Advent Day One: The Seed (Offspring) of Abraham

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to…


Sibling Harmony

My family recently gathered at my youngest son’s home to meet his firstborn, a son named Wesley. My little granddaughter moved from room to room…


Dear Dads: Spell FAME backwards

If you are a father, you can be famous. Just spell fame backwards: Every Man As Father. What if we measured the fame of men in terms of the kind of…


Remember When Summer Was Relaxing?

It’s clearly a new day when it comes to planning out our kids’ summer. My memory may fail me, but I can’t remember one time when I overheard my…


The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

On Friday night, my kids never ask what’s for dinner or what we are doing. Somewhere along our family’s history, Friday was dubbed Pizza Movie Night.…


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'Please Flush' and Other Obvious Spiritual Reminders

On a recent visit to a large church in Dallas, I noticed this sign in the restroom stall: “Please Flush.” Really? Has it come to that? We actually…


When Your Family Needs a 'Come to Jesus' Meeting

 We used to call the family discussions, “Come to Jesus meetings.” I can’t say that we always looked forward to these times, but we were grateful…


Ode to Christmas Past and New Year’s Hope

The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care Are somewhere in the laundry with the underwear. The tree that shimmered with ornaments and…


Christmas joy

How do you celebrate Christmas morning? Young kids often wake Mom and Dad. Or Mom and Dad might wake or wait on their teens. Christmas morning is a…