ShiftCon 2016 Post-Conference Reflections

Gena and I had a blast in New Orleans, at the SHIFTCON eco-wellness influencer conference. I learned so much that I knew very little about: ECO-WELLNESS. More importantly, I got to meet companies that are making an impact, by SHIFTING to a more eco-friendly way of doing business.

A couple of dozen of us served as volunteers at the conference. Gena and I like serving people, so we had fun getting there early to get people registered as they came in.  It was an easy, and fun task, and came with some pretty sweet perks.

I want to share with you my top three favorite brands I had never considered, until I arrived at SHIFTCON. 

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A Threat To Virility: Time Is Not On Our Side

A Threat To Virility:  Time Is Not On Our Side

Just a week ago, Time® magazine published an online article entitled Porn, A Threat To Virility.  Today, their magazine has the article as the cover story, on this week's edition. Kudos to them for speaking openly on it to the masses. There are others who are not afraid to address porn directly for the calamity that it is. Those voices are few and far between. What I've noticed in America is that most preachers don't want to preach on it, and educators don't want to teach on it. Scientists don't want to speculate without enough evidence that pornography is hurtful to a consumer. And parents don't want to talk about it to their children. I won't be quiet about this. I've researched it, I've consumed it, I've taught on it, and I will be speaking about it with my children and my youth group and their parents. The evidence is crystal clear in my experience, knowledge, and in other's stories that I have heard.

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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Men: ESV Men’s Devotional Bible {Giveaway}

Most men ask for tools, guns, or tools/guns accessories for Christmas. If it's not tools or guns, they want something for their favorite sport or vehicle.  Your gift's purpose may just be to make their life a little easier if they use it. Why not give a gift to your man that will help make major positive changes to their outlook for his life on earth? This perfect gift will not only change his life now, but it will change his life for the one to come. Don't you want to help give that kind of gift to someone you love? Crossway just put out a new ESV Men's Devotional Bible that is perfect gift for men.

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The Dude’s Guide To Marriage

This marriage post is brought to you by Family Christian.  All opinions are mine.

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Marriage is the 2nd biggest (longest) commitment you may ever make, behind your commitment to God.  One would think that if we are making such a life-long investment in a single commitment, that we would work more at making it succesful. Although I've been working at my marriage for 10+ years, I'm always in need of guidance. So when I found this book The Dude's Guide to Marriage: Ten Skills Every Hustband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well, I immediately related to it.  After cracking the cover and breaking it in, I haven't been disappointed.  Darrin, and his wife Amie Patrick, do a great job of laying out practical ways to help my marriage.  Each chapter focuses on a topic – Listen, Talk, Fight, Grow, Provide, Rest, Serve, Submit, Pursue, Worship – with action steps for improving each part of a couple's relationship.

The Dude's Guide to Marriage

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