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Legacy

The Legacy of Jonadab

In Jeremiah 35, we learn of the Rechabites. Jeremiah offers them some wine, and they say: We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, ‘You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons forever. You shall not build a house; you shall not sow seed; you shall not plant […]

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Leadership

5 Ways to Forge Sibling Bonds

Your children are on the same team. Teach them to act like good teammates. And more, teach them to be teammates who actually like each other. Their relationships with each other will outlast you. The bonds they forge now will be one of the key ways your legacy is transmitted. Long after you are gone, […]

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Discipline Leadership

How Your Children Are Some of Your Best Teachers

For the second time that day, I had told my daughter to stop correcting her brothers. One would mispronounce a small word and she was quick to tell him the proper way to say it. It got to the point where half of the conversation at the table was my daughter interrupting the conversation to […]

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Leadership

Keep Your Playfulness

Your household should be full of joy and laughter. That means you should be able to laugh at yourself. If you don’t take yourself too seriously, everyone else will follow suit. A sense of playfulness should be part of the atmosphere of your home. According to Edwin Friedman, …the relationship between anxiety and seriousness is […]

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Leadership

You are the Head

In Ephesians 5:23, it says For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. It does not say the husband should try to be the head of the wife. It says the husband is the head of the wife. […]

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Legacy

Write Letters to Your Children

You should write letters to your children and you should start doing it now. Even if they haven’t been born yet. Even if they can’t read. Even if you don’t give the letter to them yet. How often do you get a hand-written letter in the mail? When you do, is it memorable? You would […]

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Discipline

They are but Dust

A big part of raising children is recognizing their fragile frame. They are only children. In our impatience, we can forget that. One of my favorite passages comes from Psalm 103. As a father shows compassion to his children,    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.For he knows our frame;    he remembers that we are dust. As a father… […]

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Health

Fitness and Fatherhood

My oldest had just turned five years old. Our soon-to-be middle child was four. They wanted to play tag, and have me lift them up, and swing them around upside down. And so I did. We played hard. For about five minutes. Then I was out of breath. Time for daddy to rest. They were […]

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Legacy

7 Ways to Give Your Household a Mission

Your household needs a mission, and you, as the father, need to provide it. Households were meant to be productive. Not just places of rest and entertainment. When we took out productive purposes of households, we took away the heart of the most valuable institution in civilization. The men went to the factories, the children […]

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Legacy

Winston Churchill’s Father was Disappointed in Him

Randolph Churchill almost never gave his son Winston any attention. While Winston was at school, Lord Randolph gave a speech less than two miles away…and didn’t stop in for a visit. Winston wrote to his parents seventy-six times from 1885 to 1892, and they only wrote to him six times. Their letters were mostly negative. […]

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