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Wednesday, April 17 2019
Matthew 18:1-6
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, 
“Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 
2And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 
3and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like 
children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
4“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest 
in the kingdom of heaven. 5“And whoever receives one such child 
in My name receives Me; 6but whoever causes one of these little 
ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to 
have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned 
in the depth of the sea.
DADs...many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble
But our Lord set a little child before his disciples, solemnly assuring them, that 
unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom
Wow. A wake up call for me! 
My brothers, little children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, 
are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. 
How sad is it, that as we grow older, we allow our joy to be hardened by experiences and other people?
It is true that we as children soon begin to show other personality traits, and other ideas are taught to us at an early age; 
conformed in a world with other expectations for us!
DADs, God wants us to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, 
and willing to be the least of all. 
We must find time to ensure we stay free from the chains of pride and worldly deception. 
That we maintain our connection with God, and reveal His compassion and love unconditionally as a little child. 
DADs…let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.
I love you my brothers.
Live and Play fully today! 
Like God’s child on a playground!
Full of joy and anticipation!
To God be the glory.
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!


 

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Tuesday, April 09 2019
DADS…the first "D" in DAD does not stand for Done!
It stands for “DAILY”
The secular world in may cases will tell us “done" is the reality. 
Unfortunately in many cases…we as fathers of children “live" into that description.
Statistics say we are “done" too. 
Many men right after or even before the birth of 
their own children, mentally, physically, or both decide they are done.
To combat the done definition…
we can choose to be the DAD God has actually called us to be!
Here are 4 ways DADs can DAILY practice, and dismiss the “done” 
label for good with our children and family:
#1 - Engage
Definition of ENGAGED
 
1:  involved in activity : occupied
2:  greatly interested : committed
3:  involved especially in a hostile encounter
4:  being in gear : meshed

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, 
and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
The first step is to ENGAGE our kids and family. Where can you take the initiative to be more ENGAGING?
#2  - Empathize
I Corinthians 12:26
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
The second step is to EMPATHIZE with our kids and family. What needs in your family are you not acknowledging?
#3 - Encourage
Galatians 6:9–10
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a 
harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, 
especially to those who belong to the family of believers. 
The third step is to ENCOURAGE our kids and family. Who needs ENCOURAGEMENT today to push through?
#4 - Elevate
The best way to influence your children is to set an example before them. 
Remember, the majority of children acquire the characteristics and habits of their parents.
DADs…the Bible says, 
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” - Proverbs 22:6
The fourth step to ELEVATE is a culmination of the steps 1-3. How can you put these steps into practice TODAY?
DADs…we are NEVER “done”
DADs…we DO NOT retire!
DADS…we NEVER graduate!
Engage. Empathize. Encourage. Elevate. TODAY!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…
get off the bench…
“get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, April 03 2019
DADsfor some reasonno matter how old I get, its nice to be reminded that I am good enough!
That I still possess what it takeshave all that I needto be the DAD.
And the best place to receive that confirmation is found in your Bible.
Here are (3) things every DAD needs to remember:
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 
Genesis 1:27
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good workswhich God prepared in advance for us to do. 
Ephesians 2:10
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you…" 
Exodus 3:11-12a
DADs...When we are focused on our weaknessesRemember God Created us in His image!
When we question our purpose…Remember God Created “us” to do His work(one of the most important PURPOSES in the world is to be the DAD!)
When we doubt our "DADability"Remember God He is always with us!
When I was a high school principal…I told the students every day that they were Valuable. Complete. Loved.
Those are (3) things we all need to hear RIGHT?
And because WE TOO ARE God’s children no matter how old we are...DADs…know that you too are valuable, complete, and loved!
Remember...
(1) You ARE Created in his image
(2) You ARE Created to do His work
(3) He is always with you DADS!
Go be the DAILY Active Devoted DAD today!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, March 27 2019
DADs…words sometimes fascinate me... take the word “margin” for example.
In the secular world margin is a laser focus for many. It represents a level of importance leading towards what the world labels as success.
In our personal lives margin does not always carry the same urgency.
Let's consider two definitions of margin:
1. One definition for margin is an "amount by which a thing is won or falls short."
  • 2. Another definition is the "amount of something included so as to be sure of success or safety."
    Margins for your career...may be important to us as we look to climb the professional ladder.
    Margins in your day...may allow extra time as we schedule our check lists of things to do.
    Margins in our spending and saving...may lead us to create a budget. 
    In the business world margin can equate to profit and sales.
    So what does margin mean to your family?
    To your wife?
    DADS…to your children?
    Lets go back to the two definitions shared…
    1. an amount by which a thing is won or falls short.
    Do you as the dad ensure enough margin to secure a victory for your family?
    2. an amount of something included so as to be sure of success or safety.
    Do you as the dad ensure enough margin to secure success or safety for your kids?
When I was a young dad I was consumed with the yesterdays and tomorrows! In my present life-stage as a granddad my focus has become on the immediate and today! I look at my 18 month old granddaughter…project out her life, and see the reality of my margin is real! And it is diminished with the passing of each day!
The question is what am I going to do with my margin? Am I making room for the right things in my margins?
Making room for your margins begins with making room for God...

Psalm 46:10 
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Today I see that my margin is limited for making difference in my granddaughter's life, and for all those God places in my path daily. Finding time to be still and feel God’s presence will amplify your margin. 
DADs when it comes to your family and children…we cannot treat them like a savings account, storing up to one day use.
One day is Today!
Do not wait…seize the margin. Maximize the margins of this precious life God has given you. Live the whole picture of your life…without borders taking the margin to the very edge today. 
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, March 20 2019

In loss you can either become embittered or enlarged.
Why must we sometimes experience a painful life changing event to get over ourselves?
To have the ah ha…or the realization that we are not the first OR only one to experience this pain or sorrow or life stage?

Because we live in world all about us! 

When I took my daughter to college…I called my dad…and asked him..."how did you do this?" When I gave my daughter away in marriage…I called at my dad…and asked..."how did you do this?" When I realized how important it was to live close to my new granddaughter…I called my dad…and asked..."how did you do this?

When my dad died…this past September 3. In the darkness of my dad’s absence I became suddenly more empathetic…One of the first persons I apologized to was my wife…who had lost her dad the year before. I asked her..."how do you do this?" I just thought she was ok. Was strong. In my pain I felt her loss. 

God feels our pain too. He gave His one and only son for us. For you and for me. He knows the depths we sometimes travel. He hears our crying out. He wants us to reach for HIM.

As we have read the last six weeks...Every day God gives us a...

  1. New Song
  2. New Self
  3. New Covenant
  4. New Vision
  5. New Start
  6. New Spirit



Six packages wrapped. One size fits all! Will you unwrap them TODAY? 

If you go back and study the 6 scriptures I gave you, (and I challenge you to do so) and you put together the first letter of each book…Revelation; Ephesians; Matthew; Acts; Deuteronomy; Ezekiel…it spells REMADE!

My brothers…my precious brothers…DADs...YOU HAVE BEEN REMADE.

Final stanza of my favorite old hymn #707:
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Victory to you my brothers! 

DADs…open your gifts and receive the victory God has already won for you and for me!

#6words…I love you. I need you. 
#vcl…you are Valuable. Complete. Loved.

To God be the Glory!
Amen. Amen. 

DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!

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Wednesday, March 13 2019
DADS...You Have Been Remade - Part 6
“New Spirit”
DADS…as I have shared the prior FIVE weeks, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to 
share with “us over what is now the next three weeks. 
(Go back and read weeks 1-5 to catch up). 
Six gifts that God gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.
In week 1we talked about the gift of a “New Song”God gives us. 
Week 2we shared God’s gift of a “New Self.
Week 3we read about the “New Covenant.”
Week 4 we learned about this “New Vision”God gives us in Acts!
Week 5 we receive a “New Start"
This week we acknowledge God’s gift of a “New Spirit.”
19 And I will give them one heart, and new spiritI will put within them. I will remove the them their heart of stoneand give them a heart of flesh,
Lets break verse 19 down and define the key words/phrases:
one heart...
a single heart to the honour and glory of God, and firmly attached to his word and worship
new spirit...
the Holy Spirit of God, the author of, regeneration and renovation
heart of stone
a heart hardened by sin...
heart of flesh...
a sensible and penitent one; a soft and tender one;
Read the words of the song "Change my heart oh God”  
written by Eddie Espinosa
Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true 
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You 
You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me 
This is what I pray 
Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true 
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You
The essence of Eddie’s song is a prayer asking God to change us, making our hearts “true,” and changing us into his own image.
Only God can change a heart…to be transformed.
When will you decide you have had enough? 
When will you accept God’s “New Spirit” and allow Him to change you?
DADs a Sixth gift God gives us Today and EVERY DAY is a “NEW SPIRIT
DADs...Today...You Have Been Remade!!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…
get off the bench…
“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
 
To follow the “Suit Up” Movement…
 
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Wednesday, March 06 2019

“New Start” 
DADS…as I have shared the prior four weeks, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to share with “us over what is now the next three weeks. 
(Go back and read weeks 1-4 to catch up). 
Six gifts that God gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.
In week 1we talked about the gift of a “New Song”God gives us. 
Week 2we shared God’s gift of a “New Self.
Week 3we read about the “New Covenant.”
Last week we learn about this “New Vision” God gives us in Acts!
This week we get a “New Start"
Deuteronomy 10:1-5 
10 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood.
 And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.’ 
So I made an ark of wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand. 
And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the Lord gave them to me. 
Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had madeAnd there they are, as the Lord commanded me.”
v1 Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the firstMoses broke the tablets of the law, not only out of anger, but also as a powerful visual representation of Israel’s breaking of the law of God. Now God commanded that they restore the law by bringing forth two new tablets of the law.
v4 He wrote on the tablets according to the first writingGod wanted His written word to be the starting point for Israel’s “right" walk with Him. Therefore, He restored the tablets, even writing on the second tablets with His own hand.
*This is a powerful picture of the inspiration of God’s word; though God did not literally write the Scriptures with His own hand, He perfectly guided the minds and hands of the writers, so that the Scriptures are “God-breathed” inspired by God. 
v5 And put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are: Getting “right" with God after a time of rebellion must always begin and center on God’s word. In the days of Josiah, King of Judah, repentance and revival came to the people of God when they focused on God’s word again. 
With God we get a “do over”every day! 
Have you rebelled enough…is it time to “get right?” 
Start with God’s word.
DADs a Fifth gift God gives us Todayand EVERY DAYis a “NEW START
Which day will you set your course and focus your “New Start” on God’s word?
DADs...Today...You Have Been Remade!!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, February 27 2019

“New Vision” 

DADS…as I have shared the prior three weeks, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to share with “us” over what is now the next three weeks. (Go back and read weeks 1-3 to catch up). Six gifts that God gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.

In week 1 we talked about the gift of a “New Song” God gives us. Week 2 we shared God’s gift of a “New Self.” Last week we read about the “New Covenant.”

This week 4 we learn about this “New Vision” God gives us in Acts!

Acts 22:13-15

13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’  And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.

One of my all-time favorite Christian artists is Brandon Heath. Brandon wrote the song “Give Me Your Eyes”

Meditate on these first two stanzas:

Give me Your Eyes!

Give me your eyes for just one second

Give me your eyes so I can see,

Everything that I keep missing,

Give your love for humanity.

Give me your arms for the broken-hearted

The ones that are far beyond my reach.

Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.

Give me Your eyes so I can see.

What is it that you need to see differently today?

Where do you need to use your New Vision?

DADs is it time…To see your wife in a new light? For you to see your own children within your walls in a different light? For you to see yourself in a new way? The way God sees you? The precious child of God that you are!

DADs a FOURTH gift God gives us Today and EVERY DAY is a “NEW VISION” God gives each of us His eyes…

Which set of lens do YOU choose to look through?

DADs...Today...You Have Been Remade!!

DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!

So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!

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Wednesday, February 20 2019
“New Covenant” 
DADS…as I shared beginning the prior two week’s, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to share with “us over what is now the next four weeks (Go back and read week one to catch up). 
Six gifts that God gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.
In week one we talked about the gift of a “New Song” God gives us. 
Last week we shared God’s gift of a “New Self.
Today we read in Matthew about the gift of our “New Covenant” in Christ!
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave 
it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 
28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for 
many for the forgiveness of sins. 
29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now 
on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
DADs…can you imagine what the disciples were thinking around that table that night, when Jesus was literally offering Himself and what was to come as a covenant for them and for all believing in Him?
What does that New Covenant mean to you?
A “covenant" can be defined as a contractagreementundertakingcommitmentguaranteewarrantpledgepromisebondindenture; pactdealsettlementarrangementunderstanding.
When Jesus says,"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins,” you can replace the word “covenant” with any of those definitions listed above, but to be one of the “many”we as men and DADs must receive and open the gift. 
DADs a THIRD gift God gives us Today and EVERY DAY is a “NEW COVENANT
DADs, we all have the same opportunity to enter into this new “covenant” with Christ. 
Let’s open this gift like a little boy on Christmas morning quickly opening his presents. 
Then through Jesus Christ and His covenant with us, we can walk confidently daily remembering... 
Today...You Have Been Remade!!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, February 13 2019
“A New Self"
DADS…as I shared beginning in last week’s blog, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to 
share with “us over what is now the next five weeks (Go back and read week one to catch up).
Six gifts that He gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.
We read in Ephesians 4:22-24:
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, 
which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
So what does it mean to "Put off the Old”?
  1. Verses 22–24 are the teaching of the Lord for Christians who have been awakened by the voice of Jesus,who have been given a new eternal life within and who are now in the school of Christ waiting and eager to be taught how to live,
  2. No longer like the Gentiles in the futility of their minds (v. 17) but like new creatures whose lives are full of meaning and hope and joy. 
School my brothers is now in session. 
It is not private. It is very public and has open enrollment!
A good clue to the meaning of "the old self" is in Colossians 3:8–9:
But now put them all away...anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. 
9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old person with its practices.
DADs…so putting off the "old self" is more than just setting aside and putting off old practices, because Colossians 3:9 says we put it off WITH it's practices.
 
We leave it…whatever it is…and all its parts…and things it creates. 
So DADs How do we "Put on the New”?
Colossians 3:12:  reveals the new person that we are supposed to "put on”... Paul says, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and loved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience."
Is putting off the "old self" easier than putting on "new self”? DOES IT MEAN TO DISCARD IT ALL? 
Do you put new shoes over old ones? If you can do that…I want to see! To enroll in the School of Christ, you have to do both! 
 
DADs the SECOND gift God gives us Today and EVERY DAY is a “NEW SELF
DADS…let’s receive this gift and Take off the old…put on the new! 
Today...You Have Been Remade!!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you! So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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