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In December I had the privilege to witness a powerful event, a blessing. A father, who had MS and was unable to stand, blessed his son and bride at their wedding.

Living for, or Living From, a Blessing

Living for, or Living From, a Blessing   In December I had the privilege to witness a powerful event, a blessing. A father, who had MS and was unable to stand, blessed his son and bride at their wedding. I was amazed and inspired to…

This Thanksgiving I hope you will receive a warm embrace from your earthly folks, for I know you will be a blessing to them. And I pray that you will each sense the heart of God when you draw near to Him and know how much you mean to Him by simply being with Him.

Anticipating the Welcome, Hoping to Bless

Anticipating the Welcome, Hoping to Bless   I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA but have not lived there since I went off to school. We have lived in Georgia, Massachusetts, and now across the state in SE Pennsylvania. For many of those years we would…

In the new commandment, Jesus is asking us to not love like we want to be loved, but to love as He has loved us.

Family Discipleship and the New Commandment

Family Discipleship and the New Commandment   In the July, 2015 Newsletter referenced below, I wrote about how being a father led me to Deuteronomy 6. When I began asking God to help me love him, God revealed how much He loved me. The more…

One of the ways that Jesus loved me is by serving.

From the Teaching to the Teacher

The new commandment that Jesus articulated in John 13:34 is to love one another as I have loved you, or to love others as we have been loved. One of the ways that Jesus loved me the disciples was by serving them.   With that…

I usually like to write something upbeat and encouraging, or share some new insight that I have received. But I have had a dry month.

Dry Times, Labor Day Contest, Online Seminar

I apologize for not sending an August Newsletter, but that was a tough month for me. I usually like to write something upbeat and encouraging, or share some new insight that I have received. But I have had a dry month. My relationship with God…

Our journey to homeschool our children began before we were married.

Home Education and the Great Commandment

Our journey to homeschool our children began before we were married. In seminary I had a class on Christian Education and another on Christian Schools. One of the papers I wrote was entitled, The Millennial View of Education. If there was a millennium in the…

Thank you Father for the privilege of knowing your daughter Elisabeth Howard Elliot Leitch Gren and for faithfully carrying her through a long, difficult, blessed, and fruitful life.

A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot

Yesterday afternoon I received word that Elisabeth Elliot had passed from this life to the next. She had battled dementia for the last ten years of her life and now her struggle is over. She is home and at rest.   In the middle of…

The new insight I have received of late is that while my obedience will only result in my good, my disobedience will not change my relationship with God.

63: God’s Heart and A New Insight

Many years ago I was reading Psalm 119 and was struck by the love that David had for the law of God. Each of the 176 verses speaks of the word using different terminology; commandments, precepts, laws, testimonies, righteous rules, and statutes. David loves the…

"Family begins with the union of two people from different planets, being made one." Read Steve Demme's blog post.

62: We Are All Changed

When you receive this newsletter, I will be in St Louis speaking at a homeschool conference. Joining me on this trip is Ethan, who is speaking several times, and John, who wants to be like his brother and dad and “talk”. John will be speaking…