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what I learned at my teenagers driving test/the DMV

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I love the DMV.

I think the greatest way to explain to someone how important they are to me iis to tell them I would even sit at the DMV to sown time with them. makes sense right?

this time I was there with quint to get his license. wow.

so the examiner, michael condella, was awesome.

in the lesson, he told quint to imagine it was like a video game… and all cars are about to do something suspicious, to make you wreck. so that you will be on your guard.

I thought that was genius.
then I thought, wow, that’s how we should see daily life and the invisible battle with the enemy.
we should realize he is lurking around the corners waiting to cause us to wreck. we have to be on our guard.

thanks you mr examiner sir-for giving my son excellent driving applications and me some excellent life applications.

right?! avoid the life-stealing enemy waiting to kill you, sometimes in the form of a bouncing banana.

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what’s so great about camp, anyway.

lhkidz camp – road trip experience – experiencing God

we’ve been calling families for two solid days to invite them to lhkidz camp.

i wish i could speak to each and every person myself and share the importance of camp with them… but that is simply not possible. i thought i would share here, so i can hash out how i really feel, share it with you and hopefully encourage people to make an eternal investment in their kids.

i’m going to give some bullet points, but here is my succint emotional appeal and belief:

Going away with church friends takes relationships at church to a whole new level. It allows kids to have conversations about God that they normally would never have. It allows them to hang out with kids they don’t normally see in class because they might be at a different hour or different campus. Camp is about eternal relationships. It gives kids the greatest opportunity to find those forever friends they might have missed. It is safe. There is no team, no sports camp, no lesson you can sign your kid up for that will give them more of eternal value in such a short time.

I really don’t want any kid to miss the infusion in their heart, that camp provides.

personally… my kids are still connected to the people that they met in camp, their small group leaders, the kids in their cabin. it’s a marker in their lives. personally, i have my own fond memories from camp… don’t you?

consider these things:

-camp is a place that they get away from electronics, couchsitting, television and the distractions fall away allowing them to focus differently on friends, fun and God.

-camp is where the things of the church, the gospel get to come alive and be seen as FUN.

-at camp you get to spend quality time with friends, and you make new friends… you see people differently when they are sweating next to you, or singing next to you.

-at camp you meet adults that love Jesus enough to spend the week with you, more role models, more people to connect with when you get back to church.

-at camp you get to be messy. and loud. and artistic. and creative. and you get to laugh.

-at camp you get to really know pastor jason, me, and the rest of our team.

common reasons people say no:

1 – i don’t have the money.

ok, i hear you on that. the thing is, there are scholarship opportunities and other options like Kroger Cares dollars. the bottom line is we don’t want your kid to miss camp because of money, so let’s see if we can get you some help.

2 – my child doesn’t want to be away from me. (also read: “i don’t want my child to be away from me”)

here’s the thing, there are lots of things we do for and with our kids that aren’t their first choice or what they thought they wanted. we don’t let them stay up all night or eat only junkfood, because we know best. we see the big picture.

don’t let fear stop you from doing something for your child that might be the richest thing they can do, spiritually speaking, all summer.

i just don’t want your kids to miss out. that’s all.

LH KIDZ CAMP

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP

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something i bet you’ve never seen before

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my kids could not be cooler. we were driving around with 1 hour to kill and on our way to an outdoor mall when quint saw a sign… for an art gallery. he said, “let’s go!” i drove past it thinking that the others wouldn’t be as interested as quint and i would be. he said “why did  you pass it? let’s turn around” so i did. i said, ok, if it costs more than $2 each we’re not going to go. we went in… and it was free to the public. boom. let’s stay! we looked at some of the art, and the guide told us no touching except for one room where you can touch the sculptures… we looked at about 20 paintings… then somebody, i’m not sure which one, started to act out the paintings/etchings. then they would run to the next one and act out the scene… then the next one.. and the next one… quickly the museum guards began to circle us, to make sure we weren’t touching anything because we were having way too much fun. i can’t imagine that they’ve ever had 4 kids, ages 7-15, laughing and having a blast walking through their museum. but that’s what my kids were doing. the pictures tell the story best. here’s what i would tell you… teach your kids to love art. teach them to interact with art. since when was an art museum as interactive as this experience was… so proud of these four people that i get to parent, teach, learn from, and love to pieces. i never enjoyed an art museum more.

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hair is not a moral issue…

dwight with quint... i interviewed dwight's parents... he's an excellent man

i know some outstanding godly men… i interviewed their moms and dads about the things they did right … and the things they think they did wrong.

i’m dying to share all of what they shared, but i haven’t quite wrapped my mind entirely around all of the things i’ve learned… i have notes, and i’m working on it. i promise i will share what i learned with you. for a teaser… here are a few things that the parents all agreed on:

1 – pray, pray, pray.

2- keep ’em busy.

3- pay attention to the friends your kids are choosing.

4-make sure they are involved at church… this can’t be stressed enough, apparently.

1 Corinthians 12:25
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

so, you might be wondering what i mean by “hair is not a moral issue”… i’ll tell you what it means… this was from mr. gallion (bob). essentially, things like appearance and wardrobe choices are not moral issues, not enough to lose your relationship with your kid over… save your tough love for the big things-character issues, behavior choices, things of true consequence…makes great sense, huh?

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