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5 Things You Should Know About Your Dad

Most of his time is taken up with providing for you and the rest of your family; your house, your clothes, your toys, your food. This task is on his mind a lot. This means that he is often gone before you get up in the morning. And when he gets home in the evening he is often tired and the job is still on his mind. But you are in his heart and he performs his duties to insure that there is food on your table, and that the family can go on vacations, and also that your birthday. . .
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Our “Tomorrowland”

Tomorrowland Optimism I really enjoyed Brad Bird’s latest cinematic offering about a lost, but still possible, yet fantastically fun, utopian future. His vision was definitely “old school” Disney and by that I mean Walt Disney and his original plan for the “world” that he hoped to create. Like Brad, I remember the optimism of the Space Age when science and technology held all the promises of a brighter day—just down the road—in my lifetime. And Walt was there, envisioning everything and trying to help us realize (before CNN or G-20 or the Internet) that it is indeed a small world. . .
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6 Ways to Give Your Child Creative Space

Individuality in Your Children In the beginning God created a vast universe of colorful planets and stars floating and spinning (or just floating but sometimes falling) in a sea of exquisite blackness. Then He made adult human beings and gave them all that space to enjoy, play in, shape, cultivate, and care for. We were made for this enterprise. That means that our children were made for this too. Children will claim space naturally. Before you know it, they have pinned something to the wall in their bedroom or have staked out a shelf in your garage. They will arrange,. . .
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On the Needs of Women

Guys, Ladies need the unique encouragement that can only be sourced from other women. This is an essential facet of feminine life that is above and beyond, but in addition to, the love that the husband provides. As the apostle Paul writes to the young pastor, Timothy, he says to let “the older women . . . admonish the young women.” This informs me that as a husband, father, brother, friend, pastor, I cannot fulfill a certain part of any woman’s life; not even that of my own wife. There is a gender dynamic at play here that can only. . .
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Talking God With Your Kids

We were driving along, the family and I, when the discussion somehow transitioned into a question from my son, Ethan: “Dad, is there a word for all of the ‘omnis’ associated with God?” Now please be aware that, though that is an important and an amazing question, our family really isn’t that intellectual. In fact, I am pretty sure that the previous chatter included movie storylines, a question about lunch, and a smidgen of gossip. How did we get to theology? Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, there it was, a very big question. If your family is. . .
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4 Warnings Jesus Gives to Churchgoers

Jesus Talked to Churchgoers “If you are not more spiritual than those who are teaching you how to be spiritual, you will be one of those who will one day call out to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and I will say to your face—I never knew you.” Scary? It should be, especially since the above paraphrase is a synopsis of Jesus speaking to the Church at that time. The quote is a connecting of the dots from Jesus’ teaching at the Sermon on the Mount. Do you remember as a child getting one of those books full of all types of. . .
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I Am a Miracle

The Miracle of Change Not so much like a sea parting or an ax head floating but the same force that acted upon that water and that iron also changed my natural dynamics and the course of my life, and now I am acting differently than I or anyone else ever expected. My previous nature was to sin and to enjoy sin. I also languished as a young occultist and later as an atheist. My parents constantly fought (loudly) in our home and often threatened to divorce each other. Going to school was a type of hell in itself on. . .
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10 Parenting Tips for Raising “Real” Kids

When it comes to parenthood I knew that I could not raise perfect children, so I decided to go for the gold and try for real kids instead. Sort of a mix of Tom Sawyer and Lucy Pevensie with a dash of Jonny Quest. Here are some parenting tips that I either started with or have learned along the way: 1. Children need to be viewed as future adults Give them a wonderful childhood full of laughter, discovery, security, and grand memories, but with a constant perspective toward their maturity. 2. Teach them to worship rather than to behave Instructions. . .
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Christian Health Insurance & Trusting God

Health Insurance Insecurity Last month, my health provider informed me that my family was being dropped from their coverage—nothing personal—we represented just one of thousands of other families who will soon be without health insurance unless we scramble around looking for another company to take us on. Trusting God This is, of course, due to politics, and economics, and while much is being debated in those realms, my personal and individual dilemma is this; what makes me feel most secure? Is it an attachment to a large faceless corporation that will cover everything from major medical expenses to co-paying for. . .
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Traffic Stop

My target was in sight so I drove to the curb, put my van in park, flipped the hazard lights on, got out and started casually walking toward the police car. I’d been looking for an occasion to approach a peace officer and finally found my opportunity. It’s kind of funny I thought, all this traffic passing the both of us, everyone driving by was probably thinking that the cop had pulled me over. Then I wondered if anyone I knew would see what was going down and misunderstand. I could hear it now, “Did you know that Reverend Windham. . .
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Race: Human (fallen)

Tense Race Relations There has been a lot of talk recently regarding racial tension and race relations. Listening to the rhetoric of both sides pertaining to justice, rights, fairness, guilt…it makes me think of my own history in this matter. I grew up in north Florida but in the remnants of the Old South. My parents were moderate racists. By that I mean they were ignorantly glad that they were White. They had little affection for and much suspicion of any other race or nationality. I grew up with them referring to all Blacks by the ‘n’ word. Somehow, I. . .
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In the World but Not Of the World — Living the Antithesis

How to Live in the World but Not of the World I always get a chuckle out of what the apostle Paul said to the Corinthians as he explained who we, as Christians, were to associate with. He tells them, “Look, if you were to avoid the unconverted God would have taken you out of the world, right?” (My paraphrase). And then there are all those familiar verses that come to mind about how we are in the world but not of the world and all that is in the world is the lust of the eye, the lust of. . .
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How to Pray Without Ceasing

To Pray Without Ceasing Unifies the Christian Life Praying without ceasing is like an ocean where all our devotionals, Bible study and quiet times, like rivers, empty into its vastness and are lost by becoming part of the greater whole. The pursuit of holiness, knowing God and our utmost for His highest come to a consummation and remain a continuance as we commune with God morning and evening. Enoch walked with God. In doing so, he at once rejoiced in the Lord, always while also taking every thought captive, fighting the good fight, meditating day and night, and exercising himself. . .
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How to Be Patient (a drama in five scenes)

Scene 1: Be Patient Like You’re Dead Somewhere in the hills of southwest Virginia a man waits pensively, in one of the cavernous rooms within the underground headquarters of Highlands Ministries. Finally a door opens.. “Laurence?” “Yes?” “We need you to write another article. We need you to do it on how to be patient.” “What!” “You heard me; Patience. You’ve got 3 weeks.” “How am I supposed to do that?!” “This conversation is ended.” Every person that I know that could be considered completely patient has one thing in common — they are all dead. Not only are they. . .
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Man in the Mirror — Living Up to the Ideal

I had an encounter recently with my chief nemesis. He is well known to me and some of you have had occasion to meet him. He is not my favorite guy but he is always challenging when he is not being morose or too cavalier. “So,” he says to me, “what is driving your life?” “What do you mean?” say I, for it is apparent that my adversary is armed with agenda. “You know my life quite well,” I continued. “You know how I live and what I do and what my vocation is.” As I said these words I. . .
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Sacrificial Living — A Sad Story

Have I told you this story before? It is a sad story so if you are not in the mood then perhaps you might want to read this later. I truly do not want to spoil your day. Are you still here? Well then, here is my sad tale. Every so often I travel somewhere to do something, usually to speak to others about living like a Christian. This is a subject, by the way, that I am quite good at. There are times when my wife, Angela, accompanies me. We both like to travel and everyone who knows her. . .
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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

Dinner Table Doctrine I recently taught my children the meaning of total depravity. We started with the first word: total. Sitting around the dinner table I explained the biblical truth that there is nothing good in us. Not even a speck. Until God gives us a new heart, our hearts (and toes, and elbows, and eyelashes, etc) are completely bad. There is no innocence, no righteousness, nothing within us as fallen creatures that is pleasing to God. I think that they got it. And I really mean that, about their understanding what Daddy was teaching, but I also know that. . .
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If Your Theology Doesn’t Transform Your Living You’re Doing it Wrong

We are Forgetful of God’s Word There is a subtlety regarding our interaction with the Scriptures that causes our lives as Christians to be less than they could and ought to be. The apostle James spells this out in no uncertain terms by stating; “Looking at the Scriptures and going your way” is never going to do to and for us what, “looking at the Scriptures as you go” will do. (Read that last sentence again, slower, it’ll make sense.) The difference here is focus. And the focus initiates a transformation. The man who glances at the Word and goes. . .
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Weapons of Spiritual Warfare

Words of Spiritual Warfare The first question in the Bible came from the devil. Within that question, everything that God had said about mankind and the world was put into doubt. Here was a new voice speaking backwards regarding all that had been thus far spoken forth. And this was the cause of man’s fall. Thorns and thistles burst forth, but also all of the myriad levels of death: leanness of soul, frenetic activity, discontent, bitterness, arrogance, and so on. Adam and Eve enjoyed innocence, intimacy, perpetual youth, fulfillment, and fellowship with God to name a few. They were given. . .
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The Kingdom of God & Brownies

Kingdom of God Takes Hold It all starts with worship — potent worship. Like a kung-fu ballet or fudge brownies with just enough brownie mix to hold all those pecans together. Let’s face it, if you don’t have something that is worthy of passion then you ain’t got much at all. But once it takes hold, you see life radically differently. There is eternity in every moment. Those words spoken, that opportunity that presents itself, that child, that job, that illness; they all become what they were not before, because you were not who you were before. The world has. . .
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Laurence Windham

Laurence Windham.

Rev. Laurence Windham is a parish pastor at Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia, husband of Angela and Father to Lauren, Alayna, Ethan, Garrett, and Miles. He shares his life at http://sppcpastor.blogspot.com/
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