Join ShiftCon in New Orleans!

Join ShiftCon in New Orleans!

 
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disclosure: I am volunteering with ShiftCon, and have received a free ticket in exchange for my promotion and volunteering.


ShiftCon Social Media Conference will be held December 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverbank in New Orleans, LA!!  This conference will be the weekend after Thanksgiving and the weather should be perfect!  Come with me to see the city, network with organic and natural brands and other bloggers and social media influencers.  We will dine on nonGMO food, talk and learn more about moving towards a nontoxic environment, and of course…bring home swag!

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A Message To Graduates

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I was asked to give a message to the graduates for the MHS Baccalaureate this year. Yesterday I delivered that message. I had an adult female stranger come up to me afterward, and tell me that my message was spot on, and that I should publish it. I've never been asked to publish any of my sermons, so here it is. I omitted a few lines that only pertained to the live audience, but this version gets my entire point across:

All of you are on a journey that has intersected at the end of high school.
I’m so glad God has brought you to this point. Have you given him the credit?
Let’s do that right now. (prayer)

Every one of you have walked different paths with different choices and different people alongside you. Can you remember every choice and every person from your first 18 years? No, you can’t.

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Save Money Today with Groupon Coupons

Save Money With Groupon Coupons

Our family has been using Groupon for many years now.  We have saved big on vacations, recreation, concerts, sports events, and more.  Until recently, though, I did not know that Groupon Coupons existed.  Besides having a cool name, these things really can save you big on stuff you are already purchasing.

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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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A Texas Boy In South Africa

I recently traveled to South Africa as a part of the leadership team for my church.  I landed on 3 continents in 36 hours. From DFW to D.C., to London, to Johannesburg. Talk about exhausting!  Then from Johannesbug, we flew across South Africa, to Cape Town.  That's a lot to try and see in 12 days. We spent 8 days in Johannesburg, SA, and northern South Africa, and 24 hours in Cape Town, SA. The purpose of the trip was to spend time with our missionaries, Louis and Linda Gerber.  But, when you go across the pond, you don't just schedule a few lunches, and rest your head.  Brent and I made the most of every minute we had in the eastern hemisphere. There's so much I can say about what I learned about South Africa, but you'll have to ask me face to face, if you want that story. The rest of it, I'll just show you, in the slideshow I've made. The soundtrack to the slideshow (and my favorite part of the trip) is of the worship songs that we sang during a Sunday morning service, with the Hilltop Church of Christ in downtown Johannesburg. 

 

Take Time to Be a Dad Today!

Take Time To Be A Dad Today

Take Time To Be A Dad Today

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I am so lucky to be a dad to three wonderful boys.  My life has been blessed by these hilarious little guys.  It is often hard for me to spend time with them, but I do the best that I can and it pays off.

Research has proven that the more involved a dad is, the more successful his children are. A father's influence can determine a child's social life, academic achievement, and future achievements.

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10 Life Hacks for Raising a Son

10 Life Hacks for Raising a Son

10 Life Hacks for Raising a SonNobody knows exactly how to raise their son. There is no instruction manual that comes with the birth of a boy. If someone ever tells you how you should raise your child without actually knowing your child, just glean what you can and move on. No two boys are the same. However, every male is born with a certain set of needs, and the potential to become a great man. 

Here are 10 life hacks I feel may help you in guiding your son through his first 18 years: They aren't easy, but they are worth it.

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A Link Between Millennials and Gen Xers

link-between-millenials-genxers      I'm technically a millennial, (born between 1980 and 1999) although I've been told I'm not like my contemporaries. Most of my friends are at least in their mid-thirties, or older. Most of my co-workers (past and present) are in their 50s and 60s. I grew up with the millennial generation and I have tried to fit in with my age group for most of my life.  For those of us on the older end of the millennial range, we spent most of our teenage years in the 90's and early 2000's. To me, those years were defined by some key elements that shaped the way we lived and made decisions. Here are the top five cultural influences that I believed shaped my generation's teenage years.

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Oven Grilled Shrimp – Perfect for a Valentine’s Date

Oven Grilled Shrimp – Perfect for Valentine's Day

Every man loves meat, but man and woman are not created equal. So how are you going to make that special Valentine's Day dinner tasty for both of you? Oven grilled shrimp seasoned with Grub Rub, is the tastiest, healthiest, and easiest way to meet in the middle.  (Grub Rub doesn't have MSG or preservatives.)  Recently, my wife made this recipe for us, and I haven't ever enjoyed shrimp as much as I did then. This is a recipe you'll want to steal and put in your pocket for Valentine's Day. But because it's so easy and no-mess, it serves well for a summer picnic too! 

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Mama’s Chili: Easy and Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy and Healthy Chili Recipe

Winter is just upon us and it's warm dinners are paramount. There are so many chili recipes out there, and everyone thinks their mother or father makes the best.  Rather than claim that my chili is better than yours, I'm going to claim something else. My easy and healthy chili recipe is easier, and most likely, healthier and cheaper than what you'll find online. Not only that, it tastes great and kids love it.  With my Mama's chili, you can cook and eat in as quick as 20 minutes, depending on the amount you're serving.

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