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Month: July 2012

  • Ten Things I Want to Teach My Daughter

    My daughter is about to turn two.  A friend of mine recently asked what ten things I would want to pass on to her.  That’s a great question.  Here’s what I was able to come up with… 1. To know that she is created by, loved by, and forgiven by God through Jesus Christ. 2.…

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  • Protecting Children in Church from Sexual Abuse

    Every so often, we’re reminded of the importance of security and the screening of children’s ministry volunteers. Just yesterday, this story came out about a 57 year-old man from Largo, Florida who got busted for possessing child pornography and having chats online with kids about sex and cannibalism: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/justice/florida-puppeteer-porn/index.html Here’s another detail to his story…

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  • Eight Original Corny Jokes

    I’m currently falling in love with corny jokes (also known as bad jokes, laffy taffy jokes, and pun jokes). Why? Because they’re great for kids! And I love working with kids and making them smile. I had fun writing these new ones (my wife gets the credit for the third one). Why did the girl…

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  • Pastor Profile: Mike Nortune

    The latter half of last week through the weekend, I had the privilege of ministering with Pastor Mike Nortune of Life Church East Bay in Concord, CA (Bay Area). Mike took the time to show me around San Francisco (my first time) and treat me to a Yankees vs. the A’s game at the classic…

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  • Could You Turn Down 15 Million Bucks?

    Delilah was a sell-out to the Philistines. Like Judas, she accepted money in exchange for betraying someone very close to her. But I recently discovered a detail that blows my mind about the story of Samson. The Philistines offered Delilah the equivalent of 15 MILLION dollars in today’s money (see the IVP OT Bible Background…

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  • Diabolo, not Diablo

    The oversized yo-yo that’s not connected to the string is called the Diabolo.  Some people mistakenly think that the name comes from the Spanish word for “devil”, which is diablo.  But the case is quite to the contrary.  The Spanish word came later etymologically, since “Diabolo” comes from the Greek for “throw across”.  Check out…

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  • The Persistence of a Puma

    Dave Ramsey speaks of “gazelle intense.” I like to think about the persistence of a puma, as shown in this video, which is among my favorite all-time YouTube videos due to the illustration it makes. Whether you’re juggling, serving in ministry, or building a tower out of Legos with your child, NEVER GIVE UP!

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  • Age Discrimination in the Church

    We are surrounded by many forms of prejudice and discrimination in church and society.  One that I see first hand is age discrimination in local churches.  This applies to both younger people and older people.  Let’s start with the younger people: Prejudices Against Kids in the Church: 1. Even though 50% of people who profess…

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