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Parenting 101: 3 Steps To Building A Successful Family

A lot of hard work goes into building a successful family. Looking back over 35+ years of parenting, along with the fact that we definitely made our share of mistakes, here are 3 key steps that will contribute to a a great family. Step #1 CHOOSE YOUR FOUNDATION CAREFULLY Every construction project begins with the foundation. It is the key to the building’s stability. If you’ve ever spent the afternoon building sandcastles on the beach, you  ...

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Changing Your Thinking For The Better

I recently finished reading a great book titled 18 MINUTES by Peter Bergman. I learned a lot from this book – but one of the most interesting things I learned about was a term known as ‘confirmation bias.’ Confirmation bias describes how we look for information, behaviors, and evidence that show us things are the way we believe they should be. In other words, we look to confirm that we’re right. For example a person holds a belief that  ...

Blog, Friendshp, Life

5 Secrets To Lifelong Friendships

Over the past few years, researchers have discovered that friendships have a profound impact on our psychological and physical well being. Friendships among those who have known one another for years – as well as friendships among family members – seem to play an important role in a person’s overall health. Of course, maintaining lasting friendships is easier said than done. Reports estimate that most American adults have an  ...

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4 Reasons Your Kids Need To Be In Church

With extracurricular activities bombarding families these days, the dilemma that so many face is making church attendance a priority for the family. Weekends are jam packed with sports, dance recitals and the list goes on. John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues recently conducted a study to look at the effects of religion on child development.  They asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000  ...

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Reflecting on Good Friday

Several years ago, I came across this reading by Max Lucado.  It has become a tradition for me now, to read it on the Eve of Good Friday to remind myself that although Jesus was fully God, He was also fully man. He felt pain, betrayal, grief, doubt and all of the other emotions that we humans experience.  I love how Max Lucado describes what Jesus might have been thinking as He left the Carpentry Shop at the age of 30 and began His journey  ...

Blog, Leadership, LifeQuest Church

5 Ways To Lead Teams Effectively

Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all ‘needs junkies.” Once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. Our basic need begins with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and finally, leaving a legacy. What does that mean  ...

Leadership

3 Leadership Lessons From An Unlikely Leader

Tucked away in the Old Testament book of Judges is an amazing story of an unlikely prophet and judge who lead the nation of Israel. Deborah is the only female to have ever led the Israelite people, and she is known as one of their most noble leaders. As both prophet and judge, Deborah exercised complete religious, political, judicial, and militaristic authority over the people of Israel. She was essentially Israel’s commander-in-chief. The  ...