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Proud Parent of Adam, Eve, Etc.

by Micah Landers Today I was dancing around my living room with my 10 month old daughter, Norah, and singing to her. Getting to know her as she has grown has been one of the greatest joys of my life to this point.
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Knowing and Embracing Your Season

Do you know what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach you right now? “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things...
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What am I supposed to do with a Newborn?

Virtually every modern western man who has just had a baby asks the same question. “What are you supposed to do with it?
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The Diffner Family Mission and Rhythms

Families - here's a great example of a concise, clear articulation of one family's mission and rhythms. Thanks Team Diffner!
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[Audio] Wolfgang Simson on Kingdom Economics

Description: Wolfgang Simson is somewhat of a Kingdom instigator. We were glad to have him in town this week.
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The Heart- Can it be Reprogrammed?

By: Jesse Dolan The heart vs the mind.... What is the difference?
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Is Homer Simpson a Great Dad?

By: Jesse Dolan Recently I was reminded how little value our culture puts on a dad. Often the media portrays a father as bumbling self absorbed igit who punches a clock every day and is out of touch with the rest of the world and their family.
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Family Training Ideas

By Justin Wolfenberg. Our current family consists of myself (Justin), my wife (Shelley), Henry (5), Layla (4), Aniya (2), and Adria (9 months).
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[Video] How the biblical and western views of family collide

Title: Family Collision. Description: Crossroads in Cincinnati asked me to speak about family for the Collide series so I shared the three biggest ways the biblical idea of family has collided with our life as a family and the practices that resulted.
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[Audio] Sukkot Activation

Description: Sukkot is a festival God gave His people that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a time to direct our attention to the fact that we are sojourners and this place is not our home.
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[Audio] Making a Disciple-making Disciple

Description: At a training to the staff at Crossroads in Cincinnati I spend 20 minutes blasting through the five key elements to making a disciple that actually reproduces more disciples. Download Audio Download Slides (PDF) Download Slides (Keynote)
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Living Rhythmically Toward A Future: an explanation of why we meditate on eternity.

by Micah Landers We celebrate Sukkot every fall. I have met a lot of people who think that Sukkot is a weird thing to take part in.
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Rhythms and Freedom to Know Christ: an explanation of why we rest.

By Micah Landers We celebrate Shabbat every week. We don't want to call unclean what the Lord has made clean (Acts 10).
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god Told Me Not to Have Kids

By Heath Hostetler The first part of the mission God gave to humanity was to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28). Since it is his plan and his earth, he must have had good reason for a command like this.
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Family Meeting

By Ben Crawford I was recently asked these questions: What do you typically do in a family meeting - is there a format you like? What's your philosophy behind the meeting?
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Does Evangelical Christianity Deny the Apostles Creed?

The most widely accepted statement of Christian orthodoxy is the Apostles Creed. From the 5th century until today this creed is used by virtually every Christian denomination as a description of the basic beliefs that make a person a biblical Christian.
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[Audio] Shabbat Activation

Description: As a follow-up to my talk on Family-based Disciple-making I did a quick equipping on how to do a family Shabbat. I demonstrated how our family does a weekly formal family meal based on the Sabbath meal done by many Jewish families.
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The Moral Dangers of Investing in Mutual Funds

NOTE: This piece is rather controversial and I’m writing it both because I’m concerned by this hidden danger and because I’m open to having these ideas challenged. ---- Investing money into a mutual fund, whether through a 401K, a life insurance policy or directly with a stock broker is possibly the most morally dangerous act most people in our modern world will ever engage in.
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[Audio] Family-based Disciple-making

Description: God designed the family as an ideal environment for the making of disciples. In this staff training given at Crossroads in Cincinnati, April and I described some beliefs and practices that help families to reproduce disciples.
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Take It All and Don’t Ask Too Many Questions

“Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...” 2 Corinthians 5:11 Let’s say that 5000 years ago, a wise, immortal master handed your forefathers a $100 billion in gold and then gave them explicit, written instructions detailing what he wanted you and your family to do with the money.
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Top 7 Biblical Words We’ve Redefined

CS Lewis once expressed the idea that when studying texts of any kind, if you tell me what the hard words mean, you’ve done more for me than a thousand commentaries. (paraphrase from An Experiment in Criticism).
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[Audio] Equipping Households to Celebrate the Spring Holidays

Description: There is no greater time during the year for learning, remembering, and celebrating then the spring holidays of Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, Easter, The Ascension, The Upper Room Intercession and Pentecost. Typically we just go to a special worship service but these events can and should be celebrated with our families in a way that allows us to pass these lessons on to our children.
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[Audio] Can a Small Group Ministry Make Disciples?

Description: I was asked to do a workshop at the Cincinnati Christian University Small Groups Conference on how to make a healthy discipleship environment in small groups. Almost everyone in attendance was the leader of a church-based small group ministry.
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Church Merger Announcement

"We hereby announce that our church [insert church brand name here] has officially decided to merge with the Church that Jesus started almost 2000 years ago. Sorry for the confusion we caused by our decision to start a new church.
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Mommy Needs Her Team

Nothing creates that lonely trapped feeling quite like realizing you’re in a group that calls itself a “team” in order to enjoy a free ride while you do all the work. Teams are about sharing the load in a way that makes even the difficult tasks feel lighter because we’re doing them together for a common cause.
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[Video] Spirit-Led Ministry

It's not easy to transition from a world where all it takes to do ministry is the ability to follow a program designed often by a well-trained, paid professional, to following the leading of the Holy Spirit. So if you're feeling led to make this change here are some thoughts and insights that I hope will help you on your journey.
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Twisting the Church Trademark

The church has a serious branding problem. This week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the free speech rights of the members of Westboro Baptist Church, a group who protests outside of military funerals with hate-filled signs like “Your sons are in hell” and “thank God for dead soldiers.
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How to Bless your Children After you Die

God only knows how many days I have left and then my children and their children will live on and no matter what I do, the plain truth is, I won’t be there to help them. This is a scary thought for any father who loves his family.
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Spiritual Community – No Car Required

Do you remember the outrage that erupted around the world when churches began to be built in a way that logistically required their members to own cars to participate? No?
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How Does a United Church Form Smaller Communities?

As my faith in the oneness of the church has grown I’ve found myself building relationships with Christians from many diverse backgrounds who attend many different worship services across the city.  But this has created an additional dilemma.
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