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Why My Kids Make It Worthwhile to be a #DadsOnMission

I love the United States of America. I am heartbroken at what we have become. The American nation, and the American church for that matter, need a spiritual revival and renewal. But I am extremely thankful to live my convictions and share those with my kids.

We have begun Bible quizzing with my oldest son. He is 8 years old. He took highest-scoring quizzer in his first tournament, and he won 2nd place team in the tournament along with a buddy.

It has been an emotional roller coaster getting him to study. He simply has not wanted to do it. Tonight, even after winning this past Saturday, he cried as soon as we mentioned studying his Proverbs. Thirty minutes later we were able to start, and after an hour he had settled in and learned 5 new proverbs.

Once we finished studying, out of nowhere, he wanted to have church in his room. He ran to get his bath over with, then set up a chair for a pulpit and pillows on the floor for his brother, mother, and me to sit on. We prayed and sang songs. He asked me to lead the opening prayer and his mother to lead the closing prayer. We all shook hands, hugged, and greeted one another.

He even named the church- Spring Creek Pentecostal Church, after the community we live in. I truly believe that it is a foretelling of things to come. Spring Creek needs an Apostolic church. I think one just started.

imageLittle brother is joyful and does everything his brother does. We spent all of 2014 working as a family on a pro-life initiative called Yes On 1, to pass a state constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for the unborn. A few weeks ago, as his brother and I were working on quizzing, he set up a chair as a display table, with pamphlets and a “Yes On 1” sign, like we did dozens of times at churches and events. Then he said to me, “I need somebody to walk by so I can tell them vote yes on 1!” It was a heart-wrencher, seeing him do what he had seen us do, and having that be important to him at this stage in life, just because it is important to us as his parents.

I don’t write this to convey that my wife and I are super parents, because I, at least, am not. Julie instills so much in the boys that I never could because she is a work-at-home mom, constantly there for them. I need more help as a parent than my sinful pride will allow me to admit. But I am encouraged, and I grow daily, and I ask God for help and cover them with prayer.

And because of the way I see my sons growing, I will continue to be a Dad On Mission, reaching and teaching, to make sure I hand them a baton worth carrying to the finish line.

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Solitary

God setteth the solitary in families:

God is mindful of the solitary. The alone and the lonely. God knows the ones in solitude and in distress, those who have chosen and those who have not. By design or default, He knows the singled-out, the set-aside, the stand-alone.

(KJV) he bringeth out those which are bound with chains:

God knows the bound. The captive and imprisoned. God knows the ones in fetters and chains, the complicit and the innocent. By trial or by plea, He sees the shakle-ridden, the tied-up, the locked-down.

but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

God leads the humble. The tired and the thirsty. God knows those who seek companions, who long for freedom. Only by choice will He make you loved, filled, and free!

Based on Psalm 68:6, quotes are from the KJV.

Starts with Dad, Starts at Home

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (Genesis 18:19 KJV)

Does the Lord know this about you, dad? Is the legacy and the blessing safe with you? Will your generations to come call you a blessed example, a great believer, a strong provider, a faithful teacher? Can God deliver on the promise that is meant for your family through faith, because you impart faith to your family?

Live simply. Love completely. Lead diligently. Serve humbly. Start at home.

In Daddy’s boots…

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The way Jesse is walking now, he probably couldwalk a mile in daddy’s boots! He is one of my three reasons to rush home every day from work. Love my Juicy, E, and J-train!