Introducing Strong Links
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Introducing Strong Links

Minute with Mike / June 2019 Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… 1 Chronicles 12:32a Moral change is happening quickly in our world. Followers of Jesus should not be frightened or discouraged by this truth. This is a time of clarifying and refining. We must...

Biblical Manhood: Tools for Equipping Men
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Biblical Manhood: Tools for Equipping Men

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 I have recently spoken to groups about raising masculine sons and feminine daughters. (I hijacked that title from a chapter of Point Man by Steve Farrar. Written over 20 years ago,...

The Power of a Project
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The Power of a Project

Originally Posted by Mike Young May 2012 Your children need you… They need large chunks of your time. They need to work beside you. They need to see you solve problems. They need to learn how you process things. They need to see your hands do something. They need to know how you handle challenges. They...

Daddies & Daughters: Strategic & Intentional
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Daddies & Daughters: Strategic & Intentional

Originally Posted by Mike Young July 2014 Current research is shouting that dads are instrumental to a daughter’s development. The way you live, love and lead will speak powerfully to your daughter about what true manhood looks like. We’ve all heard that girls marry men who remind them of their fathers. So, no pressure here...

Olive Shoots Around Your Table
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Olive Shoots Around Your Table

This post from Eric Geiger caught my eye because I’m currently reading the same book (The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell and John Gray). I love the fact that secular, academic research continues to point to the value of fathers and/or father figures in the lives of children, especially boys. Eric highlights some key father...

No Complaining! Practice Uncomfortability
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No Complaining! Practice Uncomfortability

Stacy and I used to lead a family camping trip at James River State Park for quite a few families in our Bible Fellowship group at church. It was always a blast. And there were always challenges. We’ve done a 7 mile stretch on the James River with over 50 folks in kayaks and canoes...

Pressing Through Disappointment: 8 Parenting Moments
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Pressing Through Disappointment: 8 Parenting Moments

Originally Posted by Mike Young November 2009 He didn’t make the team. Is it a big deal or not? It’s really a matter of perspective. When you’re a teenager working hard to achieve a goal, pouring your mind, body, heart and soul into something, failure is earth shattering. However, as adults, we know life goes...

NW Answers: Co-Signing a Loan
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NW Answers: Co-Signing a Loan

Mike, would you co-sign a loan so one of your kids could buy a vehicle? Great question. My dad co-signed for me to purchase a truck when I was a rising sophomore in college. I was thankful, and it was never a problem. I paid the loan off in full. (All 60 payments at $121.83)...

Passivity is the Bane of Manhood: Young Men Taking Action Against Evil
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Passivity is the Bane of Manhood: Young Men Taking Action Against Evil

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 To be clear, mass shootings and other forms of evil violence are reprehensible. I look forward to the day when we will hear of them no more. However, we currently live in a fallen world. Just this week,...