Another Empty Jar
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Another Empty Jar

Minute with Mike / September 2017 Some years ago, I placed 4 mason jars on a shelf in my office. Each had different numbers of glass beads representing the remaining weeks of influence that we had until our children turned 18. The beads have been a constant reminder that our time of critical influence passes...

Got 15 Minutes? Sharpen Your Ministry to Men With This New Resource.
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Got 15 Minutes? Sharpen Your Ministry to Men With This New Resource.

I have some exciting news to share with you. The NCMM (National Coalition of Ministries to Men) has released a new book, How to Disciple Men (Short and Sweet): 45 Proven Strategies from Experts on Ministry to Men. I’m privileged to serve as the president of NCMM and contributed a chapter to the effort, Chapter...

Are You Equipping Your Children? 4 Questions to Ponder
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Are You Equipping Your Children? 4 Questions to Ponder

Originally Posted by Mike Young October 2006 Guys, this week I want to challenge you to think about your role and responsibilities as a father. I know lot’s of men who say that the primary focus for their lives is to provide for their families. Many men want to be remembered as a good provider....

6 Parenting Strategies for the Transition to Middle School
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6 Parenting Strategies for the Transition to Middle School

Originally Posted by Mike Young September 2007 Our oldest son, Timothy, started middle school this year. Elementary school is one thing but middle school is a big step, especially for the oldest in the family. Tim was a bit anxious about the transition but we knew he would be fine. The challenge is this. As...

Invest in Your Marriage While Saving Some Money
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Invest in Your Marriage While Saving Some Money

Men, when you think about your most important tangible assets, you probably think about your home or maybe a car. I’m sure that you guard and protect them with regular inspections, maintenance and repair. As a matter of fact, the wise man actually invests in ‘preventative maintenance’ because it’s cheaper and more effective than crisis...

Celebrating Like-Minded Ministries: Men Of Valor International
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Celebrating Like-Minded Ministries: Men Of Valor International

We love to celebrate the impact of like-minded ministries! Men of Valor International has a similar mission to Noble Warriors but their field of ministry is international. Brad Smith and his team help churches in other countries understand the Biblical importance of strategically prioritizing men’s discipleship. Check out MOV International here and read a couple...

Heavenly Treasures vs. Earthly Trophies
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Heavenly Treasures vs. Earthly Trophies

Originally Posted by Mike Young July 2005 Our lives are often filled with the pursuit of recognition. We all like to be acknowledged for our achievements. Recently, my oldest son’s baseball team completed a strong season. They won the pre-season tournament, lost only two regular season games, then went on to win the final tournament. Timothy...

A Point Man Legacy
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A Point Man Legacy

Stacy and I were DINKS (Double Income No Kids) when we traveled to Michigan to visit Gordon and Joan Ramsay. Gordon and Joan were friends with Stacy through Virginia Tech Baptist Student Union. They married a few years before us and already had a child. We learned much from watching them do ‘family’ on our...

Spiritual Eclipse: Are You Living in the Shadow?
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Spiritual Eclipse: Are You Living in the Shadow?

Originally Posted by Mike Young October 2005 It defies understanding… Recently, I heard a story of a bow hunter drawing back on a deer, releasing the arrow expecting a direct hit. But instead, he buried the arrow deep in a small tree that stood between the hunter and the hunted. I’m not much of a...