Jun 21 2010

Shine Your Light

On this first day of Summer there is more sunlight today than any other day of the year.  So we have more "light" to let our light shine.  Here are some ways you can make a difference today, courtesy of author and Pastor Max Lucado ...

  • Volunteer at a local prison.
  • Visit patients in a local AIDS hospice or hospital.
  • Read books or share music with the elderly at a nursing home.
  • Take a fast from drinking anything but water for a month, and donate the money saved to help bring clean water to those who need wells.
  • Look around your neighborhood and ask if single parents, handicapped, or elderly people need help with house or yard projects.
  • Throw a special dinner party at your house for people who usually eat alone.
  • Be a big brother or big sister to a child who doesn't have two parents.
  • Organize clothes or a food drive to aid local ministries.
  • Pack "snack packs" to hand out to homeless people to see on the street.
  • Take a working mission trip outside the country.
  • Write letters of support to soldiers stationed away from their families.
  • Learn about child slavery and work with service organizations.
  • Secretly pay for someone's dinner bill at a restaurant.
  • Identify a group of people you have previously disliked or held a bias against, then make an effort to move toward them in love.
  • Help to paint or fix - up worn down fences and houses in low-income parts of your town.
  • Help organize a community garden to aid those living on a fixed income.
  • Build teams to help raise funds and awareness for specific charities through walks, runs and other fundraisers (such as Hoops of Hope, 40 - Hour Famine, Soles4Souls).
  • Schedule prayer marathons at your church to pray about specific needs in your community.

 

Jun 18 2010

Father's Day Quotes

"Fathers are the great gift-givers of the world!"
- Mrs. John Bruce Dodd, founder of Father’s Day

"One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters."
- George Herbert

The father of a couple of teenagers called the telephone company and announced, "I want to report an obscene phone bill."
- Vern McLellan

Father to teenage son: "No, you can’t use the car—but please feel free to use the lawnmower."
- Vern McLellan

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
- Theodore Hesburgh

"My father didn’t tell me how to life; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
- Clarence Budington Kelland

"You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes."
- Walter Schirra Sr.

My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life."
- Jim Fox

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
- Shakespeare

"God is the Father who is always home."
- Unknown

"Of all nature’s gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?"
- Cicero

"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity."
- Jean Paul Richter

"It has been said that paternity is a career imposed on you without any inquiry into your fitness for it. That is why there are so many fathers who have children, but so few children who have fathers."
- Adlai Stevenson

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be."
- Frank A. Clark

Small boy’s definition of Father’s Day: It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend so much.
- Unknown

Jim Bishop describes the feeling a father had when his daughter became engaged: "This is the third of four daughters. Every time it happens, I’m obsessed with the feeling I’m giving a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla."

Jun 17 2010

All Pro Dad - Mark Merrill

Mark Merrill, founder of Family First and All Pro Dad - a ministry geared to help men be better fathers, joined us this morning.  Mark shared these tips ...

10 Ways to know you are being a good father:

1. When your calendar is full of things to do with your children

2. When you admit when you are wrong and ask your children to forgive you

3. When you take an interest in their friends and know their names

4. When you eat together with your children

5. When you take an interest in what they enjoy doing

6. When you show affection to your wife in front of them

7. When you advocate that they speak to you and each other respectfully

8. When your son or daughter comes running to you when they get hurt

9. When you calmly and gently discipline your children without yelling or screaming

10. When you tuck your children into bed at night and tell them “I love you”

 

Some cool ideas for Father's Day gifts (courtesy of All Pro Dad's partner site iMom)

What do Dads really want for Father's Day?  Well, even more than the dream gifts like boats, cars, and iPhones, they really want their children's love.

To help your children convey their feelings, video them saying why they love their dad; here's a sample video, to give you some ideas.   If you prefer lower tech options, have your kids write out their top 10 reasons here, then present them creatively,
like this.

 

Jun 16 2010

Max Lucado on Father's Day

Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado joined us this morning to chat about Father's Day. If you missed our conversation with Max, click the links below for highlights:

 

 What Max would like for Father's Day

Comfort for those who have a hard time around Father's Day