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God Is Fathering Us

I recently wrote a post about my dad turning 50, and the reflections I had of fatherhood in general. I have been extremely blessed with the father I have, but I know that there are many, too many, that aren’t as blessed.

The lack of a father figure in homes today is, in my opinion, the cause of most of society’s problems. I recently read a book called, To Own A Dragon: Reflection of Growing Up Without A Father by Donald Miller. In the back Don gives the following statistics:

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes—5 times the average.

85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes—20 times the average.

80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes—14 times the average.

71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes—9 times the average.

75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes—10 times the average.

70% of youth in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes—9 times the average.

85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes—20 times the average.

I’m saying all of this for two reasons:

1. We as followers of Christ need to step up and fill this gap. At a minimum, we need to be getting involved with our childrens’ lives. But we also need to reach out to all of those kids who are growing up without that father figure. If that means mentoring, then do it. If that means adoption or foster care, then we should be stepping up. We know what these kids need, and we can give it to them!

2. For all of those that might be reading this that grew up in that situation yourself, you need to know that although you might have had a bad earthly father experience, there is a true and loving father available to you 24/7. Below is a talk Don gave last year at Mars Hill Bible Church about his book.

God Is Fathering Us — Donald Miller (Don begins at 11:50)

Walk By Faith

I was driving down the road last night to pick up some pizza for dinner and I heard this song on the radio. It’s not a new song, or one I’ve never heard before, but it hit me between the eyes.

I figure I’m not the only one who would appreciate hearing this beauty again. Hope it brightens your Monday as much as it brightened my Sunday!

Walk By FaithJeremy Camp

Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to win my endless fears
You’ve been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Well I’m broken, but I still see Your face
Well You’ve spoken, pouring Your words of grace

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)
Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith

Happy Halloween


Halloween Playlist

Ghostbusters — Ray Parker
I Want Candy — Bow Wow Wow
Nightmare On My Street — DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
Thriller — Michael Jackson
The Ballad of the Pumkinhead — Crash Test Dummies
Boris The Spider — The Who
Monster Mash — Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Psycho Killer — Talking Heads
Somebody’s Watching Me — Rockwell
This Is Halloween — Marilyn Manson
Werewolves of London —  Warren Zevon
The Werewolf Watusi — Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Halloween Movies

So I Married an Axe Murderer
Shaun of the Dead
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Nightmare Before Christmas
Adams Family
The Silence of the Lambs
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Hocus Pocus
Friday the 13th
Lost Boys

» Pumpkin Desktops @

» Trick or Treating Safety Guide here.

» Halloween Recipes here, here, and here.

» Cheesy Pumpkin / Christian Analogy here.

» Jimmy Fallon SNL skit about Trick or Treating

What did I miss?

Don’t Blink

I’m not really a big fan of country music. That’s somewhat of an understatement, but I do own Garth Brooks Greatest Hits, and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All (long story). Needless to say, when a country song comes along that touches me, I latch onto it. I remember a few years ago being touched by Front Porch Looking In by Lonestar, and now another from the cowboy genre has touched me …

Don’t Blink — Kenny Chesney

Man, if we could all live by this motto our lives would be so much better. How often to we get caught up with the day-to-day mundane tasks, and miss the life going on all around us? Instead of trudging through life thinking nothing is different, take time today to smell the roses. Look at things from a new perspective. Take a different route to work. Put your shirt on before your underwear just for fun. Kiss your wife, and tell your kids you love them. Live life people! It’s most definitely a gift!

Reminds me of something Ferris Bueller once said …

“Life is short. If you don’t stop to look around once in awhile you could miss it.”

Celebratory Props

Ah… Chris Carter. He was good and he knew it. He liked to let you know about it too. He also had a signature touchdown pose. I’ve always wondered about that pose. What was he indicating by it? Was he giving God some celebratory props? Was he just saying that he was #1. Only Chris knows for sure. I think I heard somewhere before that he was a Christian, so perhaps it was the former.

With that said, there are so many different types of touchdown celebrations out there. I’ve heard many people say how much they hate any type of celebration. Always preferring the Barry Sanders, I’ve-been-there-before, approach. I’m somewhere in-between. While I happen to appreciate what Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens are bringing to the table because they’re taking it up a notch, I don’t prefer long drawn out celebrations.

But I have to tell you, I’m a sucker for the old school spike. It’s just a great release of energy as you accomplish your hard fought goal. Sort of like staking your flag after a battle, or adding some hot sauce to a dish … BAM!