We live in a culture that doesn’t respect the Bible’s claim for purity.  The idea of staying both physically and emotionally pure, as you wait for your future spouse, is not regularly practiced.  In fact, this idea is mocked.  You would think that a man of purity, such as Tim Tebow, should be a role-model…

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” – James 4:4 Do you know why the Roman emperor Nero persecuted Christians?  Long story short, there was an accidental fire that burned down much of Rome and…

Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet forfeit his soul?”  Jesus’ logic here is phenomenal.  If we don’t have Jesus (even though we may have everything else) we have nothing in the end.  This is just as true for our children and should therefore give us…

Goals are important, not only to have, but also to examine.  Our goals reveal to us our priorities.  They show us what we are focused upon. Many parents today, when asked about their children’s future, respond by saying something like this: “I just want them to make good grades and stay out of trouble.”  Or,…

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 What does it mean to ‘train up’ our children?  As in all things, definitions are important.  We can surround ourselves with all of the correct words and phrases, and yet, if…

Babies are a sweet gift whether by natural means or adoption. This is a short story on the amazing hand of God over the adoption of our 6th baby, Rubyjane Dodd.   It was 2006. Jared and I started our adoption journey because of our love of children. We had two kids but felt like…

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