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Meekness is the Leverage of Leadership

In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential …

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The Life Plan of a Courageous Man

Men! In western society today, we've typecast men as unable to be responsible, intelligent, or relationally healthy. Boys will be boys. Men just can't control themselves. Girls rule. Boys drool. We aren't doing our boys any favors by hold up this particular caricature. Equally dangerous is the other extreme, embraced in various generations of history in which men are domineering overlords of the weaker sex. Between and beyond these two models is the model of a godly …

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Diversity Was God’s Idea to Begin With

Diversity and equality have been hot topics in the last decade of American life. We're in the midst of various shifts in our culture surrounding these concepts, especially in relation to ethnicity and gender, and some of these shifts are good. When my family lived in southern California, we were ethnically not in the majority in our neighborhood, and we appreciated it greatly. Our church was home to people from dozens of ethnic backgrounds, and we loved that even more. All …

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10 Tough Words for Men

I'm a man. I like being a man. Men aren't better than women, and women aren't better than men. But we're different. So I've had to do a lot of painful discovery of who I am as a man, and I've learned a lot, mostly from my mistakes. I've come to some practical conclusions about manhood and want to drop them on you so you can get back to your man things. God likes men with a wild streak - not a sinful, rebellious wildness, but an "I'm gonna do some stupid-big things for God …

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When God Makes a Man

Today is Father's Day, and it's a day when I get to relish in the wonderful gifts God has given to me in the form of my daughter Ella and my son Sam. Ella is one of the smartest people on the planet and she's only eight. Sam can dance like nobody's business and has a great belly laugh to boot. I'm proud of them! I'm also celebrating an awesome heavenly Father. My wife makes it pretty easy to be a Dad and together we're hoping to prepare our kids to live godly and …

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How to Fix Broken Relationships

Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback's Herd Saturday, which is why it's a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We've been raising both a daughter and a son. I've watched my daughter grow from a baby to an eight year old. She has an amazing imagination. She writes, draws, paints, and builds things. Now I'm watching my son grow up and he just turned one year old. I've already noticed a significant …

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Why Don’t Men Ask For Directions? Answered.

Can't view it? See It On Youtube. I'm not sure that the creators of this commercial have the actual answer to why men don't ask for directions. What I do know is that I often don't ask for directions for reasons of my own... I just ought to know. I do know... I just can't remember... yet. Who could possibly know, if I don't? If I've started in the wrong direction, I don't want to know. I'm just enjoying the journey. There's always another route, and I'm finding …

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Hey Dad, Five Tips for Changing Diapers

Image via Wikipedia In my Father's Day message to Bethel, I'm sharing that Dads need to be far more involved in parenting than they are. But it's not just an "ought to" sermon, it's a "how to" sermon! So here are five tips for being more involved in diaper changing: Always wear protective eyewear. If you need a third hand, use your teeth. Out of baby oil? Use Old Spice! Pressure washers are NOT allowed! Never, never... ever scratch n' sniff! What did I miss? …

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Book Review: Living Life in the Zone

I've just finished reading through a "40-day spiritual game plan for men" called Life in the Zone (aff link) written by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew. I thoroughly enjoyed moving through the content and believe we need more books written like this one for men in a world where books seem to be overwhelmingly written and marketed for women's tastes and personalities. Here's my review from Amazon's site... Christianity rarely caters to the needs of men well. It seems to some …

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Why I Love the Atlanta Airport

I flew out of northwest Arkansas yesterday, one half hour late because of the 1 inch of snow on the grass around the runway... landed in Atlanta and had 25 minutes to get to my terminal - T-03. After taking the subway to T-03, I saw that the flight had been moved all the way back to B-31. Both of these gates are at the far ends of their respective terminals. Needless to say, I arrived at the gate just in time to see my plane take flight. …

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