Spiritual Gifts for Christmas Eve
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Spiritual Gifts for Christmas Eve

Stacy and I want to encourage spiritual growth for everyone in our family. Like many other families, we each open one special gift on Christmas Eve before reading Luke 2. Each gift focuses on spiritual growth. The gifts are always carefully selected to be age appropriate and meaningful to each family member. Over the years,...

A Game That is Okay to Quit
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A Game That is Okay to Quit

Originally Posted by Mike Young December 2006 This week in The Quest for Authentic Manhood we have been talking about the Heart Wound. It’s pretty clear from scripture that none of us were born choosing to do good or putting the needs of others before our own. If you have children you have certainly seen...

Men and Hospitality
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Men and Hospitality

So, the fact that we can’t find good photos of men serving at Thanksgiving proves the point of this blog post. So, post a photo on social media of a man practicing hospitality over the holidays and tag us in it! Let’s see men living out hospitality! A Thanksgiving Challenge… Men, I wonder if we...

Thankful for God’s Word & It’s Application
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Thankful for God’s Word & It’s Application

Originally Posted by Mike Young November 2005 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Happy Thanksgiving! I have been contemplating how to address the issue of thankfulness through Noble Notes. Let...

1 Question Survey Results – Who’s Responsible?
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1 Question Survey Results – Who’s Responsible?

Who’s responsible for spiritual growth of children? Here’s what over 1,000 men across the country told us in a 1 Question Survey. Does your church have a plan/strategy to help men succeed with what most believe is a primary responsibility?

Standing Near As They Struggle
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Standing Near As They Struggle

I’m not typically a poetry guy but I found this poem (The Writer by Richard Wilbur), and the email from Jay Payleitner, worth my time. Read the poem a couple of times, even if you’re not a poetry guy. Can you identify with this father’s heart? He listens to his daughter struggle with an assignment and...

Head to Head: The Manger Build vs. Children’s Christmas Musical
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Head to Head: The Manger Build vs. Children’s Christmas Musical

We often hear that the church calendar is too full at Christmas and “We simply can’t do The Manger Build because we already do a Christmas musical for the kids.” OK, I get it. And I’m not going to tell you not to do the musical but here’s an itemized (and admittedly biased) analysis of...

Prayer at the Pole & Beyond: Resources for the Praying Dad
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Prayer at the Pole & Beyond: Resources for the Praying Dad

Don’t let praying for your children or the children of others be a one-day or one-time event. Men, I hope you’ll cultivate a habit of praying with and for your kids (or someone else’s). We’ve searched for some blog posts and resources that may help or encourage you to this end. Check them out below....

Prayer at the Pole: Praying for Your Kids (or Someone Else’s)
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Prayer at the Pole: Praying for Your Kids (or Someone Else’s)

Friends, I hope you have this Wednesday morning (September 27th) marked on your calendar. It’s national See You At The Pole day. Students, parents and in some cases, school officials will gather around flag poles in front of schools across the country to pray. They’ll pray for students, teachers, friends, coaches, administrators, government officials. It’s...

6 Great Reasons to Host The Manger Build this Christmas!
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6 Great Reasons to Host The Manger Build this Christmas!

1) Most families in your community celebrate Christmas but don’t know Jesus. Sad, but true. It’s hard to believe how so many could miss Christ in Christmas, but they do. Your church could help families learn why they’re celebrating! 2) Churches often struggle to engage busy young families. Everywhere I go, men’s ministry leaders ask,...