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I just got back from a Men’s Conference in Nashville where I heard this man:

IMG_0814That’s Tim Tebow. Man is that dude famous! Truly he is a popular guy! It was funny. He was actually staying in the same hotel we were. We were four doors down from him. That was a hoot for me and my family. Pam and the kids saw him in the elevator. To say they were awe-struck would be an understatement. Yes, yes…he’s just a man…but, he’s huge when you see him in person. His biceps were as large as my thighs. Of course with “bird legs,” that’s not saying much! ūüôā

Andrew and I had a wonderful time at the conference. We made great memories together. I decided to do this conference just with him because I’m normally leading everything I do and my family gets lost in the mix.

At one point we locked hands while singing…


Father and son… And so, we sang together and smiled and laughed and ate hot dogs and shared nachos and cheese! I will long remember this event.

We enjoyed immensely listening to Tim Tebow and Nick Vujicic (a man with no arms and legs who loves Jesus supremely).


I was humbled and reminded of Psalm 78, which teaches the simple fact that fathers are responsible for passing our faith in Christ down to our children. The problem is: as men, we’re so stubbornly tied into the world system, that most are hiding the truth from our children and we don’t even realize it. Look at the commands given to the fathers…

Psalm 78:5

5 He established a testimony in Jacob
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
    to teach to their children,

Did you see it? As a father, I’m commanded to teach the ways of the Lord to my children. That’s the only way the next generation is going to know the teachings of the Lord… watch it…

6 that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
7¬†so that they should set their hope in God…

That the next generation MIGHT know the commands of God. MIGHT… It’s on us, dads. And did you see? “That they should set their hope in _______.”

What did the end of verse 7 say? Should we teach our children to set their hope in their education? Their athletic ability? Their good looks? Their work ethic? Nope! All of those things have their place… But, that’s not the primary goal of a father. The Word of God doesn’t say any of those things. Hey dad…the Bible says we are to teach our children to¬†“set their hope in GOD!!”¬†Do you get that?

Now, if that’s true…what action plans do you have in place to accomplish that on a daily basis? Yes, ACTION PLANS. I know you have plans for your business or career. I know you have plans for how the All-Star team can score more runs and how you can do a better job this fall scouting out for the “big one” in the woods. But, I’m talking about action plans for your family and children, SPIRITUALLY. Does anything come to mind?

The truth is for most of us the answer: NOTHING. Most fathers have ZERO action plans for their children spiritually. NOTHING! They take them to church. They say a prayer over their meal (maybe) and that’s about it. There’s no Scripture reading in the home. There’s no time for the things of God because we are so BUSY. And this is what that kind of lifestyle leads to…

and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;

So many homes are “forgetting the works of God.” The home is devoid of any teaching. Instead it’s full of entertainment, sports, social media, movies, TV and games.

Hey Dad…it’s summer. We have few excuses right now. There’s no school. There are no games and few practices, if any. When will we step it up and make it happen? When will we look at our family and say, “Lord, what do you want me to do to lead my family spiritually?” You and I can honestly and truthfully ask that question or we can live like this…

8 and that they should not be like their fathers,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Does that describe you? STUBBORN!!! Believe me…I’ve been there. And honestly, I still find myself slipping back into that stubbornness when I choose to let things slide in my home like exhibiting a balance between kindness and loving discipline and giving time with the Lord as a family a priority in my home. It’s summer! Let’s make it happen. Let’s live like the Psalmist teaches…

4 We will not hide them from their children,
    but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

If you have unknowingly been hiding the teachings of God from your kids because of apathy or busyness or simply because you weren’t aware of your responsibility, then why don’t you join me and make up your mind RIGHT NOW to change that. Dads, let’s work together and tell of the GLORIOUS DEEDS OF THE LORD! It’s time men! Let’s do it! Grab your kids’ hands and tell this generation! They are counting on us!



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Well, we got power back on yesterday afternoon after almost three days without. Wow! What a ride! Take a look at these pictures my daughter Kandace took as a massive storm built above us.

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Being a weather nut, I knew what I was seeing. ¬†A shelf-cloud was forming as the leading edge of a front that was screaming our way. Straight-line winds dominate these fronts with massive 40,000 to 50,000 feet tall cumulonimbus clouds. As we looked at the sky Friday evening around 7 pm, it looked like a time-lapse video from the Weather Channel, but it wasn’t. It was happening live! The clouds were blowing up right before our eyes. They were building thousands of feet in seconds and then BANG…it was on us!

There was tremendous destruction in our community of Purlear and Millers Creek. Trees down everywhere, along with power lines and debris strewn over yards and roads and houses. The next 54 hours were without power. This was the culprit right below my house.


Just 54 hours without power. But, it seemed like forever! Why? Because I’m spoiled…that’s why! I’m spoiled rotten to be exact. I’m used to my 72 degree house and the A/C Unit sucking moisture out of my house to keep the humidity level around 45% not 80% and 85 degrees. I’m talking about sweating while you take a cold shower kind of muggy! Thankfully, my home has city water from West Wilkes Water Assoc. Therefore, we at least had water. But, many neighbors didn’t. They have wells and they are powered by pumps. They had it doubly worse.

Are these modern conveniences all they cracked up to be? Instant A/C, TV, microwaves, etc? Well, once again…I’d have to say, “No.” We survived just fine, thank you, without them. In fact, the kids said (after the power came back on), “Aw Dad…that was kind of fun!” No don’t get me wrong, they were glad to see the power was back on, but I knew what they meant. We had spent more time just hanging out and talking. We played UNO on the front porch by candle light. We slept with the windows open and heard the sounds of the summer nights: crickets and tree frogs and even an owl.

It’s amazing how the cool night air would eventually chill the house down from the mid-80’s to the mid-60’s. God’s creation in action. And to think that people lived like this for thousands of years with no AC. And many still do throughout the world. God made it palatable for His creation. In fact, before the Fall of Man, there was no hydrologic cycle and Adam and Eve were comfy (naked) with no threat of storms, snow, cold or winds. Yet, sin ushered in the change of even the climate. (Talk about Climate Change…sin did a number on the climate as storms appeared on the earth.)

We also worked hard as families. My dad did a fantastic job of keeping generators going for our houses. We alternated them between houses to keep the freezers and refrigerators going and thankfully, we lost nothing in our four houses, (Dad/Mom, mine, Josh/Katy, Craig/Kim). We were blessed to say the least! Even in all of that, it was a blessing. Once again, my dad and I had the chance to spend time together and work together. Difficulties (as trivial as they might be) have a way of bringing us together as a people. I had so many people asking if I needed help and offering their homes for our family to stay in, etc. But, it was good for us to grunt it out in our home in our sticky, humid house. It’s something that my kids will remember forever. They will not soon forget July 2016 when the windstorm came through and we didn’t have those modern conveniences. And they will remember saying, “Aw Dad…that was kind of fun!” ūüôā


PS…I love this picture…


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