Kids and Phones – Smart or Not? – MBFLP 172

It’s been ten years since Apple introduced the iPhone – and the whole world has changed because of it. Like many new devices and technologies, what started as an amusement became a near-necessity. But should our kids have access? Do young people need a phone of their own? Or is it a popular trap that causes more trouble than any possible benefit? This episode we talk about why some of our kids have phones and others don’t, and some common sense ways you can navigate that winding road in your own family.


 

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Better Relationships with Your Kids – MBFLP 171

We’re back from our hiatus and we’re talking about relationships! How can we build trust, restore injured feelings, and safeguard the bond between parents and children? We’ve seen that relationships are built on moments, hundreds of day-by-day interactions and decisions, and often we don’t discover we’ve made a misstep until it bears unhappy fruit long after. This episode we share some things we’ve found very helpful – even critically important – for cultivating better relationships with your kids!

 

 

Building or Re-Building – To Become A Better Husband – MBFLP 170

Our sons face particular pressures on their way to becoming husbands – and fathers face some of the same issues as they live out their own vows! In the second part of Hal’s presentation to a recent men’s conference, he’s talking about the reality of both the temptation and the grace to resist it or if necessary, to repent and recover from a fall. It’s another look about being intentional about preparing our sons to be effective and godly husbands!

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Laying a Foundation for Marriage – MBFLP 169

 

We probably all share the hope that our children will marry, and marry well, and serve God in their family one day. But are we being intentional about preparing our sons to become godly husbands?  It’s important to live a good example in front of them, but we need to train them to deal with the issues that affect them as young men, and we need to encourage them to see marriage as a likely part of their mission in God’s kingdom! This episode includes part of a presentation Hal gave to a men’s conference earlier this year, about laying a foundation for your son’s future marriage – because “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord!” (Proverbs 18:22)

 

 

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Family Travel: Eat Cheap On The Road – MBFLP 168

“Mom, I’m hungry!” That call from the back of the van is more frequent than “Are we there yet?” – especially when there are teenagers in the mix. So what can a budget-conscious family do when the stomachs start to growl? This episode we talk about how we keep the food expenses low, keep the troops happy, and eat cheap when we’re on the road!

 

Resources We Mentioned:

The incredible Instant Pot (affiliate link)

Where we find neat local restaurants: RoadFood.com

Or “as seen on the Food Network,” restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

 

How We Make Pimiento Cheese (Large Southern Family Edition):

2 lb bag of shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese (unseasoned)

1 pint of salad dressing-style mayonnaise (think “Miracle Whip”) – basically half a standard jar

4 oz jar of diced pimientos (usually on the aisle with olives and pickles or in the Hispanic food section)

Yes, this is a big batch! We often make this much for lunch at church or to take on the road.

Simply combine the ingredients. It blends easier if you use mayonnaise from a newly opened jar at room temperature. Use the entire jar of pimientos including the juice – sometimes we add a dash of pickle juice for variety. Stir in the mayonnaise bit by bit and stop when you like the consistency. The flavor is even better if you keep it overnight in the refrigerator. Great in sandwiches, on hamburgers, eaten on crackers, or spread on celery.


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Family Travel on a Budget – MBFLP 167

Spring’s in the air and summer vacation is just a few weeks away. You may be making plans already! The past several years, our family’s hit the road for twenty- to thirty thousand miles annually,literally coast to coast and into Canada too. How can a large family with a limited budget see and do so much? We’ve got some tips to help you plan big time family travel on a limited budget!

 


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How and Why to Celebrate – MBFLP 166

How and Why to Celebrate

Although some Christians are suspicious of holidays and celebrations, there are many examples and principles in Scripture that throw some light on the question.  What makes a Biblical celebration unique? Should we feel guilty for going off our diet for the holidays? Why are there different “right answers” to some of these questions? Join us as we’re planning a wedding and looking forward to Easter, as we try to find Biblical principles to guide our celebrations!

How and why to celebrate

 

 


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Getting A Bigger Vision of God – MBFLP 165

Psalm 103:2 says “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” But is that all it’s about – “Bless me, God – Amen”? This episode Hal talks with Bob Sjogren of UnveilinGLORY, about a bigger — and more Biblical — vision of God, that can look beyond the gifts to really worship the One who gives them! Learn about why Bob calls this entitlement attitude “Cat Theology,” and how we can teach our kids (and ourselves) to delight in really glorifying God.

When You Need To Find A New Church – MBFLP 164

Sooner or later, all of us are likely to need to find a new church – whether it’s due to relocation, or a change in the doctrinal stand, or a need for a different sort of community for your family’s spiritual growth. And even if we don’t make that decision for our own family, each of our children will face that issue when they go away to college or move into independent adulthood. This episode, we’re talking about reasons you might need to find a new church, reasons that you really ought not, how to leave a church graciously, and how to go about the search for your new church!

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED

Episode 113, “Dealing with a Toxic Church” (Interview with Andy and Kendra Fletcher)

Episode 132, “Recovering From Legalism”

Tim Challies’ blog – http://www.challies.com/

Apprenticeship – MBFLP 163

Although most high school graduates head off to college, most don’t reach their bachelor’s degree. And the ones that do, are usually saddled with a boatload of debt. Is this really necessary? Not in every field, no. Are there alternatives? Yes, indeed. This episode, we speak with the founder of a successful software company which has specialized in apprenticeship as their training model and Christianity as their business ethics!

 

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