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100 Ways To Create Sticky Faith In Your Family

No part of parenting is easy. Whether we’re responding to our fifteen-month-old’s cries from the crib or our fifteen-year-old’s texts from the mall, we’re constantly improvising. Guessing. Hoping that what we’re doing comes close to what’s best for our kids. Part of that is inevitable. Parenting will always be a messy dance of art and science. But what if there was research that removed at least some of the guesswork about what is best for our kids — both now and long-term? What if we could learn from proven tools and ideas that would help us create a plan for our families? There is a much greater chance kids will stay connected to God if faith is modeled and talked…
Bob Jones
August 17, 2014
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The Secret to Genuine Happiness

Hugh Hewitt wrote his legacy book, "The Happiest Life," to bless his children and their children with wisdom for discovering genuine happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hewitt’s anecdotes from his broad experience as a lawyer, teacher, broadcaster and journalist. His connections with the who’s who of Hollywood, pro sports, and politics provide rare insights for what creates genuine happiness. Hewitt’s premise: a happy life involves seven gifts and seven givers. Life's 7 Gifts: 1. Encouragement – Its what you say to a friend or stranger that would “redeem a hard day or make a good one ever better.” 2. Energy – “A player of any game at any time who doesn’t bring his or her energy with them is an…
Bob Jones
February 23, 2014
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

"There's no place like home." Those were the magic words that returned Dorothy from Oz to her home in Kansas. Home, they say, is where the heart is. Sometimes, home is where the hurt is. Home Weight Dorothy only found "Oz" because she was running away from home. Feeling like running away from home - not as a child from your parents, but as a parent from your responsibilities? Parents can feel like they're carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Jocelyn and I have been there. Here's what we learned. 8 Ways To Make Your Home A Haven 1. Imperfections are allowed. There's a perception that families of faith, and especially a pastor's family, shouldn't have problems.…
Jones Bob
January 17, 2014
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A RESPONSE TO BULLYING

The "Leave It to Beaver" model of society from the early 1960s is a distant memory. Today, rude rules.  Reality television programs showcase domestic and social interactions driven by narcissism, competition and selfishness. From road rage in the morning commute to high decibel cell-phone conversations that ruin dinner out, behaving badly has become the hallmark of a me-first, bully world. Schoolyard to Facebook Bullies Today's students face the age old issue of "school yard" bullies. They also face a more painful emotional and relational bullying on social media. Facebook can become "Hatebook" and Instagram, Snapchat and Kik hold their own kind of danger. Teens across Canada have been driven to despair because of bullying on social media. Some have taken…
Bob Jones
January 7, 2014
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LOVE AND RESPECT IN THE FAMILY

There are two affirmations hidden in plain sight in the Bible: 1. Children need the love that God tells parents to give them (Titus 2:4). 2. Parents desire the respect that Scripture plainly says is their due (Exodus 20:12). Love And Respect Love & Respect in the Family, by Dr Emmerson Eggerichs, gives practical guidance to help break the Crazy Cycle of family imperfections and replace it with a healthy, energizing rhythm. This book is a great gift to give yourself (or another parent you can empathize with). This content is real and practical. It focuses on achieving healthy family dynamics through a few, but powerful principles. Dr. Eggerichs highlights candid input from his wife and three adult children. They…
Bob Jones
December 7, 2013
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DADS DON’T HAVE TO BE SUPERMAN

Dads don’t need to be super in order to raise great kids. No cape required for the role. Dads do need to be a man of steel when it comes to their faith, unconditional love and integrity. DARYL'S STORY Daryl Tancowny was a down linemen when he played football. He coached with me in the St Albert Minor Football League. The kids looked up to him in more ways than one. He's 6' 4" and a solid 280lbs. They called Daryl, "Big D." To watch him as a dad is incredible - he is a gentle giant. Daryl is the grateful father of two sons - future football players themselves. Hugging A Miracle Daryl says, “Becoming a father is proof…
Bob Jones
June 16, 2013