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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Friday, November 18, 2011
#Today Is FridayToday is Friday, so let this be the day when you start some weekend traditions that you do with your family. Today is Friday, so plan something fun for tonight and launch "Family Fun Nights"! Today is Friday, so find someone to watch your children and go out with your wife. Today is Friday, so rake a pile of leaves with your children and jump in it with them. Today is Friday, take a long walk with your children and just listen to them. Today is Friday, go hug your family. Today is Friday, go say your sorry. Today is Friday, go work on "that" project with your son or daughter. Today is Friday, leave the weekly cares at the office. Today is Friday, remember you may never get another one with your family. Watch this.
Posted by John Ballenger at 12:05 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The reason why men forsake truth for error is, that they have not really understood that truth, in nine cases out of ten they have not embraced it with enlightened minds.
Let me exhort you, parents as much as lieth in you, to give your children sound instruction in the great doctrines of the gospel of Christ.
I believe that what Irving once said is a great truth. He said, "In these modern times you boast and glory, and you think yourselves to be in a high and noble condition, because you have your Sabbath-schools and British-schools, and all kinds of schools for teaching youth. I tell you," he said, "that philanthropic and great as these are they are the ensigns of your disgrace; they show that your land is not a land where parents teach their children at home. They show you there is a want of parental instruction; and though they be blessed things, these Sabbath-schools, they are indications of something wrong, for if we all taught our children there would be no need of strangers to say to our children 'Know the Lord.'"
I trust you will never give up that excellent puritanical habit of catechising your children at home. Any father or mother who entirely gives up a child to the teaching of another has made a mistake.
There is no teacher who wishes to absolve a parent from what he ought to do himself! He is an assistant, but he was never intended to be a substitute. Teach your children; bring up your old catechisms again, for they are after all blessed means of instruction, and the next generation shall outstrip those that have gone before it, for the reason why many of you are weak in the faith is this, you did not receive instruction in your youth in the great things of the gospel of Christ. If you had, you would have been so grounded, and settled, and firm in the faith, that nothing could by any means have moved you.
Posted by John Ballenger at 12:39 AM
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thank You To All Our Armed Forces
Warren Buffett says that if you run your financial life in good times, as though they were bad, then when bad times hit you can survive and thrive. I think the same attitude should be applied to our thankfulness toward America's Armed Forces. Let's not just remember them on days like 9-11, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day...but let's stay in a spirit of gratitude all throughout our lives. It's important for we dads to be thankful as individuals, but even more importantly for the example we show our children. Most children need to be taught thankfulness. In fact, I would argue that the art of thankfulness is quickly disappearing throughout our land. Here are a few ways for you and your children to say thank you to our Armed Forces.
1. Write a thank you letter as a family to an Armed Forces member on your street, in your community or at your local church.
2. Bake some chocolate chip cookies as a family and deliver them to a family in your area whose son or husband is in the military and away from home.
Posted by John Ballenger at 12:15 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lessons From Joe Paterno & the Penn State Sex Abuse Matter
It's sad to see a man with such a successful leadership career as a college football coach end so abruptly and badly. More sad is the abuse that innocent children suffered, with no leader to defend them.
There are two lessons we as Maverick Dads can take from this tragedy:
- First, we must stay close to God and His Word, humbly realizing our true need of Him to keep us on the right path as leaders. Never let pride deceive us into living a life without Him. Paul said, "that in me.......that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing." We are no better, as far as what our flesh is capable of, than Paul or Joe Paterno. To trust our leadership abilities apart from God is to begin down the road of destruction. It takes years to establish one's character and reputation, yet only minutes to destroy it.
- Secondly, as we see in Proverbs 25:2 - "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." It is the job of kings/leaders to search out a matter. Leaders do not have the luxury of looking the other way. It is our responsibility before God, when there is a mess, to roll up our sleeves and get to the bottom of the situation. It is our responsibility to make sure that justice is served to evil doers. In fact, according to Ecclesiastes 8:11 - "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." We grow the evil and its reach when we move slowly on matters of "sin in the camp".
Posted by John Ballenger at 11:09 PM
Please take a second to watch this video from Mercy Ministries here. Our vision at Maverick Dad is to not only raise our children to be Mavericks for the Kingdom of God but to reach out to the fatherless for the Kingdom of God.
Posted by John Ballenger at 3:49 PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Posted by John Ballenger at 5:05 PM