Our friends and family would rise to the occasion and help us through these times of transition as we welcomed new ...

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Joyfully Visiting the Sick

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Our Time on This Earth is Short

There can be joy in the dying process.  I remember my reaction when my father was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.  It was significantly different from the other times I had experienced the loss of a loved one.  In the past, I felt somewhat devastated and every fiber of my being screamed no, but this time was different.  Yes, I was sad about it, but interestingly, by some supernatural grace of God, I was ...

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