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


Jun 16 2010

The Blessing of the Fleet

Keep praying for those being affected by the oil spill in the Gulf - those working on fixing it, our leaders, the families that lost loved ones, the families whose livliehoods are being hurt, BP ... just keep praying!  One of the things mentioned in the President's address to the country last night was "The Blessing of the Fleet".  A blessing said by clergy in fishing communities.  There are variations of the blessing, but here is a commonly used one:

“Most gracious Lord, who numbered among your apostles the fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John, we pray you to consecrate this boat to righteous work in your name. Guide the captain at her helm. So prosper her voyages that an honest living may be made. Watch over her passengers and crew and bring them to a safe return. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon this vessel and all who come aboard, this day and forever. Amen”

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Jun 16 2010

On the Seventh Day...Lisa Camp sermon

Lisa had a great time speaking to 3rd & 4th graders at a church camp last night!  She was given the topic of sharing on days 4-7 on Creation and thanks to K-LOVE listener Stephanie (a lawyer from Indianapolis), she had these amazing thoughts and insight into the 7th day of Creation.  See her notes below (and thanks Stephanie!)


  • The Seventh Day

o   Well, we’re going to talk about the Sabbath today, and the Sabbath is the day that God rested after he created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. 

o   Would you be tired if you created the whole universe in seven days? Did you know that God never gets tired?  He never needs a rest!  But He rested anyway, because He wanted to show us that He knows what we need.  We need a rest sometimes because we’re just human beings.

o   Here’s what the bible says, in Genesis 2:1-3: 


So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. (NLT)


o   What else did God do on the seventh day besides rest?  (He blessed it and declared it holy)  What does holy mean?

o   So the Sabbath is not just a regular rest, it’s a special rest that God made holy by blessing it. 


  • God’s Rest for Us

o   In the book of Hebrews, God tells us more about his special, holy rest, and I’m going to read some of that to you now, from Hebrews 4:1-3 and 6-7: 


God's promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn't share the faith of those who listened to God. For only we who believe can enter his rest. So God's rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. (NLT) (emphasis added)


o   This is kind of a hard question, but what do you think God is telling us we need to do to have his special rest? (accept Jesus into our hearts, have the Holy Spirit)

o   When can we have his special rest when Jesus is in our hearts?  (right now!!!!  all the time!!!) 

  • Wrap up
    • We aren’t like God at all, we’re just human beings.  This means we need to rest and obey God so we can do the work he has for us while we’re here on the earth.  We need to have “regular” rest for our bodies and our minds, like when it’s summer and we just have fun swimming and playing outside, and we also need to have the special, holy rest that God tells us about in the bible.  So I’m going to say our closing prayer now, and while I’m doing that, I want you to think to yourself about what things you can do to have that special rest with God.